5 Summer Road Trip Destinations That Won't Break the Bank
Grab your bags and get those car snacks ready! Here are a few great destinations you can't afford to miss.
Although Nashville might immediately call to mind nightlife, there's a whole lot more to Music City than booze.
From a full-scale replica of the Greek parthenon ($6 adult entry, $4 for kids*) to the crowd-pleasing Adventure Science Center ($14.95 for mom and dad and $4 less for junior*), Nashville can be both fun and educational for kids of any age. And don't miss Hatch Show Print, a historic letter press shop whose work you'll definitely recognize -- and whose tour is less than $20* to take.
And although hotel prices have been on the rise, they're still relatively affordable at well under $200 per night* — a number which could drop lower as more rooms are built to keep up with demand.
Plus, you won't need to budget for any fancy dining. It's all about the barbecue, baby!
No matter your politics, it's undeniable that your family can learn a lot from a traipse through our nation's capital.
And what's more, D.C. 's inexpensive enough to have earned a spot on Price of Travel's 2017 Backpacker Index (PoT). Although you'll probably spend more than PoT's estimated $70 per day (since you might not want to put your family up in a hostel), it's nice to know you won't pay a dime for your entry to the Smithsonian.
If you want to inspire your kids with a love of the outdoors, Yellowstone's the perfect place to do it. And depending on how willing you are to "rough it," your vacation costs can get pretty darn cheap.
Some of Yellowstone's campsite fees are as low as $15*, which gets you a spot for up to two weeks. Of course, if you'd prefer a real roof or running water, you may have to shell out for a nearby hotel -- which can get pricey ($200+ per night*) and crowded in the high-traffic summer months.
No, the oldest city in America isn't Jamestown — and that's just the start of what you'll learn if you visit this northeastern Florida gem.
With beautiful beaches, boutique shops and a plethora of family-friendly activities (like a Pirate Museum!), it's hard to go wrong in St. Augustine. And you don't have to take our word for it: the town was recently voted one America's Favorite Cities by Travel + Leisure.
But despite its array of fun attractions, St. Augustine is still a budget-friendly destination, so long as you steer clear of the fancy downtown B&Bs.
You can score a delicious and affordable dinner for two for less than $60*, and a trip to the beach doesn't cost a thing. And even if you're staying on the outskirts, it's small enough to walk everywhere — so skip paying the crazy $20* asked at private parking lots.
If you're looking for a beach vacation without Miami prices, you might consider heading a little further north.
North Carolina's beautiful Outer Banks have a ton to offer, from historic lighthouse tours to paddle boarding or kite-flying on the beach. Although hotel room prices do go up in summer, it's still not hard to find prime locations for less than $200* per night -- and tent camping's an option, too, given the ocean breeze.
Where will your summer travels take you this season?
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