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High temperatures and long weekends make summertime the season to travel. Sadly though, summer vacations can be pricey. Not to worry, we got you covered. Whether you’re looking to relax and layout on the beach, hike your way through your weekend in the countryside or find an unexpected rooftop cocktail bar, we have the best affordable getaway destinations for the summer. Ready to pack your bag? Here are five classic weekend trips that won’t break the bank, but will satisfy your summer fantasies.
1. For Some Quality Vitamin Sea – East Beach (Santa Barbara), California
You will be “California Dreamin’ ” in this picturesque beach town. The beach, which is quieter than most Santa Barbara beaches, is free all day for the public. It’s a no-fuss place where locals and visitors come to eat, beach, sleep and repeat. Oh, and play a volleyball game or two.
2. For Racking Up Likes On Your Instagram – Lexington, Kentucky
Think of it like this: Lexington has the same appeal as Austin, Texas, but without the high prices. Seems pretty perfect, right? It even has a plethora of Insta-worthy spots. Just go to the Visit Lex’s Mural Challenge for a chance to capture your perfect ‘gram.
3. For Cocktails With A View – Charleston, South Carolina
Experience some true southern charm at a rooftop cocktail bar in Charleston. Although you will find plenty of luxury, high-end spots with breathtaking views, the youthful city is full of casual and budget-friendly options that are just as enchanting. Enjoy live music, take in the Charleston harbor views and relax with a cocktail in hand– preferably frozen!
4. For A Legendary Lobster Roll – Portland, Maine
When you visit Portland there’s no need to partake in fine dining. In fact, some of Portland’s best restaurants are casual spots that offer summer classics like the lobster roll. The summer hotspot prides itself on its locally sourced, sustainable cuisine that keeps its food as close to home as possible. For a personal favorite, try the Portland Lobster Company.
5. For The Climb – Moab, Utah
Bordering two of Utah’s national parks, Moab gives visitors a chance to appreciate the state’s expansive desert landscape. You can watch the sunrise over Canyonlands National Park and the sunset in the red rock lands of Arches National Park. The destination is a perfect place to hike, bike and connect with nature. Moab is a great budget-friendly, summertime destination for nature lovers – plus, the weather there is nearly perfect all year round.