As summer draws to a close, you may feel like it’s too late to go on vacation at the end of summer. What if all the hotels are booked, everything is overpriced, or there is nothing within driving distance?
On top of that, gas prices are at an all-time high with no relief in sight, and inflation is making flights and hotels much more expensive. But there are still late summer deals to be found if you’re looking in the right place!
Check out these late summer vacation ideas that are doable and cheaper than you think.
If you live in New England, visit New Haven, Connecticut
Home to Yale University, New Haven is a beautiful, historic city with plenty to see and do. Stroll around the Yale campus, visit the Long Wharf Theatre, explore one of the many art museums, or take a leisurely stroll through one of the many parks.
Plus, you can eat some of the best pizza in the United States.
If you want your vacation to stay inexpensive, you can visit East Rock Park and explore all the many trails, go swimming at Lighthouse Point Park Beach, or take a free walking tour at Yale.
New Haven has plenty of hotels and Airbnb options that will keep you comfortable while enjoying all that Elm City has to offer.
If you want to keep prices low, you can stay in one of the nearby suburbs of North Haven or Milford for even less.
Average hotel price: $207 per night.
If you live in New York, visit the Adirondacks
The Adirondacks offer hiking, biking, camping, and the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. With over six million acres of land to explore, you’ll never run out of things to do.
The Adirondacks are family friendly and offer fun activities like water parks, mini golf, laser tag and bowling. Also the hotels are big and full of things to do in the hotel itself.
The Adirondacks can be a great place to vacation if you have kids.
There are many accommodation options in the Adirondacks, from camping and cabins to hotels and resorts. No matter your budget, you’ll be able to find something that meets your needs.
Average hotel price: $77 per night
If you live in Mid-Atlantic, visit Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
This historic town is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, with hiking, biking and kayaking nearby. Or take a stroll through the city and discover its storied past. Learn about John Brown’s Raid and Civil War at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. All museums are free.
Harpers Ferry is a great place to visit if you’re looking for history and outdoor adventure all rolled into one. There is a campsite nearby and a few hotels in Harpers Ferry itself.
Some of the best white water rafting in the area and some of the best hiking trails are also found at Harpers Ferry. Help keep costs down by spending plenty of time outdoors.
Average hotel price: $188 per night
Camping price: less than $60 per night.
If you live in the south, visit Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is a great city for music lovers, with plenty of music venues to enjoy. But there’s more to Nashville than music. You can also visit the State Capitol, tour the Parthenon, or explore one of the many music museums.
To keep your expenses down in Nashville, take advantage of all the free attractions, like visiting the State Capitol building or visiting one of the many free museums. You can also enjoy the music scene by catching a show at one of Lower Broadway’s many honky-tonks for less than the price of a movie.
There are plenty of great hotels and Airbnb options in Nashville, so you’ll be able to find something that fits your budget. Stay out of the city center to make your money grow.
Hotel prices are as low as $69 per night.
If you live in the Midwest, visit Minneapolis, Minnesota
This bustling city is the perfect place to enjoy the last days of summer. Take a walk or bike ride in one of the many parks, admire the view from the Stone Arch Bridge or visit one of the many museums in Minneapolis.
If you want to do some free stuff, get out and take a walk along Lake Harriet, swim off the shore, or hike Minnehaha Park and splash around at the waterfall. You are sure to find plenty of fun outdoor adventures when visiting Minneapolis.
The enormous Mall of America is just a 20 minute drive from downtown. You could spend a whole day there!
Stay outside of downtown Minneapolis for the best hotel deals.
Average hotel prices: $188
If you live in the northwest, visit Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
This beautiful city is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors while enjoying great food and entertainment. Coeur D’Alene is only an hour from Spokane, Washington, making it the perfect place to visit for a weekend getaway.
This mountain town has some of the most beautiful scenery in the region, and it all starts with the lake. Lake Coeur D’Alene offers many activities such as swimming, boating and fishing. And if you want to explore the area further, you can take advantage of numerous hiking and biking trails.
Almost everything you do outdoors is free or inexpensive, making for a fabulous last minute summer vacation.
Stay at the Coeur D’Alene Resort or make your vacation inexpensive and camp at one of the dozens of campsites in town.
Average hotel price: $178 per night.
If you live in the West, visit Albuquerque, New Mexico
This city is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and discovering Native American culture. Hike through the Petroglyph National Monument, explore one of the many pueblos, or take a scenic drive on the Turquoise Trail.
Albuquerque is also home to the Sandia Peak Tramway, which offers stunning views of the city and surrounding area.
You can find all sorts of fun things to do for free in Alberquerque, museums and hikes and even walk down Old Main Street. In addition, hotels are cheaper at the end of summer than in high season.
Average hotel price: $111 per night.
Whether you’re looking for a historic town to explore or a quaint mountain town to enjoy the outdoors, there are plenty of late summer vacation options that won’t break your bank. So get out there and enjoy all that summer has to offer!
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