A lot of people refuse to travel, because they think that they don't have enough money for it. When they are thinking about planning a trip somewhere, they imagine white-sand beaches of Bermuda, cobblestone streets of Europe, fjords of Norway, and other expensive destinations that are located too far from home. However, they don't realize that taking a vacation doesn't mean going to a super-popular far-away place, where you have to force your way through the crowds of tourists and waste a lot of money on your flight and accommodation.
In fact, there are a lot of awesome places all over the globe, and those who don't want to book expensive flights and go to another part of the world have numerous vacation options on their own continent.
Let's take USA and Canada as an example. They have everything a tourist might need. There are multiple national parks, where one can go camping or hiking. There're a lot of water bodies, where anyone can take a dip. And, of course, there are numerous locations that are breathtakingly beautiful!
To go to some of these places, all you need is a car and a couple of days off. For others, it's possible to find cheap flights and inexpensive accommodation to stay there for some time. Whatever your choice is, you'll definitely enjoy your stay, take some quality rest, see splendid views, and save your money! And to get all these bonuses, you won't even have to leave the continent. Are you ready to get started?
25 Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada that was established in 1885. It's rather large and it offers a number of different spots to visit for tourists. There're lakes (including the magnificent Lake Louise that you see in the photo above), rivers, hills, mountains, glaciers, ice fields, and coniferous forests. A lot of species live in Banff, so visitors can expect to see elks, deer, moose, and a number of other mammals.
The entrance fee is rather cheap ($9.80 for adults older than 17) and a number of affordable tours are offered for the visitors.
24 Rainbow Falls, Hilo, Hawaii, USA
Rainbow Falls in Hilo, Hawaii, is a popular tourist destination. It received its name, because when it's sunny at about 10 o'clock in the morning, it's possible to see rainbows below the waters falling over the lava cave.
According to the Hawaiian mythology, Rainbow Falls (or as it's called in the aboriginal language, Waiānuenue) is a home to a goddess Hina. It's no wonder that a goddess would want to live in this place. I mean, it's gorgeous, isn't it?
Visitors don't have to pay anything to see the Rainbow Falls.
23 Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska, USA
Visitors of Juneau , the capital city of Alaska, should definitely pick a day to visit the Mendenhall Glacier. This 13-mile long glacier offers splendid views, so the visitors who choose to take a walk around it and contemplate the Nugget Falls and Mendenhall Lake will certainly enjoy their experience.
There's also a visitor's center near the glacier that requires a nominal fee to access different activities for adults and children. Among other things, visitors can watch a short movie about the glacier, see an exhibit, and attend a bookstore.
22 Alma, New Brunswick, Canada
For those tourists who are looking for a relaxing place to stay, the village of Alma in New Brunswick can become a good option. Its charming coastline offers breathtaking views of world's highest tides and picturesque cliffs. The activities to do in Alma are numerous, from kayaking to visiting the natural wonders of the area, such as Fundy National Park. The visitors of this park can walk along the pristine forest, watch waterfalls, and even see a musical performance.
Entrance fee to Fundy National Park is only $7.80 for adults. Most other attractions don't require any fee.
21 Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA
Shenandoah National Park is located around the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state of Virginia. This long and narrow park is considered part of National Wilderness Preservation System. Visitors of Shenandoah can go hiking, camping, bicycling, or horse-riding, or just walk around the park and gaze at the magnificent views.
Entrance fee for individual visitors is $15. A number of fee free days in the year are also offered to honor the dates that are somehow important to the park. So those who want to save even more money can choose one of these days and visit Shenandoah for free.
20 Old Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
If you're into exploring city life, but want to get a different experience, come to Canada and visit Old Montreal! It's one of the oldest and most stylish cities in North America. When you're there, you won't even feel like you're still in Canada. Walking along the cobblestone streets and gazing at lovely architecture (especially the Notre-Dame Basilica at Place d'Armes), you'll think that you somehow got to France!
Of course, no fee is required to enter Old Montreal and it's also rather easy to find budget-friendly accommodation there.
19 Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Flint Hills, Kansas, USA
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was once a large tallgrass prairie, but these days only 4% of the former territory remains. For this reason, the park is being protected in order to at least preserve the remnants of the past glory.
Nature enthusiasts will certainly find a lot of interesting things to do in the park, such as walking, hiking and gazing at the rich flora and fauna.
A number of visitors come to the Tallgrass Prairie all year round. There's no charge to visit the park. Besides, visitors are offered to take part in a number of events and guided tours that are also provided for free.
18 Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA
Being the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon and the second tallest year-round waterfall in the country, Multnomah Falls attracts a number of visitors. The waterfall was formed 15,000 years ago and in the beginning of the 20th century the area around it was developed. Now there's a pathway, a viewing bridge and observation deck that allow to look at the waterfall from different sides and take beautiful photos.
No fee is charged to gaze and the Multnomah Falls and the area is open all year round for visitors.
17 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Fort Lauderdale is a city in the state of Florida that received its name after several forts that were built by the U.S. during the Second Seminole War in the 19th century. These days, Fort Lauderdale is a touristic area that offers accommodation and entertainment options for visitors of all tastes and budgets.
Besides, there are a lot of parks, museums, theaters, and other places of interest for tourists. And, of course, there are beautiful beaches and warm sea, where you can swim, relax and forget about all your worries. Isn't it the best budget vacation spot?
16 Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Every person living in North America needs to visit the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming at least once in a lifetime. You can't find this kind of natural beauty anywhere else in the world. Hidden power of the Yellowstone volcano rises up to the earth surface and creates gorgeous colorful hot springs, geysers and mud pots. The moment you see Yellowstone with your own eyes will certainly be unforgettable, so be sure to visit it one day!
Individual entrance fee is only $20 for adults older than 15.
15 Prince Edward Island, Canada
Prince Edward Island has so much to offer to tourists. There are beautiful classic lighthouses and national parks, where you can take nice walks. Picturesque landscapes and rich fauna will satisfy any nature enthusiast. And if you're into arts and music, you may also visit the Island Fringe Festival that has been held on the island since 2012.
If you're traveling on a budget, you can certainly find a number of hotels and cafes that offer low prices and nice services to their visitors on Prince Edward Island.
14 Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA
Behold the forest of stone or a naturally formed amphitheater - give it the name you like more! Bryce Canyon National Park located in Utah is known for its distinctive geological structures - the tall thin spires of rock called hoodoos. They were formed by erosion and frost weathering, and now they present a natural wonder for everyone who visits the canyon. Take pride from the fact that Bryce Canyon has the largest collection of hoodoos in the world and visit it as soon as possible!
Individual entrance fee for the visitors of Bryce Canyon is $20.
13 Fort Williams Park, Maine, USA
Visitors of Fort Williams Park can engage into a number of activities. Except for walking, hiking and gazing at the splendid views, you can play play tennis or basketball, do some outdoor fitness, or make a picnic. And, of course, it's a great place for history enthusiasts, who can visit Fort Williams, a mostly demolished U.S. Army post that operated during World War I and World War II. Truly, this place has things to do for people of all tastes!
Fort Williams Park is maintained for visitors for no fee.
12 Sequoia National Park, California, USA
Do you want to see the largest trees in the world? Then come to Sequoia National Park! This park is home to the General Sherman Tree that is 83.8 meters (275 ft) high! Its diameter is 7.7 m (25 ft) and its approximate age is 2,300–2,700 years. We can tell it for sure that you won't see a tree like this anywhere else on this planet, so be sure to come to Sequoia National Park and take a look at it with your own eyes!
Other activities you can do in the park are hiking, making picnics, horseback riding, photographing, and rock climbing.
Individual entrance fee is $20.
11 The Palouse, Washington and Idaho, USA
If you want to see the most serene landscapes in North America, come to the Palouse. This region is mostly agricultural and it has a number of wheat fields. It's interesting that the Palouse looks like sand dunes. This phenomenon is explained by the fact that it was formed in the same way. Tens of thousands years ago, winds were blowing dust and silt, which gave this unique appearance to the fields. There's no other place like it anywhere in the world.
No fee is charged to enter the region. But to visit the state parks in the region, you'll need to pay $10.
10 Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Whistler is a resort town that is located in the province of British Columbia. It's a very beautiful area that overlooks beautiful mountains, pristine lakes, and coniferous forests. Whether you like skiing or not, you should certainly come there just to see it all!
Most people think that Whistler is an expensive place to stay and it, actually, is. However, if you are willing to do some research, you'll understand that it's very possible to find affordable accommodation there. And it doesn't matter if you're going there alone, with your friends, or with your family. In any case, you'll find a cheap place to stay and an inexpensive place to eat.
9 Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is a paradise for those people who like cactuses (or should we say cacti?). The park was founded in 1937 and established in 1939 by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society. These days, it houses over 21,000 plants, including 139 rare and endangered species.
Entrance fee is $24.95 for adults over 17 years old. Even though it might seem to be larger than entrance fee to some other parks, you should understand that this money goes for a good cause. It's used to ensure the preservation of plant diversity on our planet.
8 Willow City Bluebonnets, Texas, USA
A bluebonnet is the official flower of the state of Texas and, we must say, it's a very beautiful flower. So whether you're from Texas or not, you should see this bluebonnet field in Willow City! Just go for a drive to Willow City Loop and you will certainly take pleasure from seeing the picturesque landscapes of stunning blankets of bluebonnets.
Since it's a roadside attraction of Texas, no one has to pay a penny to see these marvellous fields. Just keep in mind that you should travel there in the end of March or beginning of April, when bluebonnets are blossoming.
7 Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, USA
Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States. One of the ways to access it and enjoy the magnificent views is to go to Sand Harbor State Park. Visitors of all tastes can find something to do there. If you want to have a peaceful day, you can make a picnic and just gaze at the lake and the forest surrounding it. If you wish to do something more active, you may take a boat or a kayak, swim, or do some scuba-diving. Anyway, you'll enjoy your stay there.
The fee to enter Sand Harbor State Park is only $10.
6 Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Jasper National Park is the largest park in Canadian Rocky Mountains. It has a lot of views to offer to its visitors, from towering mountains and forests, to lakes and waterfalls. The wildlife in Jasper National Park includes a large number of species of mammals and birds. So if you come there, you might hope to see some of them, or engage into one of the numerous activities offered in the park.
For its picturesque scenery and fossils found there, Jasper National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
To enter the park, you need to pay only $9.80.
5 Seattle, Washington, USA
There are a lot of things to do in Seattle for people of all tastes. If you're into art, you can visit one of the galleries or museums. If you like having fun at festivals, hook your stay in the city to one of the numerous festival held there (from an anime convention to multiple film festivals). In case parks is what interests you, the choice is huge, as well. And, of course, you can take a ferry to see Seattle from the water.
A number of inexpensive accommodation options are offered in this large city, so you can certainly find something that will fit your budget and enjoy your stay without spending extra money.
4 Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina, USA
Caesars Head State Park is known for its panoramic view of the mountains. Multiple people come there daily to gaze at the scenic landscape from the park's observation deck. If you want, you can also make a picnic there, swim in the river, or go hiking. The park has five waterfalls and all of them are beautiful, so you'll be glad to find all of them and take a dip in their refreshing waters.
The entrance fee to the park's trial is ridiculously low - it's only $2 for adult visitors!
3 Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
Of course, the continent of North America isn't limited to Canada and the USA. For this reason, we should include other countries into our list, as well. Let's take Cuba, for example. Come to Old Havana to see one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites with your own eyes!
Old Havana has a number of tourist attractions, including several fortresses, parks, and squares. You don't even have to go inside of them, if you don't want to. Walking along the streets, looking at the beautiful architecture, and seeing smiling people around might be enough.
You can surely find budget accommodation and cheap places to eat in Havana, because Cuba overall isn't an expensive country.
2 Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Tulum is a small town located not far from a much more popular Cancun. If you go there, you will certainly save some money and find cheaper accommodation options.
Besides, you can also spend a much better time there than you would in Cancun. First of all, going to Tulum, you can get a unique experience of combining tropical rainforest and Mayan ruins in one trip. Secondly, you will swim in the pristine ocean waters and relax on the whitest sand you've ever seen. And last but not least, you won't have to force your way through crowds of tourists!
Isn't it great to get a better experience for a cheaper price?
1 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominical Republic and the first major European settlement in the New World. It's a haven for those who like historical architecture. When you go there, be sure to visit Catedral Primada de América, Fortaleza Ozama, and Parque Colón.
Experienced travelers say that staying in Santo Domingo is one of the best ways to save on your trip to the Dominican Republic. Since most tourists coming to the country go to Punta Cana and other more popular places, the capital remains less crowded and, consequently, less expensive.