Late Summer Vacation Destinations
As summer starts to wind down, prices for hotel accommodation will start to drop, making it a great time to head out for a late summer trip. Although the beginning of summer is normally when people take off for vacation, a trip in the tail end of summer may be just the thing you and the kids need before they head back to school and kiss the warm weather goodbye.
Not only will lodging be cheaper, but there will also be less chances of running into crowds. If you’re looking for a summer road trip or to get away for the weekend, there are plenty of places to go before fall returns.
Tips for saving on late summer trips
Before you decide where you’ll be heading, check city tourism sites for discounts and deals. Many major cities are looking for ways to bring in business and will offer discounts on vacation packages. A city’s visitor’s bureau is also a good place to check before making a decision or find deals that fit your budget.
Try to be as flexible as you can when it comes to booking a vacation. Waiting until the last minute, in this case, is wise because you can grab deals that wouldn’t be available if you’d planned way ahead of time. It may also be a good idea to travel during the middle of the week rather than heading out on a weekend. Prices drop during the week before rising again for weekend travel. No matter which dates you choose you’re likely to get a deal because it’s so late in summer, but prices could be even lower from Monday to Friday.
Now may be as good a time as ever to go abroad for your vacation. The late summer months are the perfect time to head to Europe or Australia and could end up being the most adventurous vacation you’ve ever taken. Before you choose your destination, research which cities are offering the best off-peak travel deals.
Vacation doesn’t mean you have to head hundreds of miles from home to enjoy the time away from work. You can search for local deals and try a “staycation” instead of booking a flight that takes you across the country.
To check out the main political hub in the U.S., head to Washington, D.C. The district is always busy and full of tourists during the summer months, but it really starts to slow down in August. Hotels in D.C. also offer cheap discounts on the weekends as summer starts to wind down. The majority of museums and sites are free, so you won’t have to worry about spending too much on seeing historic sites such as the National Mall or Library of Congress.
The Midwest is a great spot for August travel, as temperatures stay mild. Dayton, Ohio, is a well-known place because of the city’s metro parks. There are several nearby outdoor recreational activities like fishing and hunting that are great for families.
If you want a beach escape without traveling to the coast, opt for a Great Lakes destination. With five bodies of water, there are plenty of options to choose from, including cities like Chicago, Ill., Milwaukee, Wis., Cleveland, Ohio, and nearly all of the hubs along Michigan’s coastline.
Racing fans will enjoy a trip to Indianapolis, Ind., for a visit to the Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum. The Indiana State Fair also takes place in August and is full of fun and exciting exhibits.
For a more relaxed and secluded late summer vacation, try taking a trip to Cape Cod, Mass. This region is full of small towns and picture perfect New England beaches. The warm weather that sets in during August will give you just the heat you need to dip your toes in the water or catch a tan on the beach. There’s plenty of fresh seafood on the coast, so foodies will have more than enough to eat.
If you want to stay away from the beach, venture out west to the Grand Canyon. Since most tourists flock to the beaches during the summer months, this is a great opportunity to see one of the world’s natural wonders without too many others trying to take the same snapshot.
Travelers who really want the ultimate tropical vacation should head to Hawaii, as they celebrate achieving statehood during the month of August. There’s plenty of coastline and nature-infused hikes - not to mention surfing - that is sure to thrill visitors.
Golf fans should visit the PGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y., in mid-August to see the best of the best battle it out for the prize at Oak Hill Country Club.
The Big Easy
If you want to inexpensively visit New Orleans, head there for their festival season. The Big Easy is known to offer some of the best food, music, history and culture you’ll ever taste, hear and see - all for a cheap price.
Hit the beach with a trip to St. Petersburg or Clearwater, Fla., and save on great travel deals. Since many Americans have already traveled the beaches, prices really start to dip after the peak tourist season in these places. You can even find savings at restaurants, spas and water activities.
For those interested in saving on a European vacation, try Dublin. Airfare to this Irish destination begin to drop in mid-August and can save you hundreds. You can also go to other popular mainland destinations like Paris and Barcelona without the hefty price tag you'll find during other times of the year.
A tropical vacation isn’t out of the question in late summer with a visit to St. Maarten in the Caribbean. Deep discounts are to be had during these last months of warm weather and St. Maarten features 12 casinos, shopping and miles of beaches.