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When you work hard and need a break, going on vacation offers time to relax and recharge before facing the daily grind once again. But what if you want to enjoy a travel experience without unloading a fraction of your funds? USA Today has released a list of its 30 best and worst U.S. cities for your wallet so you don’t have to break the bank to getaway this summer!
San Francisco and New York naturally top the priciest cities, but going into the less expensive end you’ll find that there are plenty of great, cost-effective options from coast-to-coast.
Starting with the West coast, runner-up for the cheapest city to travel to is none other than Las Vegas, Nevada! And who doesn’t want to vacation in Vegas? According to the report, Vegas is the second-cheapest U.S. city due to its incredibly low airfare with an average of $223. Even better, Vegas has numerous discount accommodations options, leaving you with more money to spend at the luxury shopping malls and elegant restaurants. (Ahem, Diamond Resorts has a deal right now for three nights plus dinner and a show for just $299. Of course, terms apply, but that’s a cheap weekend getaway!)
If you’re traveling on your own, after spending an evening on the Strip, you can retire to the lush Cancún Resort Las Vegas by Diamond Resorts, located on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard. Instagram the resort’s towering Mayan pyramid waterfall and relax knowing you’re getting the most out of your vacation.
On the East coast is USA Today’s cheapest U.S. city for travel: Orlando, Florida. And not only is it cheap to fly to with an average flight cost of $246, but the city is a well-known, family-friendly destination with its iconic theme parks amongst other indoor and outdoor experiences.
You will, of course, be exhausted after a fun-filled adventure. Rest at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club by Diamond Resorts where you can master your golf swing at its 7,012 yard golf course rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest.
Here are some tips to help you save even more in both destinations:
When in Las Vegas:
Visit Fremont Street. If you’re looking to experience Las Vegas like a local, head to the downtown area and Freemont Street. You’ll find unique shopping, dining and entertainment options downtown that won’t break your bank.
Eat off the Strip. You’ll find seemingly endless dining options – many of them featuring unique, local cuisine – off the Strip and at a fraction of the cost.
When in Orlando:
Travel during the off-season. You can expect cheaper prices and fewer crowds by avoiding the peak summer season and traveling January through March, when kids are still in school. And who doesn’t love shorter theme park lines?
Get an Orlando Explorer Pass. Like a tasting menu at a high-end restaurant, this pass is a discount ticket that allows you to sample several of Orlando’s most popular attractions.
If you do a little digging, you’ll find there are plenty of ways to save this summer. Studies show that 54 percent of Americans are afraid to go on vacation. But when asking yourself whether or not to escape this summer, just remember that with prices this good, you know you should.