Last-Minute Labor Day Trips That Won't Break the Bank

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A recent Travelocity survey showed that more than 70 percent of Americans believe that Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. Last year, more than 40 percent of hotel bookings were made only during the week before the long weekend, so there's still plenty of time for planning.

Helena, Montana
You can follow the path of Lewis and Clark exploring the “Gates of the Mountains,” nestled half way between Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, for $16. Visitors can also go on the Last Chance Tour Train to see the lavish mansion district and cruise by a restored miners’ village. Helena is a top early fall destination, according to Travelocity. The average hotel rate per night on Labor Day Weekend is $105. Photo Credit: ThinkstockClick Here to See Last Minute Labor Day Trips That Won’t Break the Bank
Park City, Utah
Far more famous for its winter offerings, Park City is a gem in the summer too. Labor Day is Park City Miner's Day here, a tradition dating back to more than a century. Locals and visitors celebrate the area's rich mining heritage. Events include a community pancake breakfast, live music, races, the Funky 5K Fun Run, and the annual Miner's Day Parade located down on Historic Main Street. One of the most anticipated events is the Running of the Balls, a charity fundraising event. Take to the mountain for adventures on the Alpine Slide, one of the longest in the world, ride the Alpine Coaster for a rush or take to the air on Park City’s zip lines. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Mammoth Lakes, California
“No way’ is never far away,” as locals like to say. Mammoth Lakes is one of those rare places that you have to see. “The size of the mountains, the expanse of the valleys, the incredible number of crystal clear mountain lakes and the endless opportunities for adventure just outside your door” are attracting many tourists in the summer. Go mountain biking, hiking along the Mammoth Crest Trail which overlooks Lake George, and stay in wood cabins with stone fireplaces. The average hotel price per night is around $150. Photo Credit: ThinkstockClick Here to See Last Minute Labor Day Trips That Won’t Break the Bank
Daytona Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach is a family-friendly vacation destination, not just an ideal guys-only getaway around Daytona 500 if you are into cars. Catch a free Grunge Lives concert – a Nirvana/Stone Temple Pilots/Foo Fighters Tribute on September 2. Stay the next day for the Bruce Springsteen Tribute & Fireworks, which is also free. See the Classic Car Cruise-In with its more than 300 classic cars and trucks. You can find affordable hotels in this part of Florida with rates averaging $100-$115 per night. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Lake Tahoe, California
There are so many reasons to visit Lake Tahoe, one of the most spectacular lakes in the world, but perhaps the most simple is the chance to witness its sheer, unspoiled beauty. The largest alpine lake in North America is admired for many incredible features, but especially for its surrounding mountain panoramas and its stunningly crystal clear waters, which are said to be 99.9 percent pure. Don’t miss the Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza on September 4, a pyrotechnic exhibition featuring a variety of patterns, shapes, and designs. The average hotel rate per night is around $160 but you can find rooms for $130, according to Click Here to See Last Minute Labor Day Trips That Won’t Break the BankPhoto Credit: Shutterstock

Some of the top destination picks for both summer and fall lovers based on local attractions, hotel prices and weather include Corpus Christi in Texas, Portland in Maine, and Key West in Florida, even though they were expensive.

Make the most of the season while the sun is still shining and the heat is still blazing without breaking the bank. Generally, the earlier you book a flight the cheaper it will be. Prices begin to gradually increase a little less than a month before a holiday, according to CheapOAir. Labor Day airfare prices are expected to rise 6 percent after August 16 and 15 percent after August. Your ticket will cost about a third more of what it should if you book the week of Labor Day.

But flying is not the only way to get to your destination - you can always go on a road trip. Visitors have to consider other expenses such as hotel rates, food and activities. Whether you want to go on a one last trip to the beach or to a final summer music festival, you want the experience to be inexpensive.

The best way to avoid extra costs is by carefully planning your itinerary, but there are not enough hours in the day for that. The following list contains budget-friendly destinations that include many free and very cheap activities people can enjoy during the long weekend.

- Hristina Byrnes The Active Times

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