Often it seems that half, if not more, of the cost related to 4th of July vacation travel is getting to your destination. Whether you plan to drive or fly, you can end up spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars, depending on the size of your family, just to make it to your 4th of July getaway. Therefore, consider staying closer to home this 4th of July.
Outdoor travel – Camping can be the perfect 4th of July budget getaway. There are all kinds of great summer activities in which you can partake during your trip, and it is often a vacation that can keep you close to home. Canoeing, hiking, swimming, sitting around the campfire, and just enjoying your family’s company are just a few of the fun and inexpensive ways to make this 4th of July one to remember and cheap at the same time. Just make sure to take plenty of bug spray!
State or national parks – If you are into outdoor trips and activities, but aren’t quite looking to rough it as you might have to when camping, you might want to consider visiting a state or national park. Here you can enjoy many of the same activities as you would when camping, but you might have such luxuries as a pool, horseback riding, tennis courts, and campgrounds with shelters, running water, even toilets! Many such parks also offer accommodations at an inn or lodge that can often be quite affordable with all the amenities of a regular hotel but offering the privacy, ambiance, and rustic feel of a mountain hideaway.
Hit the city – If the wilderness feel is not your idea of a relaxing, budget-friendly 4th of July getaway, maybe a day in the big city might be more to your liking. If you are looking to make this trip easy on your wallet, you will most likely want to avoid spending the night, since hotel accommodations in most large cities are rather pricey. The problem is, in many metropolitan areas, traffic, gas, and parking costs can take much of the fun out of such a trip and kill your budget. Therefore, consider taking public transportation, such as commuter railways, to save time, make your day trip more convenient, and reduce expenses. There are typically plenty of free activities going on downtown during 4th of July, and it can make for a fun budget friendly 4th of July getaway.
Explore your state – Finally, look for unique things to do close to home or in areas you haven’t explored in your state. Every state, no matter how big or small, has a variety of unique historical sites and tourist destinations. Learning about the state in which you reside may not only be interesting and educational, but can be a real money saver as well. Consider contacting your city or town’s chamber of commerce or your state for tourism information. Often they will send you packets of great brochures, guides, maps and even coupon books.