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10 Last-Minute Summer Getaway Ideas For Families

Soak up the last bit of fun in the sun.

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There’s still time to squeeze in a fun family trip before school starts. From theme parks to beaches and camping spots, book one of these last-minute summer vacations if you’re overdue for a getaway.

If you live near a state park, pack your tent and head out on a last-minute summer camping trip. Spend your days hiking and fishing and your evenings roasting marshmallows for an unforgettable family vacation.The Good Brigade/Photodisc/Getty Images
Head to Lake Tahoe for a last-minute summer vacation that gives you the best of everything summer has to offer — mountain hikes, relaxing beach time, swimming, boating, and water sports.Shutterstock

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For families who live near one of the 8 states it passes through, a retro road trip through part of historic Route 66 is a fun last-minute summer vacation idea. Plan out which sights you want to see along the way and hit the road.

Travel deep in the heart of Texas to New Braunfels. Situated between Austin and San Antonio, the town’s main attractions are its two rivers to float — the Comal and Guadalupe. Schlitterbahn waterpark is also a popular spot to visit on vacation here.Shutterstock

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The Disney parks on either U.S. coast will be packed with tourists in late-summer, but Disney-loving families can still book a last-minute vacation on a Disney cruise. Set sail from a stateside port for a tropical trip to remember.

Wilmington, North Carolina is picturesque port town with beautiful scenery that’s just perfect for a last-minute summer vacation. Visit the boardwalk, the marina, and aquarium, or take a swim at a nearby beach beach.Shutterstock

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To avoid summer crowds at the airport, take a family vacation to see national or state monument that’s within driving distance. This is a great way to get some history lessons on the books before school even starts.

Head to Sonoma, California on a last-minute summer vacation to visit scenic family-friendly vineyards. You can also enjoy a wildlife park and nearby beaches on your trip.Shutterstock
Flathead Lake in Montana is the perfect last-minute summer vacation idea if you’re looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy a family trip. There are plenty of lakeside rentals and nearby lodges to choose from.Shutterstock


Head to Orange Beach, Alabama where you can score a last-minute summer vacation deal and rent a beach house or condo for the entire family to enjoy.

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