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Summer Vacations In The US: Top 10 Summer Destinations In The U.S. While On A Budget

Travelers Today       By    Althea Serad

Updated: Jun 23, 2014 08:33 AM EDT

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Summer vacations in the US while on a budget may be hard to come by these days, what with the growing prices of commodities and practically everything that we utilize on the planet. Summer vacations in the US on a budget may be hard to achieve, but they aren't entirely impossible. As they say, if there's a will, there's a way.

Summer is here, and the season wouldn't be complete without enjoying at least one vacation. There are too many wonderful destinations in the world for one to give up on travelling even with a tight budget. As such, the amazing people from Budget Travel have compiled a list of the Top 10 summer vacations in the US while you are on a budget.

Indeed, it is possible to get your dream summer vacation without taking too much out of your pocket. All it takes is resourcefulness and extreme strength of will and you're all set.

Below is a list of the Top 10 summer vacations in the US while on a budget - from the top beaches, to mountains, and all the way to the city, all for just under $150 a night.

SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 1

Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming)

The Yellowstone National Park offers not only picturesque landscapes and an almost safari-like experience, people at the park will treat visitors like well-deserving guests.

The park is known best for its Old Faithful geyser whilst home to 1,000 miles of hiking trails, 67 species of mammals and ranger programs such as walks, hikes, and campfire programs.

Where to Stay: From $149, the park has lodges located at 251 S. Electric St., West Yellowstone, Mont. They are placed three miles from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. They offer Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast, a heated pool, and access to a business center and coin-operated laundry facilities.

Visit yellowstonelodge.com for more information.

 

SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 2

Myrtle Beach (South Carolina)

This place is the perfect spot for a beach vacation on a budget.  Complete with miles of sand, a well-known boardwalk, charter fishing expeditions and Ripley's Aquarium, the place offers a ton of ways to keep you busy during daytime. At night, you can bask in world-class eateries, local micro-brews, seafood buffets and oceanfront tables.

Where to Stay: From $79, the Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort offers access to the beach and scenic views of the ocean. In addition, you can lounge on a heated outdoor pool or a heated "lazy river" when you don't feel like wetting yourself in salt water. Meanwhile, children can play around the kids' water play area and binge on a "kids eat free" policy. The resort is at 415 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Visit wgmyrtlebeach.com for more information.

 

SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 3

Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee)

At under $100 per night, enjoy America's most popular national park, a major theme park and miles of trails and streams for under at the Great Smoky Mountains. Meanwhile, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers great recreational option such as fishing, hiking, and driving through charming scenies like the six-mile Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The place also provides thrill rides such as the Wild Eagle and Mystery Mine.

Where to Stay: From $89, the park Vista-a Double Tree by Hilton Gatlinburg located at 705 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, Tenn. features two restaurants, an indoor pool and mountain views.

Visit doubletree3.hilton.com for more information.

 

SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 4

Chicago (Illinois)

Perhaps overlooked, but this major American city is as as affordable as it is friendly. Chicago, with its world-class theatre, improv comedy such as Second City, an Art Institute museum, blues venues such as House of Blues, and its rollicking Navy Pier along Lake Michigan, is a great vacation destination.

Where to Stay: From $137, the Allerton Hotel on Magnificent Mile offers full-service and the spirit of the 1920s with its classic façade. With a location perfect for avid shoppers, the hotel is located at 701 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Visit theallertonhotel.com for more information.


SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 5

Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky)

This place is a great spot for natural history lovers with the Mammoth Cave National Park. It also has the world's longest cave system with limestone caverns and programs which have options for all ages and interest levels.

Where to Stay: From $49, half an hour drive from Mammoth Cave National Park is Super 8 Munford, where a complimentary SuperStart breakfast and free Wi-Fi is offered. Also, kids under 17 can stay for free. Super 8 Munford is located at 88 Home Run Rd., Munford, Ky.

Visit super8.com for more information.

 

SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 6

Morro Bay (California)

Morro Bay on the central coast near Hearst Castle is reportedly a great bargain for vacationers. Not only does it have a world-class natural history museum near it, an iconic Morro Rock and a beautiful harbour but it is the world's largest ocean. Budget Travel editors say that Morro Bay remains one of the Golden State's "hidden gems."

Where to Stay: For vacationers, Comfort Inn Downtown is the spot. Located in the heart of the coastal town, it also has easy access to Morro Rock and other sites. From $106, it also offers complimentary breakfast. It is located 590 Morro Ave., Morro Bay, Calif.

Visit comfortinn.com for more information.

 

SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 7

Berkshire Mountains (Massachusetts)

Located in western Massachusetts, the Berkshire Mountains offers both the modern and the old. It has near it one of the U.S.'s largest collections of modern art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, a comprehensive collection at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and the Grandma Moses collection at the Bennington Museum and Grandma Moses Schoolhouse.

Where to Stay: From $119, Holiday Inn Berkshires at North Adams, Mass. offers recreation including day theater, nature, food with an on-site restaurant and indoor pool. The place is placed exactly at 40 Main St., North Adams, Mass.

Visit holidayinn.com for more information.

 

SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 8

Mackinac Island (Michigan)

Mackinaw City, where Michigan's lakeshores are located is only a half-hour ferry ride from Mackinac Island's Victorian homes and stunning state park. The place is reportedly perfect for a family vacation, though underrated among travelers.

Where to Stay: From $88, Days Inn and Suites Mackinaw City Bridgeview Lodge offers complimentary Daybreak continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a pool and offers easy access to Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and local shopping. Its exact location is at 206 N. Nicolet St., Mackinaw City, Mich.

Visit daysinn.com for more information.

 

SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 9

Acadia National Park (Maine)

Though most probably off-limits by this time of year, the Acadia National Park was is a popular and well-booked area may still be possible as a vacation getaway if you're willing to book lodging a short drive away. Acadia is reportedly for travelers who like their seaside near cliffs, trails and empty beaches.

Where to Stay: From $129, Ramada Ellsworth is located 18 miles from Bar Harbor, walking distance from an L.L. Bean outlet, offering a pool, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary continental breakfast. Ramada is placed exactly at 215 High St., Ellsworth, Maine.

Visit ramada.com for more information.

 

SUMMER VACATIONS IN THE US WHILE ON A BUDGET: TOP 10

Orlando (Florida)

Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World - need we say more? During summer is the time when hotel rates decrease and discounts are offered more.

Where to Stay: From $67, Budget Travel recommends the Wyndham Orlando Resort which is reportedly less than 20 minutes from the major parks. The resort includes three restaurants, three pools, a health club and even an on-site ice cream parlor. It's located exactly at 8001 International Dr., Orlando, Fla.

Visit wyndham, com for more information.

Summer Vacations on a budget are now easier and possible with the options above. What are you waiting for? Pack up and get going. It's not too late to enjoy the summer. 

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

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