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Can you remember a time before summer? A time when we didn't have sunshine and dry weather and extra days off to play? Our endless summer may be coming to an end, but not before one last three-day weekend. Try these getaway options:

• When the elk get randy, Northwest Trek gets celebratory. The Get Out of the Rut weekend turns elk, sheep, and moose mating season into a festival, complete with a special Elk Bugling Tour.

• A less sexy kind of rut: Montana's Big Sky Resort hosts The Rut mountain foot races September 4-7, including a 50k with 10,000 feet of elevation gain and a somehow more reasonable 25k, 11k, and 2.4k races—but none of them are easy.

• The holiday weekend in Whistler gets an extra U for Labour Day, where the town celebrates 40 years since incorporation. Wander the resort before ski season begins for free concerts, a bevy of winemaker and farm dinners, and street entertainment.

• Labor Day weekend means Ellensburg Rodeo, a longstanding tradition and current stop on a professional bull-riding tour. If all the bulls and blood and dust and mud are too much for you, head to the Shetland pony-racing novelty act known as Chariot Outlaws.

• The Under the Freeway Flea Market in Wallace, Idaho, doesn't have that name for nothing—it's actually held under I-90. If you aren't excited about digging up treasures under an overpass, head to the nearby historic train depot for more booths and festivities. 

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