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Finish summer with a fall-package deal

If you've got a case of the early September blues, perk up. Falling leaves signal falling prices in the travel space.
Image: Aruba's Palm Beach.
Postcard-perfect turquoise waters lap against Aruba's Palm Beach.Fotoconcept Inc. /
/ Source: Independent Traveler

August is over; to many, this means that summer has left town and fall is pulling its car into the driveway. But if you've got a case of the September blues, perk up. Falling leaves signal falling prices in the travel space. And we've got proof. Feast your eyes on the following four fabulous fall packages, which offer shoulder-season savings in top destinations: the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

$100 savings, rental-car steals and more in Las Vegas
Southwest Vacations is running an enticing Las Vegas sale, piling deals on top of more deals. The savings include up to $100 off packages plus up to 30 percent off your hotel stay, 20 percent off car rentals and more. The longer your trip, the more you save. (You have to stay five nights or longer to get that $100 discount.) This deal is valid for travel through the end of December.

Deep discounts at the Grand Canyon
Two- and three-night Grand Canyon Railway packages are on sale for travel through the beginning of November. Discounted packages start at $390 per couple — a savings of $88 — and include accommodations and train travel to the Grand Canyon. Some of the pricier packages (the $575 three-night Canyon Limited package and the $772 three-night Canyon Limited Plus package) include a stay inside Grand Canyon National Park at the Maswik Lodge North, which is a short walk from the canyon rim.

Half-off all-inclusive adventures in Aruba
Travelers can save up to 55 percent on all-inclusive fall stays at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba when they travel by Oct. 31. We found all-inclusive nightly rates as low as $315 (for two people) for a week-long stay in October. The beachfront Aruba resort's all-inclusive rates cover unlimited meals, some alcoholic beverages and non-motorized water sports. Additionally, kids ages 12 and younger stay free.

Cut-rate Costa Rica: Save 60 percent on vacations
Fall marks the last few months of Costa Rica's rainy season, and it's an excellent time to find discounts on hotel stays and packages in the region. We found a great one:, a discount travel agency, is offering a seven-night Costa Rica package with roundtrip airfare, accommodations and a car rental for just $599 per person. Airfare prices are based on travel from Fort Lauderdale, but you can find quotes for travel out of your local hub on

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