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Get a deal on a bus trip before school starts

As summer nears its end and kids start heading back to school, if you’re tempted to squeeze in a last minute summer getaway or vacation, you should go for it. It’s actually a great time to plan a trip. When summer crowds disappear, travel prices start dropping.

Put your life on pause, let lazy summer languish for a few days and recharge your batteries. Take a last break before school madness kicks in and fall rolls into high gear.

You may already realize this, but whenever vacation demands drop in the hospitality industry, you can almost always get better deals. US Coachways is offering price match guarantees, up to 50% off specials and short notice booking. It’s time to take advantage of it and get away!

What Types of Last Minute Summer Trip Options Are Available?

The Real Deal1 suggests some summer weekend getaways for folks on a budget. Here are some of the off-the-beaten-track spots they highlight:

Asheville, North Carolina

While other vacationers flock to and crowd the beaches, you’ll find better deals in Asheville, N.C. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this getaway spot also offers a reprieve from the signature muggy summer heat that the South is known for. Asheville is conveniently located about two hours from Knoxville, three and a half hours from Atlanta, and five and a half hours from Richmond, Virginia.

The city if full of Southern charm with its eateries, microbreweries, galleries and boutique stores, but its real claim to fame is America’s largest home, the Biltmore Estate. George Vanderbilt constructed the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, and it sits on 8,000 acres. You could easily spend a day exploring the grounds.

Blue Ridge, Georgia

Speaking of the Blue Ridge Mountains, another great getaway is a mountain town called Blue Ridge, which is only about an hour and a half drive from Atlanta. The scenery is flush with green forests, foothills, vineyards, winding roads and local waterfalls. You can drop by Mercier Orchards and sample their tasty hard cider and fried pies. You can go horseback riding through the Chattahoochee National Forest, or if you prefer, take the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. You’ll find plenty of spots to sample fine wines or craft beer, and the delicious farm-to-table food will satisfy your appetite after a day of whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River or kayaking on Lake Blue Ridge.

San Luis Obispo, California

Oprah Winfrey named San Luis Obispo the “happiest city in the America.” What’s the allure? Beaches like Avila and Pismo are close by, and San Luis Obispo also boasts a quaint atmosphere with art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. If you bring children, they’ll enjoy the Charles Paddock Zoo, Morrow Bay Aquarium and San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum. Adults can tour the many wineries that the area has to offer. To get bargain prices for lodging, you should look for hotels on the outskirts of the city.

Kayaking

Stowe, Vermont

Even though Stowe, Vermont is renowned as a top New England ski resort, during the summer months, it transforms into a warm weather resort that offers all kinds of exciting outdoors activities: fishing, golf, kayaking, canoeing, biking, tennis and zip lining to name a few. More than 70 stores and boutiques will keep visitors busy who are not as sports minded, as will a 21,000 square foot spa, located at Stowe Mountain Lodge. The spa offers massages, Jacuzzi® hot tubs, and other amenities for relaxation.

Astoria, Oregon

If Astoria, Oregon looks familiar, it is the setting where The Goonies movie with its story by Stephen Spielberg was filmed. The city is a two-hour drive from Portland and visitors can enjoy the small town atmosphere, with modest museums (Imogen Gallery and Columbia River Maritime Museum), awesome food and live music. You’ll find cozy coffee shops as well as breweries. On Sundays, The Astoria Sunday Market has more than 150 vendors who display their art and crafts and provide tasty local food, along with musicians to entertain you.

White-water-rafting

Getaways Geared Toward Men Looking for an Adventure

According to Men’s Journal2, for males in their 20’s, it’s not too late to plan a late summer adventure. If you’re the tough and rugged type who is itching for a challenge, you can gather some of your cohorts together and plan a road trip. Soak up some sun and get some exercise in before the summer ends. Some recommended vacation spots include:

Water Rafting in Colorado Rivers

Carbondale is 30 miles north of Aspen, Colorado and a perfect spot for white water rafting. Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers intersect here and provide ample opportunity for testing your mettle.

After you get soaked and worn out, you can get a massage at the True Nature Healing Arts. The town also has a craft distillery you can visit and a European bistro with farm-to-table fare.

Grand Canyon

The REI Adventure is a backpacking trip on the Grand Canyon North Rim, and it lasts four days and three nights. You’ll soon discover that this strenuous hiking adventure is not for the faint of heart. You’ll explore steep canyon walls, rock trails, switchbacks, waterfalls and the Thunder River. You’ll hike six to 11 miles a day, but it’s the elevation and slopes that make this jaunt a challenge. Participants must have a clean bill of health from their doctor in order to join the adventure.

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Get Away with the Gals and Rest Up Before the Fast Pace of Fall Rolls Around

If you’re yearning for those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” to linger just a bit longer, plan a weekend getaway with the gals. A little R&R can give you a chance to regroup before jumping back into your fast paced lives involving fall activities and work.

Keep in mind, you can cut your costs by booking a vacation rental, and people often do it for reunions with close friends and family.

Here are a few recommended vacation spots from Trip Advisor3 and Southern Living4.

New Orleans & Cajun Country

Rent a party bus and spend the weekend in New Orleans. In the French Quarter, you step into another world full of cultural idiosyncrasies and charm with its wrought-iron balconies, boutiques, quaint bistros and jazz bars. Sit down and relax at an outdoor cafe and sink your teeth into a beignet while you sip on a café au lait. Or sample some fresh, plump oysters and shrimp remoulade.

Better yet, don’t limit your getaway to New Orleans, take a few days to journey across Southwest Louisiana and drop into towns rife with Cajun culture like St. Martinville, New Iberia and Lafayette. Savor some gumbo and spicy boudin, and let the local musicians fill your hearts with zydeco or soulful jazz.

The French Quarter of Fairhope, Alabama is another area where you can partake in the Cajun lifestyle and cuisine. The French Quarter was established in 1992 and it has ironwork and courtyards reminiscent of New Orleans and Louisiana towns. You can immerse yourselves in colorful live music, eateries and the shopping district.

Austin, Texas

Austin has earned its name as “live music capital of the world” because it boasts more than a hundred venues that feature live music any night of the week. There are a myriad reasons why people love Austin, not to mention the rooftop bars, coffee shops, festivals and street art.

For gals on a weekend getaway who are looking for top-of-the-line relaxation, you can’t beat Lake Austin Spa Resort. Not only is the resort’s setting beautifully scenic, the surroundings are perfect for outdoor activities. You can also enjoy the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the outdoor treatment cabanas and separate men and women’s spa areas. Both areas have saunas, whirlpools and steam rooms. The resort also has a yoga deck with a view of the lake where you can take a yoga class. You’ll revel in the posh accommodations, fitness activities and gourmet dining. For a few days of luxury and pampering, you won’t find a better spot for gals to get away and have fun.

Plan Your Late Summer Getaway Weekend or Vacation

Chartering a bus, mini bus or limo is perfect for group travel. When you can free yourself of driving hassles, your trip will be that much more enjoyable. Here are some advantages when reserving a charter for group travel:

You can rely on safe travel. With a professional driver at the wheel, you can party and never have to worry about designating a driver. Aside from that, charter buses have earned the reputation of being the safest mode of ground transportation in the country.

You can save on travel expenses. Sharing the transportation expenses with others in your group is an economical way to go.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. You’ll have reclining seats with plenty of legroom and the larger vehicles have restrooms. You can chat with friends or use WiFi to go online. Depending on the vehicle you reserve, you may have LCD television, surround sound and a wet bar.

Charter Your Vehicle Today

US Coachways offers nationwide service and can help you plan a trip anywhere in the country. For service tailored to meet your needs, call our toll-free number at 1-888-340-9122 and speak with one of our representatives.

Sources:

  1. Real Deal
  2. Men’s Journal
  3. Trip Advisor
  4. Southern Living

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