Some of the most expensive cities in the world are in the United States. However, that does not mean you can’t travel around the country on a budget. After all, it is one of the world’s largest countries by land mass and hosts some amazing cities that you’d love to explore. Whether you are traveling alone, or on a group tour, here are the ten best budget-friendly travel destinations from the West Coast to the East Coast.
San Antonio, Texas
There are more than 3 million visits to the historical Alamo every year! But San Antonio offers more than its history. The City is infused with Mexican culture through and is well known for its cuisines, marketplaces, and fiestas. The best time to visit is now with the City expanding the River Walk, one of its most-loved attractions.
San Antonio can be reached in several ways, such as air, car, bus, or rail. The city’s extensive bus system VIA metropolitan Transit makes it easy to get around. Several hotels offer affordable accommodation, which can cost from $19.27 per bed per night at the Bullis House Inn to $115 per night at Hotel Havana.
San Diego, CA
San Diego offers bargains unlike its neighboring cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco. San Diego offers amazing attractions for everyone with low priced hotels and car rentals. Some of San Diego’s family-friendly bargain attractions include boardwalk beaches like Pacific Beach or Mission Beach or to go on the San Diego Harbor Excursion, which begins from San Diego Harbor all the way to the island of Coronado.
The average nightly rate for a room is $120, but prices can range anywhere from $20 to several hundred. There are cheap hostels around the City that appeal to young folks, and travelers on a budget who can share a bathroom and kitchen facilities and sometimes sleeping quarters with other guests.
Kansas City, MO
Known as one of America’s most affordable travel and leisure destinations, Kansas City is known for its barbecue and diverse culture, art, and cuisine. Known for its variety of free attractions, of which include tours of the Harley-Davidson’s Plant and Boulevard Brewing Company, Kaleidoscope, an art studio for kids who are passionate about art and creativity, over 70 art galleries on Crossroads Art District. Renting a hotel room in Kansas City costs on average is $100 per night and $319 at Kansas City’s first green hotel, the Q.
Atlanta is one of the major airline hubs in the country, which is why it is a great destination to consider visiting on a budget. The City is popular for hosting the 1996 Olympic Games, but it’s a city with sporting events taking place all year round, and you can go for some hiking in the Appalachians north of the City or visit Stone Mountain Park to the east. There are many free or cheap attractions to visit like Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Center for Puppetry Arts and much more.
If you’d like a trip to the Northeast, Philadelphia is a cheap option in comparison to its neighbor, New York. The City is packed with historical sites and fun street food which is generally inexpensive. Once you arrive in Philadelphia, the first place you might like to visit is the Independence Visitor Center, where you can get a free overview of the City and its attractions. After that, you can learn about the Declaration of Independence for free by visiting the National Constitution Center. The City’s public art gallery has the largest collection of art in the country, and classic Philly treats can be gotten at Reading Terminal Market as well as with a multitude of street vendors.
Houston may not be high on any travelers list, but it is certainly one of America’s most interesting and multicultural cities. Houston is home to NASA, and a slew of free admission attractions like The Menil Collection which contains over 15,000 art pieces from different eras, Art Car Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Rothko Chapel and the Lawndale Art Center. Free entertainment is available at places like Miller Outdoor Theatre and Discovery Green.
New Orleans, LA
When it comes to saving big on entertainment, New Orleans is a big hit. Every season has one festival or another. If partying is your thing or you just enjoy watching people, this city is just the right place. Moving around the City can be interesting using the world-famous streetcars which provide an affordable way to explore the attractions or you can explore on foot on a walking tour or alone. There are historical mansions, old cemeteries, and the popular French Quarter. A riverboat cruise or swamp tour offers little fun and entertainment.
Denver’s blend of Rocky Mountain Western culture and Mile High City features are a visitors delight. This high altitude city offers breathtaking views while hiking or biking. For those seeking a city and mountain getaway all in one, this is the ideal value vacation spot. Some of the well-known attractions include the breweries, with a free tour of Coors Brewery. You can go on tours like the United States Mint Tour and the Denver Story Trek, and visit places like the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, and the Colorado State Capitol. The Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak can be found in Colorado Springs.
Phoenix offers a great place for those who like the sun because this City is sunny almost all year. This desert city, however, offers a unique landscape and taking all this in can be inexpensive. Hiking and biking will bring you one on one with the City’s unique nature. You can check either the Echo Canyon or Cholla trails. In addition, you can get some exercise hiking up Piestewa Peak while there are more than 50 miles of bile on South Mountain Park and Reserve. You can get a taste of the culture by paying a visit to the Heard Museum to learn about the Native Americans of Arizona and New Mexico.
Memphis AKA “Home of the Blues” is known for its music history and barbecue. At first glance, the City may appear to be the adult fun place with its electric nightlife and live music. It also offers plenty of fun and affordable attractions for kids as well. The Memphis Zoo is a great attraction for the whole family, with admission only $15 per adult and $10 a child. You can take a trip to Mud Island River Park, which is free to enter and can be accessed by monorail. If you want to head out at night for some barbecue, drinks, and live music, head over to Beale Street, as many bars and clubs offer no cover charge.
In conclusion, If you put effort into researching, you will find a number of beautiful and interesting cities in the US like those listed here that you can vacate at a reasonable price.