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10 East Coast Hotels with Rooftop Bars Perfect for Summer

10 West Coast Hotels with Rooftop Bars Perfect for Summer

10 Heartland Hotels with Rooftop Bars Perfect for Summer

Where East Coasters Should (& Shouldn’t) Go This Summer.

What Do I Do If My Flight is Grounded?

Province-by-Province: Canada Day’s Most Popular Destinations

Unknown Spain: 10 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Visit

Travel to Cuba: A Timeline

8 Summer Destinations for New York’s Trend-Setters

4 Hacks to Save Money on Summer Travel

Live Your Perfect Day in Denver

Seeing Scenic Seattle

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Tips and Trends

10 East Coast Hotels with Rooftop Bars Perfect for Summer

10 West Coast Hotels with Rooftop Bars Perfect for Summer

10 Heartland Hotels with Rooftop Bars Perfect for Summer

Where East Coasters Should (& Shouldn’t) Go This Summer.

What Do I Do If My Flight is Grounded?

Province-by-Province: Canada Day’s Most Popular Destinations

Unknown Spain: 10 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Visit

Travel to Cuba: A Timeline

8 Summer Destinations for New York’s Trend-Setters

4 Hacks to Save Money on Summer Travel

Live Your Perfect Day in Denver

Seeing Scenic Seattle

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What better way to spend the summer than sipping sangria from a rooftop and watching the sunset. Maybe sipping that sangria from a rooftop with a pool and private cabanas? Whatever way you spend your summer nights, here are 10 awesome East Coast hotels with rooftop bars. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, take to these terraces to relax and unwind after a long day.

10 Amazing Hotel Rooftop Bars

 

Top of the Gate
Watergate Hotel  |  Washington, DC
Despite its storied past, the Watergate Hotel is one of the best places to enjoy views of DC. Drink in history with stunning views of the Potomac River (just maybe avoid the White Russians…).
Rooms from $338/night

 


Salvation
The Asbury  |  Asbury Park, NJ
Sip cocktails on the hotel’s modern rooftop terrace. The Asbury takes industrial-chic to a new level with redbrick facade and modern fixtures.
Rooms from $109/night

 


Rooftop@Revere
Revere Hotel  |  Boston, MA
Relax rooftop like the revolutionary that you are on pristine white couches. Order a Hamma Slamma (in your best Boston accent) for a cocktail with a kick.
Rooms from $285/night

 


Capa
Four Seasons Resort | Orlando, FL
Opt out on the crowded theme parks and long lines. Instead, find your oasis on the terrace and take in the Mouse’s nightly fireworks display.
Rooms from $598/night


The Press Lounge
Kimpton Ink48 Hotel  |  New York, NY
Located in Hell’s Kitchen, this rooftop is the perfect place to experience New York with panoramic views and delicious cocktails.
Rooms from $256/night

 


Sugar
EAST | Miami, FL
Routinely named one of the best rooftops on the East Coast, Sugar combines lively Miami-style with a laid-back atmosphere. Saddle up to Sugar’s carved wooden bar on the 40th floor to start your weekend right.
Rooms from $192/night

 

The Rooftop Bar
Quirk Hotel | Richmond, VA
Find your moment of zen on the terrace of the Quirk. This former department store-turned-boutique hotel still has load of charm from it’s original 1916 design. What makes it even better, however, is the rooftop with its minimalist aesthetic and maximalist views.
Rooms from $199/night


Whiskey Blue
W Atlanta – Buckhead | Atlanta, GA
Step out from a sleek glass elevator 125 feet above the ground floor onto a lush patio. Go for a Rooftop Lemondar or Trouble Maker to refresh yourself after a long day.
Rooms from $163/night


Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar
Conrad Hotel | New York, NY
Even with a silly name, this bar is serious business when it comes to starting your summer evening right. Enjoy drinks like the Prosecco and Ice Pop Cocktail on this seriously striking rooftop with views of the Statue of Liberty.

Rooms from $316/night


The Rooftop
The Colonnade Hotel | Boston, MA
Drink in history atop Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. The rooftop comes with a bar and pool to let you sip and swim. Across from the Prudential Center, it’s the perfect spot for after work drinks.
Rooms from $265/night

 

Prices contained in this blog are correct as of Thursday, June 29 6:11 pm UTC. Prices based on a double-occupancy room for check in: Thursday, June 29 until check-out: Friday, June 30, unless otherwise stated. Cancellation and payment policies vary by property. Please check actual property policies before making a reservation. All prices are in USD.

If you ask us, summer is best enjoyed al fresco. Whether you’re traveling to the West Coast for business, pleasure or because you live there (lucky), these rooftop hotel bars are just what your summer needs. From partying pool decks to romantic scenic escapes, each of these hotels can offer exactly the views you need to enjoy the city and start your summer.

10 Amazing Hotel Rooftop Bars

 

Departure
The Nines | Portland, OR
Stake out your spot in Pioneer Square with a cardamon-infused Kafe Che cocktail. This highly-acclaimed rooftop restaurant serves up pan-Asian cuisine with a panoramic view.
Rooms starting at $215/night

 

Rooftop Lounge
The Moment Hotel  |  Hollywood, CA
Drink like a star under the stars on the Moment’s rooftop terrace. A great place to stop and sip after the theater, watching the Hollywood sunset.
Rooms starting at $224/night

 


The Nest

Thompson Seattle
 | Seattle, WA
Modern finishings and views of the city make this rooftop the perfect spot to mix and mingle. Call in a reservation for a seat by the fire, order some small plates and drink cocktails inspired by our feathered friends.
Rooms starting at $240/night


Lustre
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix Cityscape  |  Phoenix, AZ
The place to see and be seen, sidle up to pool or rest under the cabanas to get out of the intense Arizona heat. Even better, on select Wednesday you can participate in sunset yoga (then head to the bar for a cocktail of course).
Rooms starting at $233/night


ALTITUDE Sky Lounge
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter |  San Diego, CA
Set up like a stage (DJ booth included), ALTITUDE serves up hot drinks with a nightlife vibe in Downtown San Diego. On chilly summer nights, sit by a fire pit and overlook home plate in Petco Park.
Rooms from $188/night


Skybar
Mondrian Los Angeles  |  Los Angeles, CA
Perch poolside above the Sunset Strip and sip on swanky cocktails like the Red Fire Margarita. The Skybar is always hopping, especially on Sundays for their XIV Sessions (a giant party to start your week). Not for the faint of heart.
Rooms from $333/night


Drai’s Beach Club
The Cromwell  |  Las Vegas, NV
It’s everything you expect from Vegas. Pool. Cabanas. Nonstop drinks. And plenty of parties. High rollers only, the specialty cocktails range from $70-$100 a pop.
Rooms from $149/night


The Roof
Kimpton Hotel Wilshire  |  Los Angeles, CA
Sweeping city views from the terrace make are perfect for capturing that summer breeze. With celebrity chef Eric Greenspan at the helm, expect inventive new-American eats paired with your favorite concoction.
Rooms from $264/night

Frolik
Motif Seattle  |  Seattle, WA
Heat things up at the bar, which features a full-length fireplace for when there’s a chill in the air. Check out the live music nights and grab one of the swinging lounge chairs to up the relaxation factor.
Rooms from $196/night

Rooftop Terrace
Hotel Vitale  |  San Francisco, CA
Spot the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge from this romantic rooftop. A part of the Americano Restaurant and Bar, you can sip your morning coffee in the sun or enjoy a crisp glass of Napa wine late at night.
Rooms from $275/night

 

Prices contained in this blog are correct as of Thursday, June 29 6:11 pm UTC. Prices based on a double-occupancy room for check in: Thursday, June 29 until check-out: Friday, June 30, unless otherwise stated. Cancellation and payment policies vary by property. Please check actual property policies before making a reservation. All prices are in USD.

Raise the roof(tops). Whether you’re traveling in the Heartland or consider yourself a local, we can spice up your summer with the region’s hottest hotel rooftop bars. Soak in the sunset, get cozy on a lounge chair and take in some stunning city views.

Here are 10 awesome hotels in the heart of America that are ready to give your summer an extra boost.

10 Amazing Hotel Rooftop Bars

52Eighty
Cambria Hotel at Mag Mile  |  Chicago, IL
Up on the 29th floor you can indulge in truffle fries as you overlook the Streeterville section of the city.
Rooms from $139/night

 

WET Deck
W Austin  |  Austin, TX
After 5pm on weekdays, the W’s pool deck opens to the public. No excuse needed, just sip, lounge and swim.
Rooms from $286/night

 


Three Sixty Rooftop Bar
Hilton St. Louis @ the Ball Park  |  St. Louis, MO
Take me out to the ball game. As the name indicates, get 360 views of St. Louis from as you relax on the rooftop. Drink cocktails with names like Easy Money and My New Haircut to get in the groove.
Rooms from $150/night

 


Rooftop at the Joule
Joule Hotel  |  Dallas, TX
Grab a seat at one of the hottest bars in the city. The Joule provides an artsy, Neo-Gothic setting right in downtown. Snag a room, sit outside, and enjoy city views.

Rooms from $291/night

Cindy’s
Chicago Athletic Association  |  Chicago, IL
From the “Sparking Escape to Ruins” to “Howl at the Jun,” the only thing more mesmerizing than Cindy’s cocktails are the views. Situated on the 13th floor of the CAA, you can overlook the lake while enjoying the summer sun.
Rooms from $195

Rooftop Terrace
The Charmant Hotel  |  La Crosse, WI
Set in an old candy factory, the Charmant Hotel is a quick walk from the banks of the Mississippi. Lovely and lively, enjoy a drink and some bar snacks on its rooftop after a long day of pounding the pavement.
Rooms from $158

FIRE Terrace
the ART, a hotel  |  Denver, CO
Get contemporary in this modern hotel with its own gallery. Join other travelers and locals alike on the terrace for an art-themed “social hour” with downtown views of 2017’s #6 Top Destination.
Rooms from $229

Chambers Rooftop
LeMeridien Chambers  |  Minneapolis, MN
Enter through the bright red doors onto a terrace covered in green. Sip under the sky on this rooftop patio as you take in the sounds of the city.
Rooms from $117

Vertex Sky Bar 
Hotel Alex Johnson  |  Rapid City, SD
A popular nightspot in a landmark hotel, start with a Summer in a Glass cocktail to get you in the mood.
Rooms from $72

Twilight Sky Terrace 
Madison Hotel  |  Memphis, TN
Watch the sun set over the harbor as you meet up with friends (or make new ones).
Rooms from $130

 

Prices contained in this blog are correct as of Thursday, June 29 6:11 pm UTC. Prices based on a double-occupancy room for check in: Thursday, June 29 until check-out: Friday, June 30, unless otherwise stated. Cancellation and payment policies vary by property. Please check actual property policies before making a reservation. All prices are in USD.

Slip on your boat shoes and throw a cardigan over that polo, we’ve been tracking travel trends for East Coasters.

While summers on the Cape and Vineyard (Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard for those below the 39th parallel) are about as New England as you can get, we have bad news. These already pricey destinations are getting even pricier this summer.

In fact, our data shows that flights to Cape Cod are 35% more expensive this summer vs. last. Martha’s Vineyard is likewise seeing a 28% increase in airfare. And don’t think the Caribbean offers an affordable alternative: flights from the East Coast to places like BVI, Saint Thomas, Saint Johns and Belize are also seeing significant price jumps this summer.

So, what’s a thrifty traveler to do? Don’t get your pearls in a tangle, we sifted through our data from over a billion annual searches to find out where East Coast travelers can score a deal this summer.

5 Wallet-Friendly Summer Destinations for East Coasters:

  • Bar Harbor, Maine: Looking for alternatives to Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod for your summer travel plans? Look no further than Bar Harbor — a beautiful boat town along Maine’s Frenchman Bay. This year, flight prices have dropped by 25%.
  • Reykjavik, Iceland: Only a 5-hour flight from the Northeast, Reykjavik is continuously gaining momentum amongst travelers. This summer flight prices are down 18%, making it the perfect time swap the sand and salty air for some waterfalls and glaciers.  
  • Mykonos, Greece: Crack open the ouzo, prices to Mykonos are down 19% this year compared to last year.
  • Denver, Colorado: Get that Mile High feeling in Denver. Flight prices are down 10% and while it may not be your typical summer beach vacation, what this city lacks in sand it makes up for in scenery.
  • Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Victoria, Canada: Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year (HBD, Canada). As if on cue, flight prices to many popular Canadian hot spots are seeing a 10% decrease this summer vs. last. Now is the time to visit our Northern neighbors.

When bad weather hits, flight delays and cancellations are inevitable and leave plenty of people stuck. Keep your cool and follow this checklist to figure out your next steps:

1. First, the bad news.

Most airlines have a “force majeure” or “acts of God” clause that allows them to cancel or postpone a flight for weather-related reasons. Because of this, they are generally not obligated to refund you. Similarly, the site that sold you the ticket (whether you bought it from the airline itself or from an online travel agency), is generally not obligated to reimburse you. They may be able to rebook your flight once air travel is again possible.

2. Track the news.

Before you decide if you want to rebook or cancel your flight (if you have that option), know the weather forecast to see if there’s a likelihood a rebooked flight will be compromised.

3. Who to contact.

If you decide to rebook the flight, you have options: you can wait in line at the check-in counter, call the airline, call the online travel agency that booked your ticket, go through the airline’s website and/or contact any of the above via social media. In fact, you may want to do several of these things at once. Not sure who to contact? If you booked through KAYAK, your confirmation email will contain info on who handles customer service.

4. Alternate routes.

If it doesn’t look like your airline will get flights off the ground anytime soon, you can fire up the KAYAK app (App Store, Google Play) to see if there are alternate travel options from other providers. Or, check rental cars if you’re traveling shorter distances in case your flight has an 8-hour delay but it’s only a 5-hour road trip. Sure, you’ll spend more, but sometimes it’s worth it to get where you need to be.

5. Change or cancel other parts of your trip.

Don’t forget to call other travel providers like the hotel, rental car company, cruise line or any activities and tours you booked for your trip. Keep track of who reimbursed you (and who didn’t). If anything, it’ll help determine who you use in the future.

6. Keep your cool.

Trust us: don’t fly off the handle at the check-in counter. Besides it not being that person’s fault, a temper tantrum also pretty much ensures you won’t get what you want.

7. Ask for things nicely.

Instead, be respectful and calmly state your case. Feel free to emphasize the amount of time/sleep/money lost due to the cancellation. Some airlines, eager to win a loyal customer, will offer perks like upgraded seating, flight vouchers, or even a hotel stay while you wait for the next flight out. At the very least, most airlines will waive the “change fee” for rebooked travel.

8. Ask for cash.

If you don’t plan on rebooking your trip, see if you can get a cash reimbursement rather than a voucher. Vouchers can come with a host of restrictions that actually make them less convenient.

9. Notify work.

Whether it’s your boss or your clients, be sure to contact those expecting things from you in the next several days.

10. Avoid travel snags in the future.

While there’s no real way to plan for sudden flight cancellations, we’re doing what we can to make sure you’re kept as up-to-date as possible. When you add your ticket confirmation to KAYAK Trips, we’ll send you alerts whenever the expected departure or arrival time of your flight changes.

Cue the fireworks – Canada is turning 150. 🎉

According to our data, for Canadian travellers Canada Day is by far the most popular travel weekend of the summer. Because we’re all about celebrating what makes Canada great, we wanted to know where Canadians are taking off to for the holiday.  We tracked site searches to figure out the most popular destinations for the July 1st weekend.

Here’s what we found:

Key Takeaways

  • Staying home. It’s no surprise that for the holiday, most Canadians are celebrating within their own country. Toronto tops the list as the place to be (makes sense considering it’s hosting one of the biggest Canada Day celebrations).
  • Looking to the South. Of the 10 provinces we’re able to track, 9 had at least one US city in their top 3 most popular destinations.
  • Hotel rates are up. Well, turning 150 is a pretty big deal. So, in celebration, it appears that hotel prices are going up. We found an increase of 21% for this Canada Day weekend versus last year’s. Prince Edward Island is the province seeing the biggest jump with nightly hotel rates up 34%.
  • August is giving people the travel itch. While Canada Day is the most popular weekend of the summer, the runner-up is the weekend of August 11 – August 13. We see a 50% increase in travel this weekend than at the same time last year.

 

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With flights to Europe cheaper than last year, a trip to Spain should be on your radar. But if you’re someone looking to avoid the typical tourist spots, these 10 places to visit in Spain offer unique experiences in relatively unknown places.

Galicia Spain
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1. The empty beaches – Cedeira, Galicia

Galicia is peppered with pockets of undiscovered Spain if you know where to look. The small town of Cedeira offers an authentic peek into traditional life. Located in the Rías Altas region,  you can wander through Galician architecture, take in its fjord-like landscapes, and then relax on the beach. Here in the North, you’ll have the place almost entirely to yourself.

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2. Strangely familiar film-sets – Bardenas Reales, Navarra

The Bardenas Reales Nature Reserve, found between Zaragoza and Pamplona, doesn’t fit with the picture most Americans have of Spain. A semi-desert, or badlands, with steep slopes bordered by steppe-like landscapes. The unique terrain not only attracts hikers but also serves as a backdrop for various film and television productions like Game of … – well, you know.

Hotels from $42+

3. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Lago Azul, Burgos

This lake, with unbelievably turquoise waters in the Rudrón Valley north of Burgos, may seem small at first glance but is actually attached to the biggest underwater cave in Spain. The cave is nicknamed “Everest” as parts of it are still unmapped or even undiscovered. Naturally, you need a diving license to explore its depths, but swimming the cool topwaters alone or with a friend (buddy system!) is still an incredible experience.

Hotels from $35+

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4. Battlements and books – Urueña, Valladolid

Urueña is a small village of approximately 200 people that most visitors bypass without even knowing it exists. Surrounded by a preserved city wall from the Middle Ages, walking the streets of this castle complex is like stepping back in time. For literary travelers, Urueña is the first “Book Town” in Spain; a concept that combines bookstores with historic villages or towns, helping to create a unique form of tourism. While the majority of the books here are in Spanish, you can still wander, glass of wine in hand, feeling like you know a secret that only a few others share.

Hotels from $68+

5. Spanish history at your fingertips – Castillo de Alcalá la Real

Above the city of Alcalá la Real — in Southern Spain — is the Castillo de Alcalá la Real. Here, you can still see the remains of the former Moorish city layered underneath the 14th-century Spanish architecture. It’s history up close, and it’s likely you’ll be among the only visitors there.

Hotels from $47+

6. Beach without the hustle – Islas Columbretes, Castellón

A cluster of islands, located off of the coast of Castellón de la Plana (north of Valencia), is known as Columbretes. An uninhabited volcanic archipelago, it’s a protected area serving as a wildlife reserve. Day trips are offered, either diving the surrounding waters or touring the island, perfect for an escape from the bustle of the Costa del Azahar.

Hotels from $37+

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7. At peace afloat in the Atlantic – El Hierro (Canary Islands)

In the north of the smallest of the Canary Islands – El Hierro – lies the village of Pozo de las Calcosas. The houses here are built from volcanic stone, architecture that is typical of the island. Meander through narrow streets, bathe in the natural water basin and relax, right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hotels from $61+

8. A fairytale found off the beaten path – Lanuza

The small village of Lanuza looks like it comes straight from a childhood dream. In the middle of the Pyrenees, Lanuza sat uninhabited for decades until intrepid Spaniards decided to resettle the town. Located at the edge of a reservoir with fairytale stone buildings, it’s a quiet, secluded destination perfect for avoiding the crowds.

Hotels from $66+

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9. A pirate’s hideout – Masca, Tenerife

High in the mountains of Tenerife, is the village of Masca, the once-popular refuge for pirates. Today, it’s tamed a bit and serves as a starting point for hikers of the island’s volcanic landscape. If hiking isn’t your thing, consider a rental car for a no-stress visit.

Hotels from $44+

10. Garrotxa Volcano Natural Park – Gorg del Molí dels Murris, Catalonia

Just a two-hour drive north of Barcelona, you’re met with lush greenery and blue water. Here in the middle of the Garrotxa Volcano Natural Park, you can spend the day hiking through craters then recharge in a crystal-blue pool, free from tourists snapping selfies.

Hotels from $46+

 

So, take the path less traveled. Explore the unknown. Find those hidden spots that make traveling something sorta magical. And to be sure you’re planning your best trip, we got you.

 

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As the first metasearch to list Cuba as a destination, we’ve been tracking travelers’ interest since 2015. Over the past 2 years, as restrictions began to ease, our site has seen huge spikes in searches to Havana. When pulling together our 2017 Travel Hacker Guide, we analyzed data from over a billion annual searches to name the city as our #1 trending destination for 2017. Havana continued to make waves with appearances on both our spring break and summer travel lists.

Then came June 16th’s announcement.

While the future of travel to Cuba is a bit uncertain, we have a feeling interest won’t be dying down anytime soon. As our company’s president states, “interest in Cuba may spike again as travelers consider planning a trip before the new tourism restrictions are officially put in place.”

Whatever happens, here’s a (brief, wondrous) history of Havana as a destination on KAYAK:

Travel to Cuba KAYAK Timeline Trends

From style and food to art and music, New York is where trends tend to begin. Not only that, but it’s also one of the most diverse cities in the country with cultures from around the world coming together. Which is why, when looking at the hottest destinations for summer, we decided to see what’s trending for New York travelers.

Summer has unofficially started, so where are New York’s trendsetters planning their summer breaks? We found 8 top trending destinations for the season that are sure to spark your interest, no matter where you’re traveling from. So, pack your bags, pull on your Manolos and hit the streets of these stylish cities.

8 Trending Summer Destinations for New Yorkers

  • Zurich, Switzerland (up 102% in interest): Lucky you, when we looked at cheap airfares to Europe for the summer, Zurich topped our list. Cosmopolitan and polished, this city lets you get a taste of home while still going somewhere out of the ordinary.
  • Oakland, CA (up 44% in interest): Considered the Brooklyn of the West Coast (yeah, people do say that), an influx of artists, musicians and chefs to the area has given Oakland instant hipster cred.
  • Willemstad, Curacao (up 35% in interest): It’s all about those beachy waves, baby. Teal blue waters (and cocktails) mark the shores of this sunny escape.
  • Zagreb, Croatia (up 33% in interest): New Yorkers like to think they’re always one step ahead of everyone else when it comes to trends. Croatia has long been a hidden gem and airfare is down 34% versus last year.  
  • Madrid, Spain (up 32% in interest): Giving Gotham a run for its money as the city that never sleeps, the Spanish capital offers a beautiful architecture, delicious food and a bustling nightlife.
  • Asheville, NC (up 28% in interest):  Soak in that Southern charm. New Yorkers are looking for some Southern hospitality to accompany their vacation.
  • Medellin, Colombia (up 27% in interest): Warm weather, beautiful scenery and a vibrant culture all contribute to flight searches for Medellin seeing a 27% increase compared to last year. Quickly becoming one of the “It” cities in the world, New Yorkers are once again ahead of the trend.
  • Ibiza, Spain (up 16% in interest): Both a deal destination (prices are down 39% this year compared to last) and a hot spot, Ibiza is party central all summer long.

 

Whatever adventures summer brings, start your search at KAYAK to make sure you have the information you need to book what’s right for you.

If countless Google searches are any indication, figuring out how to plan an epic summer vacation without breaking the bank remains a mystery. That’s why we’re here to offer our expert advice (and save you the headache) with 4 tips on how to make the most of your travel budget this summer.

1. Save $$$ on holiday travel.

Generally speaking, the idea that there’s a “magic day” to book travel is a myth. Except, that is, when it comes to booking your summer holiday travel. Our data shows that the very best time to score a summer holiday deal is to fly in or out on the same day as the holiday. Yeah, no thanks. However, by digging a little deeper we discovered your next best bet is flying into your destination the Sunday before the holiday and flying back home the day after the holiday to save money.

2. Taking things global? Go later in the summer.

If you’re looking to add stamps to your passport this season, wait until summer’s end. Travel in August (or better yet, September) starts to see prices drop to international destinations. Unexpected bonus: it’s also when crowds tend to start easing up. Our data also found that it’s more expensive to travel internationally during the week, so shoot for weekend flights.

3. Staying local(ish)? Avoid Sundays.

If you’re traveling in the US this summer, don’t expect much fluctuation in airfare. It stays pretty steady throughout the season. Your best bet is to book flights that take off during the week. On weekends, and especially on Sundays, our data shows that prices can shoot up.

4. Just don’t on these dates.

We generally hate to hardline, but we found that the most expensive departure date is June 25 for domestic travel and June 30 for international travel. If you can avoid those days, then do so.

 

Holiday weekend bonus tip.

For the two major holiday weekends of the summer — July 4th and Labor Day — we have insights on how to stagger your trip.

If you’re traveling for Independence Day, flying into your destination on Sunday, July 2 and flying out on Wednesday, July 5 is your best bet to save money. Median airfare for domestic travel on these dates is around $200. The most expensive combo is departing Friday, June 30 and coming home on Friday, July 7, with median airfare doubling to $400.

For Labor Day, same tips apply. Get your end-of-summer fun for less by leaving Sunday, September 3 and returning Tuesday, September 5. The most expensive day to travel? Thursday, August 31. So pass on that.

 

Whatever kind of travel fun this summer brings, know your options before you book. Start your search on KAYAK.

 

Methodology
For July 4th and Labor Day data: We looked at search dates in the US January 1, 2017 to April 27, 2017 and travel dates around each holiday weekend. So for July Fourth we looked at travel dates of June 29 to July 9 and for Labor Day we looked at travel dates of July 31 to September 10. For the general Summer Tips: We looked at round-trip fares on KAYAK on March 23, 2017 with departure dates June 1 – August 31, 2017.

 

Everyone has their own idea of what constitutes a “perfect day,” whether it’s bungee jumping in the rainforest or curling up with some Thai takeout in bed (seriously, no judgment here).

That said, your perfect day likely changes when you’re traveling. Every destination provides new adventures to experience and unique cultural opportunities you can’t find anywhere else. That got us thinking about how we’d like to spend an ideal 24 hours in the Mile-High City.

Spoiler alert: It involved lots of eating and more than a few adult beverages. Check out our curated list for the perfect Denver-y day.

Rise and shine

Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure or cosmopolitan entertainment, Denver combines the best of both worlds. Either way, it makes sense to carb up before pounding the pavement.

Not only did Denver take the sixth spot on our 2017 Travel Hacker list of most popular destinations, it’s also home to some unbeatable eateries, such as the ART, a hotel (yes, that’s its real name). Crêpes, anyone?

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Kayak downtown Denver

Did we choose this activity because it goes with our name? Hey, it’s not every day you can jam on man-made kayak chutes with a killer city skyline in the background. After you’ve worked off breakfast with the other urban athletes in Confluence Park, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane (and eat some more).

Bring the past to life over lunch

As we’ve mentioned before, Denver lays claim to some killer historical hot spots, including the bordello turned “gastro-brothel” Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox and the mortuary turned “eatuary” known as Linger. Whether you’re hungry for lunch or just a good story to take home, these places have you covered.

Unleash your inner art critic

Breathtaking views can be found outside of nature in Denver – just ask the crowds streaming in and out of the Denver Art Museum, home to more than 70,000 works of art. Then again, if Monet is just too played out for your sophisticated palette, you can always hit up The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, with its shifting exhibitions focused on modern art and artists.

Soak up the suds

Calling Denver a big beer city is a major understatement. More beer is brewed in Denver than any other U.S. city, with more than 100 breweries and bars in the greater Denver metropolitan area.

If walking the Beer Trail isn’t your thing, you can always check out the scene at Terminal Bar, located in Denver Union Station. Why not enjoy some turn-of-the-century accoutrements along with your beverages?

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Of course, not everyone is a fan of barley and hops. Not to worry, the crew at Leopold Bros. has you covered on the spirits front, complete with tours and tastings.

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Denver dinner

It’s time to grab some grub yet again. What better way to cap off a day full of art, adventure and, erm … alcohol, than with a cornucopia of tasty treats? Avanti Food and Beverage offers something for everyone, with the “collective eatery” featuring numerous mini-bistros spanning culinary concoctions from around the world (all in addition to a rooftop bar). And yes, you better believe there’s dessert on the menu. Travel like a local and eat like royalty.

Dance the night away

Finally, it’s time to cap things off with some sweet tunes at the Appaloosa Grill, where you can find live music nearly every night of the week, from blues and jazz to dance and rock ‘n’ roll.

Exhausted? Us, too. But days don’t come much more picture perfect than that.

 

 Seattle gets a bum rap.

To outsiders, the birthplace of “grunge” is often thought of as a rainy metropolis, one where citizens spend all their time indoors, drinking coffee to stay warm in the face of cloudy skies. And while The Emerald City does get its fair share of rain (and is home to some damn fine coffee), it’s all smack dab in the middle of some of America’s most breathtaking natural scenery.

Beauty is abundant both in and outside the city. Check out some of these scenic travel spots to understand what makes Seattle one of the top 10 most popular destinations on our 2017 Travel Hacker list.

Swimming in a sea of green (among other colors)

Seattle is home to world-renowned parks in and around the city proper. In fact, it’s lauded as one of the top cities in the U.S. for city parks as ranked by the Trust for Public Land. Seattle boasts 6,590 acres of park land, totaling 12.5 percent of the city’s area.

You can canoe through Mercer Slough Nature Park and Environmental Education Center, drink in the city skyline from the vantage point of Kerry Park, surround yourself with a riot of colors in Kubota Garden, and get in some shoreline hiking with views of Puget Sound in Discovery Park, all in one day.

You can even trade in the greenery for some beach time at Golden Gardens Park if you’re in the mood.

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One fan favorite is Gas Works Park, a steampunk nature lover’s dream come true. What used to be the Seattle Gas Light Company plant is now a paradise for Sunday strollers and family bike riders. While there’s natural beauty in abundance, you’ll also be treated to the strange sight of different pieces of the old plant remaining like ruins, with some even upgraded and utilized as play spaces for children.

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Majesty on tap

Outside the hustle and bustle of the city, Seattleites are surrounded by enough national parks and forests to make the wildlife in Yellowstone jealous. These include Mount Rainier National Park, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Wallace Falls State Park, Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest.

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Seeking some scenic beauty with a surreal twist? Let out your inner “Twin Peaks” fanatic at nearby Snoqualmie Falls, which stood in for the home base of the cult hit TV show’s Great Northern Hotel (we told you Seattle had damn good coffee … and hot).

Or maybe a sea of fresh tulips at the Roozengaarde is more your style? There are enough bulbs here to make a Dutch painter blush.

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Whether you’re looking to save some one-of-a-kind views in your memory banks, or simply crave some breathtaking scenery for your camera roll, Seattle takes scenic to a whole other level.

That said, it never hurts to pack an umbrella on a scenic travel trip.