Dreaming of a summer vacay but on a tight budget? No worries: we’ve done some research and found the top 10 cheapest summer destinations in the US. Whether you want to head to the beach or explore a new city, these destinations are the cheapest places to fly to right now—you can snag roundtrip flights to any of these destinations for $100 or less!
Luckily, summer—and warmer weather, and vaccines—are just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to buy your tickets for any summer vacations you’re planning. Currently, you can find TONS of cheap flight deals for summer, but as more and more people are able to get vaccinated and start thinking about traveling again, prices will start to rise. If you want to lock in a good deal, now’s your chance!
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A trip to Sin City might be just what you need to kick your summer off! Grab your besties and head to the Strip for a few nights of endless entertainment, food and luxury, without breaking the bank to make it happen. With Covid-19 still a consideration, Las Vegas is a bit less crazy than usual—but all the lights, glitz and glam are still on full display. Even better? Less crowds means cheaper hotel rooms, more space in swimming pools and an easier time making reservations for a fancy dinner out. So what are you waiting for?
Flights to Las Vegas from $26* one-way or $60* roundtrip
When most people think of Florida, Miami is the first destination that comes to mind for a beach vacation. However, you can also find super cheap flights to Fort Lauderdale—sometimes even cheaper than flying to Miami! If you’ve got your heart set on Miami, it’s just about an hour away, but Fort Lauderdale is worth visiting in it’s own right. With sparkling seas and white-sand beaches, tons of amazing (outdoor!) dining and beachside bars, it offers lots to love without the crowds of Miami. If you want to get off the beach for a day, make time to visit Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for a beautiful hike or bike ride!
Flights to Fort Lauderdale from $35* one-way or $72* roundtrip
Los Angeles is an amazing place to visit! Whether you just have a weekend or a few weeks, there’s always plenty to see and do—and good weather to go with it. Beach-lovers will find dozens of incredible beaches near LA, from Malibu to San Clemente, while adventure lovers can add some hikes to their list in the Santa Monica Mountains or Malibu Creek State Park. Of course, there’s the city to see too! Take in the glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, shop ‘til you drop at the Grove, soak in art and culture at the LACMA or the Getty or spend a day in Disneyland or Universal Studios. From museums to food to events and festivals, LA is a city not to be missed.
Flights to Los Angeles from $36* one-way or $72* roundtrip
Dallas may not be first on your bucket list, but these super-cheap flights can give you just the excuse you need to visit this cool city. Of course, Dallas—like much of Texas—is known for its delicious food, from Tex-Mex to BBQ galore and tons of other Southern food options. Dallas also has a huge music scene, from live music and outdoor concerts happening on the regular to giant festivals like South by Southwest. What you might not realize is that Dallas also has a huge arts scene too! The Dallas Art District is the largest in the US, stretching across 19 blocks of downtown Dallas. With museums, festivals, pop-up shops and outdoor murals and street art, there’s a lot to discover.
Flights to Dallas from 36* one-way or $79* roundtrip
Good weather and good food—what better way to get in a good mood? Thankfully, Atlanta has both—in fact, it’s known for having the best Southern food in the country. Whether you want to stuff yourself full of delicious Southern favorites like fried chicken or BBQ fries or go for a fancy brunch, boba or vegetarian Ethopian food, Atlanta has no shortage of options for foodies. Besides the food, there’s plenty to do, too, from exploring downtown Atlanta, taking advantage of the city’s many parks and gardens or diving into the city’s history and role within the Civil and Human Rights movement. Plus, with so many cheap flights to Atlanta, there’s really nothing stopping you.
Flights to Atlanta from $36* one-way or $79* roundtrip
Chicago is a must-visit in the US! Whether you’ve never visited before or it’s just been awhile, Chicago in the summer is always a treat. Since the city endures such a harsh winter, it really comes alive during the warmer months, with outdoor concerts, festivals, riverside restaurants and more. Snap a selfie with the Chicago bean, spend an afternoon in one of Chicago’s many museums and then get a new perspective by going kayaking on the Chicago River or watching the sunset from the Chicago Skydeck. With so many free things to do in Chicago as well, it’s easily one of the cheapest summer destinations in the US.
Flights to Chicago from $37* one-way or $79* roundtrip
Miami is a perfect beach destination for summer travel (or any time of year, really) with beaches for miles as well as delicious food and near-perfect weather year-round. Of course, the most obvious choice for Miami is to spend all day every day soaking up on the sun on the beach. If you need a break, though, there’s plenty of other things to do too. Check out the Wynwood Walls (a famous outdoor museum of street art—perfect for Insta backdrops) or go shopping downtown or escape indoors to one of Miami’s art or history museums.
Flights to Miami from $39* one-way or $74* roundtrip
A trip to the Big Apple is a must on everyone’s bucket list—from the energy of Times Square to a relaxing afternoon picnic in Central Park, seeing a big show on Broadway or catching a free comedy night, there’s something for everyone (and every budget). If you think you can’t afford a trip to NYC, don’t count it out right away! Although it’s an expensive place to live, you can easily explore NYC on a budget—especially with these cheap summer flights. Even if you’re coming all the way from Los Angeles, you can find flights to New York for around $150* or so, making it one of our cheapest summer destinations! Grab your bestie and plan a summer trip you’ll never forget.
Flights to New York from $40* one-way or $79* roundtrip
Denver is most commonly thought of as a ski destination, but there’s lots to do in the summer, too. Plus, cheap flights right now make it easier than ever to escape to the mountains for a week. If you’re a museum junkie, you’ll find plenty to explore, from art, science, history, nature and more. Sports fans will find lots of opportunities to both watch or play. The famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre is the perfect place to catch an outdoor concert in the summer (make sure to get your tickets in advance!). And of course, the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park has hiking and mountain biking galore all summer long.
Flights to Denver from $40* one-way or $73* roundtrip
Phoenix is HOT during the summer months, but if you’re looking for a cheap summer trip for May or September, Phoenix is a great choice. This desert city is home to lots of adventure options, from rock climbing to hiking, canyoneering to jet skiing, hot air balloon rides to stand up paddle boarding and more. Looking for something a bit more relaxing? The city also has plenty of shopping, spas and restaurants to enjoy. Hike Camelback Mountain for iconic views of the city or visit the Heard Museum to learn more about the local Native American culture. Whatever you choose, these cheap flights to Phoenix will give you the perfect excuse for a getaway.
Flights to Phoenix from $40* one-way or $80* roundtrip
So which of these destinations are on your bucket list? Book your flights and make it a reality! Search flights to our cheapest summer destinations and beyond and score a great deal before they run out.
*Prices were accurate at the time of publishing, but are subject to availability and subject to change at any time. Airfare published here was priced for flights between May-August 2021.