Virginia Beach’s First Landing State Park Named Most Popular Memorial Day Getaway in America

Las Vegas-based tour company Max Tour just ranked the most popular getaways for Memorial Day, and number one on the list is First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach!

The tour company describes First Landing saying “This park offers 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beachfront, perfect for hiking, picnicking, and beach enjoyment in a scenic setting.”

If you can’t make it to First Landing int he summer, winter is a popular time for visitors hoping to see the park’s infamous swamp rainbow.

Cape Cod National Seashore came in second place, followed by St. Simons Island, Georgia; Arlington National Cemetery; and Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Here are the Top 10:

  1. First Landing State Park – Virginia Beach, Virginia

  2. Cape Cod National Seashore – Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  3. St. Simons Island Beaches – St. Simons Island, Georgia

  4. Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, Virginia

  5. Clearwater Beach– Clearwater, Florida

  6. Island Beach State Park, Berkeley Township, New Jersey

  7. San Antonio River Walk – San Antonio, Texas

  8. Ocean City Boardwalk – Ocean City, New Jersey

  9. Outer Banks Beaches – Outer Banks, North Carolina

  10. Liberty State Park – Jersey City, New Jersey

Rankings were determined by an online panel survey of 3,000 Americans based on age, gender, and geography. Internal data sources are used to obtain population data sets. The company shared they used a two-step process to ensure representativeness through stratified sampling and post-stratification weighting. May 2024.