Affordable Last-Minute Family Vacations

Hooray! You've got a long weekend or a little extra time off coming up soon. When you have a short time to plan, start with these great spots for quick family getaways that are easy to prep for—and easy on the budget, too.

California Desert

Summer sizzles in the Southwest, but a vacation house with a pool, plenty of shade and a freezer full of popsicles adds up to a great deal for an end-of-summer getaway. Plan movies inside during the heat of the day, and head out in the evening to explore the town and find some ice cream—or a frozen Margarita!

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Colorado Mountains

Adjust your altitude in a mountain resort town with plenty of hiking, hanging out, and maybe a little hot-tubbing. Find a cabin or condo in the shoulder season (spring or fall), and get a lot of Rocky Mountain living for a little budget. Late summer and early fall days in the Rockies are sunny and warm, and the evenings are crisp and cool, perfect for relaxing in the hot tub and watching the stars come out.

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Florida Panhandle

If you have a little schedule flexibility—a non-traditional school schedule or a fall break—you can score a sweet deal on a beach rental after most families are back in their regular routine. The beaches along the Emerald Coast are famous for their white sand and beautiful sunsets. Break away for a beach trip and celebrate your good timing.

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North Carolina Mountains

Especially pretty in spring and fall, the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina are filled with family-friendly mountain towns. Stay in a cabin and enjoy your private retreat, where you can hike, look for wildlife, or shop for souvenirs and treasures in town. Stay in or take a day trip to Asheville, where you can tour the historic Biltmore Estate, go zip-lining, or climb the 500 steps to the spectacular overlook in Chimney Rock State Park.

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South Carolina Coast

Historic and scenic, the coastal communities around Charleston, S.C., are a great place to play in the sand, sit back, and unwind. Wide sandy beaches are great for wading and sandcastle building, and the coastal island waterways are perfect for kayaking, fishing and boating. Out of the water, you can explore Charleston’s streets, shops and eateries; go golfing,  or plan time for horseback riding in this pretty setting.

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