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America’s purple mountain majesties may be gorgeous all year round, but they seem to get the most buzz during winter, when the slopes are covered in fine powder. But a warm-weather mountain getaway has a whole boatload of benefits, up to and including not freezing your face off while you explore.

Oh, and did we mention the seriously low prices?

We didn’t? Well here goes: Peak season starts in roughly January, so head to the mountains now! Hotel savings at the following destinations range from 15 percent to over 50 percent lower than those of peak season, and you won’t have to elbow through so many tourists throughout your entire journey.

Want to save over 50%? Head to Park City, Utah.

Want to save 35–50%? Go west, young (wo)man, to Winter Park, Vail, Snowshoe or Breckenridge.

Want to save 15–30%? You’ve got five options: Truckee, Stowe, Aspen, McCall or Mammoth Lakes.

The CheapTickets offseason mountain getaway guide

Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, VT

Stowe has offered respite to those looking to escape the heat during the dog days of summer for about a century. From zip lining and rock climbing to golf and horseback riding, Stowe makes a great getaway for the active traveler. Also, take in gorgeous views of the area from the newly refurbished Stowe Gondola SkyRide.

Sample hotel rate for August 18–21: Stay 3 nights at the 3-star Butler House from $452.43.

Park City, Utah

Park City, UT

As part of a new summer experience at Utah Olympic Park, travelers can bring a little winter fun to the warmer months and tube down the landing hill of a Nordic Ski Jump that is coated to make the experience as smooth as sliding down snow. Looking for something a little slower paced? Take a trip on a hot air balloon and take in the majestic Wasatch Mountains.

Sample hotel rate for August 22–25: Stay 3 nights at the 4-star Silverado Lodge, Park City – Canyons Village from $480.30.

Vail, Colorado

Vail, CO

Vail is home to many outdoor festivals and events throughout the late summer and fall, including the two-weekend-long Vail Oktoberfest in September, which has fun activities for the whole family. Hiking and biking amidst the glorious scenery are other low-cost ways to take in the mountain air.

Sample hotel rate for September 12–15: Stay 3 nights at the 3-star Simba Run Vail Condominiums from $387.78.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge, CO

With 2,500 feet of coaster track, the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster takes travelers, who control their cars’ speed, on a wild ride through theforest. Visitors can also hike up to Mohawk Lakes to explore an old mining area or take in the picturesque views.

Sample hotel rate for September 22–25: Stay 3 nights at the 3-star Tyra by Wyndham Vacation Rentals from $393.06.

Mammoth Lakes, California

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Check out Minaret Vista for one of the best views of California’s Sierra Nevada range or hop in a kayak to explore Mono Lake, which happens to sit on one of the biggest bird migratory paths in North America. There is no shortage of summer activities for every type of traveler.

Sample hotel rate for September 13–16: Stay 3 nights at the 3.5-star Mammoth Estates Rentals from $478.80.

Winter Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountains, CO

This is what summers are for: Racing down all 3,000 feet and 26 turns of Colorado’s longest alpine slide. If that’s not your flavor, Winter Park has at least one warm-weather activity for all. The mountains are blanketed in the Arapaho National Forest, where you can hike and mountain bike all day. And for a quiet morning in the sun, enjoy fly-fishing trip or round at Pole Creek Golf Club.

Sample hotel rate for August 28–31: Stay 3 nights at the 3.5-star Frasier Crossing Founders Point from $417.98.

Aspen, CO

Aspen, CO

The original winter wonderland also makes for a great summer or fall escape. From horseback riding and rafting to four-wheeling and hot-air balloons, there’s no shortage of adventure to be had here. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s always your standard (and glorious) hiking and mountain biking.

Sample hotel rate for September 5–8: Stay 3 nights at the 4-star The Westin Snowmass Resort from $394.23.

McCall, Idaho

McCall, Idaho

Ponderosa State Park alone is enough reason to visit this off-the-beaten-path mountain destination during the warmer months. River-rafting, tubing and kayaking are the best ways to spend a lazy day on the lake. Or you can always take a boat tour or settle in for a nice day at the spa.

Sample hotel rate for September 11–14: Stay 3 nights at the 3-star Ashely Inn from $498.96.

Truckee, California

Truckee, CA

You’ll definitely find plenty of hiking, biking and fishing here. But they share Truckee’s summer playing field with beautiful lakes, rivers and rapids. But there are also plenty of museums here. These include the Emigrant Trail Museum, Olympic Museum and Tahoe Maritime Museum, among others.

Sample hotel rate for September 5–8: Stay 3 nights at the Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe-Truckee from $602.51.

Snowshoe, West Virginia

Snowshoe, WV

Come for the mountain biking, stay for the Monongahela National Forest. This gorgeous, highly diverse gem offers flowing streams, dramatic vistas and blueberry thickets. Naturally, the forest also offers some of the best hiking around, but old Snowshoe is around if you want to get some serious altitude on your trek.

Sample hotel rate for August 17–20: Stay 3 nights at the Expedition Station from $451.

How to save: Bring on the promo code!

Now through August 14, use promo code ‘MOUNTAIN18’ to save 18% on CheapTickets.com’s best hotel deals. For complete terms and conditions, visit https://www.cheaptickets.com/g/rf/mountain18-18percent-coupon-terms.

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Lounge at the Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

By Derek Brown

Sunglasses are required luggage to check into these hotels.  The glistening pool water could be blinding. So pull up a chair, lather on the sunscreen and kick back at these 5 refreshing hotel pools. Continue reading

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Try whitewater rafting in North Carolina. Credit: chrishusein.

By Derek Brown

Mosquitoes and humidity come to mind when I recall summer camp, but I didn’t have the fortune of growing up in Asheville, N.C. Tucked into the Appalachian Mountains, this Western North Carolina town is active and only a short drive to adventure and full of history.  When the mercury rises, the chilly mountain waters and outdoor adventures are natural magnets for explorers like me. Continue reading

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Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

By Derek Brown

Stomach turning, scream inducing and heart racing roller coaster rides are as much of a summer tradition as barbecues and beaches.  Every year there’s a race to build faster, more exhilarating and technologically-advanced rides.  From coast to coast, 2011 is no exception. Continue reading

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By Derek Brown

Bald Head Island, NC is an escape to tranquility and ocean breezes.  There are no cars just golf carts and bikes.  The island is at the mouth of the Cape Fear River and is steeped in naval history, including the Revolutionary War, Civil War and sunken ships.  Golf, tennis and beach walks are popular activities.  The more active set will enjoy fishing, stand up paddling (SUP) and even kite surfing.  In addition, it is a favorite destination for sea turtles to lay eggs.

Bald Head Island is accessible by a ferry from Southport, N.C., a short drive from Wilmington.

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Derek Brown, a member of the Orbitz editorial team, just returned from vacation in Bald Head Island, N.C.  He’s off to New York City this weekend.

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Fourth of July fireworks over Washington, D.C. Credit: JoshuaDavisPhotography.

By Derek Brown

Celebrate America the Beautiful this Fourth of July in our nation’s capital.  Wrapped in bunting, flags whipping in the wind and fireworks in the summer sky make it one of the most patriotic, colorful and popular times of the year to visit Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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By Derek Brown

Summer’s here and you want to get away on a cheap ticket.  Flying into alternate airports is a fantastic way for families to save hundreds of dollars on summer airfare. Continue reading

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By Derek Brown

Airplane ticket costs shouldn’t stymie your summer vacation plans.  Even with increasing gas prices, you can still score plenty of cheap tickets for less than $200.

These sizzling summer fares stretch from sea to shining sea and each city in between: Continue reading

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By David De Lalio

ArrowHead Golf Course, Colorado. Credit: Richard Saxon

ArrowHead Golf Course, Colorado. Credit: Richard Saxon

Like many people who live in Colorado, I came here with a plan to spend a year “checking it out.” Nine years later and I’ve met my wife, had 3 children, bought a home — all but cementing that I’m here to stay.  What’s kept me here all these years?  It’s definitely got something to do with Colorado’s extraordinary outdoor activities, and I’m not just talking about our world-class skiing: From its mountains to its rivers, Colorado summers are quite amazing, too, with beautiful dry weather and outdoor activities galore. If you’re looking for a cheap and active summer vacation, Colorado has it all –and for a lot less.

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When are cheap hotels even cheaper? When you book them during a less-than-popular travel time. And now CheapTickets reveals these travel deals just in time for your summer vacation.

The CheapTickets 2008 Summer Off-season Travel Report highlights destinations in Florida, the Southwest and The Bahamas with savings of up to 56 percent (based on hotel bookings for May 30 – August 15, compared to average monthly rates).

Grand Bahama Island, with its white sand beaches and tropical vibe, is a great travel deal in the summer. One of the Grand Bahama hotels where you can save is the Sheraton at Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort. CheapTickets found rates of $90 a night for August 4-7.

Phoenix, Arizona, known for its golf courses, spas and stunning scenery, can be a cheap vacation destination in the summer.  The Carefree Resort and Villas is one of the Phoenix hotels with low summer rates. CheapTickets found rates of $67 a night when you travel July 14-17.

For a cheap Florida vacation this summer, Fort Lauderdale may be a good pick. This sunny city has golf, nightlife and miles of beaches, and hotel savings averaging 34 percent in the off season. One of the Fort Lauderdale hotels with low summer rates is the Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club, where CheapTickets found rates of $99 a night for July 23-26.

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