15 4th of July Destinations for Under $50 Per Night
You don't have to spend a fortune to have a fabulous Fourth of July getaway. In some places, it's possible to spend less than $27 per night on accommodations over the popular holiday weekend, according to a list of destinations from TripAdvisor Rentals with prices based on a two- or three-bedroom rental split among multiple people. If you can round up a few fellow travelers, the options for your midsummer getaway can include luxe accommodations with spacious living areas and private pools.
Here are 15 destinations where the cost of a two- or three-bedroom rental is $50 or less per person, per night. All costs are based on rentals between June 30 and July 5, researched in early June.
Median Weekly Rate: $750
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $27
On Hawaii's Big Island and home to Wailuku River State Park, Hilo is a stellar place for a Fourth of July getaway. Further south is Hawaii Volcanoes
National Park, which includes the active volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Prices on TripAdvisor Rentals start between $100 and $127 per night.
Median Weekly Rate: $962
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $34
Fabulous music, a booming food scene, countless art galleries, rivers to kayak, and lakes to swim in -- yes, this is another popular destination. But that doesn't mean it's impossible to find a budget-friendly place to stay. There are numerous affordable rental options out there, some of which start at $24 per person when divided between multiple travelers. HomeAway, for instance, lists an upscale three-bedroom, 1,600-square-foot townhouse that sleeps six for $165 per night. Do the math, it's not a bad deal.
Median Weekly Rate: $975
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $35
Part of the Palm Desert and Palm Springs area, Rancho Mirage is not for the faint of heart come July. (The average daily temperature is 96 degrees.) But if heat isn't an issue, or you plan to spend your trip indoors at one of the region's many shopping venues, this may be an ideal holiday weekend destination. Besides shopping, Rancho Mirage is famous for its luxe spas and pampering resorts, and for golf. As for accommodations, TripAdvisor Rentals lists a two-bedroom, two-bathroom country club home that sleeps four for $129 per night. That's about $32 per person, per night.
Median Weekly Rate: $995
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $36
The oldest city in the United States and a place famous for Spanish colonial architecture, St. Augustine makes for a great vacation practically any time of year, including Fourth of July. The city is home to miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, a protected wildlife sanctuary and the Castillo de San Marcos, a fortress that dates back to the 17th century. Vacation rentals here can also be very affordable, even over the holiday weekend. VRBO (part of HomeAway) lists a historic home in St. Augustine's Old Town area that sleeps four people, for $158 per night or about $39 per person.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,032
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $37
Sixty miles of beaches, celebrity-designed golf courses, a boardwalk, arcades, and one of the country's biggest Ferris wheels -- not a bad place to spend a holiday weekend, right? If you don't mind crowds, and there are tourists aplenty here in the summer, a getaway to this quintessential beach city can be quite affordable. A two-bedroom condo near the beaches and the golf courses lists on TripAdvisor Rentals for about $182 per night, which still keeps you well under $50 per person when divided among four people.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,050
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $38
Denver is more than just a gateway to ski resorts. The city traces its roots back to the Old West era, and there are still buildings from the 19th century lining the city's oldest block. Additional sights include the mansion of Titanic survivor Molly Brown and the Denver Art Museum, which showcases an impressive collection of indigenous artwork. To score an affordable deal here, consider rounding up several of your closest friends or family members. TripAdvisor Rentals lists a luxury 1,900-square-foot, three-bedroom home that sleeps 10 for $331 per night. That's about $33 per person before taxes and fees.
Median Weekly Rate: $1095
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $39
A town in the Tennessee mountains, Gatlinburg is often a jumping off point for visiting the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Outside of this pristine national park, Gatlinburg can be a bit of a tourist madhouse, home to attractions such as a Ripley's Believe or Not Museum, the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum, and the Hollywood Star Cars Museum. If these strike your fancy, Gatlinburg may be the ideal place for Fourth of July. VRBO lists a mountain chalet that sleeps four people for $116 per night.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,151
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $41
One of the country's up-and-coming travel destinations, Houston's attractions include a vibrant arts scene complete with a designated museum district; dozens of award-winning restaurants, and Space Center Houston, which is the official visitor center for NASA Johnson Space Center. A two-bedroom rental home that sleeps six in the trendy museum district starts around $195 per night on TripAdvisor Rentals.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,194
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $43
Fourth of July in Las Vegas involves fireworks over the Strip, a crush of tourists, and temperatures that will keep you running for the pool or the air-conditioned casinos. The average temperature in July is 106. And no, that's not a typo. If that sort of heat is not off-putting, then here's the key takeaway: a two-bedroom condo rental that sleeps eight people at the Wyndham Grand Resort is about $186 per night. As far as deals go, $23 per night in Vegas is a steal.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,260
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $45
Two words: Walt Disney. No make that six words: Walt Disney for Fourth of July. Your kids will love you forever. Check out these tips to keep it affordable. Less than one mile from Disney, there's a two-bedroom condo rental for $206 per night. The condo, located in a family-oriented resort on Lake Buena Vista, sleeps eight. That translates into about $25 per night, per person, for a holiday weekend in one of the happiest places on earth. You're welcome.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,325
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $47
Cape May on the Jersey Shore is a charming community that has all the essentials for a memorable summer getaway. There's a promenade along the beach for biking and jogging, a historic lighthouse that provides sweeping views of the coastline, and a pedestrian-friendly shopping district. The entire city is a National Historic District, largely because it is home to 600 preserved Victorian buildings. A two-bedroom campground cottage that sleeps six can be had for $239 per night through TripAdvisor Rentals.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,350
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $48
If strolling along the beach collecting seashells is an activity you enjoy, put Sanibel Island on your radar. The city is famous for beaches loaded with shells that have washed ashore from the Gulf of Mexico. It's also known for the 19th century Sanibel Lighthouse. Another top attraction is the J.N. Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses almost half of the tiny island. Two-bedroom, Gulf-front condos that sleep four can be found for $225 per night.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,369
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $49
Think "beach getaway at its finest." Hilton Head is a place of uncommon beauty. Part of South Carolina's Lowcountry region, there are 12 miles of beaches on the island, as well as 24 golf courses. Other popular activities include horseback riding in the island's forest preserve, biking, and kayaking. A three-bedroom, three-bathroom villa on the island that sleeps eight people can be rented for $199 per night. Splitting that cost amongst eight people translates into less than $25 per person.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,400
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $50
Like South Carolina's Hilton Head Island, the Outer Banks are known for their pristine beaches, state parks, quaint towns, and shipwreck diving sites. There are five lighthouses on the Outer Banks, and the Alligator River National Refuge is also there. All of which means this is yet another popular holiday destination. Still, it is possible to have an affordable holiday weekend getaway here. A three-bedroom, three-bathroom marina-front condo on VRBO that sleeps 12 (yes, hard to believe) starts at $359 per night. If even just eight people split the cost, this rental comes in at about $44 per night, per person.
Median Weekly Rate: $1,400
Median Cost Per Person Per Night: $50
Big Bear Lake in Southern California is most famous as a winter destination. But come summer, it also has plenty to offer including biking, boating, swimming, fishing, and jet skiing. The weather at Big Bear is also very mild, and there are gorgeous forests to explore. A 1,600-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom mountain cabin that sleeps eight can be rented through TripAdvisor Rentals for $217 per night.