Summer is in full-swing and I bet a vacation is at the top of your wish list. Summer is the ultimate time to get out of dodge, but not everyone can afford a luxury vacation. Luckily, there are a ton of affordable, yet fabulous getaway locations on the market. With a little bit of planning and teamwork, these hot spots can meet the needs of almost any budget, you'll be able to sport your new Lularoe outfits and your family will have a blast:
Take Me Out to the Ballgame-Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska is one of the most unassuming, yet fun places to visit during the summer months. The quaint Midwestern town is practical, low-key, and extremely affordable. While the thought of a Nebraska vacation doesn't sound all that appealing at the first slip of the tongue, Omaha offers plenty of activities for the entire family. One fun Omaha attraction is the College World Series. This event serves as the area's largest tourist attraction. Each year, the ballpark draws thousands of fans and visitors and offers two weeks worth of entertainment and gamesmanship. The event draws some of the best amateur baseball players in the country and admission to the park costs under $10 per head. Food in the ballpark is also cheap and the atmosphere is very family friendly.
However, baseball isn't the only fun and affordable activity in Omaha. The Omaha Zoo is free to the public and is touted as one of the best in the country. The city is also home to the Lewis and Clark Historical Trail. Guests can hike the trail for free and enjoy learning from the trail's historical excerpts and notorious pioneer museum.
Keep Calm & Camp-Yellowstone
What better way to experience the great outdoors than in one of the nation's most beautiful national parks? Yellowstone makes for a cheap and adventurous summer getaway and fits the budget of almost any family. Visitors can gain entrance to the park for an entire week for a measly $25. In addition, families of up to six members can obtain a camping permit and camp on-site for around $20 per day. This makes for cheap lodging and entertainment. You'll also be able to pack food for the week avoiding the costs of restaurant dining.
Once inside the park you'll be exposed to a plethora of natural wonders and photo opportunities. The park is known to have the highest density of wildlife of any national park in the country. It's not uncommon for guests to sight bison, wolves, bears, and a large variety of fish and birds. You'll also experience a wealth of natural hot springs, mud holes and geysers including the park's most famous: Old Faithful. Yellowstone is a fabulous active and educational opportunity for the family and one you won't soon forget!
Why Not Ride an Elephant-Bangkok, Thailand
If you're looking for a cheap international adventure, try Bangkok, Thailand. This location is known for it's low cost dining and entertainment. Your flight to Bangkok might be the most expensive leg of the trip, but once you've hit the ground there is an endless amount of authentic and man-made entertainment to be had at a fraction of the cost of other tropical venues.
Some of the more popular and cultural tourist attractions include Chiang Mai's Elephant Park and the Temple of Emerald Buddha. There is also a little room for cheap relaxation. Take a hike to one of the country's delicious waterfalls or visit one of the local spas where you can enjoy a relaxing Thai massage for under $30. You and your family won't be disappointed with this tropical retreat.
Escape to the Dynamo of Dixie-Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennessee is nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and offers a scenic vacation for any guest. The cozy southern town is jokingly called the Dynamo of Dixie as it attracts thousands of tourists each year. Chattanooga has a reputation for offering a host of outdoor activities and adventures. Tourists can cruise down the mountain-lined Tennessee River by kayak, boat, or raft. Float trips and other water sports are a cheap, active, and fun way to spend the day. For additional action, you can explore the mountains by foot or on bicycle.
Chattanooga also has a booming city life. After a long day in the great outdoors you can enjoy some good Southern cooking or explore one of the city's many museums or event spaces. The Tennessee River Walk is also a popular attraction in the area. The town is bursting with energy and Southern charm and is a great place to spend your summer vacation.
Long Live the Queen!-Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria, British Columbia is the capital city of a Canadian province and named after the United Kingdom's beloved Queen Victoria. Located on the tip of Canada's southern coast it shares a border with Vancouver, Washington. The summer temperatures in the area are definitely a highlight of this dreamy vacation destination. Average temps in the heat of summer range around 65 degrees and tourists will enjoy a vacation rich in history and outdoor adventure.
The city is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, so the town is crawling with historical charm and attributes. The city has retained many of its historical buildings including the most famous: the city Legislative buildings and the Empress Hotel. Guests can visit these historic sites free of charge. Another free and fun adventure is Victoria's Chinatown. The string of shops and local vendors has been touted as one of the best in the country and is a fun outing for any family.
Outdoor scenic escapes are also popular in this region. Fishing, hiking, and water sports are regular events for both natives and tourists during the summertime months. The area boasts beautiful, rugged coast lines perfect for picnicking or camping out. Overall, there are plenty of ways to soak up this cozy community and gorgeous landscape without breaking the bank!
Don't Look Down-Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is a must-do at some point. Strangely enough, summer is one of the best times to visit this popular tourist attraction. The Arizona heat takes it up a notch in the summer, so while most vacationers are looking to cool off, smart vacationers will head for the canyon. The summer months are less crowded and you'll be able to get through attractions at a quick and more comfortable pace.
Outside of the many hikes and wildlife observatories, there are plenty of other activities in the surrounding area. Horseback riding is a cheap and popular activity in this rugged canyon town. There is also a Six Flags and lots of history and tribal museums on the outskirts of the canyon. If you're feeling exceptionally thrifty, camping is an option and can reduce the overall cost of your trip.
These are just a few of the awesome vacation destinations to check out this summer. Each of them offers a wealth of amenities and activities that make for a great vacation. The best part is these getaways won't break the budget. You can explore each of these fun locations for under $1000 and not miss a beat!