The cheapest times to visit all 50 states

The kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter, but that doesn't mean you can't take a vacation. In fact, summer probably isn't the cheapest time to fly or book accommodations in most states.

GOBankingRates spoke with travel experts and used airfare research from online travel site Hipmunk to find the most cost-friendly times to visit each state. If you have a slew of U.S. destinations on your bucket list, find out how to avoid the most expensive travel times and see the country on a budget. 

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The cheapest times to visit the 50 US states

Cheapest Time to Visit Alabama

When: September
Why: Flights are cheapest

Alabama's Gulf Shore is a hot spot for summer beach vacationers, but prices start to go down when the kids return to school. September is the cheapest time to visit Alabama, with an average round-trip airfare of $451, according to Hipmunk, which searches other flight, hotel and travel sites to bring users all the best travel deals in one place.

Don't overlook winter in Alabama, though, when you can also score cheap hotel deals. For example, Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach costs nearly $100 less per night in December than it does in September. Although the weather is not as toasty as it is in the fall, the Gulf Shore does remain warm in winter.

Either season can be a great time to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville without a crowd. In December, be sure to stop by Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore to see the holiday decorations.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Alaska

When: November
Why: Off-season

Alaska is a must-see destination for many travelers. Most tours operate mid-May through mid-September and charge higher prices during those peak months, according to Alaska.org. But if you want to save money on your Alaska trip, the cheapest month to fly there is November, as daylight hours lessen and the weather turns cold. Round-trip flights to Alaska cost $524 on average in November.

Many visitors flock to the area this time of year to see the northern lights, said Bryan Tighe of online travel guide BudgetYourTrip. There are also many winter activities, such as dog mushing, skiing, snowmobiling and more — provided you can brave the cold. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Arizona

When: February
Why: Flights are cheapest

While February is the cheapest time to fly to Arizona — the average round-trip airfare is $288 — you might find the best hotel deals during the dry, sizzling summer months in cities such as Phoenix. For instance, the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia costs $449 per night in February and just $179 in July, according to a Travelocity search. If you're traveling to Phoenix, it might be better to save on accommodations than on a flight if you're staying multiple days.

Thinking about visiting the Grand Canyon? February is a perfect time to save money and avoid the summer crowds, particularly toward the end of the month when Arizona is on the cusp of spring, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Grand Canyon also has some of the best low-cost camping spots in the U.S. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Arkansas

When: October
Why: Flights are cheapest

Fall is one of the best times to visit Arkansas and also one of the cheapest — the average round-trip airfare is $495. And October is the perfect month to see the sites, as the heat has subsided, and autumn is in full visual effect.

If you head to Little Rock, you can catch the Arkansas Razorbacks playing twice each fall at the War Memorial Stadium or head to the Little Rock Zoo for Boo at the Zoo. Be sure to check out one of the many festivals, such as the Rice Festival celebrating rice farming in the state. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit California

When: October
Why: Flights are cheapest

If you've ever traveled to California, you know the northern and southern parts of the state are very different, a fact that can affect costs, said Tighe.

"Southern California is a popular destination in the summer, so colder months tend to be cheaper. San Francisco is not only a little cheaper in the winter, but it's also fine from the perspective of the weather," he said.

Whether you head north or south, October is the cheapest month to fly to California, with an average round-trip airfare of $299, according to Hipmunk research. "October in California is fabulous — it's visually stunning, the weather is still warm and the calendar is chock-full of events as diverse as the state's geography," said Kelly Soderlund, Hipmunk's content manager.

You can look forward to crush season in wine country, apple picking in the foothills, the Day of the Dead in Los Angeles, Halloween at Disneyland and Oktoberfest celebrations in Huntington Beach. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Colorado

When: October
Why: Off-season

The fall is one of the cheapest times to visit the Rockies, said Tighe, as peak times for travel are in the summer and the winter ski season. Flights to Colorado are cheapest in October, costing $266 on average. You're also bound to save money on hotels at this time, since it's off season for skiing.

Be sure to check out Denver's Oktoberfest and Beer Fest, as well as the fall foliage. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Connecticut

When: March
Why: Flights are cheapest

Visitors to Connecticut in March might encounter Old Man Winter, with high temperatures in the mid-40s on average. It's the best time to get a bargain on airfare, however. Flights to Connecticut are cheapest in March, costing $394 on average for a round-trip ticket. And hotel rates are steady throughout the year, according to a Travelocity search.

During your trip, be sure to visit the Mark Twain House and Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the first public museum in the U.S. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Delaware

When: January
Why: Flights are cheapest

Although it might not be peak time to visit Rehoboth Beach, with many accommodations along the boardwalk closing up shop for winter, January can be a great time to save on airfare and explore cities such as Wilmington and Dover.

Because the winter weather is on the milder side, a beach visit will still be enjoyable. January is also the cheapest month to fly to Delaware, with an average round-trip cost of $266. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Florida

When: February
Why: Off-season

You can save money on your Florida vacation by visiting in February. The average round-trip flight costs $271, according to Hipmunk. A Disney World vacation might also be cheaper in the first part of February, according to online travel guide TripSavvy.

Miami and other South Florida destinations, on the other hand, often have better hotel rates during the shoulder months, said Alex Furrer, the general manager of The Setai hotel in Miami Beach. He said hotel rates can potentially be 50 percent off in August and September. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Georgia

When: August
Why: Weather is poor

Georgia is a beautiful state with beaches, mountains, farmland and a rich history. August is the cheapest time to visit, with the average round-trip airfare costing $280. Keep in mind that the weather is typically hot this month, though.

In Savannah, you can enjoy the various architectural styles, take carriage rides and more. Or head to the capital, where you can check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden, take a bike ride on the Atlanta BeltLine or tour CNN studios.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Hawaii

When: September
Why: Flights are cheapest

You can't go wrong visiting Hawaii at any time of year, but the costs of a Hawaiian vacation do add up. Fortunately, you can catch a break: September is the cheapest time to fly to Hawaii, with an average round-trip cost of $605.

Along with visiting the beach and hiking to volcanic views, you can catch the Aloha Festivals during September. As a bonus, crowds disappear when the kids are back in school. The average price for a hotel is $209 per night, according to tourism website Go Visit Hawaii. Other cheap months for Hawaiian fun include April, May and October.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Idaho

When: September
Why: Off-season

Like other states known for their summer and winter sports, Idaho is an affordable destination for fall travel. September is the cheapest month to fly to Idaho, with an average round-trip flight costing $413.

Sure, you won't be skiing, but you can still do some biking and whitewater rafting. Silverwood Theme Park is open on September weekends, if the family is looking for last-minute thrills. Or head to Twin Falls to see Shoshone Falls, a stunning, 212-foot beauty on the Snake River.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Illinois

When: February
Why: Weather is poor

If you're willing to brave Chicago in the winter, then February is your best bet for cheap flights to Illinois, with the average ticket costing $239. A separate GOBankingRates study found Chicago was one of the best cities for affordable winter travel.

While you might not want to tour Wrigley Field in the dead of winter, consider bundling up for an ice-skating trip in Millennium Park. You can also visit The Art Institute of Chicago, scope out "The Bean" sculpture and then warm up with some deep dish pizza from Giordano's. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Indiana

When: October
Why: Flights are cheapest

October is the cheapest time to fly to Indiana, with an average airfare of $391, and it offers comfortable weather to boot. Indianapolis is a top destination, with popular tourists stops like the Indianapolis Zoo and nearby White River State Park.

Consider checking out Bloomington or visiting Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter. In October, tourists at the National Lakeshore can enjoy a hike among the maple trees that are exploding with color. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Iowa

When: January
Why: Flights are cheapest

Iowa has some fun and wacky sightseeing attractions — all of which are accessible in January, which is the cheapest time to fly to Iowa, with an average airfare of $402. Burlington boasts Snake Alley, named the most-crooked street in the world, and the largest strawberry sculpture in the world at Strawberry Point.

Head to Dyersville to see the "Field of Dreams" movie set. The gold-domed Capitol Building in Des Moines is also a must-visit. At the beginning of the month, see the Great Train Show in Council Bluffs and catch the Iowa Falls Winterfest in late January.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Kansas

When: September
Why: Flights are cheapest

There's more to Kansas than Dorothy and yellow brick roads — you'll find plenty of significant historical and cultural sites, too. Kansas is home to the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. And if you want a taste of the Wild West, stop by the Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita.

The cheapest month to fly to Kansas is September, when the average round-trip airfare costs $407. It also happens to be the best time to visit in terms of weather, with an average high of 71. 

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Most Expensive Zip Code in Kansas: 66224

  • City: Leawood

  • Zillow Median Home Value: $457,200

Leawood lies south of Kansas City. Zip code 66224, in particular, covers the southern tip of Leawood. A relatively small town with a population of approximately 34,579, according to 2015 figures from the Census Bureau, the median household income in Leawood is an impressive $139,384.

See: Why Living in a Small Town Is the Best Decision You'll Ever Make 

Cheapest Time to Visit Kentucky

When: November
Why: Flights are cheapest

If you want the cheapest flight to Kentucky, you'll have to give up on seeing the Kentucky Derby, because that's in May. Instead, make plans for November, when round-trip airfare averages $428.

When visiting Louisville, you can save money on hotels by visiting in November instead of May. The Microtel Inn by Wyndham will cost $510 per night over Derby weekend in 2018, whereas in November you can book your stay for $72 per night.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Louisiana

When: January
Why: It's not during Mardi Gras

You should go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans at least once in your life. But if you're seeking a cheap flight to the Pelican State, you'll have to plan your travel for January, when the average round-trip flight costs $318.

It's still a great time of year to explore the French Quarter. You might want to avoid visiting on New Year's Day, when pricing is higher, though. Baton Rouge is another great destination, where the Louisiana music and culinary scenes are hot.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Maine

When: November
Why: Off-season

November is the cheapest time to fly to Maine, with an average round-trip ticket costing $398. While the nights are colder and the days shorter in November, winter in Maine hasn't totally set in yet. Catch the last few red leaves on the trees and check out the Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor for some family fun.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Maryland

When: January
Why: Off-season

The cheapest time to fly to Maryland is January, when the weather is cold and round-trip flights cost $310 on average. Just because it's January doesn't mean you can't sightsee around the Capital, stroll around Bethesda or tour the National Harbor. The best part: You'll get a break from the crowds.

If you're looking for more wintery activities, hit the slopes at Wisp Resort, which features a mountain coaster. For another outdoor experience, you can stay in a cabin in Deep Creek and cozy up before a fire with a good book.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Massachusetts

When: February
Why: Weather is poor

Visit Massachusetts for the history, fine art museums and fresh seafood. If you're bold enough to brave travel to Massachusetts in the winter, you'll find the cheapest flights in February, when the average fare is $267.

Fortunately, you'll find the cheapest hotel rates in the winter months, too — an obvious financial perk of off-season travel. The average rate for a February stay in Boston is $206 per night, according to Booking.com.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Michigan

When: May
Why: Before peak season

The cheapest time to fly to Michigan coincides with the nicest season weather-wise. Flights to Michigan are cheapest in May, with an average price of $331.

May is also a great month to tour the state, whether you're visiting Detroit or seeing the Great Lakes. If you're heading to Detroit, a popular destination is The Henry Ford — a historic museum in nearby Dearborn honoring American inventions. Other highlights during May include Tulip Time in Holland, which welcomes guests to tour 4.5 million tulips.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Minnesota

When: September
Why: Shoulder season

Flights to Minnesota are cheapest in September, costing an average of $303. As a bonus, crowds begin to thin at popular destinations, such as St. Paul, winding down from prime summer travel periods, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Still, September delivers great weather in Minnesota, with average temperatures in the 70s. If you travel during Labor Day weekend, you'll be able to catch the tail end of the Minnesota State Fair. Or visit later in September for a chance of capturing the fall foliage.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Mississippi

When: February
Why: Flights are cheapest

February is the cheapest month to fly to Mississippi, with round trips costing $476 on average. The weather rarely makes it out of the 60s, making for comfortable sightseeing conditions, as opposed to the hot summer travel times.

Accommodation rates don't vary significantly between June and February, as a Travelocity search of hotels in Jackson, Miss., indicates. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Missouri

When: February
Why: Off-season

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis can be a cool, affordable trip for the family, and you'll find the cheapest flight prices in February. Round-trip airfare to the state costs $354 on average.

Although Missouri weather is still cold in February, there are many indoor activities to explore. In Kansas City, there's the National World War I Museum & Memorial, as well as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Montana

When: September
Why: Off-season

Like other mountainous states, Montana's peak tourist seasons are summer for exploring national parks and winter for skiing. But you'll find the cheapest flights to Montana in September at $469 on average.

This month offers the perfect opportunity to explore attractions like Glacier National Park in accommodating weather and without summer crowds. Plan your trip for late September, and you might get to see the leaves changing color, too.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Nebraska

When: October
Why: Off-season

For travelers who enjoy the outdoors, Nebraska is home to one of the best areas for hiking and is an incredible place to bike, fish, boat and hunt, as well. The state has 450 lakes and streams, along with many rivers suitable for kayaking and canoeing.

The best time of year in Nebraska is fall — and October is the cheapest time to fly to the state, at an average cost of $421. Expect the weather to be warm but not hot, making for perfect sightseeing conditions. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Nevada

When: February
Why: Off-season

The cheapest time to fly to Nevada is February, with the average round-trip ticket costing $252. But you might find better deals to specific destinations, such as Las Vegas, the week before Christmas, said travel journalist David Yeskel.

"While everyone else is getting ready for the big day, visitors to Vegas during that December week enjoy reduced room rates, attractive show prices and easier access to popular restaurants and buffets," he said. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit New Hampshire

When: September
Why: Flights are cheapest

Fall is a beautiful time in New England. While September is the cheapest time to fly to New Hampshire, averaging $438 for a round-trip flight, you'll want to plan your trip for earlier rather than later in the month to avoid massive crowds of leaf-peepers — and save on accommodations.

If you don't mind missing the peak fall foliage, head to New Hampshire in early September. For example, mid-week rates in early September for the Green Granite Inn start at $90 per night, as opposed to $140 per night at the end of the month.

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Cheapest Time to Visit New Jersey

When: February
Why: Off-season

Many beachgoers head to the New Jersey shore in the spring or summer, making winter a great time to score travel deals. February is the cheapest month to fly to New Jersey, with ticket prices averaging $300.

You'll also find the cheapest hotel rates in winter, according to U.S. World News & Report's Travel Guide. Atlantic City, for example, will have fewer visitors then, driving rates down. The weather might be too cold for a beach trip, but you can gamble at the casino without the crowds. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit New Mexico

When: April
Why: Off-season

One of the best times to see New Mexico is in the fall, thanks to numerous festivals and still-warm weather. April is the cheapest time to fly to New Mexico, though. The cost of a round-trip ticket is $440 on average, according to Hipmunk.

In April, travelers typically get off-peak prices, according to U.S. World News & Report's Travel Guide for Santa Fe. Although you won't be able to ski or attend the plethora of festivals that fall brings, the weather will be nice enough to enjoy the scenery and check out Canyon Road, Santa Fe's artistic hub.

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Cheapest Time to Visit New York

When: February
Why: Flights and hotels are cheapest

The Big Apple has something for everyone: Broadway, Central Park, shopping and more. When it comes to hotels and flights, February is the cheapest month to visit New York, even though temps can be frigid.

On average, round-trip flights cost $287, and hotel rates are $170 per night in January and February according to Booking.com. For example, Hotel Mela Times Square costs $245 per night in September, but drops to $115 in February, according to a Travelocity search. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit North Carolina

When: October
Why: Off-season

October is the cheapest time to fly to the Tar Heel State; the average round-trip ticket price then is $334. Even though it's technically North Carolina's off-season, the fall is perfect for travel to the mountainous parts of the state, as well as the beaches.

October is prime fall foliage time, too. One great place to catch a glimpse of the changing colors is Asheville. Be sure to check a calendar of recommended dates to see the best foliage by location.

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Cheapest Time to Visit North Dakota

When: July
Why: Flights are cheapest

North Dakota has pleasant weather in July, according to North Dakota tourism. July is also the cheapest time to fly to the state, with round-trip airfare costing $531 on average. Whether you're heading to Bismarck, Fargo or one of the national parks, it's a great time to sightsee.

July is the cheapest time to fly, but you might find cheaper accommodations in March. Take Fargo, for example. You can stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites for $95 per night in March, but the rate is $152 in July. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Ohio

When: October
Why: Flights are cheapest

Count Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland among the Buckeye State's top travel destinations. And October is the cheapest month to fly to Ohio, with flight costs averaging $342.

Fall also boasts pleasant weather conditions. There's plenty to do in any of the major cities, but you can certainly just enjoy the fall foliage at its peak. Some don't-miss stops include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland and the North Market and German Village in Columbus. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Oklahoma

When: November
Why: Flights are cheapest

The best time to visit Oklahoma is in fall when temperatures are mild, according to Travel + Leisure. November happens to be the cheapest month to fly to Oklahoma, with the average flight costing $420.

If you're headed to Oklahoma City, consider visiting the American Banjo Museum. In Tulsa, stop by the Woody Guthrie Center, dedicated to the legendary folk singer who was born in Oklahoma and wrote "This Land Is Your Land." 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Oregon

When: February
Why: Flights are cheapest

Oregon has something for everyone, with mountains, farms, beaches and vibrant cities like Portland. On average, you can fly to Oregon for $286 in February.

The good news is you'll experience mild temperatures in places like Portland during this month — and you can save money on airfare and lodging. There's plenty to explore, including a great culinary and brewery scene. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Pennsylvania

When: October
Why: Flights are cheapest

The Keystone State is beautiful any time of year, but fall can offer the best weather, scenery and pricing. Flights are cheapest in October, with tickets costing $349 on average.

Visit the city of Pittsburgh, famous for its sports, rivers and bridges. It's also home to the world-renowned Carnegie Museums and the Andy Warhol Museum. In Philadelphia, you can visit the Liberty Bell or shop at King of Prussia Mall — one of the largest retail centers in the country.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Rhode Island

When: November
Why: Flights are cheapest

Traveling to Rhode Island in the winter gets you the best rates on flights. November fares average $382, while January and February are the cheapest times to stay. And there's still quite a lot to offer, said Andrea McHugh, the marketing manager for Discover Newport.

"There's space at the bar, a little more room in our calendar and the pace is mindful yet electrifying," she said.

While visiting, be sure to check out Newport Vineyards, take a tour of the Newport Storm brewery and cruise Newport Harbor to watch the seals.

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Cheapest Time to Visit South Carolina

When: August
Why: Weather is poor

If you can tolerate hot and muggy weather, aim to visit South Carolina in August, when Charleston and other cities often have better rates on accommodations in addition to airfare.

According to Hipmunk, the average flight fare to South Carolina in August is $339. Grab some fried southern food, tour Rainbow Row in Charleston or head to Myrtle Beach for a family vacation.

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Cheapest Time to Visit South Dakota

When: June
Why: Flights are cheapest

Is Mount Rushmore on your list of places to see? June is the cheapest time to fly to South Dakota, with the average round-trip ticket costing $501. Expect warm weather and summer crowds, however. Other popular destinations include Custer State Park, the Mt. Roosevelt Monument and Needles Eye, an unusual rock formation.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Tennessee

When: January
Why: Off-season

Although many of Tennessee's attractions are liveliest in spring and summer, you can still experience the sights and sounds of popular spots during the winter off-season. Flights to Tennessee are cheapest in January, with the average trip costing $366.

For a truly unique experience, head to the Smoky Mountains in the eastern part of the state. The Smoky Mountain Winterfest runs through the end of February. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Texas

When: September
Why: Flights are cheapest

Whether you're traveling to San Antonio, Dallas, Houston or Austin, fall is the best time to visit Texas. September, in particular, is the cheapest month to fly to the Longhorn State, with airfare costing $316 on average.

For the best accommodation deals in cities such as Austin, be sure to book in advance. The more tolerable weather tends to draw more visitors. 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Utah

When: January
Why: Flights are cheapest

January is the cheapest month to fly to Utah, at an average cost of $321. But accommodation rates tend to be lower in fall.

"[Fall is] between summer vacation season and ski season," said Judy Woodward Bates of money management and savings site Bargainomics. "The weather is beautiful, and the national parks aren't as crowded with kids back in school." 

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Cheapest Time to Visit Vermont

When: April
Why: Flights are cheapest

This New England state is cheapest to fly to in April, with fares averaging $440. The tradeoff, however, is the weather, as melting snow can make things muddy, according to U.S. News & World Report's Travel Guide. You can save on accommodations in addition to airfare, however.

The summer months are considered peak season, but visiting Burlington then could mean paying an extra $200 per night for a hotel, according to a Travelocity search.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Virginia

When: September
Why: Flights are cheapest

September is a cheap month to fly to Virginia, with flights averaging $402. There won't be cherry blossoms, but you'll still have beautiful weather, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Museums and more to enjoy.

September is also an ideal time to visit the beach in Virginia, as prices start to drop after Labor Day.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Washington

When: October
Why: Flights are cheapest

October is the best time to find cheap flights to Washington, with fares of $313 on average. It's also one of the best months to visit cities such as Seattle, as the peak travel period has ended.

The weather in Seattle is still nice in October, but there will be fewer tourists, which makes getting into restaurants easier, according to travel blog Seattle Anne. There's even a restaurant week event this month, so you can catch some deals. You can enjoy humpback whale sightings in Puget Sound in the fall, too.

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Cheapest Time to Visit West Virginia

When: November
Why: Flights are cheapest

West Virginia is another great spot for enjoying fall foliage, and November is the cheapest time to fly to the state, with fares averaging $485.

The Mountain State is scenic and offers much to do in November. Take a behind-the-scenes look at artisans in Berkeley County with the Trails and Trees Studio Tour or check out the Oglebay Festival of Lights.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Wisconsin

When: January
Why: Weather is poor

Winter is the most affordable time to travel to Wisconsin. The cheapest month to fly there is January, with fares averaging $389 round trip. Because only hardcore winter sports fanatics visit Wisconsin at this time of year, the crowds tend to be light at popular tourist destinations.

Some of the must-see spots include the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Harley-Davidson Museum and landmarks such as the Bronze Fonz.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Wyoming

When: September
Why: Shoulder season

September weather in Wyoming can be cool and unpredictable. Still, it's an excellent time to find the cheapest flights to the state, with fares averaging $621. Hotels generally offer better pricing in September, too, as the summer crowds have dwindled and winter tourists have not yet arrived, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Visitors will also enjoy the fall foliage in places such as Casper and Jackson Hole. September events in Jackson Hole include the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Fall Arts Festival.

Next Up: Free Things to Do in Every State 

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