Traveling on a budget is so rewarding. Who needs 5 star hotels, elegant restaurants and expensive extras? I have found that my favorite holiday areas are those close to home, just on American soil. When I had such positive experiences, I wanted to share a few of my favorite spots with you. Even though I did not have to clean my savings account or break these "on a budget" one of those destinations, they were worth every penny I spent. Here are 5 of my best places to travel, whether you're on a budget or not.
This American hot spot is a great place to go when you can get there. We all know the power to experience the Grand Canyon, but there's so much more, whether it's spring, summer, fall or winter, Arizona gets a plus from me from the amazing climate to the many affordable things to see and do. It can get really hot, so pack some casual clothes. because if you're like me, it's the best place to be outside. The state has done a great job of creating hiking trails, botanical gardens, camping sites, outdoor tours and other nature-loving excursions. The state is full of big cities and small towns full of art, culture and history and delicious food. For example, Tucson, Arizona is full of southwest and Mexican heritage. There is very little or no entry fee to see spots such as Sabino Canyon and Saguaro National Park and then head over to Sedona, Arizona for an opportunity to see 100 plus art galleries and events that happen all the time. They are great places to see if you are an artist or not.
2nd Baltimore, MD
I have visited Baltimore many times and it is by far one of my favorite places to see. The seafood is fresh and delicious as it's all the fare in town and for us of us on a budget goes a dollar long, long way. The steamed crabs are like no one else in the world. The National Aquarium is beautifully located just off Baltimore Harbor and one day spent there is a day well spent. The beautiful, family-friendly sights, scents and sounds are one of a kind! The port and the gallery are near the harbor and offer a fantastic mecca shopping and dining area where you can choose what fits your wallet and tastes. Depending on the year's time (remember Baltimore is cold in the winter) there is even free entertainment. The American Vision Museum is worth the short trip from the harbor. They charge a fee to enter, but the building itself and the property are full of sculptures and art to be seen for free. And there are so many other museums to visit in your time in this family-friendly city.
3rd Hershey, PA
Hershey, Pennsylvania has become one of the most famous destinations in our country, and it offers so many free and cheap things to do. There is a world-class amusement park, a notorious day spa that can be a but expensive, but there are also many memorable affordable things to do. Hershey Chocolate World, a trip located at Hershey Park, is completely free. It's a wonderful historical trip that is both entertaining and educational. If you are traveling with children, they will receive a free trial at the end of the trip, where you have fallen right into the gift shop. There is also the Hershey wagon that will carry you around the city complete with kissy lights located on the streets. It was started by Milton Hershey as he planned the city and continues to today … it's worth your time. If you have time (and I would suggest making time) visit ZooAmerica, Hershey Gardens, Milton Hershey School and the other amazing museums, all located in Hershey, PA.
4th Dallas, TX
In a city known for everything big, the price of visiting is not that bad. We had a bit of an adventurous spirit, so we booked a city pass that offered discounted rates to some of the city's most popular attractions. We could not beat them all but we saw George W. Bush (he was the president) Library and Museum and Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Pretty cool to add a little culture to your vacation. My travelers enjoy visiting zoos so we went to the amazing Dallas Zoo and met two beautiful African elephants and fed a giraffe. There are so many family-oriented events and presentations in this zoo, you may need to stay more than one day. Dallas Farmers Market is a must see marketplace. The food, the sellers and the most memorable experience is like no other market I have visited. If you go, take a street taco on La Ventana or a pork stuffed tamale at El Mero Mero. I should mention the Trinity River Audubon Center for all of you hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. This city forest forest is a flight from town to the characteristic Texas terrain.
5th Nashville, TN
Nashville, home of country music, American history and so much to see and do. First of all, Must-see for all must-see the Country Music Hall of Fame and the infamous Grand Ole Opry. Just the view from the outside of these famous buildings is a must see. When you get your country music complete, head over to the beautiful campus campus at Vanderbilt University and Belmont University or go to the Adventure Science Center or Belmont Mansion and spend some afternoon new things. The campuses are full of history and tradition and a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. And we did not even mention Nashville's food. Nashville must be a melting pot of the kitchen. There are all possible ticket prices to satisfy any palate. My favorites were found on carriages, which offered fast, delicious and budget-friendly meals on the go. If you have room for a pie, I recommend the peach or pecan.