Vancouver and Beyond

Escapes Under $500
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At this late hour, it's going to be next to impossible to get a deal to Vancouver, unless you make some major concessions in pricing and options for lodging and events, as reported by The Washington Post. However, prices drop severely as soon as the Olympics are over, and visitors can still enjoy many of the same venues as during the Games.

Beyond these destinations I've covered in detail, there are many others. In addition to Colorado Springs and Lake Placid, there's a third Olympic Training Center near San Diego in Chula Vista, California, which follows suit with free tours but focuses on summer sports. Also consider vacations to other past Winter Olympic host cities in North America, including Calgary, Alberta (1988), and Squaw Valley, California (1960); Squaw Valley is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Games, and both destinations are offering winter deals.


Another option is to explore the training sites for athletes (no stalking, please). And while most of the Olympians are already in Vancouver, some destinations are offering special events to honor those athletes with ties to their destination. For example, Stratton Mountain Resort is celebrating snowboarder and gold medal favorite Lindsey Jacobellis, with a viewing party on February 16.

Whether you go during or after the games, you can experience the world coming together and build your own Olympic memories. Have you been to one of the destinations I've mentioned or do you have your own personal Olympic story to tell? If so, please tell us about it in the comments section below.

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