5 Cheap Family Vacations

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Times are tough, and vacations seem like an unnecessary expense . . . but only if you don't know where your dollar where stretch. Here are five of the best cheap family vacation spots in the country.

1. Washington, D.C.

There’s never been a better time to visit the nation’s capital, and no place better for free museums and attractions that entertain, inform, invigorate, and inspire. Washington, D.C. is made for cheap family vacations, offering a whopping 19 Smithsonian museums that are expansive, world-renowned and 100% free. Browse through history and research your own ancestors at the National Archives, gaze upon vibrant plant life in the 400-acre National Arboretum and take a solemn moment to reflect at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You can also tour the Pentagon, watch the U.S. Supreme Court in session and take a stroll through the FBI. As far as free attractions go, D.C. is unmatched in number and magnitude.

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

Don’t let the “Sin City” moniker fool you. While there’s certainly no shortage of adult entertainment in Vegas, there’s plenty for families to enjoy, too, and on the cheap. Your kids can brag about reliving the final scene in Ocean’s 11 once they’ve been to the Bellagio Fountains, and while you’re there you can stroll through the lush Bellagio Botanical Gardens, a welcomed break from the lights and frenzy of the city. To boot, concentrated downtown and tons of buffets help cut down on travel and food costs.

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3. Outer Banks, North Carolina

For the family that just wants to relax, this is the place for you. Outer Banks is definitely the beachiest destination on the list, but there’s plenty else to do if you somehow get tired of the miles of postcard-worthy beaches. Outer Banks is home to gorgeous weather, loads of sunshine and fascinating, cost-effective places to see. There are rolling dunes to navigate, four lighthouses to check out and the historic Kitty Hawk to boast about seeing first-hand. Nature lovers can expect to see loads of natural wildlife, like bald eagles, otters and sea turtles.

4. Moab, Utah

This one's for the outdoorsy family that loves to camp. Some of the most beautiful sights can be found here: soaring mountains, breathtaking forests, and gushing rivers invigorate this area. There are tons of hiking and biking trails of varying difficulty to choose from, and the Colorado River area offers amazing rafting and Jeep trails. What truly sells this place is its location. It’s a couple hour drive to the Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and a three hour drive from Telluride and Ouray, which has some of the best skiing in the country.

5. San Francisco, California

Yes, it's a big city and the cost of living is high, but cheap family vacations aren't impossible. That's because you won't be living there and can successfully avoid most of these high costs. San Francisco is big on public transportation, a quick and cheap way to get around one of America's biggest and most celebrated metropolitan areas. The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) goes nearly everywhere, and the cable cars are a fun, quirky, and convenient way to travel the city. Be sure to check out all the landmarks: the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and a plethora of zoos and museums to keep everyone entertained.

Remember, when it comes to cheap family vacations, Vacation Rentals.com is here to help you plan and book your next getaway.

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