We are always scouting for deals to save money whenever we can, and you can definitely save a lot of money on your vacation by choosing a location that has cheaper flights, hotels, and nearby attractions.
This is a list of 10 cheap vacation ideas for couples that can range from thrilling to romantic. Check out this list to get a few new ideas for cheap vacation ideas this year for you and your loved one.
1. Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Fort Myers Beach is a beautiful area that is overshadowed by Sanibel and Captiva islands. Fort Myers beach is definitely where it’s at for Jimmy Buffet style slacking.
There is an area in Fort Myers beach that the locals call “Times Square” because it is so packed with apparel shops, restaurants, and bars. The rest of the island does not fit this stereotype, though, as it is filled with beach cottages, condominium homes, and small motels that house modern families looking for a quieter vacation spot in Florida.
2. Nashville, Tennessee
You may hear Nashville, Tennessee referred to as the “garden spot of the world” due to its supply of gorgeous lush natural vegetation that changes colors with the seasons. The climate of Nashville is mild and makes for miles of green neighborhoods and shopping districts protected by shady trees.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum draws tourists from all over the country. You don’t have to be an extreme country music fan to appreciate what’s inside. Many of the Legends of country are honored in the Country Hall of Fame.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
Those who have been to New Orleans say that the city should come with a warning label. Not because of the hurricanes, but because the city apparently has a seductive power that makes you never want to leave. New Orleans is home to Mardi Gras and the famous Jazz Fest.
In New Orleans there are fortune tellers, artists, and no shortage of street performers lining the streets of French Quarter’s Jackson Square. There are stories of people visiting New Orleans and falling prey to the city’s magic… If you go for a vacation, don’t forget about your ticket home!
4. Austin, Texas
Austin is a city where it is perfectly normal for a stranger to strike up a conversation with you. Austin is a warm city that prides itself on accepting newcomers with wide open arms and a sincere welcome. Despite being home to a melting pot of people, the Texas state capital, and the University of Texas college grounds, Austin still feels like a small home town.
While in Austin don’t forget to visit the Bat Bridge. The Bat Bridge is a spot on Congress Avenue where crowds of people watch a flight of over a million bats in the evening. These bats live under the bridge and fly away in unison for what’s become a very popular attraction of Austin, Texas over the years.
5. Phoenix, Arizona
The ‘Valley of the Sun’ is home to over 4.2 United States citizens. Phoenix is home to the cities of Tempe, Scottsdale, Gendale, and Mesa. Over the last decade, Phoenix has seen extreme growth and has not become one of the largest metropolitan areas in all of the United States.
If you want to visit Phoenix, be sure to visit during the days of comfortable temperatures which are from November to April. This is when you will get the most nice, sunny days out of your trip.
Downtown Scottsdale is a beautiful artsy community that focuses on all things trendy. It’s definitely worth a visit if you go to Phoenix.
6. Denver, Colorado
Step on to the 13th stair of the state capitol in Denver, Colorado and you are exactly 5,280 feet above sea level. It’s no wonder they call Denver the “Mile High City”!
Denver is one of the few cities that was not built on an Ocean, a lake, an existing road or railroad, or even a navigable river. Eager prospectors found gold in the South Platte River and it wasn’t long before the area was occupied. Soon after, the community grew into a trade center of the nation. This is probably due to the mild climate compared to some of the other nearby mining towns.
7. Las Vegas
As much as we’d like to, we can’t prepare you for your first trip to Las Vegas. The hyper-reality will suck you right in and you’re sure to have a great time no matter who you go with. Las Vegas is something that you shouldn’t go without seeing.
Vegas probably isn’t the first place you think of when the word “cheap” comes up, but its all in what you do. It’s one thing if you’re going to do some high stakes gambling, party in 5 star hotels and get bottle service at the hottest clubs. But it’s another if you take advantage of cheap casino buffets and drinks, soak in the atmosphere, do some local sightseeing, and maybe take in a show or two. Nowadays, you can book a hotel pretty cheap in Vegas, especially if you stay off the strip, or head over in the off season. Be careful of going during the sweltering heat of summer.
8. Portland, Oregon
Portland is the largest city in Oregon, and is one of the best outdoor destinations in the United States. Portland offers the best of all worlds because it is close to major skiing areas, wind surfing capitols, and many other outdoor recreational activities. In the summer, you can even go sand boarding on Oregon’s sand dunes.
9. Yellowstone National Park
America’s first National park, Yellowstone attracts over 3 million people every year. You can see thousands of active thermal features while visiting Yellowstone. It is also home to the world renowned geyser, Old Faithful. If you want to see the Grand Canyon, you can also check out the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone National park, an area that is 1200 feet deep and accompanied by the Lower Falls.
10. Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs has been known as a golf course capital and a retirement mecca. Over the years though, Palm Springs has been attracting a completely new younger crowd. We aren’t just talking about the hoard of college kids that show up every year for spring break, but the city is in fact slowly changing its image and an entirely new crowd is attracting towards it.
There are no billboards allowed in Palm Springs and the word “motel” is banned from being displayed on an establishment. It’s not a bad place for a budget vacation.