While popular summer vacation destinations are booking up fast, you can still find some great values on these destinations in August and September. Here are our top picks for end of summer vacation getaways:
Hilton Head, SC
Hilton Head Island is a beautiful vacation destination in South Carolina, complete with sandy beaches and a diverse choice of activities. The island is interlaced with an extensive network of trails so that you can easily explore it by bike or on foot.
The island of Hilton Head is not large – only twelve miles long and five miles wide – and it has no imposing hills to climb, so it is perfect for exploration by bike. There are sixty miles of bike lanes and more than two hundred miles of shared paths. About a quarter of the streets in the city have designated bike lanes or shoulders.
If you are looking for the best beaches of Hilton Head, look no further than Coligny Beach with a nearby shopping center, plenty of food options, clean bathrooms and showers, and of course wonderful sandy beaches. However, it can get a bid crowded in peak months, so be sure to check out some of the lesser known shorelines like Folly Field or Alder Lane.
Springwood Suites and Sea Pines Harbour Town are two great properties with availability in August and September. Sea Pines Resort has great family-friendly events throughout the summer months like their Dive In Movie series with movies and pizza by the pool. They also have live entertainment and summer concerts through the end of August. And on September 23, Harbour Town hosts Fall Fest with live music, sidewalk sales, watersports, tours, boat rides, and lots of classic cars on display. Submit a travel request today to book your last minute summer getaway.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
It’s a lofty comparison, but Fort Lauderdale has been compared over the years to the iconic, beautiful, and romantic European city of Venice, Italy. Venice is known for its winding waterways and canals through the city’s streets. Fort Lauderdale also features canals and waterways, but the difference is the total length. While Venice features just 26 miles of waterway, Fort Lauderdale has an amazing 165 miles of waterway!
Aside from serving as a means of transportation, the Intracoastal Waterway offers countless opportunities for recreation, especially in Fort Lauderdale’s year-round sunshine. From classy dinner and sightseeing cruises to riverfront gondola tours, visitors can enjoy the water as they travel past forested coasts at Port Everglades; high-end real estate at the famous Millionaires Row; luxury resorts at Hyatt Pier; the drawbridge at the 17th Street Causeway; and the entertainment complex at the Las Olas Riverfront.
Fort Lauderdale remains warm and wet year-round, but we recommend a winter or spring visit to avoid larger crowds and the summer heat. The conveniently located Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has weeks available in August and September. Here are some great upcoming events to consider:
August 31 at Hard Rock Event Center (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314) – Amy Schumer and her comedy friends come to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for a night full of laughs.
September 8 at BB&T Center (One Panther Pkwy., Sunrise, FL 33323) – Paul Simon says goodbye to fans on his Farewell Tour as the legendary songwriter will be hanging up the guitar after a long and illustrious career.
September 22 at Esplanade Park (888 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312) – Riverwalk Fall Festival. Spend the day with fall carnival-themed games, competitions, face painting, train rides, live music and plenty of fun for the whole family. There will be lots of vendors and food trucks to satisfy your hunger for eats & sweets or to do a little shopping. This FREE event is open to all ages.
September 25 at Hard Rock Event Center (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314) – Christina Aguilera kicks off her new North American tour at Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.