Last-minute vacations can be as much fun as ones planned in advance. The Internet provides excellent access for booking hotels or flights and finding detailed information about a locale. Every state's tourism and travel division found through USA.gov (see link in resources section) will display events, sights and activities particular to that state.
A tent in the backyard will often serve as a quick getaway for those who do not want to drive longer distances. Set up the tent with sleeping bags and enjoy a new perspective at night. Cook food outside on a barbecue.
Many parks and forests require booking a camping spot or obtaining a backpacking license. This does not need to be done much in advance for most spots. Before leaving, check the park's online page for information on camping and hiking. Most states allow camping reservations to be made online through the state's recreation division.
Most large cities have ski areas or cross-country ski tracks nearby. Go on an off-peak day and look for package deals from mountain resorts for ski lift passes. Cross-country ski tracks usually follow summer hiking trails or roads. Plan a route using a current map, being sure to take possible trail closures into account.
Beaches and Lakes
If the weather cooperates, the beach or lake makes for a last-minute vacation. Bring a boat or inner tubes and enjoy the water. Some lakes have campgrounds for tent camping or RVs. Beaches often have hotels nearby.
Websites like Travelocity and Orbitz list last-minute package deals available to vacationers interested in departing within three weeks of booking. The packages can include hotels, rental cars and airfare. Travel in the off-season is usually discounted as well.
Article Written By Brooke Westphal
Brooke Westphal has been a writer since 2008. She has experience in the aviation, health-care, archaeology and nonprofit industries. Westphal holds a B.A. in history, as well as a Master of Arts in journalism and mass communications, with specialization in marketing, communications and advertising.