The 7 Best and cheap vacations in the US in 2021
5. Boston, Massachusetts
- Budget: Starting at $90 per day
- Flights: From $67
- Best for: History hounds, bibliophiles
- Cheap eats: Saus Boston, Kelly’s Roast Beef
Good ol’ Boston is a must destination for Americans as it, along with cities like Philadelphia and DC, has played a major role in American history. Though hotels aren’t as cheap in the city, there are many things to do that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Follow the Freedom Trail with a guide for only $12, see the USS Constitution Museum for the suggested donation of $5-10, and visit places like the Harvard campus, Faneuil Hall and Boston Public Library for free.
- Budget: Starting at $100 per day
- Flights: From $52
- Best for: History hounds, architecture lovers
- Cheap eats: Wiseguy Pizza, Chinatown Express
6. Washington, DC
Hotels in Washington, DC aren’t as cheap as it is the capital city, and hundreds of politicians and dignitaries pass through it every day. However, the best thing about it as a tourist destination is that many of its museums, gardens and major attractions are completely free. Those include the National Mall, Air & Space Museum, the National Zoo and Ford’s Theatre. Additionally, the 7-Day Regional Bus Pass for unlimited bus travel is only $17.50.
7. Atlanta, Georgia
- Budget: Starting at $60 per day
- Flights: From $47
- Best for: History hounds
- Cheap eats: Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand
With hotel rates as low as $39 a night, flights as cheap as $50 and plenty of free attractions to visit, Atlanta definitely gets our vote for budget getaways. Plus, 7-day MARTA pass is only $23.75–that’s about $3.50 per day for unlimited rides–and there’s plenty of excellent eats for cheap.
The fact that it’s fast becoming one of the hippest places in America, following in Portland and Brooklyn’s footsteps, is just a nice little perk.