Top 4 Budget-Friendly Vacation Destinations in the U.S. for 2014

Vacations can be one of the most important and rewarding parts of life. Not only do they afford families opportunities to make new memories with friends and family, they also afford crucial relaxation and rejuvenation from the stresses of a daily routine.

Unfortunately, many people consider vacations cost-prohibitive due to all the expenses associated with them — from transportation to lodging to entertainment. Luckily, though, there are actually many destinations across the U.S. that offer affordable vacations that allow the same travel experience with less stress on the wallet. Want to know more about 4 of the top budget-friendly places to visit in the U.S.?

Check out the list below!

Memphis, TN

Want a city that appeals to people of all ages that won’t break the bank? Check out Memphis, TN. In the heart of the Mid-south, Memphis offers a range of affordable attractions that cater to everyone from babies to grandparents. Travelers can check out Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, one of the best zoos in the whole world, and watch a world-class basketball game at the FedEx Forum. One of the best parts about Memphis is that many of the attractions are completely free, like watching the Peabody Ducks march through the hotel lobby to their daytime home and taking a stroll down historic Beale Street.

Myrtle Beach

If you’re looking for a beach vacation without resort prices, check out Myrtle Beach. Situated in North Carolina, Myrtle Beach is a budget-friendly outdoor paradise. Not only does the city have free public beaches, it also has tons of golf opportunities, amusement parks, and an outstanding aquarium. Want to do Myrtle Beach the most budget-friendly way possible? Then try camping! The city offers great campsites where you can sleep for cheap and soak up the beautiful outdoors.

Providence, RI

For a taste of New England and a great cultural getaway, there’s not better affordable choice than Providence, Rhode Island. The town is packed with arts activities, including theaters, museums, galleries, and more. Check out all that Brown University and RISD campuses have to offer (mostly free!) and wander the streets in the summer to experience free gallery nights. One of the best parts of Providence is that it offers entertainment like bigger cities nearby (New York, Boston), but offers it at a fraction of the price.

New Orleans, LA

Looking to eat some great grub? Then come on down to New Orleans, one of the country’s culinary capitals. The city is still rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina, so prices are low to drive tourism up. This means that you can taste all the cajun delights, like gator, beignets, coffee with chicory, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and more. There are some fancy restaurants in New Orleans, but one of the city’s best perks is that you can find affordable, delicious bites nearly everywhere you go — from the corner deli (Central Grocery) to the outdoor marketplace (the French Market) (and delicious beverages to wash them down!)

Wherever you’re planning to head on vacation this year, renting a car is a great way to ensure that you’ll be able to get around the area and see everything there is to see! You don’t want to miss out on any great sights because they are hard to get to or to have to spend a fortune on cab fares back and forth.

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