Five Cheap Summer Getaways

After paying the energy bill and mortgage, investing in your child’s college tuition fund, and spending hundreds of dollars on individual grocery trips, a vacation doesn’t really fit in to the whole scheme of things, in other words the budget. But you can do more than make ends meet. A whole lot more – with these five cheap summer getaways. 

Cheap Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Trade in a standard hotel high-rise for a fetching Las Vegas vacation home and set aside a humble ten percent of your budget for gambling, and you'll save lots of cash on a summer vacation to Sin City. Amble around the Strip and street entertainers will find you. Go exploring at the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, Mirage, and other swanky hotel casinos, and waiters will hand you complimentary drinks. From the parking to the people watching, Las Vegas is a free-for-all. Even MGM Grand’s Lion Habitat and the jaw-dropping Fountains of Bellagio won't cost you a penny. You might even win big at the slots and return home with a profit! For more ideas on Las Vegas cheap summer getaways, browse our travel guide.

Port Aransas, Texas

Skip out on Cape Cod, the Outer Banks, and Florida this year. Why? They’re beach destinations, meaning they’ll be crawling by beachgoers who've got holes burning in their pockets. See how that works? Now, Port Aransas is not what you’d consider “obscure,” but next to heavyweights like Panama City Beach and Myrtle Beach, you’re guaranteed a much more secluded and money-saving summer vacation in Texas. Book a low-cost Port Aransas condo rental and feel your wallet getting heavier by the minute.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

When you take a vacation to a national park, you feel like you’re getting away with a lot. National parks are the embodiment of cheap summer getaways! How could something so wondrous be so cheap? And that’s the beauty of national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton, located in the vicinity of Jackson Hole, Wyoming (which also features two ski resorts). This scenic playground is a must-visit. To enjoy Yellowstone, all you’ll pay is a $25 parking fee and $12 per group member, though children 15 years and younger get in free. Hiking through the backcountry, fishing for trout, and seeing Old Faithful, are just a few itinerary-worthy items. Getting excited? Then book your Jackson Hole vacation rental.

Utah Kayak

St George, Utah

If you want to stay on budget, stay outdoors. Go golfing, check out the many natural sights of Zion National Park, camp in the Pine Valley Mountains, and follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs at Johnson Farm’s Dinosaur Discovery Site. And when it’s all said and done, retreat to your cheap St George condo rental

Anchorage, Alaska

When everyone else is snoozing on the beach, you can spot bears hanging out in their natural habitat, try your hand at fly fishing, and take a trip to the Anchorage Museum of History and Fine Art. Don’t worry about the weather; Anchorage isn’t as cold as you think! In June, July, and August, the town is in full bloom and the temps often get into the 60s. Plus, you can always cozy up to the fireplace in your Anchorage vacation home.

For additional tips on cheap summer getaways, and more, check out our Cheap Vacation Ideas.

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