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Summertime is upon us, and that means it’s time to soak up some sun. Tubing down the river with friends offers a nice change of scenery. Whether it’s a lazy drift, a party river, or something with some fun rapids, few things are better when it comes to beating the summer heat. But don’t forget to prepare. Pack light and keep your phone, wallet, and keys in a dry bag; apply plenty of sunscreen; wear a pair of sunglasses that float; know the rules on drinks; don’t bring glass bottles or Styrofoam coolers, and pack out what you pack in. Now get out there and enjoy these top 6 tubing rivers in America!

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Snoqualmie River: Fall City, WA

If you live in Seattle or you’re just visiting, adventure into spectacular Pacific Northwest scenery with your friends for a float down the Snoqualmie River. Only 30 minutes from downtown, Fall City Floating rents everything from tubes and sunscreen to water shoes, dry bags, and coolers. They’ll also transport everyone upstream to just below the famous Snoqualmie Falls. Your meandering 2.5 to 4-hour float starts here. The water is a bit chilly, but the river is lined with beaches where you can pull over and soak up the summer sun.

Find a fantastic hotel in Fall City here. 

Ginnie Springs: High Springs, FL

Woman in bikini peacefully relaxes on green swimming tube and floats down lazy river bathed in late day golden sunlight

Thanks to the area’s crystal clear spring water, Ginnie Springs is a go-to destination in North-Central Florida just an hour from Gainesville. Visit the Ginnie Springs General Store to pay your admission fee and pick up a single or double tube along with other float essentials. Then, enter the water at Beaver’s Landing for a lazy float down the Santa Fe River. The journey past palmettos and underneath a canopy of Spanish oak dripping with moss takes about an hour, but depending on the current, it could be longer. Just remember to bring your sandals for the short 15-minute walk back to the parking lot.

Stay close to Ginnie Springs with one of these hotels. 

San Marcos River: San Marcos, TX

When temps hover above triple digits in San Marcos—located just 30 miles from Austin—it’s time to head for the San Marcos River. The water is 72 degrees and slowly flows through pecans, oaks, and magnolias making it the perfect cool-off experience. Texas State Tubes’s “walk up and tube” option takes about three hours, and they’ll shuttle you back upstream when you’re done. You can also pick up refreshments and rent a tube from the San Marcos Lions Club, then play around for a while before shooting the falls at Rio Vista Park. Just hold onto your drink.

Book your San Marcos hotel here.

Truckee River: Reno, NV

In a region of the Sierra Nevada range better known for whitewater rafting, the Truckee River’s relaxed waters send tubers on a more chill 5-mile float. Pick up supplies and a $25 tube at one of the local gas stations or enjoy an inexpensive tour with Sierra Adventures, then be ready for anything. A day on the Truckee also means seeing everything from makeshift floating devices and party camps set up on a beach to super soaker battles between fellow tubing parties.

Find the perfect place to stay in Reno here.

Apple River: Somerset, WI

Photo of teenage girls swimming in the river while hanging out in nature; enjoying their youth and friendship and spending a hot summer day outdoors.

A day spent tubing down the Apple River is one of the great traditions of the Midwest, not to mention an epic party scene every summer. River riders here tie their tubes together, throw the communal cooler with drinks in the middle, then float for 2.5 to 3.5 hours, stopping midway at a sandbar for some food and sand volleyball. It gets even better. The Apple River Hideaway rents tubes for minimal prices and rolls out various music and camping festivals all summer long.

Find a great place to stay near the Apple River right here.

Potomac River: Harpers Ferry, WV

Photo of girlfriends relaxing on inflatable rings in the river

If whitewater tubing is more your thing, the Potomac River is calling your name. Gear up at River Riders, then take on their exciting, self-guided tube ride, voted as one of the best tubing trips in America. It’ll send you paddling around obstacles, through flat water and shallow areas, and down class I-III white water. It also passes by the historic town of Harper’s Ferry. Go with a friend or battle the rapids with a large group of your most adventurous buddies. Keep in mind this 1-3.5-hour adventure is best for people in good physical condition and who are strong swimmers.

Find a good deal on hotels near Harpers Ferry here.

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Are you finally ready to start planning a trip? Well, you’re in luck. Despite high demand for travel, there are still some really great flight bargains out there. CheapTickets compared flight price data to determine which destinations are cheaper this summer compared with summer of 2019. Here are the best deals that came up from May-July 2021, all 25%-30% cheaper compared to two years ago. 

RELATED: What we learned about travel last year that will make 2021 even better


Wynwood | Photo: Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

While Florida might not be the first destination you think of during the warmer months, Miami is actually nice any time of year, including summer, thanks to fresh ocean breezes and fewer tourists and snowbirds jamming up every attraction. Whether you’re there for Miami Beach’s sandy strands and thumping nightlife or Wynwood’s buzzing art and dining scenes, Miami is calling this summer with average round-trip flight prices of $185, about 30% less than 2019 fares.

Find your Miami hotel right here.


Ask any local: Chicago really comes alive in summer when its hibernating populace starts to peek out into the sunshine and  take full advantage of its gorgeous lakefront and never ending schedule of music, food, and culture festivals (you probably already know Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, but there’s plenty for fans of blues, jazz, gospel and house music, too). When the temperatures rise, seek out the cool comfort of one of the city’s world-class museums such as the Art Institute or the Field Museum, or bask in the sunshine as you take in Chicago’s world renowned architecture on a river cruise. Either way, you haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve explored it in all its summertime glory, and with flight prices averaging around 30% less than 2019, there’s no time like now to start planning your visit.

Find your Chicago hotel right here.

Jackson Hole, WY

Skiing is believing and that’s no doubt why hordes of bums and bunnies alike head to Jackson Hole in winter to ride its powdery slopes. But we say Jackson Hole in summer is even more enticing. Boasting Grand Teton National Park right in its own backyard plus famed Yellowstone a mere hour away (save money with a National Parks pass!), Jackson Hole in summer becomes a mecca for YOLO adventures like hiking, BMX biking, para gliding, fly fishing, rock climbing, gondola rides, al fresco wining and dining, and much more. Plus, what’s not to love about blue skies and 70s, dreamy 10pm sunsets, and flights averaging 30% less than they did two years ago?

Find your Jackson Hole hotel right here.

Los Angeles


A city so big it’s like getting 10 vacations in one, it’s hard to imagine a fantasy going unfulfilled in sunny L.A. Join the queues for morning coffee in East Side hipster nabes like Loz Feliz and Silver Lake, grab a paddle and kayak along the LA River, gawk at celebs while working up a sweat in Runyon Canyon, drive the coast (top down, of course) and stop for snacks and sandos and Malibu County Mart along the way, swoop up the city’s best bargains at the sprawling Melrose Trading Post, and plop down on a beach somewhere and watch surfers ride waves as the sun drops into the dreamy Pacific. All this, plus flights averaging 30% less than they did this time two years ago.

Find your Los Angeles hotel right here.

New York City


True, Broadway is still dark and will continue to be until at least September, but imagine how you’ll spend the extra money saved. As in taking a spin around the glitter-filled rink at the retro Dreamland Roller Rink in Prospect Park, scooping up the city’s best bargains at the weekly Chelsea Flea, having a lick of a dipped Salty Pimp soft serve swirl at Big Gay Ice Cream, and sunbathing among the perfectly pierced and tattooed at the People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Beach Park. Perhaps you’ll even time your visit to experience Manhattanhenge, that rare summer event during which the setting sun aligns with Manhattan’s east-west grid creating a photo op like no other. All this and it’s a bargain getting there. Flight prices to NYC are 25% less expensive than they were two years ago.

Find your New York City hotel right here.


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One thing about folks from Minneapolis is that no matter where they go in the world, many often end up putting roots down back in town, and that’s because the Twin Cities are a great place to live—and visit. Take all the outdoor recreation that its 22 lakes offer, and combine that with a great civic reverence for culture that’s apparent in museums such as the Walker Art Center, the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum or the historic Mill City Museum, and what you have is a well-rounded—yet underlauded—city that makes for the perfect summer destination. And with flights averaging 25% less than last year, now’s the time to start planning where you’ll get your Minneapolis-famous eats like the Juicy Lucy or Vietnamese pho.

Find your Minneapolis hotel right here.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

With snowbird and tourist season over for the most part, you’ll get to know the real Fort Lauderdale in summer. Hit any of its gorgeous beaches for fun in the sun, or board a boat for cool breezes (the water taxi tour of Millionaire’s Row makes for a nice peek into the lifestyles of the rich and famous). When you need a culture break, or a great bite to eat, head to the FAT Village Arts District, where the Sistrunk Market food hall offers delicious bites; then take a walk around the neighborhood to admire its colorful murals. In terms of airfares, Fort Lauderdale usually costs quite a bit less its neighboring airports, but at the time of writing, flights were averaging about $155, around 25% less than normal.

Find your Fort Lauderdale hotel right here. 


Hotel Clermont

If you’re wondering to yourself, “Why do I love Atlanta so much?,” chances are good that at the time you’re thinking this, you’re enjoying rooftop cocktails at the chic Hotel Clermont, strolling the excellent Beltline, thrifting for treasures at Junkman’s Daughter, or enjoying exotic eats along the Buford Highway. The hottest city in the South offers a lot more than just the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola (though do check both out), but it’s just as enjoyable to idyll away an afternoon in Piedmont Park, enjoy the smorgasbord of eateries at Krog Street Market, and shopping both the indie stores and familiar chains contained within the Ponce City Market. It’s all a lot easier to do right now thanks to airfares averaging $180—that’s 25% cheaper than they were two years ago!

Find your Atlanta hotel right here. 



Philly roundtrip flights for $170? Yet another reason to visit the City of Brotherly Love! Day one: Check off tourist highlights like running up the “Rocky Steps,” ogling the Liberty Bell, and increasing your calorie count with a Philly cheesesteak (from either Geno’s or Pat’s King, of course). Devote day two to digging deeper. Grab a morning coffee and dooughnut (and some fried chicken!) at Federal Donuts. Next, check out the creepy Mütter Museum, devoted to antique medical devices, wax sculptures and osteological specimens. Fishtown is the city’s hipster hub so spend an afternoon wandering its trendy streets, including a caffeine fix at La Columbe, lunch at NYC barbecue import Fette Sau, and happy hour cocktails at Front Street Cafe. Don’t forget to stroll South Street Bridge for dreamy sunsets and skyline views.

Find your Philly hotel right here.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan

The colorful buildings in Old San Juan. Photo: Cogito Ergo Imago – Flickr.

If you’re looking for paradise without a passport, this is it. America’s Caribbean territory offers crystal waters lapping gorgeous beaches, majestic mountains, and rainforest waterfalls—everything you’d expect in a tropical getaway. Plus, it’s an easy escape since the currency is the U.S. dollar and most phone plans don’t charge extra fees in P.R. Whether you’re looking to explore Old San Juan’s colorful colonial architecture, Spanish fortresses and happening nightlife, or you plan on making a beeline for the beach, now’s the time go with air fares hovering around $215 at the time of writing, down 25% compared to the same time in 2019.

Find your San Juan hotel right here.

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For the past few months, scrolling beautiful vacation pics from travels past has been a way to see the world without leaving home. Now as we’re gearing up to finally start traveling, we’re again looking to photography, this time to help guide our plans, and America’s National Parks with their unparalleled natural beauty are speaking volumes. If you’re looking to commune with nature in America’s wilds over the next few months, let these 10 photos from U.S. National Parks inspire you, and don’t forget to book great deals for your trip on CheapTickets!

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Angels Landing, Zion National Park: UT

If you’re afraid of heights, read no further. But if incredible 360-degree views of jagged towering spires and the canyons below sound worth a little calf pain, the Angels Landing day hike is definitely for you. (Not recommended for young kids.)

Artist’s Palette, Death Valley National Park: CA

Follow twisting Artist’s Drive past Badwater Basin to this multicolored hillside created from volcanic ash and minerals deposited millions of years ago. Time and the elements have turned them cool shades of green, pink and yellow, like a palette.

Clingman’s Dome, Smoky Mountains National Park: TN

It’s just a half-mile hike up to the top of Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in Tennessee. At the summit, about 6,643 feet above sea level, you’ll have access to the observation tower and, of course, views of mountain valleys and steep ridges below.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park: UT

A 2-3 hour hike takes you to this famous natural wonder set among giant domes of sandstone rock. Frame your photo of Delicate Arch perfectly from nearby Frame Arch, aka Twisted Donut Arch. Arrive around sunset for the most dramatic photos.

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park: MT

Along this 50-mile road that crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, you’ll marvel at deep valleys, glaciers, towering waterfalls and, depending on season, colorful wildflowers and all kinds of wildlife.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park: WY

Hard to believe the neon colors of the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring are the work of nature but they are, thanks to various species of microbes living in the progressively cooler water surrounding the spring.

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon National Park: AZ

Pack your swimsuit—and a permit—for your hike to these stunning falls located on Havasupai tribal lands. Located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the waterfall  is famous for its gorgeous turquoise blue waters, perfect for a dip after a long hike.

Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park: CA

Next to its crooked namesake trees, Joshua Tree National Park’s most famous attraction is this massive granite rock that resembles a skull. It’s located right off the road but if you’re itching for a hike, opt for the 1.8-mile Skull Rock Nature Loop.

Wonder Lake, Denali National Park: AK

With the jagged peaks of Alaska Range in the background and cool, clear waters or Wonder Lake in the foreground, this is the essential Alaska postcard scene you’ve always dreamed of. It’s accessible by park bus. Be sure to watch for the park’s working sled dogs in winter. Tip: Bring bug spray to the lake in summer—mosquitos here are fierce!

Dry Tortugas National Park: FL

Dry Tortugas National Park almost 70 miles west of Key West is actually a cluster of islands that are only accessible by ferry, boat or seaplane. Activities at the park include exploring a 19th-century fort, camping, swimming and snorkeling crystal waters teeming with marine life.


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We get it. Summer is not about planning. In fact, some of the season’s best moments happen spontaneously: the last-minute backyard barbecue that turns into an epic event, the late-night bonding sesh around the campfire, the water fight that breaks out when you’re hosing down the car in your driveway.

But some summer fun does require planning. With a little forethought, you can pencil in one of these events to be the cherry on top of your coolest summer ever.

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Step inside some of Canada’s most intriguing buildings during Doors Open Toronto. | Flickr Photo: Tsai Project

Doors Open Toronto: Toronto, ON (May 26–27)

One weekend a year, visitors are given the chance to explore some of Toronto’s coolest buildings that aren’t normally open to the public. Enjoy walking tours, lectures, music and more—all for free. For 2018, the theme is “Film: The Great Romance,” giving participants an opportunity to check out historic theaters, media studios and buildings featured on the screen.

MoMA at NGV: Melbourne, Australia (June 8–October 7)

Hot weather not your thing? Bypass summer all together when you head Down Under, where the Southern Hemisphere’s winter ushers in this contemporary art exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

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Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest: Cannon Beach, OR (June 9)

This weekend of all-American festivities includes pro and amateur sculpting contests, a parade, a 5k run/walk and a nighttime bonfire on the beach in a Pacific coastal town about 80 miles west of Portland.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival: Atlanta, GA (June 15–18)

While many cities celebrate this holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States, the cradle of the US Civil Rights Movement does so in high style, with a weekend of music, speakers and parade floats with themes like black history and natural hair.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is the cat’s pajamas (but don’t actually wear pajamas. | Flickr Photo: Aaron Dahlstrom

Jazz Age Lawn Party: Governors Island, NY (June 16–17 and August 25–26)

Two weekends during the summer, take a trip 800 yards from Lower Manhattan—and a century back in time—as crooner Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra transport you to a world of brassy music, flapper costumes and Charleston contests. With Prohibition no longer in effect, this party really is the bee’s knees.

Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture: Flagstaff, AZ (June 30–July 1)

See more than 100 Native American artists, musicians, dancers and lecturers—a summer tradition dating back to the 1930s.

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Essence Festival: New Orleans, LA (July 5–8)

Part urban music fest, part beauty expo, part empowerment seminar, this year’s stage welcomes Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, the Roots and other A-listers.

California State Fair: Sacramento, CA (July 13–29)

Carnival rides and food on a stick come standard, but where else can you catch a concert, watch horse races, cool off in a water park and audition for Wheel of Fortune?

Guanajuato International Film Festival: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (July 20–29)

Forego the latest movie reboots in favor of this cinematic event that includes innovative flicks, workshops and talks by some of Latin America’s most prominent filmmakers.

This session of Miami Salsa Congress is officially called to order. Photo credit: Sam Litvin/Flickr.

Miami Salsa Congress: Miami, FL (July 25–29)

Music is serious business in South Florida, as exhibited by this festival attracting the world’s best salsa musicians, dancers and DJs for nonstop concerts, workshops and even—because it’s Miami—pool parties.

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Maine Lobster Festival: Rockland, ME (August 1–5)

Strap on a bib and head to this crustacean celebration that includes a seafood cooking contest, live music, a fine art show, parade and more.

End of the Road: Dorset, England (August 30–September 2)

Close out your summer at this aptly named music festival whose lineup is as enchanting as the event’s fairy garden setting. This year’s headliners include St. Vincent, Vampire Weekend, Feist and Yo La Tengo.

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When it comes to the fan experience, these baseball stadiums hit it out of the park.

PNC Park

PNC Park | Flickr CC: Dan Gaken

PNC Park – If you thought Uber was the most innovative way to get to a sporting event, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise when you cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge (which closes to traffic on game days) or idle your boat or kayak on the Allegheny River, where you can hear the roar of the crowd and maybe even catch a  stray ball. Occasional Pup Nights mean frankfurters aren’t the only dogs you’ll find in this stadium.

Jackie Robinson Rotunda in Citi Field, NYC

Jackie Robinson Rotunda in Citi Field, NYC | Flickr CC: Peter Bond

Citi Field – If the Big Apple is a melting pot, then the home of the New York Mets is where baseball fans go to feast. In countless online reviews, fansrave about the food selection: From Shake Shack to El Verano Taqueria to Hot Pastrami on Rye to more upscale eateries that require reservations, this ballpark hits a home run in the food department. As for the building itself, the stately Jackie Robinson Rotunda makes for a grand entrance (it’s so impressive that people get married there), while easy subway access and plentiful parking make getting to and from the ballpark a breeze. Occasional postgame concerts are another nice touch.

AT&T Park

AT&T Park | Flickr CC: truebacarlos

AT&T Park – The San Francisco Giants, who play here, have been crowned World Series champs three times since 2010. So there’s that. Then there’s the waterfront park itself, with its sweeping city views, award-winning design and “splash hit” home runs that land in McCovey Cove just outside the stadium. Even if you don’t want to watch the actual game, there are amusements galore in the free Fan Lot: a Superslide shaped like a giant Coca-Cola bottle, photo booth and Little Giants Park, a tot-sized replica where future sluggers can practice running the bases. And don’t even get us started on the food.

Comerica Park

Comerica Park | Flickr CC: Kevin Ward

Comerica Park – Yeah, we know, Detroit’s no San Francisco (even if it is on the up-and-up). But the home field of the Detroit Tigers is a bright spot in the city that can’t seem to catch a break. There’s a 50-foot Ferris wheel with cars shaped like baseballs, as well as a tiger-themed carousel; both are free for kids on Sundays. And when the Tigers score, a fountain on the centerfield wall comes to life with a “liquid fireworks” display of synchronized lights and music. For a more low-key experience, join the the Tiger Club, which offers a dinner buffet and access to the private Asylum Cigar Bar.

Stilt walkers in Marlins Park

Stilt walkers in Marlins Park | Flickr CC:

Marlins Park – America’s favorite pastime gets a dose of South Beach swank at this home of the Miami Marlins, and we’re not talking about the retractable roof. Tropical touches include colorful mosaic walkway lined with palm trees, a fish tank behind home plate and a sculpture that comes to life every time the Marlins score. But the party doesn’t really start until you’re inside the 21-and-up Clevelander Marlins Park. Take a dip in the bar’s pool, dance to the sounds of celebrity DJs and marvel at the stilt walkers. Just remember to keep an eye on the actual, you know, game.

Racing Sausages in Miller Park

Racing Sausages in Miller Park | Flickr CC: relux

Miller Park – Raise a glass to this home of the Milwaukee Brewers, whose fans take baseball tailgating to football-like levels. Inside the retractable-roofed stadium, the feast continues with everything from bacon-wrapped hot dogs to nachos on a stick. You can even cheer on your favorite meat during the sixth-inning Famous Racing Sausages showdown. And of course there’s beer. Lots and lots of beer. Periodic post-game concerts add to the fun.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park | Flickr CC: Peter Ciro

Fenway Park – Even if you don’t know a double play from a double header, you’ve probably heard of the <ahref=”” target=”_blank”>Boston Red Sox, indisputably one of the coolest baseball stadiums in America. The legendary team’s stadium opened in 1912, and the original architecture, hand-painted scoreboard and storied bar under the field keep the history alive. Sure, the seats are small and the food options are just average, but this is about tradition, people. Sing “Sweet Caroline” during the eighth inning, argue with the rowdy fans in your section, and then head into the neighborhood after the game for a selection of wicked good eats.

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Long layovers can be a real drag, but they certainly don’t need to ruin the trip. Venturing out of the airport can add leaps and bounds of enjoyment to your travels, and it’s pretty easy to keep the cost down on your hiatus from the terminal. Just make sure you plan ahead and pack whatever you may need for the adventure in your carry-on, and you should be all set for an enjoyable day away from the airport monotony.

Here are five ideas for cheap getaways outside of some major airports:

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A scene from Hollywood Beach near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Courtesy of Ally Marotti

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)Ft. Lauderdale, FL

This one is easy — spend the day on the beach. Have the cab driver take you to Hollywood Beach. It’s not the closest one to the airport, but it’s the most happenin’. In about 15 minutes, you go from drab airport life to the tropics. Watch the sunrise over the ocean and grab breakfast beachside at Broadwalk Restaurant and Grill. There are plenty of dining options, ice cream shops and convenience stores along the boardwalk if you need anything like sunscreen. Listen to the Cuban music and bask in the sun during your layover, and make sure to grab a piña colada at Greek restaurant Sahara International.

A view from the Chicago Riverwalk. Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

A view from the Chicago Riverwalk. Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

O’Hare International Airport (ORD)Chicago, IL

If you don’t have a layover at O’Hare, it’s highly likely your flight out of Chicago will end up getting delayed. O’Hare is an airport known for its delays, partly because it doesn’t have enough gates, and partly because Chicago weather is entirely unpredictable. Lucky for budget-conscious travelers, there’s a train that goes right downtown for only $2.50. The Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line train runs between downtown and the airport constantly throughout the day, and it’s only a 40-minute ride either way. Check out the sights, sounds and food Chicago has to offer for the day rather than sitting in the airport bitter about the delay. For free activities, head to one of the city’s beaches or walk along the recently renovated Riverwalk along the Chicago River. If you’re there on a summer evening, there are free concerts at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Mondays and Thursdays, and free movies there on Tuesdays. For cheap eats, head to the French Market in the West Loop–it’s got everything from meatballs to lobster rolls.

A view from the Jackson Street Bridge. Courtesy of Nikki Wolfe.

A view from theJackson Street Bridge. Courtesy of Nikki Wolfe.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta airport is one of the busiest in the world, and so big it has its own zip code. If you have a layover or delay here, make sure it’s actually long enough for you to safely get out, back and to your terminal on time, as there’s usually some shuttling involved. If you are so bold to step into the unknown, take the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train, which costs $2.50 for a one-way ticket and will get you downtown in about 20 minutes. Once you’re there, head over to the Jackson Street bridge between Cain Street and Highland Avenue for a photo opp (pics or it didn’t happen). Stroll along the recently completed Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile loop around the city of railroad tracks-turned-walking paths lined with restaurants and shops. Sample some of that southern cooking while you’re at it.

A T-Rex at New York City's Museum of Natural History. Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

A T-Rex at New York City’s Museum of Natural History. Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)New York City, NY

New York City buses transport travelers from the airport to Manhattan for $2.75 each way. The M60 bus goes express to all LaGuardia terminals and drops passengers off near West 106th Street and Broadway. The Q70 Limited or Q47 will drop you off in Queens or Midtown. If you’re willing to pay a little more, the NYC Airporter bus departs every 30 minutes and runs between the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station for $13. For a close to free day in Manhattan, stroll through Central Park and end up at the Museum of Natural History. They ask for an optional donation at the entrance. If you still have time and are craving some panoramic views of the city, swing by Salvation Taco. It shares a lobby with Pod Hotel 39 on East 39th Street between Lexington and 3rd avenues, has a great and reasonably priced rooftop bar full of Mexican beers and Spanish wines. You can get a beer and a great view for $8.


A plane flies over Dockweiler State Beach. Courtesy of Andrew Hart.

A plane flies over Dockweiler State Beach. Courtesy of Andrew Hart.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Los Angeles, CA

 Los Angeles International Airport often acts as the gateway to Asia and Hawaii, and many a layover is whiled away among its terminals. But if you’ve got the time and you remembered to stick your swimsuit in your carry on, why not soak up some Vitamin D? Dockweiler State Beach is less than a five-mile drive from the Los Angeles airport. It extends south of Marina del Rey harbor, and is operated by Los Angeles County, so there are no entrance fees. You can take public transit there, but it’ll probably be quicker to just grab a cab. Dockweiler beach is known for its hang gliding and plane watching (since it’s so close to LAX), and offers a beautiful view of the sunset. There are fire pits on the beach that anyone can use, so if you have the time and money, swing by the store on the way and grab some hot dogs and all the fixins for s’mores for a true taste of summer.

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Money doesn’t grow on your tree pose. Fortunately, major cities across the country host free yoga classes through summer—perfect for traveling warriors who want to avoid the $10 to $25 per-class fee that’s standard at most yoga studios.

Plus, most of these yoga sessions are held outdoors in iconic cosmopolitan settings, which is ideal for travelers who want to combine a little mind-body-spirit TLC with sightseeing.

New York City

What: Bryant Park YogaWhere: Bryant Park

When: Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. and Thursday 6-7 p.m., through Sept. 18, 2014

Work your downward dog under shady trees, surrounded by towering Manhattan skyscrapers in this summer series presented by Athleta. Mats are provided. Walk-ins are welcome, but visitors are encouraged to pre-register online.

Bryant Park Yoga -Photo by Bryant Park Corporation (1)

Bryant Park

What: Summer in the Square

Where: Union Square

When: Thursdays 7-8a.m. (South Plaza) and 7-8 p.m. (North Plaza)

Find solace in one of New York’s great public spaces in the morning or evening. A limited number of mats are provided, so participants are encouraged to bring their own. Families can enjoy Yoga StoryTime with Karma Kids from 10-11 a.m.

Credit: Union Square Partnership

Union Square. Credit: Union Square Partnership

What: Wanderlust 108

Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn

When: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014The meditation and yoga portion of this bigger “mindful triathlon” event is free for those who register online by Aug. 15, 2014. With celebrated yoga teachers Seane Corn and Elena Brower leading the group, complemented with music by MC Yogi, it’s sure to be an energetic gathering in Brooklyn.

Credit: Jake Laub

Wanderlust 108 in Brooklyn. Credit: Jake Laub


What: Summer Yoga at Frog Pond

Where: The Boston Common Frog Pond

When: Thursdays, 6-7:15 p.m., through Aug. 28, 2014

Enjoy an all-levels vinyasa yoga flow in Boston’s most historic park. The class meets behind the Frog Pond Carousel. Bring your own mat, and check for weather-related cancelations on the Facebook page.


What: Everybody Free Yoga

Where: Venues all over Chicago

When: Varying times through Sept. 6, 2014

This summer initiative spearheaded by Moksha Yoga Center, Chicago’s largest yoga studio, offers free yoga at parks, beaches and festivals throughout the city. Among the offerings: Saturday morning yoga at Millennium Park and Candlelight Yoga at Foster Beach during full moons. Check the website for a complete schedule.

Millennium Park Credit: Jen Pagonis

Millennium Park. Credit: Jen Pagonis

What: Yoga Rocks the Park

Where: Northside Preparatory High School

When: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Part of a bigger grassroots initiative to bring yoga into parks across the country, the Chicago event is free to those who register online. Sponsored by YOGA SIX, the class will include live music.

Washington, D.C.

What: Yoga in the Park

Where: Dupont Circle

When: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., Through Oct. 1, 2014

Hosted by lululemon Logan Circle, this is an all-level class in the heart of one of DC’s trendiest ‘hoods. Check the Facebook page for weather updates.

Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park

What: Yoga in the Park 2014

Where: Meridian Hill Park

When: Sundays, 5-6:30 p.m., Through August

Get your OM on in this gorgeous 12-acre park in the Columbia Heights-Adams Morgan neighborhoods of northwest DC. Hosted by Bikram Yoga Dupont, this all-level class celebrates its 10th summer season.


What: Yoga in the Park

Where: Bayfront Park (Tina Hills Pavilion)

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m.; Saturdays, 9-10:15 a.m.

Free yoga is offered year-round at this park overlooking Biscayne Bay and hugged by Miami’s luxurious high-rises and palm trees. Participants should bring their own mats.

Bayfront Park in Miami

Bayfront Park in Miami

Las Vegas

What: Blissfully Free Sundays

Where: Barefoot Sanctuary
(located inside Whole Foods Market at Town Square)

When: Sundays at 4:30 p.m., through 2014

After a weekend of partying hard on The Strip, detox with a mellow yoga class suitable for beginners at Barefoot Sanctuary — the only yoga studio on the Las Vegas Strip, inside the Whole Foods Town Square.

Barefoot Sanctuary located along the Las Vegas Strip

Barefoot Sanctuary located along the Las Vegas Strip

What: Sunday Morning Yoga

Where: lululemon, Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall

When: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

lululemon is always a great go-to for free yoga since most stores offer no-cost classes on weekends. The Las Vegas location extends classes to the public on Sunday mornings. Mats are provided, but arrive early to snag a spot.

Dallas-Fort Worth

What: DFW Free Day of Yoga

Where: Throughout Dallas-Fort Worth

When: Aug. 31 & Sept. 1, 2014

If you’re in Dallas-Fort Worth for the Labor Day Weekend, take advantage of free yoga across the city at more than 170 participating studios on Sept, 1. A free group class will also take place at the Fort Worth Water Gardens on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m.

Los Angeles

What: Runyon Canyon Free Daily Yoga

Where: Runyon Canyon Park (Fuller Avenue entrance)

When: Everyday, see schedule

It’s tough to find free yoga in Los Angeles. But no-cost classes are offered at Runyon Canyon not just once a week – but several times daily! The classes, which get stellar Yelp reviews, are appropriate for all levels. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

Runyon Canyon Park. Credit: Ryan Vaarsi

Runyon Canyon Park. Credit: Ryan Vaarsi

San Francisco

What: Yoga in Golden Gate Park

Where: Golden Gate Park (Big Rec Baseball Field)

When: Sundays at 11 a.m.

Hold your tree pose amidst the trees in one of San Francisco’s most beautiful parks. While the class is technically free, teachers accept donations to benefit the Purusha Seva Project. Sparing a few bucks is good for karma, after all.

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

What: Rooftop Yoga by Kari Gregg

Where: Lombardi Sports’ Rooftop

When: Sundays at 11 a.m.

Enjoy yoga under the skies atop a rooftop in San Francisco’s hip Nob Hill neighborhood. Bring your own mat for this 60-minute all-levels class and leave with a smile – plus, a 20-percent-off coupon for in-store merchandise.

Lombardi Sports Rooftop in Nob Hill

Lombardi Sports Rooftop in Nob Hill


What: Gentle Yoga

Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall Lawn

When: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Through Aug. 20, 2014

Breathe and gently stretch your body in this Hatha yoga class suitable for beginners. Drop-ins are welcome, but bring your own yoga mat.

Olympic Sculpture Park. Credit: Robert Wade

Olympic Sculpture Park. Credit: Robert Wade

What: Summer at SAM Olympic Sculpture Park

Where: Olympic Sculpture Park

When: Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Through Aug. 25, 2014

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) combines the outdoors with art and yoga for a weekly summer yoga practice in its Olympic Sculpture Park. Bring your own mat and check the Facebook page for more information and weather-related cancelations.

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