Budget is a huge factor in my travel plans. I'm always searching for ways to save, whether it's on flights, food, or accommodations. As I prepare to move back to New York City, I've been considering how to keep traveling even as my budget becomes tighter than ever. That's why I've been researching the cheapest cities to visit in America. Here are five of the cheapest and most interesting options I've found.
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Charleston is known for its historic mansions, cobblestone walks, and beautifully haunted cemeteries. I'm particularly drawn to the charm and elegance of this South Carolina city. Apparently, the city also has a huge performing arts festival over the summer, so I'm thinking I might just need to plan a trip south once I'm stateside.
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I went to Phoenix once, but it was for a wedding, so I did little other than drink and dance. My research showed Phoenix on a few lists of the cheapest cities to visit in America. This city is full of beautiful trails for hiking and awesome museums that feature the history of the Native Americans of Arizona and New Mexico. Plus, finding cheap hotels in the heart of Phoenix is easier than I expected.
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I may like living in cities, but I'm a nature girl at the core. That's why I had to sneak the Adirondacks onto this "cheapest cities to visit in America" list. The Adirondacks might not be a city per se, but it's an affordable destination to visit especially if you go in early fall. I know once I'm living in NYC again, I'll be dying for an excuse to return to nature. I'm going to keep Adirondacks in mind for the near future.
4. Washington, D.C.
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Staying in Washington, D.C. may not be the cheapest option, but what you spend on accommodation you'll make up for in free sightseeing. Washington, D.C. is full of free Smithsonian museums and tons of sights along the National Mall. Even the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. is free! If you love history and museums, it's worth considering a trip to D.C. It's one of the only American cities that has this much history for such a low price.
5. New Orleans
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I was pretty excited when New Orleans appeared in my research. I may be biased because I've wanted to visit New Orleans for years, but still, I was shocked to see it considered one of the cheapest cities to visit in America. There are a lot of cheap hostels around the city, and you can get tons of incredible food on a budget. I guess it's finally time to cross this one off the bucket list!
Believe it or not, it is possible to see this great country without burning a hole in your pocket. There are tons of affordable cities in the U.S. for you to visit! These are my five favorites. What are yours? Did I miss any? Tell me in the comments below!
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