The summer season opens up many possibilities for travel, but it can also be one of the most expensive times to vacation. Luckily, at SellMyTimeshareNow.com, we offer vacation homes in the most sought-after vacation destinations in the world at unrivaled rates. We consulted our travel experts to give us the 411 on the top five cheap places to travel in the summer and the winners are:
It almost goes without saying, but ask anyone where they like to vacation in the sunny season and they’ll tell you Maine and summer go hand-and-hand. From the area’s signature lobster rolls to over 300 miles of coastline to its celebrated history of nautical life, Maine is always a must-see. There’s no better place to experience the pulse of tourism in the Pine Tree state than Ogunquit and when done the right way, you could easily keep the spending under $100 a day.
This quaint little town in the southeastern most corner of Maine is the epitome of cheap summer travel destinations that still offer some exciting attractions. Ogunquit hosts a number of incredible beaches such as Long Sands, Wells, and Moody Beach. The Ogunquit Playhouse hosts a variety of excellent productions during their summer run; this year, the Playhouse is featuring Mamma Mia, Heartbreak Hotel, and From Here To Eternity. Take in a couple of museums including the Ogunquit Heritage Museum or the Ogunquit Museum of American Art as well. If you’d like to splurge a little bit, embark on a deep-sea fishing expedition out in the Atlantic to catch some fish to cook for dinner, or experience Maine’s unbelievable culinary scene. You might even catch former president George Bush at his favorite restaurant, Barnacle Billy’s.
Southern Arizona is where the state gets its reputation for intense desert heat and dry landscapes. But for Flagstaff and the rest of Northern Arizona, summer is actually somewhat temperate, with temperatures typically reaching high into the 80s (which is still very low compared to the rest of the state). Within close proximity to the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell, the natural attractions and sites in Northern Arizona could keep your per diem at a manageable rate, so much that it makes our list of cheap places to travel in the summer.
Visit Antelope Canyon for the opportunity to walk along some fantastic nature trails; marvel at the Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural bridge; and check out a variety of free-flowing waterfalls for an unbelievably picturesque experience. Spend the night star gazing at the Lowell Observatory or venture out to the nearby Walnut Canyon National Monument admiring the stars outside on the beautiful plateaus. Rent out a boat and take it out to any of the crystal clear lakes. Instead of going out, take a quick trip to the grocery store and pick up some supplies for a barbecue. The weather is ripe for a cook-out in the summer!
Located right in the thick of Mt. Hood National Forest, Welches is the perfect destination for outdoorsy folks looking for an active getaway. With thousands of miles of hiking trails featuring mountain, river, waterfall, wetland, and alpine lake views, the outdoor attractions will keep the overhead costs low. And while Mount Hood carries a reputation as being a skier’s haven, summer makes it the best time to go not only because it’s not “peak season” but the warm weather encourages travelers to get outside and explore, especially with smaller crowds.
Bring your pole and tackle along with you and cast out in the many fishing opportunities around the area; Oregon boasts beautiful lakes, streams, and rivers all over Welches and the rest of the state. Oregon is also a hotbed for an educational vacation. Download the free Mt. Hood Territory Heritage Trail app to learn about the history of the Oregon Trail. You can stop at Philip Foster Farm where you’ll learn how to grind corn, build a log cabin, and saw logs for $5 per person or $20 a family. Travel out to nearby Portland and explore one of the nation’s leading science museums Oregon Museum of Science and Industry at $14 per person. This is one of our favorite cheap places to travel in summer where you can get a sun tan and a history lesson in the same trip.
Denver has the perfect mix of culture, cuisine, and outdoors, and summer is really the best time to go (we think, anyway). Denver and its surrounding towns have unparalleled hiking opportunities, especially in the warm summer months. Hit the trails in Estes Park, Boulder, and Manitou Springs and hike some of the highest elevations in the country.
For more of an easy going adventure, adult travelers can take a free tour of the Coors Brewery, or any of Colorado’s other unrivaled breweries for free or very cheap. If you’re feeling lucky, head out to Black Hawk which features some fantastic casinos, but when you get there, you can play the penny slots, play $10, and still get some free drinks out of it. City Park also offers free jazz concerts throughout the summer, and while it may cost you a little bit more to catch a show at the legendary Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, you could make a day out of hiking it’s fantastic trails and setting up a day-long picnic.
Traveling internationally may seem like an expensive venture, but when one US dollar is the equivalent to two Barbados dollars, the cities in the Caribbean could actually be cheap summer destinations that rival any city in the US. With favorable weather between 75 and 85 degrees and the Crop Over summer festival fast approaching, summer is the best time to travel to the country of Barbados.
You could spend the entire week relaxing on sandy beaches such as Crane Beach, and only spend cash on food and drinks. But if you’re looking for a little more of the island experience, take a tour of the Mount Gay Rum distillery or travel around to various restaurants on a self-directed ‘appetizer tour’ and try the delectable Bajan cuisine. Don’t miss out on the Friday night fish fry at Oistins Fish Market. If you’re willing to spend a little extra cash for rentals, there are plenty of opportunities for water-based activities such as surfing, water skiing, kayaking, and more, which can still ring relatively cheap. But nothing says ‘cheap summer thrills’ like kicking back and relaxing on the sand with a refreshing drink in your hand.