Best Off-Peak Destinations and Attractions for Summer

If you’re looking for cheap flights to fun cities this summer, consider an off-peak destination.

What is Off-Peak?

Let’s compare  some terms: Peak season is the time of year when a destination is most popular. A good example is the Rocky Mountains in winter with all its world-class ski resorts. Off-peak for these mountains is summer or fall (there’s still plenty of great skiing in the spring). So you won’t be playing in the snow in summer – there’s still plenty to do and see, and your airfare is significantly cheaper.

Best Off-Peak Cities and Attractions

Here are a few suggestions on where to go and what to see, but feel free to tell us what we’ve missed.

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Florida: Yes, it’s hot but that’s why you’ll head for the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami or Pensacola. Amusement parks can be humid this time of year (and lines will be very long) but the state boasts more than 1,000 miles of coastline so take advantage of it. There will be plenty of room for you and your towel.

Phoenix: Yes, sometimes you can fry an egg on the sidewalks of this Arizona city but because they know heat, they also know know a thing or two about cooling. Some hotel resorts boast as many as 10 pools and there are waterparks everywhere. Refreshing spa treatments are another big attraction and so are hot air balloon rides and more. Want a change of scene? The Red Rocks of Sedona are just a couple of hours away and while cooler Flagstaff is just 140 miles up the road.

Denver: What to do outside of ski season? You can hike some of the most gorgeous country in America, raft down a river, visit an historic mining town, visit an art museum or zoo, go outlet shopping and dine on steak, Mexican cuisine, sushi and so much more.

New Orleans: Let’s be frank – it gets hot and humid in the summer here, but it won’t be when you head to the Audobon Aquarium for some special one-on-one time with penguins (see the Backstage Penguin Pass). Another specialty of this amazing city: night tours. Walk or ride in the cool of the evening to visit some of the New Orleans spooky cemeteries or try the Jazz tour (cocktails included); there’s even a Segway tour of the French Quarter. Leave plenty of time for dinner at one of the city’s superb restaurants (and plenty of room, too).

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Published: June 13, 2013