Great Vacations on a Budget

By Alexandria Jacobs, Special for US Daily Review.

Budget-friendly vacations are the new normal these days. Between financial uncertainty, pricey hotels and rising travel costs, American families are squeezed when it comes to vacation and travel options. Fortunately, the United States is packed with great budget-friendly vacation destinations. From world-class cities to beautiful beach resorts, there’s no shortage of top vacation spots in the country for those on a tight budget. Here are just four of them.

New York City

New York City, despite its reputation for being expensive, is the perfect place for a budget-friendly vacation thanks to its wealth of free attractions and things to do. One of the top budget hotels in the city is The Sohotel, an affordable boutique hotel located in New York’s bustling SoHo district. New York City real estate is also home to many hostels and affordable rental apartments for vacation stays as well. Great restaurants for those on a budget include the historic Fraunces Tavern and the Gobo Restaurant, home to some of the city’s finest vegetarian cuisine. Free attractions in New York City include Central Park, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park and Wall Street. Other top sites and landmarks worth visiting in this world-class city include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the iconic Statue of Liberty.

San Francisco

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The City by the Bay is home to a plethora of great attractions and landmarks to visit. A top budget hotel in the city is the Super 8 Fisherman’s Wharf, located on the famed Fisherman’s Wharf in the heart of San Francisco’s tourist district. Cheap restaurants in the city range from the casual Italian Pasta Pomodoro to the excellent Asian cuisine of Zao. The city boasts a wealth of world-class attractions and landmarks such as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the beautiful Golden Gate Park and renowned museums like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

Cape Cod

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Cape Cod boasts a broad collection of beautiful beaches and some of the most idyllic seaside scenery in the entire country. A fantastic budget hotel in Cape Cod is the Cape View Motel in Truro, a quaint motel that boasts stunning waterfront views. Great places to eat on the cheap include fresh seafood eateries like Sir Cricket’s Fish and Chips and the Pancake Man, one of the top breakfast spots on Cape Cod. Attractions in Cape Cod include the eclectic shops and galleries of Provincetown, the breathtaking Cape Cod National Seashore and the region’s wealth of beaches, bike trails and scenic outlooks.

Outer Banks

One of America’s most celebrated beach resorts, the Outer Banks offer plenty for vacationers on a budget. A top place to stay overnight is the Culpepper Inn, charming yet affordable with easy access to the area’s famed beaches. Top restaurants include seafood joints like Basnight’s Lone Cedar café and laid-back, rustic spots like Barefoot Bernie’s Bar and Grill. The Outer Banks offer incredible beaches and nature trails as well as historic sites and fascinating museums to discover.

Alexandra Jacobs is a travel enthusiast who loves to write about tourism, beaches, food, and the wonderful things in the world.  She provides her own insights on vacationing to the blogosphere.  If you would like to learn more about her, follow her @alexsjourneys or visit her blog

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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