Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways

These days, travelers don’t need to choose between going to a fun, exciting spot and being able to stay within their budget. Here are six U.S. destinations that are sure to please, whether you’re flying solo, traveling as a couple, or planning a vacation for the whole family.Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways

  1. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is a golfers paradise. While it can be a little warm between the months of May to October, as in over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the remaining six months of the year are nearly perfect. Fall and Winter temperatures usually average between 50 and 70 degrees which makes it the perfect weather to play golf.

So if you want to hit your driver down the same courses that Phil Mickelson and Jordan Speith play, then Phoenix is the place for you. With over 250 golf courses in the greater Phoenix, the options are almost endless. You can play Troon, Scottsdale TPC, Grayhawk, and Moon Valley all have been home of both PGA and LPGA tournaments to just name a few. Now if you want a great deal, come during the summer, even though it can be quite warm you can play at these world famous golf courses for about half of the price. So grab your best putter and a favorite golf wedge and come have a swing.

2. Front Royal, Virginia

Front Royal is a Virginia gem. It’s sitting at the gateway to Shenandoah National Park, the most popular national park in the nation, and is less than a 70-mile drive from D.C. You can have the best of both worlds here – some of the best views of America from Skyline Drive as well as big-city excitement. The Front Royal Entrance station to the Park opens hikers and nature lovers up to more than 2,000 acres of protected land and 500 miles of trails, ranging from beginner level to extremely difficult.

Shenandoah Caverns and Luray Caverns are also close by, and wine lovers will enjoy a trip to Chester Gap Cellars. Virginia wines will surprise you! On Main Street in Front Royal, you’ll find the old-time county seat right next to fun shops and eateries. Don’t miss Gourmet Delights, a great little gift store, and Cafe Amore, a family-owned, Italian cafe and bar.

3. St. George, Utah

Saint George, Utah was originally settled by Mormons traveling south from Salt Lake City. Now, it’s known for its great golf courses and close proximity to Zion National Park. It’s also just under a two-hour drive to Las Vegas, the gaming and entertainment capital of the world. The trip to Vegas is spectacular as you pass through the Virgin Gorge.

Don’t miss strolling in Springdale, Utah, the small town right next to Zion National Park. The Bit and Spur Restaurant and Saloon is outstanding for dinner the night before you strike out on a hike through the Narrows. You can stay in the Park at the Lodge (but make reservations well in advance), or stay in one of the many retro motels in Springdale, or alternatively for less money at the nearby towns of La Verkin and Hurricane. If you dare, on the way out of the area, drop by Grafton Cemetery that’s reported to be haunted.

4. Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville is the first major city as you drive into Florida from I-95. Many don’t realize all this small city has to offer the budget conscious traveler. It sits right on the Atlanta Ocean, and the St. Johns River runs right through it. The St. John’s is the longest river in Florida. It’s considered a “lazy river,” and is one of the few rivers in the U.S. that flows north.

Jacksonville is the perfect spot to relax in the sun. Discover delicious organic juice bars right on the coast. If you’re in Jacksonville on Saturday, check out the Riverside Arts Market under the bridge. You’ll find an array of artwork, handmade crafts and jewelry by local artists. Jacksonville is also one of the most popular golfing destinations in the South. The PGA Tour has its headquarters at TFC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach where the Players Championship happens every year and Amelia Island, which has 117 holes of golf in beautiful surroundings, as well as golf clubs in Ocala only a drive away.

Believe it or not, you can take in a Broadway show in Jacksonville at Jacksonville Theater, right in the Orange Park event center. Take a day trip 40 miles south to visit St. Augustine, the oldest settlement in the U.S., and visit the wacky Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, an affordable fun spot for kids of all ages.

5. Omaha, NE

Though not especially known as a vacation spot, if you have kids, a trip to Omaha is a must because of The Lied Jungle at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. In recent years, the Zoo has added numerous attractions. You’ll have fun exploring the largest indoor rainforest in America. On multi floors, you’ll see monkeys, macaws, tapirs, and small hippos in their natural habitat, representing species from Africa, Asia and South America.

6. Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Boothbay Harbor is the quintessential New England Coastal town. Relax and enjoy and have some lobster on the pier, freshly caught courtesy of real Maine lobstermen. Boothbay Harbor is known as the Boating Capital of New England. Explore Burnt Island Lighthouse, the Maine State Aquarium, Penny Lake Preserve, or take an Atlantic sunset cruise on a historic schooner.

No matter which season you’re planning your trip and regardless of your budget, Phoenix Arizona, Front Royal, St. George, Jacksonville, Omaha, and Boothbay Harbor are all definite spots to add to your vacation short list.

What To Do When In Canada

Visiting Canada

Canada is a beautiful country. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or it’s your third of fourth trip, planning an excursion to the wide-open possibilities of Canada is always a wonderful idea. Though relatively small in population considering its size, Canada is filled with beautiful cities, gorgeous nature, and breathtaking opportunities. To see Canada as it was meant to be seen, consider visiting one or all of these iconic spots.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Island Marina-Canada

Picturesque, with its ocean views and red dirt roads, Prince Edward Island is the home of the fictional character Anne of Green Gables, made famous in the early twentieth century by Lucy Maud Montgomery. You can enjoy Prince Edward Island from a bed and breakfast or hotel, wander the woods, and partake in eating renowned seafood. Peaceful and inviting, Prince Edward Island is a quiet sanctuary and retreat. Quebec

Toronto Canada

If Europe is too far to travel, consider Quebec for a taste of far-away culture. While you’ll want to brush up on your French, English is also spoken, so you’ll have less travel anxiety visiting this city as an English speaker. The streets of Quebec are more like Europe than most other North American cities, with their brightly painted buildings and old fashioned streets. Enjoy the rich and diverse culture of Quebec, including waterfalls and gorgeous architecture. Montreal, the largest city in Quebec, is home to gardens and museums and well worth the visit. Vancouver
Host to several fantastic vacation opportunities, Vancouver is the third-largest city in Canada. It’s home to fantastic museum opportunities like the Museum of Anthropology, the Maritime Museum, and Science World. Visitors can also reach the stunning Butchart Gardens in Victoria from Vancouver. A seaport, surrounded by mountains, Vancouver boasts some of the best views in Canada, and visitors will find no shortage of enjoyable opportunities.  Maritime-museum-of-the-atlantic-halifax-nova-scotia-canada

The largest city in Canada, Toronto boasts fantastic museums, vintage shopping experiences, and a thriving arts and culture scene. You can take a ferry from downtown and have a stroll on the Toronto Islands, or get a bite to eat in the antique Distillery District. To stay up to date on festivals and events happening during your visit, be sure to check out the Toronto news and learn what only locals know. 

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Canada

Without a doubt Canada’s most widely-recognized attraction, Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls, and together, they have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America. Gorgeous, and easily accessible due to the regular tourist visits, Niagara Falls is a mesmerizing experience sure to stay with you for a lifetime. If you’re in the Niagara Falls area anyway, you might even consider a trip into Upstate New York. You can compare the view of the Falls from both sides and decide for yourself if the Canadian side really is better. You might take a roadtrip through the rural landscape all the way to Cooperstown, where you can visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, book transportation from Cooperstown to Albany International Airport, and fly back home.

For family trips, private getaways, or a roadtrip with friends, Canada offers spectacular opportunities. Whether you’re a Canadian looking to see more of your country, or an American ready to cross the border, Canada offers exciting new adventures, brand-new views, and fresh culture. Whether you stroll through Toronto, visit museums in Montreal, Quebec, or read on the beaches of Prince Edward Island, you’ll enjoy your stay. Consider Canada for your next vacation, and have experiences that will last forever.

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