30 Cheap Weekend Getaways in the USA
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Indianapolis has gained international acclaim for its bustling racing scene, but it’s also affordable and fun to visit — particularly for families. The city hosts the largest children’s museum in the world, the 250-acre White River State Park and an interactive history museum known as Conner Prairie, which lets children see how families lived and worked centuries ago. Various hotel deals are available year-round, too.
Head to Glacier National Park in northern Montana for a camping and hiking weekend with scenery you’ll never forget. The park offers 700 miles of trails with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. What’s more, you can camp here for as little as $10 to $23 per night during the summer.
Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Tupelo is more than Elvis Presley’s birthplace: It’s a fun, affordable and quirky destination with numerous attractions ranging from its own Buffalo Park and Zoo ($11 admission) to a children’s museum ($5 admission). You can even follow the Elvis Guitar Trail around town and take your picture with 25-plus iconic guitars the star once played.
Olympic National Park is worth a weekend visit, whether you want to hike, stare at the stars or explore its more than 70 miles of untouched coastline. While here, visit the famous Hoh Rain Forest, Lake Crescent and Rialto Beach. You can camp within the park for as little as $40 per night for up to 10 people sharing a site.
Amtrak Weekend Train Getaway
There’s so much to do and see in New Orleans, and it’s an affordable place to visit if you stay outside the French Quarter and avoid huge event weekends like Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday. Stay off the beaten path in the Garden District, then stroll along iconic Magazine Street, wander through the French Quarter in search of live music and shopping, or stop in a local eatery for a famous po’boy sandwich or beignet.
Cedar Point: Sandusky, Ohio
The Gros Ventre Wilderness, which is part of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, is a natural wonder worth visiting. Plan a weekend here to discover rolling rivers, numerous species of wildlife and amazing geological features including rock formations and natural slides. As for accommodations, travelers can rent the Hoback Guard Station cabin for $30 for a party of four.
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