Three ways to plan a great (and cheap) President’s Day vacation
By Aimee Heckel
President’s Day, Feb. 18, doesn’t have to be just another bank holiday where you stay home and catch up on laundry.
The holiday comes with plenty of great travel deals. Plus, it’s a good excuse to rev up your patriotism and go on an adventure, while sharpening up your American history knowledge.
Here are our favorite President’s Day deals and travel ideas:
1. Priceline.com has a special President’s Day Weekend sale.
How about New York to Miami for $167 round trip? Priceline also offers some pretty good car rental deals, such as a rental car in Las Vegas for $15 a day.
Priceline.com has a ton of coupons to add to the deals, too. Don’t book without checking coupons first — and score deals like 50 percent off last-minute deals on flights, hotels, cars and packages, plus 6 percent cash back.
2. If you get President’s Day off work, make it a three-day travel weekend. Save money by checking out Onetravel.com’s President’s Day travel deals.
Save even more money by taking advantage of the coupon: Up to 55 percent off — and an additional $60 off, on vacation packages, plus up to $10 cash back. That’s a lot of moneys off.
3. Go ‘merica! Get patriotic — and learn something, too.
One interesting historical destination is colonial Williamsburg, VA., the home of good ol’ George W. (er, Washington, that is). Visit the nation’s largest outdoor living history museum. Visit the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum for a long list of exhibits — such as American folk art portraits — sure to make any history buff, hipster or elementary-school kid drool.
Plan your visit to Williamsburg online. Here, you can check out current travel deals and packages, buy tickets and learn more about the community. One deal right now: three days/two nights at the Williamsburg Lodge from $75 per night per person — including breakfast and tickets to the Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and art museums.
Williamsburg will be holding special President’s Day weekend events (but of course), such as a tour of the capitol and a “meeting” of the three presidents from Virginia (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison). The website doesn’t clarify exactly what kind of meeting that is, but our best guess is it’s a re-enactment and not a resurrection. Either way, it’s sure to be amusing.