Top Picks for Cheap March Vacations

cheap march vacationsMarch is an excellent time of the year to get away on a family vacation. A budget vacation can prove just as interesting and memorable as spending a lot. Read on for the top cheap March vacations for your family.

Money-Saving Tips

The top expenses on a vacation are airfare, lodging, and food. Try the following to save money:

  •    Plan your vacation in advance for the best rates on airfare. Many destinations offer up cheap March vacations.
  •    Look into a vacation rental to save money on lodging.
  •    Cook meals at your home away from home rather than eating out.

Family vacations are important. These are the times your children will remember for the rest of their lives—the quality time spent away from daily responsibilities that allow you to really focus on each other and having fun together. If you plan in advance, your only "job" on vacation is simple to enjoy yourselves!

Washington, DC

Washington, DC is the place to learn about history and politics. All 19 Smithsonian museums offer free entry. Especially make sure to visit the National Zoo (featuring giant pandas, baby rhinos, and Sumatran tigers), the Holocaust Museum, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art. Visit the national monuments and take a tour of the White House. Day trips could include Gettysburg, Bull Run, Mount Vernon, and the childhood home of George Washington.

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San Francisco, California

San Francisco offers activities for all ages. To save money, find a vacation rental in Marin County then take a ferry into the city from Larkspur Landing to skip downtown traffic. This puts you in San Francisco, where another ferry connects to Muni Pass; from here, you can ride trolleys all around the downtown area or take a stroll through Union Square. Have lunch in Chinatown or Fisherman's Wharf (bus service will take you there). Just off the coast is Alcatraz Island, famous for hosting a high security prison up till the 1960s—allow two to three hours for the round-trip boat trip and tour. The Ferry Building offers a fabulous indoor food market coupled with an outdoor farmer's market. Make sure to plan a day visiting Golden Gate Park along with some of the museums San Francisco has to offer.


Belize, in Central America, is an English-speaking country that can be an inexpensive family vacation. This destination offers both cultural experiences and outdoor adventure. Fly into Belize City, which offers the Belize Zoo and the Community Baboon Sanctuary, as well as the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve. From here, take a lovely boat ride to the cayes, the floating Caribbean Sea Islands. There are many islands to explore, but try not to miss Laughing Bird Caye, a picturesque island on the western side of Victoria Channel. Other options are Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. If the weather is warm enough, enjoy the myriad of beach activities, including snorkeling, swimming, and walking on the beach.

Black Hills, South Dakota

For the outdoorsy types, The Black Hills of South Dakota offer much allure, offering Old West history and wide-open vistas as well as some of the country's best camping and trout fishing. This area hosts six national parks and over 100 miles of scenic roads that are great for bicycling. Explore the famous Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills National Forest, Badlands National Park, Wounded Knee, Custer State Park, Devil's Tower (borders Wyoming), Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns, Bedrock City, and the towns of Deadwood and Sturgis. Take the authentic train along the Black Hills and check out the Reptile Gardens in Rapid City. Since March can be fairly cold in this part of the country, make sure to pack warm!

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