The dog days of summer are officially here, which means you’re probably plotting your next escape from Washington, D.C. Hopefully, it’s to a breezy and cool beach destination, or maybe you’re looking to set sail somewhere closer to home.
Either way, we’ve got you covered. These travel destinations and resorts are some of the most budget-conscious deals that can help you kickoff your summertime fun.
Save big in San Salvador: Last month, budget airline Volaris kicked off nonstop service from Dulles to San Salvador the capital city of El Salvador. Flight deals this summer are as low as $79 one way—no, that’s not a typo. If you’ve ever wanted to experience some of the best food (pupusas), museums, and volcano hikes in Central America, then this international destination is for you.
Cool it in Kauai: You’ll have to move fast if you want to book this deal (hat tip: The Flight Deal). Alaska Airlines is offering bargain rates as low as $529 round trip to the island of Kauai. You can choose to route your flight through either Seattle or Los Angeles. Just be sure to give yourself some extra travel time to accommodate for the notorious East Coast jet lag.
Rocky mountain high: Frontier Airlines is making it easy to find higher (and cooler) ground in Denver, Colorado, this summer. Rates for June travel are as low as $200 round trip on Expedia. Of course, the outdoor enthusiast will appreciate many of the nearby activities in Rocky Mountain National Park or Estes Park, which is only an hour away from downtown Denver.
Party in Paris: WOW Air and Icelandair are making it easier to say ‘oui’ to France this summer. Both airlines currently have late-summer flights for less than $500 round trip. With all that leftover savings, you’ll be able to carbo-load on a few extra baguettes or croissants.
Asheville three-day weekend: For an easy getaway to Asheville, North Carolina, look no further than this nonstop option from Allegiant Air, which departs on Friday afternoon and returns on Monday. Asheville is the destination for those that want to geek out on craft beer, hike up a mountain, or listen to live bluegrass music. For $122 round trip, it’s also one of the easiest spur of the moment trips to take in June.
Hotels, Resorts, & Rentals
Hit the road with Maven: General Motors’ personal mobility and car sharing app, Maven, is the most convenient and affordable way to book a rental car on your terms. These cars are scattered all over DC. You simply book a reservation by downloading the app and use your smartphone’s Bluetooth to unlock and drive away with a car. It’s the easiest way to escape DC on four wheels and you’ll never have to wait at the rental car or pay for gas. The best part: First-time users get a 20 percent discount on their first ride using this link.
Set sail from DC: Looking for the perfect summertime staycation? The Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria has a special ‘Set Sail’ package that includes a private sailing lesson at Belle Haven Marina on the Potomac River. The package also includes local oysters and wine from Cathal Armstrong’s Hummingbird restaurant in Alexandria and a nautical themed gift at check-in. Package rates start at $379 for a king-sized, river-view room, and reservations must be booked 14 days in advance.
Book it to the bay: Think Chesapeake Bay, not the beach, if you want a quick and easy overnight stay by the water. The historic Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland, is the perfect place for some R&R, where you’ll also save the most. Right now, the Inn is offering a bed & breakfast package that includes overnight accommodations for two and a complimentary breakfast at the Hunter’s Tavern for as low as $234 per night.
Hilton's little extras: If you have friends or family members staying at a Hilton property this summer, be sure to check out these exclusive deals that the hotel group is offering on summertime activities. The Capital Adventure Package is good for over $200 in savings on unique DC experiences, as well as free parking at your hotel.