Check out Hotwire.com’s Best U.S. Cities for Bargains article for some great ideas for U.S. travel destinations without spending a bundle.
The site ranks U.S. cities with an “affordability rating” which, although they do not go into great detail about how they crunch their numbers, appears to combine such factors as entertainment options, prices of those entertainment options, hotel prices and transportation prices to get to each city.
In other words, not only is it relatively inexpensive to travel to these places, but there are a good variety of reasonably priced fun things to do once you get there.
The article lists Denver, Co as its top pick, followed by Greenville-Spartanburg, SC; Raleigh-Durham, NC; and Knoxville, TN.
I noticed that under the entertainment options, Hotwire typically lists things like hiking and biking trails, museums, outdoor concerts, historic attractions and venues that accent the local flavor of each city.
For example, tours of the U.S. Mint in Denver are free; the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in October, is only $6; Grauman's Chinese Theatre with its footprints and autographs of Hollywood legends is free; Reno’s Truckee River Walk, a trail landscaped with waterfalls is also free; and Guided tours of the Daytona Speedway, home of the Daytona 500 are only $10.
So check out Hotwire’s Best U.S. Cities for Bargains, and get started planning your low-cost vacation today.
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