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Fall Fling: 3 Domestic Travel Bargains

Lake Tahoe: one of many fall bargain destinations.

Although the euro’s steady drop has sweetened off-season international deals, a financial crisis tour of Europe isn’t in everyone’s budget.

Last week, Pay Dirt brought you “Last Hurrah: 3 Top Fall Getaways” for international travel. This week, we have scenic bargains closer to home. Orbitz.com has discounts of 50% on packages to Aspen and Vail, while Travelzoo.com has 70% off packages for travel in Florida. At this time of year, says Jason Clampet, senior online editor at Frommers.com, “You avoid locals’ end-of-season stress and burnout and get them while they’re fresh for the next crop of visitors.”

Of course, it’s the off-season for a reason: those Vail deals, for example, come too early in the year for skiing, and may be too late for hikers who don’t want to layer up. Florida, meanwhile, has hurricane season to contend with through December, so it’s best to check with the National Hurricane Center before you travel. Pay Dirt asked Clampet; cruise broker Stewart Chiron; Stephen Daimler, a spokesman for Packlate.com; and Christie McConnell, marketing director of TravelZoo, to pick three of the best domestic deals worth a look.

1. Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California

Lake Tahoe has vacation rentals with discounts of 20% and another 20% if you book within 30 days of check-in, Daimler says. Packlate has a lodge in Nevada that sleeps 10 at $20 per person per night if it’s filled to capacity and $40 per person for a four-bedroom Californian property. It’s okay to book late, it’s not a shopping area and ski season doesn’t start until Thanksgiving at the earliest, but many travelers go for the lake views, fishing, golfing, biking and Tahoe Rim Trail.

2. East Coast Foliage Cruises

A cruise along the New England Coast starts at $399 per person for seven nights, a saving of around 40% on high season. The weather won’t be as warm as the Caribbean, McConnell says, but the water views of fall foliage are worth the extra bulk of sweaters in your suitcase. Meals and accommodation are included in most prices.

3. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands are further afield, but an option if you want to leave your passport at home. (U.S. residents just need some form of photo ID.) It takes less than two-and-a-half hours to fly from New York and only 35 minutes from Miami. VisitUSVI.com has discounts of up to 50% on vacations that can typically cost $1,400 or more in the shoulder season. One caveat: it’s still hurricane season.


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    • @ Geoff
      As a small favor to yourself and the publication, please check your facts before posting. They expect comprehension ability from their readers.

    • @Geoff

      I think it says $40 per person per night. With 4 people that does come out to exactly 160 per night.

    • I clicked on the link for the Californian property but instead of $40/night, it says $162/night. Please check your facts. I expect more from this publication.

    • I believe the flight time is a bit longer to St. Croix from those particular departure cities.

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