Sending an email on a summer Friday might be the most fruitless pursuit this side of trying to dribble a football. Longer weekends and emptier offices mean more opportunities to sneak away for a few days, and whether you’re up for a long drive or a short flight, we’re here to figure out which spots are most worthy of your valuable summer weekends.
Because saving money is nice, the good folks at the travel app Hipmunk crunched the numbers and found the cheapest weekends to travel this summer. Holidays will always be jacked-up, but if you’re not hellbent on traveling this Fourth of July or Labor Day, some weekends find high-priced destinations on the cheap. Here are 12 actually great US cities where weekend hotel stays and rental cars are at their most affordable (calculated against the 52-weekend average). Or, you know, if you save your doe by not renting a car and flomping on your buddy’s fold-out couch, all the better.