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.
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 museums. DC 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
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.
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)