With summer just around the corner, there is a rush to find a last-minute getaway before it is too late. Instead of visiting some of the country’s most popular destinations (and also some of the most expensive), why not try something a little different this year? These five destinations have plenty to do and won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Baltimore – This east coast location has a bad rap but in the last few years has come a long way. Many low-cost carriers like Southwest fly into Baltimore, making it an inexpensive alternative to Washington DC or New York City – both of which are a short drive away. The Inner Harbor has numerous activities including sailing, great restaurants, and shopping. You’ll find the world’s largest Matisse collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Port Discovery Children’s Museum is home to hands on children’s activities and fun for the whole family. Of course you can’t visit Charm City without feasting on Chesapeake Bay crabs – you won’t find better ones anywhere else! A short train ride will take you to the nation’s capital where you can explore the Smithsonian Museums, National Zoo, and other activities that are low-cost or free.
Denver- The Mile High City does not mean you will have to pay mile-high prices for a great vacation. Just outside of town you can explore Dinosaur Ridge, a National Natural Landmark that’s full of real dinosaur tracks. Splurge and visit the Denver Aquarium or try one of the dude ranches of Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park is only one hour from Denver so you will easily be able to combine both urban and rural experiences to your vacation.
Salt Lake City – You might not think Salt Lake City has much to offer but this is far from the truth. Pick up one of the cities Connect Passes which will easily pay for itself in free meals and attractions. Visit the Olympic Park, Natural History Museum of Utah and Hogle Zoo. Take a day trip outside the city to experience the natural beauty that makes this area one of a kind
San Antonio – The Lone Star State has wonderful cities both small and large. If you’re on a budget San Antonio is the place to go for free attractions. All of the cities’ historic missions including the Alamo are free. You can walk down the famous Riverwalk or rent a bike for only $10 a day!
Minneapolis/St. Paul – You might not want to tackle the Twin Cities in winter months when temperatures are below freezing and snow is piled high but in the summer Minnesota has a lot to over. There are 20 lakes and more than 200 miles of biking and walking trails in Minneapolis/St. Paul and it is one of the few remaining affordable big cities in the country. There are amazing restaurants and dozens of activities for everyone. If visiting with kids be sure to visit Como Town, an affordable amusement park, and Como Zoo – a free public zoo!