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Shockingly Cheap Spring Vacation Deals

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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What's it going to take to get you to take a spring vacation this year? That's precisely the question destination visitor bureaus around the country are asking travelers. Half-off hotel rates? Done. Meal discounts and free events? Sure.

Citywide promotions are the norm right now, and whether you've got a hankering for someplace hot, cold, sunny, or snowy, there's a destination with deals to match. You won't even have to travel far; vacation spots around the U.S. provide plenty of affordable action closer to home. If you can get past goofy promotion names (warning: puns ahead), you'll find savings of 30 percent or more on accommodations and activities, and hotel rates as low as $36 per night. From sunny San Diego to spring in New York City, here are some of the best deals available right now.

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San Diego

The San DieGO Downtown Time to Spring-Diego Guide (phew, that's a lot of word play for one promotion) helps travelers spend less and do more. The guide includes itineraries for students and families looking to maximize limited budgets, a calendar with free events, and other tips such as where to find good happy hours. Plus, you'll find a regularly updated blog with activity and savings ideas.

There's also a booking engine with deals like a fourth night free at the Hard Rock Hotel or 40 percent off three or more nights' at The Sofia Hotel downtown.

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