Family Travel

Great last-minute Father’s Day getaway deals



What makes getting dad the gift of travel even better is when you can go to a great city at incredible savings. This year, we are seeing some fantastic destinations with some significant price drops (up to 24 percent lower from 2013). Whether he’s a whiskey-lover, golf enthusiast or an outdoor adventurer, there’s an affordable option for every man.


Hotel prices in Boston where up over Memorial Day weekend, but travelers heading there for Father’s Day can expect to see major price drops around 25 percent. Take the kids on an exciting tour of Fenway Park, followed by a Red Sox game, or explore the city on a Duckboat tour. You can also head to Faneuil Hall for a lobster roll, street performers and some “chowda.”

Sample deal: $127 a night for a 4-star hotel in the Cambridge-Harvard area


If dad’s a BBQ lover and enjoys the art scene, Austin has great food trucks, jazz and cowboy flare.  And with lower prices continuing from spring to now, travelers can enjoy a cultural getaway at an affordable price--with hotels down 23 percent compared to last year. For an authentic Austin experience, explore the Cathedral of Junk, which has 60 tons of reclaimed bicycle and auto parts, perfect for car or art-lovers.

Sample deal: $129 a night for a 3.5-star hotel in the Downtown Austin and Town Lake area

San Francisco

If you want to celebrate Father’s Day minus the kids, San Francisco is ideal. Head across the Golden Gate Bridge and spend the day enjoying wine tastings while taking in the beautiful landscape, or head to Golden Gate fields to bet on the horse races and have a good beer. Though San Francisco is a popular city for tourists over the summer months, we’re seeing some great price drops over the holiday weekend—down 14 percent from last year.

Sample Deal: $166 a night for a 3.5-star hotel in the Civic Center South-Hayes Valley area


Denver is great for the outdoorsman and June is the perfect month as the weather warms up. Take a day for hiking, finished by a delicious private brewery tour. Though Denver is currently in its peak season, we’re seeing great price drops of 14 percent.

Sample Deal: $107 a night for a 4-star hotel in the Downtown Denver area


In Miami, with off-season prices in full effect (plus, prices down 13 percent), travelers can score some fantastic deals on a Father’s Day getaway. Spend the day on the beach with dad, and if you’re feeling adventurous, rent a couple jet skis for a day or snorkel the clear Atlantic waters that surround the city. For dads who crave the outdoors, but like to stay dry, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has an historic lighthouse and nature trails that make you forget you’re in a big city.

Sample Deal: $90 a night for a 4-star hotel in the Downtown Miami area

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. has been a great deal destination this year and continues to be over Father’s Day, with drops of 11 percent compared to last year. Explore the city by foot with dad and head to iconic landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building –or explore the many free museums.  If Dad is a whiskey lover – and the kids are away – take him to Black Whiskey and Barrel for a tasting that will make him feel like a king.

Sample Deal: $85 a night for a 4-star hotel in the White House-Downtown area

Las Vegas

No matter who’s going on this trip – families or couples – there is a host of things to do in Las Vegas. Bounce around from hotel to hotel for a day of great shopping, or hang out by the hotel pool. Once the sun sets, take him to a world-class restaurant before heading to one of the many spectacular shows on The Strip.  Dad doesn’t need to be a high roller to take advantage of hotel price drops of 10 percent.

Sample Deal: $65 a night for a 4-star hotel in the South Strip area

San Diego

San Diego has the most sought-after golf courses in the country and some of the best weather anywhere. You can also take the family to the world famous San Diego Zoo, have a beach picnic in Coronado or bike around Mission Bay. Though the city is in its peak season, we’re currently seeing some fantastic deals, with hotel prices down 10 percent. So, Father’s Day weekend is a perfect time to visit before the busier summer weeks.

Sample Deal: $99 a night for a 4-star hotel in the Downtown – Harbor Island area


Houston is ideal if Dad’s a culture vulture, with the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts offering a refined experience (and strong A/C) on Father’s Day. The evenings are a bit cooler, and Houston lends itself to quiet strolls and outdoor dining at fine restaurants like Ibiza or Just Dinner. Thanks to slower business travel in the summer season, hotel prices are down 10 percent from last year, meaning visitors can take advantage of great hotel deals.

Sample Deal: $69 a night for a 4-star hotel in the Houston Galleria area

New York City

We’re expecting hotel prices to be down in New York for the summer given a host of new hotel openings, and are currently seeing drops of six percent over Father’s Day weekend. Enjoy low prices and cooler weather before the mid-summer heat. Book a beer brunch cruise in the morning and take in the many NYC parks special events. Want to be a sightseer?  Head to the top of the Empire State Building for a spectacular view or take a ferry to Ellis Island to dig deeper into family history.

Sample Deal $178 a night for a 4.5-star hotel in the Midtown East area

Hotel sample rates are based on searches made on on 06/3/14 for stays 06/13 – 04/15/14.

Henrik Kjellberg is the president of the Hotwire Group. Every month he provides readers travel information, tips and advice to help them plan a fun, affordable trip.