11 Cheapest Last-Minute Vacation Ideas

5) Grand Canyon

For those who love a vacation with a bit of rugged outdoor adventure, it doesn’t get any better than the Grand Canyon. Hotel rooms inside the park can be expensive, so camping is a super way to save money and really experience the Grand Canyon’s natural beauty. Also, planning your trip for the end of the summer – as opposed to mid-summer – will likely ensure lower campsite rates. Save more money and use the free shuttle service which runs all around the South Rim, accessing campsites and the area’s attractions. If you do want to bring your car, however, a 7-day pass only costs $35. Really pinching pennies? Hit the park on free admission days – there are about 6 per year. Once inside, most of the park’s biggest attractions are free – the Grand Canyon Village, North and South Rims, multiple hiking trails, and Havasu Falls.