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Labor Day vacation deals to Mexico, South Carolina, California

Labor Day weekend is upon us and with it comes the transition from long summer days to cool autumn evenings.

If you’re looking for ways to stretch out this last bit of summer — while also stretching your leisure travel budget — the time is now to take advantage of incredible airfare sales and destination deals.

Sunshine is practically guaranteed when visiting tropical paradises like Puerto Vallarta or Hawaii, and each of these destinations has multiple ways to save and savor a beach getaway. If a classic family road trip is your ideal getaway for the long weekend, the wide-open spaces of affordable South Carolina have numerous freebie activities for the whole family. If the kids want adrenaline activities, there’s even a way for the whole family to save on attractions in San Diego this season.

Ready to plan your long weekend getaway? Read on to discover family activities that will combine sunshine and savings for your next vacation.

Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta offers 14 acres of palm trees, pools and beachfront activities

Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta offers 14 acres of palm trees, pools and beachfront activities

courtesy Westin Resort and Spa Puerto Vallarta

Beachside retreat in Puerto Vallarta

With Delta’s latest airfare deals, a roundtrip flight to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) needn’t break the bank with fares starting at $300 or 10,000 redeemed miles.

If you’re wondering what it’s like to visit Puerto Vallarta right now, know that the destination does not require any pre-trip testing, but mask-wearing is mandatory in all public spaces. Most venues have reduced capacities, so a quick getaway to Puerto Vallarta can also feel quite spacious with more room to roam inside and out.

Once there, Puerto Vallarta’s colorful culture, culinary delights and soft sandy beaches create a welcome retreat for families and couples alike. For a wide-open space along the waterfront, Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta offers 14 acres of palm trees, pools and beachfront activities just minutes from the airport, yet with easy access to downtown attractions.

Right now, guests booking at the Westin can select an a la carte guestroom or a package that includes breakfast, or even a stunning all-inclusive offer that provides all meals and beverages within a promotional room rate.

The resort offers a range of on-site dining inclusive of fresh seafood, traditional Mexican and international favorites. Guests may also take advantage of a full-service spa, activities like kayaking and paddleboarding, along with bicycle usage and nearby hiking trails.

Waterfalls and trails outside Walhalla, South Carolina

Waterfalls and trails outside Walhalla, South Carolina

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Road tripping in South Carolina

Take advantage of nonstop fares from $99 with Alaska Airlines when flying into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to enjoy neighboring proximity to South Carolina.

The Palmetto State is an ideal destination for seeking out legendary barbeque and brewery trails, backcountry fishing, and quintessential road tripping with the family. Skirt the populous cities and instead focus on small-town charms and wide-open counties to take in spacious state parks and enjoy scenic byways.

Discover the agricultural belt of Darlington County, rich with historic sites and museums, beautiful gardens and colorful festivals. Over the long weekend, Darlington County hosts a live bluegrass festival at the Grand Old Post Office and a free concert series complete with a classic car show and a cornhole tournament. NASCAR fans will also want to pop by the Darlington Raceway for a weekend of racing.

In upstate Oconee County, the town of Walhalla is known for its antique and specialty gift shops, an oak tree-lined Main Street, and surrounding outdoor recreation. Oconee offers more than 200 miles of trails and 29 waterfalls, with four county parks and three state parks ready for exploration.

During Labor Day weekend, visitors to Oconee County may also enjoy the annual South Carolina Apple Festival. Events include live music, an arts and crafts show, parade and apple baking contests.

The San Diego CityPASS program offers packaged discounts for saving up to 40% regular admission rates on area attractions. 

The San Diego CityPASS program offers packaged discounts for saving up to 40% regular admission rates on area attractions. 

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Family attraction deals in San Diego

With ongoing airfare sales, it’s possible to find one-way airfare to San Diego (SAN) for less than $100 per person or redeem 12,000 Delta miles for a roundtrip flight.

The recently launched San Diego CityPASS program offers deeply discounted admission to a variety of top attractions in and around San Diego. Three combination package options allow travelers to save up to 40% regular admission rates.

While SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California are the main attractions, guests may combine discounted packages to include San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, USS Midway, Hornblower city cruises and Old Town Trolley Tours.

While in San Diego, enjoy the spacious botanical gardens and cultural centers at Balboa Park. There is no admission fee to enjoy the trails, dog parks and playgrounds at Balboa Park, with many of the architectural highlights available for viewing simply by strolling through the complex. For museum and cultural center admission, consider an explorer pass offering discounts on combined attractions.

Avoid surge pricing on rental cars by taking advantage of San Diego’s trolley lines. The Old Town Trolley focuses on major tourist destinations while the San Diego Trolley provides access throughout downtown and surrounding areas including Mission Valley, Santee, and Mexican border-town San Ysidro. On the SD Trolley, children under 5 ride for free and adults can get great value with a day pass.


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