Summer’s fast approaching and there are only so many years a person can accept a “bad economy” and “high gas prices” as reasons to forgo a vacation — enough already!
Instead of skimping on a summer trip altogether, why not find economical alternatives and cutback on extras, such as shopping, dining out, and expensive hotels? The best way to see what’s out there while still minding your budget is to hit the open road and explore the US. There’s no need to fly or go outside the country when there are so many fantastic attractions and natural wonders within driving distance.
As inspiration for planning your own get-away, check out our top ten best vacation spots in the US:
1. Any of the National Parks
The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains… need we say more? These are timeless vacation destinations with sites people from all over the world come to see.
2. New Orleans
The Big Easy has always had a personality all its own. It’s a true cultural melting pot set to a backdrop of jazz, gumbo, and good times.
3. Washington D.C.
You can spend days in D.C. and still not come close to seeing everything this district has to offer, and with its abundance of free museums, you don’t have to spend a lot to do a lot.
4. San Francisco
This is another one-of-a-kind city with beautiful views of the bay, delicious and eclectic food, and a laidback feel.
5. New York City
The city that never sleeps is one of those places everybody has to visit at least once. Its unique contrast of history and modernism provides entertainment for all.
6. Las Vegas
If you’re looking for an escape from reality and a dose of debauchery, look no further than Vegas, baby.
7. Walt Disney World
Not the most budget-friendly option, but if your funds aren’t quite as tight, this is the quintessential family vacation destination, and as their commercials like to remind you, it’s something your fast-growing kids will remember forever.
Can we list a whole state as a vacation spot? When it’s surrounded by beautiful beaches we can. Panama City, Key West, Cocoa beach, Fort Lauderdale, etc. — just pick a spot and enjoy the warm, blue water.
9. San Antonio
This is one of the largest cities in the US, and sites like the Alamo, the gorgeous River Walk, Sea World, Six Flags, and more make it a favorite place for tourists.
10. Lake Tahoe
Who needs an ocean when you can relax and play on one of the world’s largest lakes? With plenty of boating, skiing, and hiking, Lake Tahoe is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast.
Does this list have you itching to travel? If so, don’t let a slow economy stop you. Even if you just go to the next city over, the scenery will be different, and it will get you out of your normal routine.