Best Affordable Destinations in the USA
The United States is home to a wide range of vacation spots that offer one-of-a-kind hotels, restaurants and plenty of things to do at reasonable prices. U.S. News, with the help of expert opinion and user votes, ranked the best values America has to offer. We hope this list will help you choose your next affordable domestic destination; vote for your choice getaway below to help shape next year’s list.
New York State is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Spring in New York State – watch nature come to life. Summer in New York State opens a world of exploring and fun for the whole family. Relax at a charming resort and spa or maybe you prefer a quaint bed and breakfast, enjoy skiing or snowboarding this Winter in New York. Experience the beauty of mother nature’s spectacular display of autumn with brilliant colors during Fall in New York State. Whatever season you choose to visit New York State there are countless exploring activities and fun for everyone.
Boston is an eclectic city and has something for everyone. It’s easy to navigate, with wonderful public transit, safe streets and friendly locals who will help you with directions. The history is rich and plentiful, and it’s a lovely city to walk around. There are many delicious restaurants in every price range. I’ve only been once and would love to visit again to explore more of the art and architecture scene,a s well as some of the surrounding small towns.
It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. Although he made up his mind about the Windy City before it even reached its 50th year, Mark Twain’s impression of Chicago has proven long-lasting. America’s third-largest city has been described in a myriad of ways throughout its lifetime. When Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were competing for the right to use their forms of electricity to illuminate the 1893 World’s Fair, Chicago was known as a city of industry (a reputation memorialized by the Museum of Science and Industry). When Prohibition set in, notorious mobsters like Al Capone transformed Chicagoland into their own dangerous playground. And intense immigration surges throughout the 20th century brought a host of new identities to the Windy City, including Greek, Polish, Italian and Jewish.
With dramatic peaks and pristine lakes, Yellowstone is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Multicolored pools swirl around hot springs; verdant forests weave past expansive meadows; and volatile geysers launch streams of steaming water toward the sky. With so much unspoiled natural beauty, it’s no wonder everyone suspected John Colter (a scout for explorers Lewis and Clark) was embellishing when he first described Yellowstone’s geothermal curiosities in 1807. Nowadays, there’s no doubt that the park is indeed extraordinary. While you traverse the park’s 3,000-plus square miles of mountains, canyons, geysers and waterfalls, be prepared to share the trails with permanent residents like buffalo, elk and sometimes even grizzlies.
Seattle’s laid-back attitude and diverse neighborhoods more than make up for its consistently cloudy weather. Plus, it’s home to some of the country’s best coffee and a thriving arts scene, plenty of history, culture and — when the weather permits — some exciting outdoor activities. Surrounded by water (and resting between Puget Sound and Lake Washington), the city’s favorite outdoor pursuits include kayaking, hiking and camping. Not only that, but the nearby Olympic Mountains and the giant Mount Rainier are visible from many spots in the city; ski slopes are just a short drive away. And while travelers often bemoan the weather, there’s actually less annual precipitation here than in New York or Boston. Overcast skies rarely stop Seattleites from getting out and exploring the city — and it shouldn’t stop you either.
With its marbled monuments and high-profile politicos, Washington, D.C., has long been saddled with a reputation as a stuffy government-driven town. A “city of southern efficiency and northern charm,” as John F. Kennedy once described it, Washington is often seen by outsiders as slow and inefficient. But these days, our nation’s capital is awash with a new energy, transforming itself into an exciting, faster-paced East Coast vacation destination. Although government is still the sun around which this city orbits, the District also offers a host of renowned museums and interesting neighborhoods. And with a recent explosion of restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and clubs, D.C. is transitioning into a thriving cultural hub. As the D.C. Tourism Board is emphasizing through its “DC Cool” campaign, this isn’t the Washington you remember from your middle school field trip — it’s much hipper than that.
Davy Crockett may have perished at the Alamo, but San Antonio clings to the Texan pride shown by the “King of the Wild Frontier” and his compatriots in 1836. This modern city’s history especially rears its noble head throughout downtown. In addition to the Alamo, you’ll find several other famous missions, all of which are now a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. And amongst the gleaming skyscrapers, the austere San Fernando Cathedral still stands as a testament to the city’s religious past. But, don’t be fooled: You don’t need a hankering for history to enjoy this city.