The United States is home to a wide range of vacation spots that offer plenty of things to do at reasonable prices. U.S. News, with the help of expert opinion and user votes, ranked the best value vacations America has to offer. Use this list to help pick your next affordable domestic destination, and don’t forget to vote for your choice getaway below to help shape next year’s list.
Why go: Yellowstone is home to breathtaking natural attractions for visitors of all ages. With miles of hiking and skiing paths, erupting hot springs and belching mud pools, adventure-seekers agree that the entrance fee is a small price to pay for a visit to America’s oldest national park.
Why go: With plenty of natural attractions and low-price camping areas, Yosemite offers refuge for those looking to escape their hectic urban lives. Plus, access to extensive hiking trails is available for a small entrance fee, and travelers can avoid high hotel rates by simply packing a tent.
3. Washington D.C.
Why go: Although accommodation prices are not always budget-friendly, visitors can offset the cost by spending their days perusing the dozens of free Smithsonian museums, sightseeing along the National Mall and wandering around the (free) National Zoo.
4. New Orleans
Why go: New Orleans offers visitors a culturally rich getaway with rates that are much tamer than the city’s reputation. Budget hotels are housed in historical buildings and eateries serve spicy portions of Cajun cuisine at reasonable prices. Just avoid Mardi Gras if you’re not looking to splurge.
Why go: Historical mansions and gas-lamp lit streets draw travelers looking for Southern-style indulgence. But Charleston’s increasing popularity has been driving up hotel and restaurant prices in recent years. Snag the best deals by planning a winter trip.
Why go: Low prices are just one of the many perks of planning a trip to this city, not to mention picturesque architecture and restaurants dishing out hearty portions of Southern fare. With budget-friendly room rates, there’s no excuse not to stay a few extra nights.
Why go: Known for offering some of the lowest hotel prices in the South – not to mention some of the most satisfying barbecue and best live music in the country – Nashville allows bargain hunters a laid-back getaway without sacrificing on down-home fun.
8. San Antonio
Why go: Home to the legendary Alamo and River Walk, San Antonio is constantly buzzing with things to do. While hotels and restaurants in the heart of the city will charge a pretty penny for their convenient location, you can save in neighborhoods like King William and Alamo Heights.
9. Key West
Why go: The southernmost island in the Florida Keys offers relaxation, quirky attractions and a lively restaurant and bar scene – all within a 7-mile stretch. Book early if you want to visit in the popular winter and spring seasons.
Why go: You don’t have to worry about overstepping your price limit on a visit to the Adirondacks. Campgrounds are extremely affordable and the hiking trails are completely free to explore. For even cheaper lodging prices, come during the autumn shoulder season.
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