Summer has ended and the holiday season hasn’t yet begun. There may be time for one last hurrah before settling in for the winter. But where to go? Many people don’t think about traveling to tourist destinations in the off-season, but it’s a great way to get a good deal, and there’s still a lot to see and do. And, it’s not as crowded in the fall as it is during the peak season. Here are five fall destinations that will give you some bang for your buck.
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If you’re looking for a beach vacation, the prices in Myrtle Beach drop after Labor Day, but the weather’s still beautiful and the surf’s still relatively warm. There’s also plenty to do since many Myrtle Beach attractions are open year-round (e.g., the SkyWheel, WonderWorks, Broadway at the Beach), as are the golf courses and theaters. Fall is also prime festival season in Myrtle Beach, and many of those are free. Using the major travel sites (e.g., Travelocity, Priceline, Expedia, Hotels.com), I was able to find rooms in oceanfront properties for as little as $33 per night during the week and $42 per night on weekends.
- Miami Beach, Florida. Miami Beach is another beach destination that’s reasonably priced in the fall. The weather is still warm enough for swimming, but not as hot as in summer. During the month of October, you can also get two-for-one attraction tickets. Using the major travel sites, I was able to find rooms in oceanfront properties for as little as $66 per night during the week and $79 per night on weekends. And if you click here, then scroll down to the bottom right, you’ll see a box that says, “Miami Life on the Cheap,” where you’ll find more discounts and deals.
- Park City, Utah. Fall is a great time for hiking or bicycling in Park City, Utah, and the fall colors are spectacular. Since there aren’t a lot of tourists in the fall, you’ll be able to experience the city like a local. Using the major travel sites, I was able to find rooms for as little as $53 per night during the week and $59 per night on weekends. Many of the businesses also offer discounts in the fall. The discounts are technically for locals, but according to Jenny at Salt Lake City on the Cheap, the businesses don’t require proof of residency, so it doesn’t hurt to ask.
- Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs has 300-plus days of sunshine each year, and the temperatures are mild in the fall. The golden aspen are changing, so fall is a good time for a scenic hike or a drive. Most of the attractions, including the two state parks, are open year-round. Using the major travel sites, I was able to find rooms for as little as $32 per night during the week and $34 per night on weekends. Many of the local hotels and attractions are also offering “Welcome Back” discounts and package deals this fall, but you needn’t have been there before to take advantage of those deals.
- Branson, Missouri. Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Branson is also a good place to take in the beautiful fall scenery. Fall foliage driving tours are popular, as are helicopter, train and boat tours. Many of Branson’s attractions, including the Titanic Museum and Silver Dollar City, are open through the holidays, as are many of Branson’s theaters. Using the major travel sites, I was able to find rooms for as little as $47 per night both during the week and on weekends.
LOTC tip: If you find a hotel price you like on a travel website, check the hotel website before you book. Many hotels will match or beat published rates, and those reservations usually come with fewer (or no) penalties if you have to cancel.
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