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10 Best Cheap Vacations in the U.S.

Stats show that these 10 U.S. destinations will tread lightly on your wallet. 

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Being short on discretionary funds doesn't mean you can't travel — it just means you have to travel smart. One easy way to tackle budget travel is to stay domestic and stretch your dollar as far as it'll go by planning trips to affordable destinations in the U.S.

According to data pulled from Priceline 's top 100 U.S. destinations, the 10 destinations below offer the most affordable average daily rates at hotels at all star levels. So, get wandering — without breaking the bank. These are the cheapest places to travel in the U.S.

1. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Head to Oklahoma's capital — nicknamed the Modern Frontier — for Western cowboy culture, working stockyards and oil wells, a surprisingly buzzy arts scene, and hotels averaging just $89.47 per night. It's an especially low price for a destination with a slew of new improvements and attractions like the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 70-acre Scissortail Park, streetcar lines, and more. There are also museums , including the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum , Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and Oklahoma City Museum of Art, but don't miss the opportunity to attend a horse show in the Horse Show Capital of the World — many are free or priced very low.

Oklahoma City is also known for its Bricktown entertainment district, an old warehouse district that transformed into an entertainment hot spot with a scenic canal winding through it. As it undergoes further evolution, expect to see this city get hotter than ever.

2. El Paso, Texas

Don't mess with Texas , and don't ask questions when you find a city that sports average daily hotel rates of $90.95 yet is chock-full of quality attractions like the El Paso Zoo, El Paso Museum of Art, Franklin Mountains State Park, and even the Western Playland amusement park. This Mexican border town, located on the western tip of Texas, also has some deliciously authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants, so arrive hungry. The Magoffin Home State Historic Site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is also worth a visit, and admission costs only $7.

3. Tulsa, Oklahoma

Another Oklahoma city, another low average daily hotel rate (this time $93.75). Located on the Arkansas River, Tulsa will delight your eyes with its art deco architecture (mostly in the central Deco District) and your mind with its fascinating history and art, which is best browsed at the Philbrook Museum of Art. Be sure to pay a visit to the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum to learn about the city's history, including the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre . And if you're driving in on old Route 66 , don't miss the Blue Whale of Catoosa, a quirky roadside wonder.

4. Little Rock, Arkansas

The capital of Arkansas, located on the Arkansas River, Little Rock offers a lot to do and see. Plus, with an average daily hotel rate of $95.93, you'll have extra room in your budget for activities and souvenirs.

While the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, which has a replica of the Oval Office and presidential artifacts, is a top attraction, visitors should also check out the Museum of Discovery, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, and Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, where you can learn about desegregation history. The Big Dam Bridge — ripe for wordplay jokes — is another must-visit.

5. Albuquerque, New Mexico

There's a lot to do and see in the high-desert city of Albuquerque (New Mexico's largest), and each night in a hotel will set you back $98.54 on average. Whether exploring the modern downtown area or adobe-filled Old Town , you can expect a diverse and active destination with rich Native American influence and beautiful scenery. Make sure to include Albuquerque's museums, traditional New Mexican cuisine, and Route 66 on your itinerary. Save room in your budget for a splurge: Albuquerque is the hot-air ballooning capital of the world, making it the perfect place to experience this thrilling adventure.

6. Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville 's thriving downtown area makes it a great place to visit, and the average nightly rates of $99.47 aren't too shabby, either. Ride the free trolleys, tour the town's multiple installations of public art pieces, and don't leave without strolling 36 acres of riverside gardens, waterfall views, and a suspension bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy, the " crown jewel " of downtown Greenville.

7. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

You'll find stays for $100.18 per night on average in the metro areas of Raleigh and Durham. Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina , is known for its universities (together with Chapel Hill and Durham, the area makes up a region called the Research Triangle), but there's also great hiking , biking, and BBQ beyond the library walls. Check out the Morgan Street Food Hall and Transfer Co. Food Hall in Raleigh and the Durham Food Hall in Durham for memorable eats from the area's culinary talents.

8. Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia is the capital of South Carolina , but its hotels linger around just $101.46 per night. Don't miss the botanical garden and animals at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, centuries of art at the Columbia Museum of Art, and the sprawling gardens at the Robert Mills House. For fun that's totally free, walk along the canal at Riverfront Park or picnic on the shores of Lake Murray. Congaree National Park is another local favorite, and kids will get a kick out of the hands-on learning experiences at EdVenture Children's Museum.

9. Baltimore, Maryland

For being such a major city, Baltimore's average nightly hotel rates of $102.37 are amazingly low. Make sure to visit the Inner Harbor — one of the oldest seaports in America — for shopping, crab shacks, the National Aquarium , and even a Civil War-era warship. While the Baltimore Museum of Art and Walters Art Museum showcase marvels from the past centuries, the American Visionary Art Museum offers a peek into the future (and the funky). Book lovers, meanwhile, will find a literary wonderland at the George Peabody Library. With gorgeous waterfront views and lots of museums, you can spend your days in Baltimore indoors or outdoors.

10. Somerset, New Jersey

Not far from New York City , Somerset County boasts hotel rates of just $102.60 per night, a far cry from the typically steep prices found in the city. The surroundings couldn't be more different, either: Somerset County has an abundance of parks , preserves, and gardens to enjoy. Head to Snyder's Farm for fresh produce and u-pick berries during the season or Jersey Cyclone Brewing Company to sample locally brewed craft beers.

Looking for more cheap places to travel in the U.S.? Here's the bottom 10 cities from Priceline's top 20 list:

11. Lexington, KY ($102.69 average nightly rate)

12. Dallas , TX ($102.80)

13. Houston , TX ($103.60)

14. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN ($103.65)

15. Des Moines, IA ($103.74)

16. Detroit, MI ($104.76)

17. Columbus, OH ($104.84)

18. Rochester, NY ($105.09)

19. Charlotte, NC ($105.25)

20. San Jose, CA ($105.73)

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12 Cheapest Cities in the USA to Visit in 2024

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Looking for the cheapest cities in the USA for your next vacation? Budget travel in the US is definitely possible, but it requires some research ahead of your visit. Since the US is so massive, you’ll likely want to stick to a particular region to avoid flying between destinations. Road trips in the US are very popular, of course, but renting a car can definitely add up!

The cheapest places to visit in USA are often cities, simply due to the diversity of options available.

When you visit small towns, your common travel expenses might be slightly lower, but you’ll have fewer options for accommodation and activities, so you might spend more than necessary.

Also, keep in mind the travel costs to get there. Flights to larger cities are often cheaper, as well as being more readily available and likely direct.

Here are some of the cheap places to travel in the US that you should definitely add to your bucket list. We’ve started with the most affordable and have included the price of high-season accommodation and free/cheap things to do in each city. Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed anything!

If you aren’t too bothered about the weather, you might also like our guide to the best places in the US to visit in December for skiing, shopping and chocolate box towns.

Cheap Places to Travel in the US

Before you start researching cheap places to travel in the U.S consider what kind of vacation you are looking for.

Are you willing to consider more affordable hotels or apartments not quite in the center of the location or are you strapped for time and need to be close to the main attractions?

Saving time can save you money, making your budget stretch.

How do you plan to get there?

Red-eye flights may be cheap on paper, but if you need to pay for a taxi to get to the airport as public transport is off at night, then it often works out the same as paying for a day flight.

If visiting by car, consider parking charges and accommodation with free parking.

Consider low or shoulder (generally spring and fall) season for cheaper trips too.

Read our guide on the best places to visit in US this March for location ideas.

Cheapest Cities in the USA

1. albuquerque, new mexico.

Albuquerque is a destination for everyone. Art lovers, history buffs, outdoor adventurers…this quirky place has it all.

If you visit during the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, prices will obviously rise.

But visit most any other time of year to take advantage of very affordable prices.

High-season apartments start at $104 for an entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $60 per night, making it one of the cheapest places in America to visit.

New Mexico, Albuquerque scenic mountain landscape shot at Sandia Peak National Park

Free or Cheap Things to do in Albuquerque

  • Learn more about history during this e-bike tour
  • Go for the Balloon Fiesta in October
  • Sunrise hot air balloon ride , pricey but bucket list item for many
  • Take the Sandia Peak Tramway for lovely views
  • See the Petroglyph National Monument
  • Hop onto historic Route 66 to get your kicks
  • Wander the Old Town, buy crafts from local makers
  • Enjoy some wine tastings
  • Bar hop at the Brewery District

Albuquerque also features in our romantic US destinations guide and the best places to visit in June .

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Where to Stay

  • Stylish apartment with views under $170 per night for two people
  • Holiday Inn Express rooms under $100 per night in Historic Old Town

A cozy backyard patio in Old Town Albuquerque

2. Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, or Indy as it is affectionately called by locals, is one of the cheapest places to live in the US. While downtown is often the first stop, there are cool neighorhoods to explore depending on your style of travel. Apartments in high season start at $100 for an entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $100 per night, making it one of the best cheap places to vacation in the US for those on a budget who are looking for a city experience.

Free or Cheap Things to do in Indianapolis

  • Enjoy the 3,900 acres of forest at Eagle Creek Park
  • Take a stroll through Historic Irvington to see the old houses
  • Try this 3-hour scavenger hunt challenge
  • Visit during Hallowe’en for a week of celebrations
  • For the kids, there’s the world’s biggest children’s museum
  • Play sport at Riverside Park
  • Cycle along the Cultural Trail
  • Check out events at the American Indian Center of Indiana
  • Dine at Indianapolis City Market

Since Indy is known as the Crossroads of America, it makes an ideal base for a road trip to Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville or St. Louis.

Where To Stay For Cheap

  • This condo has access to a hot tub, pool and free breakfast
  • Book a hotel room for under $100 per night at Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown

3. Athens, Georgia

As another college town, Athens offers plenty of options as one of the cheap cities to visit in USA.

Tons of activities and places of interest are free or very affordable, so you can spend a weekend here without busting that wallet at all!

A great alternative to larger Atlanta, Athens is a southern city with history and charm.

But student life pushes forward with live music, art, and plenty of hipster culture.

There’s plenty to explore outdoors and plenty of happy hour specials to enjoy after a day out and about.

High-season apartments start at $140 for an entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $100 per night.

Free or Cheap Things to do in Athens

  • Wander the University of Georgia campus
  • Stroll the grounds of the Botanical Garden of Georgia
  • Visit the Georgia Museum of Art
  • Eat your way through the Athens Farmers Market
  • Cycle along the popular Firefly Trail
  • Cheers to cheap college-town happy hour deals

Athens-Georgia skyline at sunset

  • This modern unit has access to a gym and is pet-friendly for under $120 per night
  • Check out this super hip Athens hotel with an outdoor pool starting at $120 per night

4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Known as Steel City, Pittsburgh has traditionally been a working-class city with prices to match.

It goes easy on your wallet while filling your stomach and your soul with good people, interesting attractions, and good eats!

But that’s not all to love about Pittsburgh.

This city loves art as much as sports (okay, maybe almost as much) Check out the Andy Warhol Museum.

Pittsburgh also has more bridges than any other city in the world – even Venice!

Apartments in the high season start at $104 for the entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $130 per night.

If you are a budget or social traveler, hostel dorms start as low as $35. Very few of the cheapest cities in US have hostel options.

Free or cheap things to do in Pittsburgh

  • Wander the massive Emerald View Park
  • Enjoy the views from Mt. Washington
  • See the world’s largest Bic Mac statue (yes, seriously)
  • Discover the city during this 3-hour bike tour
  • Take a Pittsburgh Art in Public Places tour downtown or in the Oakland neighbourhood
  • Visit the Andy Warhol Museum
  • Do a self-guided tour of the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum
  • Or a whiskey tour in Downtown
  • Make a reservation for a free evening tour of the Allegheny Observatory
  • Enjoy plenty of live music all around the city!
  • Great location, affordable North Shore hotel with pool under $115
  • Suites under $100 in a great location

Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania skyline with bridge and water

5. Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is known as the home to the Mormon Church, but there’s so much more to this capital city!

If you’re keen to visit some national parks, this is a great launching off point.

Head to Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, or Bryce Canyon National Parks to get out and enjoy the wonders of nature.

Snow lovers also enjoy popping into Salt Lake City before hitting the slopes.

High-season apartments start at $104 for an entire place and hotel rooms go from around $105 per night.

If you are a budget or social traveler, hostel dorms start as low as $27. 

Free or Cheap Things to do in Salt Lake City

  • Awe at the Great Salt Lake
  • Visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
  • Tour Temple Square
  • Visit Antelope Island State Park
  • Learn at the Family History Library
  • Visit the Utah State Capitol building
  • Go skiing in winter!
  • Enjoy the many outdoor concerts in Temple Square
  • Hotel under $100 per night at Temple Square
  • Super modern apartment under $120 per night. Dog friendly and has parking

Salt Lake City also features in our guide, the best places to visit in the US in January .

Salt Lake City skyline with snowy mountains.

6. Kansas City, Missouri

I haven’t been to KC yet (I was supposed to visit in 2020, but alas), but Kansas City is definitely one of the cheapest cities to visit in US.

And just think of allllll that delicious BBQ!

Money Crashers quotes the average price of a hotel in Kansas City at $139 per night.

But you can definitely stay for less than that!

High-season apartments start at $120 for an entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $100 per night.

If you are a budget or social traveler, hostel dorms start as low as $44. 

Free or Cheap Things to do in KC

  • Enjoy a free tour at Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Check out the Harley-Davidson Plant
  • Bring the little ones to the art studio at Kaleidoscope
  • Be a big kid at Legoland
  • Take advantage of the totally free KC Streetcar
  • Eat your way through the historic River Market
  • Learn about the Federal Reserve at The Money Museum
  • Have fun at the Crossroads Art District on First Fridays, with music, food trucks, and plenty of vendors
  • Seek out the Secret Garden at Kauffman Legacy Park
  • Best Western at Seville Plaza with free breakfast for under $100 per night
  • 3-star hotel with spacious rooms at affordable prices under $100 per night

7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City is nicknamed “The Big Friendly,” and visitors will find it budget-friendly. Historic old Route 66 runs through the city and is dotted with landmarks and museums you can visit for free, including the Oklahoma State Capitol.

High-season apartments start at $105 for an entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $130 per night.

Free or Cheap Things to do in Oklahoma City

  • Check out the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
  • Visit the American Banjo Museum
  • Take the kids to Frontier City
  • Pay homage to the victims at the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum
  • Relive the Wild West at Stockyards City
  • Have fun in the Paseo Arts District
  • Hire a car and visit the Keystone Ancient Forest

My good friend Steph, runs an Oklahoma travel site worth checking out too. Start with her guide to secret spots in Oklahoma .

  • Holiday Inn at Downtown for under $120 per night
  • La Quinta close to the convention center for under $100 per night

Oklahoma City skyscrapers

8. St. Augustine, Florida

Known for its history and culture, St Augustine is ideal for a sunny, warm vacation without the price tags associated with the more popular destinations of Key West, Miami.

History lovers will especially appreciate this destination with some of the most extensive architectural history in the US.

Flagler College is here, too, so you’re sure to find some great deals that appeal to student budgets!

High-season apartments start at $104 for an entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $160 per night.

Front view of The Lightner Museum old Hotel Alcazar St Augustine Florida

Free or cheap things to do in St Augustine

  • Save time and money using the hop on and off trolley
  • Visit the oldest fort in the Americas, Castillo de San Marcos
  • Explore the Old Jail
  • Wander the Old City
  • Hop aboard the haunted trolly tour
  • Stroll along St. Augustine Beach
  • Bask in beautiful nature at Anastasia State Park
  • Learn local history at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
  • Check out the national parks on the east coast , hiking is relatively cheap!

You may also like | Add to your Florida bucket list

St Augustine Distillery sign

  • Days Inn for under $100 per night. Historic St Augustine is 6.3 miles away. Pool at the property
  • Holiday Inn World Golf , an IHG Hotel is a little more expensive at $120 per night

Side view of Flagler College, Hotel Ponce de León at St Augustine Florida

9. San Antonio, Texas

The USA has only 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of which is San Antonio’s Spanish colonial missions.

If that’s not reason enough to visit this fun city, then check out the fantastic food scene, the many layers of history, and the awesome outdoor adventures you can enjoy.

The River Walk is an ever-popular favorite, as is the Alamo.

But there are plenty of other reasons why San Antonio is one of the cheapest US cities to visit, especially in comparison to other Texas cities such as Dallas.

High-season apartments start at $120 for an entire place and hotel rooms go from around $130 per night.

Free or Cheap Things to do in San Antonio

  • Visit the Alamo
  • Stroll along the popular River Walk
  • Discover the city through this 2.5-hour scavenger hunt
  • Feel the thrills at Six Flags (not free, but worth the splurge!)
  • Time your visit for the Tamales Festival
  • Take a safari drive at Natural Wildlife Ranch
  • Have a picnic at Brackenridge Park
  • Enjoy the lush Japanese Tea Gardens
  • Visit historic San Jose Mission
  • Stroll around the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
  • Explore Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Get a Go San Antonio pass to save money
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton San Antonio Downtown is just a 5-minute walk from The Alamo
  • La Quinta by Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk is another option for its location

San Antonio also features in our guide on the best places to visit in February .

Colorful umbrellas of restaurants along the San Antonio Riverwalk in Texas

10. Washington, DC

While not one of the cheapest cities to visit in USA for accommodation or dining out, DC offers tons of things to do for free!

Travel is sometimes about balancing the budget, right?

All of the Smithsonian Museums are free to enter, as are the Capitol and the White House (with advance planning).

I used to live in DC and work downtown, so I’d spend lunch breaks wandering the latest exhibits.

It’s incredible what you can do at little or no cost in the nation’s capital!

High-season apartments start at $130 for an entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $180 per night.

If you are a budget and/or social traveler, hostel dorms start as low as $35.

Washington DC. Cherry Blossom

Free or Cheap Things to do in DC

  • Marvel at the Air and Space Museum
  • (Un)learn what you know about First Nations at the National Museum of the American Indian
  • Dig deep into the history of Black people in the US at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It’s not an easy visit but SO important.
  • Wander the Portrait Gallery
  • Explore the American Art Museum
  • Check out some fun pop-culture exhibits at the American History Museum
  • Pretend to be a dinosaur at the Museum of Natural History
  • Contact your local representative for tickets to tour the US Capitol or the White House (do this as soon as you know your travel dates)
  • Go to the Sculpture Garden to enjoy Jazz in the Garden on Friday evenings in the summer or ice skating in the winter
  • See DC, Maryland, and Virginia from high on the Capitol Wheel

Cherry Blossoms at Tidal Basin Washington Monument

  • Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol has clean rooms and an outdoor pool for under $120
  • This Days Inn offers a great location close to the subway for under $100

Washington Monument on the Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC

11. New Orleans, Louisiana

There will probably never be a list of US cities to visit that doesn’t include New Orleans. It is of the more affordable and popular major cities to visit if you avoid Mardi Gras.

High-season apartments start at $143 for an entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $100 per night. The most popular hotels in NOLA are really expensive; just a heads up if you have your sights set on an Instagram-worthy hotel room!

If you are a budget or social traveler, hostel dorms start as low as $62. 

I stayed for a week in the French Quarter and spent only $320. I probably spent the same amount on food and drink that week…

While NOLA is not one of the cheapest places to travel in the US there are affordable activities you can do.

I stress again, avoid Mardis Gras if you are counting your cents.

Couple with Hand Grenades cocktails on Bourbon Street

Free or Cheap Things to do in New Orleans

  • Wander through some really old cemeteries
  • Learn more about the dark side of NOLA with this tour
  • Hang out in the ever-popular French Quarter
  • Listen to fantastic live music on every street corner
  • Take a streetcar to see more of the city, including historic mansions
  • Eat everything! Beignets, po’ boys, gumbo…the food is amazing!
  • Visit the Lower 9th Ward Living Museum
  • Join a Second Line parade!
  • Treat yourself to a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

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  • Holiday Inn New Orleans-Downtown Superdome is surprisingly under $150 per night. Can walk to French Quarter

New Orleans Beads

12. San Diego, California

California definitely is not a cheap state to visit in the US however you don’t have to skip it altogether; just avoid San Francisco and Los Angeles .

Accommodation, food and drink are pricey in both cities, but you can still explore The Golden State by adding America’s Finest City to your west coast itinerary. San Diego can be one of the cheapest cities to visit in the US because of its outdoor lifestyle.

You can keep the costs down when you’re comfortable walking between destinations, enjoying outdoor activities, and even considering picnics in the parks over expensive meals out!

High-season apartments start at $153 for an entire place, and hotel rooms go from around $150 per night.

If you are a budget or social traveler, hostel dorms start as low as $32. 

Free or Cheap Things to do in San Diego

  • Hit the beach!
  • Join a cheap cruise
  • Wander the fun Gaslamp District
  • Window shop along the popular shopping strip at the Embarcadero
  • Take a picnic to Mission Bay Park
  • Learn in the historic Old Town, many buildings are free to enter
  • Hire a car and enjoy the views along the 59-Mile Scenic Drive
  • Stroll through stunning 16 museums at Balboa Park
  • Best Western Yacht Harbor Hotel is clean and offers breakfast. Close to airport

Mission Bay & Beaches in San Diego, California

Tips on How To Travel Cheap in the US

  • Visit your chosen destination in the low season when hotel prices are a steal
  • Research the bus options between areas
  • Check the price of public buses and Uber from airports to your accommodation
  • Walk whenever you can, getting your steps up will save you money
  • Enjoy a big lunch and a small dinner, looking out for afternoon deals
  • Ask for a doggy bag, carry collapsible Tupperware to avoid single-use packaging
  • Fill up a water bottle before you leave your accommodation
  • If staying at a hotel, as the reception staff for attraction coupons
  • Consider skip the line tickets, they save you time which then saves you money!
  • Head to the beach or park and enjoy a picnic
  • Hike for viewpoints instead of paying double-figure entry fees

What tips do you have for budget travel in the US?

Final Words

So there you have it. Stretch your budget with these cheapest US cities to visit.

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United States Travel Guide

Last Updated: April 14, 2024

sunset over the Grand Canyon, United States

The United States isn’t a popular destination for backpackers and budget travelers. Most overseas tourists come here for a short vacation, visit one or two cities, and then head home. They usually stick to the big coastal cities or places like Disney.

And it wasn’t until COVID that Americans en-masse bothered to hop in their cars and explore their backyard.

The U.S. is massive country that lacks a lot of tourist infrastructure or good cross-country transportation. Hostels haven’t quite caught on, trains don’t go to many places, and we don’t offer working holiday visas to attract young working backpackers. In short, it’s hard to get around.

However, the United States has a lot to offer: stunning national parks, gorgeous landscapes, incredible and diverse culture, world-class music, and a variety of delicious cuisine that varies from region to region.

I think the U.S. is one of the best destinations in the world to road trip . I’ve done several multi-month road trips across the United States . While the coastal cities are fun, the U.S. really reveals itself in the middle and countryside (it’s much more affordable there too). It’s in the nooks and crannies of America that you get a sense of its quirks.

But even if you aren’t spending months visiting the country in a car, there’s still a lot you can do via train, bus, or plane.

This travel guide to the United States can help you navigate the country, save money, and get off the beaten path.

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
  • Related Blogs on the United States

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Top 5 things to see and do in the united states.

Dramatic, jagged mountains in front of an expansive blue lake with a small, tree-covered island in the middle, in Glacier National Park, United States.

1. Explore New York City

The city that never sleeps is one of the greatest cities in the world. There’s nothing you can’t do or see and you’ll find every language and food from around the world here. From world-class museums and art galleries to innovative theater performances to unique restaurants to the expansive Central Park, you can fill a lifetime of activities here. You can take the ferry to Ellis Island, see the Statue of Liberty, hang with the hipsters in Brooklyn, see a Yankees game, and so, so much more. Check out my detailed guide for everything you need to do .

2. Visit the Grand Canyon

Words can’t describe how epicly beautiful the Grand Canyon is. It’s simply breathtaking. Most people just look out at the canyon from the overlook at the top, but its vast size and beauty are best appreciated with a hike down to the Colorado River so try to do that if you have time (make the time). The canyon itself is 6,000 feet deep, and you can find plenty of hikes to take you further into the canyon that will give you a chance to experience it in more detail. For a shorter hike, Grandview Trail to the first overlook at Coconino Saddle and back is only a couple of miles. If you have a whole day to spend and want to challenge yourself, try the 12.5 miles from Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. Just be sure to bring plenty of water!

3. Discover Austin

The warm weather, lively honky-tonks, funky house bars on Rainey Street, amazing walking and biking trails, tons of outdoor activities — Austin is great (I lived there for many years). You can always find great live music on 6th Street. On a hot day, Barton Springs pool is the perfect place to cool off, there’s always something to do, the food scene gets better and better, and everyone is very welcoming. It’s one of the best cities in the U.S., boasting a combination of nature, city, and delicious food. Be sure to binge on BBQ while you’re here!

4. Visit Glacier National Park

This is my favorite national park in the country. It’s home to gorgeous snow-topped mountains, a beautiful lake from which to admire said mountains, large glaciers, and hiking trails galore. It is one of the most mind-blowing places I’ve seen on my adventures. There are more than 700 miles of hiking trails in the park that provide everyone an opportunity to explore the landscape. Park rangers offer various programs and guided tours are also available. There are spots for fishing and additional trails for biking and horseback riding. (If you plan to visit multiple national parks while traveling throughout the United States, it’s worth it to get the America the Beautiful Park Pass, which costs just $80 USD and provides entry to all the national parks for a year.)

5. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast is considered one of the most scenic landscapes in the world, offering sheer cliffs, forests descending to the shoreline, miles of beaches, and giant redwoods. The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) runs 1,650 miles from San Diego, California to Seattle, Washington taking you from the warm, sunny beaches to the lush temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Highway 1 thorough California is one of the longest historic state highways in the country. The California portion alone route takes 10 hours without stopping but I recommend dedicating at least several days to enjoy all the great stops along the way.

Other Things to See and Do in the United States

NOTE: There’s a lot to do in the United States and you can spend months traveling around the country . I could write an entire book on the places to visit! This is just a list to give you some ideas. Be sure to check out some of my other articles and city specific guides (scroll to the bottom of this guide for links) for more suggestions.

1. Have fun in Memphis

Gritty and industrial, Memphis appears like its best days are behind it. But don’t let the rough exterior fool you — the city is home to some killer food and a vibrant blues music scene. It is a cool city with boisterous and friendly locals. I love the vibe here. There’s Graceland (Elvis’s home) for fans of the King, a big waterfront for walking, and the phenomenal Museum of Civil Rights (it’s huge, so don’t rush it!). The city is going through a big revival right now. To use a cliché, it’s a hidden gem as most people, to their detriment, skip over it.

2. Discover Asheville

Asheville is full of tasty craft beer, great restaurants, and plenty of outdoor loving residents. The beautiful Smoky Mountains are a short drive away, Asheville Botanical Gardens are right near the university, and the gigantic Biltmore estate (the largest privately-owned home in the U.S. and once home to George Vanderbilt) is on the outskirts of the city. (If you’ve ever seen Downton Abbey, that’s what the house is like!) The town has a lot of parks and there are a lot of beautiful biking and hiking trails that you can get to from the center of town.

3. Explore Redwood National Park

Along the Pacific Coast is Redwood National Park, a huge expanse of towering redwood trees filled with picnic areas, places to camp, and miles upon miles of hiking trails. Trails range from easy to strenuous, and there are many loops that head out to nearby beaches. The trees range from 200-240 feet tall. It’s utterly beautiful, awe-inspiring, and humbling in every way. Admission is free, though the three adjoining state parks (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park) each charge $10 USD.

4. Explore Denver

Known as the Mile High City (the city is one mile above sea level), Denver offers a mix of outdoor ruggedness and big-city living. It has a huge craft beer scene, excellent restaurants (including, Sushi Sasa, one of my favorite sushi restaurants), a large international airport with lots of connections, and is close to the mountains. There are a lot of interesting museums, including the Denver Art Museum, Meow Wolf Denver, and the Clifford Still Museum. There’s plenty of art outside of the museums as well and there are walking tours available to show you around, if you prefer that to exploring on your own. It’s clean, lively, and the locals are incredibly friendly.

5. Get off-the-beaten-path in Natchez

I was surprised by Natchez . I didn’t know anything about it when it was recommended as a place to see historic 19th-century homes. These mansions were built by white plantation owners wanting to escape the summer heat and socialize with each other. As cotton became king, the houses became ever larger and more elaborate. Today, the homes are historic monuments you can tour while enjoying a view of the Mississippi River. It’s far off the beaten path and you’ll need a car to visit but it’s worth the trek.

6. Visit Savannah

Sitting on Georgia’s coast, Savannah escaped the wrath of the Civil War, allegedly because General Sherman thought it was too pretty to be destroyed. With streets lined with Spanish moss-covered oaks, large and inviting parks, and a bustling waterfront, Savannah is a wonderful place to experience the slow pace of the South. There are a number of interesting historical sites like the Bonaventure Cemetery and Factors Row. The city is full of small squares and sprawling parks where you can enjoy a stroll or a picnic. And nearby Tybee Island is a draw for many visitors due to its sandy beaches and slow pace of life.

7. Dive into Nashville’s music scene

Nashville is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. It’s got a wonderful music scene (duh), a growing cocktail bar culture, and some world-class down-home Southern restaurants. There’s not a lot of “touristy stuff” to do here, but what makes this city one of my favorites are the music, the food, the wildly friendly people, and the positive energy the city seems to exude. When you’re here, plan to spend a few hours at the Tennessee State Museum. It goes into detail about the state’s history (and it’s more exciting than you might think!).

8. Catch some rays in sunny San Diego

I love San Diego. San Diego’s weather is almost always perfect, leading to a permanently happy population that’s friendly and outgoing and that loves the outdoors. From hiking, days at the beach, or running, people here love to get out and enjoy the sun. The downtown Gaslamp area — as well as the famous Pacific Beach — is full of trendy restaurants, bustling bars, and some seriously life-changing taco stalls.

9. Get tipsy in California’s Wine Country

California is home to some of the best wine in the world, and a visit to the Sonoma or Napa Valley shouldn’t be missed. While Sonoma is cheaper than Napa, both these destinations are meant for splashing out. Take a tour, book a cozy vineyard Airbnb, and enjoy a relaxing few days learning about the region’s wines. Tastings usually cost between $15-20 USD. If you go to Sonoma, check out Three Fat Guys winery. They have phenomenal reds.

10. Hike around Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is impressive and beautiful. Ringed by tiny mountain communities, this is a terrific place for hiking and boating in the summer and skiing in the winter. For fun in the sun, be sure to spend some time lounging at Kings Beach. For hikes, check out the Rubicon Trail (16 miles/25.7 kilometers) or the Cascade Falls Trail (1.4 miles/2.2 kilometers). You can’t really go wrong here.

11. Anywhere in Montana

A lot has been written about how stunning Montana is, but words cannot do this state justice. To me, it’s the most beautiful state in the Union, filled with wondrous mountains and hills as far as the eye can see. It’s a nature-lover’s paradise and there is a huge craft beer scene here too, with tons of local breweries all around the state. If you want nature, good food, friendly locals, and just quiet, Montana is it!

12. Relax in Cape Cod

I spent a lot of summers on the Cape since I grew up in Boston. You’ll find plenty of small beach towns along the coast (Provincetown and Hyannis being the most famous but I also love Chatham, Falmouth, Wellfleet, and Brewster). There’s not a lot to “do” but if you’re looking for seafood, beaches, boardwalks, and that perfect family vacation, visit the Cape! Just avoid the weekends when it gets a little too crowded.

13. Explore Deadwood

Tucked away in western South Dakota, this town was famous during the Old West days (noteworthy enough to be the focus of the eponymous HBO series). Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, and many other infamous gunslingers all spent time here. Sort of kitschy and re-created, it’s nonetheless a very cool place where you can experience a taste of the old frontier days. It’s also conveniently located near the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore so you can use it as a base for exploring the region.

14. Be surprised by Kansas City

I really loved this city, which features some of the world’s best BBQ and a lively downtown core. There’s a detailed and enlightening jazz museum here, as well as the eye-opening Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (that’s the actual name). This is yet another super underrated and under-visited destination.

15. Stay weird in Portland

Portland , Oregon is incredible. Here you’ll find an impressive food truck scene, cool bespoke bars and cocktail lounges, a craft beer scene that’s religion to residents, relaxing parks (including a peaceful Japanese garden), a vibrant art scene, and hiking in the nearby mountains. Portland is just an awesome city, especially in the summer when the weather is perfect and there are festivals and events galore.

16. Hike our national parks

America has 63 national parks as well as countless state and local parks. These parks highlight the best of the American wilderness. Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Zion, Byrce, the Smokey Mountains, Rocky Mountain Park, the Badlands — the list goes on. Make sure you visit as many national parks as you can to get a sense of the grand and diverse landscape that is the United States. You can use this government map to find a park near you! If you plan to visit multiple parks, get the America the Beautiful Park Pass, which costs just $80 USD and gets you free entry to all the national parks for a year.

17. Admire the architecture in Chicago

One of my favorite cities in the world, Chicago is full of amazing architecture, great parks, delicious and hearty food, and a fun nightlife. One of the best ways to see the city’s unique architecture is on a river cruise. There are multiple operators and prices start around $45. Don’t miss trying deep-dish pizza (it was invented here, along with stuffed-crust pizza) and seeing the iconic “Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park. Additionally, check out the city’s famous pier, aquarium, and waterfront park. The city also hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country.

18. Enjoy Lively New Orleans

This French-influenced city has incredible seafood and Cajun cuisine and even better live music. A visit to New Orleans is a must for any jazz or blues fan. Live music is available seven nights a week. Frenchman Street is one of the best places to go (my favorite venue is the Spotted Cat). There are also tons of amazing walking tours that highlight the city’s unique culture and history (including ghost and voodoo tours). Nature lovers will enjoy wandering through the massive oak trees in City Park where you can also visit the city’s Botanical Gardens, which are open year-round. Admission is $12. Plus, there’s incredible independent bookstores, creole food, art museums, and the simply incredible and informative World War 2 museum. Don’t skip roaming the redone and revitalized Bywater district too. It’s a bit hipster. If you plan on celebrating Mardi Gras in NOLA , book early. Accommodations fill up fast.

19. Get some sun in Hawaii

Closer to Asia than the United States, Hawaii is America’s slice of South Pacific paradise. White sands beaches, clear blue water, tropical jungle, and great surf — Hawaii has it all! Don’t miss the otherworldly landscapes of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the somber memorial at Pearl Harbor, and the hikes at Diamond Head and the Lanikai Pillbox Trail near Honolulu. There are a ton of opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving where you get a chance to see manta rays, sea turtles, and plenty of colorful fish. Waimea Canyon and the Napali coast on the island of Kauai are places you can get up close and personal with the natural landscape. There are helicopter and boat tours or, if you’re up for a challenge, you can hike the iconic Kalalau Trail. Every island has its own vibe so, if you can, visit more than one.

20. Check out Boston

The birthplace of the revolution (and my hometown), no one leaves Boston disappointed. It’s a big city, but its lack of high-rises, as well as its cobblestone streets and brick buildings, give the city a small-town feel. The Freedom Trail, which covers all the main historic stops, is a must because it gives you a look at the city’s historic past. Be sure to lounge in the Boston Common and catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park too (the city is big on sports).

21. Visit the nation’s capital

The country’s capital is home to many of the best museums in the country. And, given the large number of international embassy workers here, it’s unsurprising one of the most international cities in the country. You can find food from anywhere in the world thanks to all the embassies in the city. Plus, there’s a vibrant music and cocktail scene. Don’t miss the National Mall and all its monuments, the Holocaust Museum, and the various Smithsonian Museums (some of the best are the Air and Space Museum, the Museum of the American Indian, the African American Museum, the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Castle, and the American Art Museum). If you visit in the spring, you’ll get to see the cherry blossoms bloom along the Mall.

22. Learn about Mt. Rushmore

Completed in 1941, this historic monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a lot smaller than you expect, but it makes a good stop while driving. Originally, the indigenous Lakota Sioux inhabited this area, however, when gold was found in the hills, white settlers forcibly removed them from their homeland. At the Wounded Knee massacre, U.S. forces killed over 250 indigenous women and children. Decades later, Rushmore was built, much to the dismay of the local indigenous population, who consider the land to be sacred. Take a guided tour to learn more about this iconic monument’s complex and tragic history.

23. Be a kid at Disney World

Sure, it’s cheesy . Yes, it’s built for kids. True, it’s not authentic. But despite all that, Disney World is still a fun time and they have a lot of rides for adults too. I recently went back as an adult and there’s a lot to do there: they have some good restaurants, and Disney Springs has a fun nightlife. If you are in Florida, take a stop for a few days. Indulge your inner child. Tickets cost around $110 USD per day and go up from there.

24. Hike the Appalachian Mountains

Stretching the east coast of America, these mountains are almost 500 million years old and offer great hiking, camping, and trekking. For a multi-month adventure, hike the 2,190-mile (3,524-kilometer) Appalachian Trail which covers the entire mountain range and takes 5-7 months to complete. You can also do day hikes or weekend hikes of its various sections if you want a more manageable outdoor getaway.

25. Unwind in Put-In-Bay

One of the coolest, not-so-hidden places in the U.S. is this group of islands in Lake Erie. Widely known to Midwesterners (but unknown to most everyone else), South Bass Island is home to Put-in-Bay, where Midwest hospitality meets Caribbean vibes (you ride around in golf carts and bars have sand as floors). My favorite spot is Mojito Bay, an outdoor tiki bar with sand floors and swings for bar seats that offers up more than 25 different mojitos. These places get very wild on the weekends too.

26. Explore Maine

Tucked away up in the northeast, Maine evokes images of endless shorelines, wild forests, iconic lighthouses, and lots and lots of lobster dinners. It’s often overlooked yet it’s incredibly beautiful and perfect for a short road trip. Don’t miss trying lobster rolls (a regional favorite) and hiking in Acadia National Park. Portland has some great eateries (such as Duckfat and Eventide Oyster Co.) and picturesque historic lighthouses, including Maine’s oldest operating lighthouse, the Portland Head Light, which opened in 1791 when George Washington was president. Additionally, tiny Bangor is home to tons of breweries and Moosehead State Park is an incredible place to go hiking for a few days. And you can’t go wrong stopping in any of the quintessential New England fishing villages up and down the coast. Maine is one of the best states in the union!

27. Take a road trip

The only good way to see this vast and diverse landscape and the small towns that populate it is with a road trip . I highly suggest renting a car and driving across the U.S. It’s an amazing experience. I’ve done several coast-to-coast trips as well as regional trips around New England , California , and the South . It’s the best way to see the country and you can do it for under $50 USD a day.

For the best rental car deals, use Discover Cars .

28. Take a tour

You can find all sorts of amazing walking tours, bike tours, and food tours all around the country. They’re a great way to get an in-depth look at the city you’re in with the help of an expert local guide. Take Walks is my go-to walking tour company when I’m looking for something thorough and insightful (and fun). They can get you behind the scenes and are much more comprehensive than your average free walking tour.

For information on specific cities in the United States, check out these city guides:

  • Austin Travel Guide
  • Boston Travel Guide
  • Chicago Travel Guide
  • Hawaii Travel Guide
  • Las Vegas Travel Guide
  • Los Angeles Travel Guide
  • Miami Travel Guide
  • New York Travel Guide
  • Philadelphia Travel Guide
  • San Francisco Travel Guide
  • Seattle Travel Guide
  • Washington D.C. Travel Guide

United States Travel Costs

Arched Bixby Creek Bridge along the Pacific Coast Highway, with lush hills in the background, in California, United States.

Accommodation – Hostels can be found in most major cities, though options are generally slim in the country. A bed in a dorm room with 4-6 beds usually costs between $35-55 USD per night. Rooms with more beds are marginally cheaper (they start around $25-30 USD per night). Private rooms are usually $75-125 USD. Expect prices on the higher end in bigger cities and during peak season. Free Wi-Fi is standard and most hostels also have self-catering facilities. Hostels with free breakfast are rare.

If you plan on camping, expect to pay at least $20-30 USD per night for a basic tent plot for two without electricity.

Cheap motels usually start around $60-75 USD per night and can be found along any highway. Expect basic amenities like TV, Wi-Fi, and AC. Some have pools.

Budget two-star hotels start at $90 USD per night. But, in major cities like NYC, LA, or Chicago, they start closer to $125 USD. The U.S. is very vast and prices fluctuate a lot depending on what region you’re in so check out the specific city guides listed above for more detailed information on accommodation. The United States is too diverse to pin down a specific number!

Airbnb is available around the country, with private rooms starting at $40 USD per night, though for good rooms, you’ll likely pay closer to $60 USD. For an entire home/apartment, expect to pay at least $100 USD per night. Prices in large cities are usually double. Again, there’s a lot of variation depending on where you’re going so check out the city guides for more specific prices!

Food – From seafood in New England to BBQ in the South to Tex-Mex and organic whole foods in the West to German influenced food in the Midwest, there is no singular food culture in the US. Every region has its own staples, which means you’ll never get bored of eating your way around the country.

Since the country is so big, prices for food vary a lot. What is $5 USD in Kansas is probably $15 USD in New York City. Below are some country averages but, if visiting a big metropolis/coastal city, add about 25% to the price.

Grab-and-go sandwiches usually cost around $10 USD while fast food costs $10-12 USD for a combo meal. Meals from food trucks will cost between $10-15 USD. Mid-range casual restaurants cost between $25-30 USD for a meal and drink. At some place a little nicer (think white table cloth), expect to spend at least $60 USD per person on dinner. Prices go up from there and the sky is the limit. Again, consult the city and destination guides for specific prices.

You can generally find takeout pizzas for around $10-15 USD while Chinese and Thai cuisine start around $10-12 USD for a main dish.

Beer is around $6-8 USD, a glass of wine is $8-10 USD, and cocktails start at $14 USD in most cities (about $20 USD in NYC though!). A latte/cappuccino is $4-5 USD and bottled water is $2 USD.

If you cook your own food, expect to pay about $60-80 USD per week for basic staples like rice, pasta, vegetables, and some meat.

Backpacking the United States Suggested Budgets

How much does it cost to visit the United States? Well, how much you spend largely depends on where in the United States you’re going to visit. For example, New York City is much more expensive than Memphis and San Francisco is going to hit your budget harder than Boise. The South is cheaper than the North and the interior states are cheaper than the coasts. The comparisons are endless! However, this overview can give you a basic look at what to expect based on your travel style and assuming you’re going to mix cheap and expensive destinations.

On a backpacking budget of $75 USD per day, you can stay in a hostel dorm, cook your meals, use public transportation to get around, limit your drinking, and do free activities like walking tours, hiking, and hanging out at beaches. If you plan on drinking, add another $10-20 USD per day. If you can camp or Couchsurf, you can likely get this down to $50-60 USD per day.

On a mid-range budget of $210 USD per day, you can stay in a private Airbnb or motel, eat out for most meals, enjoy some drinks, take the occasional taxi to get around, and do more paid activities like museum visits and food tours.

On an upscale budget of $350 USD or more per day, you can stay in a midrange hotel, eat out for all your meals, drink more, rent a car to get around, and do as many guided tours and activities as you want. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages – some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in USD.

United States Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

There are plenty of ways to save money when you travel the U.S. but it varies a lot by region (as I’ve been repeating). The general tips below can help you get started but, for more specific tips, visit my city guides.

  • Take a free tour – Taking a free walking tour is the best way to get introduced to a new place, and most major cities in the U.S. have free walking tours. You get to see the main sights and ask all your questions to a local guide. Just be sure to tip your guide at the end!
  • Take the bus – The cheapest way to get around the U.S. is by bus. Bus fares cost as little as $1 USD, though 2-3-hour journeys start around $30 USD. Between cities, the best companies are Megabus, Greyhound, and FlixBus.
  • Redeem hotel points – Be sure to sign up for hotel credit cards before you go and use those points when you travel. This is especially helpful in big cities. Be aware that most hotels charge parking fees if you have a car.
  • Get a U.S. Park Pass – This national park pass lets you into all the national parks for free so you don’t have to keep paying admission. The annual fee is $80 USD and it pays for itself after four parks.
  • Cook – The United States has some of the cheapest groceries in the developed world, while eating out here can add up quickly once you factor in a tip and tax (which varies by state). Grocery shopping can about $60 USD per week and is way cheaper and healthier than eating out every day. Cook and save!
  • Stay with a local – Couchsurfing lets you stay with a local for free, cutting your accommodation costs drastically. You’ll get to spend time with a local who can share their tips and advice while sharing your own travel stories and culture. You can also use the app to meet people for activities (coffee, museum visits, etc.) if you don’t feel comfortable staying with a stranger.
  • Camp – Most campsites start around $20-30 USD per night for a tent — much cheaper than a hostel. You can use nps.gov to find campsites run by the National Park Service. You can also camp for free in National Forests or Bureau Land Management (BLM) lands (search for “dispersed camping” options). Just be sure to respect the environment and follow Leave No Trace principles when camping.
  • Use city tourism cards – City tourism cards allow you to see a large number of attractions (and often include free public transportation) for one low price, usually $75–100 USD. If you plan on seeing a lot, these can save you a ton.
  • Share your ride – If you have a car, taking on riders can be a way to lower your costs. On my first trip across the U.S., I offered rides to people I met in hostels. On another trip, I had friends and readers join me along the way. You can post ads on Craigslist and at hostels to find riders. This not only makes the trip more enjoyable but lowers your gas costs too. If you don’t have a car, you can use look for rides in the same places.
  • Stay at roadside hotels – There are a plethora of cheap roadside hotels such as Motel 6 and Super 8 to the rescue. Rooms start around $60-75 USD a night (plus tax). They’re great when you’re traveling with someone and can split the cost.
  • Find free museums and events – Inquire at tourism offices, use Google, or ask hotel or hostel staff for information about free events and museums. Many museums offer free or discounted admission times throughout the week.
  • Get free water or free refills – If you order a drink, most restaurants allow free refills while you eat your meal or refills at a low cost. If you ask, tap water is usually provided for free.
  • Save on gas – If you’re on a road trip, use the app GasBuddy to find cheap gas near you. Also, sign up for gas station loyalty programs as they can save you money on fill ups.

Where to Stay in the United States

Hostels are not all that plentiful across the United States yet. Generally, those that do exist are clean, social, and fun. You’ll find a lot of budget hotels wherever you go. here are some of my recommended places to stay around the USA (the cities guides will have even more suggestions):

  • HI Hostel (Boston)
  • The Revolution Hotel (Boston)
  • HI Hostel (Chicago)
  • The Arlo (Chicago)
  • Banana Bungalow (Los Angeles)
  • Hollywood Historic Hotel Los Angeles
  • Hostel Memphis (Memphis)
  • Hu Hotel (Memphis)
  • Freehand (Miami)
  • Hotel Ocean (Miami)
  • HI New Orleans (New Orleans)
  • Villa Convento (New Orleans)
  • The Local (New York City)
  • Heritage Hotel (New York City)
  • ITH Adventure Hostel (San Diego)
  • Old Town Inn (San Diego)
  • The Green Tortoise (San Francisco)
  • SW Hotel (San Francisco)
  • The Green Tortoise (Seattle)
  • MarQueen Hotel (Seattle)

How to Get Around the United States

Amtrak train passing through trees in the United States.

City transportation – Most U.S. cities have public transportation, including metro systems and buses. Fares cost around $2-3 USD for a single journey, but there are usually packaged options for visitors. For example, you can get a 7-day unlimited MetroCard in New York City for $34 USD, which covers both buses and the subway system, while San Francisco offers a 7-day transit pass for $41 USD.

Outside of major cities, subways are rare. Some of the smaller cities have trams. Everywhere has a bus though and that’s usually the best way to get around.

Taxis – Taxis are metered with charges starting around $3 USD plus $2-3 USD per mile. This is one of the most expensive ways to get around, however, so I’d skip it unless you have no other choice.

Ridesharing – Uber and Lyft are generally cheaper than taxis and are the best way to get around a city if you don’t want to take a bus or pay for a taxi.

Intercity Bus – Taking the bus is one of the cheapest options for getting around the country, with fares as low as $1 USD if you book far enough in advance. Popular bus companies include:

A 4-5-hour bus ride from New York to Washington D.C. starts at $30 USD, while the 7-hour journey from Chicago to Detroit starts at $27 USD. Austin to New Orleans is around $54 USD. Booking early can save you upwards of 50% so try to plan ahead if you’re going to be taking the bus.

To find bus routes and prices, use BusBud .

Flying – Flying is your quickest option for long distance. You can occasionally find sales for as little as $100 USD so it’s worth it to check several websites ahead of time to see what deals are on. Post-COVID, fares are a lot higher than they were in the past. But if you find a deal, book in advance, or go off season, you can usually get a cheap fare. Sample one-way fares include San Francisco to Maui for $100-150 USD, Seattle to Austin for $85-115 USD, or New York to L.A. for $250 USD (round trip). However, prices can easily double if booked last minute.

For more information on how to find a cheap flight, check out this article .

Train – Amtrak is the rail provider for the United States, but it’s not the quickest or most affordable way to travel. They have routes all around the country ( here’s their route map ) and offer a cross-country pass for $499 USD. The USA Rail Pass gives you 30 days of travel over 10 segments, which averages out to around $50 USD per leg.

If you have a valid student ID you can save 15% on your tickets.

As for prices, A 20-hour train ride from Chicago to New Orleans costs around $110 USD, while a multi-day trip from New York to Los Angeles is around $280 USD. Book in advance to find the best deals. Shorter trips lasting 2-4 hours are usually under $40 USD.

Car rental – Roadtripping is a great way to explore the country, and car rentals can be found for as little as $35 USD for a multi-day rental. Renters need to be at least 21 years old. For the best rental car deals, use Discover Cars .

Hitchhiking – Hitchhiking in the United States is common and safe. Dress respectably, smile while making eye contact with drivers, and use a cardboard sign to tell people where you’re headed. Be prepared for long bouts of no pick-ups, especially if you’re traveling through more rural areas. Pack plenty of water and a light meal or two, like sandwiches and fruit. Hitchwiki is a great resource for additional hitchhiking tips.

When to Go to the United States

Since the United States is such a large country, the climate and temperature change drastically from coast to coast and from north to south.

The northern states have clearly defined seasons. In cities like Chicago, Boston, and New York, winter can bring heavy snowfall and more severe temperatures. Coastal areas like Seattle and Portland, Oregon, tend to be milder. Spring can start as late as May in the northernmost parts of the country, but this is a good time to visit because the weather begins to warm up and the busy tourist season hasn’t started yet. Summers are gorgeous and temperatures climb into the 80s°F (30s°C). It’s also the busiest time of year for tourism. Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the northern states because many parts of this region have a lot of trees. Temperatures have cooled, crowds have dwindled, and the changing leaves offer an something extra to enjoy.

The southern states have less defined seasons. In the southwest, winters tend to be dry and mild. In the southeast, temperatures are mild but places like and Memphis can be rainy. Spring is a wonderful time to visit this part of the country because temperatures are warm but not stifling. Summers get incredibly hot and humid in the southeast. In the desert areas of the southwest, like Las Vegas, temperatures can soar well above 104°F (40°C) on some days. Autumn cools things off across the southern states, but can also bring severe weather in the southeast. .

Ultimately, the best time to travel to the United States depends on where you’re headed and what kind of activities you’d like to do. Visit our city guides for more specific information on when to go.

How to Stay Safe in the United States

The United States is a massive country and “safety” changes a lot depending on where you go and what you do. Generally, the US safe place to travel around — even if you’re traveling solo.

Violent attacks tend to be confined to certain areas (especially where drug and gang violence are a problem). You may encounter petty crime, like theft, especially around popular tourist landmarks and in larger cities, especially on the west coast where theft is a much more common problem. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, especially while taking crowded public transportation.

Gun violence and mass shootings tend to dominate headlines when they happen. However, the chances of it happening to you are slim. Do not let this discourage you from exploring the United States. The U.S. is very big and very, very diverse. And, due to this size, there is a lot of cultural (and political) variation. Despite what you hear, crime in America is low. (There was far more crime in the US in the 1990s!). For more information, read this post, “ Is it Safe to Visit the United States?”

If you rent a vehicle, don’t leave any valuables in it overnight. Take common sense safety measures and you’ll be fine.

Moreover, be sure to read about common travel scams to avoid here .

When hiking, always bring water and sunscreen. Be sure to check the weather before you depart and dress accordingly.

Solo female travelers should generally feel safe but all the standard safety cautions apply. For specific tips, I would read one of the many incredible solo female travel blogs on the web. They’ll give you tips and advice that I can’t.

If you do experience an emergency, dial 911 for assistance.

Always trust your gut instinct. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

United States Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!

United States Travel Guide: Related Articles

Want more info? Check out all the articles I’ve written on United States travel and continue planning your trip:

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Cheap Places to Travel in the USA: 50 Incredible Destinations on a Budget

Cheap Places to Travel in the USA

The USA is a huge country with so much to see and do. It’s impossible to see everything in one trip, but that’s part of the fun – there’s always something new to explore. From the towering skyscrapers of New York City to the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park , the USA has something for everyone.

Despite its reputation as being expensive, that are many cheap places to travel to in the USA . And some of the most beautiful places in the world!

One of the best things about traveling around the USA is that there is such a variety of landscapes and experiences to be had. 

In one day you could be hiking through stunning mountains. The next, driving along an iconic highway like and see all the attractions of Route 66 , before ending up at a beach on the west coast. There really is no other country like it.

The United States of America is a massive country with plenty to see and do. Although airfare and hotels can be expensive, there are many ways to travel on a budget. Here are fifteen of the cheapest destinations in the U.S.

Take a tour of the Heidelberg Project

Take a walking tour of downtown cleveland, stroll through phipps conservatory and botanical gardens.

  • Attend a show at Shea's Performing Arts Center

Manchester, New Hampshire

Christiansted national historic site, the national mall, things to do in san francisco, visit seaport village, relax on the beach.

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Detroit, Michigan

Despite its reputation, Detroit is actually a great city to visit on a budget. You can find cheap flights and affordable accommodation. 

And there are plenty of free attractions to keep you entertained. Including the Heidelberg Project, the Ambassador Bridge, and Belle Isle Park.

Detroit is a great city to explore. It’s one of our favorite cities to travel to because there are tons of unique things to do that won’t cost you a fortune. 

Yes, Detroit is not as cheap as some other places in the Midwest. But there are still plenty of fun things to do that won’t break the bank.

Here are three more cheap things to do in Detroit:

Take a walk or bike ride through Belle Isle Park

This 982-acre island park is situated in the Detroit River. And is a great place to get some fresh air and take in the sights of the city. 

There is also a nature center, an aquarium, and plenty of picnic areas to enjoy. Admission to the park is free, although there is a small fee for parking.

Check out one of Detroit’s many museums

The city is home to several great museums, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Henry Ford Museum, and the Michigan Science Center. There are also beautiful places to visit like Torch Lake Michigan .. 

Many of these museums offer free or discounted admission on certain days or for certain groups, so be sure to check their websites before you go.

Visit Eastern Market on Saturdays (or any day from May-December)

This historic public market has been serving Detroiters since 1891 and is now open six days a week (closed Sundays and Mondays). On Saturdays, it’s especially lively as farmers from all over Michigan come to sell their produce, flowers, baked goods, and other items.

You can also find artisans selling jewelry, pottery, and other handmade goods. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s fun to wander around and take in all the sights and smells of this vibrant market.

Stroll through the Downtown Riverfront

The Detroit RiverWalk is a five-and-a-half-mile long path along the Detroit River that offers stunning views of the city skyline. 

It’s a great place to go for a walk, jog, or bike ride, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the way if you need to take a break. Best of all, it’s completely free to enjoy!

Spend an afternoon at Belle Isle Conservatory

This beautiful glass conservatory was built in 1904 and is one of the oldest surviving public conservatories in the country. 

It’s home to more than 3,000 plants from all over the world, including palms, ferns, cacti, and flowering plants. Admission is only $3 for adults (free for children under 12) making it a very affordable activity.

The Heidelberg Project is an open-air art installation located on Heidelberg Street on Detroit’s east side. 

It began in 1986 as an effort to transform blighted properties into works of art, and today it includes several brightly-painted houses as well as sculptures made from found objects. 

Guided tours are available for $10 per person ($5 for seniors/students), but you can also explore on your own for free anytime during daylight hours.

Cleveland, Ohio

Another city that often gets a bad rap, Cleveland is actually a great place for budget travelers. 

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a must-visit for music fans, and other popular attractions include the Cleveland Museum of Art and the West Side Market.

Cleveland, Ohio is a fantastic place to visit and it’s a lot cheaper than you might think.

Whether it’s seeing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, check out the Great Lake Science Center, or just fancying a Smith’s Mini Donut – there are tons of things to do in Cleveland that won’t break the bank.

But that is not all! Here are some more cheap places to travel to in Cleveland. If you travel right, Cleveland can seem like one of the cheapest places to travel. 

Catch a game at the Progressive Field

Home of the city’s Major League Baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. Tickets start at just $10, making it an affordable option for a fun night out.

Visit the West Side Market

The West Side Market is one of the oldest and largest public markets in the country. This historic market offers a wide variety of food vendors and is a great place to find unique gifts or souvenirs.

Head to Edgewater Park

Sitting on Lake Erie for a day of picnicking, swimming, and simply taking in the beautiful views.

Take a ride on the Goodtime III

Cleveland’s iconic riverboat cruise. The one-hour tour gives you a great overview of the city and its waterfront.

Spend an afternoon at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

At the Cleveland Botanical Garden, where you can explore 10 different gardens, including a Japanese garden with koi ponds and a rose garden with over 100 varieties of roses.

Learn about the city’s history at the Cleveland Museum of History

The Cleveland Museum of History, which features exhibits on everything from the city’s founding to the Civil War to life in Cleveland, is worth visiting !

Hop on a walking tour of Downtown Cleveland. All of which are led by a knowledgeable guide who will point out architectural landmarks and historical sites.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is another Midwestern city that offers plenty of bang for your buck. Highlights include the Andy Warhol Museum, Phipps Conservatory, Botanical Gardens, and Station Square.

There are plenty of amazing things to see and do in Pittsburgh, but not every tourist has a budget that allows for swanky hotels and expensive dinners. 

The city of bridges and neighborhoods will surprise you with its charm, so you don’t ever have to feel like it’s all just a cliche.

Here are some cheap things to do in Pittsburgh:

Eat Street Food

If you’re looking for a delicious, authentic meal at a great price, you can’t beat the delicious, unpretentious offerings of Eat Street. Located near Heinz Field, there are tons of food trucks and carts to choose from, giving you an extremely diverse range of options. The same can be said for the beer vendors parked nearby. 

If you’re looking for something fun and just a little adventurous , Eat Street is the place for you. Eating street food helps turn any city into a cheap place to travel in USA . 

Explore The Strip District

The Strip District is packed with local favorites. There is a lot to see and do here, and it is easy to skate by on a budget.

Take A Hike Through Frick Park

Frick Park is one of the largest and most popular parks in Pittsburgh, and for good reason. The 644-acre park has plenty of trails to explore, making it a great destination for a day hike. 

You’ll find yourself among towering trees, babbling brooks, and lush greenery. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours, Frick Park is the perfect place to do it.

Visit The Andy Warhol Museum

One of Pittsburgh’s most iconic attractions is the Andy Warhol Museum. The museum houses the largest collection of Warhol’s art in the world, and it’s a must-see for any art lover. Best of all, admission is only $20 for adults.

Watch A Game at PNC Park

Pittsburgh is a city with a deep love for sports, and that love is on display at PNC Park. Home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, this beautiful stadium offers views of both the downtown skyline and the Allegheny River. Tickets start at just $9, making it an affordable option for a night out.

Located in Oakland, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are one of Pittsburgh’s hidden gems. The 14-acre facility features stunning gardens, a tropical forest conservatory, and even an orchid room. Admission is only $15 for adults, making it an affordable way to spend an afternoon exploring nature’s beauty.

Buffalo, New York

Buffalo may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of travel destinations in the U.S., but it definitely deserves a spot on this list! There are plenty of cheap flights available to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, making it an easy (and affordable) place to get away for a weekend or longer. Once you’re here, be sure to check out Niagara Falls (just minutes from downtown), as well as Canalside Buffalo and Sahlen’s Field if you’re looking for some fun activities that won’t break the bank

Buffalo is beginning to take off as a travel destination in its own right. New York State’s second-largest city is located on the shores of Lake Erie and features a growing art scene, myriad dining options, and some fantastic architecture.

Here are some cheap things to do in Buffalo, New York :

Visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

This world-renowned art museum is one of the best things to do in Buffalo and it’s completely free to enter! With a constantly rotating selection of exhibitions, there’s always something new to see at the Albright-Knox.

Delaware Park

Take a walk or bike ride through Delaware Park: This beautiful green space is perfect for a leisurely stroll or even a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee. 

And if you’re feeling ambitious, you can even cycle all the way around Hoyt Lake. Just be sure to take in the stunning views of Buffalo’s skyline as you go.

Explore Canalside

Canalside is quickly becoming one of Buffalo’s most popular attractions and for good reason! This vibrant waterfront district offers something for everyone, from shopping and dining to live music and outdoor activities. 

Best of all, many of the attractions here are completely free (or very low cost).

Explore the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are a great way to spend an afternoon if you’re looking for something peaceful and beautiful. With over 20 acres of gardens to explore, you could easily spend hours here meandering through the different sections. And admission is only $11 for adults!

Take a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin D. Martin House

This iconic piece of architecture is one of Buffalo’s most treasured landmarks. Tours start at just $15 and they offer a fascinating look into both the history of the house and the life of its famous designer.

Attend a show at Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Shea’s is one of Buffalo’s premier performance venues and it frequently plays host to Broadway touring productions. Tickets can be expensive, but there are often discounts available if you know where to look. 

New England

New England offers a plethora of things to do, and we’ve made it easy for you to see places that match your travel needs. If you’re planning a weekend trip to Boston or a week-long college tour of New Haven, there are plenty of great hotels, hostels, and Airbnb options at all different price points to suit travelers of all budgets.

Here are some of the cheapest places to visit in New England

Providence, Rhode Island

If you’re looking for a cheap place to visit in New England, Providence is a great option. The capital of Rhode Island is full of history and culture, it is just one of the fun facts about Rhode Island and there are plenty of great hotels and Airbnb options at all different price points. You can also find some great deals on food and drink, so it’s a perfect place to visit on a budget. In fact, if you know where to go. And go at the right time there are many cheap places to travel in the USA – in and around New England.

Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford is another great option for travelers on a budget. The capital of Connecticut is full of historical landmarks and museums, and there are plenty of cheap hotels and Airbnb options to choose from. 

You can also find some great deals on food and drink in Hartford, so it’s a perfect place if you’re looking to save money on your trip and a cheap place to travel in the USA.

Portland, Maine

Portland is a beautiful city located in Maine that offers visitors a chance to explore the outdoors without spending too much money. 

There are plenty of cheap hotels and Airbnb options available, as well as many affordable restaurants that serve up fresh seafood. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of big cities like Bean Town one of the best nicknames for Boston  or New York , Portland is the perfect place for you.

Manchester is a great city for budget travelers. There are plenty of cheap hotels and Airbnb options to choose from, as well as a variety of affordable restaurants. The city is also located close to many popular attractions in the area, such as the White Mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee. If you’re looking to save money on your trip, Manchester is a great place to visit.

Puerto Rico

Travel in Puerto Rico does not have to be expensive – if you know where to go! In Puerto Rico , there is something for everyone and luckily, it’s a great place to visit on a budget. And what’s even better is that if you are from the US then you don’t need a passport for Puerto Rico .

Here are some of the cheapest places to travel in Puerto Rico

Vieques is an island off the coast of Puerto Rico that is known for its pristine beaches, Bioluminescent Bay, and wild horses. Although it is a bit more expensive to get to Vieques (you have to take a ferry or small plane from the mainland), it is worth it once you are there. Once on the island, there are plenty of cheap places to stay, eat, and drink. You can also find affordable activities like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and snorkeling.

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Although it can be pricey in some areas (especially Old San Juan), there are still plenty of ways to enjoy San Juan on a budget. One great way to save money is by staying in one of the many hostels in the city.

There are also numerous cheap eats options available, particularly if you stick to local eateries rather than tourist traps. If you want to save even more money, consider visiting during the shoulder season when hotel prices tend to be lower.

Rincon is a small town located on the western tip of Puerto Rico . Just like Northshore Hawaii it’s known for its surfing beaches, laid-back vibe, and affordable accommodations. Rincon is a great place to stay if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and relaxing – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do!

In addition to spending time on the beach, you can go hiking, horseback riding, or exploring one of Rincon’s many waterfalls.

Culebra is a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico that is known for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and abundance of marine life. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Puerto Rico and is a great place to visit if you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Although it can be pricey to get to Culebra (you have to take a ferry from the mainland), it is worth it once you are there. Once on the island, there are plenty of cheap places to stay, eat, and drink. You can also find affordable activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Aguadilla is a city located on the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico . It’s known for its beautiful beaches, surfing conditions, and laid-back vibe. 

Aguadilla is a great place to stay if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and relaxing – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do! In addition to spending time on the beach, you can go hiking, horseback riding, or exploring one of Aguadilla’s many waterfalls

Isabela is a city located on the northwestern coast of Puerto Rico. It’s known for its surfing beaches, stunning sunsets, and abundance of outdoor activities. 

Isabela is a great place to stay if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and relaxing – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do! In addition to spending time on the beach, you can go hiking and horseback riding.

Virgin Islands

There are a lot of cheap places to travel in the USA. And some of them are in on the US Virgin Islands. And evne though you wouldn’t think it amazingly cheap places to visit in the US Virgin Islands that can compete with many popular destinations in the US.

Here are some great cheap places to travel in the Virgin Islands

One way to travel cheaply in St. Thomas is to take advantage of the many free activities that the island has to offer. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and historical sites without spending a dime. 

Additionally, many hotels and resorts offer complementary activities such as yoga classes, snorkeling excursions, and movie nights. By taking advantage of these free offerings, travelers can save a significant amount of money on their vacation.

Another way to save money while vacationing in St. Thomas is to eat like a local. There are numerous restaurants and food carts throughout the island that serve delicious Caribbean cuisine at reasonable prices. 

For those looking for an even cheaper option, grocery stores sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to prepared meals that make it easy to cook at home. By avoiding tourist traps and eating like a local, travelers can save a considerable amount of money on their trip.

Finally, one of the best ways to save money when traveling to St. Thomas is by utilizing public transportation options instead of renting a car or taking taxis everywhere. 

The island’s bus system covers most major attractions and destinations, making it easy to get around without spending a lot of money. 

Additionally, many hotels offer complimentary shuttle services that can help visitors get around without having to spend extra money on transportation costs

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to visit for those who love nature and want to experience some of the best that the Virgin Islands have to offer. 

This refuge is home to a variety of wildlife, including turtles, seabirds, and iguanas. visitors can take part in a number of activities, including hiking, camping, and kayaking.

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Another great cheap place to travel in the Virgin Islands is Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is known for its beaches and turquoise waters. 

Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, fishing, and picnicking. There are also several hiking trails available for those who want to explore the area.

A third cheap place to travel destination in the Virgin Islands is Christiansted National Historic Site. This site is home to a number of well-preserved 18th-century buildings, including Fort Christiansvaern, the Danish West India Company Warehouse, and the Scale House. Visitors can also explore the streets of Christiansted and learn about the history of the area. 

So, whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy some time in nature or experience some of the best that the Virgin Islands has to offer, these three cheap places to travel are definitely worth checking out.

Washington DC

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Washington DC is a city that’s crawling with history. Being the capital of the free world, it’s likely you’ll also be running into some interesting politics along the way. If you’re visiting the capital on a budget, we’ve got you covered. 

Because there is a lot to do and see that won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for a more flexible way to see the city, go for a stroll on the Ronald Reagan Trail situated near the Potomac River waterfront. After getting your fill of history and sight-seeing, head on over to Eastern Market to shop for your favorite local goods.

Here are some of the cheapest places to travel in Washington DC

The Ronald Reagan Trail

This scenic trail offers a great view of the Potomac River waterfront and is situated near many of the city’s historical landmarks. It’s a great place to take a stroll and get some fresh air, especially if you’re visiting during the warmer months.

Eastern Market

This local market is a great place to find affordable food and drink options, as well as shop for unique goods from local vendors. It’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking for some souvenirs to bring back home with you.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington DC, the National Mall is home to many famous monuments and memorials that can be visited for free. If you’re interested in learning more about American history, this is definitely the place to go.

New Orleans

Cheap Places to Visit in America New Orleans

If you’re in New Orleans on a budget, there are so many ways to save. Here are some tips to save money in New Orleans.

When it comes to transportation, one of the best ways to save money is by walking. New Orleans is a very walkable city and you can access most attractions on foot. If you’re staying in the French Quarter , you can easily walk to the Mississippi River, Jackson Square, and Bourbon Street. If you need to go further than that, there are always streetcars and buses available. Just be sure to have exact change as they do not accept credit cards.

If you’re looking for free entertainment, there are many options available as well. One great option is to take a stroll through one of New Orleans’ cemeteries. Many people think this sounds morbid, but it’s actually really interesting! Another great option for free entertainment is live music. There are often bands playing on the street or in various squares throughout the city. 

Finally, if you want to experience some of the local culture, head over to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar on Bourbon Street – it’s one of the oldest bars in America and has been frequented by pirates!

When it comes to food, there are also many ways to save money. One option is to buy groceries and cook your own meals rather than eat out all the time. Another great way to save money on food is by taking advantage of happy hours and specials at restaurants. 

For example, almost every bar in the French Quarter has a happy hour where you can get discounted drinks and sometimes discounted appetizers as well.

San Antonio

When it comes to finding affordable things to do in San Antonio, there is no shortage of options. The city is home to a number of historic sites, museums, and other attractions that can be enjoyed without breaking the bank. For those looking to experience some of the best that San Antonio has to offer without spending a lot of money, here are some great options.

The Alamo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in San Antonio, and for good reason. This historic site was the location of a pivotal battle in the Texas Revolution, and today it stands as a powerful symbol of Texan pride. Admission to the Alamo is free, making it an ideal option for budget-minded travelers.

San Antonio is also home to a number of excellent museums, many of which offer free or discounted admission on certain days or for specific groups (For adults there are the best breweries in San Antonio to check out). The Witte Museum and McNay Art Museum are two standout options that should not be missed. 

History buffs will also enjoy exploring the many historic missions located throughout the city, including Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose.

Finally, no visit to San Antonio would be complete without paying a visit to one of its famous river walk restaurants or cafes. This scenic pedestrian pathway runs along the banks of the San Antonio River and is lined with outdoor dining options ranging from casual cafes to upscale bistros.

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal with views, the river walk has something for everyone – and best of all, it’s completely free!

San Fransico

Travel like a local in San Francisco without breaking the bank. Here are a few of our favorite things to do on the cheap in San Francisco.

San Francisco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, and for good reason. The city offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. And while

San Francisco can be expensive to visit, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the city on a budget. Here are just a few of the many cheap things to do in San Francisco.

Visit a museum. 

The de Young is a stellar museum just south of Golden Gate Park with rotating exhibitions, often with an emphasis on artists native to the Bay Area. Just outside the museum grounds is a large sculpture garden with an amazing view of downtown. Unless it’s one of the special exhibits, you don’t need to pay admission to wander around the sculpture garden. But if you want to go inside the museum, which has some amazing Native American artwork from the Northwest Coast and other funky pieces from around the world, tickets range from $10-$20 for adults and $6-$10 for kids ages 6-17 (kids under 6 are free). Kids under 18 are also free when they’re with an adult.

One of the best ways to explore San Francisco is on foot. The city is filled with hills, so you’ll get a great workout as you walk from one attraction to another. 

Start your journey at Fisherman’s Wharf and make your way through Chinatown and North Beach before ending up at Ghirardelli Square for some delicious ice cream. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, continue on to Golden Gate Park where you can explore museums, gardens, and windmills.

Another great way to experience San Francisco is by taking a ride on one of its famous cable cars. This mode of transportation has been around since 1873 and is still used by locals today. 

For just $7 per person, you can purchase an all-day pass that allows you unlimited rides on all cable car lines. Be sure to hop off at Union Square for some shopping or Lombard Street for a photo op (just beware of the crowds).

Finally, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without sampling some of its world-famous food. 

From fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf to crispy sourdough bread from Boudin Bakery, there are endless culinary delights waiting to be discovered in this city. And don’t forget about dessert! Ghirardelli Square is home to several chocolate shops where you can indulge in sweet treats like chocolate fudge or caramel-filled truffles.

South Dakota

South Dakota is a beautiful state with plenty to see and do. The landscape is varied, from the Badlands to the Black Hills, and there are numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. The state also has a rich history and culture, as well as being home to some of the country’s best food and wine.

The state offers a variety of activities that won’t break the bank, from hiking and camping in the great outdoors to exploring the rich history and culture. And, of course, don’t forget about the delicious food and wine! Here are some tips on how to make your trip to South Dakota as affordable as possible:

Los Angeles

Here is how to travel to Los Angeles on a budget

1. Use public transportation whenever possible. Los Angeles has an extensive public transportation system that can get you around the city relatively cheaply. If you’re staying in a hotel, be sure to ask about any shuttle services that may be available to help you get around town without having to rent a car.

2. Take advantage of free or discounted attractions.  Many of Los Angeles’ most popular attractions are free or discounted for students, seniors, and other groups. Do some research ahead of time to find out which attractions fit your budget.

3. Eat like a local. Food is one of the biggest expenses when traveling, but it doesn’t have to be if you eat like a local. Check out farmers’ markets and ethnic supermarkets for cheap eats that will still allow you to experience the best of LA’s food scene.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy San Diego without spending a lot of money. One of the best things to do is simply to spend time outdoors, enjoying the wonderful weather.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a large urban cultural park in San Diego, California that contains museums, gardens, and attractions such as the Zoo. The park has free admission, making it a great budget-friendly activity. 2

Mission Bay Park

Take a walk or ride a bike along the scenic waterfront at Mission Bay Park.

This 4,235-acre park is perfect for a leisurely stroll or an active afternoon spent outdoors.

Visit Seaport Village, an open-air shopping mall with over 50 unique shops and restaurants overlooking San Diego Bay. Seaport Village is the perfect place to find souvenirs, grab a bite to eat, or simply enjoy the beautiful views.

There are many reasons to visit Lake Tahoe. The area is stunning, with its natural beauty and majestic mountains. It is also a great place to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and swimming. 

In addition, Lake Tahoe is home to some of the best skiing in the world. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or an action-packed adventure, Lake Tahoe has something to offer everyone.

Hiking and swimming are both great options for getting outdoors and enjoying the stunning scenery. In addition, there are several free museums and art galleries in the area that are definitely worth checking out. 

Of course, one of the best ways to enjoy Lake Tahoe is simply by spending time relaxing on its shores. Soak up the sun, read a book, and enjoy all that this beautiful place has to offer.

South Carolina

Assuming you would like tips on how to travel to South Carolina cheaply, here are a few ideas. One option is to visit during the off-season, typically from mid-April to mid-June, or from late August to early November. Not only will attractions and accommodation be less crowded but rates will also be lower. 

Another way to save money is by eating at local diners and avoiding tourist traps – do some research beforehand so you know where the best places are. 

And finally, take advantage of free activities like hiking in state parks or checking out small-town festivals . With a bit of planning, it is possible to have a great trip without spending a lot of money.

Charlestown

There are plenty of ways to travel to Charleston on a budget. One way to save money is to stay in a hostel or campground rather than a hotel. 

Another way to save money is to cook your own meals rather than eat out all the time. You can also save money by taking public transportation instead of renting a car.

If you want to see all the sights that Charleston has to offer, there are plenty of affordable options. You can take a tour of the city, go on a walking or biking tour, or even take a boat tour. There are also many free museums and historical sites that you can visit.

When it comes to food, there are plenty of cheap eats in Charleston as well. You can find affordable seafood dishes, as well as burgers and sandwiches. For dessert, be sure to try some of the delicious local bakeries!

Myrtle Beach

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Myrtle Beach without breaking the bank. One way to save money is to find accommodation that includes kitchen facilities so you can prepare your own meals instead of Eating out all the time. 

Another way to trim your travel expenses is to look for free or discounted activities. Many attractions offer reduced rates or complimentary admission on certain days or for specific groups, such as seniors, military personnel, and AAA members. 

Finally, take advantage of public transportation options whenever possible to avoid costly parking fees.

Assuming you have a place to stay, one of the best ways to save money while enjoying Myrtle Beach is by taking advantage of freebies and discounts. For example, many top attractions offer heavily discounted rates for seniors, military personnel, and AAA members . 

In addition, many museums and galleries offer free admission on certain days or during specified hours. If you plan ahead and do some research, it’s easy to find budget-friendly things to see and do in Myrtle Beach.

When it comes time to hit the beach, there are a few things you can do to keep costs down. First, consider packing your own food and drinks instead of buying everything at the beach concession stand. 

Second, bring along any beach gear you already have rather than renting umbrellas or chairs from a vendor. 

Finally, try to find a hotel or condo that offers complimentary beach towels and chairs so you don’t have to worry about carrying everything with you when you head out for a day in the sun

There are many ways to travel to St. Louis on a budget. One way is to take advantage of the city’s free attractions. The City Museum, for example, is a great place to explore without spending any money. 

Another way to save money while traveling is to find affordable accommodation options. There are many hostels and Airbnbs in the city that offer reasonable rates. Finally, another way to save money while in St. Louis is to eat cheaply. There are many inexpensive restaurants and fast food options available throughout the city.

Daytona Beach

If you’re looking for a beach vacation on a budget, look no further than Daytona Beach , Florida. This sunny destination is home to plenty of affordable activities and attractions.

Start your trip by spending some time on the beach itself. With over 23 miles of coastline, there’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the sun and surf. And if you get hungry, there are plenty of beachside eateries serving up fresh seafood at reasonable prices.

After a day spent lounging on the sand, explore some of Daytona Beach’s other cheap attractions. Take a stroll down Main Street, where you’ll find unique shops and local restaurants. 

Or visit one of the area’s many parks, like Halifax River Park or Ocean Walk Village. And don’t forget about Daytona Beach’s famous Boardwalk, which offers free admission and beautiful views of the oceanfront.

fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is a wonderful place to visit for a number of reasons. 

First, the weather is almost always perfect. 

Second, the beaches in Fort Lauderdale are simply beautiful. With over 23 miles of coastline, there are plenty of options for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, or just relaxing on the sand. Third, there are a wide variety of activities and attractions available in Fort Lauderdale.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Fort Lauderdale on a budget. One great way to save money is to take advantage of the many free things to do in the city. For example, you can explore one of the many parks or take a walk along the beach. 

If you’re interested in learning about the history of Fort Lauderdale , be sure to visit the Museum of Discovery and Science or the Historic Stranahan House Museum. These attractions are both free for all visitors. You can also save money by taking advantage of discounts available for students, seniors, and military personnel.

There are many reasons to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico . The city is rich in history and culture, and there are plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained. In addition, Santa Fe is one of the most affordable travel destinations in the United States.

Santa Fe was founded in 1610, making it one of the oldest cities in the country. The city’s Spanish colonial architecture is a major attraction, and there are dozens of museums and historical sites to explore.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Santa Fe on a budget. Here are some tips:

Visit during the off-season: Santa Fe is busiest during the summer months, so consider visiting in the spring or fall when hotel rates are lower.

Stay at a hotel or motel outside of the city center: Rates will be cheaper if you’re willing to stay a bit further from downtown.

Take advantage of free attractions: There are many free things to do in Santa Fe, including visiting museums, exploring historical sites, and walking around downtown.

Enjoy affordable dining options: There are plenty of restaurants in Santa Fe that offer affordable meals. You can also find cheap eats at some of the city’s food trucks and street vendors.

Panama City, Florida

Panama City is a beautiful place to visit, boasting white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Visitors can enjoy the many activities the city has to offer, including fishing, swimming, sailing, and sunbathing.

There are also a number of great restaurants and bars in Panama City, serving up fresh seafood and local dishes. visitors can explore the historic downtown area, or head out to one of the nearby parks for a picnic or a hike.

One of the best things to do is simply to take advantage of the city’s many free beaches. Additionally, there are a number of parks and hiking trails that are perfect for a budget-friendly outing.

If you’re looking for something a bit more active, consider renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard to explore the coastline. And be sure to check out the local farmer’s markets for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Ocean City, Maryland

This scenic city in Maryland has a lot to offer travelers.

Visit the Boardwalk

Stretching for nearly 3 miles along the oceanfront, the historic Ocean City Boardwalk is one of the most popular attractions in town. Visitors can enjoy strolling, people-watching, dining, shopping, and riding the tram car. Don’t miss out on some of the iconic landmarks like Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and Trimper’s Rides.

Explore Downtown

Spending time downtown is one of the best free things to do in Ocean City. Visitors can window shop at all of the unique boutiques, try their luck at an arcade game or two, enjoy live music and entertainment, and savor a delicious meal. Be sure to check out Main Street for all your shopping needs!

Of course, no trip to Ocean City would be complete without spending some time on its world-famous beach! Soak up some sun, build a sandcastle or two, paddle in the waves, and simply relax surrounded by natural beauty. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!

Visit National Parks

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular national parks in the United States, and for good reason. I mean have you seen picture of the best Grand Canyon views… This natural wonder is truly a sight to behold. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to experience the grandeur of the canyon on a budget. Visitors can hike or bike along many of the trails that wind through the park. Camping is also a popular option for budget-minded travelers. 

There are several campgrounds located within the park, as well as some dispersed camping areas where visitors can pitch a tent for free.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is another top destination for budget travelers. This sprawling park spans over 800 miles and features beautiful mountains, rivers, and hiking trails galore. 

One of the best ways to enjoy all this park has to offer is by camping in one of its many designated campsites. 

Backcountry camping is also an option for those who want to really get away from it all (just be sure to obtain a permit first). For those who don’t mind spending a little bit more, there are also several lodges located inside the park where visitors can stay.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho

Yellowstone National Park (Which rivals the beauty of some of the National Park in Hawaii ) should definitely be on your radar if you’re looking to travel on a budget. This massive park covers over 2 million acres and is home to geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, and wildlife galore. 

While there are several hotels located inside Yellowstone, they tend to be quite expensive. A better option for budget travelers would be to camp at one of the many designated campsites throughout the park (just make sure you have reservations). Just like the best camping in Duluth Minnesota in need to make reservations for many places..

Yellowstone is amazing! And known for its beauty. Some might argue that it is the best place in America.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is hands down one of the most beautiful places in the United States that I have ever been to! And it is cheap.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah is a great destination for budget-conscious travelers. The city offers a variety of attractions and activities that won’t break the bank. From outdoor recreation to cultural attractions, there’s something for everyone in Salt Lake City.

The city is home to several free museums, including the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. There are also several free outdoor activities, such as hiking in the Wasatch Mountains or exploring the Great Salt Lake. The city is also home to a variety of affordable restaurants and bars, making it easy to find something that fits your budget.

Salt Lake City is also known for its vibrant nightlife scene. There are plenty of live music venues, clubs, and bars that offer great entertainment without breaking the bank.

Yes, Salt Lake City is a great destination for budget travelers looking to explore the United States. Located in the heart of Utah, Salt Lake City offers a variety of activities and attractions that won’t break the bank. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city.

One of the best things about Salt Lake City is its affordability. 

Key West is a great destination for budget travelers looking to explore the United States. Located in the Florida Keys, Key West offers plenty of activities and attractions that won’t break the bank.

The beaches in Key West are some of the best in the country and offer plenty of free activities like swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and sunbathing. There are also several parks  and nature preserves in the area that are perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic.

The nightlife in Key West is also quite affordable. There are plenty of bars and restaurants offering live music, karaoke, and other entertainment at prices that won’t break the bank. Plus, there are plenty of happy hour specials to take advantage of.

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is a great capital city for budget travelers looking to explore the United States. With its low cost of living, Oklahoma City offers plenty of affordable attractions and activities that won’t break the bank.

For starters, Oklahoma City is home to some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Myriad Botanical Gardens is a stunning outdoor oasis with lush gardens and walking trails, while

Martin Park Nature Center offers a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The Oklahoma City Zoo is also a great place to explore, with over 1,800 animals from around the world. Overall, OKC is a great cheap destination in the USA. And

Cannon  Beach, Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach, located on the Oregon Coast, is a great destination for budget-minded travelers. With its stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Haystack Rock, it’s no wonder why this beach town is a popular spot for vacationers.

The best part about Cannon Beach is that it offers plenty of activities without breaking the bank. From beachcombing to tidepooling to exploring the nearby Ecola State Park, there are plenty of free activities to enjoy. If you’re looking for a more active experience, you can rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and explore the coastline.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, Cannon Beach has plenty of affordable options. From camping sites to vacation rentals, there’s something for everyone. 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico is a great destination for budget-minded travelers looking for an affordable getaway. Located in the heart of the Southwest, Albuquerque offers a variety of attractions and activities that won’t break the bank.

For starters, visitors can explore the city’s many museums and cultural sites. The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History is free to visit, while the National Hispanic Cultural Center offers discounted admission for students and seniors. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is also a great place to learn about the city’s rich Native American heritage.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love Albuquerque’s many parks and trails, which offer plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, and bird watching. The Petroglyph National Monument is a must-see. All this put togethers make it one of the cheapest cities in the USA to visit. 

Pismo Beach, California

Pismo Beach, California is a great destination for budget-minded travelers looking for an affordable beach getaway. Located on the Central Coast of California, Pismo Beach offers visitors miles of sandy beaches, stunning ocean views, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.

The town itself has a laid-back atmosphere with plenty of restaurants and shops to explore. There are also several nearby attractions such as the Pismo Beach Pier, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, and the Monarch Butterfly Grove.

Camping in Pismo Beach range from budget-friendly hotels to luxurious beachfront resorts. There are also several campgrounds located nearby for those looking to save even more money on their stay.

Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri is a great destination for budget travelers looking to explore the USA. With its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and diverse attractions, Kansas City offers something for everyone.

For starters, Kansas City is home to some of the best barbecue in the country. Whether you’re looking for a classic pulled pork sandwich or something more exotic like burnt ends, you’ll find it in Kansas City. And with so many restaurants to choose from, you’re sure to find something that fits your budget.

When it comes to attractions, Kansas City has plenty of free and low-cost options. The city is home to several museums, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. 

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most affordable places to travel in the USA. Located in Southern California, this park offers a unique desert landscape with stunning views and plenty of outdoor activities.

The park is home to the iconic Joshua trees, which are actually a type of yucca plant. These trees provide an interesting backdrop for exploring the area’s many trails and rock formations

The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including coyotes, roadrunners, and desert tortoises. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the wide range of species that can be seen in the area.

Eureka Sand Dunes

The Eureka Sand Dunes in California are one of the most unique and affordable places to travel in the USA. Located in Death Valley National Park, these sand dunes are some of the tallest in North America, reaching heights of up to 600 feet. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including coyotes, kit foxes, and bighorn sheep.

Visitors can explore the dunes by foot or rent an off-road vehicle to traverse the area. The best time to visit is during the spring and fall months when temperatures are milder. During these times, visitors can also take advantage of camping opportunities in the nearby Eureka Valley Campground.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is one of the most affordable places to travel in the United States. Located in California, Death Valley is a desert landscape that offers visitors an array of activities and attractions. From its stunning sand dunes to its unique geological formations, Death Valley has something for everyone.

The best part about visiting Death Valley is that it’s free! There are no entrance fees or camping fees, so you can explore the park without breaking the bank. There are plenty of activities to do in Death Valley, such as hiking, biking, and exploring the unique geological formations. You can also take a scenic drive through the park or go on a guided tour.

Death Valley is also home to some of the most spectacular night skies in the United States. With its clear air and lack of light pollution, you can see the stars and planets in all their glory. There are plenty of places to camp in Death Valley , so you can enjoy the night sky without spending a fortune on lodging.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful and affordable places to travel in the USA. Located in Montana, Glacier National Park is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. From snow-capped mountains to crystal clear lakes, Glacier National Park offers visitors a breathtaking experience that won’t break the bank.

The park is open year-round and offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Hiking, camping, fishing, and wildlife watching are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed in Glacier National Park. The park also offers guided tours and educational programs to help visitors learn more about the area’s history and ecology.

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, California is a great destination for budget travelers looking to explore the West Coast. Located in Orange County, Huntington Beach offers miles of sandy beaches and plenty of activities to keep you busy. From surfing and swimming to biking and beach volleyball, there’s something for everyone here. Plus, the city has a vibrant nightlife scene with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from

The city also offers plenty of affordable accommodation options, from beachfront hotels to budget motels. There are also a number of camping sites in the area, so you can save even more money by pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars.

Huntington Beach is known for its laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals, making it a great place to relax and unwind. 

Palm Beach, Florida is a great destination for budget-minded travelers looking to explore the Sunshine State. Located on the Atlantic Coast, Palm Beach offers miles of pristine beaches, world-class shopping and dining, and plenty of outdoor activities.

The area is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, fishing, kayaking and more on the white sand beaches. There are also several state parks and nature preserves in the area, offering plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, bird watching and more.

Palm Beach is also known for its shopping and dining options. The city is home to world-class boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and cafes. Visitors can find everything from designer clothing to local artisanal goods.

South Padre Island

South Padre Island is a great destination for travelers looking for an affordable vacation in the United States. Located on the southern tip of Texas, South Padre Island offers miles of sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

The island is home to a variety of attractions such as Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, Sea Turtle Inc., and the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops to explore.

Accommodations on South Padre Island range from budget-friendly hotels to luxurious resorts. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, there’s something for everyone.

The island is also home to some of the best fishing in the country and  cool attractions.

Carlsbad Beach, California

Carlsbad Beach in California is an excellent destination for budget travelers looking for a beach getaway. Known for its stunning rocky cliffs, this is one of the best cheap travel destinations for a beach vacation in the USA.

  Located just north of San Diego, Carlsbad Beach offers miles of sandy shoreline, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy in the area such as kayaking, fishing, and whale watching.

The best part about Carlsbad are the rocky cliffs, beautiful beach, and soft sand.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful and affordable places to travel in the United States. Located on the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, lush forests, and majestic mountains. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including moose, deer, foxes, and bald eagles.

The best part about visiting Acadia is that it is very affordable. There are no entrance fees to the park, and camping is available for a minimal fee. Additionally, there are many free activities to enjoy such as hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing.

Acadia National Park also offers plenty of cultural attractions. The park is home to several historic lighthouses, museums, and art galleries. 

Bar Harbor, Beautiful Coastal Town

Bar Harbor, Maine is a beautiful coastal town located on the eastern coast of the United States. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, with rocky cliffs and sandy beaches that are perfect for exploring. The town also offers plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained, from whale watching to kayaking and hiking.

Bar Harbor is an affordable destination for travelers looking to explore the east coast without breaking the bank. Accommodations range from budget-friendly hotels to luxury resorts, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. The town is also home to a variety of attractions, including the Bar Harbor Whale Museum, the Abbe Museum, and the Acadia National Park.

Bar Harbor is a great place for travelers looking for an affordable getaway with plenty of activities and cool attractions. And overall, one great cheap travel destinations in the USA.

Durango and San Juan Scenic Byway

Durango, Colorado is a great destination for travelers looking to explore the beauty of the American Southwest without breaking the bank. Located in the San Juan Mountains, Durango offers breathtaking views and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy.

One of the best ways to experience Durango’s natural beauty is by taking a drive along the San Juan Scenic Byway. This scenic route takes you through the San Juan National Forest, where you can take in breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys. Along the way, you’ll pass by historic mining towns, alpine lakes, and plenty of wildlife.

Durango is also home to a variety of outdoor activities that won’t break your budget. You can go hiking or biking on one of the many trails. And there are a lot of chances to take in some scenic views.

Road Trip THE HURRICANE RIDGE ROAD 

This 17-mile road takes you from Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge, offering incredible views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca along the way. The road is open year-round, but it can be snow-covered and icy in winter, so use caution if driving then. There is no fee to drive the road.

VISIT RIALTO BEACH

 One of the most popular beaches in Olympic National Park, Rialto Beach is known for its sea stacks, driftwood, and tidepools. It’s also a great place to watch wildlife like seals, sea lions, and bald eagles. 

The beach is located on the coast near La Push and is only accessible by foot (about a 2-mile hike from the trailhead). There is no fee to visit Rialto Beach.

HIKE THROUGH OLD-GROWTH FORESTS 

Olympic National Park is home to some of the tallest trees in the world  (including Douglas firs that are more than 300 feet tall!). You can experience these ancient forests by hiking on one of many trails throughout the park (check out our list of favorite hikes in the  National Parks in Utah ). There is no fee to hike in Olympic National Park.

 Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a great destination for budget-minded travelers looking for an affordable beach getaway. Located in the heart of Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores offers miles of white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, making it an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The area also boasts a variety of attractions such as golf courses, water parks, and amusement parks.

Gulf Shores is a great destination for budget-minded travelers because of its affordable lodging options. There are plenty of hotels, motels, and vacation rentals available at reasonable prices. Additionally, there are several campgrounds located in the area that offer camping sites for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a great destination for budget-minded travelers looking to explore the Southwest. Located in the heart of Southern California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs offers an array of activities and attractions that won’t break the bank. From outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, and golfing to cultural attractions like art galleries and museums, there’s something for everyone in this desert oasis.

The United States of America is a vast and diverse country, with plenty of cheap places to travel from coast to coast. Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation, an outdoor adventure, or a city break, there are plenty of affordable options across the US. From Palm Beach to Joshua Tree National Park. There are endless options for a beach vacations, or exploring different climate of desert region. 

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado is a great destination for budget-minded travelers looking to explore the Rocky Mountains. Located in northern Colorado, Red Feather Lakes is a small mountain community surrounded by stunning natural beauty. With its abundance of outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, and camping, Red Feather Lakes offers an affordable way to experience the majestic Rocky Mountains.

The area around Red Feather Lakes is known for it’s winter activities like Sleigh Rides. And a great place for those seeking an small mountain town on a backpacker budget.

Manteo, North Carolina

Manteo, North Carolina is a great destination for budget-minded travelers looking for an affordable vacation. Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Manteo offers plenty of activities and attractions to keep visitors entertained without breaking the bank.

The town itself is full of history and charm, with many buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Visitors can explore the historic downtown area, venture out on a day trip, explore major attractions. And take in one of the cheapest cities in the USA. And let’s not forget the cheap hotels.  

Historic Mosaic Canyon

Nestled within the expansive terrain of Death Valley, the Historic Mosaic Canyon stands as a testament to geological wonders. The smooth, polished marble walls interwoven with fragments of rocks offer visitors a stunning natural display of art. For those looking for cheap places to visit in the USA, Mosaic Canyon provides not just cost-effective exploration, but also a journey through time and history.

Antelope Canyon

One of the USA’s most iconic landscapes, Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon known for its wave-like structure and light beams that shine down from openings in the top of the canyon, creating surreal visuals. Located in Arizona, it’s a perfect destination for travelers searching for breathtaking views on a budget. As one of the cheaper places to visit in the USA, it offers unparalleled natural beauty.

Badwater Basin

Situated in the heart of Death Valley, Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. The vast salt flats provide a mesmerizing, alien-like landscape that’s both eerie and beautiful. Those looking for affordable yet awe-inspiring destinations would be remiss to skip this unique location, making it a top choice among cheap places to visit in the USA.

Assateague Island

Assateague Island, stretching across Maryland and Virginia, is a hidden gem for budget travelers in the USA. Famous for its wild horses that roam freely, this barrier island offers pristine beaches and diverse wildlife. Ideal for camping and nature hikes, Assateague Island is a delightful getaway for those seeking an affordable US vacation spot.

Bryce Canyon

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Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park is a treasure trove of giant natural amphitheaters and eccentric red rock pillars known as hoodoos. The park’s unique geological structures and panoramic vistas make it a must-visit. Despite its world-class scenery, it remains one of the cheap places to visit in the USA, especially for outdoor enthusiasts keen on hiking and photography.

More Questions About Cheap Places to Travel in the USA, Answered

When it comes to planning a vacation, the cost of travel can be one of the biggest factors. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap places to travel in the USA that won’t break the bank. But if you’re still looking for more information on how to save money while traveling in America, here are some answers to common questions about finding affordable destinations.

Average Cost of Traveling in the USA

Traveling in the United States can be an affordable and enjoyable experience. Depending on where you go, the cost of travel can vary greatly. However, there are many ways to save money and still have a great time.

The average cost of traveling in the USA is around $1,000 per person for a week-long trip. This includes airfare, lodging, food,  and transportation. Of course cheap travel destinations can be down cheaper for a backpacker budget.

What are the Most Affordable Cities

When it comes to finding affordable cities to travel in the USA, there are plenty of options. From bustling metropolises to small towns and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. Here are some of the most budget-friendly cities in the US that offer great value for money:

Las Vegas, Nevada – Las Vegas is a great destination for budget travelers looking for a fun and exciting vacation. With its many attractions, including world-class casinos, live entertainment, and a variety of restaurants, Las Vegas is an affordable destination for travelers on a budget.

Orlando, Florida – Orlando is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US. It’s home to some of the world’s best theme parks and attractions, making it an affordable destination for families. With its many hotels, restaurants, and attractions, Orlando is a great place to visit on a budget.

San Antonio, Texas – San Antonio is an affordable city with plenty of things to do and see. From the Alamo to the River Walk, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city. With its many cheap hotels, restaurants, and cool attractions. And it is one of the cheapest cities to travel in the USA.

What is Paseo del Rio

Paseo del Rio, or the River Walk, is a great destination for budget travelers looking to explore the United States. Located in San Antonio, Texas, this two-and-a-half mile stretch of walkways along the San Antonio River offers visitors a unique and affordable way to experience the city.

The Paseo del Rio is lined with restaurants, shops, and attractions allowing visitors to explore the city without breaking the bank. The area is also home to a number of free attractions, such as the San Antonio Museum of Art and the San Antonio Zoo. Visitors can also take advantage of the many boat tours that offer a unique perspective on the city from the river.

The Paseo del Rio is also a great place for outdoor activities. All these cool attractions and the fact that it is one of the best cheap travel destinations in the USA make this an unmissable cheap place to travel in the USA.

What is the cheapest beach vacation in the USA?

If you’re looking for a cheapest beach vacations in the USA, then look no further than the Gulf Coast. This region of the country is known for its beautiful beaches, warm weather, and affordable prices. From Florida to Texas, there are plenty of great beach destinations that won’t break the bank.

In Florida, some of the cheapest beach vacations towns include Panama City Beach, Destin, and Pensacola. These towns offer plenty of activities for the whole family, including swimming, fishing, and boating. Plus, they’re all located within a few hours drive from major cities like Atlanta and New Orleans.

In Texas, Galveston is a great option for a those looking for the cheapest beach vacations. This island city offers miles of sandy beaches as well as plenty of attractions, such as Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Plus, it’s only a short drive from Houston.

Is a Desert Ecosystem Like Death Valley Worth  Visiting?

Death Valley is one of the most unique and fascinating places in the United States. It’s a desert ecosystem that has been around for millions of years, and it’s home to some of the most extreme temperatures on Earth. Despite its harsh environment, Death Valley is a great place to visit if you’re looking for an affordable vacation destination. It is a natural desert treasure, and full of wild desert vegetation.

Is Joshua Tree National Park Worth Visiting?

Joshua Tree National Park is a great place to visit if you’re looking for an affordable vacation in the United States. Located in Southern California, this park offers stunning desert landscapes and plenty of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

The park is home to some of the most unique rock formations in the world, including the iconic Joshua trees that give the park its name. Visitors can explore these formations by taking a hike or simply admiring them from afar. There are also plenty of trails for mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding.

The park is also home to some of the best stargazing in the country. With its clear night skies and lack of light pollution, Joshua Tree National Park is an ideal spot for amateur astronomers to observe the stars.

Cheap Soft Sand Beaches to Travel to in the USA?

If you’re looking for a beach vacation that won’t break the bank, there are plenty of cheap soft sand beaches to explore in the United States. From the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf Coast, there are plenty of budget-friendly options for a beach getaway.

One of the most affordable and beautiful beaches is Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. This popular destination offers miles of white sand beaches, plenty of attractions and activities, and a variety of accommodations to fit any budget. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Myrtle Beach has something for everyone.

Another great beach destination is Panama City Beach in Florida. This area offers 27 miles of stunning white sand beaches along the Gulf Coast. And one of the great cheap travel destinations in the USA. 

And there we go! A massive list of the  cheap places to travel in the USA . So whether you are already in the country, planning that  family vacation , or coming from abroad and looking for that  cheap vacation spot , there is a destination on this list that is perfect for you.

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The 12 cheapest places to travel in the USA right now

If you're looking to travel through North America on a budget, here are some of the cheapest places to travel in the USA and get the best of this thrilling country!

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Gabrielle Budget Travel With Gabby

Oct 05, 2023

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The USA is not known for being a cheap country. Compared to places in Central America, Eastern Europe, or Southeast Asia, the USA is pricey for locals and for tourists.

However, there are still ways to enjoy the USA on a budget! This list includes some cheap places to travel and see the best of its culture, history and entertainment.

You might also want to read:   Cheapest places to fly from USA in 2022  and The cheapest and safest places to live in the USA .

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Looking for a fun and affordable getaway? I'll show you below some of the cheapest places to travel in the USA , whether you are traveling for tourism or work exchange .  

Doing a work exchange with Worldpackers will further cut down your living costs, and you’ll get to live among locals and other travelers, since you'd be trading a skill for accommodation in a local business, organization, or family.

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1. Travel to New Orleans, Louisiana

This vibrant, exciting city is one of the best places to travel in the USA . Luckily for tourists, it is also cheap! There are lots of fun hostels, and you can even do a work exchange in one to save money on accommodation. 

If you love music, art, and partying, New Orleans is heaven. Set on the Mississippi River, this city is packed with gorgeous architecture, antique shops, music venues, nightclubs, and cheap eateries serving spicy multicultural cuisine. 

Many venues don’t have cover charges, and there is often street music and public art displayed for free. Be sure to check out Jackson Square and the French Quarter, as both are hubs for affordable entertainment. 

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2. Meet Daytona Beach, Florida

Popular among families and college students in Florida , Daytona Beach also has a lot to offer for budget travelers in the USA. 

The main attraction here is the beach, of course, which is free. You can spend hours swimming in the ocean, playing sports in the sand, and soaking in that Florida sunshine without spending any money .

Aside from the ocean, Daytona Beach also has lots of cheap international food, free museums , and affordable entertainment venues. There are also free outdoor concerts in the summer. 

So Daytona Beach, Florida is one of the best cheap places to travel in the USA . Check out volunteer opportunities in Florida to save even more!

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3. Save some money in Austin, Texas

As the capital city of Texas, Austin has so many fun, budget-friendly things to do. 

You can go walking, running, cycling, hiking, boating, kayaking, or have a picnic with friends in one of Austin’s many national parks and gardens. The best ones include Zilker Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Lady Bird Lake, Barton Creek Greenbelt, Barton Springs, Mount Bonnell, and more. All of these areas of natural beauty can be explored for free!

Austin also has scenic drives, museums, and cheap places to eat and watch live music. If you’re a fan of country or blues, Austin is a great place to catch a concert. 

You can even find hostels in Austin for 30 USD per night, which is cheap for the USA. Another good idea is doing a volunteer work in Dallas , which is around 3 hours away from Austin.

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4. Cheap things to do in Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is an amazing place to visit on the western side of the USA. It’s a convenient location for going hiking, camping, skiing, or snowboarding in the nearby mountains, but there are plenty of cool attractions within the city itself.

Cheap car rentals, hotels and volunteer positions make it affordable to explore Salt Lake City. You can also tour museums, go sightseeing, and relax in the parks and gardens for free. Temple Square, Utah State Capitol Building, Mormon Temple, Liberty Park, and Red Butte Garden are highlights of the city that don’t cost a thing. 

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5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on a budget

The busy and historic city of Philadelphia is one of the cheapest places to travel in the USA. It is a cheaper alternative to nearby New York City, and affordable daily transport passes make it easy to explore the city without spending much money. 

Catch a sports game, tour a brewery, visit some museums, and indulge in a famous Philly Cheesesteak. Also be sure to see the most famous historic sights, like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.

Check out Worldpackers open positions in Philly  to develop a skill while traveling! And more than 22 ideas to travel alone in the US . 

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6. Save money in Boston, Massachusetts

Many might be surprised to see Boston on a list of the cheapest places to travel in the USA. Massachusetts, and all of New England , are some of the most expensive places to live in the country. However, travelers can visit Boston for surprisingly cheap . 

Hotels are a bit pricey, but the capital city of Massachusetts is packed with history and culture that is often free.

Boston’s most famous attraction is the Freedom Trail. This walking route takes you past all the important historic sights that played a role in the country’s battle for independence in the 18th century. 

Other free attractions in Boston include Boston Common, Boston Harbor, Harvard Campus, and Boston Public Library. 

For a cheap lunch, visit the iconic Faneuil Hall or Quincy Market. 

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7. Get affordable accomodation in Charleston, South Carolina

If there was ever a city to embody the notion of “Southern Charm”, Charleston might be it. 

This oceanfront city has colorful and elegant architecture, lush green parks and gardens, and lots of hearty food and friendly locals. There are also multiple lighthouses and historic forts, so Charleston has no shortage of things to see.

You can eat fresh seafood by the ocean, stroll along the beachfront piers, and visit the Historic Charleston City Market . 

Other famous sights to see in this beautiful city in southern California include the Battery Promenade and the Ravenel Bridge. Most attractions are affordable or free, so Charleston can easily be enjoyed on a budget.

To have an even deeper cultural experience in Charleston, you can volunteer with Worldpackers. There is one beautiful historic hostel in downtown Charleston that is accepting volunteers. This work exchange has multiple 5-star reviews from past travelers as well! 

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8. Travel to Savannah, Georgia

Savannah may be one of the most beautiful and cheapest   places to travel in the USA . It is certainly a highlight of visiting Georgia, and it is actually the oldest city in the state. This coastal city is set on the Savannah River and is bursting with scenic spots.

Full of charming gardens, green parks, magnificent homes, and historic sights, Savannah is a lovely place to spend a weekend. The cheap hotels make it an affordable destination as well. 

Some of the most popular spots in Savannah for free sightseeing include the magical Forsyth Park, the mysterious Wormsloe Historic Site, and the lively and colorful River Street

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9. Travel around Albuquerque, New Mexico

Also one of the cheapest places to live in the USA, Albuquerque is a fun place to explore while traveling on a budget . 

The city is known for its multitude of interesting museums, many of which are free. The National Hispanic Cultural Center hosts lots of free events and there are often free festivals in the summer.

The historic Old Town of Albuquerque is a must-see as well. Here you can find lots of cheap food with Mexican influences, and you can admire the rustic old buildings.

Another free highlight of the city is the Petroglyph National Monument. This open-air museum has thousands of ancient art on display. For those who love natural history, Latin American culture, and food, and traveling on a budget, Albuquerque is pretty much the perfect destination.

Read more articles about travel on a budget:   The 17 cheapest islands to visit worldwide plus tips to save money

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10. Washington DC on a budget 

Like Boston, Washington DC is a famously expensive city that you probably wouldn’t expect to see on a list of the cheapest USA destinations. However, I included it because you can actually explore this city on a budget very easily. 

Hotels may be more on the expensive side, but you can save money by volunteering with Worldpackers . For example, this Washington DC hostel allows you to work in exchange for accommodation, and take part in free events and pub crawls throughout the city. So you can have an epic time in Washington DC without spending much money at all. 

Our nation’s capital is home to so many world-famous sights that you can see for free. From the White House and the Washington Monument to the US Capitol Building and the National Mall, there are plenty of iconic landmarks. 

But the best thing to do in Washington DC is to visit the 19 Smithsonian Museums . They are absolutely mind-blowing and you can learn so much. And, the museums are all free! 

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11. Visit Raleigh, North Carolina

The capital of North Carolina is not only fun for tourists, it’s actually one of the cheapest places to live in the USA . With low taxes, affordable food, rent, and transport, cheap hotels and volunteer programs , this is the perfect city for budget travelers and those looking to move somewhere cheaper in America.

Highlights of Raleigh include the Neuse River Trail which winds peacefully through the wilderness, Pullen Park which has one of the country’s oldest amusement parks, and the art and science museums in the city center. 

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12. Do a volunteer work in Denver, Colorado

Denver is one of the most popular places to travel in the USA , especially among young people and wilderness enthusiasts. 

There are countless places to hike and explore nature, and there is also lots of entertainment and nightlife in Denver . There are quite a few volunteer opportunities in Denver , particularly in hostels. 

Some of the best free attractions in Denver and Colorado in general include the hiking trails of the Rocky Mountains, the local Botanic Gardens and museums, and the famous Red Rock Amphitheatre.

Whether you’re visiting for fun or for hiking, Denver may be one of the coolest cheap vacations in the USA . 

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Gabrielle Boucher

Budget Travel With Gabby

Hello! I am a 25 year old from the USA with a knack for traveling on a budget. I fell in love with traveling while studying in Europe, and that love grew even more when I started volunteering abroad in South America. Since then, I've worked odd jobs and volunteered all over the globe while cultivating passions for hiking, wildlife photography, food, wine, animals, permaculture, and more!

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25 Best Cheap US Summer Destinations To Visit (2024)

Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Nicole

The United States offer budget travelers a lot of choices when it comes to amazing destinations for inexpensive summer vacations. Whether you prefer large American cities or small towns, exploring the outdoors, or relaxing on beautiful beaches, there are many affordable places to visit in the USA for your summer trip. Several of these budget-friendly destinations in America take you off the beaten path while others take you straight into some of the most popular vacation spots with tips for how to pay less for fantastic experiences. Here are 28 of the best places to visit in the USA for cheap summer holidays.

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If you are solely looking for a summer beach destination in USA, many of which are also inexpensive, please review 21 Beautiful US Islands To Visit In Summer.

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Here are 25 of the best places to visit in the United States for cheap summer vacations.

For each  destination , some of the best inexpensive or free things to do are highlighted, including summer festivals or annual events. In addition, affordable restaurants or budget friendly areas offering delicious food are included.

How best to reach the destination by public transportation is set out and accommodation for budget minded travelers are often suggested. Finally, expected average temperatures are outlined so that you can be properly prepared for your amazing US summer getaway.

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Chicago, Illnois

By Catrina from 24 Hours Layover

Chicago is one of the largest and most beautiful cities in the US. It is home to stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, great food and culture.

It is also one of the best cheap summer destinations in the USA as there are so many free things to do.

One of the best free things is take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk. This 1.25 mile walk along the south bank of the Chicago River takes you past fantastic restaurants, bars and beautiful art installations while you gaze at some of the splendour of Chicago’s architecture.

Also free is a visit to the impressive stainless steel sculpture Cloud Gate – known affectionately as The Bean in Millennium Park just off the Lake Michigan. The Bean is mirrored so you can see the reflection of the skyline in your photo, which makes this one of the  best places to take pictures in Chicago .

Millennium Park is filled with beautiful art and gardens, playgrounds and an enormous water park so make sure you set aside an afternoon to fully appreciate all it has to offer.

Another great free activity in Chicago is to go to North Avenue Beach where in the summer months, you can swim or enjoy other water sports in Lake Michigan. With just a short walk from Chicago’s skyscrapers, you find yourself with miles of beaches and an 18 mile Lakefront trail for walking, running and biking. 

Even aimlessly strolling around Chicago, you will see so many unique things for free – such as the famous wall murals, the iconic Chicago Theatre and The Honeycomb Pavilion at Lincoln Park – which is why Chicago is such a great city to explore on a budget.

Chicago also has several free annual summer music festivals, such as the Chicago Gospel Music Festival each May, the Chicago Blues Festival each June (the largest free blues festival in the world), and the Chicago Jazz Festival in August. All the festivals are held in and around Millennium Park and are really incredible to witness if you are able to time your trip right.

The summer months in Chicago can be hot and a little muggy, with average high temperatures ranging from 74°F to 82°F. Expect a few inches of rain to fall in each of the summer months.

Best Way To Reach Destination

The quickest and easiest way to reach Chicago is to fly into Chicago O’Hare International Airport. A 45 minute train ride from the airport will get you to downtown Chicago for just a few dollars.

If you are driving to Chicago, it will take just over 12 hours to reach Chicago from New York. If you prefer to reach Chicago by public transport, you can get an inexpensive Greyhound bus from many American cities.

For some great cheap food in Chicago head to Seoul Taco (a Korean-Mexican sweet food cafe), or grab one of the personal deep dish pizzas at Lou Malnati for which Chicago is famous.

Inexpensive Accommodation

Catrina says, “For a centrally located affordable hotel check out Travelodge by Wyndham Downtown Chicago. Or if you prefer a hostel, HI Chicago Hostel is a very reasonably priced hostel located in a convenient location.”

For other amazing things to do in Chicago, check out 22 Best Things To Do In Downtown Chicago With Teens . Several of these options are inexpensive while others are bucket list worthy and should not be missed when you visit whether you visit with teens or not.

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Big Sur, California

By Pafoua from Her Wanderful World 

Big Sur in California is an iconic destination along the stunning coastline of central California. With rugged cliffs, redwood forests, and sweeping ocean views, Big Sur offers a variety of natural attractions to explore in the summer. It is also one of the best inexpensive destinations in the United States in summer.

The area is home to some of the most beautiful coastal hikes in all of California. Pay $10 to enter Point Lobos State Natural Reserve for hiking trails and breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean.

Alternatively, explore the sandstone formations of Pfeiffer Beach with a $12 entrance fee. The beach is complete with sea arches and waterfalls–you’ll even find purple sand here!

Don’t miss snapping a picture of the famous Bixby Bridge–just pull off the road into the parking lot. Then continue driving to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ($10 entrance fee) and hike to view McWay Falls, one of two tideways in California.

With its remote location, a road trip to Big Sur is a great place to get away from it all and relax in nature.

The weather is mild in the summer, making Big Sur an ideal place to visit to enjoy outdoor adventures. Temperatures range from highs of 70°F to lows of 50°F in the evening. Dress in layers as the coast does get windy, which can bring a chill.

You’ll find Old Monterey Marketplace and Farmer’s Market on Alvarado Street in Monterey open on Tuesdays. You can buy local organic produce and sample some of the delicious international dishes prepared by the vendors. You’ll also find various handmade jewelry and crafts.

To get to Big Sur, fly into San Francisco International Airport and drive 2 hours south on Highway 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway.

You can also get to Monterey by public transportation by taking the Amtrak Throughway for 2 hours and transferring to a local Monterey bus for another hour.

Pafoua says, “Spend a night camping or glamping under the stars at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campgrounds. Or, explore the local towns like Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey with an affordable stay like Arbor Inn .”

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Chincoteague, Virginia

By Pamela from The Directionally Challenged Traveler

Most people visit the breathtaking beaches of the East Coast via Virginia Beach or Ocean City, Maryland. However, there is a lesser-known destination nearby that can save you money while also offering fewer crowds.

Chincoteague, Virginia is a quaint beach town located a little north of Virginia Beach and is a hidden gem . The small island is home to wild horses, fresh seafood, and a NASA facility.

Wild horses are one of the main reasons why people visit Chincoteague. These majestic animals have been living on the island for centuries and can be seen roaming around in their natural habitat. It’s a truly unique experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world (and it’s absolutely free!).

In July, there is an annual pony swim which raises funds to help take care of the ponies year-round. It’s an awesome festival and you get to rub elbows with local celebrities.

There are plenty of other  things to do in Chincoteague  as well. One unusual activity is near Wallops Island where you will find a NASA facility that launches rockets. Many people think that Florida is the only place to see rocket launches, but you can actually see them in Virginia too.

Another free activity is enjoying the beautiful sandy beaches. You could do nothing else but lounge and explore the beaches during your visit in summer and you would have a wonderful time.

Whether you’re looking for a unique wildlife experience or breathtaking beaches, Chincoteague has something for everyone.

Enjoy tropical summer weather with average highs in summertime around 82 °F. Expect around 10 days each month with some rain and lots of humidity in July and August.

The seafood is some of the freshest you’ll find on the East Coast and there are plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy it at an affordable price.

Most people visit Chincoteague by car. The closest international airports are Reagan Washington in Washington D.C. and Baltimore International. Then, it’s about a two-hour drive.

Pamela says, “The Atlantic Shores Inn and Suites is a budget-friendly hotel in the heart of Chincoteague. It’s also within walking distance of Island Creamery which is famous for its homemade ice cream.”

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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

By Alyssa from An Apple A Plane

Perhaps one of United States most iconic destinations, Yellowstone National Park lands high on the bucket list for travelers around the world. Located in Wyoming and conveniently attached to Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park is an extremely beautiful destination. It is also one of the most affordable places in the USA for a summer vacation.

Holders of the annual United States National Parks pass can enter and exit the Park as many times per day as they would like without a fee. This $80 card is highly recommended as it provides access to every US National Park for 365 days. One card per vehicle is required. This option ends up saving more money over time. Alternatively, pay $35 per vehicle for seven days.

Once inside the National park, the possibilities are endless. Visitors have access to the most famous viewpoints and trails. Something incredible about Yellowstone is that the most iconic destinations do not require an intensive hike, therefore it is accessible for visitors with a variety of physical abilities.  

Visit the world famous Grand Prismatic spring. Photos don’t even do it justice- it’s one of these things you just need to see in person. Walk the Fairy Falls uphill trail for the infamous viewpoint. Then, head down to the Midway Geyser Basin boardwalk, so you can explore it up close. 

Old Faithful geyser is another beloved park treasure that does not require much walking and is very accessible. There are several benches to sit and relax until Old Faithful erupts. 

Summer sees an evening low temperature of 32 Degrees Fahrenheit and an average high of 75 Degrees Fahrenheit. However, Yellowstone has had days with summer temperatures reach 80 Degrees Fahrenheit. Expect a few days with some rain each summer month.

For inexpensive food, plan to stop at a grocery store on the way, like Gardiner Market or Albertsons, and grab items such as peanut butter and jelly, bread, and fruit. This can save lots of money as opposed to eating out daily. 

Fly into Bozeman Yellowstone International airport and rent a car. It takes 1.5 hours drive to reach the west entrance of the National Park. There is no public transportation option for this route.  

Alyssa says, “Consider camping at Yellowstone or one of the campgrounds outside of the National Park to further save money and explore this bucket list destination on the cheap.”

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Washington DC

By Lisa from Planningaway.com

One of the best cheap cities to visit in America for a summer holiday is Washington DC. There are plenty budget-friendly activities that will keep you busy for your entire trip.

The best time to visit Washington DC is during the 4th of July festivities. On July 3rd, you can attend a rehearsal of the National Concert that is broadcast on PBS every year. It is free to attend. Then, on the 4th of July, grab your blanket and head to the National Mall for the best firework display in America.  

One of the best things to do in Washington DC is to visit the many National Smithsonian museums. There are 20 different museums and they are all free.

This includes the most popular museums such as the Air and Space Museum, The Natural History Museum, The American History Museum, and the National Zoo. You could spend days exploring all of these amazing museums. 

Another amazing budget-friendly activity in Washington DC is viewing the National Monuments. The famous Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial are all located on the National Mall as well as many others. Touring the Washington DC Monuments at night is even better! 

If you plan ahead and you are an America citizen, you can contact your senator to get a free guided tour of the White House and the US Capitol Building. Alternatively, you can also book a free tour of the Ford Theater, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives.

Average highs in summertime are around 84 °F and evening lows around 68 °F. There will be around 10 days with some rain. Expect humidity in July and August.

After touring, head to Georgetown for some great shopping and dinner. The famous DC Cupcakes and the Levain Bakery are located in this area. 

Getting to DC is not a problem. There are three airports from which to choose from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (“DCA”), Dulles International Airport (“IAD”), and Baltimore/Washington International (“BWI”). You can compare prices and see which is the most affordable.

Lisa says, “It is very nice to stay within walking distance of the National Mall, but accommodation may be a little more expensive. If you want to save money, you can book a hotel along the metro line. The metro is awesome for getting into the city.”

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Clearwater, Florida

By Candice from Exploring the Gulf

Are you looking for a fun and affordable summer beach destination? Look no further than Clearwater, Florida.

Located on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, Clearwater offers visitors an array of activities to enjoy without breaking the bank. From relaxing days spent soaking up the sun at one of its many beaches to exploring downtown’s unique shops and restaurants, there is something for everyone in this vibrant coastal city. It is one of the best US summer getaways for budget travelers.

Take a stroll on Clearwater Beach. The stunning white sand, crystal clear waters, and breathtaking sunsets make this destination a true paradise.

During the summer, you can stop by Pier 60 for a really fun summer festival. The event is held every night two hours before sunset. There are lots of fun vendors and street performers. Grab some dinner at HomeStyle BBQ before heading out to the Pier.

Another fun and inexpensive thing to do is take the ferry out to Caladesi Island. You will escape the crowds in Clearwater, and the boat ride is a lot of fun.

If you are looking for a tropical summer destination, Clearwater is ideal. During the summer months, you can expect warm and humid temperatures. Average highs are around 88 °F with average monthly rainfall around 6″. Overnight lows are in the upper 70s.

You can expect the water temperature in Clearwater Beach to be around 85 °F in the summer.

The closest international airport to Clearwater, Florida is the Tampa International Airport. Located in Hillsborough County and situated just 15 miles from downtown Clearwater, this airport is the perfect gateway to begin your travels.

With over 20 airlines providing service to over 80 destinations, Tampa International Airport offers visitors lots of options when looking to explore this Gulf Coast.

The cheapest way to get from the airport to Clearwater is by bus. The bus route takes about 2.5 hours and only costs a few dollars.

Candice says, “Gram’s Place and Sunset House and Gardens are two great hostels to stay at in Clearwater.”

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Durango, Colorado

By Caitlin from Twin Family Travels

Durango, Colorado is a great place to base yourself for a budget-friendly Southwest Colorado road trip in summer. Southwest Colorado is known for its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural history, making it an ideal destination for travelers looking to explore the majestic outdoors or discover ancient Native American ruins.

Durango is only an hour from Mesa Verde National Park , which preserves some of the most impressive archaeological sites in North America. Plan to spend an entire day here. Take a tour of a cliff dwelling or two, hike some of the trails, and learn about the history of this special place.

Visitors to Durango can also take in breathtaking views along the San Juan Scenic Byway, a winding mountain road that offers scenic views of some of Colorado’s most beautiful landscapes. Explore the towns of Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride while driving this iconic mountain road.

While in Telluride, take the free gondola to Mountain Village. The Telluride Jazz Festival is held annually in August. In addition to the amazing jazz music, this festival offers other activities including culinary experiences, yoga, hiking, biking, a walking tour, and shopping.

The average temperatures in Durango during the summer months are highs in the 70s and evening lows in the 40s. Rain is not typically an issue with an average of only one inch per month during the summer.

The Durango Farmers Market is a great place to pick up fresh produce and local products.

The nearest international airport to Durango is Albuquerque International Sunport. It is about a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Albuquerque to Durango. You will definitely need a car to explore this area.

Caitlin says, “For inexpensive accommodation, check out the Adventure Inn .”

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San Francisco, California

By Gabriel from Chef Travel Guide

Even though San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg for an epic trip to the city by the bay. It is one of the best cities for a summer trip in America for budget friendly travelers.

The best part about a visit to San Francisco is eating all the city’s cheap and incredibly delicious food and visiting the countless attractions that are either very cheap or free.

A visit to Golden Gate Park is the perfect way to walk off all the delicious food in San Francisco. The entrance is free, and there is enough to see for a full day of entertainment. 

Other must-do experiences include a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and checking out the view of the Bay Area from the top of Twin Peaks, two prominent hilltops in central San Francisco. 

One of the biggest events in San Francisco in the summer is Outside Lands which features over 70 bands on multiple stages over three days.

San Francisco is packed to the brim with enough attractions and unique sites to keep you entertained for weeks, and the majority are all free to visit.

Average high in summertime is 70 °F and evening lows in the high 50s. There is little to no rain or humidity.

San Francisco is one of the top culinary destinations in the world. A popular first stop for cheap eats is Chinatown, with its many takeout dim sum shops and bakeries. Stop at Good Mong Kok Bakery on Stockton Street for over-stuffed Har Gow and Shui Mai dumplings. 

If you are feeling some seafood, head to Fishermans Wharf for some clam chowder served in a San Francisco sourdough bread bowl. This is the quintessential San Francisco meal, and it will fill you up for around $10. 

Other amazing options include the world-famous Mission-style burritos at La Taqueria or a slice from Tony’s Coal-Fired Pizza.

San Francisco has two airports (SFO and OAK) from which choose, with both options offering direct access to the BART train that will deliver you right to the heart of the city.

Alternatively, the drive from San Francisco airport only takes 20 minutes to reach Union Square.

Gabriel says, “If you’re looking for a place to stay in San Francisco that won’t break the bank, HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel is an excellent option as it is conveniently located in the heart of Union Square.”

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Plymouth, Massachusetts

By Amanda from Hey! East Coast USA

If you’re looking for a cheaper US place to visit in the summer with beaches, history, and easy access from a major hub city, then you have to head to Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

While most folks flock to iconic Cape Cod for the summer, you can avoid trying to cross the bridge in busy Cape traffic and instead enjoy an idyllic summer escape in pretty Plymouth.

Of course, one of the best free things to do in Plymouth is to visit one of the many beaches! Just watch out for parking fees at peak times. 

Craving a little more greenery? Enjoy the 3 miles of walking paths in Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary. They only request a small donation for the Mass Audubon Society’s maintenance of this important conservation land.

Plymouth considers itself to be America’s Hometown, so you won’t find a better spot for July 4th fireworks and special events. July 3rd brings bonfires on the beach in Manomet, so you can head there first and then enjoy the typical parade and fireworks over Plymouth Harbor on the 4th.

In the summer, expect average high temperatures to be 82°F and lows around 61°F. On average, there will be around 3″ of rain in each of June, July, August and September. There is some humidity.

If you head to Long Beach for a day out in the sun and sea, then you have to grab a bite at Sandy’s. Seafood and drinks are always better at the beach!

To get to Plymouth, fly into Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and drive about 45 minutes south. 

Alternatively, you can take the Silver Line from Logan to South Station (23 minutes), and then hop onto the commuter rail train to Kingston (1 hour). Kingston is just about a 10-minute drive from Plymouth, so it might be worth getting a taxi from there. Otherwise, get the Liberty Link bus into Plymouth Center (20 minutes).

Amanda says, “It’s the perfect time of year to go camping, so check out Myles Standish State Forest and reserve one of their nearly 400 campsites for serenity and affordability.”

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Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee & North Carolina

By Victoria from Southern Trippers

The Great Smoky Mountains are one of the best cheap places to visit in summer in the USA. They sit right in between North Carolina and Tennessee and are home to an incredible mountain landscape where you can also learn all about Appalachian culture.

If you’re looking for fun and free things to do in the Smoky Mountains , go on a magical bike ride through Cades Cove. It’s a stunning, tranquil valley in Tennessee where you can admire the unique flashing pattern of resident fireflies over two weeks in June. 

Then, stop by Clingman’s Dome and take in the stunning panoramas of the area from the highest point in all of Tennessee. Try and visit before or close to sunrise so that you can take in the views without the crowds. 

Finally, embark on a lovely, 2.5-mile round-trip hike to Laurel Falls since the scenic views are gorgeous. Plus, the hike is easy enough for everyone in the family to enjoy. Just try and visit early in the morning or during the week since this hike is popular and usually brimming over with people on weekends or later in the day. 

You can also attend the very first 4th of July parade in the nation. This fun event starts at midnight on July 4th and showcases upwards of one hundred floats. 

If you’re in the area in August, the Songwriter’s Festival is a great four-day event where you enjoy multiple free concerts.

Pack a raincoat since summer means between 10 and 12 days of rain per month. You’ll also want to bring plenty of layers since daily highs can get up to 86F while daily lows can dip down to 59F. Expect humidity in June, July and August.

Grab some delicious Cinnamon Raisin Pecan French Toast from the Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. It’s a great low-cost, Southern comfort food restaurant that serves giant portions of food that you’ll love.

McGhee Tyson Airport is about a 45-minute drive to Pigeon Forge and a rental car will be necessary since public transportation is scarce. 

Victoria says, “Check into your room at the Tennessee Mountain Lodge, Riverside by OYO . It’s a well-maintained property with simple rooms and fabulous owners.”

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St. Louis, Missouri

By Gary & Michell from Love And Our Laptop Lives

St. Louis, Missouri is one of the best affordable destinations in United States in summer.

No visit to St. Louis is complete without visiting Gateway Arch National Park. The Park surrounding the Gateway Arch is a beautiful place to stroll and enjoy the grounds which overlook the Mississippi River. In addition to the amazing views of the Arch itself, a museum and the Historic Old Courthouse are located in the park and can be toured at no cost.

If you choose to take in the amazing view of the city from the top of the Gateway Arch, you will need to buy a tram ticket. The tickets cost less than $20 and the trip to the top is an adventure in itself.

Free summer activities for families in St. Louis do not stop at our National Park. Vacationers and locals can visit the St. Louis Zoo, an award-winning zoo with more than 14,000 different animals, or the St Louis Science Center with over 750 hands-on exhibits, both at no cost.

You can also spend the day at Grants Farm, a historical farm landmark that was previously owned by our 18 th  president Ulysses Grant. In addition to hundreds of animals, Grant Farm features historic buildings, the log cabin home of Ulysses Grant, and the Busch family’s home. Guided tours and fee beer samples are available for all adults.

Average highs in the summer months are high 80s degree Fahrenheit, with around 3″ of rain each month and some humidity in July and August.

St Louis is home to a wide variety of delicious dining options and a reminder that good food does not have to break the bank. Families can find a wide selection of burgers, over-the-top sandwiches, and toasty subs, pizza, tacos or pasta. Carl’s Drive-In, located on Route 66 is a local favorite that hits the spot for all ages.

All major airlines fly into St. Louis Lambert International Airport, the largest airport in Missouri. Once in St. Louis, a variety of budget-friendly transportation is available for travelers to get around the city.

Gary & Michelle say, “A huge variety of hotel accommodation is available in St. Louis. A favorite hotel is Union Station , located in a historic train depot. Although not the cheapest hotel in the city, it is still very good value. It also offers many extras including a free nightly fire and water show and the Grand Hall Light Show.”

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Bend, Oregon

By John from Your Destination Is Everywhere

Bend, Oregon, is known for its beautiful and diverse landscapes. In the summer months, this charming city is a superb location for summer holidays in the United States because it offers an abundance of cheap activities, from hiking trails to summer festivals.

One of the best things to do is to go out and chase waterfalls. There are lots of beautiful  waterfalls near Bend  that are bucket list worthy, from the 100-foot-high Tumalo Falls to the brilliantly blue Wizard Falls. They make for an excellent day trip and are totally free to visit.

The festival season is in full swing during Bend’s summer months. The Bend Summer Festival is a massive celebration with over 75,000 visitors. It features some of the best local cuisine, artists, and craftspeople, along with lots of jazz music and wine.

Finally, you cannot visit Bend without spending a night stargazing. With most of the rain deposits on the west side of the Cascade Range, the night skies here are clear and dark for most of the year.

The Oregon Badlands Wilderness, 20 miles east of Bend, is a great spot to do so. If you don’t mind driving a bit farther out, then the Prineville Reservoir State Park is even better as it’s been designated as an International Dark Sky Park. And for only a few dollars, you can visit the Pine Mountain Observatory and use their telescope domes.

The summer weather in Bend, Oregon is typically warm and dry, with many clear days. The temperature can be as high as 82F on hot summer days, and as low as 45F during the night.

Since summer is the dry season, Bend receives minimal rainfall. However, a light rain jacket might come in handy as the weather here can change unexpectedly.

There are lots of dining options in Bend but favorites are Pizza Mondo and El Sancho, which serve Italian and Mexican cuisine, respectively

The closest international airport to Bend is in Portland, Oregon, which is a 3.5-hour drive away. If you are traveling from within the country, you can also fly to Redmond Municipal Airport just outside of town.

John says, “In terms of accommodation, the  Cascade Lodge  is an excellent budget-friendly option. Located less than a mile from the city center, this lodge has all the basic amenities plus an outdoor pool!”

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Juneau, Alaska

By Karen from Forever Karen

Juneau is Alaska’s capital and offers many inexpensive or free activities, including some lovely hikes and a chance to visit Mendenhall Glacier . It is a fantastic affordable destination in the US for summer vacations.

Part of the Juneau Ice fields, the Glacier has been rapidly receding, but it is still a remarkable site. From downtown Juneau, the city bus provides the cheapest option to get there. You’ll need to hike one mile to the visitor center from the bus stop.

In summer, you can often see house-sized icebergs, watch bears in Steep Creek, and see Nugget Falls. The Park offers various hikes for different hiking abilities.

To enjoy amazing views of Juneau, consider the hike to Mount Roberts. Expect to take up to two hours to ascent the switchback trail. The trail can be muddy in summer, so wear appropriate hiking boots.

At the top, you can see Gastineau Channel from the Father Brown Cross. Snow will still cover the higher peaks, depending on how far you hike. The trail down is a little more challenging. Should you opt to take the gondola down, you have to purchase a ticket or spend $15 at the gift shop.

Expect temperatures in the high 60s in summer. Since Juneau sits in a rainforest, rain falls more often as the summer progresses. June experiences 13 days of rain on average, which increases to 17 days by August. In September, expect 13″ of rain.

For cheap food in downtown, the Alaskan Crepe Escape offers sweet and savory crepes and Grumpy’s Deli has soups, hot sandwiches, and rice bowls.

Surrounded by mountains, you can only reach Juneau by plane or boat. The Juneau International Airport is located 8 miles from downtown, so you can visit without a rental car. From the airport, you can take a taxi or Lyft downtown.

Karen says, “Juneau Hostel offers an inexpensive stay.”

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Destin, Florida

By Wayne from Always On The Shore

Destin, Florida is one of the best places to visit in the Florida Panhandle. If you’re looking for fun and free things to do, it’s also a perfect summer beach destination!  

If you are keen to be on the water, you could rent a boat or take a guided tour to look for dolphins or out to Crab Island. However, less expensive activities are found on land.

HarborWalk Village is free to visit and is a nice area to explore. It offers waterfront views along Destin Harbor, shopping, dining, kids’ activities, and entertainment.  

For more waterfront dining and shopping, The Boardwalk of Okaloosa Island is just west of Destin in Fort Walton Beach. It’s really a great place to spend a whole day or several hours, because it’s on the beach and you can walk the pier or try fishing off the pier for a small fee. They even have all your bait and fishing needs located on the pier. There’s a playground and splash pad for the kids, so there’s enough to keep everyone happy while visiting. 

A fun thing to do at the pier in the summer is to check out the fireworks show. They have this every Wednesday night throughout the summer. 

Other cheap things to do in Destin include visiting the beaches. Henderson Beach State Park offers a beautiful beach with picnic areas, a hiking trail, and a playground for only a small fee. 

There are also plenty of indoor activities to do such as Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone and shopping at Destin Commons. 

Miramar Beach is just outside of Destin and the beach is free to visit. For a restaurant with good prices, Pompano Joe’s on Miramar Beach has excellent food. 

Destin is a fantastic location if you are looking for tropical weather. Summer temperatures get up to 85-90 degrees with an average 5″of rain in each of June, July, August and September. The summer months also sees lots of humidity.

Once you’re done at the beach or pier in Destin, you can cool off with some gelato at the ice cream shop. Alternatively, you can grab some food at Rockin’ Tacos or Floyd’s Shrimp House. 

The best ways to reach Destin are from either the Panama City Beach or Pensacola airports. If you don’t rent a car, the best way to get to Destin is by taxi. Both airports are just an hour from Destin. 

Wayne says, “Henderson Beach State Park offers camping for those looking to stay. Another nice place is The Palms of Destin near Henderson Beach State Park.”

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

By Debbie from WorldAdventurists.com

Philadelphia is amongst the most famous cities in America, being a symbol of American Liberty and Freedom, and it continues to hold an important place in history today. From its lively neighborhoods full of colorful personalities, vibrant culture, and mouth-watering cuisines to landmarks like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, there are many free or affordable  things to do in Philidelphia  for summer getaways for budget travelers.

For Rocky Balboa fans and movie enthusiasts, put your energy to good use and ascend the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a memorable photo. Don’t forget to to recreate his famous pose – both hands triumphantly raised in the air!

Next, head over to see the Liberty Bell. It stands in its own majestic center at Independence National Historic Park. Admission to see the Liberty Bell is free. However, arrive early to beat the crowds.

As the birthplace of two crucial documents that shaped the nation’s history, Independence Hall stands as a testament to where ground-breaking discussions and signature signings took place for both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Tickets are complimentary, but they are time stamped during the busiest months from March to December.

Between the months of May and September, admission to Blue Cross River Rink Summerfest is completely free for everyone. A summer entertainment center, you can choose from roller skating, mini-golfing, a variety of gaming options, amusement rides, and delicious concession stand items – all for an affordable pay-as-you-go option. It is Philadelphia Waterfront’s favorite summertime tradition.

When summer arrives in Philadelphia from June through September, so does hot and humid weather. July and August have temperatures hitting 86°F (30°C).

You will not want to miss trying a famous Philly cheesesteak! These mouth-watering sandwiches with bites of steak, sauteed green peppers and onions, and provolone cheese are a local delicacy, budget-friendly, and they hit all the right spots.

Reading Terminal Market, located beneath the iconic National Historic Landmark building (formerly a railroad terminal), provides an amazing tourist experience as well as fresh local produce, seafood, meats, and cheese to Philadelphia locals. Operating since 1892, this market has been bringing people together in Center City.

The premier gateway to Philadelphia is the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Just 6.9 miles / 11.1 kilometers from downtown, it’s the closest and most convenient choice for travelers to explore this vibrant city. Philadelphia is also conveniently situated a short 90-minute train ride from iconic New York City .

Debbie says, “An inexpensive but nice central hotel is Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District . It is within walking distance of must-see attractions like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.”

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Lake Tahoe, California

By Patricia from Ze Wandering Frogs

For those looking for outdoor adventures and inexpensive summer trips in America, Lake Tahoe is one of the top summer attractions in California. Located high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the North Shore is home to the towns of Truckee and Tahoe City, and South Shore Lake Tahoe features the city of the same name. 

In the summer months, free activities include hiking on one of many trails around the Lake. Some of the popular hikes include Mt Tallack for incredible views of Lake Tahoe or even multi-day treks through the wilderness where you can enjoy the landscape of the Sierra High Route mountainous region. 

Several watersports are among some of the affordable summer things to do in Lake Tahoe. Kayaking and stand-up paddling around the turquoise water of the beautiful Emerald Bay are the perfect way to admire one of the most scenic parts of Lake Tahoe.

There are several festivals around Lake Tahoe in summer , from the Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival at Northstar in July to the Classical Tahoe Festival at Incline Village in August.    

The best time to visit Lake Tahoe is summer when the temperatures average 65-70° F. Days tend to be mostly sunny, but summer thunderstorms can happen occasionally.

San Francisco Airport is the busiest airport in Northern California with lots of flights, but the closest airport to Lake Tahoe would be Reno in Nevada. The drive from San Francisco is about five hours, though only 45 minutes from Reno. In addition, several free shuttles run from Reno to Lake Tahoe and take about one hour.

Patricia says, “Cities and towns like South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, or Kings Beach have campgrounds and budget motels.” 

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Stanley, Idaho

By Jessica from The Uprooted Traveler

Stanley, Idaho, sitting at the base of the craggy Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, is an epic outdoor playground for adventure lovers.

There’s endless budget-friendly things to do here to enjoy the incredible scenery. For example, hike to any one of the 300 alpine lakes that are sprinkled across the Sawtooth Valley. One of the best trails in the area is the Alice Lake Trail, where you’ll hike past multiple alpine lakes, through dense pine tree forests and be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding landscape.

Alternatively, in the warm summer months, there’s nothing better than getting out on the water. On Redfish Lake, you can rent a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board as the Sawtooth Mountains tower above. Afterward, grab a beer at the Redfish Lake Lodge on a patio overlooking the lake.

After all that hiking and paddling, one of the best things about this area are the incredible hot springs in Stanley, Idaho , almost all of which you can enjoy for free. For example, soak in Pine Flats Hot Springs in your own private pool, as you overlook rafters take on the rapids along the Payette River rushing below.

Every summer, usually in late June, the city throws a multi-day live music festival. Tickets are typically on the cheaper side for music festivals. Alternatively, the good vibes typically spill beyond the festival, with lots of smaller bands performing at bars and restaurants (for free!) around Stanley. 

Due to its high elevation, Stanley stays relatively cool, with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 30s throughout the summer.

If you want to take full advantage of Stanley’s outdoor paradise, schedule your visit for July or August, when the high elevation hikes are snow-free and the alpine lakes are just the right temperature in which to swim.

Staying and keeping busy in Stanley is incredibly cheap, thanks to the plentiful camping and endless affordable outdoor activities, but eating out isn’t particularly affordable.

Make food back at your campsite to keep costs down. However, if you’re still looking for a moderately priced but incredible meal, check out the Stanley Baking Company and Sawtooth Hotel for creative dishes, prepared with fresh and local ingredients.

Getting to Stanley in and of itself is a bit of an adventure. Fly into the Boise Airport and make the two hour and 45 minute drive northeast.

There isn’t an easy way to get to Stanley via public transit, but if you want to avoid renting a car, you could evaluate whether it makes sense to take the Sun Valley Express to Sun Valley. Then take an hour-plus ride share to Stanley or alternatively, try to find a ride through the Idaho RideShare program.

Jessica says, “While getting to Stanley isn’t particularly easy, there’s plentiful dispersed camping and organized campgrounds to fit any budget. Otherwise, given Stanley’s teeny size (less than 100 residents!), the accommodations in town are quite limited.

However, if you can look past the outdated decor at the Mountain Village Resort, you’ll find a conveniently located home base. Perhaps, more importantly, you will also find one of the most Instagrammable (and private) hot springs in town, located in a rustic barn overlooking the Sawtooths!”

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Red River Gorge, Kentucky

By Jessica from Unearth The Voyage

One of the best inexpensive places to visit in the United States in the summertime is Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Red River Gorge is a designated National Geological Area that formed over 340 million years ago and is an outdoor lovers paradise. It’s made up of an intricate canyon system of cliffs, natural bridges, and rock shelters just waiting for you to explore.

Some of the best free  things to do in the Red River Gorge  area is to go hiking. There are a ton of different amazing trails to do in the area, but some of the best are the hikes to Creation Falls (1.5 miles roundtrip) and Double Arch Trail (4.5 miles roundtrip.)

Another cheap thing to do is take the Skylift up to Natural Bridge. The Skylift costs $17 roundtrip, but to make it even cheaper you can take it one way for $11 and then, hike down. 

Every Saturday night in the summertime, you can attend a square dance Hoedown at Natural Bridge State Park. The dancing starts at 7:30pm, but arrive a little early for a practice dance. Joining in on the dancing costs only a few dollars. 

The weather in the summer at Red River Gorge can be quite hot, so make sure you bring lots of water! The average temperatures are around 86° in the daytime. There isn’t a ton of rain this time of year, but you may get caught in the occasional summer shower.

One of the best and inexpensive places to eat at Red River Gorge is Miquel’s Pizza. The pizza is delicious and they have a variety of craft beers on tap all for great prices. 

The closest airport is Lexington, Kentucky, about one hour’s drive away.

Jessica says, “Some of the best cheap places to stay at Red River Gorge are camping right next to the gorge. Natural Bridge State Park campground is a really nice campground and costs around $30 a night for a site.”

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Oregon Coast, Oregon

By Candice from CS Ginger

The Oregon Coast is one of the best cheap places to visit in the United States for a summer road trip. The weather is amazing, and there are so many great inexpensive places to stay. It is also a fantastic family destination and an area that you will love to return year after year.

Some of the best places to visit during an Oregon Coast road trip are the Samual H Boardman Scenic Corridor, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and Oregon Sand Dunes National Recreation Area.

The Samual H Boardman Scenic Corridor has lots of great scenic viewpoints and hikes. Yaquina Head Lighthouse is an amazing place to go tide pooling and look for whales.

In Oregon Sand Dunes, you can crab, rent an off-highway vehicle (if in your budget), or hike. There are lots of great hiking trails in the area to explore the sand dunes.

Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock are more tourist destinations and a little more expensive than the other areas on the Oregon Coast, but they are great places to visit. While you are in the area, be sure to go tide pooling at Haystack Rock and hiking at Ecola State Park.

The average high temperature in the summer is going to be in the high 60s Fahrenheit with little to no rain and humidity.

There are two international airports in Oregon. One is in Portland and called the Portland International Airport. The other is the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport, located in Medford, Oregon. Portland is in the North, and Medford is in the South. You will need to rent a car to fully enjoy this coastal road trip.

Candice says, “The Oregon Coast is full of state campgrounds. Many are very close to the ocean and very beautiful. These are the cheapest places to stay and if you don’t want to camp, you can stay in one of their yurts.

Cannon Beach is more of a tourist destination, making accommodation a bit more expensive. You can check out nearby Seaside or Astoria for more affordable lodging accommodations.”

best US cities to visit for a cheap summer trip

Cleveland, Ohio

By Therese from Fueled By Wanderlust

The city of Cleveland, Ohio is a hidden gem that sits along Lake Erie and is particularly enjoyable during summer. During the warm months, there are plenty of free and inexpensive ways to experience this underrated rust-belt city.

Simply admiring historic architecture around Cleveland can help you visualize the city’s early 20 th  Century Golden era, when industry was booming. A stroll through the Old Arcade, once called “Cleveland’s Crystal Palace”, will transfer you to the time of Victorian grandeur. 

Additionally, take advantage of Cleveland’s waterfront during gorgeous summer weather. Head to the East Ninth Street Pier to enjoy the view and take a selfie in front of the  Cleveland Script Sign which underscores the skyline.

Another free thing to do is view North America’s largest outdoor chandelier in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. This is America’s second largest performing arts center (outside Broadway).

Visitors can also check out various festivals while in town, like the Feast of the Assumption, which is the perfect chance to explore Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood. 

Additionally, The Great Lakes Burning River Fest celebrates how far the city has come since the once heavily polluted Cuyahoga River shamefully caught fire. 

During a summer visit to Cleveland, expect temperatures ranging in the high 70’s to mid-80’s F.  Although this is Cleveland’s rainiest season, averaging about 2.8 inches each month, there will be mostly beautiful sunny days. Expect humidity in July and August.

Affordable dining options in Cleveland include Barrio for tacos and Masthead Brewing Co. for craft beer and delicious pizza. Visitors should also visit the West Side Market in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, which dates back to 1912, and order from Steve’s Gyros. This food stall’s delicious gyros have even been featured on the Food Network. 

To reach Cleveland, fly into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and make the fifteen-to-twenty-minute drive downtown. The red line train also runs from the airport to Tower City every fifteen minutes, with the ride taking about thirty-five minutes.

Theresa says, “For those who don’t like to shave costs off of lodging, book a room at the Hyatt Regency to stay in the elegance of the Old Arcade. Alternatively, the DoubleTree is an affordable, well-located option near the lake.”

best US national parks in summer for budget travelers

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

By Anna from Stuck On The Go

Shenandoah National Park stretches along the ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest Virginia. It is one of the best places to visit in the USA for an inexpensive summer trip

Stunning mountain views, scenery, and wildlife are typically what bring people here. There is an entrance fee to the park but a single vehicle pass is $30 and good for seven days.

If you only have a day or two then take a scenic road trip along Skyline Drive and stop at the various overlooks. Skyline Drive takes you through the park from Waynesboro in the south to Front Royal in the north.

If you have more time then some of the best hikes in Shenandoah are Stony Man, Doyles River Falls, or Upper Hawksbill.

Old Rag is the most iconic hike in the park but it is very strenuous and takes a full day. Note that you also have to get a permit for Old Rag.

While there are no festivals that happen in the Park, you can attend ranger-led programs during the summer. The National Parks also have five fee-free days per year which you can find here .

Summer is the warmest time to visit with temperatures at 74/75 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also the rainiest season with between 8 – 10 days of rain per month.

When traveling through the National Park, the cheapest food you’ll find is at Elkwallow Wayside, Big Meadows Wayside, and Loft Mountain Wayside.

However, if you can swing it, the Blackberry Ice Cream Pie at Pollock Dining Room at Skyland or Spottswood Dining Room at Big Meadows is absolutely delicious.

If you’re on a strict budget then stop at a grocery store in either Front Royal or Waynesboro and find a picnic spot along the route.

The closest international airport is Washington Dulles and the drive is about 56 miles from there which takes about an hour.

There isn’t a great public transportation option. For example, to get to the entrance station, you would have to take the metro, DC MotorCoach, Corridor Connector, and then the Front Royal Trolley. Then, you need a car to explore Shenandoah National Park fully so renting one is the best option if you fly.

Anna says, “There are four different campgrounds (other than a group site) in Shenandoah and the best inexpensive one to stay at is Mathews Arm. They don’t have electric hookups but it’s perfect for tent camping.”

best budget friendly destinations in America for a summer getaway

Door County, Wisconsin

By Paulina from Paulina On The Road

Door County, also known as “Cape Cod of the Midwest”, is popular for its charming coastal towns, cherry and apple orchards, fish boils, and attractive sites. With breathtaking views of the waterfront, it’s a perfect spot for a summer vacation.

The city offers many fun and inexpensive things to do as well. One of the best is to spend the day out on the beaches. Egg Harbor’s and Sister Bay’s Beach are amazing ones to consider. Alternataively, bring your tackle and rod and check out George K Pinney County Park or Baileys Harbor for fishing.

Door county offers many fantastic annual events and festivals in the summer.

Enjoy free music concerts all summer long at several venues all over Door County, such as Sister Bay Waterfront Park Pavilion, Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay, and the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center.

The Beer Festival in June allows you to taste 150 beer samples. Plus, you can savor luscious dishes and enjoy live music.

The classic Door County fair is a must-visit in early August for classic carnival rides, games, and entertainment. Moreover, for barbecue enthusiasts, Death’s Door BBQ Competition is held at the end of August. It offers live music, kids’ activities, and of course, lots of appetizing BBQ dishes.

The summer months in Door County offer average highs in the mid 70s F. Expect around 2.7″ of rain per month and a few days of humidity in July.

Door County has an array of restaurants that offer great ambiance and food at reasonable prices. Some of them are Door County Creamery, Grasse’s Grill, Bluefront Cafe, and White Gull Inn.

The closest airport is Cherryland Airport, about an hour’s drive. Alternatively, Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay is the nearest international airport. From there, you can rent a car to Door County, about 2.5 hours drive.

Paulina says, “If you’re looking for an inexpensive stay, Julie’s Park Cafe & Motel, Bay Shore Inn, and Open Hearth Lodge are some of the best options to consider.

In addition, there are a number of  resorts in Door County . Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort, Newport Resort, and Country House Resort are the best of them with outstanding views.”

best places to visit in the USA in summer for a budget traveler

Santa Cruz, California

By Kristin from Global Travel Escapades

One place that should be on your list for a summer beach getaway is Santa Cruz, California. For starters, compared to Santa Cruz’s wet winters , the weather is amazing during the summer months.

Despite the city having a reputation for being on the more expensive side, there are plenty of affordable or free things to do. For example, you can visit the iconic Santa Cruz Boardwalk to ride the amusement park rides, browse the shops, or grab a bite at one of the popular seafood restaurants.

Alternatively, if you want to just soak up the sun and relax, head to one of the many scenic beaches that Santa Cruz is home to. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a few seals or sea lions playing on the shoreline.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, consider visiting one of the nearby state parks for a day of hiking or biking amongst the redwood trees. You’ll be able to appreciate the calming atmosphere as you immerse yourself in Santa Cruz’s natural beauty.

Visitors can expect average high temperatures in summertime of about 68°F and sunny skies, perfect for exploring the city and its many attractions.

If you’re looking to try some delicious food that’s both good and affordable, head to the neighborhood surrounding Santa Cruz Riverwalk Park. You can also check out the local farmers markets. Sometimes, there are food trucks and live music playing for a nice afternoon.

Those interested in visiting the coastal town can fly into San Jose International Airport. It’s a quick 45-minute drive by car or a 1 hour and 45 minutes bus ride.

Kristin says, “Check out The Inn at Pasatiempo or consider camping at the gorgeous nearby State Parks to help keep costs down.”

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

By Stephanie from The Unknown Enthusiast

Bryce Canyon National Park and the surrounding area in southern Utah is a fantastic cheap outdoor adventure place to visit in summer. The red rock scenery is absolutely stunning, the rock formations are otherworldly, and the hikes are epic. 

In Bryce Canyon, you should hike the Navajo Loop to Queen’s Garden Trail, and visit the 4 main viewpoints in the Bryce Amphitheater. Bryce Canyon is known for its hoodoos (tall, skinny, knobby red-orange rock spires), and the hikes take you down through the hoodoos, whereas the viewpoints let you look over them. 

Bryce is also extremely well-situated for other day trips. Visit Zion National Park to do epic hikes like Angel’s Landing (you’ll need to score a permit, and definitely start hiking early for milder temperatures and fewer crowds), go to Canyon Overlook, or hike the Narrows. 

Alternatively, do the Kanarra Falls hike. You’ll need to make a reservation ahead of time, but this hike takes you through a stream in a slot canyon to reach a small waterfall (and feels very refreshing in summer).

For something a little different than enjoying the outdoors, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is put on in Cedar City (1.5 hours away) every summer, and features Tony-award winning productions of Shakespeare’s plays. 

Summers in southern Utah are very hot, but thankfully with little rain and no humidity. In Bryce, average highs are in the 70’s and 80’s, but in Zion National Park and other spots in southern Utah, highs are regularly in the 90’s and 100’s.

Plan on waking up early and doing most of your hiking first thing in the morning, taking a break during the middle of the day, and then going back out in the evening. 

The closest airports are Las Vegas or Salt Lake City (both of them are 4 hours away from Bryce). There’s no public transportation option from either city all the way to Bryce Canyon – the closest bus station is in Parowan, so you will want to make this a road trip or plan to rent a car.

Stephanie says, “The town of Bryce Canyon has some restaurants and places to stay, but it’s a very quiet and sleepy town, so there aren’t a ton of options. There are a lot of good camping areas around Bryce Canyon, including several campgrounds in the Park. Otherwise, the Bryce Canyon Inn is a well-rated and inexpensive lodging option just outside.”

There are many wonderful places in the United States to go for cheap summer holidays. Whether you wish to venture north, south, east or west, or visit cities, small towns, national or state parks, or beaches, there is something for everyone and every budget.

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Want affordable adventures? We rank the cheapest places to travel in the US on a budget

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From California’s shimmering coast and Colorado’s snow-dusted peaks to Louisiana’s steamy swamps and New York’s twinkling skyline, the USA’s vast variety of landscapes is breathtaking, but what’s passing by through the window is just the start of an extraordinary American adventure. Soak up a deep musical legacy, hearty soul food, a unique sports culture, pioneering art, and some of the world’s greatest museums. 

All this, of course, comes at a cost. But there’s also plenty of value to be found from coast to coast, so don’t let price worries be a barrier to exploring one of the world’s most fascinating and beguiling countries. TourRadar operates hundreds of captivating organized adventures across the States, so here’s a little location inspiration for tackling cheap places to travel in the USA on a budget.

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Nashville, Tennessee

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The thump of drums and crunch of guitars humming out of Broadway’s country music bars is unmistakably Nashville , and at night the gaudy neon signs glimmering above those packed joints only add to the joyous atmosphere. 

And it’s Music City’s most famous export that’s perfect for saving money on an absorbing adventure into Tennessee’s biggest and loudest city, 365 days a year, Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway pumps out free live music from its countless bars and venues, so you just need to grab a cold beer and enjoy the tunes. Also, perhaps time your adventure with the free Live on the Green Festival in Public Square Park every summer. 

Enjoy Nashville’s country beat as Cosmos’s 10-day Rhythms of the Road adventure stops off here on its journey from Chicago to New Orleans for €2199. 

New York, New York

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Don’t let New York’s glamorous status price you out of visiting this enchanting metropolis. Yes, The Big Apple isn’t cheap but not every night needs to be spent at the Plaza Hotel and not every meal needs to be eaten at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. 

Grand Central Station is indeed one of many examples of an iconic NYC spot that can be seen up close entirely free of charge. Getting lost in Central Park, soaking up elevated views from the High Line, heading to under-the-radar Wave Hill and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge are a few more wallet-friendly activities, while fueling up on classic New York hot dogs and pizzas can often be done for under $10. And many of the most iconic museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MOMA are pay-what-you-can or discounted when buying a tourism card such as the CityPass or the New York Pass.

Oh, and at $2.75 per ride,​​ always choose the subway over a taxi. 

Feel the thrill of NYC on Contiki’s 5-day New York Explorer adventure starting from €563.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Another sparkling music city, the wail of saxophones can be heard on every corner of the French Quarter from midday to midnight and well into the small hours in New Orleans . The Big Easy is the effervescent city on Louisiana’s steamy southern bayous, and its fiery Creole and Cajun cuisine is the perfect accompaniment to the bouncing jazz pouring from the doors and windows of Bourbon Street. 

Want to see the birthplace of jazz on a budget? Easy. Explore historic Jackson Square, soak up some free live music (Preservation Hall is one, but get there early), jump on a classic St. Charles Streetcar for just $1.25 or sample some sugary local beignets for under $5 from Cafe du Monde. 

Dive into The Big Easy’s biggest celebration with the New Orleans Mardi Gras Carnival by Bucket List Group Travel LLC from €2443.

Boston, Massachusetts

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America’s revolutionary city has been an intriguing destination for almost 400 years. Though perhaps now best known for its evocative scenes of red and gold during the fall months, Boston is a treasure trove of history, culture, and neighborhood meandering. And unlike most American cities, its compact and walkable city center means you won’t need to shell out money on taxis either. 

Free things to do include admiring the vaulted ceiling of the 170-year-old Boston Public Library, wandering the storied grounds of Harvard University and feeling the elements in Boston Common—America’s oldest park, dating back to 1634. 

And, of course, baseball tickets for Red Sox games at historic Fenway Park can go for as low as $9 between April and October.

Explore Boston before heading to the splendid New England coast on Omega Tours Colors of New England adventure from €2166.

Washington, DC

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With so many prominent buildings lining the National Mall, Washington DC itself sometimes feels like a grand open-air museum. From the soaring 554-ft spire of the Washington Monument to the moving Lincoln Memorial (with its stone inscription of the Gettysburg Address), the nation’s capital is home to several iconic slices of American heritage that are entirely free of charge to visit.

Food trucks lining the nearby streets also offer cheap bites on the go, though many are cash only so remember to bring a few dollar bills. Many of the city’s fabulous museums are free too, including the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum which showcases the Wright Brothers’ pioneering Wright Flyer and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St Louis . 

See more of America’s finest heritage locations on Collette’s six day Spotlight on Washington, D.C. adventure from €1897.

San Diego, California

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Sitting just seven miles from the Mexican border, sun-kissed San Diego is all laid-back Californian cool and brings some of America’s greatest coastal scenery, all of which costs nothing to see. La Jolla’s gorgeous dipping cliffs and coves are reminiscent of the French Riviera, while the snaking trails through pine forest and sandstone canyons at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve add a cinematic element to its 4.5-mile-long beach.

Back in the city make sure to explore Balboa Park, a vast green lung in the heart of San Diego filled with quaint gardens, artsy villages, and an abundance of superb museums. Wash it all down afterward with a few quirky pale ales in the city they call the ‘Craft Beer Capital of America.’

Finish Globus’s 13-day California Classics with San Diego adventure in style by spending three days in the city from €4005. 

Miami, Florida

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With a glamorous reputation, tropical weather, and jaunty nightlife, Miami’s seductive appeal is obvious, but that comes—in some areas—with extortionately high prices. So if you’re looking to relax under the sun without spending a king’s ransom, then avoid party-heavy South Beach and head to the quieter climes of North Shore Beach or Virginia Beach. 

Away from those sugar-white sands, check out the colorful art-splashed streets of Wynwood, sample some cheap Cuban coffee in Little Havana, and make sure to eat from one of the many delicious food trucks dotted around the city. Also, consider exploring by Citi Bike, and spend the day rolling around Miami’s sun-kissed streets for just $24.00, saving on hefty taxi fees.

Start and end in balmy Miami on Travel Trans three-day Miami Boat Tour from €350.

Denver, Colorado

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Denver is good at first impressions. The thrill of seeing the Rocky Mountains’ luminous peaks rise above the city’s skyline for the first time is an alluring indicator of what awaits beyond, but there’s much to see in the Mile High City before heading out into spectacular Colorado. 

For a start, some of the city’s biggest attractions have free days each month, including Denver Art Museum and Denver Zoo, while the likes of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame are free to enter every day. Follow that with a browse through some classic novels and a coffee at the Tattered Cover Book Store, before sampling a wallet-friendly cavalcade of juicy brisket, loaded arepas and tangy tacos at the South Pearl Street Farmers’ Market. 

Soak up some of the west’s most stunning scenery on Costsaver’s Best of Colorado adventure from €1950.

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Trying To Save Money? These Are The 10 Cheapest States You Can Visit

The cost of living may have risen recently, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t cheap US states to visit. Here are the most affordable US states!

  • Travelers can save money by visiting some of the cheapest states in the US without sacrificing attractions and cultural experiences.
  • Factors like traveling season, accommodation choices, and transportation means impact travel expenses, so thorough research is important.
  • Some of the cheapest states to visit include Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee, Kansas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mississippi, each offering unique and affordable attractions.

With the current cost of living, nearly everything costs more, even travel. However, despite the effects of inflation in many of the world’s regions since 2021 , travelers can save money by visiting some of the cheapest states in the US.

Being easy on the pockets doesn't mean these destinations have attractions and places that are less intriguing. In fact, they are the best places to uncover hidden gems and have authentic cultural experiences. Discover the cheapest US states to visit that make budget travel fun, easy, and safe. Some states are also home to many of the cheapest cities in the US , too, which are packed with exciting yet low-cost experiences.

Factors like the traveling season, accommodation choices, and transportation means impact travel expenses. Additionally, budget travelers should be cautious of their spending and perform thorough research on their preferred state (this includes its low-cost activities and hotels) before visiting.

Related: The Cheapest Month To Visit Vegas & Other Affordable Tips

Indiana is one of the cheapest states in America to visit before summer ends , and the travel budget gets lower after this high season. Saving money when visiting this state isn’t hard because, thankfully, it has many attractions and experiences that are affordable and intriguing.

A pocket-friendly attraction is Turkey Run State Park , where tourists can marvel at unique geological wonders and hit scenic hiking trails along aged forests. Bring camping gear to add excitement to this adventure! Other cheap places to visit are spread across some of Indiana’s most beautiful towns .

  • Cheapest time to visit Indiana: November to March (prices hike during winter holidays)

9 West Virginia

According to Champion Traveler , a solo traveler spends approximately $1,157 on a 7-day trip in West Virginia, though the amount can be higher or lower. Prices can vary depending on the location (major cities have slightly higher costs than small towns), season, and accommodation options.

Fortunately, saving money is pretty easy since there are several least-populated towns in West Virginia with beautiful attractions that tourists don’t need to splurge to see. The hospitality in these towns is also incredible, so besides cutting costs, travelers don’t need to worry about having unpleasant experiences.

  • Cheapest time to visit West Virginia: January or late September

Read up on how to travel the US on a tight budget . It will help tourists know how to pick a budget and stick with it.

Georgia is known for its natural wonders (from lakes to creeks), southern hospitality, and flavorful peaches. It’s also the birthplace of influential African American historical figures, and fortunately, vacationing in this state to witness its unique offerings doesn’t have to leave tourists with a financial pinch.

Sure, the travel style and budget of tourists differ, but those with a tight budget will have much to choose from regarding accommodation and activities. It’s also worth noting that underrated towns in Georgia that are less explored are cheaper than major cities like Atlanta. These include Tallulah Falls, Helen, Augusta, and Lithonia, among other beautiful towns in Georgia worth visiting.

Another town in Georgia to visit is Savannah, with its historic attractions, charming old streets, gorgeous parks, and old-world homes, although it's not among the state's most affordable places. However, travelers on a budget can visit Savannah between January and February, which is when the city's hotels and experiences are at their lowest, usually.

  • Cheapest time to visit Georgia: November to February (excluding the holiday season)

Iowa is one of the cheapest states tourists can visit , and its offers an endless list of fascinating things to do without breaking the bank. There’s a lot to explore for less, including the famous Clear Lake and beautiful Iowa towns with a unique blend of history, fascinating culture, and natural beauty.

The state’s affordability extends to its accommodation options, as it’s possible to get a hotel for as low as $95 per night. Some of the most affordable cities in Iowa to visit include Dubuque, Fort Madison, Waterloo, Burlington, among others.

Adventurers willing to stretch their budget can go glamping in treehouses or rustic cabins in Iowa , which offer a more intimate connection with the state's breathtaking landscape.

  • Cheapest time to visit Iowa: September through November

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6 Tennessee

Tennessee is a cheap US state to travel to, and Nashville is its prime location; one can plan the perfect weekend itinerary in Nashville , which also involves choosing a pocket-friendly Airbnb and doing affordable (and free) activities.

The city has many low-cost and free things to do, including attending free live music (but one can tip the band), hiking and picnicking in parks, and exploring free art galleries.

Being home to the Great Smoky Mountains (which also extend into North Carolina), adventurers can explore some of the most beautiful small mountain towns in Tennessee and take scenic hikes without worrying about breaking the bank.

  • Cheapest time to visit Tennessee: November to March (prices shoot over the holiday period)

Food can consume a large portion of a travel budget if not careful, especially when visiting states with delectable treats. Read up on some tips to help vacationers spend less on food .

While not widely known as some US states, Kansas has diverse attractions and captivating places that aren’t hard on the wallet. For instance, visiting a top-rated attraction like Safari Zoological Park in Caney costs about $14.95 .

Animal lovers willing to stretch a bit can take the VIP package from $30 to learn about endangered species like Lemurs, sloths, anteaters, tigers, and more. The Sunflower State also has unique things worth discovering for less.

Other low-cost places in Kansas to visit include Coronado Heights, Lucas​​​​​​​, Wilson, and Monument Rocks (aka The Chalk Pyramids) in Gove County.

  • Cheapest time to visit Kansas: December to February (excluding the holiday season), October to November (prices are relatively low)

4 South Carolina

Saving money while traveling to South Carolina doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking as the state is full of bargains. From its gorgeous beaches (some of which are the least crowded beaches in South Carolina ) to adventure-filled state parks, the state has many attractions and activities that are easy on the pockets.

Myrtle Beach is one of South Carolina’s most sought-after destinations, and one can book affordable Myrtle Beach hotels that won’t break the bank . By spending less on accommodation, tourists can allocate a significant portion of their travel budget to memorable activities.

  • Cheapest time to visit South Carolina: September to November

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Oklahoma is one of the most underrated US states, and its often-overlooked nature makes it one of the cheapest places in the US to visit. A solo traveler can spend about $1,000 on a 7-day trip, which is significantly lower compared to other states, as there are low-cost attractions and cheap hotels, even in its capital.

During the visit, tourists explore amazing state parks in Oklahoma that prove how beautiful the state is or take a road trip along Route 66, which unveils architectural wonders, unusual attractions, and historic sites.

  • Cheapest time to visit Oklahoma: November to February

Vacationers who want to save money while having unforgettable experiences should visit Texas. This cheap state has captivating cities and towns home to incredible yet budget-friendly attractions.

Corpus Christi is the perfect place for those who want thrilling water sports, while San Antonio is ideal for touring famous historical sites. Galveston is another charming beach town with inexpensive fun activities like strolling along the beaches, and later, guests can stay at any of its cheap hotels in Galveston that don’t compromise on quality .

  • Cheapest time to visit Texas: September

Texas is also a great state to live in. Many of the most affordable places to live in Texas attract those looking for somewhere new and budget-friendly to put down roots.

1 Mississippi

Mississippi is the cheapest state to vacation in , and while it’s not on everyone’s radar, it has some incredible attractions and sights worth visiting. The transportation costs are significantly low in Mississippi, as it has the cheapest gas price at $3.12 per gallon compared to California at $5.07 (prices are subject to change).

As such, the state is a decent place for a road trip, and tourists can move to different cities and towns without spending much on transport. Adventurers who want to escape typical touristy traps will also love Mississippi for its numerous hidden gems .

  • Cheapest time to visit Mississippi: Mid to late September

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25 Cheapest Ways to Travel in The USA on a Budget

Planning on a vacation is not as easy as it seems, especially when you know your budget is limited. If you have ever dreamed of driving along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific with the windows down or have always wanted to travel the historic Oregon Trail sitting in a car instead of your computer screen, congratulations; you are not alone.

The query on how to travel in the US on a budget remains constant. Provided, how extensive the stretches of the US are, and considering the fact that there are so many places to visit, it might actually be a bit hard to stay on budget if you don’t work out a plan. So, if you too are worried about the same, we are here to help.

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This article is solely meant to help you out with the cheapest ways to travel in the USA . It will guide you with every detail you need to know if you want to stay on budget while traveling through the US. Therefore, in order to discover these budget-friendly deals, go ahead and give this article a read.

Best Ways to Travel Cheap in The US

If you think that planning out the cheapest way to travel in the USA is the next to impossible task, you are wrong. If you are on a strict budget, follow the below listed ways to travel for cheap across the US:

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1. consider renting a car instead of driving on your own or go for a driveway.

For traveling cheaply in the US, you can rent a car because that would cost you either the same or even less sometimes. Renting a car is much more fuel-efficient and it will also help you save money over the course of a long trip. You may rent a car with Rentalcars , an international car rental booking service that is present all over the world.

But if you don’t appreciate the idea of going for rental cars, you can try a driveway. For the driveways, they will give you a car and a designated route that is usually between two major cities and you can drive the car.

We rented a car during our Switzerland trip and truly renting a car was far cheaper than traveling with Swiss trains .

2.  Try investing in a train pass

Investing in a train pass is undoubtedly one of the cheapest ways of transportation. These train passes usually come for a trip of 30 or 45 days. The prices vary but it starts from $449. If you don’t want to use public transport at each stop on your tour, train passes will do right by you.

3.  Consider traveling by bus

If you are looking for the cheapest way to travel around the US, you might consider traveling by bus. If your trip around the US is primarily focused on city hopping and is around one region, traveling by bus might be the best option. It is a cheaper option and easier too.

Find and book bus tickets with Busbud , an online bus-booking platform that has compiled the world’s largest selection of bus tickets.

Traveling by bus

4.  Use obscure search methods if you are flying

Applying hacks to find budget airlines before booking your flight for traveling across the US is always a better option. Try using tools like Google Flights, Airfarewatchdog or WayAway for getting cheaper flight results. You can even go for various other foreign sites that have turned up cheaper rates in comparison to big booking names. There are a variety of travel apps available in the market which allows you to even pre-book your flights at cheaper rates.

5.  Try signing up for discounts

In order to make sure that your travel experience across the US is inexpensive, you can try signing up for discounts. We all know that America is not known to be the land of budget airlines. That is why you have to take advantage of the few that you can have.

You can either try signing up through coupon emails . Otherwise, if you are going to take multiple flights during your trip, you can even join fare clubs that offer huge savings to their members.

Also, subscribe for price alerts that will be sent directly to your email address – to do that click on “ create price alert ” on wayaway.io when searching for the tickets.

wayaway price alert

6.  Use a travel credit card

If you sign up for a travel credit card , you can enjoy a signup bonus in the form of airline miles. This will be enough to fund your cross-country expedition. These cards also come with added benefits such as welcome gifts, travel insurance, zero liabilities on lost cards, annual fee waiver,  complimentary airport lounge access , and much more.

You may also get a membership plan from WayAway with 10% off and enjoy cash back from Booking.com, GetYourGuide, BlueRibbonBags and 9 other brands.

7.  Consider dining downstairs

In order to be on a strict budget while traveling across the US, you have to save money on food. Dining downstairs is undoubtedly one of the best inclusions on the cheapest way to travel in the United States. If you feel like eating out, you can head down to the basement sections because entrees are much cheaper over there. If you have listed fancy eaters on your must-do list, try going to have lunch in the top-notch restaurants instead of dinner or go and sip a drink from the bar.

8.  Buy your own groceries

If you think that you can’t make your own meals just because you have not rented a condo, then you are having a misconception. Try going to a hotel that comes with a mini-fridge and visit the nearby grocery store. You can easily make soup in the hotel room with coffee makers or even try making paninis with the iron provided. If possible, you can bring your own mini rice cooker (even you can find it in some hotel kitchen) to the trip, and voila! You have won the trip.

9.  Get food to go

If you have chosen to eat in a place just because of its food and not because of enjoying the ambiance of the place, then go for ordering takeout to minimize the tipping. You can later enjoy your food in the midst of any free attractions that the US has to offer. Thereby, you can enjoy doubles at the same time. After all, who would not prefer having delicacies right in the middle of a pretty park or amidst nature in front of the waterfalls .

10.  Take advantage of the great American gas station

One of the cheapest ways to travel in the USA is to take advantage of the American gas station. You can make your own milkshake with the help of the machines provided.

Gas stations have steadily evolved into cultural centerpieces of the destinations they continue to serve. You can make a list of on-the-road recipe ideas that you can make from things available at the gas station. Therefore, if you are in the US, wondering how to save money on food , this has to be one of the topmost solutions.

11. Get a Federal Recreation pass

You can enjoy free entrees to National Parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and more for yourself and three of your friends on just a budget of $80 with a Federal Recreation Pass . It is undoubtedly one of the best deals in the entire country. Most of these spots are already some of the bucket list destinations of everyone on vacation. You can even go camping once you are inside.

12.  Go volunteering

There are several programs that allow you to volunteer in the outdoors in exchange for free lodging . Therefore, by being a volunteer you can easily save money on accommodation . You can do short-term species control in various forests and easily score a room in a rustic bunkhouse.

You can even join in one of the multiple forest services such as restoring an old water mill in the Ozarks in exchange for a tent space and three square meals a day. In this way, you can easily explore multiple corners in the US while saving money both on food and lodging.

13.  Road trip through several free attractions cities in the US

If you want to visit California on a budget , you might try going on a Pacific Coast Highway road trip with your partner and enjoy the scenic view of the sea and the beautiful landscape on the way. The equation suited for perfect sightseeing in several cities is pretty much equal to attractions along with the ambiance.

You can pick a city that is rich in both, such as D.C, Washington, New Orleans, where the memorials, monuments, Natural History Museum, National Zoo, shopping districts, etc., are always open to exploring and are also free of charge.

The Arts District, French Quarter, and live music around every corner in New Orleans, and San Antonio make up for some of the most beautiful attractions in the US that are free of cost. There are plenty of budget-friendly places to travel in the US . You just need to do research well in advance before visiting any city, hence you can travel across the US at cheap.

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14.  Go for a bike tour

If you have already made up a list of the places to travel solo in the US , you can try going for a bike tour. Biking allows you to save on transportation and have an endless source of daytime entertainment which is a win-win situation. If you are conducive to exploring on wheels, try visiting Portland, Minneapolis, and Boulder. ou may rent a bike here .

15. Let an app plan for you

There are various travel apps that make traveling much cheaper these days. These apps help you plan a day on the basis of free happenings and deals. Some of them let you buy tickets to concerts and check in with the help of your phone itself. You can enjoy some of the best deals and ideas in the city of your choice with the help of these apps.

16. Visit during off-seasons to get cheaper deals

The best time to travel in the US is during spring (late March to late May) or autumn(late September to late October). These are the shoulder seasons before and after summer, for which the temperature remains mild. But in order to enjoy the best deals, it is recommended to visit during the off-seasons which means the months of December to February.

Since the temperatures fall in several parts of the country, the number of tourists falls. That is why it is better to visit during this season to get cheaper deals on lodging such as in hostels and hotels. I will highly recommend to check out Cozycozy which is basically a metasearch engine that offers you the best possible deal from 100+ sites like Airbnb, Booking, Vrbo, Expedia, Hotels.com, etc.

17. Choose your destination carefully

Before choosing a city to visit, you must check your options carefully. Prefer going to places which come with public transport and walking. If you can skip cities like LA, you will save money by avoiding expensive Uber and other taxi fares. Walking is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore a city while saving a considerable amount. It will help you stumble on some of the best and most fantastic views that the place has to offer.

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18. Try joining the Couchsurfing movement

Couchsurfing has turned out to be the ultimate hipster movement nowadays. It allows you to scan couches, beds, and air mattresses, available in your preferred destinations, often for free once you have completed your profile. It also allows you to surf local pals who engage in giving you free tours of their hometowns.

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19. Get your own CityPASS

Getting a CityPASS comes with several benefits because it allows you to pay prices for all of the most popular attractions in a city in one go. These passes are available for several cities such as Chicago, New York City, Southern California, Atlanta, etc. These passes can save you at least 30-40% on the entry prices. I recommend booking your CityPASS in advance here .

20. Travel smartly

In order to travel cheaply, you should avoid flying on weekends and holidays because the fare is usually high for the tourist rush. Try traveling with just carry-on luggage since that can save you almost 30$-40$ each time you fly . Also, plan your travel mainly around the major cities and prefer using buses, planes, and trains.

21. Go and stay in the actual YMCA

Hostel culture is not as popular in the US as it is in European and Asian countries. Therefore, you can avoid those seedy side-alley spots by hosteling at YMCA. Choosing to stay in the YMCA is considered to be a smart option if you are in New York.

22. Try renting a room in a real house

Renting a room in someone’s apartment can save travelers up to 50% of their money in comparison to renting a room in a hotel. You will save on the base price of the room and also get additional access to a kitchen, washing machine, and bathroom . Also, seeing America through the eyes of the people who live there has to be the best possible option.

23. Make use of Priceline and Hotwire

These systems are known for saving up to 600$ for a two-week trip. The wheeling and dealing is also pretty fun in these systems. All you need to do is provide the site with your location, dates, desired hotel star rating, and price that you can afford. If the bid gets accepted, then the site sends your information to the assigned hotel room. You would not know the name of the hotel that you are going to stay in before the booking is completed but you can enjoy huge discounts through these systems.

24. Go camping with KOA

KOA runs around 500 privately-owned campgrounds in the U.S and Canada. Their app lets you find and book campgrounds right from your car. The campsites are not even that expensive. Yet you can save up to 10% if you use their value cards.

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25. Save money on transportation

Here are a few ways how to travel cheap in America and save money:

  • Try visiting fewer places
  • Go for off-peak travel
  • Ensure advance bookings
  • Try car rentals from non-airport locations
  • Go for public cycle hire programs
  • Use travel passes and travel cards

Final Words

If you were wondering about the cheapest way to travel in the USA, this article must have proved to be a boon for you. This article has successfully listed some of the most cost-effective methods to travel across famous destinations in the US. You can easily implement these methods if you are a budget travel buff or solo backpacker and want to visit the major cities in the US while being on a tight budget. So, what’s stopping you? Plan for your next vacation, apply these budget travel tips, and enjoy your trip without breaking your bank.

F requently Asked Questions

1. how to travel across the us for free.

A : You can easily travel across the US for free by driving across the country in someone else’s car. This is referred to as a driveway or an auto-delivery service. By the way, you might need to pay for things like gas and car delivery services, but the services offer a next-to-nothing alternative for renting.

2. What is the cheapest State to travel to in the United States?

A : In case you are looking for the cheapest state to visit in the United States, you must give New Orleans, Louisiana, and Boston, Massachusetts a try because they are known to be cheaper than the other places to visit in the US.

4. How much money do I need to travel across the US?

A : An average budget for traveling across the US is between $100 and $250 per day. However, the amount keeps varying based on your travel style, your locations and durations, and the places you visit or choose to visit.

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16 Cheapest Cities To Visit In The USA

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It safe to say that most of us these days have cottoned on to the fact that travel doesn’t need to be expensive. That being said, we all know that expensive or cheap’ is such a relative term. Though, there are some cities to visit in the USA that aren’t quite as expensive as others. 

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The thing is, even the richest have budgets! The only difference is that it’s just a bigger budget but a budget nonetheless (something I’ve said on here time and time again).  So, truth be told, most of us are interested in getting as much value as possible out of our hard-earned cash.

This is especially true when it comes to travel.

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Now, some of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA aren’t always ones on the well-trodden path. For instance, you might find ways to explore New York or Los Angeles on a budget, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s one of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA. 

With that in mind, I wanted to share some of my very favourite and cheapest cities to visit in the USA.

Some are pretty well-known outside of the USA, though, others are a little off-the-beaten-track. Whatever the case, I’m hoping I can share some new spots to consider when exploring the USA.

Take a look, below, at the cheapest cities to visit in the USA. Have the best time exploring!

1.) Washington DC

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We’ll go straight in with Washington DC as something of an unusual choice because this might not be the first city to spring to mind when you think of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA.

Now, you’d be right in thinking that the best Washington DC hotels can be a little more expensive than more regional cities. That being said, you’ll save a pretty penny in many other ways. 

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For instance, there are many free Smithsonian museums to explore, though there are many other spots too. Places like the National Mall, the largest library in the world ( Library of Congress) and the U.S. Capitol Building are all totally free to explore. Though, you will need to book your tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, here , before visiting. 

Also, don’t forget, you can actually visit the White House for free, too. You just need to contact your US State Representative to arrange a visit. 

Read more: Best things to do in Washington DC

2.) Knoxville, Tennessee 

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Okay, so when you think of Tennesee, it’s likely you think of incredible cities like Memphis or Nashville . That being said, there’s a smaller city that’s often overlooked when visiting Tennessee and that is Knoxville . 

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Now, it might not be the same size as Nashville or Memphis but it’s a city that’s pretty amazing to spend a good few days exploring.

Better still, it’s one of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA as accommodation and experiences are much less expensive. 

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Once here, make sure to grab a tipple at the Peter Kern Library Speakeasy, see the Knoxville Museum of Art and watch a show at the Tennessee Theatre.

Read more: Best things to do in Knoxville

3.) San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio has a totally rich infusion of American history and Mexican culture that makes it one of the best cities in the USA to visit.

Better still, luxury Hotel prices are relatively low, and there’s plenty to see and do while you’re here.

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Once you arrive, make sure to explore the Alamo (for free) grab some yummy Mexican-fusion dishes or stroll down the Paseo del Rio, the city’s river walk.

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It’s a pretty fun city to visit and probably one of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA; especially when compared to NYC. 

Read more: Best things to do in San Antonio

4.) Atlanta, Georgia

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As a key airline hub for the US, Atlanta is reasonably cheap and easy to travel to by air. It’s got loads of domestic flights and a shed load of international flights that fly into the city.

For this reason, seat prices can be lower than other regional city airports. This all means you’ve got more money to spend ‘on the ground’ in Atlanta.

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You can avoid pricey excursions by escaping into the Appalachians for a scenic hike, or taking a trip to Stone Mountain Park. Though, if you’re not much of a hiker, you’ll probably want to miss this. 

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Better still, there are plenty of great free or low-cost attractions in the city, too, such as the Fernbank Science Center, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Read more: Best things to do in Atlanta

5.) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Often overshadowed by its close neighbour New York , Philadelphia is a much cheaper alternative for visiting the best spots in the northeast USA . 

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For instance, dining out is particularly cheap as many restaurants run a BYOB policy (for the uninitiated, BYOB simply stands for Bring Your Own Booze/Bottle/Beer/Beverage).

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Plus, the Southern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority offers a one-day pass for trains, buses, trolleys and subways at a small cost, so getting around Philly is pretty cheap. 

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Once here, make sure to visit the Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell and grab yourself a massive Philly cheesesteak sandwich.

Read more: Best things to do in Philadelphia

6.) Denver, Colorado

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Denver is the perfect US city if you’re looking to combine a hiking trip with a city break and save a few dollars in the process.

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Plus, Denver has a number of free hiking and cycle trails with breathtaking views across the city. Also, don’t forget to visit the Botanic Gardens, see the Red Rock Amphitheatre and the Denver Art Museum. 

Red Rock Theater in Colorado

Plus, getting around the downtown area by public transport is also free with Denver’s MallRide service so that’s a massive plus. 

Read more: Best things to do in Denver

7.) San Diego, California

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When you think of visiting the best places in California , you might think of cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco .

That being said, you shouldn’t forget about some of the other big cities, too. San Diego is certainly one of those. 

For instance, San Diego is cheaper than its neighbours on pretty much everything from hotel rates to car rental, and there’s a lot to do and see there.

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Get outdoors and save a few dollars on attractions by spending a day at the beach, and don’t forget to bring your skates for the boardwalk.

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The fare for the ferry across to the island of Coronado is around $5 each way, making it for a rather cheap day trip from the city.

Read more: Best things to do in San Diego

8.) Kansas City, Missouri

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The impressive thing about Kansas City is the sheer number of free, fantastic attractions available. This alone makes it one of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA. 

From the Boulevard Brewing Company to the Harley-Davidson Plant (which is more interesting than it sounds), there’s no way that trying to spend less will leave you bored here.

Now, this sounds boring, but, the competition between a large number of airlines serving Kansas City International has resulted in loads of low airfares. This all means more money can be saved to spend in Kansas City itself. 

Oh yeah, and the city’s famous barbeque cuisine is totally delicious and pretty affordable to boot! 

Read more: Best national parks in the USA

9.) Houston, Texas

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No matter how closely you’ve got your eye on price, the luxury hotels in Houston  are surprisingly modest compared to global cities. 

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Once you’re here, you can even visit a number of this multicultural city’s attractions for free.

For instance, make sure you visit the Menil Collection of Art, the Holocaust Museum Houston, and the Rothko Chapel.

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Reasonable car hire fees make the beach at Galveston Island (one hour away) an affordable day trip from the city. Just make sure to book a ‘compact/economy’ viechle.

This way the rental cost will be lower and the fuel usage much better. 

Read more: Best things to do in Houston

10.) Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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The great thing about Fort Lauderdale is that it’s quite a bit cheaper than its neighbour city, Miami . That being said, it doesn’t lack in amazing things to do at a smaller price. 

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Once here, make sure to explore Las Olas Boulevard, see Bonnet House and gorge on all the food at Louie Bossi. Also, don’t forget to take a trip to Hollywood , Florida that’s just nearby.

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It’s got some incredible street art and murals that you can’t miss.

Read more: Best things to do in Fort Lauderdale

11.) New Orleans, Louisiana

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Like Washington DC, accommodation in New Orleans isn’t the cheapest but the trip balances out when you take into account the range of free entertainment and spots to see across the city.

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For instance, you can keep costs lower by enjoying New Orleans street performances, seeing the impressive architecture and exploring the city’s parks.

That being said, you can even spend a small amount going to watch a performance at Preservation Hall, it really is a must-do! 

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Also, don’t forget to gorge at Mother’s for lunch. They make a beast of a lunch and it’s pretty famous in the city. 

Read More: Best things to do in New Orleans

12.) Phoenix, Arizona

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With more than 300 sunny days each year, Phoenix is the ideal location if you’re looking for guaranteed sunshine and pretty reasonable prices.

Both the average airfare and hotel rates in Phoenix are low and Metro travel around the city is super cheap. These two factors, help put Phoenix up there as one of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA.

If you’re an art fan be sure to time your trip so that you’re around to enjoy the city-wide art walk on the first Friday of the month.

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That being said, if you want to escape city life, take a hike up Piestewa Peak or enjoy the mountain bike trails at the South Mountain Park and Reserve.

They really are gorgeous, just remember to pack water. 

13.) Indianapolis, Indiana

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The culturally distinct districts of Indianapolis are connected by bike trails, making this not only an interesting city to visit but one with an easy, cheap and fun way to get around. If you’re a beer fan, the city boasts around 30 breweries and an ever-growing microbrewery scene.

Also, don’t forget to visit White River Park for some chill time in the city. Hotel prices in the city are relatively low, which means you can save a pretty penny. 

14.) Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis has a long history that’s perfect if you want a mix of culture, history and amazing rooftop parties . 

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As one of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA, it’s got lots of things to do for free.

For instance, admission to Mud Island River Park is free, costing just a couple of dollars for a monorail ticket to get there. With many bars and clubs not asking a cover charge, dining out and enjoying the music scene is particularly affordable.

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That being said, if you don’t mind spending a few dollars, head over to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland . It really is a unique place to see.

Afterwards, go visit the National Civil Rights Museum and Lorraine Hotel to learn more about the civil rights struggle and Dr Martin Luther King. 

Read more: Best things to do in Memphis

15.) Albuquerque, New Mexico

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As one of the largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque has some extremely good value hotel spots and reasonably priced foodie spots.

This all makes it one of the cheapest cities to visit in the USA. 

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Once here, don’t miss out on the Sandia Peak Tramway, which, rising to 10,378, it provides the perfect viewing point for the views of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains.

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Also, make sure to see the Petroglyph National Monument and the old town itself.

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It really is a gorgeous city to explore. 

Read more: Best things to do in Albuquerque

16.) Salt Lake City, Utah

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Whilst you might be ready to point out that travelling to Salt Lake City isn’t exactly cheap, the low prices on hotels and car rental here will easily make you your money back.

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Popular for skiing, the city also has a good few free attractions such as; the Hill Aerospace Museum and the Salt Lake Masonic Temple.

Afterwards, pop over to see the Utah State Capitol Building and Red Butte Garden. 

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For a tasty treat, gorge at Valter’s Osteria. They make the best Italian food in the city and it’s so much fun. 

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Weekend getaways are often cheaper by default – especially in these destinations.

Top Cheap Weekend Getaways

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Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the best places for an affordable weekend escape.

Sometimes you just need to escape from your everyday routine – but you may not have weeks (or funds) on end to spend away from home. For those seeking a quick, affordable trip, we've compiled a variety of cheap weekend getaways across the U.S., organized by region so you can find something within driving distance to keep costs low (or further afield if you're up for the journey).

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Burlington, vermont.

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You don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Burlington, Vermont – especially since the best ways to experience it are low-cost or free. Rent bikes and go for a ride on the Burlington Bike Path, which later becomes the Island Line Trail – a stunning pathway over Lake Champlain. You can also stroll Church Street Marketplace, where the Burlington Farmers Market is hosted on Saturdays; sample sweets at Lake Champlain Chocolates; and enjoy a craft beer tasting or two.

Niagara Falls, New York

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There's no cost to visit this iconic landmark , and if you want to get up close, you'll find several affordable tours of Niagara Falls – namely boat rides that'll get you up close to the roaring waters. A visit to Niagara Falls, New York, also omits the cost (and hassle) of getting or renewing a passport . Free and low-cost things to do in Niagara Falls include hiking state parks and sampling vinos along the Niagara Wine Trail.

Atlantic City, New Jersey

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You can enjoy an affordable weekend in Atlantic City – provided you steer clear of (or don't spend too much time at) the casinos. Instead, explore the beach and boardwalk, whose roots date back to 1870. Other budget-friendly things to do in Atlantic City including visiting Absecon Lighthouse (the tallest in New Jersey) and Lucy the Elephant. If you come here for a romantic getaway , treat yourself and your partner to dinner on the waterfront.

The Poconos, Pennsylvania

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Spend as much or as little as you like in the Pocono Mountains. Located in northeastern Pennsylvania, the region's terrain affords a variety of free and low-cost activities amid beautiful scenery, from hiking and biking to fishing and boating. Lake Wallenpaupack, Hickory Run State Park and Lehigh Gorge State Park offer some of the best camping for those who'd like to keep lodging costs low, though you can also find affordable vacation rentals in the area.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Gettysburg National Military Park (which also comprises the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center) is free to visit, and there's no cost to explore the Civil War battlefields with a national park ranger. Gettysburg ghost tours – a must for anyone who's interested in the area's haunted history – are relatively affordable, too, as are local hotels , which include options under $200 and $100 per night.

Farm Sanctuary: Watkins Glen, New York

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Farm Sanctuary in the Finger Lakes region of New York is part animal sanctuary, part country retreat – and an ideal location for a weekend escape from New York City . Travelers eager for a break can book a tiny home or cabin and spend time with more than 500 rescued farm animals in Watkins Glen. Nightly rentals start at $250 per night (plus a $25 membership fee) for up to two people in May through December, and include a special tour each morning of your stay. Sample the region's signature rieslings and chardonnays at some of the top wineries in the Finger Lakes during your visit, or hike to waterfalls at Watkins Glen State Park .

Address: 3150 Aikens Road, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Black Hills National Forest and Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Cheap weekend getaways

This area of the U.S. is home to Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and the fascinating caverns of Wind Cave, making it easy to see several iconic attractions in one jaunt. To save on entry fees, consider the America the Beautiful National Park Pass. Priced at $80, it provides access to all national parks and federally protected lands in the U.S., so you'll likely be able to use it for another trip down the road, too.

Read: The Top Things to Do in South Dakota

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari: Santa Claus, Indiana

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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari ranks among the most affordable amusement parks in the U.S., in part because of its free parking and modest lodging costs. The amusement park also offers complimentary family-friendly perks with admission, including sunscreen and soft drinks.

Address: 452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, IN 47579

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Dells is home to myriad water park resorts – many of which combine water park admission and overnight lodging in one rate. Other attractions in Wisconsin Dells include a Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum, a bustling downtown and plenty of gorgeous scenery marked by unique rock formations. You can frequently find hotel and attraction discounts on the Wisconsin Dells tourism bureau's website ; keep in mind for any family trips that the best prices are typically available when kids are in school.

Branson, Missouri

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Table Rock Lake State Park, where you can swim, canoe, kayak, fish, hike and bike, as well as Branson Landing, which features a spectacular fountain show at night, are among the free attractions in Branson, Missouri . You can also ride a free trolley around town from March to December. The most expensive activity in Branson might be a visit to Silver Dollar City, though you can often find deals on tickets, like discounted evening rates in the fall. For affordable lodging in Branson , try the Thousand Hills Resort Hotel , which often lists rates around $100 per night.

Indianapolis, Indiana

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There are a variety of free things to do in Indianapolis , including the Monon Trail, which connects downtown Indy to the Carmel area, with shops and restaurants along the way; the 250-acre White River State Park, perfect for a picnic lunch; and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which connects the city's public spaces. On the first Thursday of every month, the Newfields Art Museum offers free admission (and whether or not you go to the museum, the grounds alone are worth a visit). In the summer, Concerts on the Canal brings free entertainment to the area – just bring your own blanket or lawn chair.

No matter your budget, a visit to the Indianapolis Children's Museum is worth the splurge if traveling with kids – it is the largest children's museum in the world.

Cedar Point: Sandusky, Ohio

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Not only is Cedar Point one of the best amusement parks in the U.S. – and the self-proclaimed Roller Coaster Capital of the World – but a visit here is also relatively cheap when you factor in the affordability of hotels in Sandusky . The Comfort Inn Sandusky , for example, offers free breakfast with rates starting at less than $100 per night. Keep in mind that, as a seasonal attraction, Cedar Point is typically closed from November to early May.

Address: 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870

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Washington, D.C.

A panda snacks at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

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With 22 free Smithsonian museums including the National Zoo, Washington, D.C. is an obvious choice for a cheap weekend getway. And while many hotels in D.C. are expensive, you can still find affordable accommodations on rental sites like Airbnb and Vrbo.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Cheap weekend getaways

Gulf Shores boasts more than 30 miles of white sand beaches , making it one of the best beaches on the Gulf Coast . You don't have to visit during the summer to experience the area's best weather, though: Spring and fall bring temperatures that are still comfortable for sunbathing, swimming and strolling on the sand.

Budget-friendly things to do in Gulf Shores include bike riding at Gulf State Park; casting a line at Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier; exploring The Wharf, an entertainment and shopping venue; and visiting the Orange Beach History Museum and the Gulf Shores Museum, both of which are free. At local hotels like the Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores , nightly rates for apartment-style accommodations and free breakfast currently hover around $100 a night.

Massanutten Resort: Massanutten, Virginia

An ideal weekend getaway from Washington, D.C. , Massanutten Resort offers four-season fun, from winter sports like skiing and snowboarding to golf, mountain biking and water park action during warmer months. A la carte fees for many activities allow you to spend as much or as little as you'd like, and while there's a nightly resort fee, it covers access to the indoor and outdoor pools, playgrounds, sports courts (including pickleball), hiking trails and more. Plus, the resort fee doesn't seem so bad when you consider that townhomes and guest rooms are available for less than $150 a night.

Address: 1822 Resort Drive, Massanutten, VA 22840

Asheville, North Carolina

People come together to play music, dance, and enjoy at the Asheville Drum Circle at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

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Situated within the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is known for its mix of history (Biltmore Estate), nature (the Blue Ridge Mountains) and food (from craft breweries to a flourishing dining scene). Travelers can tackle a number of hikes in Asheville for some scenic – and low-cost – fun. You can also stroll along the 1.7-mile Asheville Urban Trail to learn about the city's unique past, go for a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and explore downtown, where you're bound to come across some of the tiny city's famous street performers. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an easy and relatively affordable day trip from Asheville, too.

Bahia Honda Key, Florida

Cheap weekend getaways

You don't have to visit Key West – or break the bank – to experience the best of the Florida Keys; in fact, the best beaches in the Florida Keys are not even in Key West. At Bahia Honda State Park, for example, you can swim, rent kayaks and snorkeling gear, or even hop on a boat to snorkel in the Looe Key marine sanctuary reef. Entry fees at Bahia Honda State Park are $8 per vehicle with two to eight passengers. Plus, you can camp here for just $36 per night (not including tax and the utility and reservation fees). Renting a cabin costs about $120 per night plus fees from May through October, and slightly more in the cooler months.

Read: The Best Places for Camping in Florida

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Cheap weekend getaways

One of the most affordable beach destinations in the U.S., Myrtle Beach is known for its roster of low-cost or free activities that appeal to travelers of all ages. Explore the mile-long Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (home to the iconic Skywheel) as well as Broadway at the Beach (an entertainment complex), both of which offer live entertainment including music performances and fireworks shows. Vereen Memorial Gardens, just north of the city, is also free to visit. When it comes to Myrtle Beach accommodations , there are affordable options aplenty; the Crown Reef Resort, for example, offers an on-site, year-round water park and rates as low as $92 per night for a family of four.

Polk County, Florida

Bok Tower Gardens in Polk County, Florida

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A vacation in Orlando has its time and place, but if you're on the hunt for a cheap weekend getaway, head to Polk County instead. Here, you can explore stunning (and free) parks and nature preserves such as Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, as well as Bonnet Springs Park. The park connects several attractions, including a kids treehouse, a rooftop bar, a butterfly house, The Florida Children's Museum, botanical gardens and more. Legoland Florida Resort and Peppa Pig Theme Park are close by if you decide to splurge on a theme park visit.

New Orleans

Cheap weekend getaways

There are more things to do in New Orleans than you could ever accomplish in a weekend, but you can still enjoy a short and cheap trip to The Big Easy. Ogle the historic houses in the Garden District, stroll along iconic Magazine Street, wander through the French Quarter (where you're bound to see street performers), or stop in a local eatery for a famous po'boy sandwich or beignet. For affordable accommodations in New Orleans , look outside of the French Quarter.

South Padre Island, Texas

A father and daughter fish in South Padre Island, Texas.

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Not only does South Padre Island offer 34 miles of coastline and the cleanest beach water in Texas, but it's also ultra-affordable. Low-cost attractions include Sea Turtle, Inc., which is currently building the world's largest sea turtle hospital, and South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. There are also plenty of places to enjoy fishing, one of the island's most popular activities. A visit to the Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site – the last Texas lighthouse open to the public – costs just $5 per adult ($3 for kids). Sandcastle Days, the island's beloved festival that is hosted every October, is also free.

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Cheap weekend getaways

One of the most beautiful national parks in California , Joshua Tree National Park is also fairly affordable thanks to campgrounds like Jumbo Rocks, where you can enjoy the seclusion of the deserted wilderness. There are more than 100 primitive campsites available here, with reservations required in the busy season from September to May; a maximum of six people can occupy a campsite for just $20 per night (on top of fees to enter the park).

San Luis Obispo, California

A woman walks on a nature trail overlooking San Luis Obispo, California.

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Combining small-town charm with beautiful weather, San Luis Obispo is an ideal weekend getaway from Los Angeles (about 190 miles from the city). With the plethora of outdoor activities here, visitors can enjoy budget-friendly fun like hiking the area's trails, surfing in the ocean, zip lining or horseback riding. For local flavor, visit the Thursday evening farmers market or dine alfresco at one of many downtown patios. The town's free Concerts in the Plaza series features performances by the area's top artists. Beaches await those seeking relaxation in SLO, while wine lovers can explore the region's Edna Valley wineries.

Cheap weekend getaways

A glitzy getaway in Las Vegas can be yours – and it may be less expensive than you initially imagined. Hotels in Vegas can cost as little as $50 per night on weekdays (plus resort fees), and local attractions like Bellagio Fountains, the Fremont Street Experience, the Las Vegas Sign and Seven Magic Mountains (just outside the city) are all free to visit. This might just mean you'll have some room in your budget for a casino visit, tickets to one of the city's spectacular shows , and/or a tour of the Grand Canyon .

Sedona, Arizona

A couple mountain bikes on red rocks in Sedona, Arizona.

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It won't cost you a penny to visit most attractions in Sedona , including Cathedral Rock, Devil's Bridge and Fay Canyon. And while Sedona's spa and wellness resorts are undoubtedly pricey, you can find lodging for less in off-peak months (summer and winter), as well as a variety of vacation rentals year-round.

Read: The Top Things to Do in Arizona

Gros Ventre Wilderness, Wyoming

Cheap weekend getaways

The Gros Ventre Wilderness, which is part of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, is another natural wonder worth visiting. Plan a weekend here to discover rolling rivers, abundant wildlife, and amazing geological features such as rock formations and natural slides. As for accommodations, travelers can rent the cozy Hoback Guard Station cabin for $80 per night for a party of up to six guests from May to October.

Olympic National Park, Washington

Cheap weekend getaways

Olympic National Park is well worth a weekend visit, whether you want to hike, stargaze or explore its more than 70 miles of untouched Pacific Coast shoreline – which include dog-friendly beaches , if your furry friend wants to come along. While here, visit the famous Hoh Rain Forest, Lake Crescent and Rialto Beach. You can even camp within the park for as little as $40 per night for up to 10 people sharing a campsite. Note that you'll have to pay a fee to enter the park.

Read: The Best Weekend Getaways from Seattle

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hot air balloons rise in the air at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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Albuquerque is quirky and fun, with an Old Town that features cobblestone streets and adobe-style buildings and is free to explore. Plan a visit during spring or fall for the best weather, then take advantage of local, low-cost festivals: May brings the New Mexico Wine Festival ($25 or less per ticket) to town, or come autumn, you can stop by the famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (around $15 per person) to witness one of the best hot air balloon festivals in the U.S. Other things to do in Albuquerque include visiting the Petroglyph National Monument, which is free of charge. Opt for a vacation rental rather than a hotel to save some coin.

San Antonio, Texas

Cheap weekend getaways

San Antonio is an affordable Texas destination brimming with cultural flair, historical significance and free activities. There's no cost to visit iconic attractions like the Alamo or the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and you won't pay anything to stroll the famous River Walk (though dining at least once here is a must). Another popular activity, narrated river cruises are also cheap, with tickets for less than $15 per person via local operator GO RIO Cruises.

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10 of the most affordable US cities to visit

From memphis to albuquerque, these are the cheapest cities in the us worth visiting.

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D reaming of an escape to the US? A strengthening dollar and a falling pound might seem like a recipe for a budget-busting trip — particularly if you’ve got your sights set on America’s big cities. But it’s possible to find places where your cash will stretch further. These affordable cities in Americahave world-class museums, stellar restaurants and arts scenes that rival those of the country’s bucket-list urban areas — plus, with a little planning, you’ll find plenty of free things to do and great deals.

Whether you fancy digging into Memphis’s soul-stirring music scene or gallery-hopping in Pittsburgh, these are the cheapest US citiesfor travellers on a budget.

Main photo: the San Xavier del Bac Mission, Tucson, Arizona (Alamy)

Beale Street in Memphis (Alamy)

1. Memphis, Tennessee

It’s easy to see — and, more importantly, hear — Bluff City on a budget. This is a place with serious musical clout and you can catch free summer concerts at Overton Park Shell, the atmospheric amphitheatre where a fresh-faced Elvis Presley gave his first paid performance in 1954. There’s a cover charge to enter most of the bars along tourist-thronged Beale Street — but that’s nominal when you consider the calibre of the acts, not least the All-Star Band at BB King’s Blues Club.

Foodies will be plenty satisfied too: beeline for the hip Cooper-Young neighbourhood, where Imagine Vegan Cafe dishes up plant-based Southern comfort food for low prices.

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Average prices Coffee £3.35, evening meal for two £60, beer £3.80

Where to stay Stylish boutique Arrive (room-only doubles from £128) will place you in the happening South Main Arts District, or head out of central Memphis for luxury with a reasonable price tag at quaint River Inn of Harbor Town (B&B doubles from £209).

Houses in Old Louisville (Alamy)

2. Louisville, Kentucky

You’ll get plenty of bang — and bourbon — for your buck in Louisville, a buzzy city in north-central Kentucky. The corn-based whiskey is the state’s lifeblood and there are plenty of wallet-friendly places to sample it here.

Head southeast to the Shelby Park neighbourhood, and hip Trouble Bar, where the house old fashioneds sell for £4.20 on Thursday evenings. Tours at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience are also great value: you’ll take a deep dive into the spirit’s history, with immersive displays and an expert guide, before sampling a flight (prices from £15).

Beyond the bourbon, it’s free to wander Old Louisville, with its patchwork of grand Victorian mansions, or duck your head into 21c Museum Hotel, home to a quirky contemporary art collection.

Average prices Coffee £2.30, evening meal for two £50, beer £3.30

Where to stay The tried and tested Crowne Plaza (room-only doubles from £102) gets you close to Louisville’s big-ticket attractions, such as the Kentucky Derby Museum, and is a 15-minute drive from Downtown. Housed in a 19th-century mansion, Louisville Bourbon Inn is a charming option in Old Louisville (B&B doubles from £175).

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City (Alamy)

3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, the capital of the Sooner State, is establishing itself as a serious arts destination — and a budget-friendly one at that. The cutting-edge Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers free tours every Saturday afternoon. Like every hip arts city worth its salt, it also swells with murals, from bold geometric works crawling across industrial buildings to striking portraits hidden down alleyways.

You can save money on two of the city’s main attractions — the new First Americans Museum and the well-loved National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum — by buying a joint ticket (for £21).

Average prices Coffee £2.30, evening meal for two £44, beer £2.50

Where to stay Artsy 21c Museum Hotels are taking the US by storm and Oklahoma City’s offering (room-only doubles from £145) is in a prime location close to the Museum of Art. Head just north of Downtown for the charming, 1904-built Grandison Inn Bed & Breakfast (B&B doubles from £99).

The River Walk in San Antonio (Alamy)

4. San Antonio, Texas

The Battle of Alamo was fought in 1836 and its namesake — the arresting Spanish Alamo mission — still sits at the heart of this culture-rich Texan city. Best of all, it’s totally free to take a self-guided tour of the stirring site and its grounds.

After a historical deep-dive, the river will surely be calling. San Antonio’s pedestrianised (a rarity in the States) River Walk is one of its drawcards, lined with restaurants with buzzy patios and one-off shops. The excellent McNay Art Museum offers free admission on a Thursday evening and the first Sunday of each month too.

Average prices Coffee £2.90, evening meal for two £46, beer £4

Where to stay The century-plus-old Crockett Hotel (room-only doubles from £95) takes pride of place right next to the Alamo. The sky-blue Inn on the Riverwalk (B&B doubles from £167) has rooms with Western design cues and views of the water.

Andy Warhol Bridge (aka Seventh Street Bridge) in Pittsburgh (Alamy)

5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is often criminally overshadowed by Philadelphia, though it’s cheaper than its easterly cousin (which already offers a reprieve from the sky-high prices of New York). Yet when it comes to art and architecture, the Steel City packs a punch. Andy Warhol is Pittsburgh’s most famous son and the absorbing Andy Warhol Museum holds an impressive store of works from the famous pop artist (you’ll get half-price admission on a Friday evening).

Once you’ve got your art fix, take a walk and see how Pittsburgh earned another nickname, the City of Bridges: the Three Sisters Bridges, which vault over the Allegheny River, are a photo-worthy pitstop.

Average prices Coffee £2.90, evening meal for two £50, beer £5

Where to stay Design-forward and with stellar views across Downtown, The Landing Hotel (room-only doubles from £108) is the new kid on the block. Meanwhile, the dinky eight-room Inn on Negley (B&B doubles from £175) is tucked away in the elegant Shadyside neighbourhood.

El Charro restaurant in Tucson, Arizona (Alamy)

6. Tucson, Arizona

Looking for a gourmet escape that won’t take a mammoth bite out of your budget? Foodies should set their sights on Tucson, the US’s first Unesco City of Gastronomy. It’s within kissing distance of the Mexican border and that means a flurry of well-priced Sonoran restaurants serving up tortas, tacos and chimichangas. A favourite is El Guero Canelo, purveyor of the Sonoran hotdog, including a bacon-wrapped frankfurter, and trimmings like beans and jalapeño sauce. Once you’ve had your fill, check out the stirring San Xavier del Bac Mission: nicknamed the “White Dove of the Desert”, this 18th-century mission is free to enter.

Average prices Coffee £2.90, evening meal for two £50, beer £4.20

Where to stay Set up at the Downtown Clifton (room-only doubles from £106), a stylish option with cool retro touches (think in-room record players and mid-century furniture). On Tucson’s west side, the Cat Mountain Lodge (B&B doubles from £109) offers heart-in-mouth views of the Tucson Mountains.

Findlay Market in Cincinnati (Alamy)

7. Cincinnati, Ohio

New flights with British Airways (from summer 2023) mean it’ll soon be a breeze to hop across to this fizzing city on the Ohio River. Plan an afternoon in the Over-the-Rhine neighbourhood, which has more than a whiff of New York City’s West Village about it: think cool stores hawking artisan candles, one-off fashion boutiques, ice-cream parlours and independent bookstores. And don’t miss Findlay Market, where you’ll find handmade jewellery, vegan chocolates and leather crafts, plus a bounty of local produce (perfect for a low-cost picnic at Ault Park).

Average prices Coffee £2.30, evening meal for two £50, beer £4.20

Where to stay Another vote for 21c Museum Hotels (room-only doubles from £172), whose Downtown location and excellent Metropole restaurant make it a winner in Cincinnati . Gaslight B&B (B&B doubles from £138) allows for a slower pace in the city’s leafy Clifton neighbourhood.

North Carolina Museum of Art (Alamy)

8. Raleigh, North Carolina

US capital cities are often overlooked and when it comes to Raleigh, that’s a crying shame. The city is thoroughly deserving of its “Smithsonian of the South” moniker and museum-hopping won’t burn a hole in your wallet here. Admission to many of the major institutions — including the North Carolina Museum of Art, with its large store of Italian Renaissance paintings; the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; and the North Carolina Museum of History — is completely free. Once you’ve exercised the grey matter, hit the trails: 180 miles of greenways wriggle across the city.

Average prices Coffee £2.90, evening meal for two £63, beer £5.50

Where to stay An overhaul of an old-school motel, the Longleaf Hotel (room-only doubles from £155) earns points for its fine mid-century design details and swish cocktail lounge. Meanwhile, the Heights House (B&B doubles from £192), a sumptuous reworking of a Victorian home, punches above its price tag with spacious rooms and Italian-influenced parlour.

Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile (Alamy)

9. Mobile, Alabama

Gulf-fresh seafood, historical sites and a time-honoured Mardi Gras tradition (older even than that of New Orleans) await in Mobile, within striking distance of Alabama’s white sand-trimmed Gulf coast. Set to open in July 2023 is Africatown Heritage House, a museum telling the story of the Clotilda, a 19th-century slave ship, and the community that formed here after its arrival: visitors can expect West African art objects, as well as pieces of the ship exhumed from the Mobile River. Then take a breather with a wander in Cooper Riverside Park, which fringes the water and leads to the well-priced GulfQuest Maritime Museum.

Average prices Coffee £2.25, evening meal for two £50, beer at £3

Where to stay The Malaga Inn (room-only doubles from £166) drops you right in Mobile’s Downtown Historic District and has a charming, old-world feel (with fireplaces and four-poster beds). The pool at the sophisticated Admiral Hotel (B&B doubles from £128) is a boon in the Southern heat.

An Albuquerque diner (Alamy)

10. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Gobbling up a stretch of the celebrated Route 66, Albuquerque is one of the southwest’s most underrated (and affordable) cities. The Mother Road promises plenty of old-school Americana — think neon signs and colourful diners — as well as one-off shops and hip coffee houses loved by the city’s large student population. It’s got serious artistic credentials too: time your trip for the ABQ Artwalk (the first Friday of each month), which includes free art shows and concerts downtown. The city is a springboard for hikes in New Mexico’s stirring high desert too.

Average prices Coffee £2.90, evening meal for two £60, beer £4.20

Where to stay You’ll get affordable luxury at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town (room-only doubles from £127) which is also the starting point for the cheap ABQ Trolley, which rattles around town. Or hide away at the Bottger Mansion (B&B doubles from £130), where the cosy rooms and suites are filled with one-off art pieces and Aztec prints.

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Looking for an overview of cheap places to visit in June in the USA? You came to the right place.

As summer approaches, many travelers are already starting to plan their next adventure.

However, with so many popular destinations to choose from, it can be difficult to find a low-cost option that still provides plenty of fun and excitement.

This list of the best and most affordable vacation destinations in June has something for everyone! 

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Best Cheap Warm Places to Visit in the U.S.A. in June  

Let’s start this list by mentioning some cheap warm places in the USA that are perfect to visit in June.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 

If you’re looking for an affordable vacation where you can enjoy the summer sun, check out Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

This popular tourist destination has beautiful beaches, warm weather, and an abundance of attractions. There are a few things you can do to save money if you want to travel there on a budget in June.  

Myrtle Beach has plenty of free things to do, making it an ideal destination for budget-conscious travelers.

The beach itself is one of the best free attractions, stretching for miles along the coast and providing ample opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing.

Visitors can explore the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, a 1.2-mile wooden walkway with stunning ocean views and access to shops, restaurants, and attractions, in addition to the beach.

Hiking the trails at Myrtle Beach State Park, visiting the colorful Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, and watching the nightly summer fireworks show at Broadway at the Beach are all free activities.

Whether you want to relax on the beach or explore the area’s attractions, Myrtle Beach has plenty of free and low-cost options for budget-conscious visitors. 

Where to Stay 

To visit Myrtle Beach on a budget, consider planning your vacation during the week when costs are typically lower.

Coral Beach Resort  is a great affordable hotel with parking and breakfast option. It also has a swimming pool and beachfront views. 

Check prices and availability: Booking.com

Walkway around Bodie Island Lighthouse at sunset

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

Traveling to the Outer Banks in June can be a budget-friendly option for those looking for a beach vacation.  

Visiting the many beaches along the coast is one of the most popular free activities, and this alone can fill your vacation.

The beaches on the Outer Banks have something for everyone, whether you like swimming, sunbathing, or looking for seashells.

Another free activity is a visit to one of the area’s historic lighthouses, such as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse or the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

A stroll along the Duck Town Boardwalk or the Nags Head Pier can also provide breathtaking views of the ocean and local wildlife.

Finally, the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills is free to visit and provides an opportunity to learn about the history of flight and the Wright brothers’ contributions to aviation. 

Dolphin Oceanfront Motel is an affordable recently renovated oceanfront motel.

Panoramic image of the colorful Sunset on the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park from the south rim part in Arizona.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is a beautiful destination that has a place on everyone’s bucket list.

There are numerous options for free things to do at the Grand Canyon.

Hiking one of the many trails that wind through the park is one of the best ways to experience the canyon.

There is a hiking trail for every level of experience, from the Bright Angel Trail to the South Kaibab Trail.

The Grand Canyon Village also offers free ranger-led programs and exhibits about the park’s history and geology.

Stargazing is another free activity, as the Grand Canyon is an International Dark Sky Park with some of the best views of the night sky in the country.

With a little forethought, you can have a fantastic and cost-effective trip to the Grand Canyon in June. 

If you’re on a tight budget and want to visit the Grand Canyon in June, there are plenty of ways to save money while still enjoying everything this incredible natural wonder has to offer.

First, instead of staying in a hotel, consider camping.

The Grand Canyon has several campgrounds with reasonable rates and breathtaking views. You can also bring your own food and drinks instead of eating at expensive restaurants.

This will not only save you money but will also provide you with a more authentic camping experience. 

Aerial of Cape Cod, a cheap place to visit in June in the USA.

The Best Cheap Places to Visit in the U.S.A. in June for Couples 

Cape cod, massachusetts .

Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a lovely June getaway for couples on a budget. Summer is perfect for visiting due to the warm weather and low crowds.

With enough planning and research, you can easily stick to a budget while visiting. 

Couples can enjoy a variety of free activities on Cape Cod. For example, you can spend the day exploring the Cape Cod National Seashore, which stretches for 40 miles along the coast.

Hiking the trails, having a picnic on the beach, or swimming in the ocean are all options.

Another enjoyable activity is to stroll through one of the charming towns, such as Chatham or Hyannis.

These towns have lovely historic districts, unique shops, and galleries that provide insight into the region’s history and culture.

You can also go to the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, which has rotating exhibits of regional and international art, or attend one of the summer’s free outdoor concerts or events.

Overall, Cape Cod has many free and low-cost activities, making it an ideal destination for couples looking for a low-cost vacation. 

The Watership Inn is a fantastic place to stay and is considerably cheaper than the average Cape Cod hotel.

You’ll get free parking and access to a beautiful garden at this prime destination in Massachusetts. 

Nashville, Tennessee downtown skyline. This is one of the cheapest places in the USA to visit in June.

Nashville, Tennessee 

A couples’ vacation to Nashville in June can be an exciting experience without breaking the bank.

June is an excellent time to visit Nashville because the weather is usually pleasant and there are numerous free activities to enjoy.

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which offers free admission to children under the age of 18 and discounts to military personnel.

The museum features interactive exhibits and live performances that highlight the history of country music and its biggest stars.

Another excellent option is to go to the Frist Art Museum, which has free admission on certain days of the week and features a wide range of contemporary art exhibitions.

The Warner Parks provide free hiking trails and picnic areas where couples can enjoy a scenic view of the city for those who enjoy the outdoors.

Finally, walking along the Cumberland River Greenway or exploring the Downtown Nashville area can be a fun and inexpensive way to learn about the city’s vibrant culture and architecture. 

One way to save money is to find affordable accommodation away from the main areas of Nashville.

One great example is the Hillside Crossing Nashville a Ramada by Wyndham.

You’ll get pool access and free parking, which will come in handy after a day of exploring Music City. 

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The gondola in Telluride Colorado. Telluride is one of the cheapest places to visit in the USA in June.

Telluride, Colorado 

Telluride, Colorado is a lovely mountain town with plenty of outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery. Hiking on one of the many scenic trails in the area is a great free option.

The Jud Wiebe Trail is a popular option that provides breathtaking views of the town and surrounding mountains.

You can also take a walk along the San Miguel River Trail, which runs through town and provides stunning views of the river and surrounding landscape. Exploring the town’s historic district, which contains many well-preserved Victorian-era buildings, is another free activity.

You can also go to the Telluride Historical Museum, which is free on Thursdays. Finally, don’t miss out on the free gondola ride, which provides breathtaking views of the mountains and town. 

The Victorian Inn is a five-minute walk from Telluride Gondola Station.

Not only is it affordable, but it is also just around 1.6 kilometers away from Historic Main Street.

Fulton Chain Lakes view from the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York.

The Best Cheap Places to Visit in the U.S.A. in June for Families 

June is a great time to go on vacation with family.

Go on a picnic, have a fun time at the beach, or simply go on a walking tour in a new city.

Here we share a list of amazing family destinations.

The Adirondacks, New York 

The Adirondack Mountains are a popular vacation destination for families looking for an affordable and exciting getaway.

There are many free activities in the Adirondacks that are fun for the whole family.

Hiking is a popular activity in the Adirondack Mountains, and there are many trails ranging in difficulty from easy to difficult.

Hiking allows families to discover natural wonders like waterfalls and mountain lakes, and they may even encounter wildlife along the way.

Visit one of the many Adirondack museums, which feature exhibits ranging from local history to the environment.

The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center, which offers educational tours and up-close encounters with native animals, is a must-see for families with young children. 

Families can save money by staying at a campground or a budget-friendly motel such as the Blue Ridge Motel in the Adirondack region.

Many of these accommodations offer amenities such as outdoor pools, barbecue areas, and playgrounds, making them a great option for families.  

Gatlinburg, a great cheap destination in June, overlook during brilliant red sunset

Gatlinburg, Tennessee 

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is an excellent choice for budget-conscious families.

After you’ve saved money on lodging and food, you can take advantage of some of Gatlinburg’s many free activities.

A short drive away is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park , which has miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and breathtaking views.

The Gatlinburg Trail, a two-mile round-trip hike that follows the Little Pigeon River, is ideal for families.

Another free attraction that showcases the work of local artists and craftsmen is the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Loop.

You can observe them at work in their studios and even buy one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take home.

Finally, don’t forget about the Gatlinburg Farmers Market, which is held every Saturday from June to September.

Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery while sampling fresh local produce and listening to live music. 

The Glenstone Lodge is a great, affordable place to stay. The hotel lies off the main road and guests love the pool area.

Arch Rock at Mackinac Island. This is one of the cheapest places in the USA to travel in June.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island is a stunning tourist attraction that won’t break the bank for a family vacation.

Bring your own bike or rent one on the island to explore the beautiful scenery on two wheels and save even more money.

Another inexpensive option is to bring a picnic and enjoy a family lunch in one of the island’s many parks. 

On Mackinac Island, there are numerous free activities that will keep the whole family entertained for hours.

Hiking on the island’s many trails, including the 8.2-mile perimeter trail, which offers stunning views of the water and surrounding landscape, is a popular activity.

Visit Fort Mackinac for another free activity, where you can learn about the island’s rich history and enjoy interactive exhibits.

Take a walk down Main Street to admire the beautiful architecture of the island’s buildings and browse the many unique shops and boutiques. 

Although many places to stay on Mackinac Island are quite expensive, you can find a stay at the Pontiac Lodge for an affordable price.

This coastal-themed hotel is comfortable and cozy and includes free Wi-Fi and a convenient location. 

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The Best Cheap Places to Visit in the U.S.A. in June for a Less Crowded Vacation 

If you’re the type who enjoys a little quiet, you’re probably looking for places where the crowds don’t usually go.

Luckily, we have just the list for you.

Bend, Oregon 

Traveling to Bend, Oregon in June is a great option for those looking for a less crowded and more affordable vacation.

Bend, located in the heart of the Cascade Range, offers a plethora of outdoor activities as well as breathtaking natural scenery.

During the summer months, the city is known for its sunny weather and mild temperatures, making it a popular destination for hikers, bikers, and kayakers. 

Bend has a plethora of free activities , making it an ideal budget-friendly vacation destination. Visitors can enjoy scenic hiking trails and picnic areas at the city’s numerous parks, such as Drake Park and Shevlin Park.

The Deschutes River Trail is a popular hiking and biking trail that winds along the river’s edge and provides stunning views of the water and surrounding mountains.

Another must-see attraction in Bend is the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which features stunning volcanic landscapes and a variety of hiking trails.

Visitors can also visit the High Desert Museum, which showcases the region’s natural history and cultural heritage through interactive exhibits and live animal displays. 

The quirky Cascade Lodge in Bend is a prime spot to stay, with comfortable lodgings, pool access, and a great price.

Anchorage Skyline

Anchorage, Alaska 

Anchorage, Alaska, is a hidden gem for budget travelers looking for a less crowded vacation destination.

June is a great time to visit, as the weather is pleasant, and the crowds are minimal.

Flights to Anchorage are often affordable in June, making it an ideal time to visit for those looking for a budget-friendly vacation.

The city has a vibrant arts scene, an abundance of outdoor activities, and a unique local culture that makes it an attractive destination. Visitors can enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, and wildlife viewing in the city’s many parks and reserves.

The city also has many free events and festivals in June, such as the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival and the Anchorage City Limits Music Festival, which offer a great way to experience the local scene. 

One of the best things about Anchorage is that many of its attractions are free.

Visitors can start by exploring the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a scenic 11-mile path that runs along the coast and offers stunning views of the city’s skyline and the surrounding mountains.

Another great activity is to visit the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, which offers free admission on the first Friday of each month.

The museum has a range of exhibits that showcase the history and culture of Alaska, including indigenous art and artifacts.

You can also check out the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, which offers free tours and information about the state’s parks and reserves.

For wildlife enthusiasts, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center offers free admission to visitors under 18, and visitors can see bears, moose, elk, and other animals in their natural habitats.

Finally, take a stroll through the city’s downtown area and enjoy the local street art, which features murals and installations by local artists. 

The Puffin Inn of Anchorage is one of the best affordable options in the area.

The hotel is simple but has nice perks like free breakfast and a complimentary airport shuttle. 

Vineyards in Paso Robles California

Paso Roble, California 

If you’re looking for a less crowded and more affordable vacation destination in June, Paso Robles, California, might be the place for you.

Paso Robles, California’s Central Coast region, is known for its beautiful wineries, hot springs, and outdoor activities.  

Downtown City Park is one of the best free things to do in Paso Robles. The park is a great place to picnic, people-watch, or relax in the sun.

The Paso Robles Children’s Museum, which offers interactive exhibits for children, is also located here.

The Salinas River Walk, a scenic trail that runs alongside the Salinas River, is another popular free attraction.

The trail is ideal for hiking, jogging, and biking, and it provides stunning views of the surrounding hills and countryside.

If you enjoy nature, don’t miss the Estrella Warbirds Museum, which houses a collection of vintage aircraft and other aviation-related exhibits.

Finally, don’t miss out on free wine tastings and tours at some of the area’s wineries.

Many of Paso Robles’ smaller wineries offer free tastings, and some even offer tours of their vineyards and production facilities. 

There are many cheap places to stay in Paso Robles, California, like the Adelaide Inn.

The hotel is clean and comfortable and includes fun activities like a pool and a mini-golf course.

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Portland Head Light in Maine at Sunset

The Best Cheap Places to Visit in the U.S.A. in June for a Honeymoon 

Portland, maine .

For couples looking for a charming, coastal destination, a honeymoon in Portland, Maine in June can be a wonderful and affordable experience.

Portland, with its charming streets, picturesque lighthouses, and fresh seafood, provides a unique and romantic atmosphere ideal for newlyweds. 

Portland has a myriad of free activities, making it an ideal honeymoon destination for couples on a tight budget.

The Eastern Promenade, a scenic park with stunning views of Casco Bay, is a popular destination.

It’s ideal for a romantic stroll, a picnic, or even catching a sunrise or sunset.

Another must-see attraction is the Portland Head Light, a historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, just a short drive or bike ride from downtown Portland.

Couples can also visit the Old Port, a charming neighborhood full of shops, galleries, and restaurants.

A romantic afternoon can be spent strolling along the cobblestone streets and admiring the beautiful architecture.

Overall, Portland, Maine has a wide range of affordable and romantic options for newlyweds. 

To save money on accommodations, couples can look for budget-friendly hotels, hostels, or even Airbnb rentals that are within walking distance of the city’s downtown area.

One of the best hostels is the Black Elephant, a quirky local option that does offer private rooms. 

Charleston South Carolina 

Charleston, South Carolina 

Charleston, South Carolina is an ideal honeymoon destination for those looking for a romantic and budget-friendly trip in June.

A stroll through Charleston’s historic downtown district is one of the best free things to do.

You can marvel at the beautiful antebellum architecture, including the famous Rainbow Row, a row of brightly colored houses that is ideal for an Instagram photo.

Another free activity is to go to one of the beautiful beaches in the area, such as Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, or the Isle of Palms, for a relaxing day of sunbathing and swimming.

If you’re interested in history, visit the Fort Sumter National Monument, which commemorates the beginning of the American Civil War, or the Charleston City Market for a taste of the city’s distinct cultural heritage.

With so many free things to do in Charleston, South Carolina, you will surely have an unforgettable honeymoon. 

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is a great and affordable place to stay at. It has great amenities and the best part is, Avampato Discovery Museum and the Charleston Town Center Mall are just 10 minutes away.

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Sonoma Coast, California 

The Sonoma Coast in California is a stunning honeymoon destination for couples looking for natural beauty and a peaceful atmosphere on a budget.

Hiking is one of the best free things to do on the Sonoma Coast.

There are several trails to explore, such as the Kortum Trail and the Bodega Head Trail, that provide stunning views of the coastline and the ocean. You can also walk along the beach and sunbathe while watching the sunset.

If you’re looking for wildlife, go to Goat Rock Beach, where you can see seals, sea lions, and whales.

Wine tasting is another free activity. Many wineries in Sonoma offer free tastings, and some even offer vineyard tours. You can also visit the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve to witness the majestic beauty of the ancient redwoods.

Overall, the Sonoma Coast has a plethora of free activities for honeymooners on a budget. 

Days Inn by Wyndham Novato/San Francisco is a simple hotel that includes complimentary breakfast as well as access to an outdoor pool. 

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June is an excellent time to take a vacation, and there are many affordable options to choose from.

Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation, a cultural excursion, or a nature retreat, there are plenty of affordable options.

You can enjoy a fantastic vacation in the United States without breaking the bank by planning ahead of time, being flexible with your travel dates, and looking for deals and discounts.  

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The cheapest spots to buy gas in Minnesota

(FOX 9) - Gas prices in Minnesota and beyond remain high as we enter the summer travel season.

Average prices in Minnesota ($3.32) are about 25 cents below the national average (3.58), according to AAA's gas tracking site. In the metro, a gallon of regular runs about three cents higher than the state average.

Compared to this time in 2023, prices are actually down. However, since January, gas prices in Minnesota and the national average have been on the rise. In January, average prices in Minnesota bottomed out around $2.75 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.

So, where can you go if you're looking for cheap gas in Minnesota?

Cheapest spots for gas in MN (as of May 29)

Cheapest gas in minnesota.

According to GasBuddy, the cheapest spot to buy gas in Minnesota is in Cloquet. As of Tuesday, gas prices at the Cloquet Minit Mart station were $2.82 per gallon for regular. Also in Cloquet, three Kwik Trip locations had regular gas at $2.87.

Cheapest gas in the Twin Cities metro

Closer to the metro, two Shoreview gas stations are offering the lowest prices. The BP and Amoco stations at the corner of Ash Street and Hodgson Road both have regular gas at $2.87 per gallon.

Costco has the cheapest prices in the east metro, $2.92 per gallon, at its locations in Maplewood and Woodbury.

In the west metro, you can get cheaper prices at the Holiday on Ryan's Way in Buffalo, Minn., which is selling regular gas at $2.94 per gallon.

Cheapest gas in Minneapolis

In Minneapolis, the lowest gas is at the Costco station on Broadway Street NE. If you don't have a Costco membership, the next best spot is Crosstown Gas at 34th Avenue South and East 58th Street, which is selling at $3.15 per gallon.

Cheapest gas in St. Paul

In St. Paul, the best prices are at the D&L Food and Gas at Larpenteur Avenue West and Dale Street North. Prices as of Tuesday are $3.05 per gallon at that location.

You can track prices on GasBuddy's website .

Always remember, while a few cents per gallon might not seem impactful on a single fill-up, over time, it can result in noticeable savings, especially for higher-mileage drivers and people with less fuel-efficient vehicles.

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10 Cheapest States to Live in, and the 10 Most Expensive

Posted: March 20, 2024 | Last updated: March 20, 2024

<p>The United States’ inflation rate is starting to fall. But as many Americans are realizing, that doesn’t correspond with a decrease in the cost of goods. So, some Americans are looking for cheaper states to move to.</p> <p>Forbes Advisor ran a study to determine the cheapest states to live in and those where hard-earned dollars don’t go as far. They used several sources for gathering their data, including but not limited to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Council for Community and Economic Research. In addition to ranking states with the highest and lowest total cost of living based on housing, healthcare, taxes, food, and transportation, <a href="https://www.forbes.com/advisor/mortgages/cost-of-living-by-state/">Forbes</a> ran a separate ranking of disposable income after paying for living expenses based on the average annual wage in each state.</p> <p>These are the states that are the cheapest and most expensive to live in for 2024. Do you live in or are considering moving to one of them? </p>

The United States’ inflation rate is starting to fall. But as many Americans are realizing, that doesn’t correspond with a decrease in the cost of goods. So, some Americans are looking for cheaper states to move to.

Forbes Advisor ran a study to determine the cheapest states to live in and those where hard-earned dollars don’t go as far. They used several sources for gathering their data, including but not limited to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Council for Community and Economic Research. In addition to ranking states with the highest and lowest total cost of living based on housing, healthcare, taxes, food, and transportation, Forbes ran a separate ranking of disposable income after paying for living expenses based on the average annual wage in each state.

These are the states that are the cheapest and most expensive to live in for 2024. Do you live in or are considering moving to one of them?

<p>Mississippi has the fewest cybercrime incidents in the nation. It only has 345 cybercrimes per 100,000 residents, about five times less than Nevada. Nevertheless, even one cybercrime is one too many.</p>

1: Mississippi

Mississippi is the cheapest state to live in. It has a total cost of living of $32,336 and an annual average wage of $45,180. That makes the Magnolia State the worst place to live in from a low-wage perspective, which can offset the benefits of low living costs. Case in point? Mississippians have an average of $12,844 in annual disposable income, which is the second lowest in the nation.

<p>The Natural State is the second most economical state from a cost of living perspective, with a total cost of living of $32,979. For those who are wavering between whether a move to Mississippi or Arkansas is better, from a financial perspective, Arkansas is likely the best choice. Given that the annual average wage in Arkansas is $48,570, that leaves residents with a relatively cushier $15,591 in total disposable income.</p>

2: Arkansas

The Natural State is the second most economical state from a cost of living perspective, with a total cost of living of $32,979. For those who are wavering between whether a move to Mississippi or Arkansas is better, from a financial perspective, Arkansas is likely the best choice. Given that the annual average wage in Arkansas is $48,570, that leaves residents with a relatively cushier $15,591 in total disposable income.

<p>WalletHub calculated that when accounting for the adjusted cost of living, Alabama, the cheapest state for retirement, is two times more economical than Hawaii, the most expensive state.</p>

Alabama breaks into the $33,000s for annual cost of living expenses ($33,654). Its residents also break $50,000 in their average annual wages ($50,620). Between the two, that helps Alabama rank 33 in the nation for the amount of total disposable income its residents have ($16,966).

<p>Oklahoma is a no-brainer state for people seeking free college education during retirement to move to. As long as you’re at least 65 years old and an Oklahoma resident, you can apply to study at any state public college or university. Acceptance will depend on classroom availability.</p>

4: Oklahoma

Here’s good news for those trying to choose between moving to Alabama or Oklahoma: The difference in total cost of living and disposable income between the two is minimal. The total cost of living in Oklahoma is only $312 more, and residents only have $8 more in disposable living than Alabamians.

<p>New Mexico residents 65 years and older only need to hand over $5 per credit hour to take classes at the state’s public colleges and universities. That financial perk doesn’t come without some caveats, though; only being able to take six credit hours each semester is among them.</p>

5: New Mexico

New Mexico is the fifth cheapest state from a cost of living perspective, with residents spending $34,501 annually on living costs. But even more exciting than that for New Mexicans is that given their $54,400 average annual wage, they have $19,899 in disposable income each year. That ranks them the 16th-best in the country for disposable income.

<p>Tennessee doesn’t like to make its seniors jump through hoops paying college fees; residents 65+ receive tuition-free and (nearly) fee-free education at state universities and colleges. Some applicants might even qualify to receive these benefits at 55 years old. The only catch is that the schools require a small record-keeping fee.</p>

6: Tennessee

Although the cost of living in Tennessee ($34,742) is about on par with New Mexico, its residents earn less. Given Tennessee’s annual average wage of $52,820, residents only have an average of $18,078 in disposable income, which ranks them in 24th place for disposable income nationwide.

<p><strong>Passports issued:</strong> 4.6 per 100 residents</p><p>South Carolina is home to several airports, but all of them are small and far from having a hub-like quality. Of The Palmetto State’s airports, Charleston Airport is the biggest and busiest. However, March 2024 will be the <a href="https://charlestonbusiness.com/1st-daily-international-flight-from-south-carolina-to-begin-with-new-carrier-at-charleston-international/">first time</a> that Charleston serves a daily international flight. The destination? Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada.</p>

7: South Carolina

South Carolinians spend an average of $34,826 per year on essential living costs. Those costs eat into their total disposable income ($15,824), given that residents only earn about $50,650 in average annual wages. That ranks the Palmetto State in 45th place for wages.

<p>You’ll likely pay some tuition and fees to attend college as a senior in West Virginia. However, the law states that the total tuition and fees for any given non-credit course may not surpass $50. In regards to for-credit courses, the rate can’t go above 50% of the non-senior student price.</p>

8: West Virginia

West Virginia has a high total cost of living relative to residents’ average annual wage. After deducting $34,861 in average living expenses from the $49,170 they make, it leaves West Virginians with a measly $14,309 in disposable income.

<p>Kansas residents spend an average of $35,185 on essential living expenses. The Sunflower State ranks relatively higher for an annual average wage, in 38th place with $52,850 in earnings. That means Kansans have $17,665 in disposable income, ranking Kansas in 26th place for the disposable income category.</p>

Kansas residents spend an average of $35,185 on essential living expenses. The Sunflower State ranks relatively higher for an annual average wage, in 38th place with $52,850 in earnings. That means Kansans have $17,665 in disposable income, ranking Kansas in 26th place for the disposable income category.

<p>Most teen births in Missouri (<a href="https://opa.hhs.gov/adolescent-health/reproductive-health-and-teen-pregnancy/trends-teen-pregnancy-and-childbearing">75%</a>) are among 18 and 19-year-olds. The teen birth rate in the Show-Me State is 17.1 for every 1,000 females. </p>

10: Missouri

Missouri rounds out the top ten cheapest states to live in, with a total cost of living of $35,338. Missouri’s disposable income is the second-best on this list so far, at $19,182. That relatively high number is thanks to its residents earning $54,520 in annual average wages.

<p>We all know of or have been in the shoes of someone who keeps a job they hate because of good pay. While there’s something to be said for keeping a job that one loathes in the name of putting food on the table, being complacent about it by not looking for something else because you assume you won’t get paid as well is a huge life trap.</p>

Most Expensive States

Now that we’ve covered Forbes’ cheapest states to live in, these are the most expensive states. As we’ve learned from the cheapest states, lower costs of living don’t always equate to more money in residents’ pockets. How well do you think these most expensive states rank for the amount of money left over after paying essential living expenses?

<p>If you want the allusion of feeling like you’re eating a somewhat healthy piece of fudge, head to Hawaii. Strawberry cheesecake is the Aloha State’s favorite fudge flavor.</p>

Hawaii is the most expensive state in the U.S., with residents pouring $55,491 of their hard-earned money into living costs each year. The equally painful part? Hawaiians only make $61,420 in average annual wages. That means their total disposable income is only $5,929, the lowest in the nation.

<p>The Bay State is a great place to be a resident if you’re interested in going to college as a senior. All public universities and colleges offer tuition waivers for anyone over the age of 60.</p>

2: Massachusetts

Massachusetts residents sink an average of $53,860 into cost of living expenses annually. But there’s a silver lining: Bay Staters’ total disposable income is $22,740 per year, thanks to residents earning an average of $76,600. That makes Massachusetts the state with the highest average wages and the third-best state for disposable income.

<p>Life revolves around sunshine and good vibes in the Golden State, making California one of the most popular destinations for Americans. With <a href="https://www.visitcalifornia.com/things-to-do/national-parks/">nine</a> national parks, the Hollywood sign, and diverse landscapes, 54% of Americans have visited California.</p>

3: California

California comes in as the third-most expensive state in America. It costs an average of $53,171 to live in the Golden State. After accounting for California’s $73,200 in average annual wages, that gives its residents a total disposable income of $20,049, ranking it in 15th place.

<p>If you’re 60 or older and a resident of New York State, you can take advantage of tuition-free audit-for-credit classes at the State University of New York (SUNY) campuses. Although the tuition is free, you’ll still need to pay an audit fee, though it’s minimal compared to the value of tuition-free education. </p>

4: New York

New Yorkers pay an average of $49,623 in total cost of living expenses. That’s undeniably high. But here’s the thing: New York residents have the second-best average wages in the nation ($74,870), and because of that, they have $25,247 in average disposable income. That makes New York the state with the highest disposable income in the nation.

<p>On average, New Jersey residents making at least $74,485 are classified as middle class. Residents pay a hefty average monthly mortgage price tag of $1,679 for an average home while paying back $226 per month on average in student loans, the second-highest in the US.</p>

5: New Jersey

New Jersey residents only spend $112 less per year than New Yorkers on living expenses ($49,511). However, they make nearly $4,000 less in annual wages ($70,890). The result is that New Jersey only ranks tenth in the nation for its $21,379 of disposable income.

<p>Although Alaskans statistically have the second-highest chance of becoming a victim of cybercrime this year, they rank significantly below Nevada. The Last Frontier “only” averaged 1,153 cyber attacks per capita.</p>

Isolated Alaska has a stereotype for high prices that holds true in Forbes’ study. Alaskans spend $48,670 in total living expenses while earning $66,130 in average annual wages. That means Alaskans only enjoy an average of $17,460 in disposable income each year, ranking The Last Frontier in 29th place for disposable income.

<p>Maryland has a 16.7% ownership rate but 22.1 firearms per capita, which is more than many other states. While the Old Line State places tight controls on weapon ownership, neighboring states do not, which may be why there are few firearm owners but many firearms. </p>

7: Maryland

Maryland’s annual cost of living expenses are only $435 less than Alaska’s. That said, Maryland ranks in 9th place for disposable income ($21,515), for its residents earn an average of $69,750 each year.

<p>Washington has a firearm ownership rate of 32.1%. Hunting and recreational shooting are popular throughout the Evergreen State, but firearm laws are also especially strict. Legislation requires background checks on all firearm purchases, bans high-capacity magazines, and bans carrying a weapon to public demonstrations. </p>

8: Washington

Moving to Washington can come with sticker shock for Americans leaving cheaper states, given its $47,231 average cost of living expenses. However, those who get a job in the Evergreen State will likely rejoice, for Washington’s $72,350 average salary gives its residents $25,119 in total disposable income, the second best in the United States.

<p>Sixty-two is the magic number for Connecticuters to start taking advantage of free tuition at state colleges and universities. While there are rules around it, you might be able to apply your credits towards a real degree. A second career, anyone?</p>

9: Connecticut

Yet another Northeast state makes this list, with Connecticuters having to spend an average of $46,912 in yearly living costs. However, many locals are better off than residents in several other states, given that their annual average wage of $69,310 equates to $22,398 in annual disposable income. That makes Connecticut the sixth-best state for a high disposable income.

<p>Oregon squeezes into the top ten most expensive states in unwanted ways compared to many of the states it joins. The total cost of living in the Beaver State is $46,193. However, residents only make $62,680 per year. That leaves Oregonians with $16,487 in disposable income, ranking Oregon in 36th place for the disposable income category.</p>

Oregon squeezes into the top ten most expensive states in unwanted ways compared to many of the states it joins. The total cost of living in the Beaver State is $46,193. However, residents only make $62,680 per year. That leaves Oregonians with $16,487 in disposable income, ranking Oregon in 36th place for the disposable income category.

<p>According to the Pew Research Center, the middle class <a href="https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2022/04/20/how-the-american-middle-class-has-changed-in-the-past-five-decades/">is shrinking</a> due to formerly middle-class adults moving into both the upper-income and lower-income brackets. Twenty-one percent of American adults composed the upper-income bracket in 2021 compared to 14% in 1971. In contrast, 29% of adults were in the lower income category in 2021 compared to 25% in 1971.</p>

Not What It Seems

As Forbes’ data shows, states with the lowest cost of living don’t always correspond with the states where residents pocket the most disposable income. This fact is partially why housing prices rose 24% between November 2019 and November 2021, when more than 60% of home buyers were remote workers, many looking for cheaper living, a better climate, and more space, which they could afford thanks to their higher out-of-state salaries.

Although remote workers coming from higher-paying states often make out financially well by moving, many locals end up hurting from higher home and rent costs.

<p>Florida continues to draw digital nomads, causing rent prices to rise in recent years. A growing population has caused Orlando’s average rent price to skyrocket nearly 35% annually, while Tampa’s prices have increased 31% and metro Miami rent spiked to $2,988 per month in February 2022. </p>

Glimmer of Hope

In August 2022, rent prices peaked in the U.S. at a median of $2,054. As of February 2024, the median cost of rent is $1,964. Floridians experienced more relief with rent prices than residents from any other state year over year in 2023, with a 9.21% drop.

<p>Delaware is barely in better shape than Washington on the cybercrime front. The First State experiences 874 cybercrimes per capita. </p>

Where You Live Matters

While Forbes’ data is enlightening for Americans looking to move to save money, it doesn’t paint the full picture. The cost of living in certain cities and hotspots like beachfront areas is higher than in many rural areas within a state. So, if you’re looking to move to save cash, do your due diligence to assess living costs in the city you want to call home.

<p>Are you in the market for a home but are tired of high housing prices where you’re looking? If your job allows you to be location-independent, these are the most economical places to live in the US that just might be worth moving to.</p><p><a href="https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/25-most-inexpensive-places-to-live-in-america/ss-BB1hGjrG?disableErrorRedirect=true&infiniteContentCount=0">25 Cheapest Places to Live in America</a></p>

25 Cheapest Cities To Live in America

Are you in the market for a home but are tired of high housing prices where you’re looking? These are the most economical cities and towns to live in the U.S. that might be worth moving to.

25 Cheapest Places to Live in America

<p>Whether you dream of being in the top 10% or think you might already be there, one thing is certain: The income a household makes to be in the top 10% club varies by state. Here’s how much you need to make to have a higher income than 90% of Americans.</p><p><a href="https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/how-much-money-it-takes-to-be-in-the-top-10-by-state/ss-BB1hV6Jl?disableErrorRedirect=true&infiniteContentCount=0">How Much Money It Takes To Be in the Top 10% by State</a></p>

How Much Money It Takes To Be in the Top 10%

Whether you dream of being in the top 10% or think you might already be there, one thing is certain: The income a household makes to be in the top 10% club varies by state. Here’s how much you need to make to have a higher income than 90% of Americans.

How Much Money It Takes To Be in the Top 10% by State

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For a lot of people, buying car insurance is like buying sliced bread. It’s not the most exciting purchase, and the options all seem similar. So thrifty shoppers might simply reach for the cheapest thing on the shelf. But like cheap bread, cheap car insurance may leave you wishing you spent a little more on quality.

“The cheapest is not always the best,” warns Jessica McNally, an agency owner with Goosehead Insurance in Dallas. That’s because there are lots of factors that make up a car insurance company. And while price is one of them, it’s best to look at the bigger picture.

Here’s what to look for when picking the best car insurance company.

1. Choose a financially stable company

The best car insurance companies have plenty of money on hand to pay for customers’ claims. It’s important to check an insurer’s financial stability before buying a policy, especially if it’s a smaller insurer you’ve never heard of.

There are several independent agencies that evaluate the financial strength of insurance companies. One example is A.M. Best. You can use its online search tool to find an insurer’s financial strength rating. Companies with a rating of A or higher are considered to have an excellent ability to pay out customer claims.

2. Check customer satisfaction ratings and reviews

Not every insurer is customer-first. That’s why it’s important to research the customer satisfaction of insurers you’re considering.

You can turn to surveys from companies like J.D. Power to find insurers with the best customer satisfaction scores [0] J.D. Power . Auto Insurance Customer Satisfaction Plummets as Rates Continue to Surge, J.D. Power Finds . Accessed May 21, 2024. View all sources . Or, if you don’t mind doing a little detective work, you can compare customer complaints against insurers by using the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ website . But take other people’s emotionally charged comments about companies or agents you might read online with a grain of salt, McNally advises.

3. Look for convenience

A great auto insurer should offer multiple ways to manage a policy. For example, some insurers allow customers to use a mobile app to file and track claims. But it’s hard to tell how simple it’ll be to file a claim or perform other essential tasks, like paying your premium, before becoming a customer.

Some telltale signs that an insurer will be easy to work with are high mobile app ratings, flexible customer service hours and an easy-to-use website with helpful content. Consider asking a company representative to walk you through the claims process to learn what you’ll need to do if you have to file a claim. And pay attention to how the company communicates with you. "If they don't properly communicate, well, that's a warning sign," says Michael DeLong, a research and advocacy associate for the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America.

4. Pick an affordable company

Car insurance premiums are stretching to record-breaking heights [0] U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS . Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) . Accessed May 21, 2024. View all sources , and almost half of U.S. consumers shopped for a new car insurance policy in the past year, according to an April 2024 report by J.D. Power [0] J.D. Power . Half of Auto Insurance Customers Currently Shopping for New Policies, J.D. Power Finds . Accessed May 21, 2024. View all sources . The best car insurance companies offer competitive rates and a variety of potential discounts.

It’s not hard to get car insurance quotes online from many companies. Make sure you compare the same coverage options throughout the quote-gathering process. And don’t forget to look for car insurance discounts, like breaks for being a good driver, paying your premium in full or driving a new car.

More tips to find the best car insurance

When shopping for the best car insurance, keep the following tips in mind.

Assess your needs. Before buying car insurance, take a moment to reflect on what’s important to you and your family. For example, maybe you prioritize affordability and a well-polished mobile app, but don’t need accident forgiveness .  

Consider small insurers. There are lots of small insurance companies you’ve probably never heard of. These regional insurers may provide lower rates and better customer service than the big companies you see advertised on TV.

Work with an independent agent. While it may be easy to get quotes yourself, independent car insurance agents and brokers can streamline the process. These experts vet companies and compile quotes from small and large insurers on your behalf. Independent agents and brokers can especially come in handy if you have a less-than-perfect driving record and can’t find insurance on your own.

Do your research. Search online for recent mentions of a company in the news before buying a policy, recommends DeLong. If you find a company has lots of recent lawsuits against it, you may want to think twice about signing on the dotted line. “And if they've had to pay out settlements, that's an even bigger red flag,” DeLong says.

Shop around once a year. Make a practice of shopping for car insurance every year — especially if price is important to you. Insurers adjust car insurance rates regularly, so what might have been the most affordable option last year may no longer be a bargain.

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The cheapest ‘Eras Tour’ cities fans can see Taylor Swift in concert in 2024

  • Updated: May. 28, 2024, 12:12 p.m. |
  • Published: May. 24, 2024, 10:00 a.m.

Taylor Swift's first new outfit was an orange bodysuit and matching boots during the "Lover" era at Night 1 of "The Eras Tour" in Paris on May 9, 2024.

Taylor Swift's international "Eras Tour" shows have been dropping in price and much cheaper, compared to her U.S. tour dates. AFP via Getty Images

  • Nicole Iuzzolino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

While Taylor Swift may not be coming to New Jersey anytime soon, it is still very possible to see her live.

Right now, Swift is traveling internationally to bring the “Eras Tour” all over Europe and the U.K., and surprisingly, many of the tickets are incredibly affordable and significantly cheaper than seeing her in the U.S.

Currently, tickets are around $116 to see Taylor Swift in Madrid , with flights from JFK to Madrid costing around $1,145 if you fly in on May 28 and leave on May 30.

Read More: Taylor Swift ‘Eras Tour’ tickets are down to $100. Here’s how to see her in Madrid

To make this trip even “Sweeter Than Fiction”, there are hotels for as cheap as $39 a night for two nights in Madrid. This makes it roughly $600 less than it cost to see Swift last year at MetLife Stadium in the nose bleeds, where tickets were priced around $2,000 until the very last minute.

If flying to another country at the last minute is out of the picture for you, which would be for many, we did the math and figured out where her cheapest show is in the States in 2024. To keep it budget-friendly, you can road trip to New Orleans at the end of October instead!

The New Orleans, La. show on Oct. 26 is currently Swift’s cheapest stateside show on StuHub , at around $1,665 a ticket. Or, if you don’t want to drive, you can also book a roundtrip flight arriving the day before the concert and departing the day after the show for around $314. Hotels around 30 to 45 minutes from the venue are between $120 to $150 a night, while hotels closer (and walking distance) are between $500 to $800 a night. The

If the Madrid show is way too last-minute for you (because we know how hard it is to get an “Eras Tour” outfit together), Swift’s other international shows are more reasonably priced compared to the previous and upcoming U.S. shows.

Here are the cheapest tickets we could find for the rest of Swift’s “Eras Tour” show dates this year.

The cheapest “Eras Tour” tickets for 2024

Madrid, spain (may 29).

Tickets: $118 on StubHub | $178 on TicketCity | $163 on Vivid Seats

Madrid, Spain (May 30)

Tickets: $116 on StubHub | $183 on TicketCity | $129 on Vivid Seats

Lyon, France (June 2)

Tickets: $86 on Vivid Seats | $95 on TicketCity

Lyon, France (June 3)

Edinburgh, united kingdom (june 7).

Tickets: $420 on StubHub | $491 on TicketCity | $441 on Vivid Seats

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (June 8)

Tickets: $394 on StubHub | $445 on TicketCity | $405 on Vivid Seats

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (June 9)

Tickets: $445 on StubHub | $449 on TicketCity | $401 on Vivid Seats

Liverpool, United Kingdom (June 13)

Tickets: $457 on StubHub | $561 on TicketCity | $503 on Vivid Seats

Liverpool, United Kingdom (June 14)

Tickets: $469 on StubHub | $559 on TicketCity | $506 on Vivid Seats

Liverpool, United Kingdom (June 15)

Tickets: $452 on StubHub | $550 on TicketCity | $493 on Vivid Seats

Cardiff, United Kingdom (June 18)

Tickets: $464 on StubHub | $534 on TicketCity | $484 on Vivid Seats

London, United Kingdom (June 21)

Tickets: $745 on StubHub | $761 on TicketCity | $687 on Vivid Seats

London, United Kingdom (June 22)

Tickets: $636 on StubHub | $517 on TicketCity | $468 on Vivid Seats

London, United Kingdom (June 23)

Tickets: $759 on StubHub | $846 on TicketCity | $765 on Vivid Seats

Dublin, Ireland (June 28)

Tickets: $521 on TicketNetwork

Dublin, Ireland (June 29)

Tickets: $361 on TicketNetwork

Dublin, Ireland (June 30)

Amsterdam, netherlands (july 4).

Tickets: $841 on StubHub | $1,139 on TicketCity | $1,020 Vivid Seats

Amsterdam, Netherlands (July 5)

Tickets: $787 on StubHub | $739 on TicketCity | $662 on Vivid Seats

Amsterdam, Netherlands (July 6)

Tickets: $725 on StubHub | $842 on TicketCity | $729 on Vivid Seats

Zürich, Switzerland (July 9)

Tickets: $478 on StubHub | $720 on TicketCity | $664 on Vivid Seats

Zürich, Switzerland (July 10)

Tickets: $458 on StubHub | $776 on TicketCity | $715 on Vivid Seats

Milan, Italy (July 13)

Tickets: $735 on StubHub | $1,007 on TicketCity | $902 on Vivid Seats

Milan, Italy (July 14)

Tickets: $802 on StubHub | $1,870 on TicketCity | $1,674 on Vivid Seats

Gelsenkirchen, Germany (July 17)

Tickets: $423 on StubHub | TicketNetwork | Vivid Seats

Gelsenkirchen, Germany (July 18)

Tickets: $371 on StubHub | $702 on TicketCity | $628 on Vivid Seats

Gelsenkirchen, Germany (July 19)

Tickets: $347 on StubHub | $655 on TicketCity | $587 on Vivid Seats

Hamburg, Germany (July 23)

Tickets: $393 on StubHub | $650 on TicketCity | $582 on Vivid Seats

Hamburg, Germany (July 24)

Tickets: $393 on StubHub | $655 on TicketCity | $586 on Vivid Seats

Munich, Germany (July 27)

Tickets: $475 on StubHub | $655 on TicketCity | $586 on Vivid Seats

Munich, Germany (July 28)

Tickets: $518 on StubHub | $662 on TicketCity | $593 on Vivid Seats

Warsaw, Poland (Aug. 1)

Tickets: $448 on StubHub | $581 on TicketCity | $535 on Vivid Seats

Warsaw, Poland (Aug. 2)

Tickets: $440 on StubHub | $592 on TicketCity | $326 on Vivid Seats

Warsaw, Poland (Aug. 3)

Tickets: $425 on StubHub | $350 on TicketCity | $546 on Vivid Seats

Vienna, Austria (Aug. 8)

Tickets: $575 on StubHub | $2,158 on TicketCity | $1,951 on Vivid Seats

Vienna, Austria (Aug. 9)

Tickets: $492 on StubHub | $908 on TicketCity | $821 on Vivid Seats

Vienna, Austria (Aug. 10)

Tickets: $582 on StubHub | $1,002 on TicketCity | $897 on Vivid Seats

London, United Kingdom (Aug. 15)

Tickets: $1,033 on StubHub | $791 on TicketCity | $715 on Vivid Seats

London, United Kingdom (Aug. 16)

Tickets: $919 on StubHub | $674 on TicketCity | $603 on Vivid Seats

London, United Kingdom (Aug. 17)

Tickets: $765 on StubHub | $795 on TicketCity | $712 on Vivid Seats

London, United Kingdom (Aug. 19)

Tickets: $873 on StubHub | $842 on TicketCity | $712 on Vivid Seats

London, United Kingdom (Aug. 20)

Tickets: $1,071 on StubHub | $801 on TicketCity | $712 on Vivid Seats

Miami, Florida (Oct. 18)

Tickets: $2,231 on StubHub | $1,731 on Vivid Seats | $3,693 on SeatGeek

Miami, Florida (Oct. 19)

Cheapest Tickets: $2,310 on StubHub | $2,173 on Vivid Seats | $2,252 on SeatGeek

Miami, Florida (Oct. 20)

Cheapest Tickets: $2,164 on StubHub | $1,841 on Vivid Seats | $2,969 on SeatGeek

New Orleans, Louisiana (Oct. 25)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,889 on StubHub | $4,828 on Vivid Seats | $2,575 on SeatGeek

New Orleans, Louisiana (Oct. 26)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,665 on StubHub | $1,842 on Vivid Seats | $6,278 on SeatGeek

New Orleans, Louisiana (Oct. 27)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,894 on StubHub | $1,754 on Vivid Seats | $2,373 on SeatGeek

Indianapolis, Indiana (Nov. 1)

Cheapest Tickets: $2,094 on StubHub | $6,503 on Vivid Seats | $4,828 on SeatGeek

Indianapolis, Indiana (Nov. 2)

Cheapest Tickets: $2,331 on StubHub | $3,757 on Vivid Seats | $1,993 SeatGeek

Indianapolis, Indiana (Nov. 3)

Cheapest Tickets: $2,248 StubHub | $2,078 Vivid Seats | $9,960 on SeatGeek

Toronto, Ontario (Nov. 14)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,586 on StubHub | $1,409 on Vivid Seats | $6,236 on SeatGeek

Toronto, Ontario (Nov. 15)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,586 on StubHub | $1,690 on Vivid Seats | $2,718 on SeatGeek

Toronto, Ontario (Nov. 16)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,433 on StubHub | $1,409 on Vivid Seats | $3,098 on SeatGeek

Toronto, Ontario (Nov. 21)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,464 on StubHub | $1,213 on Vivid Seats | $3,477 on SeatGeek

Toronto, Ontario (Nov. 22)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,525 on StubHub | $1,278 on Vivid Seats | $4,694 on SeatGeek

Toronto, Ontario (Nov. 23)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,323 on StubHub | $1,340 on Vivid Seats | $2,284 on SeatGeek

Vancouver, British Columbia (Dec. 6)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,323 on StubHub | $1,138 on Vivid Seats | $2,501 on SeatGeek

Vancouver, British Columbia (Dec. 7)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,211 on StubHub | $1,255 on Vivid Seats | $5,430 on SeatGeek

Vancouver, British Columbia Sunday (Dec. 8)

Cheapest Tickets: $1,403 StubHub | $1,255 on Vivid Seats | $1,945 on SeatGeek

Taylor Swift "Eras Tour" Tickets & News

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  • Taylor Swift ‘Eras Tour’ tickets are under $150. Here’s how to get tickets to see her in Spain
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  • Vivid Seats has deals on Taylor Swift ‘Eras Tour’ tickets. Here are the 5 cities you can secure these tickets in
  • Taylor Swift ‘Eras Tour 2024′: See the complete list of concert changes during her European shows

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Burger King week of deals begins Tuesday: Get discounts on burgers, chicken, more menu items

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Tuesday is National Hamburger Day , and the day happens to coincide with the week of Burger King's 70th birthday .

To celebrate both occasions, the burger chain is offering members of its Royal Perks loyalty program deals and discounts all week long. The deals include:

  • Tuesday, May 28: Get a free hamburger on Tuesday with a purchase of 70 cents or more.
  • Wednesday, May 29: Spend 70 cents or more and get a free Croissan’wich.
  • Thursday, May 30: Get a free medium soft drink when you spend 70 cents or more.
  • Friday, May 31: You can get a free cheeseburger with a purchase of at least 70 cents.
  • Saturday, June 1: Get a free Birthday Pie Slice when you spend 70 cents or more.
  • Sunday, June 2: Spend 70 cents or more and get a free Original Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
  • Monday, June 3: Get a free Whopper Jr. when you spend at least 70 cents.

"Since 1954, Burger King has prided itself on two things – flame-grilling and letting Guests ‘Have It Your Way’," said Pat O'Toole, chief marketing officer of Burger King North America, in a news release earlier this month. “As we look to celebrate our milestone birthday this June, we are proud of the legacy this brand has built and on which we stand, and are beyond grateful for our royal Guests who have made it all possible.”

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In addition to the deals, the company has also been offering customers a new dessert at participating restaurants nationwide as of May 16 and for a limited time.

The dessert, called the Birthday Pie Slice, features a creamy birthday cake flavored pie-filling in a cookie crumb crust topped with rainbow-colored sprinkles, cake bites and whipped topping.

To learn more about the special week of offers and about the Birthday Pie Slice, customers can visit www.bk.com .

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According to Zillow, the typical home value in the United States is about $350,091. Depending on the home, the state, the neighborhood, your local cost of living and the market, the amount varies widely.

And with housing prices that keep rising — with last year’s average housing cost reaching about $327,000 — combined with high interest rates, some prospective homeowners might be looking to move to another city or state to find the home of their dreams. But where will they go?

Despite all that, every state is home to at least a handful of places where buyers can expect to scoop up a house on the cheap. To find the least expensive places to buy a home, GOBankingRates used data from the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) and the U.S. Census Bureau regarding population in order to analyze every significant city in all 50 states and chose one place in each locale where houses are a steal. 

Here’s where homebuyers on a budget should start their search.

  • Cheapest Place: Selmont-West Selmont
  • 2023 ZHVI: $26,907.01
  • Total Population: 1,995
  • Cheapest Place: Ninilchik
  • 2023 ZHVI: $203,976.93
  • Total Population: 964
  • Cheapest Place: Bowie
  • 2023 ZHVI: $82,555.38
  • Total Population: 320
  • Cheapest Place: Grubbs
  • 2023 ZHVI: $36,023.51
  • Total Population: 416
  • Cheapest Place: Johannesburg
  • 2023 ZHVI: $95,686.53
  • Total Population: 90
  • Cheapest Place: Las Animas
  • 2023 ZHVI: $93,021.01
  • Total Population: 2,564

Connecticut

  • Cheapest Place: Hartford
  • 2023 ZHVI: $229,199,63
  • Total Population: 121,562
  • Cheapest Place: Little Creek
  • 2023 ZHVI: $188,307.07
  • Total Population: 248

District of Colombia

  • Cheapest Place: Washington, D.C.
  • 2023 ZHVI: $722,785.93
  • Total Population: 683,154
  • Cheapest Place: Gretna
  • 2023 ZHVI: $83,913.77
  • Total Population: 1,247
  • Cheapest Place: Lumpkin
  • 2023 ZHVI: $41,536.21
  • Total Population: 862
  • Cheapest Place: Pahoa
  • 2023 ZHVI: $279,815.53
  • Total Population: 1,336
  • Cheapest Place: Pierce
  • 2023 ZHVI: $185,619.88
  • Total Population: 481
  • Cheapest Place: Cairo
  • 2023 ZHVI: $19,759.71
  • Total Population: 1,694
  • Cheapest Place: Jasonville
  • 2023 ZHVI: $69,864.45
  • Total Population: 1,935
  • Cheapest Place: Mystic
  • 2023 ZHVI: $53,950.55
  • Total Population: 337
  • Cheapest Place: Sedan
  • 2023 ZHVI: $39,922.63
  • Total Population: 873
  • Cheapest Place: Wheelwright
  • 2023 ZHVI: $40,091.90
  • Total Population: 777
  • Cheapest Place: Rodessa
  • 2023 ZHVI: $51,729.93
  • Total Population: 150
  • Cheapest Place: Van Buren
  • 2023 ZHVI: $112,255.80
  • Total Population: 1,596
  • Cheapest Place: Kitzmiller
  • 2023 ZHVI: $70,155.67
  • Total Population: 229

Massachusetts

  • Cheapest Place: North Adams
  • 2023 ZHVI: $231,801.34
  • Total Population: 13,024
  • Cheapest Place: Beecher
  • 2023 ZHVI: $35,217.92
  • Total Population: 9,171
  • Cheapest Place: Elmore
  • 2023 ZHVI: $66,721
  • Total Population: 398

Mississippi

  • Cheapest Place: Clarksdale
  • 2023 ZHVI: $47,648.91
  • Total Population: 15,124
  • Cheapest Place: Hillsdale
  • 2023 ZHVI: $37,847.55
  • Total Population: 934
  • Cheapest Place: Browning
  • 2023 ZHVI: $133,406.20
  • Total Population: 851
  • Cheapest Place: Walthill
  • 2023 ZHVI: $53,750.74
  • Total Population: 880
  • Cheapest Place: Austin
  • 2023 ZHVI: $72,914.97
  • Total Population: 18

New Hampshire

  • Cheapest Place: Groveton
  • 2023 ZHVI: $153,511.01
  • Total Population: 892
  • Cheapest Place: Camden
  • 2023 ZHVI: $111,456.76
  • Total Population: 72,381
  • Cheapest Place: Tucumcari
  • 2023 ZHVI: $79,381
  • Total Population: 5,221
  • Cheapest Place: Lyon Mountain
  • 2023 ZHVI: $54,356.54
  • Total Population: 256

North Carolina

  • Cheapest Place: Roxobel
  • 2023 ZHVI: $37,497.18
  • Total Population: 224

North Dakota

  • Cheapest Place: Drake
  • 2023 ZHVI: $86,510.78
  • Total Population: 339
  • Cheapest Place: Drexel
  • 2023 ZHVI: $43,850.55
  • Total Population: 1,732
  • Cheapest Place: Grandfield
  • 2023 ZHVI: $36,349.68
  • Total Population: 936
  • Cheapest Place: Condon
  • 2023 ZHVI: $160,483.04
  • Total Population: 763

Pennsylvania

  • Cheapest Place: Girardville
  • 2023 ZHVI: $32,587.41
  • Total Population: 1,360

Rhode Island

  • Cheapest Place: Central Falls
  • 2023 ZHVI: $322,266.99
  • Total Population: 22,192

South Carolina

  • Cheapest Place: Wagener
  • 2023 ZHVI: $43,440.76
  • Total Population: 1,357

South Dakota

  • Cheapest Place: Lemmon
  • 2023 ZHVI: $92,496.39
  • Total Population: 1,252
  • Cheapest Place: Ridgely
  • 2023 ZHVI: $88,515.45
  • Total Population: 1,950
  • Cheapest Place: Rochester
  • 2023 ZHVI: $48,611.98
  • Total Population: 315
  • Cheapest Place: Emery
  • 2023 ZHVI: $189,196.44
  • Total Population: 375
  • Cheapest Place: North Troy
  • 2023 ZHVI: $156,570.38
  • Total Population: 570
  • Cheapest Place: Appalachia
  • 2023 ZHVI: $38,627.02
  • Total Population: 1,472
  • Cheapest Place: Lind
  • 2023 ZHVI: $183,774.44
  • Total Population: 486

West Virginia

  • Cheapest Place: Northfork
  • 2023 ZHVI: $26,217.91
  • Total Population: 367
  • Cheapest Place: Montreal
  • 2023 ZHVI: $105,546.61
  • Total Population: 749
  • Cheapest Place: Midwest
  • 2023 ZHVI: $66,513.74
  • Total Population: 193

Andrew Lisa and Jami Farkas contributed to the reporting of this article.

Methodology : To find the cheapest place to buy a home in every state, GOBankingRates analyzed every state to find the cities with the cheapest median home values, the city, and the state as sourced from Zillow Home Value Index. For each city, the total population was sourced from the US Census American Consumer Survey as supplemental data. All data was collected and is up-to-date as-of May 24, 2024.

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