With the end of summer approaching, the fall travel planning season has begun.
And right now, domestic travel within the United States is surprisingly affordable this fall. Throughout the summer, American travelers saw skyrocketing prices on flights to Europe.
Meanwhile, the price of domestic airfare actually dropped this year, meaning there are still affordable U.S. destinations you can fly to this fall.
Going into the fall travel season, the average cost of a domestic flight within the U.S. is only $249 round-trip, according to data from Hopper. This is a drop of 11% compared to the same time last year, showing that domestic travel is at its cheapest right now.
It’s also possible to enjoy popular destinations in the United States without the extreme crowds Europe has been experiencing and have a great vacation closer to home.
Here are some of the top U.S. destinations for travelers this fall, based on affordable airfare, hotels, and rental cars.
1. Orlando, Florida
Orlando remains one of the most popular destinations in the United States, and it’s not hard to see why.
Millions of visitors flock to Orlando every year to visit Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando. But there’s more to Orlando than just theme parks. It’s also a vibrant city with great dining, entertainment, and culture.
According to Hopper, traveling to Orlando is also very affordable. The average cost of a round-trip flight to Orlando is only $213 while the average hotel cost is a cheap $123 per night. Rental cars are priced at only $27 a day on average, making this a great destination for an affordable fall trip.
2. Seattle, Washington
Another great fall destination is Seattle, Washington. This Pacific Northwest city is full of things to do, from visiting the iconic Pike Place Market and the Space Needle to taking a ferry to one of the quaint nearby islands like Bainbridge.
Nature lovers will enjoy Seattle’s proximity to several national parks: Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park are all within 2.5 hours of Seattle by car.
The average cost of a round-trip flight to Seattle is $357 and the average nightly hotel cost is $246. Rental cars are also more affordable right now, with prices down as much as 35% compared to 2022.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
Fall is a great time to visit Las Vegas to avoid the scorching hot summer temperatures but to still enjoy warm and sunny weather.
The average price for a round-trip flight to Las Vegas is $264 while hotels are averaging $155 per night.
If you want to explore further afield, some great day trips from Las Vegas include Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park. The average cost of a rental car in Las Vegas is $34 per day.
4. Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capital is the perfect destination to discover this fall.
Although famous for its cherry blossoms in the spring, the city is also beautiful during the fall as the leaves change. Visitors can enjoy touring historic monuments and important buildings (it’s possible to schedule free tours of the White House, the Library of Congress, and more) and visiting some of the best museums in the country.
Flights to Washington, D.C. average $311 round-trip, and the average cost of a hotel is $200 per night.
5. Chicago, Illinois
Another great city break destination in the United States is Chicago.
Chicago was named the best big city in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler, beating out other top contenders like New York and Los Angeles. There are so many things to do in the Windy City, including world-class museums, restaurants, activities, and entertainment.
The average round-trip flight to Chicago is $269 and the average nightly hotel cost is $276. Early fall is a great time to visit Chicago for weather that is cooler but still pleasant to walk around in.
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