Smart travelers go in the off season, when rates are low and crowds are nil. Here’s a definitive list of places that are even better when things slow down.
Known as a family-friendly vacation spot due to the many nearby parks and important monuments, this South Dakota city can get crowded when school’s out. Visit April through June, when the weather is often mild, and the attractions still have full visiting hours. Custer State Park hosts an annual Open House Weekend in May, when you’ll have more room to move. The Black Hills Film Festival in late April and year-round live music at Firehouse Brewing Co. are perfect excuses to travel sans minors. Or, bring the whole family on a tour of Downtown Rapid City, and stop at Main Street Square for cultural events and interactive fountains.