9 Budget-Friendly Destinations To Visit This Summer in the United States

Head to northwest Montana for stunning photo opportunities on a budget. Summer offers ideal conditions for driving Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the country's most scenic drives.

Glacier National Park:

Experience one of the world's most beautiful beaches without breaking the bank. Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast offers diverse tide pools, abundant birdwatching, and breathtaking rock formations.

Cannon Beach:

Camping at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Arizona offers a unique and affordable experience. Some campsites start at just $18 per night during warmer months, with a $35 entrance fee for vehicles lasting seven days.

Grand Canyon National Park:

Enjoy breathtaking scenery and inexpensive attractions in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Free activities include biking through Garden of the Gods, hiking to Pikes Peak's summit, and exploring Old Colorado City.

Colorado Springs:

Summer in San Diego boasts warm temperatures and popular attractions like La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach. Save money on top attractions by purchasing a Go San Diego Card.

San Diego:

Experience affordable summer vacations on both the New York and Ontario sides of Niagara Falls by avoiding the area's casinos. Bundled passes offer savings on activities like the Journey Behind the Falls tour.

Niagara Falls:

Offset summer room rates in Vancouver by taking advantage of the city's many free attractions. Spend your days biking through Stanley Park, swimming at Kitsilano Beach.

Vancouver, Canada:

Bordering two of Utah's national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, Moab offers stunning desert landscapes and affordable accommodations. Campgrounds, motels, and vacation rentals cater to nature lovers.


Nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, provides plenty of outdoor attractions. With a nominal daily parking fee of $5 per vehicle, visitors can explore over 800 miles of terrain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.