7 Cheap Places to Visit in the U.S.


cheap place to liveIf you’ve been looking for a new city to visit without breaking the bank, look no further. Below are seven great U.S. cities that are affordable, fun, and unique. Remember to research a place thoroughly before deciding to visit there to make sure that you get all the best deals. Check out sites like Groupon.com  for affordable hotel rooms or vacation packages. Essentially, all you need is a little bit of planning and a great sense of adventure to enjoy the cities below.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is such a great city to visit because there is free entertainment everywhere. Just take one stroll through the French Quarter in the afternoon and you’ll get to peruse great art in Jackson Square, listen to amazing street musicians, and eat very inexpensive food at places like Cafe du Monde. Flights should only be a few hundred dollars and with enough searching, you can find a nice hotel room for around $110 a night.

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta made the list because of their massive airport, which should cut down on travel fees regardless of where you are traveling from in the U.S. While Atlanta certainly has ritzier areas, you can find nice hotel rooms in the $100 range. Try some great southern delights at small, local restaurants and check out the free sites, like the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Of course, if there’s anything you do spend money on, choose the amazing Georgia Aquarium. Your kids will talk about it for years!

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville has some great, inexpensive hotels and a ton of culture. All you need to enjoy yourself in this city is a few bucks to buy some incredible, life changing barbecue. Don’t forget to visit the Grand Ole Oprey and many of the historical sites Nashville has to offer.

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is absolutely gorgeous in the summertime, so definitely travel then and enjoy nice weather and great food all at the same time. Plus, if you absolutely adore eating lobster, then this is the place to get it on the cheap. There are also a ton of microbreweries to try and fun boutiques to scour.

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is getting a lot of recognition lately for their amazing music and restaurant scene. You have the benefit of lower prices wherever you go since it’s a huge college town. You can easily find decent hotels in the $60/night range if you look just outside of the city.

Phoenix, Arizona

If you are the outdoorsy type, then you’ll love all of the amazing trails and hiking that Phoenix has to offer. Keep in mind that it’s quite hot and dry there in the summertime, so spring or fall might be the best times to travel. Also, if you like plants, the Desert Botanical Garden is highly unique, providing a haven for many unique, rarely seen desert plants.

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia is a vibrant city with amazing shopping, great historic areas, and a plethora of museums. Check out the free Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and score some great, high quality second hand clothes in Carytown. Also, be sure to visit the free National Park system and peek inside of the Jefferson Hotel just to take in the beautiful architecture.

Of course, these are just a few of the many amazing U.S. cities that you can visit on a dime. If you have other recommendations or favorites, please share them in the comment section below.

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Written by Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford is a freelance writer who currently lives in the Caribbean with her husband and spoiled pup, Julep. She received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. When she is not writing for various personal finance websites, she enjoys sharing her frugal and fabulous adventures on her blog, BudgetBlonde.com.

Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford is a freelance writer who currently lives in the Caribbean with her husband and spoiled pup, Julep. She received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. When she is not writing for various personal finance websites, she enjoys sharing her frugal and fabulous adventures on her blog, BudgetBlonde.com.

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