Sometimes when planning a vacation, you might know when you want to go, but you don't know exactly where you want to go. Here are the five best cheap vacation spots in the U.S. for travelers to check out and explore.
Without a doubt, for a sun filled vacation spot, Florida is the way to go. There are many great hot spots to visit in Florida like Miami, Palm Beach or Orlando. During off-peak times, you can get extremely cheap hotels in Orlando and discounted tickets to Disney World. Most of the beaches in Florida are free so there won't be any added expense there. Check out some museums or walking tours that are relatively inexpensive. There's no way you can beat a whole state with coast to coast beaches.
North and South Carolina have so much to offer those who are looking for a cheap vacation getaway. Stop by Myrtle Beach in South Carolina for beautiful beaches, kayaking, boating and surfing. Charleston is just around the corner, if you are looking for a bustling southern city. North Carolina is perfect if you want to relax and golf in the Outer Banks. Check out Asheville if you prefer the mountains.
Now you might be thinking you have to be a high roller to enjoy Vegas, but that certainly isn't the case these days. There is a plethora of hotels that can be occupied for less than $150 a night. Cheap eats aren't hard to come by either. Most casinos are filled with food courts, small sandwich and salad places and, of course, buffets. You'll certainly get the most value out of the buffets. As for sightseeing, strap on some comfortable shoes and go from casino to casino seeing what each has to offer. Pop into the MGM Grand to see the lions or the Venetian to take a gondola ride.
The Grand Canyon
If you like to camp and check out the world's wonders, then the Grand Canyon is for you. This is a perfect place to sign up for a bike trip, caravan, or group tour. You can also tack it on to visiting Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. You'll have to book a flight to Las Vegas and then rent a car to get you to the Grand Canyon. If you do book a tour, it might include free transportation to and from the airport.
South Padre Island, Texas
If you steer clear from this vacation spot during spring break, you've got it made. Take your pick of moderately priced hotels and motels. There are plenty of affordable restaurants, bars and movie theaters to entertain you on the trip. For the adventurous, there are many cost effective water sport rental shops that can offer equipment and book tours for deep sea fishing, diving and dolphin watching.
Budget travel doesn't have to disappoint. You can get way from your daily grind, experience new things, and see the world if you plan ahead, stay creative, and don't always expect five star service or hotels. If you adhere to the the following budget travel tips, you can travel without worrying about how you're going to eat or get home.
It's best to plan your beach vacation early. That way you won't get stuck with additional fees if you're scrambling to book something just before you want to depart. Check to see if hotels have promotions if you book directly with them, to avoid surcharges. You may also look into hiring a vacation home for a week instead of booking a hotel stay.