10 Best Budget Vacations in America

It's not too late to book a great summer vacation! From the beaches of New England to the mountains of Wyoming, from the Great Lakes to the California coast, America is second to none for summer fun. Here, some of our favorite places to get away from it all—at a price you can actually afford.

  • Chicago to New Orleans, Mississippi River Cruise, Luxury Train, 9 Nights, From $2,995 (Budget Travel)

    Call this the ultimate American adventure. Travel by train along the Mississippi River with this incredible travel package from Uncommon Journeys.

  • Flights to Peru, R/T, From Washington D.C. (Travelzoo)

  • 26 Affordable Alternatives to Pricey Vacation Hot Spots

    Sure, we love Paris, London, Cancun—who doesn't?—but before you click the "book" button on a trip to one of the pricey "usual suspects," you MUST consider one of these budget alternatives, where you'll get more space, better perks, fewer crowds, and luxuries you never dreamed you could afford!

  • 20 Bargain Trips You Haven't Taken!

    Classic travel spots never go out of style—we’ll always love Paris, the Bahamas, and our national parks!—but taking a chance on a hidden corner of the globe is an experience that’s well worth having. These 20 vacation spots are perfect if you're yearning for the unexpected.

  • What Other Countries Think of Americans

    Read this honest, fascinating Q&A for real talk about how other countries view Americans—plus useful tips for how to behave well and enjoy the culture when traveling overseas.

  • WEIRD Foreign Laws You'd Better Know!

    Here's your cheat sheet to avoid embarrassment, fines, and even jail time when visiting other countries. From serious health and safety concerns to downright wacky old laws that barely make sense, you'll want to know each and every one of these peculiar rules.

  • 20 Affordable American Boardwalks!

    If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes, and Whac-A-Mole, we’ve got some pieces of honky-tonk heaven—from Jersey to Cali—just waiting for you to pay a visit.

  • 10 Affordable American Beach Towns!

    What’s your favorite American beach? We’ve obsessed over that topic for weeks to deliver the tastiest waves, loveliest sand, and balmiest breezes from New England to Hawaii. But of course we couldn’t stop there: Each of these 10 must-see beaches comes with a great hotel pick that won’t break the bank! Happy summer!