I spoke to US News + World Report about budget-friendly family getaways after the school year begins.


By September, crowds have dissipated in Park City, ushering in the pleasant and inexpensive shoulder season, explains family travel expert Amy Tara Koch. She points to the Grand Summit Hotel, located in Canyons Village, as an ideal lodging choice for families. Apart from reduced post-summer lodging rates (goSeek.com currently lists three-star hotels offering nightly rates under $100 in September), you can also enjoy recreational pursuits beyond the resort, such as rafting, kayaking, and canoeing, she adds. What’s more, because of the area’s high elevation, you can catch dazzling fall foliage displays in mid-September she adds. Google Flights currently lists round-trip routes for under $230 from Chicago airports and around $150 from Los Angeles International Airport in September.