Great budget-friendly destinations in the U.S.

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Who says you need to spend a pretty penny to go on vacation? Before you spend big bucks on your next getaway, check out these three budget-friendly destinations

Who says you need to spend a pretty penny to go on vacation? Before you spend big bucks on your next getaway, check out these three budget-friendly destinations across the U.S.

Washington D.C.

Washington Monument in Washington D.C. (Image: MCS@flickr)
Washington Monument in Washington D.C. (Image: MCS@flickr)

Yes, you can see the country’s capital on a budget. This pedestrian and public transit-friendly city teems with free attractions, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National Zoo and the Smithsonian museumsDC By Foot offers free walking tours of Arlington Cemetery, Capitol Hill, Georgetown and even the Lincoln Assassination. The capital’s tourism bureau even keeps a tally of hotels offering cheap rates and specials to make sure your visit stays within budget.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas (Image: dherrera_96)
Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas (Image: dherrera_96)

While the siren call of the slot machines may beckon you to blow your travel budget (and then some) in one fell swoop, Las Vegas is actually a budget-friendly destination for the non-gambler. Many casinos offer free entertainment, ranging from circus shows at Circus Circus to the giant light canopy known as the Fremont Street Experience. Throughout The Strip, you’ll find affordable buffets to keep you satisfied throughout the day. As for where to spend the night, you’ll find hotel rates drop dramatically when you book off The Strip.

Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test garden in Portland (Image: Matt Perreault used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
International Rose Test garden in Portland (Image: Matt Perreault used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

It doesn’t cost much to enjoy the natural wonders of this eclectic Pacific Northwest city, especially with areas like Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River and the 5,100 acres of Forest Park free for visitors to enjoy. Around town, you can wander through Powell’s City of Books, check out local crafts at the Portland Saturday Market (actually held on Saturdays and Sundays), or stroll through the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park – all for free. You won’t have a problem finding affordable eats, as the city’s is littered with international food carts that rival any sit-down restaurant. If you need another reason to book that Portland trip, keep in mind there’s no sales tax in Oregon.

What’s your favorite budget-friendly destination?

(Main image: Erik Daniel Drost)

Great budget-friendly destinations in the U.S. was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.