Summer's Most Affordable U.S. Cities for Travelers on a Budget

Olivia Clifford  |

With summer now in full swing, may people are packing up their bags, hitting the road and enjoying a little rest and relaxation. With vacations coming second to mortgage payments, bills and monthly expenses; affordable vacations maybe the only option for many Americans. Luckily, there are many dynamic cities that are not only filled with site seeing, adventure and entertainment, but affordable as well. Below is a list of America’s most affordable cities to travel to and stay in. They were ranked based on four criteria: the lowest average price of gas and airfare, the lowest average price of hotels, the variability in daytime travel activities and the overall average cost of food.

The over all experience combined with the research done by TripAdvisor’s yearly report which, factors in the cost of a night out and an overnight stay in each of the cities, is displayed below. Each city has its own unique element and distinct role in American culture making it an ideal destination for those who are looking to get away for a little. 

If outdoor recreation is your idea of a great vacation, then Minneapolis is the place to go. With over 200 lakes and endless biking trails, there is enough outdoor adventure to last a lifetime. Taking advantage of the outdoors not only makes the city a great destination but very affordable. The average nightly stay is around $372.00. Minneapolis has also been credited for having fun corky locals and great date night deals and locations. 

 Walking around the city of New Orleans itself is a trip as it is so full of music and culture. With walking tours thought the French Quarter, the Garden District or the city’s famous cemeteries are sure to keep you entertained. At night, one can find various types of out door music and jazz clubs just by walking down the streets and wondering in and out of the cities small restaurants and bars. With so many free and adventurous options it comes as no surprise that the average cost is around $348.66. New Orleans is a jazz lovers dream. 

Atlanta is a travelers dream for those self-proclaimed history buffs and night owls. With its parks and museums, there are enough sites to keep you busy for days. From free civil war museums to $8 Braves tickets, you can keep your wallet full and mind entertained. The average cost of stay for a night is around $331.14 in 2013. The Atlanta nightlife doesn’t disappoint as well, there are many affordable bars with in walking distance of all major hotels making night life affordable and easy. 

With its nickname the “Big D”, Dallas is a beautiful Texas town with a lot of charm. Having been referred to as the “birthplace of shopping”, this city is ideal for those who are looking to get out and window shop. One of the main draws of the city for those travelers looking for a deal are the many museums that it offers. Within the city limits, Dallas holds the largest Spanish Art Collection outside of Spain. With most of the museums being free to travelers, it makes an ideal vacation for those looking to experience a little art and culture. According to TripAdvior in 2013 the average costs of a full day in Dallas is somewhere around $328.55. With all the art and culture combined with an affordable and lively bar scene make Dallas a prime destination for Americans looking to spend less and see more. 

Commonly known as “Sin City”, Las Vegas is a prime destination for those seeking to get out into the nightlife, see a show or gamble the night away. With its abundance of casinos and clubs, Las Vegas is a ideal destination for those looking to blow off some steam. With the average stay being around $272.94 a night, you can really get your moneys worth with all the free entertainment and low cost food options that are available. The low hotel rates combined with the many different cheap buffet options make Sin City an idea destination for anyone on a tight budget. 

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