Best Budget Friendly Travel Destinations

Budget friendly travel destination

Traveling can be very expensive. You might be dreaming of a getaway, but think it’s out of your budget. However, it might be more in reach than you think.

Here are some budget friendly travel destinations that are all in the US, and that won’t break the bank. 

Grand Canyon

The first travel destination on our list is the Grand Canyon. This is a place on many people’s bucket list to see, and it might be more in budget than you think. The cost to enter that park is $35 per car, which will give you access to the park for 7 days. 

As for where to stay, your cheapest option is going to be tent camping. There are so many campgrounds in the area that you can choose from. Enjoy hiking and take in the amazing views that Grand Canyon National Park has to offer.

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine is known as the gateway to Acadia National Park. The park entrance fee is only $30 for your whole car, and you get access to the park for 7 days. You can enjoy all of the picturesque views that Bar Harbor has to offer. 

There are numerous cheap and free activities for you to enjoy. Take a walk along the water, or go on a hike in Acadia National Park. If you are able to, travel during the off season to save even more money. However, make sure to splurge on some lobster since this is what they are known for here

Asheville, NC

Ashville is a great place to enjoy a lot of free activities. There are so many free music festivals that go on here throughout the year. You can also take advantage of the great hiking around the area.

If you are wanting to save, you can stay in one of the hostels. These are a great budget-friendly option. Again, traveling here during the off season can save you money since prices are going to be lower. If you are wanting to splurge on a really cool experience, check out the Biltmore. 

Destin, FL

Looking for a beach getaway? Check out Destin, Florida. Beach vacations can get really expensive really fast if you aren’t careful. From the hotel, to the drinks, to the food, you can find yourself spending a lot.

Destin is a great beach destination because the average price of a 4 to 5 star hotel is less than $200 a night. The best activity that you can do here is enjoy the beautiful beaches, which is absolutely free. If you are looking to avoid some of the cost of eating out, try buying food at the local grocery store. This can help you save on some of the overpriced food they are selling to tourists.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is a great mountain getaway. There are so many miles for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding. Enjoy all the views of the beautiful nature and wildlife of the Smoky Mountains. There are many budget friendly places to stay in the area like hotels, motels, and even tent camping. If tent camping, just be aware of the black bears that might steal your food! 

Nags Head, NC

Nags Head is another great budget friendly beach destination. If you are wanting a beach vacation with a little more to do, check this place out. 

When you aren’t sunning yourself on the beach, you can explore all this place has to offer. Check out the light houses, or look for wildlife at the nearby wildlife refuges. Finally, if you are looking for the cheapest time of the year to come, try fall or spring.  

Remember, vacationing doesn’t have to cost you a fortune if you spend smart and choose the right destination. For more tips on how to vacation on a budget, check out our other blog post.