This list of travel destinations is intended to help you find the cheapest vacation destination in the U.S. I came up with ten great locations that provide much to do on a tight budget.
San Diego – Tourist to San Diego are tempted to visit the costly large attractions that are all over the city. If you choose to save money, you can find attractions that are just as fun and are free. Take a few days and tour these sights for free.
• The La Jolla Cave Store and Cave Entrance: It’s hard to find but free, so ‘google map it’ before you go.You can journey through an underground tunnel to a sea cave which opens to the Pacific. You might even get to see sea lions basking close-up. Who needs the zoo when you can see animals in their natural habitat?
• Balboa Park is a great place for sight seeing, and learning about San Diego architecture. Entrance to the park is free, and there are plenty of things to see. You can also pay for attractions located in the park, but if you’re on a tight budget…why?
• Visit Mt. Soledad and view the entire San Diego Coast from the top of an in-town mountain.
• Spend time at the beaches, Coronado, La Jolla Shores, and Mission Beach.
• Tour the Old Point Loma Light House for free.
• Find a hotel, there are a lot of choices, and if you search you can find a good one, like the Hampton Inn San Diego-Kearny Mesa which I found for only $99.00 a night. They serve great breakfasts each morning.
YellowstoneNational Park is $25 dollars for a 7 day entrance and for that price you get to see nature as you have probably never seen it before, from the mouth of the largest mega-volcano on the planet. The landscape was carved out 640,000 years ago, creating sheer cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, and geologic water thermals. Vist the YNP website.
Florida – The state of Florida has a lot to offer the cash conserving vacationer. Just head to the beach, the Florida Key’s, Miami, the Everglades, and be sure not to spend a dime when you do. Just rent a car from $25 to $50 a night and skip around the state.
Colorado – Colorado’s National Parks offer great getaway opportunities at low prices. Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park Colorado is a magnificent place. $20.00 will buy your vehicle entrance to the park and the breathtaking Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway. You can re-enter the park for 7 days. There is a lot to offer in Colorado beside Rocky Mountain National Park, so research all the sites you want to see before you go.
South Dakota – Prides itself in being an affordable family vacation destination. Check out their website and plan accordingly.
Oregon – The state of Oregon offers a variety of outdoors activities and adventures to suite anyone. The combination of great scenic beaches and lush mountains all within free public parks provides endless spaces for a vacationer/explorer to get lost.
The Great Smokey Mountains are a range of lushly forested mountains that stretch from Tennesse into North Carolina. The mountains are a popular attraction that provides 800 miles of free hiking trails. Since you can camp at numerous great sites for $26 to $65 dollars a night, the Great Smokey Mountains are a good choice for an inexpensive vacation.
San Francisco – There are so many free sites in San Francisco that there is no need to shell out cash for a tour guide or paid attraction. Major free attractions are Fishermans’s Warf., the Golden Gate Bridge, the Cable Cars, China Town, Ghiradelli Square, and so much more. Pay for a hotel and walk or ride mass transit to your choice of daily fun.
Sedona, Arizona – Sedona has some of the most beautiful desert scenery in the U.S. It’s a great town to getaway and view the surrounding wilderness on foot. Take a camera, and $60 to $99 dollars for each nights stay. I always look for a free ‘good’ breakfast at my hotel to save money on any trip.
Las Vegas – Lastly, comfortable suites are available all over Las Vegas for reasonable prices. Free buffets are also all around the town. If you don’t intend to drive, you might need to stay closer to the strip, and near mass transportation which will increase your costs. Nearly every resort in Las Vegas is free to enter. If you can avoid the pitches and the slot machines you can enjoy just touring the sites. I list Las Vegas last because spending conservatively requires a lot of fortitude, but can be done. Schedule time to see the following free sites.
• The Eifell Tower at the Paris Las Vegas
• Walk the through the elaborate Venetian.
• Watch the fountain shows at the Bellagio
• Spend some time at Lake Las Vegas