We have prepared 3 affordable and exciting destinations for those who want to explore the US while being on a tight budget.
One of the most famous tourist destinations in the US is, surprisingly, quite affordable. To start with, accommodation is not something to worry about - camping is the best option to stay near the Grand Canyon. A spot on the camping site costs around $10-15 per person, and booking it in advance would spare you any additional fees or sudden price increase.
Of course, it is also possible to organize a one-day trip, but a stay is recommended to enjoy all the beautiful views that nature has created.
If you are going by car, note that the entrance fee can cost around $35 per vehicle, so a tip is to gather some friends and go on this trip with a company - sharing the parking costs would help save some money. If you plan to get there by bus and enter the canyon on foot, the entrance fee would cost you $20 per person. Overall cost, including meals, can go up to $100-130 per person, but bringing your own meals would help save restaurants.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is a perfect destination for both party-makers and history lovers: its variety of carnivals and festivities combined with historical locations and museums won’t let you get bored. It is possible to find a nice hostel starting from $18 per day and cheap but delicious meals from $3-5. New Orleans offers a large variety of theme cafes, bars, and restaurants, as well as bustling clubs and parties.
For music fans, it is enough to mention just one word - jazz. New Orleans is home to the genre, with many festivals, clubs, and concerts available around the year. If you are not a party person, you might enjoy the historical buildings and museums as well as the French Quarter. New Orleans is also a perfect destination for the fans of the supernatural - cemetery tours, voodoo shops, and the famous haunted Pharmacy Museum will surely send a chill down your spine.
South Padre Island, Texas
Who says a vacation at the beach can’t be affordable? South Padre Island is a great beach spot for those who want to have an amazing yet affordable beach experience. Besides the beach itself, the island offers many water sports such as surfing, kiteboarding, and many others. If you’re not a fan of sports activities and just want to sunbathe and swim in the ocean, the island’s white sand, stunning sunsets, and breathtaking views will accompany you to make the trip even more memorable.
It is possible to find affordable hotels and holiday inns, especially if you plan the trip in advance. Just keep in mind that the busiest time is spring break, with countless party lovers coming from all over the US. So if you would like to have more privacy and relax, try to avoid going in spring and opt for the months from September to February. However, if you appreciate a beach party and music festivals next to the ocean, spring break would be a good time to go to South Padre Island.