7) Fort Lauderdale, Florida
No one can blame you if you can’t resist the magnetic pull of Florida. It’s a great place to enjoy the sun, surf, and sand – especially if you time your trip properly. Most people flock to Florida in winter to escape the cold weather back home and enjoy warm temperatures and beach time. Therefore, prices on flights and hotels are typically higher during the winter. Plan your trip during the summer and take advantage of reduced airfare and accommodation. There are loads of 3-star hotels in super locations starting between $70-$80/night! Fort Lauderdale is an excellent choice – the beaches are beautiful and free and there’s plenty of surf, sand, and snorkeling to go around. Avoid getting too much sun and check out the other free activities in town like the Antique Car Museum, the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, and the weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch.