7 Family-Friendly Fall Trips You Can Afford

Autumn is an ideal time to visit these kid-friendly destinations.

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7 Family-Friendly Fall Trips You Can Afford

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Planning a Budget-Friendly Fall Getaway

Autumn is a perfect time to plan a family break, thanks to crisp air, vibrant foliage and few tourists. Whether you want to admire natural wonders in Niagara Falls or laze along the beach in Miami, these locales offer family-friendly activities and plenty of opportunities to enjoy comfortable temperatures without the crowds. An added incentive: These kid-friendly vacation destinations offer reduced hotel prices this time of year. With guidance from Clem Bason, CEO of goSeek, U.S. News serves up seven memorable fall family vacation spots that won't burst your budget.
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Niagara Falls

With its awe-inspiring waterfalls and plentiful attractions catering to travelers of all ages, Niagara Falls is an excellent choice for a memorable family getaway. And while temperatures can fluctuate from the mid-40s to the low 70s this time of year, goSeek reports that you can now find a hotel for as low as $29 a night, making autumn an ideal time for cost-conscious families to score lodging deals. For spectacular fall foliage, visit in mid- or late-October. Plus, Travelzoo estimates that you can save up to 45 percent on autumn trips to popular destinations across Canada, including Ontario, Whistler and Niagara Falls.
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Planning a Budget-Friendly Fall Getaway

Autumn is a perfect time to plan a family break, thanks to crisp air, vibrant foliage and few tourists. Whether you want to admire natural wonders in Niagara Falls or laze along the beach in Miami, these locales offer family-friendly activities and plenty of opportunities to enjoy comfortable temperatures without the crowds. An added incentive: These kid-friendly vacation destinations offer reduced hotel prices this time of year. With guidance from Clem Bason, CEO of goSeek, U.S. News serves up seven memorable fall family vacation spots that won't burst your budget.

Niagara Falls

With its awe-inspiring waterfalls and plentiful attractions catering to travelers of all ages, Niagara Falls is an excellent choice for a memorable family getaway. And while temperatures can fluctuate from the mid-40s to the low 70s this time of year, goSeek reports that you can now find a hotel for as low as $29 a night, making autumn an ideal time for cost-conscious families to score lodging deals. For spectacular fall foliage, visit in mid- or late-October. Plus, Travelzoo estimates that you can save up to 45 percent on autumn trips to popular destinations across Canada, including Ontario, Whistler and Niagara Falls.

Richmond, Virginia

From its wealth of historical sights (think: Civil War artifacts at the Virginia Historical Society) to its free attractions (think: Maymont and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), the commonwealth offers activities catered to a wide range of family interests. Plus, goSeek currently lists two-star properties starting at $40 per night, making Richmond an ideal choice for families on a tight budget.

Orlando, Florida

Want to mingle with Mickey without the crowds? Or experience a quintessential Disney World vacation without denting your wallet? Autumn is a great time to visit Orlando, with its dropped hotel rates and diminished tourists. GoSeek shows fall hotel rates for kid-friendly properties, such as the Hilton Orlando and Nickelodeon Suites Resort, for just over $100 per night.

Las Vegas

Ignore the risqué Sin City stereotypes and take advantage of Las Vegas' top attractions for kids, such as the Shark Reef Aquarium in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and the Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Prefer to stay outdoors? Commune with nature and admire the towering cinnamon-red rocks and jagged dessert cliffs at Red Rock Canyon. Cut costs by planning a trip in November, after prime conference season winds down, and by monitoring hotel prices often. Though most four-star hotels will still have a steep price tag in September and November, some high-end hotels such as the Palms Casino Resort offer big savings with rooms currently listed for around $100 per night on goSeek.

Miami

If you prefer powdery sands to spectacular foliage, head to Miami this autumn. Apart from the chance to spend days lounging along golden beaches, Miami offers ample opportunities to stay stimulated with diverse neighborhoods to explore, interactive museums to experience and Jungle Island's theme park and animal sanctuary to tour. And thanks to the city's consistently warm weather, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, the shoulder season is a pleasant time for bargain-hunters to find discounted lodging options. Currently, goSeek lists the nightly rate at Miami Beach's National Hotel at around $150 in September and October.

Anaheim, California

If you want to experience family fun at the "Happiest Place on Earth" without heavy crowds, autumn is an excellent time to plan a trip. With temperatures dropping to the 70s and 80s and the kids headed back to school, it's a great time to score significant savings at family-oriented hotels filled with kid-friendly amenities, such as baby-sitting and complimentary shuttle service to the parks and pools. Best of all, goSeek lists current rates at Cortona Inn and Suites Anaheim Resort and Hotel Pepper Tree at anywhere from $75 to $150 per night.

Phoenix

Fall marks an especially splendid time to visit Phoenix, thanks to lower temperatures perfect for embracing the scenery at Camelback Mountain. Plus, both the young and the young at heart will enjoy admiring the wildlife at the Phoenix Zoo, as well as the diverse array of cactuses and flowers from across the globe in the Desert Botanical Garden. Best of all, goSeek currently lists four-star resorts at less than $150 per night, making the city a cost-effective alternative to other warm-weather destinations come autumn.
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