91% of Americans are looking to practice better personal finance habits. So when it comes time for a vacation, don't drain all your savings, or even worse, go into credit card debt. With over 19,000 cities in America, there are many fantastic places for a vacation outside of expensive towns like Waikiki, San Diego, Washington D.C., or Chicago.
1. Florida’s Jacksonville
As the locals call it, Jax is located in the northeastern part of the state, making it a road-trip option for those in the southeastern United States. Whether you're an explorer, historian, beach, or salt-life lover, Jacksonville has 22 miles of beach (the most of any city in the state!), an extensive park system, fishing, museums, and even a craft beer scene.
2. Florida’s Ocala
If you've ever dreamt of sleeping under the stars, add Ocala in Marion County, Florida, to your bucket list! Full of picturesque campgrounds, R.V. parks, charming cabins, and other budget-friendly accommodations, it's one of many cheap travel destinations that might not be on your radar.
While pricey amusement park tickets could bust most vacation budgets, it may be surprising that Orlando actually belongs on a list of cheap travel destinations. With almost 500 hotels in the city, there are many travel deals to be had and tons of free activities. That's why USA Today ranked Orlando the #1 Most Affordable Vacation Destination Among Top U.S. Cities.
4. Idaho’s Twin Falls
Known as The City of Waterfalls, Twin Falls has over 30 of them, including The Niagra Falls of the West, Shoshone Falls, which is even taller than its New York counterpart. While you could spend your entire trip swimming, hiking, boating, or relaxing in Shoshone Falls Park for less than $10 admission, this affordable destination has a long list of free hiking and outdoor sites.
Perfect for those looking for cheap travel destinations for a family vacation, visitors call Council Bluffs a pleasant surprise. Located on the east bank of the Missouri River, across from the city of Omaha, Nebraska, it’s a great alternative in the region.
6.Iowa’s Mason City
Architectural lovers and fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will enjoy a getaway to Mason City, one of America's relatively unknown cheap travel destinations. Select nights are available for $150 at the Historic Park Inn Hotel, the last remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the world.