Take a Fun Vacation By Visiting Destinations in the USA

You can go on a memorable vacation without busting your budget, simply by visiting one of the spots that made the Best Affordable Destinations in the USA ranking. U.S News & World Report took into consideration the number of free activities and the prices of lodging and food, among other factors, when compiling this list to make sure you’d have plenty of things to do and see wherever you choose to go.

Daytona, Florida

Daytona is most often associated with NASCAR and spring breakers, but this coastal city is still a worthy vacation spot for those interested in other pursuits. Beach bums will love the more than 20 miles of public shoreline, while history buffs will enjoy the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh is home to several colleges, craft breweries and numerous trails and parks that are free to explore, making it a great destination for all types of travelers. Plus, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of History and the state Capitol all offer free admission, making it easy to spend the day (or several) exploring. William B. Umstead State Park, Pullen Park and the Neuse River Trail are also free to explore, ideal for hikers, bikers and fellow wanderers. And the R-LINE, Raleigh’s downtown circulator bus, offers 20 stops throughout downtown and doesn’t cost a thing.

Dallas–Fort Worth

Known for its cowboys (both on and off the football field), big hair and bigger hats, Dallas–Fort Worth is a quintessential Texas destination. Glamorous shops, gourmet restaurants and high-end hotels also call these cities home, making it easy to dismantle your budget.

Jacksonville, Florida

While Jacksonville is known as a jumping-off point for cruises, this Florida city has numerous attractions of its own. The downtown Riverside Arts Market welcomes visitors every Saturday, and showcases hundreds of stalls selling local crafts and wares. Kingsley Plantation is another free attraction, and it’s located within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, a vast stretch of unspoiled wetlands.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Home to three separate entrances into Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is a great vacation destination for hikers. However, the downtown area is not to be overlooked. Gatlinburg is a walkable city (though there’s also a cheap trolley), so getting around is a breeze.