Last-Minute Budget-Friendly Summer Getaways

Families don't want to give up their summer vacations, even when money's tight; but they do look for cheaper summer getaways. Find ideas below.

- Updated August 2015

  • 01 of 07
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    ••• Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Want to plan a budget-friendly summer vacation? These tried-and-tested tips can deliver significant savings on your family vacation.

  • 02 of 07
    Family Vacation Tips & Advice

    Here's how to set up a never-fail, no-brainer system that will ensure you are always able to find a great getaway at an affordable price. The idea is to create a depository of deals and special offers that you can turn to every time you plan a vacation.

     

  • 03 of 07
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    ••• National Park Service

    Called "America's best idea" by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national park system offers families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors. 

  • 04 of 07
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    ••• Rocking Horse Ranch

    How do Americans take family vacations? We pack the car and the kids and go. The vast majority of family getaways are easy and affordable road trips within a day's driving each way. Here's a collection of fantastic escapes within a six-hour drive of major U.S. cities.

     

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  • 05 of 07
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    ••• HomeAway.com

    Opting for a vacation rental rather than a hotel can be an affordable choice for many families, as you often get more space and home-like conveniences for less money. Here are just some of the many unique and family-friendly properties listed on HomeAway where you can stay for less than $200 a night:

  • 06 of 07
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    ••• Ohio State Parks
    Looking for an affordable Midwest beach getaway this summer? A stay at one of the Ohio State Park Lodges might be just the ticket. Located in parks throughout the central and northern regions of the Buckeye State, the lodges offer a surprising array of beach experiences on lakes, rivers and reservoirs.
  • 07 of 07
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    ••• HomeAway
    Scoring vacation digs in Maui doesn't have to break the bank. Opting for a vacation rental rather than a hotel can be a money-savvy option in a destination where vacation homes and condos are so plentiful.