budget vacations ideas
Budget vacation ideas can help you find perfect, but pocket acceptable travel destination in USA. Many budget travelers know it's possible to have an AMAZING summer vacation in the U.S. without breaking the bank! Here, we've rounded up the best in beaches, national parks, mountains, and big-city blowouts—all for under $150/night that makes our top budget vacation ideas possible!
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Yellowstone National Park is the flagship of the National Park Service and a favorite to millions of visitors each year. The park is a major destination for all members of the family. By driving the grand loop road, visitors can view the park from the comfort of their vehicle and also take a rest at one of the many roadside picnic areas. For the active visitor, the park has thousands of miles of trails from dayhikes to backcountry explorations. The main attractions are all located on the grand loop road.
Stay: Located three miles from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Lodge offers Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast, a heated pool, and access to a business center and coin-operated laundry facilities.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is nestled along the beautiful coast on the Atlantic Ocean and is packed with family attractions, exciting theater shows and endless restaurants serving up almost anything you can imagine. It’s no wonder they get over 14 million visitors annually!
Myrtle Beach is home to high-rise hotels and resorts as well as oceanfront condos and vacation homes plus smaller “mom-and-pop" style motels and inns. Book a spot at one of the campgrounds on the Grand Strand for a different experience.
With summer in full swing, accommodations in Myrtle Beach are filling up quick. Keep up with our Top Deals to find the best prices in town!
Stay: Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort provides beach access and ocean views, a heated outdoor pool, heated "lazy river," kids' water play area, and a "kids eat free" policy
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the top visited National Park in the country. In fact, each year, it has more visitors than the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone combined!
You can do fishing, hiking, and scenic drives like the six-mile Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Don't forget to spend at least one day at 150-acre Dollywood for authentic Tennessee music, food, and, of course, thrill rides such as the Wild Eagle and Mystery Mine.
Stay: The Park Vista-a DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg features two restaurants, an indoor pool, and mountain views
A city of neighborhoods, Chicago is wholly unique and no matter where you go, each part has its own draw: the buzzing Loop downtown and upscale River North, artsy Wicker Park, scholarly Hyde Park, and flamboyant Boystown. Add to that some of the world’s best architecture and museums, a thriving music and dining scene, and its multi-cultural make-up.
A major American city that is as affordable as it is friendly, Chicago welcomes visitors from every corner of the world! Whether you’re in the mood for comedy, jazz clubs, fine dining, glittering skyscrapers, or an afternoon of shopping Chicago is a place for you.
Stay: The Allerton Hotel on Magnificent Mile is smack in the middle of a shopper's mecca. This full-service hotel evokes the spirit of 1920s Chicago with its classic façade, but has earned awards for its sleek, inspiring interior design.
MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK
Central Kentucky’s Cavelands are home to world-class underground beauty in Mammoth Cave National Park, Diamond Caverns, Hidden River Cave, Lost River Cave, Mammoth Onyx Cave, Onyx Cave and Outlaw Cave. Lakes and rivers provide outstanding water recreation including; canoeing, fishing, boating, water skiing and swimming. The whole family will also enjoy very exciting attractions featuring, kangaroos, rollercoasters, dinosaurs, zipline rides, horseback riding, balloon rides and so much more! Discover history and culture at one of our fine area museums. Explore the beautiful rolling countryside with Farmer’s markets, antiques, gift shops and area festivals.
Stay: Baymont Inn & Suites Cave City is about a half-hour drive from Mammoth Cave National Park, with other notable caves in the vicinity as well; it offers a complimentary SuperStart breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and kids under 17 stay for free!
This seaside fishing village with bustling waterfront offers a picture perfect getaway for all types of travelers who seek a getaway found in a gorgeous natural setting. Located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County, Morro Bay offers year round activities in an unspoiled slice of California. From ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching, to kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, there is something for all ages to enjoy.
Stay: Boasting a Jacuzzi, Morro Shores Inn & Suites is situated in Morro Bay and provides comfortable accommodation. It offers free Wi-Fi, conference rooms and a BBQ/picnic area.