Travel suggestions?

Travel suggestions?

My husband and I would like to plan some kind of vacation over the summer. We're happy to stay within the US, we just want to go to somewhere new (either coast would be great). We can get to Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City easily. I'm wondering if anyone has insight into a few things: - since we're flexible on time (late June through July), is there anywhere that would be cheap to fly at that time? - of the areas we can fly out of, is there a cheaper departure option? - is there an online place that can facillitate a cheap airfare, or is a travel agent a good choice? - (long shot) does anyone know of good times to fly really cheaply to europe? we'd put off our travel to fly relatively inexpensively to germany, england, or amsterdam (and pay more). I know there are better times for cheap euro travel but am not sure about them. We just want to have some fun and fly for maybe $250 each. Thanks for any ideas!
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