When I think about it, I probably spend about 80 percent of the year traveling. And most of those trips are to other countries. In fact, I really haven’t spent much time exploring the United States. In my mind, traveling in America can be quite expensive. But, it really isn’t the case. In fact, you can actually go on some pretty cool adventures in the USA and stick to a budget.
The great thing about America is that it is such a huge country and there is so much to do. There are tons of regions to discover and natural sites to see (we do have over 50 national parks in the country). So the next time you’re thinking about planning an epic trip, don’t rule out the good ole US of A. Instead, think about planning a budget friendly adventure trip. It could be a road trip, a camping trip, or even a combination of both. You can definitely explore the country on the cheap and have a great time doing it (the options are endless, but let’s just start with a few). Grab a National Park pass and add the top three budget friendly adventure trips in the USA to your bucket list and get exploring!
1) The Grand Canyon
Ranked by U.S. News Travel as the number one in best affordable destinations in America, the Grand Canyon tops the list of budget friendly adventure trips. And the best way to save is by reserving a campsite instead of booking hotels. You can also plan on traveling there after the season (think late August onward) to beat the crowds and cut costs. Another great way to spend less is by using the Grand Canyon’s free shuttle service (yes, free!). It’s actually a great way to explore the South Rim.
Make sure you also leave time to check out Grand Canyon Village, the North Rim, and the Bright Angel Trail.
The great thing about visiting Yosemite (besides how beautiful it is) is that you can do it and stay on budget. There are a lot of great camping options in the park and by bringing your own food and supplies, you’ll end up saving a ton of money. And if camping isn’t your thing, opt to stay outside of the park. Then you can save on gas and travel costs by using public transportation, which is actually free in Yosemite.
Camp for a few days and check out some of the trails (which span over 750 miles in total). Make sure you see Glacier Point, the Half Dome, and Tuolumne Meadow.
Yellowstone is perhaps one of the most famous of the National Parks because of how large it is. There’s a lot of ground to cover (over 3,000 square miles) and you don’t want to break the bank to do it. Of course, camping will save you the most money. But bringing food and cooking your own meals will save you even more since a lot of the on site eateries can get a bit pricey. Another thing that can help you spend less? Heading there after the summer. Visiting during the off season will dramatically cut costs for you.
Don’t miss out on seeing Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring, and Yellowstone Lake!