Last Minute Summer Travel Deals

It’s not too late to have the best vacation of your summer with travel deals from San Francisco to Phoenix to Florida Photo: Jupiter Beach Resort

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2012 — If you’ve been procrastinating, it’s not too late to score great travel deals around the country from San Francisco to Florida.  In fact, now may be the best time to lock in last minute deals. Here are a few of the best still available:

Stay Longer in Florida

Ten Florida properties are inviting summer visitors to extend their vacations with free nights. Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the Bradenton, all located between St. Petersburg and Sarasota on Florida’s west coast, are treasured for their old school charm, with funky dining and shopping districts, and 16 miles of sugar-white sands. As part of this new “Your Summer, Your Way” promotion guests who book a summer vacation will receive:

Third Night Free at: Bridgewalk, A Landmark Resort Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort Wingate by Wyndham

Fourth Night Free at: Tradewinds Resort Tortuga Inn Beach Resort Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort

Fifth Night Free at: An Island Getaway at Palm Tree Villas

Sixth and Seventh Nights Free at: Florida Vacation Connection A Tropical Breeze Beach Club On Anna Maria Island

Seventh Night Free at: A Paradise Vacation Rentals

Last Minute Turtle Spotting in Florida

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the nesting process of leatherback, loggerhead and green sea turtles during their nesting season on the beach near Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa.  Rates for the “Lights Out! It’s Turtle Season” package start at $199/night and include luxury accommodations, daily breakfast for two, and two tickets to an expert-led evening beach walk at the nearby Loggerhead Marinelife Center to see nesting turtles. Call 866.943.0950 and refer to promotional code SEATTL. NOTE: This package must be booked ASAP.  It’s valid through July 31, 2012 only.

Cool Off in Phoenix

Take advantage of the “Suite Summer Fun” at these two Phoenix properties. The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs are family friendly with water slides, complimentary meals for kids, poolside activities and dive-in movies. These all-suite hotels also have golf and spas. Rates start at $89 per night at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort and $109 per night at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. Deals at both hotels represent more than 33 percent in savings over standard rates and are available until September 8, 2012.

Explore San Francsico

Spend the summer on the bay with the “Pier 39 Family Package” from Hilton San Francisco Financial District. Rates start at $209 per night and include more than $60 in amenities such as a Pier 39 discount coupon book, a branded shopping bag and a free scoop of ice cream. Guest who book the package also receive: *One complimentary child’s ticket on Blue and Gold Fleet Cruises * Buy one burger and get one free, plus a download card for 22 complimentary songs from local artists at the Hard Rock Café *Discounted admission to the Aquarium of the Bay. This package is available until September 30, 2012.

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