4 Cheap Travel Spots That Are Worth Visiting

When it comes to your next vacation, popular cities like New York, San Francisco, and Orlando are probably on your bucket list—but think twice before booking that flight. The cost of visiting these expensive tourist destinations might not fit within your budget.

Ruling out a pricey spot doesn’t mean you have to settle for a second-rate vacation, though. There are plenty of amazing low-cost destinations that prove cheap travel can be synonymous with fun and adventure, especially in an RV.

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

San Antonio, Texas

Located in south-central Texas, San Antonio is a big city with an even bigger backstory. It’s home to the Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission which was the site of the 1863 battle for Texas’ independence from Mexico. This sight, which you can check out for free, has been converted into a functioning museum.

Aside from its rich colonial heritage, San Antonio is known for its miles-long River Walk, a promenade filled with restaurants and shops that line either side of the San Antonio River.

Why You Should Go

The Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

San Antonio has no shortage of affordable fun. It costs nothing to visit the Alamo and learn about an integral battle in Texas history. Likewise, it’s free and family-friendly to stroll along the city’s famous River Walk—though you could opt for a narrated boat ride down the river instead for a fee. It costs $12 for adults, and children under the age of 5 ride for half that.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Lancaster County, the Amish country in Pennsylvania, is also known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country. One of the most popular spots for a low-key getaway, Pennsylvania’s Amish Country hosts over 8 million visitors each year. Explore the many attractions and fun things to do while relaxing in the peaceful countryside and visiting quaint small towns like Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Why You Should Go

Learning about the Amish community’s secluded life and devout faith is interesting for anyone in our technology-dependent day and age. You can even take part in supporting their peaceful community—purchase their handmade crafts or take a buggy ride through a farm for $10 per adult and $6 per child.

Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City, home of Mount Rushmore, is located in western South Dakota, to the east of Black Hills National Forest. There is a surplus of history and patriotism here, to say the least—the “City of Presidents,” a collection of statues, covers blocks of downtown, and the Journey Museum & Learning Center offers local history exhibits.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Why You Should Go

This is the U.S. Old West with historic sites to see. Of course, you’ll want to visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which only has a $10 parking fee. There’s also the Crazy Horse Memorial, which costs $11 for adults and is free for children under 6. And if you’re looking for even more of a view, explore Custer State Park also located in the beautiful Black Hills. And Badlands National Park, which charges $15 for a seven-day vehicle pass, is also a short drive away.

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Located in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, Tucson is surrounded by five impressive mountain ranges. It is the second-largest city in the state (following Phoenix) but the largest in southern Arizona. It contains many restored 19th-century mansions, as well as more modern spots: nightclubs, shops, and restaurants that serve fantastic Southwestern food. It is also home to the University of Arizona, Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, Catalina State Park, and Mission San Xavier del Bac (affectionately called the White Dove of the Desert).

Old Tucson Studios, Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Old Tucson Studios, Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Why You Should Go

Tucson is a great cheap destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The nearby desert offers hiking and biking trails and horseback riding, and the mountain ranges are great spots for rock climbing. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, there are even below-ground journeys through caves.

For $24, you can get a Tucson Attractions Savings Passport, which offers deals on admission to nearly 100 attractions, including museums, historic parks, and botanical gardens. There are also many free things to do in and around Tucson.

Worth Pondering…

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

—Douglas Adams

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