Travel News: Last-Minute 4th of July Deals, Best States for Summer Road Trips, and Another Reason to Love L.L. Bean

New York City fireworks with cellphone photographer in foreground.A view of New York City's 4th of July fireworks with a cellphone photographer in the foreground.
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There’s a great big world out there, and our latest “news you can use” may inspire a trip you never knew you needed.

From explosive holiday celebrations across America for Independence Day to awesome and affordable road trips, plus a cool new development at one of our favorite travel-gear brands, this week’s travel news is a feast for savvy travelers.

LAST-MINUTE 4TH OF JULY DEALS

Dreaming of fireworks? Marching bands? Red, white, and blue? We are too. And we’re psyched to report that it’s not too late to nab last-minute flights to some of America’s biggest 4th of July celebrations. Our friends at Skyscanner, who are always scouring bargain flights 24/7, have delivered an array of 4th of July round-trips for under $300. A few examples include: From New York City, you can save big flying to Chicago, Savannah, or Fort Lauderdale; from Washington, DC, you’ll find deals to Orlando, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Miami; from Chicago, jet off to Charleston, Seattle, or Philly; and from Los Angeles, we’re seeing great fares to Dallas, Phoenix, and Provo, UT. And after you grab your bargain flight, find great 4th of July lodging with our easy booking tool.

BEST STATES FOR SUMMER ROAD TRIPS

If you’re hoping to hit the road this summer, a new survey by WalletHub may come in handy: Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips focuses on car-based vacations and digs into gas prices, auto repairs, safety, and activities. Here are the top 5 ranked states for road trippers, with a brief explanation of what the state offers:

  1. Wyoming (scored well for affordability)
  2. North Carolina (scored well for activities, including tying with California for most scenic byways)
  3. Minnesota (ranked as the safest state for road trippers)
  4. Texas (scored well for activities)
  5. Florida (scored well for activities, including a high percentage of national parkland)

In addition, WalletHub’s survey determined the following details that may interest avid summer drivers:

  • Lowest gas prices: Mississippi
  • Low cost of car repairs: Michigan
  • Fewest car thefts per capita: Vermont
  • Most affordable camping: Wyoming

ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE L.L. BEAN

When Budget Travelers open up their suitcases, chances are you’re going to spot some L.L. Bean. The Maine-based apparel company has been producing some of the most reliable duds, kicks, and gear for more than a century, and we just learned another reason why we should love them: To encourage people to spend more time outdoors, even when they are “at work,” L.L. Bean has launched an outdoor co-working space initiative, which began in New York City’s Madison Square Park on June 21 with Wi-Fi, electricity, individual workspaces, collaborative conference areas, cycling desks, team-building activities, and staff onsite to help get you started. After NYC, the outdoor co-working space initiative will come to Boston (July 10 - 12), Philadelphia (July 17 - 19), and Madison, WI (July 24 - 26). Want to give the outdoor-co-working space a try? Reserve a spot at beanoutsideratwork.com.

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