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San Diego -- with its gorgeous harbor and kid-friendly scene -- lures last-minute travelers. Credit: peasap.

By Nina Gass

When planning last-minute vacations, it may seem like there would be limitations on the destinations available. Unlike the clearance racks at your local shopping mall that only offer what no one really wants, the online travel world actually offers some pretty enticing last-minute travel deals. In fact, many of the places found during a recent search revealed that the most popular places are all on offer. This is because these favorite vacation spots are often prepared for high volume. Essentially, when there are too many seats or rooms available, they become prime last-minute destinations. That said, these go-to cities are good places to start when you’ve procrastinated or simply enjoy the thrill of a spontaneous trip:

  • Las Vegas: For those travelers on the West Coast, this city was often the No. 1 spontaneous road trip pick. However, for those looking to spend more time gambling and strolling down the Strip, cheap last minute flights are often available to this favorite quick weekend getaway. Those of you on the East Coast may find that some great last minute vacations in Atlantic City.
  • New York: The city that never sleeps is always ready to host more tourists. Because the hotels are often very expensive here, picking up last-minute travel deals is the best strategy to get the most out of a family trip to the Big Apple.
  • San Diego: While it may seem that family vacations often require a lot of planning, there’s nothing like an impromptu trip to delight the kids and make their impending school holiday boredom disappear. One of the best places is family-friendly San Diego with a wealth of entertainment, sporting events and cultural expeditions — not tomention the best year-round temperature! Popular destinations don’t have to be limited to regional domestic choices. There are also plenty of international last-minute vacations available for the truly adventurous who may have the flexibility to take off at the drop of a hat. This includes sizzling spots like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, cruises around the Caribbean, and even last minute travel deals for European destinations.

To make your spur-of-the-moment travel plans all the more fun, be sure to also look for last-minute theater, concert and event tickets when booking last-minute vacations.

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Nina Gass is a freelance travel and business writer who lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and two boys. An avid traveler and dreamer, Nina makes the most of her international family connections throughout the U.S., Australia, England and Mexico.

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