The United States’ vastness in itself lends to such a diversity of environments that can appeal to almost anyone. With such a large amount of options, finding cheap vacations is relatively simple. Most of these spots capture the beauty of the United States.
Black Hills, South Dakota tops this list for the very fact that the intense beauty of the black hills will stay with you long after you return home. The area offers lots of cheap to free activities such as old style, coal-powered train rides, and of course Mount Rushmore. Crazy Horse monument can also be seen, and nightly blasting is still usually available. This is one spot you don’t want to pass up.
Yellow Stone National Park, Wyoming offers another look into the great United States landscape. Geysers that erupt daily, hot springs, and thermal anomalies entertain everyone. The area is also rich in wildlife due to its proximity to undeveloped wilderness. Bring and tent and camp out for minimal rates.
Grand Canyon, Arizona- This natural wonder of the world stretches over 50 miles long and over 3 miles wide. The real appeal to this area is to witness the beauty by hiking, or even renting a mule. Guided tours are available, but if you’re comfortable with the area and are experienced, you can save money by not taking guided tours. Caution needs to be taken in hiking, the bottom of the canyon is much warmer and more humid than the top, and going down is much easier than going up. Make sure you carry enough food and water, and don’t venture off the trails severely.
The state of Hawaii offers a glorious view of nature and environment everywhere. From flowing lava, to beaches to beautiful forests ,this is another not to miss location. The downside is that you will pay extra for this trip compared to other scenic destinations in the upper 48. The area is geared for tourism and will try to get the money from you. However, if you can afford this trip, don’t miss it and always be on the lookout for great deals, especially when the economy slows.
New Orleans, Louisiana is on the rebound from the effects of Hurricane Katrina to some degree, but the city did make a comeback. The rich history here makes this a place not to be missed. The blending of French and Spanish culture, along with African influences in music give a rich tapestry of diversity. The jazz music, crazy nightlife, and Cajun food should all be on the itinerary when you visit New Orelans.
Washington, DC is as full of history as you would expect in the nation’s capital. The big pull here is that most of the historic buildings can be toured completely free of charge. The city is also a cultural hub, especially for ethnic food. Visit the city for a day and take advantage of the cheap to free historic areas.
Everglades National Park, Florida offers a distinctly different view of environment than either Yellowstone or the Black Hills. Power boat rides are available to witness the beauty of the place and guided tours are available to see the wildlife, such as alligators. The area is also close to places to eat and shopping venues.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country gives visitors an opportunity to go back in time. The Amish Community lives with no electricity and without several of our daily amenities. Open car train rides are available to tour the area, and the serenity gives visitors a great break from the daily grind.
Las Vegas, Nevada is on the list because it is possible to find inexpensive hotels. The high octane feel of the city tends to energize people, and make it a great vacation spot for those who need a little boost. The night life can make the trip expensive, but stick to just enjoying the sights and sounds of the place and you’ll leave without having to hurt the pocket book much. The casinos in all their grandeur shouldn’t be missed, just be wary of gambling away the savings fund.
New York City offers a vast variety of culture and history. Tours to such placed as the Statue of Liberty are inexpensive, and the museums offer a glimpse of history. The shopping here is among the best in the nation, and being such a huge culture hub, the food is just as good. Hotels can be expensive, so make this a day trip if possible.
This list is a shortened version of all the areas to visit in the United States. Before you book a trip to another country, look at the United States first, because chances are it offers the same or better experience and at a much more affordable price. Many of these places will draw you back time and time again.
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