Summer travel is expensive, mostly because that’s the time when everyone wants to vacation. But it doesn’t have to be extremely pricey if you know where to go. According to U.S. News and World Report, these are the best budget trips around the country this summer.
1. Grand Canyon, Arizona
The iconic landscape of the Grand Canyon is a priceless adventure that comes at a low cost, especially if you camp in the national park and avoid the more expensive nearby hotels.
2. Williamsburg, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg is a time machine of a trip. You can experience the town just like the first settlers did back in the early days of the U.S.’s 13 original colonies.
3. Fort Meyers, Florida
Besides the beaches, you can visit local wildlife at Manatee Park (where you’ll find the roly-poly sea mammals) or wander along the coast via car or bike.
4. Albuquerque, New Mexico
You gotta like the heat, but New Mexico has a lot of culture going on. Whether you want to spot hot air balloons or learn about Native American history, there’s something for everyone in the area.
5. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
It’s beach beach beach time in Fort Lauderdale! There are plenty of sandy spots to stake your claim for some swimming and tanning time, as well as a boardwalk with food and drinks galore.
6. Tuscon, Arizona
Think cacti and cuisine in Tuscon. The sunny Arizona city has fantastic Mexican food (since it’s not far from the border) and a historic “Old Pueblo” district.
7. Boca Raton, Florida
Boca Raton is known for outdoor adventures, including golf courses, public parks and beaches. But there’s also a thriving art scene with a sculpture garden and outdoor concerts.
8. Daytona, Florida
When Spring Break is over in Daytona, the city becomes cheap. Whether you’re into the beaches or car racing attractions, summer is the time to hit this Florida spot.
9. Biloxi, Mississippi
You’ll find lighthouses, Civil War battlegrounds and white sand beaches in Biloxi, all surrounded by magnolia trees and Southern cooking.
10. Tampa, Florida
Orlando may have Disney World and Universal Studios, but Tampa has Busch Gardens, a roller coaster-filled amusement park. The city also has an aquarium and islands within day-trip distance.
11. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The spring breakers in Myrtle Beach make summer a more affordable option for the non-collegiate traveler. Whether you’re aiming for beach time or want to indulge your inner child with mini golf, you’ll find it here.
12. Moab, Utah
Moab is located in a prime national park tour area. In one trip, you can see Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, two jaw-dropping desert landscapes.
13. Annapolis, Maryland
Historic Annapolis is a port city, making it a great place for Civil War buffs (and those interested in the War of 1812) and, of course, seafood lovers.
14. Bar Harbor, Maine
You want to visit stunning coastal Maine in the summer when it’s warm. You have access to Acadia National Park and Frenchman Bay, so you can hike and sail to your heart’s content.
15. Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Surfside Bay is a two-mile stretch of beach where guests will find a picturesque pier, summer concerts and all sorts of sandy fun.