Top 5 places to travel on a budget

Traveling on a budget is very rewarding. Who needs a 5 star hotel, elegant restaurant and expensive extra? I found out that my favorite vacation spot is near home, on American soil. Since I have had such positive experiences, I would like to share with you some of my favorite places. Although I didn’t have to clear my savings account or go to some sort of destination “on a budget”, every penny I spent was well worth it. Here are my top 5 places to travel, whether you are on a budget or not.

1. Arizona
This American hot-spot is a wonderful place to visit whenever you can get there. We all know the power of experiencing the Grand Canyon but there is so much, whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter, Arizona offers a variety of things to see and do from the wonderful climate from me. It can get really hot, so pack some casual clothes. Because if you’re like me, the best place to stay is outside. The state has done a wonderful job of creating hiking trails, botanical gardens, campsites, outdoor tours and other nature-loving tours. The state is full of big cities and small towns full of art, culture and history and delicious food. Tucson, for example, is rich in Arizona southwest and Mexican heritage. There is little or no entry fee to visit places like Sabino Canyon and Saguaro National Park and then to Sedona, Arizona for the opportunity to see more than 100 art galleries and events happening all the time. These are amazing sites to see if you are fond of art.

2. Baltimore, MD
I have visited Baltimore many times and it is one of my favorite places to visit. Like all rents in town, seafood is fresh and delicious, and for those of us who are on a budget, a dollar is a long way off. Boiled crabs are like no other in the world. The National Aquarium is beautifully located on Baltimore Harbor and a day spent there is well spent. Beautiful, family-friendly places, smells and sounds are one of a kind! Harborplace and Gallery is located close to the harbor and offers wonderful shopping and dining mecca where you can choose the one that suits your wallet and taste. Depending on the time of year (remember Baltimore is cold in winter) there is also free entertainment. The American Visionary Art Museum is perfect for a short trip from the harbor. They charge a fee to go inside but the building itself and the property are full of sculptures and art that can be found for free. And this family-friendly city has many other museums to visit during your time.

3. Hershey, PA
Hershey, Pennsylvania has become one of the most popular destinations in our country, offering lots of free and cheap things to do. There is a world-class amusement park, a notorious day spa that can be expensive, but there are also many memorable inexpensive things to do. Hershey Chocolate World is a ride on Hershey Park grounds but totally free. It is a wonderful historical ride that is both enjoyable and educational. If you are traveling with the kids they will get a free sample of candy at the end of the ride where you will be dropped off at the gift store. There is also a Hershey trolley that will take you around the whole city with kiss shaped lights in the streets. It was started by Milton Hershey when he was planning the town and continues to this day … it suits your time. If you have time (and I’d suggest taking the time) visit ZooAmerica, Hershey Gardens, Milton Hershey School and other wonderful museums all located in Hershey, PA.

4. Dallas, TX
In a city known for everything, the cost of a visit is not so bad. We had a bit of an adventurous spirit so we booked a City PASS that offers discounted prices at some of the most popular attractions in the city. We couldn’t hit it all but we did George W. Bush (he was president) visited the Library and Museum and the Parrot Museum of Nature and Science. Great for adding a little culture to your vacation. My traveling partners enjoy visiting the zoo, so we went to the wonderful Dallas Zoo and met two beautiful African elephants and fed the giraffes. There are many family-oriented events and presentations at this zoo, you have to stop for more than a day. The Dallas Farmers Market is a market to watch. Food, vendors and a very memorable experience like no other market I have visited. If you go, take a street taco at La Ventana or a pork-filled tamale at El Marrow Marrow. I would like to mention the Trinity River Audubon Center for all your hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. This urban hardwood forest is meant to escape from the city into the typical Texas terrain.

5. Nashville, TN
Nashville, home of country music, American history and so much more to see and do. First of all, the must-see country music is the Hall of Fame and the infamous Grand Ole Opry. The exterior of these famous buildings is a must see. When you’re full of country music, visit the beautiful college campuses of Vanderbilt University and Belmont University and go for a walk or visit the Adventure Science Center or the Belmont Mansion and spend the afternoon learning something new. The campus is full of history and tradition and is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. And we didn’t even mention Nashville’s food. Nashville should be a culinary melting pot. There are all sorts of rentals to satisfy any palate. The trip saw my favorite on a food truck offering fast, tasty and budget-friendly meals. If you have room for pies, I recommend peaches or pecans.

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