Affordable Cities to Visit and Have Fun

We know how you feel: You’ve been working hard, and you desperately need some vacation time in order to relax, recharge, blow off some steam, and explore a new place you’ve never been before. But because you’re on a budget or short on cash, you think you can’t take one. Well, think again.

A bit of research and organization can help you plan the vacation you deserve right here in the states, without putting a strain on your pocket book. Not sure where to go for some inexpensive vacation fun? Let us be your tour guide to some of the cheapest and most enjoyable cities in the U.S.

Washington DC: The nation’s capital is one of the most affordable destinations in the country. Part of the reason why D.C. is so inexpensive is because there is a wealth of free activities at visitors’ fingertips. Tour the Lincoln Memorial, the National Archives (where the original versions of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence live), the Library of Congress, Vietnam War Memorial, National Portrait Gallery, Botanic Garden, and the Capitol Building, just to name a few, without spending a single, solitary dime. Plus, the Metrorail and MetroBus provide residents and visitors with one of the best public transportation systems in the U.S. No need to rent a car (and we highly caution against driving or parking in Washington DC).

Hotels are incredibly cheap in D.C. You can easily find accommodations for less than $100 a night within a few miles of all of the best attractions in town. Plan to spend at least a few days in town. When the entire city is a history lesson, it’s hard to be bored.

Philadelphia, PA: Like DC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a city filled with both history and free attractions. Run up the same steps that Rocky Balboa did at the Philadelphia Art Museum. See the crack in the Liberty Bell for yourself. Watch the boats float lazily down the Delaware River. Be sure to visit Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and Old City Hall.

Feel a chill run down your spine as you enter the room where Edgar Allen Poe penned The Raven at the Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site. And then, when you’re starving from all the touring, grab a famous Philly cheese steak at Pat’s or Geno’s on South Street. Hotel fares are low in Philadelphia, and the city is small enough to see a lot of it on foot. Inexpensive vacation fun waits around every corner in the city of Brotherly Love.

Austin, TX: Unique, laid-back, and weird (but in the good way) are just a few of the people use to describe Austin, Texas’ capital city. Those also happen to be perfect words to describe some of the freebies in the city, including Zilker Botanical Garden, Texas State Capitol building, and Barton Creek Greenbelt.

A true nature-lover’s haven, the Greenbelt is an 809 acre park with hiking trails, natural swimming holes, and rock climbing. Or, you can take in a free movie at the Movies in the Park at Republic Square in downtown Austin. With all the money you’ll save, you can afford to feast on BBQ at Smitty’s Market, or prime rib at the Carillon, one of the city’s finest dining establishments.

Savannah, GA: The sultry, romantic city of Savannah, Georgia was the backdrop to the popular murder mystery novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which was later turned into a film that featured many of the city’s hot spots. Savannah’s historic district is lined with distinctive properties of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Beautiful examples of opulent Greek and Gothic Revival-style homes abound, and you can see this slice of Southern architectural history for free. Or, you can visit the Bonaventure Cemetery, the final resting place of Savannah’s most famous (and infamous) celebrities. Nature-enthusiasts will love Skidway Island State Park, where you can camp, hike on trails, or take a swim in the pool. After hours, grab a cocktail or a craft beer at The Distillery on West Liberty Street.

Santa Fe, NM: Ensconced in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe, New Mexico is a great place to find free or cheap stuff to do outside, where visitors can bask in the city’s gorgeous weather. And one of the best of the affordable destinations in town is the Santa Fe Plaza.

The Plaza not only has free live music and vendors selling authentic Native American wares, it’s also within walking distance to other Santa Fe landmarks, like the San Miguel Mission, the Palace of Governors, Lensic Performing Arts Center, New Mexico History Museum, and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Make sure you hit the Pantry Restaurant on Cerrillos Road for breakfast, and be sure to order the Huevos Rancheros with red and green chili. It’s some of the best in town.

San Francisco, CA: It certainly isn’t cheap to live and pay rent in San Francisco, but it’s definitely one of the most affordable destinations in California. Whether it’s taking a cable car from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf, perusing the vinyl selection at Amoeba Records on Haight Street, basking in the sun at Golden Gate Park, or seeing stars at the Morrison Planetarium, San Francisco might be a small city, but it’s huge on inexpensive fun.

Don’t even bother with a car. The BART and MUNI train and bus system will take you anywhere you want to be. Take a BART train to the 24th Street station in the Mission District, walk less than half a block to El Farolito, and enjoy one of the best burritos this side of the Mexican border.

With a little planning ahead, you can turn a weekend visit to one of these cities into a fabulous vacation experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Don’t think you have enough cash to visit these affordable destinations? Think again. PaydayLoansCashAdvance can get you the payday loan you need to hit the road in style. It’s easy to get started, completely confidential, and there are no set up fees.

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