Last-minute travel tips for 4th of July weekend

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If you haven’t made any travel plans yet for the 4th of July weekend, it’s not too late. Some reasonable travel deals can be found at the last minute.

Of the 1.5 million Arizonans who intend to travel this holiday weekend, 10 percent did not have travel plans at the time of the AAA survey. But there are still some deals to be had.

"If you do some research, you'll find a number of last-minute options for travel this holiday weekend," said Amy Moreno, senior marketing manager for AAA Arizona. "You're probably not going to get the best deal, but there are still some deals to be had."

Here are some ideas:


-Carnival Cruise Line has a 3-night Baja Mexico cruise departing from Long Beach, Calif. on July 3 for $529.

North for the Fourth

-Cooler climes at higher elevations await travelers who head to the high country. As of Monday, cabins in the White Mountains and hotels in towns such as Flagstaff still showed availability, starting at $67 a night.

Parks and Rec

-Next year, our national parks system turns 100. Take in one of the 22 magnificent national parks in Arizona, such as Canyon de Chelly or even the Grand Canyon. Admission fees range from free to $30.

Look Local

-Sometimes the least stressful trip is one that keeps you close to home. Thanks to sizzling deals at local resorts, a staycation might be the easiest - and least expensive - option for last-minute travelers. Phoenix- and Tucson-area resorts are starting at about $130 a night.

"Because it is last minute and prices usually will be higher, try not to have sticker shock," Moreno said. "If you're driving to your destination, make sure that you get your car checked out before you leave, pack plenty of water and snacks and carry an emergency car care kit."

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