Are you planning a summer vacation?

We all know that when you travel on a budget it can be a little tough, especially if you have children.

Whether you decide on a beach getaway or a city escape, you will find that there are many destinations right here in the good ‘ole USA that you can plan a vacation in that are affordable and fun! Check out my top 8 affordable summer vacation destinations below!

8 Affordable Summer Vacations

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

Only you can find out if Ft. Lauderdale has all the bells and whistles of Florida that you are looking for this summer.  There are wide stretches of beautiful, white-sand beaches, palm trees everywhere, and a beachside atmosphere that can rival any other resort destination in Florida.  The “Venice of America,” which was given its nickname because of the over 180 miles of canals and waterways, is becoming once again a hot spot for not only couples and spring breakers, but for the whole family too.

While in town explore Fort Lauderdale’s renowned Sunrise Boulevard: Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, paddle boating, cocktails at Blue Martini, the Red Door Spa, shopping, and much more!

Plunge Beach Hotel $72

Nearby Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is also budget-friendly. 

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Here you will find many luxury hotels that are so affordable you may want to consider more than a long weekend here on the Jersey Shore.  With a long boardwalk filled with fun, food, rides, and souvenir shops, this is the perfect vacation spot for everyone. In Atlantic City, you can lounge on the beach by day and hit up one of the many casinos by night. If you are simply looking for a nice beach atmosphere, check out this unique beach town.

You can find a hotel room in Atlantic City for as low as $41

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

This incredible destination and tourist attraction is one of the most affordable in the Western part of the United States. It can be super crowded, but that won’t bother you as you take in this beautiful canyon. With over 5 million visitors per year, the Grand Canyon is a popular family vacation spot. There are many campgrounds and low-cost hotels and motels in the surrounding area.

Williamsburg, Virginia

Make summer plans to head to the Virginia Peninsula for not only an affordable place to visit, but there is a lot of colonial history to discover here. There are many good restaurants that are family-friendly and low cost, as well as, accommodations that can meet every budget.  If you are a shopper, then the Williamsburg Outlets are a must-visit. Most of all, you will have a chance to walk in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers.

Las Vegas, NevadaBellagio Fountain in Las Vegas

There are many options of what type of vacation you can experience in Las Vegas, which is why Sin City is such an affordable place to visit. You can experience the casino nightlife and stay in a lovely suite in one of the many casino resort hotels or you can go for a relaxing spa getaway. Both are super affordable and worth the price tag. There are a lot of family-friendly things to do as well, such as check out the Cirque de Soleil performances or head to one of the fun, interactive museums like the Neon Museum. Just think of Las Vegas as a huge theme park with something for everyone.

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Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

You can’t beat New York City in the summer, but to save a little money head over to Brooklyn where it is the perfect place to experience city life without the high price tag of Manhattan.  Book one of the hundreds of places using Airbnb to make your vacation dollar go further.  The restaurants, cafes, bars, and hotels are booming in the summer so you won’t have trouble finding great things to do.  The pace in Brooklyn is a lot calmer and you can take a quiet stroll in the morning to grab coffee without the hustle of the streets of New York City.

Phoenix Hotel $125

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Cannon Beach, Oregon

There are many ways to make this gorgeous beach area a more affordable vacation destination on the Oregon coast. There are activities for solo travelers and families alike in this quaint, small town. Cannon Beach offers a humming downtown and a sandy expanse that draws castle builders, beach cyclists, and clam diggers.

Cannon Beach’s immense Haystack Rock provides the opportunity to explore tide pools, abundant with anemones, sea stars, crabs, and much more. Many months out of the year, trained staff from the Haystack Rock Awareness Program are on the beach to answer questions and increase awareness for this marine garden and National Wildlife Refuge.

In the shadow of Haystack Rock, sample fresh crab, and clams with sips of local brews and wines before the main attraction: a salmon bake and bonfires. Try your own hand at crabbing in the peaceful Nehalem Bay or clamming from a kayak at low tide, and don’t miss out on exploring Ecola State Park for inspiring views. Wrap up your coastal visit by learning to prepare the local catch and bounty from the experts at North Fork 53.

You may need to rent a beach house here because lodging is typically full. But with a kitchen, you can save a lot of money by not eating out. Do the research first and find a hotel that offers deals when you book during weekdays, so check that out to save some money. Our favorite hotel in Cannon Beach is Surfsand Resort, but it’s a bit spendy. Here’s a list of hotels that start out at $99 a night in Cannon Beach

Phoenix, ArizonaParc Phoenix

If you are looking for sunshine all year long and don’t mind the heat, then Phoenix is the place for you. Phoenix has been ranked as one of the cheapest in the country many years in a row by SmartAsset magazine. Round-trip airfare is affordable and so are the hotel accommodations, not to mention the luxurious spas and resorts found in the surrounding area. Go ahead and go west and discover beautiful Arizona.

I recommend staying in Scottsdale, they have a ton of nice resorts. They are always running specials, especially during the summer. You can stay at an extremely nice resort for super cheap. 

If flying to Europe or some exotic island isn’t in the cards, hopefully, one of these destinations will work for you and you can still find a more cost-effective option closer to home.

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