Yes, summer is coming to an end. But, you can still score some amazing 11th-hour deals to several hidden-gem destinations. Check out the top picks to make the carefree vibe of the season last just a little longer.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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If you can take the desert heat, Albuquerque might be the perfect place for your trip. There are many cultural attractions, including the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, and Turquoise Museum. For a unique experience with a view, head up to the Sandia Peak Tramway—the longest in the country—and take in the stunning sights of the city.

Raleigh, North Carolina


Want the feel of a big city that still has plenty of charm? Look no further than Raleigh. In addition to being the state capitol, It’s home to the North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. There are also plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors at Lake Crabtree County Park, William B. Umstead State Park, or Lake Wheeler Park, to name a few.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Blue sky and mountain view in Pikes Peak Colorado

Don’t count Colorado out when it comes to summertime fun. While it may be associated with powder-packed mountains and ski trips, it’s equally gorgeous this time of year. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Garden of the Gods, and Glen Eyrie Castle are just a few of the must-see stops. Feeling adventurous? Try the country’s highest zip line and fly across the Royal Gorge.

San Antonio, Texas

Walkway path along the Riverwalk in San Antonio

Between the bustling River Walk, X, and the iconic Alamo, San Antonio might be the perfect place to get away for a last summer hurrah. Other attractions include Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Antonio Zoo, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

Orlando, Florida

View of Downtown Orlando, Florida

Disney may have a reputation for being expensive, but you can score some great deals in the dog days of summer. If you’re Mickey Moused out, there’s still tons to see and do. There’s Universal Studios, Wet ‘N Wild, high-end shopping at the Mall at Millenia, and a cool downtown district with dining and nightlife galore.