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By Ann Henson, Staff WriterJune 3, 2014
By Ann Henson, Staff WriterJune 3, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
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AAA predicted that 2014 will be the busiest summer travel season in recent years, despite increased airfare and hotel costs. While it's difficult to avoid your fellow vacationers entirely, certain destinations are less congested (and more affordable) than others. To help you decide where to escape to this summer, U.S. News caught up with Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor of Orbitz.com. She gave us the scoop on when to travel this summer — early August is your best bet — and where you can avoid the crowds. Read More:
5 Affordable Places to Hide from Summer Crowds
New Orleans

New Orleans

A trip to New Orleans in August is not something many travelers attempt. The temperatures are in the steamy 90s, and frequent rain showers only make conditions more humid. But if you can deal with the clammy climate, you'll be rewarded with end-of-summer hotel deals that are hard to pass up. Luxury hotels like the Le Pavillion Hotel and The Roosevelt New Orleans are offering nightly rates on Orbitz for less than $200 for an early August weekend stay. Nightly room rates during peak season — between February and May — hover between $250 and $400 for these same properties. Plus, visiting in August does have its perks: Throughout the entire month, more than 50 restaurants will offer special menus for COOLinary New Orleans. Find out more about:
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AAA predicted that 2014 will be the busiest summer travel season in recent years, despite increased airfare and hotel costs. While it's difficult to avoid your fellow vacationers entirely, certain destinations are less congested (and more affordable) than others. To help you decide where to escape to this summer, U.S. News caught up with Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor of Orbitz.com. She gave us the scoop on when to travel this summer — early August is your best bet — and where you can avoid the crowds. Read More:
5 Affordable Places to Hide from Summer Crowds

New Orleans

A trip to New Orleans in August is not something many travelers attempt. The temperatures are in the steamy 90s, and frequent rain showers only make conditions more humid. But if you can deal with the clammy climate, you'll be rewarded with end-of-summer hotel deals that are hard to pass up. Luxury hotels like the Le Pavillion Hotel and The Roosevelt New Orleans are offering nightly rates on Orbitz for less than $200 for an early August weekend stay. Nightly room rates during peak season — between February and May — hover between $250 and $400 for these same properties. Plus, visiting in August does have its perks: Throughout the entire month, more than 50 restaurants will offer special menus for COOLinary New Orleans. Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in New Orleans
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5 Affordable Places to Hide from Summer Crowds

Vail, Colorado

You won't be able to shred powder during a summertime visit to Vail, Colorado, but that doesn't mean you'll be twiddling your thumbs. The pleasant 70-degree temperatures are ideal for enjoying the mountain scenery, especially at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Holy Cross Wilderness Area and the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area — which are all free to explore. When you're ready to rest after a day exploring the outdoors, head to one Vail's luxury hotels, which offer low season pricing. Nightly rates for an early August stay at Beaver Creek Lodge and The Lodge at Vail — two of Vail's highest-rated properties — run around $200 on Orbitz. Compare these rates with prime ski season pricing, when these same properties are $300 or more per night, and it's easy to see how much further your dollar goes in the summer. Find out more about:
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Phoenix

August temperatures in Phoenix cling to the low 100s, making it difficult to do much outside. But you don't have to spend your entire trip scurrying from one air-conditioned space to the next — the Valley of the Sun boasts plenty of late-summer activities. The Phoenix Zoo offers $10 admission (entry for adults normally costs $20) every Tuesday from May through August. And the Desert Botanical Garden stays open late for flashlight tours (included with admission) every Thursday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. from June through the end of August. Hotel prices are a bargain, too. Two of the city's best hotels, The Boulders and the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, offer nightly rates for less than $150 in early August, according to Orbitz. Find out more about:
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St. Lucia

Don't be dissuaded from traveling to the Caribbean just because it's hurricane season. According to Tornatore, the incredible deals and sparsely crowded sands are worth the rainy weather, especially in normally pricey St. Lucia. (Plus, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season for 2014.) Orbitz rates for an early August stay at some of the island's most luxurious hotels (like Ladera and Anse Chastanet) are a little more than $300 a night. Hotel prices during peak season (December through April) are usually more than twice that amount. Find out more about:
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Palm Springs, California

Many travelers can't stand the summer heat in Palm Springs, California, but those who can are greeted with some of the area's lowest hotel rates. Prices at some of the city's top properties, like the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, are a little more than $100 a night in early August. Rates at these same properties are twice that amount during peak season, which is between January and April. When you're not cooling off at the pool, enjoy the air conditioning in some of the city's best indoor attractions, such as the Palm Springs Art Museum or the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway. Find out more about:
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Ann Henson, Staff Writer

Ann Henson is a Senior Editor for the Travel section at U.S. News. Since joining the Travel ...  Read more

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