A last-minute Labor Day getaway doesn't have to break the bank when you travel with a group. TripAdvisor Rentals recently crunched the numbers to uncover more than a dozen U.S. destinations where travelers can close out summer while getting the most bang for their buck. "Even on peak weekends like Labor Day, luxury homes can be affordable when you fill up the bedrooms share the cost across the group," said TripAdvisor Rentals spokesperson, Laurel Greatrix, in a statement. "If you’re trying to keep costs down, staying in a rental is the way to go—you’ll have the freedom to cook at home, and often times you’ll get great perks like free parking, and amenities like bikes, barbeques, and beach accessories, at no additional cost."
Tucson, Arizona—where the average high temperature is 94 degrees in September—is the most affordable Labor Day destination based on TripAdvisor's research. The median nightly rate for a two-bedroom property listed on TripAdvisor Rentals with occupancy for four during the holiday weekend (Friday, Sept. 1 to Tuesday, Sept. 5) is just $100 or $25 per person per night. Hilo, Hawaii and St. Petersburg, Florida also check in at under $30 per person per night. Pahoa, Hawaii, which is just a 30-minute drive from Hilo on Hawaii's Big Island, turned in a median nightly rate of $129 for Labor Day weekend, which breaks down to $32 per person per night. Travelers can also secure a vacation rental in bustling Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for under $142 per night during the first weekend in September.
Salt Lake City, Utah and Virginia's Chincoteague Island are almost identical bargains with median nightly rates of $149 and $150, respectively. Meanwhile, perennial summer vacation hot spots available at a great price this Labor Day include Orlando, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. The median nightly rate for a two-bedroom rental in the Theme Park Capital of the World is just $159, while the median nightly rate for a four-person property in Sin City is $170 on TripAdvisor Rentals. Labor Day rentals in Big Bear City, California; Memphis, Tennessee and Colorado Springs, Colorado can also be had for under $45 per person per night. Anaheim, California; New York's Finger Lakes region; and Dallas, Texas round out the list. A two-bedroom rental in each destination can be booked on TripAdvisor Rentals for a median nightly rate of under $200 or $50 per person per night.