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Average Hotel Price: $155
Sin City, anyone? If nightlife, 24-hour casinos and watching fountains synchronized to music are your thing, it may be time to head to Las Vegas. There are countless hotel options here, many themed around famous European cities (in case a trip across the pond isn't in your budget) ranging from the Venetian with its grand canal to Paris Las Vegas and its replica of the Eiffel Tower. There are also loads of cheap attractions, too.
Average Hotel Price: $287
Between its world class museums, outstanding dining options, Broadway shows, Central Park and endless shopping, the Big Apple almost always makes for a great getaway, no matter what your interests. The only question will be what to spend your time doing when there are so many choices, including many free options.
Average Hotel Price: $238
If the heat doesn't bother you, or you're a fan of spending days at the beach, Miami is another affordable Labor Day weekend choice. Consider an art-deco walking tour while in town, taking in some of the stunning architecture the city is known for. The annual Miami Spice event is also a popular option over Labor Day. The event showcases some of the city's finest restaurants, which offer three-course meals for $23 during lunch and $39 during dinner. Cheap attractions also abound here, too.
Average Hotel Price: $161
The Big Easy is another option known for its around-the-clock nightlife and cheap entertainment. There's also an outstanding music scene and for the foodies, there's a particularly unique range of dining options thanks to the city's French, African, and American roots. In addition, each year over Labor Day weekend the French Quarter hosts Southern Decadence, a celebration of LGBT culture.
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA
Average Hotel Price: $250
Summer is a glorious time to visit Boston, a season when all that the city has to offer is on full display. Walk the Freedom Trail, take a ride on the Swan Boats in Boston Public Garden or explore Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The city also puts on a spectacular Labor Day weekend fireworks show launched from two barges anchored between the North End and Seaport. The show lights up the sky over Boston Harbor.
Average Hotel Price: $172
One of the best museums in the country, the Art Institute of Chicago by itself is reason enough to visit this city. But that's not the only reason of course. One of the largest cities in the country, additional top stops include Navy Pier, John Hancock Center and Willis Tower (which offer sky-high views), and Millennium Park, a green space known for its state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design, and art.
Average Hotel Price: $176
Endless beaches, the famed San Diego Zoo, and museum-filled Balboa Park are some of the attractions that keep San Diego at the top of many travelers' lists. And then there's the temperate climate. There are plenty of reasons why San Diego has been nicknamed America's Finest City. San Diego is also home to a thriving craft beer scene, by some accounts it has become the craft beer capital of America.
Average Hotel Price: $181
A city that is experiencing a renaissance, Reno was known for years for its casinos and proximity to ski resorts. But more recently it has undergone something of a revitalization, and its craft beer industry has taken off. At the same time, Reno is being recognized for the many other activities it offers beyond gaming, such as hiking and biking trails, its National Automobile Museum, which showcases more than 200 vintage cars, and its MidTown District, which is lined with shops and restaurants.
Average Hotel Price: $263
One of the priciest cities in the country, scoring a bargain in San Francisco is nothing to sniff at. With hotel prices under $300, now is the time to experience a ride on a cable car, walk amid its colorful Victorian houses and perhaps take a boat ride to Alcatraz Island, home of the legendary prison.
Average Hotel Price: $182
A city that played a critical role in both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, there's much history to explore in Atlanta. The Atlanta History Center showcases a great deal of the city's past, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park is another fascinating stop. Still other top attractions include the city's Centennial Olympic Park, which was built for the 1996 Olympics, and the Georgia Aquarium.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Average Hotel Price: $161
Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. The city is close to Pike National Forest, which offers a plethora of hiking trails and a railway that leads to the summit of Pikes Peak. Yet another stunning stop is the Garden of the Gods, a park known for its red sandstone formations. The city will be hosting a variety of events over Labor Day weekend as well, including a mass ascension of hot-air balloons and a wakeboarding exhibition.
Average Hotel Price: $158
The state's capital and a city that dates back to the Old West, Denver is still home to a block of buildings from the 19th century. The Denver Art Museum is also a noteworthy stop, an ultramodern building known for its collection of indigenous works. History buffs won't want to miss visiting the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Average Hotel Price: $122
One of Florida's most popular beach communities, Fort Lauderdale is also a place known for its upscale restaurants, boutiques, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, home to trails and a lagoon. Park visitors can rent a canoe and paddle along the mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish from the park's seawall. The Bonnet House, a historic home, is another popular attraction. The home was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Built in 1920, the home features artwork and landscaped gardens.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA
Average Hotel Price: $160
A popular vacation destination in northwest Florida, Panama City Beach is home to miles of white sand and the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The 1,200-acre St. Andrews State Park is just 3 miles away. A protected nature preserve, the park includes two nature trails through coastal plant communities that provide a great place for bird watching. Want to do a little shopping? Head to Pier Park where there are about 124 stores.
Average Hotel Price: $144
For space enthusiasts, Houston is a top choice. The city is home to NASA's visitor center complex. Downtown, there's a theater district (home to the Houston Grand Opera), and a historic district showcasing architecture from the 19th century.
Average Hotel Price: $98
The biggest bargain on the Hipmunk list, Minneapolis is a great option for travelers on a budget. The city is known for its parks and lakes. There are also several notable cultural stops including the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum. And while there, don't miss the adjacent 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The city will also mark Labor Day weekend with the Minnesota State Fair, the ultimate end of summer celebration.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Average Hotel Price: $118
Once an important trading post for cowboys, today Fort Worth is a modern city with many notable cultural institutions, such as the Kimbell Art Museum. To immerse yourself in the city's past, visit the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Created in 1975, the museum honors women of the American West who were known for their courage and pioneering.
OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND
Average Hotel Price: $238
Another resort town ideal for celebrating Labor Day, Ocean City offers miles of beach and a boardwalk lined by restaurants, shops, and hotels. There's also Trimper's Rides, a theme park at the southern end of the boardwalk that has been in business since 1893. Ocean City is one of the East Coast's best beach towns.
GROVER BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Average Hotel Price: $183
Want to get away from it all over Labor Day weekend? Tiny Grover Beach offers a budget-friendly place for such an escape. The beach town is home to just under 14,000 people. Spend your time here hiking at Oceano Dunes Natural Preserves or adventuring in a dune buggy or on an ATV. There's also a beach boardwalk, a scenic trail that winds through dunes and to a monarch butterfly grove, where, during the right season, thousands of butterflies can be observed.
FORT MYERS BEACH, FLORIDA
Average Hotel Price: $177
Another Florida option for fans of sunshine and sand, Fort Myers is located along the state's southwest coast. Its beaches face the Gulf of Mexico. Attractions include the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center, which features local marine life, including interactive exhibits, aquariums, and a touch tank. The 60-acre Matanzas Pass Preserve nature sanctuary meanwhile, offers trails that wind through the canopies of mangroves and an oak hammock.
Average Hotel Price: $103
Once the capital of the Virginia Colony (from 1699 until 1780), Williamsburg played a big role in the American Revolution. Together with Jamestown and Yorktown, the city makes up what's known as a historic triangle. One of the top stops here is Colonial Williamsburg, a historic district and living-history museum where you'll find actors in period costume reenacting colonial life. There are also original 18th century buildings and folk art on display.
Average Hotel Price: $186
Separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola is famed for its protected beaches. In addition, the city was one of the earliest European settlements in the U.S. At Historic Pensacola Village, there's a museum complex featuring original 19th century buildings. As for Labor Day weekend, the city will be hosting a variety of events, including a Rock-n-Reggae Festival and also the Gulf Coast Summer Fest - Jazz Edition.
Average Hotel Price: $216
Want to spend the holiday weekend star spotting, then pack your bags and head for Los Angeles. As the center of the film and television industry, there are countless industry-related attractions, including hiking to the Hollywood sign, taking behind-the-scenes tours of Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, or Warner Brothers lots or simply walking along Hollywood Boulevard and exploring the Walk of Fame. If you're really bent on checking out how the rich and famous live, hop on a bus tour that takes you past the homes of stars.
Average Hotel Price: $183
Just a bit south of Los Angeles, Anaheim is home to Disneyland. (If you do plan to see Mickey, keep these money-saving tips in mind.) But if you need still another reason to visit, there's also the Knott's Berry Farm theme park. And while in the area, don't miss the 20,000-square-foot Vans Skatepark if you have a budding skateboarder in your family. The massive park offers lessons and equipment rentals. For sports fans, Anaheim is also home to Angel Stadium, where behind-the-scenes tours allow visitors to see parts of the stadium not typically open to the public.
ESTES PARK, COLORADO
Average Hotel Price: $155
Located in northern Colorado, Estes Park is often used as a base to explore the 415-square-mile Rocky Mountain National Park, a place that's home to a variety of wildlife including elk and bears. There are also miles of hiking trails in the park, forests, and tundra. The Estes Park area is also home to Roosevelt National Forest, and don't miss the Estes Park Aerial Tramway, which connects the town to the summit of nearby Prospect Mountain, showcasing stunning views of the valley.
Average Hotel Price: $180
Philadelphia will say goodbye to summer with a concert by the U.S. Army band Downrange and fireworks. In addition to these festivities, the city, rich in history, offers a variety of attractions including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and other sites related to the American Revolution.
Average Hotel Price: $147
Theme park overload anyone? Orlando is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Of course, the most famous is Walt Disney World, which includes the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and which currently costs more than $100 for a day. There's also Universal Orlando (notable for being the location of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), and not to be overlooked, Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Average Hotel Price: $209
Does anyone really need an excuse to visit Hawaii? If so, here it is: bargain hotel room prices for the budget-conscious traveler. Located on Oahu's south shore, Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii. Among the most popular places here is the Waikiki neighborhood, offering dining, nightlife and shopping. Waikiki is also the location of an iconic crescent beach that's lined by palm trees and high-rise hotels. Don't miss visiting sites related to World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA
Average Hotel Price: $162
Newport News offers historical attractions and museums, architectural landmarks, sporting, camping, fishing and natural parks. Located on the James River in coastal Virginia, the Mariners' Museum in downtown Newport News showcases maritime history via ship models and artifacts. The Virginia War Museum meanwhile, focuses on American military history. The Virginia Living Museum is yet another attraction, where local wildlife, including bald eagles and red wolves, can be observed.
Average Hotel Price: $188
The second-largest city in Southwest Georgia, behind Albany, Thomasville is known as the City of Roses thanks to its annual Rose Festival. Also notable is Thomasville's well-preserved historic downtown. During the Victorian era, wealthy Northerners would come to the town to enjoy its mild climate. The community's Victorian homes continue to be a large part of its charm, as are its brick-paved streets. There's also a variety of museums, including the Jack Hadley Black History Museum.
PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Average Hotel Price: $170
A coastal community famed for its wineries, and beaches, Pismo Beach was founded in 1891 and is located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a population of just 8,000, tourism is the primary activity here. There are more than 65 restaurants and 30 hotels, motels, inns, and RV parks. Don't miss Dinosaur Caves Park, an 11-acre oceanfront, blufftop park that offers trails with stunning ocean views.
Average Hotel Price: $143
San Antonio is most well-known for being home to The Alamo, the 18th century Spanish mission that's now a museum. The San Antonio River Walk has also grown to be an enormous attraction. The miles-long pedestrian promenade is lined by cafes and shops. Foodies will also find themselves right at home in San Antonio. The city has been named a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy thanks to its deep, culturally diverse, culinary traditions tied to both European and Mexican settlers.
LAKE GEORGE, NEW YORK
Average Hotel Price: $237
Roller coasters, rodeos, and waterslides are just some of the highlights in Lake George, a classic summer town located on the shores of what has been nicknamed the Queen of the American Lakes. There are also mini-golf courses and live music around every turn. Whitewater rafting, hot-air ballooning, boating, tubing, and parasailing are some of the other popular activities here.
SURFSIDE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA
Average Hotel Price: $117
Another tiny coastal town, the population in Surfside hovers around 3,800. The community's nickname is "The Family Beach." Perhaps one of the biggest attractions here is Wild Water & Wheels, a park that offers a variety of water rides, kiddie games, and a race zone. The other big draw in Surfside is its beaches. There's about 36 different access points along its 2-mile-long beach.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO
Average Hotel Price: $233
A resort city, Glenwood Springs is perhaps best known for its hot springs including the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Iron Mountain Hot Springs. The community is located in the Rocky Mountains and is encompassed by the White River National Forest. Nature lovers will enjoy the 12.5-mile Glenwood Canyon, notable for its wildlife and striking turquoise waters. Glenwood Caverns, meanwhile, are ancient underground caves.
Average Hotel Price: $210
Located on an island on the Gulf Coast of Texas, Galveston offers something for everyone. There are amusement rides and restaurants along Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, located on the south shore, and on the west, visitors will find Galveston Island State Park, home to trails, kayak launches and fishing galore. Meanwhile, on the island's eastern end, there's still more beach to explore, including Stewart Beach and East Beach.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
Average Hotel Price: $275
One of the top attractions in Virginia Beach is its 3-mile-long boardwalk. The oceanfront area is also a hub of hotels, dining, and entertainment, including live music, street performers, and outdoor cafes. The city is home to the First Landing State Park, which marks the 1607 arrival of the Jamestown colonists from England. Also, noteworthy, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center features exhibits of ocean life, including sharks and sea turtles in themed habitats.
SAN SIMEON, CALIFORNIA
Average Hotel Price: $152
Located along California's stunning coastline, San Simeon is famous for being the location of Hearst Castle, a place where one could easily spend several days. The castle, built by the wealthy and eccentric William Randolph Hearst, is a sprawling and fascinating place that hosted a variety of Hollywood luminaries in its heyday and showcases a fascinating art collection. The Hearst Castle is merely one of the noteworthy attractions here. Viewing elephant seals is also popular and can be done for free at the Piedras Blancas Rookery, which is open to the public every day of the year.