Many people love to travel during the summer, but high demand can make it hard to find good deals. With a little digging around, though, it's possible to find affordable destinations for the summer months. The travel website Skyscanner put together a list of the 10 cheapest domestic locations based on the average airfare from June 1 through August 31. The data include flights to and from all 50 states purchased through Skyscanner from January 1 to March 15, 2015.
10 Cheapest Cities for Summer Air Travel
Chicago is the cheapest domestic travel destination in the United States for summer 2015. Perched magnificently on Lake Michigan, it's the largest city in the Midwest. Chicago is home to numerous tourist attractions, including the Navy Pier, Soldier Field, the downtown Loop, and a host of impressive skyscrapers such as the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center.
Dallas is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city has a vibrant arts scene centered on the downtown Arts District, home to more than a dozen cultural organizations. The city also has an abundance of restaurants and nightlife options. Families may enjoy trips to the Dallas Zoo and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
New Orleans is known for its unique blend of culture, food, nightlife, and history. There are numerous festivals throughout the summer, including a Fourth of July celebration on the Mississippi River. And the city's French District is famous for its raucous atmosphere.
Denver offers a blend of natural beauty, delicious foods, exciting nightlife, and plenty of art exhibits. Situated in the Rocky Mountains, glorious summer hiking is just a short trip outside the city. Denver is also known for its lively craft beer scene and growing marijuana tourism.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and has a European charm that is hard to find in other American cities. Downtown Boston has an abundance of outdoor cafes, restaurants, and bars, while Boston harbor provides beautiful views and opportunities for boating. For sports fans, there's always a chance to catch a Red Sox game.
Do we really need to say more about Las Vegas? The city is known worldwide as a place of dreams – and what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, as the ad campaign goes. Vegas has plenty of options that appeal to all manner of travelers. The town's nightlife is legendary, the musical shows are among the best in the country, and the gambling tables are always open.
Atlanta is an increasingly gentrified and sophisticated place, with some funky hipness on the side. The city's diverse neighborhoods provide a range of entertainment options, from smoky barbecue joints to clubs blasting southern rap. Atlanta is also home to the Buckhead area, known as the "Beverly Hills of the East."
The beaches of Fort Lauderdale are an ideal setting for a family getaway or a relaxing tropical vacation. Costal breezes help keep the temperature down, even at the height of a Florida summer. Cruises are available from the city's port, and beyond lounging on the beach visitors can go scuba diving and snorkeling off the coast.
Tampa is an interesting vacation destination for a wide range of ages. The city offers scuba diving in Tampa Bay, a world-famous aquarium, and Busch Gardens' African-themed amusement park. Tampa is surrounded by excellent beaches, too.
Washington, D.C., offers an impressive array of educational and entertainment options. In addition to those famous Maryland crabs, the D.C. dining scene features a range of world cuisines. The nation's monuments and museums would take weeks to explore in full, touching on subjects ranging from aircraft and art to political history and the environment.