Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on Living on the Cheap.
Summer is over and the holiday season has not yet started. It might be time for one last hurray before settling in for the winter. But where to go?
A lot of people don’t think about traveling to tourist destinations out of season, but it’s a great way to get a good deal, and there is still plenty to see and do. Travel sites like Expedia currently offer a plethora of fall destination packages at heavily discounted prices.
Aside from being a bargain, these popular vacation spots aren’t as crowded in the fall as they are in high season.
Here are some destinations that will give you value for your money, especially after Labor Day. Since the status of events and attractions can change, always check with local hotels and websites before packing.
1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
If you’re looking for a beach vacation, prices in Myrtle Beach drop after Labor Day, but the weather is still fine and the waves are still relatively warm.
There’s also plenty to do as many Myrtle Beach attractions are open year-round (eg, SkyWheel, Broadway at the Beach), as are golf courses and theaters.
Fall is also festival season in Myrtle Beach, and many of them are free.
2. Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach is another beach destination that is more reasonably priced in the fall. The weather is still warm enough for swimming, but not as hot as in summer. Guided tours and attractions are always available (and may be subject to discounts).
The “low season” in Miami is considered to run until September or October, depending on who you ask.
As with all beach destinations, you’ll keep your trip in the ‘budget’ category if you don’t mind staying a bit further from the waves and sand, for example in the Brickell district in the city center.
Check out our Miami South Florida site on the Cheap site for discounts and deals including this list of hostels for cheap accommodation.
3. Park City, Utah
Fall is a great time to hike or bike in Park City, Utah, and the fall colors are spectacular. Since there aren’t many tourists in the well-known ski area in the fall, you can experience the city like a local.
Real estate prices put the city in the “luxury” category, but you can enjoy the surroundings of Park City without staying in the city.
You may want to consider nearby towns such as Heber, Midway, or Salt Lake City, just 35 miles away. Stayparkcity.com offers advice on lodging closer to Park City itself.
4. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs has over 300 sunny days a year and temperatures are mild in the fall. Golden aspens change then, so fall is a good time for a scenic hike or a drive.
Most attractions, including the New US Olympic and Paralympic Museum as well as two state parks, are open year-round.
Colorado Springs is about 60 minutes from Denver, so you can search both cities for the cheapest accommodation and take day trips to the other. Better yet, you can take your “hotel” with you by renting a motorhome to go where the scenery takes you.
5. Branson, Missouri
Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Branson is also a good place to take in the beautiful fall scenery. Guided fall foliage tours are popular, as are helicopter, train, and boat tours. Many Branson attractions, including the Titanic Museum and Silver Dollar City, are open during the holidays, as are many Branson theaters.
Live on the cheap tip: If you find a hotel price that you like on a travel website, check the hotel website before you book. Many hotels will meet or exceed published rates, and these bookings usually come with fewer (or no) penalties if you need to cancel.
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