My Take on this Post
As you read the post below by Mark Whysall, he has some really good ideas. I like his suggestions to visit a National Park, South Dakota, or places like Niagara Falls. One of my favorite places to travel and save money is Washington DC! Everything is FREE and you can stay in a hotel outside of the city and take the DC Metro into the city. So many wonderful things to see and do.
Feeling the economic crunch, but still wanting a getaway? You’re not alone. You can still take that family vacation over the summer and not completely drain your wallet. Here are some interesting and affordable vacations you can enjoy by yourself or with your family.
Take a camping trip to a national park. Yellowstone National Park is one example. If you travel by car or RV, you can get a pass for $25. The pass is good for seven days’ entrance to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Campsite is available in on a first-come, first-served basis. Rates range from $12 to $37 per night depending on the camping area and whether you need a tent site or an RV site.
Niagara Falls isn’t just for honeymooners. There are many free and inexpensive attractions to see while you are there. You can purchase a Niagara USA Discovery Pass for $33 for adults and $26 for children 6 through 12. The pass gets you into five different attractions – The Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara: Legends of Adventure Theater, Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds Trip and the Discover Center. To cut the cost of lodging, consider staying at a campground or hostel.
The Black Hills area of South Dakota is another affordable vacation. Visit museums, waterparks, goldmines, caves and animals. You can get a tour and pan for gemstones in the Black Hills Caverns for $8.95 per person. Of course, there are Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Monument, The Badlands and Custer State Park to visit while you’re in the area. There are numerous packages available for families starting at $340 for a family of four.