#1 Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is definitely at the top of most people’s vacation “bucket list”. With 277 miles of river, this 18-mile-wide and 1-mile deep canyon is truly one of nature’s wonders. Hike the Bright Angel Trail in the South Rim of the canyon for beautiful views or try camping in the North Rim; both are budget friendly options.
#2 Glacier National Park
Montana’s Glacier National Park is a favorite for hikers and nature lovers alike. With hiking trails for all skill levels and over 700 lakes, this 1-million-acre paradise is not only breathtaking but budget friendly. Not into hiking? Don’t worry. There is also a 52-mile scenic drive through the park dotted with lodges, chalets, and hotels on the National Register of Historic Places.
#3 Gatlinburg, TN
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located in Gatlinburg, TN, boasts all types of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, biking, and hiking. With cabins to rent and historical exhibits to meander through, there is no end to the sightseeing opportunities to be found on a budget. At cultural activities such as the Sweet Fanny Adams Theater or one of the numerous galleries, visitors can enjoy watching local artisans create everything from pottery to jewelry to handmade brooms. With its mild temperatures, Gatlinburg is a nice spot from March through November.
# 4 San Antonio, TX
Remember the Alamo! Davy Crockett helped make San Antonio famous with his famous stand at the Alamo, and Texans are proud of their heritage. In addition to the Alamo, San Antonio is home to various attractions such as theme parks, museums, and the famous River Walk where patrons can take a quiet boat ride or sit and relax at one of the many restaurants and watch the world go by, all at an affordable price.
#5 Williamsburg, VA
For those looking for an economical and educational vacation, historical Williamsburg fits the bill. Talented actors dressed as our Founding Fathers walk the streets sharing their love of history for all to hear. Just a hop, skip, and jump from Jamestown and Yorktown, all three cities allow for a rich history lesson on a modest budget.
No matter which city is chosen for a vacation, all five have something in common: fun at an affordable price.