Still trying to put together a last-minute road trip for this summer, but find yourself strapped for cash? Don’t worry— there are a number of tourist destinations across the U.S. that are way more affordable than you might think!
Lately I’ve had the travel bug myself, but don’t have the money to blow on a tremendously fancy vacation. However, after looking at a list of some of the most affordable vacation spots in the country, I’ve got all kinds of trips in mind for the next couple years.
Here are some of the highlights of that U.S. News list:
- Yellowstone National Park. I have actually been here, so I can personally vouch for its affordability. I drove over 1,000 miles across the country with a few of my best friends and camped out in Yellowstone’s Norris Campground for nearly a week. In that time we went on a couple unforgettable hikes, saw Old Faithful erupt, witnessed the Mammoth Hot Springs, got frighteningly close to some awesome wildlife, and came away with some memories we’ll have forever. Camping fees were less than $20 a night, and the one-time entrance fee we paid to get into the park was only around $25! This is definitely a spot I’d recommend that everybody visit at least once in their lives.
- Nashville, Tenn. If you’re a country music fan or simply want a taste of the south, then Nashville is a great place to visit. For one, the city offers some of the lower hotel prices you’ll find down south. For another, it’s simply a charming city. Visit the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, Dollywood, and much more.
- Washington, D.C. While the hotel rates in our nation’s capital may not be as affordable as those in Tennessee, the small price you need to pay to see some breathtaking historical exhibits is completely worth it. One could easily spend a week at the Smithsonian and not have seen nearly everything there is to see. You also have the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol and the White House. Plus, it’s a great educational opportunity if you have children!
- Myrtle Beach, S.C. If it’s a relaxing beach vacation you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Myrtle Beach. This popular tourist destination provides affordable and family-friendly lodging and is surrounded by great golf courses. What’s better than a day relaxing in the sun with a good book?
- New Orleans, La. The main tourist areas of New Orleans have long since recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, but prices remain low enough to warrant a visit. The food, the sights, the excitement—if you’re looking for something a little wilder, you’ll definitely find it in NOLA.
Check out that U.S. News list for more great affordable vacation spots. Are there any affordable trips you’ve taken that you would recommend?