Slideshow: 8 Affordable Spring Break Getaways

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Slideshow: 8 Affordable Spring Break Getaways

Chicago

Chicago

Although you can find affordable room rates in Chi-town throughout the year, a spring visit affords the chance to watch the city burst into bloom. Plus, you'll have easy access to beloved attractions without having to endure heavy crowds or long lines. As of Friday, March 8, 2013, Hotwire.com shows the nightly rate for four-star hotels starting at $78 between March 22 and March 31.  Find out more about:
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Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

If you plan a visit to the nation's capitol in spring, plan a March trip to beat  the cherry blossom rush and summer's oppressive humidity. You may miss the festival hullabaloo, but you won't have to worry about bursting your budget thanks to the city's bevy of free attractions. As of Friday, March 8, 2013, Hotwire.com lists 4-star hotels near the National Mall for as low as $142 nightly between March 22 and March 31. And according to Hotwire.com experts, average nightly hotels rates for D.C. hotels are 14 percent lower than they were this time last year.  Find out more about:
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Chicago

Although you can find affordable room rates in Chi-town throughout the year, a spring visit affords the chance to watch the city burst into bloom. Plus, you'll have easy access to beloved attractions without having to endure heavy crowds or long lines. As of Friday, March 8, 2013, Hotwire.com shows the nightly rate for four-star hotels starting at $78 between March 22 and March 31.  Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Chicago
The Best Things to Do in Chicago Read More:
6 Ways to Save on a Last-Minute Spring Break

Washington, D.C.

If you plan a visit to the nation's capitol in spring, plan a March trip to beat  the cherry blossom rush and summer's oppressive humidity. You may miss the festival hullabaloo, but you won't have to worry about bursting your budget thanks to the city's bevy of free attractions. As of Friday, March 8, 2013, Hotwire.com lists 4-star hotels near the National Mall for as low as $142 nightly between March 22 and March 31. And according to Hotwire.com experts, average nightly hotels rates for D.C. hotels are 14 percent lower than they were this time last year.  Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Washington, D.C.
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6 Ways to Save on a Last-Minute Spring Break

Denver

Sure, the temperatures may be on the rise, but Colorado's lingering snow offers ample opportunity for snowboarders and skiers to hit the slopes through the early spring months. While here, you can also pay a visit to Denver's must-see sites, like Larimer Square, Red Rocks Park and Ampitheather, and the Denver Zoo. As of Friday, March 8, 2013, Hotwire.com lists the nightly rate four-star hotels in downtown Denver for as little as $82 between March 22 and March 31. Find out more about:
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Istanbul, Turkey

While many Europe-goers set their sights on Paris or Rome, it pays to head farther east to Istanbul. During this often overlooked shoulder season, you'll also experience everything that this vibrant city has to offer at a fraction of the cost of other European hot spots. On Friday, March 8, 2013, Hotwire.com had 4.5-star properties near Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar listed for as low as $138 a night between March 22 and March 31. Find out more about:
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Minneapolis - St. Paul

You'll find plenty of deals in the Minneapolis - St Paul area, which means you can put your pocketbook to work in the Mall of America. As of Friday, March 8, 2013, Hotwire.com shows rooms in four-star downtown Minneapolis hotels going for as little as $64 a night between March 22 and March 31. And according to Hotwire.com experts, average nightly hotel rates in this Minnesota mainstay have dropped by 8 percent compared to 2012. Find out more about:
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Philadelphia

For a change of scenery and a hearty dose of history, consider retreating to the City of Brotherly Love. Patriotic travelers can tour all-American sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell while art lovers admire the works on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hotwire.com experts report that average hotel prices are 11 percent lower than they were in the spring of 2012. Those planning to visit between March 22 and March 31 can nab a room at a four-star hotel in the downtown area for as low as $121 a night. Find out more about:
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Salt Lake City

If you're a powder hound who skipped the slopes this year, there's still time to score a bargain end-of-season ski retreat. And even if you're not looking to tackle the prime ski terrain at Snowbird Ski Resort or Utah Olympic Park, there's plenty to pique a broad array of travelers' interests. Temple Square, Great Salt Lake, and Liberty Park are just a few noteworthy attractions. Between March 22 and March 31, Hotwire.com shows four-star hotels in downtown Salt Lake City starting at $79 a night.   Find out more about:
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Toronto

Those looking for a city escape without the high room rates shouldn't rule out a trip to Toronto. Here, you'll have access to a bevy of historic sites, markets, and kid-friendly attractions, like the Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Centre. On Friday, March 8, 2013, Hotwire.com shows four-star hotels in the downtown area for as low as $104 a night between March 22 and March 31.  Find out more about:
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Liz Weiss, Staff Writer

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