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Dear Sugar
A group of girlfriends and I are trying to plan a trip for Fourth of July weekend. The girls want to avoid the beach but still want to get in some pool time. We would like to shop, eat, drink, and be pampered. Do you have any good suggestions for a fun, reasonably priced, US destination? Vacation Bound Veronica


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Dear Vacation Bound Veronica
What a great idea! Your options are endless so it's going to be a matter of preference. Where do you all live? I can give you fun options close to the west coast and the east coast to try to cover the basics.

Los Angeles is always a fun destination. The hotels are fabulous, try the Standard or the Mondrian. Most hotels are equipped with a pool and a spa, not to mention a plethora of great nighttime hot spots. Las Vegas is also a fan favorite, although July could be excessively hot.

If you are from the east coast, Miami is a short plane ride away and it's always a fun vacation spot for a adventurous group. It's also got everything you are looking for: spa, pool, great shopping, as well as chic, trendy and delicious restaurants.

You could also try the Gansevoort Hotel in New York City. July is typically very warm and the hotel has a pool conveniently located on the roof. This hotel is in the heart of Manhattan's Meatpacking District, so you will be in the shopping and eating capital of the US.

The best way to keep the cost down is to share rooms with your friends. Request double beds and sleep four ladies to a room. A good tip is to stop at a local store and stock up on water, snacks and all the vacation necessities...and remember to steer clear of the mini bar!

Research websites like Expedia or Cheap Tickets to try to get all inclusive vacation deals and cheaper air fare. If it's possible, make your reservations as far in advance as possible as the Fourth of July is an extremely popular time for travel. When making reservations, always inquire if they are having any special deals and ask if they provide a corporate rate. Sometimes you can book hotels through your company to get a better deal. Have fun!

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