US Destinations On A Budget
US Destinations On A Budget
Catharine Hamm (Travel Editor, LA Times) gives expert video advice on: What are popular budget destinations in the US?; What are popular US budget destinations for families?; What are popular US budget destinations for singles? and more...
What are popular budget destinations in the US?
There are a lot of great U.S. budget destinations and you really can look just about anywhere on the map and see places that are undiscovered. There are places, for example, in Nevada. You may be a Las Vegas person, but you may want to consider Reno, which is going to be less expensive. You may think that going to San Francisco is terrific, and it is, but you may want to consider staying over in Marin instead and stay in a less expensive place. National Parks represent terrific opportunities for budget destinations and vacations. Also by staying slightly outside the city center of any urban place, you're probably going to be able to get some pretty good budget deals. So really the whole U.S. can be considered a budget vacation destination. You just have to know what to look for and where to look for it.
What are popular US budget destinations for families?
Popular budget destinations for families should include National Parks. It gives everybody an opportunity to see and to learn and to do at a fairly low cost. The accommodations can range from simple campgrounds to fairly nice lodges, but you don't have to spend a fortune to be comfortably accommodated in these places. I'm really big on National Parks, I think it's a terrific opportunity for families to get out and see our country.
What are popular US budget destinations for singles?
Singles can find some pretty good variety in vacation destinations if they're on a budget. There are places that you might want to avoid. For example, South Beach tends not to be inexpensive. But there are other places where you can look. I think singles, especially, could take the opportunity to look at some urban places up in the Northwest. Portland, for example. Seattle. Even San Francisco has places that can be relatively inexpensive. Of course, San Diego. You can also go to New York on a budget, and not spend a fortune, just by making sure that you choose your hotel wisely. Your biggest vacation cost, actually, is usually not your airfare. More often than not, it's your hotel.
What are popular US budget destinations for couples?
Popular U.S. destinations for couples include the National Parks, which are terrific places for a couple wanting to get away. There also are resort places that represent opportunities for couples to go and do a little couple's bonding. San Diego is a terrific place and has a lot of romantic destinations, as does Monterey County on the coast of California. There are also places in the Southeast that are incredibly beautiful, such as Hilton Head Island, and places that can be relatively inexpensive, such as Charleston, Savannah. They can be romantic and they can be economical. If you choose your hotel wisely, choose your accommodations wisely and make sure that you are not spending a huge amount of your vacation budget on your accommodations. You can actually find some pretty good deals.
What are popular US budget beach destinations?
Oftentimes we don't use budget, beach and destination in the same breath, and yet there are some places that are truly terrific. Anywhere, obviously, along the California coast can be expensive but if you go to places that are in-between states, such as Cayucos, for example, is an excellent budget destination. You should also consider the Gulf coast. Those are not expensive destinations and they are all worth looking at.
What US cities should I avoid if I am on a budget?
You know, I don't think there's any U.S. city that you should really avoid if you're on a budget. But I do think you need to choose wisely and be aware of what the cost of living in those cities is. For example, it's going to cost you considerably more to vacation in New York City than it probably is in Lubbock, Texas. Obviously, the reason for going to either of those places is tremendously different. But be aware that, when the cost of living in a city is high, if its housing costs are high, generally you're going to be paying more for your hotels, you're going to be paying more for your meals, you're going to be paying more for attractions. So factor that in. And make sure that, if you do choose a place like New York City or San Francisco, first of all you choose a budget hotel that meets your needs, and second of all, try to factor in the number of free things that are available to do, because that can add up fairly quickly. Places like New York and San Francisco have lots of good, free attractions. So that can actually hold down the cost of a vacation.