I have no idea where summer went. Seriously. I feel like the school year just ended, so it’s hard to believe that my kids will be climbing aboard the school bus once again in less than a week. Still, with Labor Day fast approaching, there’s time for one last getaway, and a cheap one at that.
Hotwire recently revealed the top destinations for Labor Day weekend, and of the top ten cities, the average price for hotel rooms in five of them is less than $100 per night. In Orlando, it’s a cinch to get a room for $56 a night, so now is the time to book one last trip to Walt Disney World.
Take a look at the five destinations that will stretch your vacation dollar the most if you’re looking to book some last-minute Labor Day travel:
Orlando, Florida ($56/night)
September and October is considered value season at Walt Disney World, so it’s one of the best times to visit the parks. The crowds have thinned, it’s easier to get dinner reservations, and the weather is even better than it is during the summer. If you can wait until later in the fall to travel, look into Free Disney Dining when you book a Disney vacation and stay on-property (book by Sept. 29).
Atlanta, Georgia ($76/night)
There’s so much for families to do right in the heart of Atlanta. Spend the morning at the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, then have a picnic and splash in the fountains at Centennial Olympic Park. Complete the day with a behind-the-scenes look into the news gathering process on the Inside CNN Studio Tour.
Washington, DC ($87/night)
Summertime is hopping in our Nation’s Capital, but once the crowds leave, guess what. The museums and monuments are still free, but you’re fighting with fewer tourists. Check out the National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, Jefferson Memorial and the U.S. Capitol (all free).
Las Vegas, Nevada ($95/night)
Sure, it’s still hot in Las Vegas over Labor Day weekend, but it’s also very cheap. Plus, there’s so much there that kids will love, like the Botanical Cactus Garden, Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Shark Reef Aquarium. As a bonus, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum are both free to Bank of America cardholders through the Museums on Us program.
New Orleans, Louisiana ($96/night)
It can still be steamy in New Orleans in September, so why not take a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. Then, learn about insect life cycles at the Audubon Insectarium and ride an antique carousel at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Don’t forget to check out Blain Kern’s Mardi Gras World for an inside look at everyone’s favorite costume party.
Are you planning to travel over Labor Day weekend? Let me know where you’re planning to go. I can’t wait to hear about your end-of-summer travels.
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