Getaways these days certainly don’t come cheap. Between the rising cost of airfare-plus the fact that you have to pay more to bring extra luggage with you-and the costs of renting a car for the entire family to get around once you arrive at your destination, you have to save up for a few months before being able to afford the trip. And then you still need to consider how much you’ll need to spend on food and fun while you’re there.

Thankfully, though, there are some exciting cities around the United States that you can visit if you’re on a tight budget but you still wish to have an unforgettable time. Continue reading to learn about a few of your options.


Nashville, Tennessee is known for its affordable everything: affordable accommodations, affordable eateries, and affordable attractions. Catch an early bird show at the famous Bluebird Café so that you don’t even have to pay a cover charge. This city is a haven for music lovers, so enjoy exploring and see where you end up. No matter what, you can be sure you’ll stay on budget.


Skyline of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, USA

San Antonio

San Antonio is one of the most famous cities in Texas, and it is perfect for those looking for an affordable getaway. And while Houston and Austin are also affordable, San Antonio is even better for those on a tight budget. Historic sights are free to check out, and you can even rent affordable bicycles to ride along a restored riverwalk.


River Walk in San Antonio, Texas


Savannah, Georgia is one of the best vacation destinations in the South, and it’s even more affordable in terms of accommodations during the off-season. This city has a much slower pace than others in the country, so you can definitely relax by taking a stroll and checking out the sights and sounds. Check out the theaters for some entertainment and enjoy some comfort food at one of the many restaurants and cafes that line the streets.


Savannah, Georgia, USA downtown skyline at the riverfront at dusk

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beautiful beach that used to be a haven for spring breakers and is surprisingly also family-friendly. Taking a stroll up A1A just to listen to the local musicians play and simply people watch or do a bit of souvenir shopping can definitely fill up your evenings as well, as there is something different every night. And during the day, there are parks, eateries, and shops that you can check out while sticking to your budget. Just book your stay during the off-season to get more affordable rates at hotels in the area.


Long stretch of Ft. Lauderdale Beach in Florida with sandy beaches and numerous hotels and resorts

New York City

The city that never sleeps offers plenty of free activities throughout the day that your entire family can enjoy. Check out some of the historic churches and landmarks peppered throughout the city, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the John Lennon Memorial in Central Park. There are also free gardens and museums to check out in between sampling some of the local food and doing some shopping for souvenirs.

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