Minneapolis — Commemorating Memorial Day weekend, millions of Americans go on vacation to begin the “unofficial” start of summer and the travel that accompanies it.
It’s sure to be a busy travel season. According to national data, 85% of Americans plan to travel at least once this summer.And according to investigation made by Explore Minnesota, travelers are excited to spend time in Minnesota. Many people plan trips across the state for only a few days or overnight.
“Leisure travel has been very busy this summer,” said Lauren Bennett McGinty, executive director of the Minnesota Tourism Authority. More people will try.”
All trips come with a price tag, but some of these hotspots offer great deals ahead of peak season.
“Right now, through mid-May, we’re seeing a lot of North Shore get two nights three free specials.” It’s the perfect opportunity to do so.”
But if you’re thinking about Memorial Day and beyond, staying in the area and taking road trips may be your best bet for saving money.
with Dennis Wilson Grand View Lodge At Nisswa, phone bookings are more helpful in finding the perfect booking than online bookings. Usually he tells his guests to book a year in advance for him in the summer. But don’t let that stop you from trying.
“We have a great on-site reservations team. When you call them, it’s basically about finding the perfect fit. So we have open cabins, open hotel rooms,” Wilson said. Told. “It’s about finding the right fit for your travel time. Whether it’s Tuesday to Friday or Friday to Tuesday or something like that. Our reservations team can guide you through that. I We always want to find the perfect fit for everyone’s family.”
Wilson says avoid vacations and be flexible with your travel schedule if you’re keeping an eye on your wallet.
“A lot of the deals will be done midweek,” Wilson said. “Find the perfect fit with some open vacancies that aren’t your typical vacation stay pattern.”
Cooking in a cabin or rental also saves you money while traveling, Wilson says.
“It’s fun too, a beautiful cabin cookout on the lake,” he said.
Finding a one-stop shop for activities and events all in one place can also help cut down on extra costs.like Gunflint Lodge at the Grand Marais.
“When you come here, there are enough activities, you can stay for a week without having to get back in the car and drive,” said John Fredixon, co-owner of Gunflint Lodge. “It can also consolidate things and make your pocketbook a little easier.”
Gunflint also offers lower-priced cabins, suitable for the more adventurous types, says Fredixon.
“We have a Voyager cabin,” he said. “A state park camper he’s more like a cabin. No lab bathroom, but very reasonable.”
No matter where you are, there is so much to see and save.
“It brings a sense of adventure and a sense of exploration,” he said. “It’s great to come here and make memories. That’s what travel is all about.”
Explore Minnesota recommends booking 2-3 months in advance, but don’t worry about timelines and give it a try.