Last-minute Fourth of July getaways

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

Four Travel Ideas for the Fourth of July

Thanks to economic improvements and a boost in consumer confidence, AAA Arizona, a full-service travel agency, is projecting more than 796,000 Arizonans to travel during the Fourth of July holiday. This represents an increase of 0.8 percent over last year. It's also 11 percent, or about 78,000 more travelers, compared to Memorial Day weekend.

If you want to get out of town, but haven't made plans yet, AAA Travel has put together four travel ideas for the upcoming holiday weekend.

New Amusement Park Attractions

There are a few new amusement park attractions in California that families are sure to love. LEGOLAND California, for example, has the new LEGO® MOVIE Experience complete with a LEGO soundstage and awesome LEGO models that helped inspire the LEGO MOVIE. They've also made an addition to their water park, adding several fun, interactive features. The park has festivities, including a fireworks display, on July 4.

Universal Studios Hollywood has added Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. The attraction includes a fun 3-D ride, a re-creation of the first film's seaside carnival, Super Silly Fun Land and more.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has evolved as a destination. It is now home to incredible restaurants and shows. However, depending on when you go, it isn't always inexpensive. Travelers heading to Sin City for the July 4 holiday can expect to pay around $200 per night to stay on the strip. There are several fireworks displays and events taking place over the holiday weekend. Several fireworks shows and celebrations take place both on and off the strip over Fourth of July weekend.

Jeep Tours

If you want to experience Arizona's diverse landscapes while enjoying some off-road fun, look no further than a Jeep tour. There are several to choose from, including the Scenic Sedona Adventure & Broken Arrow Jeep Tour in Sedona. There's also the Cactus Canyon Adventure in Scottsdale. There are low-, medium- and high-impact tours. Tours range from two to 12 hours and start at $80 per person.

Arizona Wine Country

The trend of making wine isn't new to Arizona, but it has exploded over the last decade. Today, there are more than 80 licensed and bonded wineries across the state. If you're looking to escape the heat, consider heading about 90 minutes north of Phoenix to Verde Valley. Here you will find several wineries and tasting rooms in Old Town Cottonwood. Old Town Cottonwood is hosting a Fantastic Family Fourth of July event.

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