Summer seems to come and go in a blink of an eye, doesn’t it? With the season coming to an end once again, it’s your last chance to soak up some of that warmer weather. What better way to take advantage of the last few days of summer than with a trip? Even if you’re on a budget and planning last minute, there are still some great options to think about. If you need some inspiration, consider the following:
Cape Cod, MA
Finding last-minute accommodations in Cape Cod during the height of summer can be difficult, to say the least—especially if you aren’t looking to spend much. Budget hotels are booked up months in advance, but if you’re going towards the end of September, you’ll have a lot more options to choose from. The weather is rather chilly, but not too cold to the point where you can’t enjoy hanging out on the beach, either. So if fewer crowds and cheaper prices are what you’re after, Cape Cod right at the end of summer is an excellent choice. And don’t worry about finding stuff to do, either—Cape Cod is jam-packed with fun activities, even when the season is over. Whale watching, Bourne’s annual Scallop Festival, and kayak tours are just some of the many activities you can choose from.
Ormond Beach, FL
If you thought about visiting Florida’s beaches this summer, avoid South Florida if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck. Ormond Beach is not only cheaper, but it’s also more laid-back, which is perfect if you’re looking for a mellow place to enjoy the remaining days of summer. Another great thing about Ormond Beach? It’s a great solution if you can’t decide between theme parks and the beach. Orlando, which is often referred to as the theme park capital of the world, is only about an hour or so away. This makes for an easy day trip, and allows you to avoid the costlier lodging options that are closer to the theme parks.
Crested Butte, CO
Crested Butte tends to have two different high seasons—winter being the biggest (for skiing, snowboarding, and all that other fun stuff), and summer following closely behind. By visiting at the tail-end of summer, you’ll be able to take advantage of cheaper prices before it gets too chilly to enjoy Colorado’s best outdoor activities (that don’t require snow, that is). Take a scenic hike, ride a bicycle through one of the many beautiful trails, or go fly fishing.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is a beautiful place to visit at the end of summer, and can be a perfect choice if you’re over the hot weather and ready to welcome fall with open arms. Peak autumn foliage can be difficult to pinpoint, but if you visit during the final days of summer, there’s a good chance you’ll catch some of the season’s boldest colors. Cape Breton Island, in particular, offers some pretty affordable accommodations (under $100/night), even during the peak season.
If you want something a little more exotic, but Hawaii and French Polynesia are a bit out of your price range, a beautiful (yet much cheaper) South Pacific destination to consider is Samoa. Experience some of the region’s most beautiful beaches with luxury resorts available at less than $200 a night, which is a steal compared to nearby islands. If you have airline points that you have been saving up for the right time, cashing them in for a trip to Samoa can be the way to go. With free or discounted airfare, plus cheap accommodations, Samoa can be an amazing way to enjoy summer’s final days.
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