20 travel steals for under $200

Our favorite ways to feel like a million bucks without even a swipe of the credit card

Top 20 travel steals
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UNDER $200

$185: Make like a local
If you're jonesing for a trip to Hana, Maui, but can't stomach the price tag of a stay at the Hotel Hana-Maui (where rooms start at $395; 800/321-4262), try a vacation rental; many go for under $200 a night. Use the money you save for dinner at the hotel's Ka'uiki restaurant ($$$), then go for drinks and live music at its Paniolo Lounge Vacation rental listings: hanamaui.com –Matthew Jaffe

Lounging by the Cliff Spa's rooftop pool at Utah's Snowbird is alone worth the resort's $20 access fee
$175: Have a ski resort to yourself
With Snowbird's Cliff Spa Getaway package you get to ride the Utah resort's aerial tram, indulge in a 50-minute massage, have unlimited access to Cliff Spa facilities, including its rooftop pool, and, of course, stay at the Cliff Lodge. From $175 per person; or 800/232-9542. Extra freebie: Stay Tuesday night so you can take part in the spa's free Wednesday morning yoga class (reservations required; 801/933-2225). –Melissa Fields

$185: Check out a famous hotel
No need to stay at San Diego's sublime but pricey Hotel del Coronado (aka the Del, from $365; or 800/468-3533) to enjoy all that it has to offer. Instead, stay nearby at one of a handful of less-expensive nonwaterfront hotels and visit the Del for playtime on the beach, drinks at Eno Wine Tasting Room, a massage at the spa, or a bike ride along the beach with a cruiser from the on-site rental shop.

For lodging, try Glorietta Bay Inn, across the street from the Del, from $185; or 800/283-9383. Slight splurge: A wine-and-cheese flight at Eno ($28). –Amy Wolf

$115: Bed down by the seashore
The Sylvia Hotel on English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia, gives you a million-dollar location for less than $200 a night. The vine-covered 1912 historic landmark is a few steps from both the beach and the 5.5-mile seawall path that encircles Stanley Park, and it's five minutes from downtown. From $115 U.S.; 604/681-9321. Slight splurge: A burger with everything ($11 U.S.), a block away at Vera's Burger Shack (604/681-5450) –Beverley Sinclair

$169: Embrace desert heat
You can't know Tucson until you've stayed at the Arizona Inn. With its low-season rates through the month, here's your chance to get inside this oasis in the heart of the city. Within its pink walls, you'll find a village-like arrangement of casitas and gardens, and exceptional service. From $169; 800/933-1093.–Matthew Jaffe

UNDER $100

$65: Taste tequilas
Sign up to be a Border Grill VIP (just ask to be put on the list), and your next Vegas splurge comes at a Baja price. For $65 you can indulge in a Tequila Tasting Dinner ― a $125 value ― at the mod-Mex cantina in Mandalay Bay. Try high-end agave spirits in cocktails dreamed up by Border Grill's mixologists and paired with south-of-the-border fusion cuisine. In a recent tasting, the chocolate truffle cake with a snifter of Partida Elegante (usually $60 a shot) was itself worth the price of admission. Next dinner Sep 25; 702/632-7403. –Phil Hagen

$72: Take a (mini) cruise
Where can you get a hotel room, dinner, dancing, and a pool with an ever-changing view for less than $75 a day? On an international cruise in Seattle's backyard! In September, one of Celebrity Cruises' Alaska ships has a brief shoulder season in the Puget Sound before it heads to warm-winter spots like Hawaii.

Three- and four-night cruises on the Celebrity Mercury, which can cost half as much per day as an Alaska voyage, tootle around from Seattle to British Columbia's Nanaimo and Victoria, then back to Seattle. Get the best deal by leaving on a Monday for a four-night cruise: base fare from $289 per person for an inside stateroom ($72.25 per night); 877/202-4345.–Jenny Cunningham




  • Top 20 travel steals

    Top 20 travel steals

    Lounging by the Cliff Spa's rooftop pool at Utah's Snowbird is alone worth the resort's

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