10 Destinations With Unbeatable Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Plus a special bonus. It’s time to treat yourself, Teach!

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As the school year wraps up and the final bell gorgeously rings one last time, it’s time to shut that door for a couple of glorious months. Teachers, it’s time for a vacation! Picture yourself lounging by a turquoise pool, exploring exotic locations, or even enjoying a zoo that is actually a zoo and not your classroom. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! In this made-for-you guide, we have found the very best vacation spots: 10 incredible locations in the USA with unbeatable hotel discounts just for teachers!

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1. Orlando, Florida

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Steffy McCourt

Orlando is our family’s favorite vacation spot. It offers both fun and educational experiences. As a teacher, I love that we can explore Disney World and Universal Studios, where interactive exhibits and live shows keep our boys (14, 12, and 10) completely engaged. (And I don’t really have to plan a thing.)

The Kennedy Space Center is a highlight, too, especially for our space-loving 10-year-old. Seeing rockets up close and trying out those astronaut-training simulators is fascinating for all of us. 

We also enjoy getting geeky at the Orlando Science Center. After riding the Incredible Hulk at Universal, we can head to the Kinetic Zone to create our own roller coasters. 

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We love visiting Wekiwa Springs State Park for a break, where we can hike, swim, and canoe in the beautiful natural springs. When talking about natural wonders in Orlando, one must mention Rock Springs’ guided clear kayak tours at Get Up and Go Kayaking. These tours give paddlers the opportunity to see through their boats—where through the crystal-clear waters of Rock Springs, one might see a turtle or a river otter. 

Orlando’s diverse dining options cater to all price points, all levels of formality, and all tastes, making every meal an adventure. What is my family’s favorite dining experience in Orlando? The House of Blues. You’re guaranteed both a good meal and a good time. It’s the perfect laid-back vibe for teachers on vacation! The excitement, learning, and relaxation blend perfectly to make Orlando an ideal destination for a family vacation.

Why Teachers Will Love Orlando

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Steffy McCourt
  • World-renowned theme parks like Disney World and Universal Studios
  • Warm weather year-round
  • Proximity to educational attractions such as Epcot, the Kennedy Space Center, and the Orlando Science Center
  • Numerous outdoor activities like golfing and kayaking

Where To Stay

Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort

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Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort

Made up of two huge hotels, Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort has giant swan and dolphin sculptures on its roof that make it next to impossible to miss. The resort features multiple dining options (23!) and recreational facilities. It’s near Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, providing easy access to Disney’s transportation system, including boats and buses. The resort’s design includes a mix of modern architecture and Art Deco elements.

Disney’s Swan and Dolphin’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Up to 25% off for teachers at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Orlando World Center Marriott

Orlando World Center Marriott is a 200-acre resort with a water park, voted “Best Water Park Hotel in Orlando” by Forbes. The water park, River Falls, offers multi-rider tube waterslides for those 48 inches and taller, including Boomerango, Tail Spin, and Aquasphere. But my favorite part of all is the 575-foot lazy river with a zero-entry point and sprinkling leaves. All of that swimming is sure to work up an appetite, but don’t worry, there are 10 restaurants on-site!

Orlando World Center Marriott’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Up to 15% off for teachers at Orlando World Center Marriott. 

2. San Diego, California

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San Diego is another family-favorite vacation spot. As a teacher, I love that we can explore the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, where interactive exhibits and live shows keep our boys (14, 12, and 10) completely engaged. It’s a rare treat when that happens! (That means absolutely no queries like “Why are we here?” or statements like “I’m bored.”) 

The USS Midway Museum is a highlight, too, especially for our history-loving 10-year-old. Seeing the aircraft up close and trying out those flight simulators is nothing short of walking into our own family movie version of Top Gun if it were a movie about a family of jet fighter pilots. We also enjoy getting geeky at the Fleet Science Center. Honestly, I can’t imagine a single person who wouldn’t enjoy the Fleet Science Center. There is something for everyone, from the old-school ball pit in the Pause/Play section to the So Watt exhibit on energy conservation. 

After riding the roller coasters at Belmont Park (there is nothing like riding a roller coaster next to the Pacific!), we love visiting La Jolla Cove. Just 24 minutes away from Belmont Park, the azure-blue waters and gorgeous cliff-sheltered beach make this spot one of the most photographed in Southern California. 

San Diego’s dining scene is vibrant. There are budget-friendly eats and gourmet experiences in a variety of settings, but my favorite setting here has to be the great outdoors. 

The city’s unique blend of hands-on learning, outdoor adventures, and rich cultural attractions makes it a standout destination for teachers and their families.

Why Teachers Will Love San Diego

Where To Stay

Omni San Diego Hotel 

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Omni Hotels

This hotel is AAA Four Diamond for a reason! The rooms are as modern as they are comfortable, and the views just cannot be beat. Take your choice of Pacific Ocean View, San Diego Bay View, or the City Skyline View. Snuggle into your complimentary plush robe while savoring that morning cup of coffee while watching San Diego wake up. Later, take a dip in the heated pool, grab a workout and a massage, then finish with dinner at one of the three on-site restaurants

Omni San Diego Hotel’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Special rates for teachers are dependent upon availability at Omni San Diego.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront 

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Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers “a tailored, urban coastal experience with bright and unparalleled views in every guest room, relaxing amenities, and locally inspired dining.” Towering above the San Diego Bay, guests stay in rooms whose decor mirrors the colors and textures found outside. Rest is easily found within soft, ocean-blue cushions and sunset-golden and sand-colored walls. Enjoy an evening cocktail and maybe a refreshing swim at The Pool Club. 

Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Hilton offers public school teachers and employees up to 25% off their stay.

3. Grapevine, Texas

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Grapevine, Texas, is a fun vacation spot for teachers and their families. The city’s mix of hands-on activities, outdoor fun, and cultural attractions makes it a perfect getaway for teachers and their families.

I appreciate the ease of exploring attractions like Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium, where our boys (14, 12, and 10) can all find something fun to do. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad always excites our train-loving youngest, where he gets the chance to ride a historic train.

Personally, I love the Grapevine Botanical Gardens. There are free garden tours for those of you who love learning about planning and growing gardens. For a break from the heat, we head to Grapevine Lake to hike, swim, and paddleboard.

Dining in Grapevine is an adventure in itself, with options to suit every budget and taste. Don’t miss the best breakfast in Texas at Oldwest Cafe. This is the only place I know where you can grab a Peach Cobbler Jack—flapjacks made with a peach cobbler swirl and topped with whipped cream. There is an Urban Wine Trail in Grapevine comprised of eight local wineries.

Why Teachers Will Love Grapevine

Where To Stay

Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas DFW Airport North

Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas DFW Airport North is only 3 miles from the airport, but it feels like a world away. The comfortable rooms and the variety of family-friendly layouts that are common across all Embassy Suites can also be found here. Guests can enjoy a free made-to-order breakfast and a free complimentary evening reception. My family’s favorite part of staying here is the incredible indoor pool. What’s so great about this indoor hotel pool? It’s big, and its sitting area is also large enough so that you can bring a library book to read without worrying about it getting wet. There is plenty of light because it is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, and there is so much greenery that you will feel like you are outside.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas’ Best Amenities
  • Free made-to-order breakfast
  • Evening reception with drinks and snacks
  • Indoor swimming pool
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Hilton offers public school teachers and employees up to 25% off their stay.

4. Asheville, North Carolina

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Explore Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina, is a top choice for a solo vacation with my husband, even though there are so many amazing family activities. As a teacher, I love visiting the Biltmore Estate. To really enjoy this place, I prefer to leave my boys at home with Grandma, as I’m not sure my teacher’s salary would cover the cost of a broken Chihuly. Downtown Asheville’s vibrant arts scene and the Asheville Art Museum is a masterpiece all by itself. I could spend hours wandering through the robust permanent collection, which includes American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, specifically focusing on art from the Southeast. Finally, the North Carolina Arboretum’s trails and gardens provide the perfect backdrop for a quiet sunset stroll. 

Dining in Asheville is a treat, with options that fit every budget and palate. On a romantic escape with my husband, we will always stop at Zambra. It was rated the #1 most romantic restaurant by Travel + Leisure for a reason! Maybe it’s the soft lighting and cozy, tucked-away seating options. Perhaps it’s the inspired food and wine menu that will leave guests feeling completely satiated. It’s hard to pinpoint what makes this place feel so romantic, but believe me, it is! The combination of historical landmarks, nature, and cultural experiences makes Asheville an ideal destination for teachers and their families.

Why Teachers Will Love Asheville

Where To Stay

Omni Grove Park Inn 

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Omni Grove Park Inn

My first impression of the Omni Grove Park Inn was that it looked like somewhere I might find Snow White or Belle spending the weekend. It’s got that fairy-tale vibe. Built right into the Blue Ridge Mountains, this gorgeous resort makes an incredible stay for couples or families. Every room features Serta mattresses and large desks. There is even a pet-friendly wing of the hotel, which my favorite family member and I both love!

Omni Grove Park Inn’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Special rates for teachers are dependent upon availability at Omni Grove Park Inn.

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park 

My favorite part about the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park is that it is within walking distance of all of the reasons I love Asheville—the Biltmore, downtown, and the North Carolina Arboretum. On-site visitors will find the oldest spa in Asheville, Sensibilities, where they are guaranteed a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. 

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Hilton offers public school teachers and employees up to 25% off their stay.

5. St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri, makes a great family vacation destination. For starters, it is home to a national park, The Gateway Arch, which is unlike any other! The tram ride to the top is an unforgettable experience made richer by the museum at the arch’s base. The St. Louis Science Center and the City Museum captivate all of us with hands-on exhibits and inspiring creativity. We love visiting the St. Louis Zoo, which is both educational and free. Forest Park provides a great spot for hiking, picnicking, and exploring the Missouri History Museum. Family dining in St. Louis is so much fun because finding a great spot is easy! The city’s blend of historic sites, interactive museums, and outdoor activities makes it a fun vacation destination for teachers and their families.

Why Teachers Will Love St. Louis

Where To Stay

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch 

The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is the best place to stay if you want a great view of the Gateway Arch. This hotel puts guests right in the middle of everything—within walking distance of Busch Stadium and Enterprise Center. There are five dining options on-site, including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Hyatt Regency St. Louis’ Best Amenities
  • Stunning views of the Gateway Arch
  • 24-hour full-service fitness center
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Up to 15% for state employees, including public school teachers, at Hyatt Regency St. Louis. 

6. New York, New York

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New York City makes an epic family vacation. The city that never sleeps will keep visitors entertained for days (and nights). The American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art bring learning to life. Broadway shows keep visitors entertained, and Central Park offers an ideal green space for outdoor activities like biking and picnicking. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island provide rich historical experiences. Dining in New York is an adventure, with every cuisine imaginable and even some you could’ve never imagined. (Donut grilled cheese at Clinton Hall, I’m looking at you.) The city’s world-class museums, vibrant theater scene, and creative dining make NYC the perfect destination for teachers and their families.

Why Teachers Will Love New York City

  • Abundant museums and cultural sites
  • Exciting entertainment options, including Broadway shows
  • World-famous shopping and dining 
  • Iconic landmarks and historical sites

Where To Stay

Marriott Marquis Times Square

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If you are visiting New York City and you really want to understand what makes it tick, then stay right in the heart of it at Marriott Marquis Times Square. Guests will love the iconic views of Broadway, Times Square, and that brilliant Manhattan skyline. Be sure to reserve a table for dinner at Broadway Lounge, where diners will have a hard time taking their eyes off of the stunning views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Pro tip: Reserve your table for when the sun sets to catch the best views. 

Marriot Marquis Times Square’s Best Amenities
  • Panoramic views of Times Square
  • The Broadway Lounge
  • Family-Connector Rooms
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Government rates are offered to public school teachers when available at Marriott Marquis Times Square. 

7. Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois, has become a favorite for our family’s long-weekend vacation destinations. It’s an easy city to navigate because of the city’s straightforward grid system.

More than that, the city is home to some of the best museums and cultural centers in existence. My family loves visiting the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. Even though we have been to both multiple times, I’m not sure we have explored everything in either. Just next door are The Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. We also enjoy the art and architecture boat tours, because it’s an entertaining way to gain insight into the city’s history.

Millennium Park is the place to get some Instagram-worthy photos. Navy Pier is another fun stop; it’s where we love to watch the boats on Lake Michigan on a summer day. (You can also catch a boat tour of the city at Navy Pier!)

Whether savoring deep-dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s or exploring diverse neighborhoods, dining in Chicago is always a culinary adventure. The Windy City’s rich mix of educational attractions, cultural sites, and dynamic outdoor spaces keeps us coming back year after year.

Why Teachers Will Love Chicago

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  • World-class museums like the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Scenic lakefront and parks
  • Diverse culinary and entertainment options
  • Educational attractions like the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium
  • Cultural experiences in theater and music

Where To Stay

Hyatt Regency Chicago 

The Hyatt Regency Chicago is neighbors with Navy Pier, meaning that most of the 2,000 rooms in this colossal hotel will have a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan. This is an ideal place to stay, not only for the views but also because guests are within walking distance of Millennium Park, the Chicago Riverwalk, and the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s premier shopping district. It will be easy to rest well with the entire family here because the rooms are remarkably spacious for a large, urban hotel. 

Hyatt Regency Chicago’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Up to 15% for state employees, including public school teachers, at Hyatt Regency Chicago. 

The Palmer House Hilton

The Palmer House Hilton will make you feel super fancy. I remember the first time we stayed here with our boys. I think that they thought we had won the lottery. They looked around with huge eyes and asked, “We are staying here?” This place has hosted dignitaries and celebrities and, yes, even my humble family. It’s been around for 150 years! But my favorite fun fact about this hotel is that the brownie was invented here! Be sure to visit Lockwood Express to taste the Palmer Brownie. 

The Palmer House Hilton’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Hilton offers public school teachers and employees up to 25% off their stay.

8. Washington, D.C.

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A visit to Washington, D.C., is a pilgrimage that every public school teacher should make at least once. Start at the iconic National Mall, where the Smithsonian museums like the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum captivate both kids and adults with hands-on exhibits and awe-inspiring displays. The National Archives, home to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, brings history to life. Don’t miss the U.S. Capitol‘s grandeur and the Lincoln Memorial‘s poignant beauty. After a day of exploring, refuel at family-friendly spots like Founding Farmers, known for its delicious farm-to-table fare, and Ben’s Chili Bowl, a legendary eatery serving up mouth-watering chili dogs. Washington, D.C., with its blend of educational attractions and welcoming dining options, makes for an unforgettable family adventure.

Why Teachers Will Love Washington, D.C.

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Where To Stay

Omni Shoreham Hotel 

This is an epic hotel for an epic vacation. The Omni Shoreham Hotel has hosted presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls since the 1930s. Set in one of Washington D.C.’s premier residential neighborhoods near Dupont Circle, guests will feel like American royalty, especially when relaxing at the resort-style outdoor pool. The rooms, which come with plush white robes, are decorated in classic American colors—gray, gold, navy, red, and blue. Each room is the perfect marriage of modern conveniences and traditional luxuries. 

Omni Shoreham Hotel’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Special rates for teachers are dependent upon availability at Omni Shoreham Hotel.

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City 

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, quietly overlooks Arlington, Virginia. The elegant decor associated with the hotel’s name perfectly accompanies its view. It feels as if the Ritz-Carlton belongs here or as if it has always been here. The rooms are heavenly—feather beds, pillow-top mattresses, marble bathrooms, plush robes, Netflix, morning newspaper delivery, an evening turn-down service … I could go on. In a nutshell, you won’t want to leave. 

The Ritz-Carlton’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Government rates are offered to public school teachers based on availability at Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City.

9. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas is famous for its nightlife. We all know the saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” (Although I wouldn’t recommend testing that theory out.) Here is the thing about Vegas: It’s generally cheap to get to, and staying here can be fairly inexpensive with a healthy amount of discipline. It also happens to be a treasure trove of attractions for teachers and their families.

Start your adventure at the Discovery Children’s Museum, where interactive exhibits spark curiosity and learning. The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay offers a glimpse into the wild side of marine life, while the Las Vegas Natural History Museum provides educational family fun with its dinosaur displays and live animal exhibits. The Neon Museum, with its collection of iconic signs, offers a bright look at the city’s history. Take a break from the buzz of the city to visit Red Rock Canyon for a hike in the desert landscapes. After a day of exploration, enjoy a family meal at Giada, which offers delicious Italian dishes, or head to the famous Hash House a Go Go for hearty, kid-friendly meals like the Brown Sugar Banana Pancake. Las Vegas offers visitors a family vacation like no other.

Why Teachers Will Love Las Vegas

  • Natural beauty and outdoor activities 
  • Family-friendly attractions 
  • Diverse entertainment and dining options

Where To Stay

The Venetian Resort 

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The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas is famous for its spacious suites with sunken living rooms and marble baths. Guests will love exploring the Grand Canal Shoppes, which is also where you can find indoor canals with gondola rides. The resort offers a variety of dining options, from casual to fine dining. There are multiple pools, a fitness center, and a spa. Entertainment options include live shows, a casino, and a nightclub. Finally, the resort’s central location on the Las Vegas Strip provides easy access to nearby attractions and activities, but honestly, you might find that you never want to leave the resort during your stay.

The Venetian Resort’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

U.S. government employees and Nevada state employees are eligible for special rates at the Venetian.

10. Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee, is a mix of music, culture, and history. Visitors can enjoy the Country Music Hall of Fame and take in live performances at the Grand Ole Opry. The downtown area features the historic Ryman Auditorium and lively honky-tonk bars. A word about those honky-tonk bars: I can’t remember an evening when I’ve visited and haven’t seen a bachelorette party squad. It’s not that there is anything wrong with that; just be ready to explain a few things to the kids. Outdoor activities include exploring Centennial Park and its Singing Trees. Nearby, the Johnny Cash Museum provides insights into the singer’s life and career. For dining, options range from Southern barbecue to hot chicken. The iconic music scene, historic sites, and finger-lickin’ culinary experiences make Nashville one helluva vacation!

Why Teachers Will Love Nashville

Where To Stay

Gaylord Opryland Resort 

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According to my boys, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville’s best feature is SoundWaves, a 4-acre, three-level upscale indoor/outdoor water park. The hotel’s proximity to the Grand Ole Opry means guests can easily access country music, history, and entertainment. The resort’s convenient location and rich mix of activities make it a memorable destination for family vacations.

The Gaylord Opryland Resort’s Best Amenities
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Government rates apply to public school teachers based on availability at Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Hilton Nashville Downtown

Hilton Nashville Downtown offers suites with separate living areas and workspaces. The hotel has an on-site fitness center, business center, and multiple dining options, including an Italian restaurant and a market-style eatery. With direct access to Bridgestone Arena, the hotel allows easy access to various attractions and entertainment options.

Hilton Nashville Downtown’s Best Amenities
  • Spacious suites with city views
  • On-site dining and bar
  • Fitness center
Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Hilton offers public school teachers and employees up to 25% off their stay.

BONUS: Norwegian Cruise Line

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Why Teachers Will Love a Norwegian Cruise

As a teacher and a parent to three active boys, ages 14, 12, and 10, believe me when I say I know firsthand how challenging it can be to find a vacation that satisfies everyone’s interests and provides even a tiny bit of relaxation for me. 

I love Norwegian Cruises. I love that the itineraries always include onboard activities and the amenities. And I especially love that while the boys get to hang in the kids clubs, their dad and I can take advantage of the enrichment programs, attend guest lectures and art workshops, or just relax. 

The Freestyle Cruising concept allows us to dine and enjoy entertainment at our own pace, making the experience stress-free and enjoyable.

One of our favorite vacations ever was an Eastern Caribbean Cruise—swimming in the turquoise waters and playing aboard the gorgeous ship.

Hotel Discounts for Teachers

Get 5% off Norwegian Cruises fare, $50 onboard credit, and combinable with Free at Sea.

Plus, be sure to check out this big list of even more teacher discounts.

In this made-for-you guide, we have found the 10 best vacation spots in the USA that offer 16 unbeatable hotel discounts just for teachers!