Traveling on a budget is so satisfying. Who needs five-star hotels, elegant restaurants and expensive extras? I discovered that my favorite vacation spots are places close to home, on American soil. Because I had such positive experiences, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots with you. Although I did not have to clean a savings account or break these "budget" unique places, they were worth every penny I spent. Here are 5 of my best places to travel, whether you have a budget or not.
This American hot-spot is a fantastic place to get when you get there. We all know the power of experiencing the Grand Canyon, but there are many more, whether it's spring, summer, fall or winter, Arizona gets from me A plus from the amazing climate to a variety of valuable things to see and do. It can be really hot, so pack some ordinary clothes. because if you're like me, the best place is outside. The state has done an amazing job by creating tourist trails, botanical gardens, campsites, outdoor tours and other nature tours. The state is full of big cities and small towns full of art, culture and history as well as delicious food. For example, Tucson in Arizona is full of Southwest and Mexican heritage. There is very little or no admission fee for places like Sabino Canyon and Saguaro National Park, then head to Sedona, Arizona to see 100 plus art galleries and events that happen all the time. These are amazing sites to see if you're an art enthusiast or not.
2. Baltimore, MD
I have visited Baltimore many times and this is definitely one of my favorite places to see. The seafood is fresh and tasty, like all dishes in the city, and for those of us who have a budget, the dollar goes a long, long way. Steamed crabs are like no other in the world. National Aquarium is beautifully located just off the port of Baltimore and the day spent is well spent. Beautiful, family-friendly views, smells and sounds are one of a kind! Harbourplace and Gallery are located near the port and offer an amazing shopping and gastronomy mecca where you can choose what is right for your wallet and taste. Depending on the time of year (remember that Baltimore is cold in winter) there is even free entertainment. The American Visionary Art Museum is worth a short trip from the port. They charge a fee to enter, but the building itself and the property are full of sculptures and works of art to watch for free. There are so many other museums to visit in this friendly city.
3. Hershey, PA
Hershey in Pennsylvania has become one of the most known destinations in our country and offers so many free and inexpensive things to do. There is a world-class amusement park, an infamous spa that can be expensive, but there are also many unforgettable attractions. Hershey Chocolate World is a ride in the Hershey Park, but it is completely free. It's a great historical ride that is both enjoyable and educational. If you travel with children, they will receive a free sample of candies at the end of the ride, in which they will be admitted to the souvenir shop. There is also a Hershey trolley that will transport you around the city with kisses in the streets. It was founded by Milton Hershey while planning the city and continues to this day … it is worth your time. If you have time (and I suggest you to take the time), visit ZooAmerica, Hershey Gardens, Milton Hershey School and other fantastic museums located in Hershey, PA.
4. Dallas, TX
In a city known for everything large, the cost of the visit is not so bad. We had a bit of an adventure, so we booked a PASS that offered discounts on some of the city's most popular attractions. We could not hit them all, but we saw the library and museum of George W. W. Bush (he was the president) and Perot's museum of nature and science. It's nice to add some culture to your holiday. My traveling partners like to visit the Zoo, so we went to the amazing zoo in Dallas and met two beautiful African elephants and fed the giraffe. There are so many family events and presentations in this zoo, you may have to stay longer than one day. Dallas Farmers Market is a must-haves. Food, sellers and unforgettable experiences are like no other market that I visited. If you go, catch a street taco at La Ventana or a pork tamale at El Mero Mero. I must mention the Trinity River Audubon Center for all lovers of hiking and outdoor recreation. This urban deciduous forest is an escape from the city to the characteristic area of Texas.
5. Nashville, TN
Nashville, a country music house, American history and so much to see and do. First of all, you have to see all the obligatory places, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and the infamous Grand Ole Opry. Just see the view from outside of these famous buildings. Once you've filled up with country music, take a walk around the beautiful university campuses of Vanderbilt University and Belmont University or head to the Adventure Science Center or Belmont Mansion and spend the afternoon learning something new. The campuses are full of history and traditions and are an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors. And we did not even mention Nashville food. Nashville must be a melting pot of the kitchen. There are various types of tariffs that will satisfy every palate. My favorites were found on food trucks that offered fast, tasty and affordable meals on the go. If you have room for a cake, I recommend a peach or pecan.