Flying during the busy summer months doesn't have to cost a fortune. These 20 cities offer the cheapest airfares and lots of affordable things to do.
By Mia Taylor, Cheapism
Summer is always a popular time for travel, but that doesn't mean a summer vacation has to cost a fortune. According to Skyscanner, domestic airfare is likely to be quite affordable this summer. "Overall what we're seeing with domestic travel prices is that you can find deals for that sub-$300 and sub-$400 price," said Randi Wolfson, the travel website's communications chief. Here are this summer's 20 cheapest destinations for domestic air travel, based on Skyscanner prices for one round-trip economy ticket.
Average round trip: $308.60
[post_ads]The City of Angels checks in at No. 20 on the list of cheapest destinations. Visitors could spend weeks exploring the city known for its association with the film and TV industries. Tours provide a chance to gawk at the palatial homes of celebrities. Top sights include the iconic Griffith Observatory (seen in countless films), the art-filled Getty Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Rodeo Drive.
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Average round trip: $307.55
For music buffs, there's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For foodies, there is a dynamic and blossoming dining scene, thanks to a combination of celebrity chefs and locally renowned culinary stars. Other top attractions include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, and West Side Market.
Average round trip: $305.93
With parks, bike paths, microbreweries, coffeehouses, and snow-capped mountains, Portland is one of the country's most picturesque and eco-friendly cities. Don't miss Washington Park, which includes a formal Japanese garden and the Oregon Zoo. The city is also known for its vibrant art and music communities.
Average round trip: $304.12
Another historic city, Boston is home to the Freedom Trail and Paul Revere's house. The city also offers fabulous dining, renowned museums like the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, legendary educational institutions, and a great sports scene. Those who enjoy the outdoors shouldn't miss the Boston Public Garden.
Average round trip: $303.70
The nation's capital, with its many museums, government buildings, and iconic public spaces, needs little description. But one new attraction of note is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016. Focused exclusively on documenting African-American life, history, and culture, it is home to more than 36,000 artifacts.
Average round trip: $300.64
[post_ads]Pack up the kids and bring them to a city that showcases America's history. Philadelphia is certainly ripe for learning, with the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed), and other American Revolution sites. Fans of the movie "Rocky" can run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art highlighted in the Sylvester Stallone film, while others may want to pop into the museum to enjoy its stellar artwork.
Average round trip: $297.45
There's more to Detroit than cars and Motown. The city also boasts the Detroit Institute of Arts, showcasing the Detroit Industry Murals painted by Diego Rivera, as well as one of the largest art collections in the country. The Detroit Riverfront is a vibrant, revitalized space hosting everything from concerts to yoga classes. In a nod to the city's auto industry roots, visitors can see the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the first factory of the Ford Motor Co.
Average round trip: $287.26
Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best cities to live in, Tampa is also an interesting place to visit. Top attractions include Busch Gardens' African-themed amusement park, the Florida Aquarium, and the unique Big Cat Rescue, one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world. The sanctuary is home to more than 80 lions, tigers, bobcats, and cougars.