Summer budget vacation destinations
The number of Americans planning a summer vacation is on the rise. So is the amount of money that they plan to spend on their trips.
But, you don’t have to spend big bucks to plan a fantastic summer vacation. Even if you’re on a budget, there are many affordable places to visit and ways to cut costs.
The easy solution is a staycation in your own town, but a road trip of any kind can save money on airfare. (When you fly, you often have to pay for airfare, a rental car and gas.)
Also, check out HomeAway and VRBO for vacation rentals and privately owned residences. These are typically much cheaper than hotels, and they are often located in non-touristy areas, which tend to be surrounded by cheaper restaurants and grocery stores. Steering clear of the tourist traps and looking for a more authentic, locally inspired trip is a simple and adventurous way to save bucks.
The city you visit can also make a difference. Here are our five favorite budget travel destinations in the U.S,
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Any national park can save money and also be good for your mental and physical health. A day under the trees and hiking is free or totally cheap; compare that to a day at Disney World. Yellowstone is one of our favorite national parks because it’s so exciting. There’s plenty to see and learn. Plus, with all the beautiful scenery, your pictures will come out great.
Las Vegas, Nevada
There are two ways to do Vegas: extremely cheap or extremely expensive. We prefer cheap. You can plan an entire day of activities and entertainment for free. Plus, you’ll score incredible deals on hotels and buffets. Did you know you can even find deep discounts and earn Cash Back on your Vegas trip? Veer off the Strip for some lesser-known locales with even better deals.
Key West, Florida
You might not think of Key West as being a cheap destination, but it is in the summer. Summer is the rainy season, which means many travelers avoid it. If you don’t mind the humidity and showers, this is the best time of year to find discounted hotel rooms and shorter lines all around. Plus, if you book on Hotels.com through ShopAtHome.com you can earn 4% Cash Back.
Ocean Beach, Calif.
Cali is known for being expensive, especially San Francisco, but also various beach communities along the coast, like Solana Beach. Instead, look for this small, VW-Bus-filled, hippie community not far from San Diego. It’s much cheaper than other neighborhoods in SoCal, with plenty of cheap burrito restaurants and to-go food. Stay in a VRBO. You’ll want to walk this town, so no need for a car.
Space Coast, Florida
As far as coastal beaches are concerned, Florida boasts some of our favorite in the nation at a fraction of the price as California. The Space Coast, the closest beach to Orlando, is surprisingly inexpensive and beautiful. You can find budget hotels and score great deals on restaurants and activities through Groupon.