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6 of the Best Weekend Getaways Without Going Broke

Written by Grace & Silas
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You’re planning a weekend getaway, hoping to escape the area for a few days, but you don’t want to spend a fortune, so where can you go? Are there any options for cheap and quality weekend getaways that won’t break the bank? Cost is the number one reason why vacation days go unused for millions of Americans.

But we don’t want this to happen to you, after all, you deserve to use those vacation days to the fullest! So here are six of the best weekend getaways without going broke.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio has beautiful weather year round and is a great destination for an off-season getaway vacation.

From the historic Alamo to the picturesque and world famous River Walk, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the downtown area without shelling out lots of money.

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis offers a variety of activities for the whole family that are affordable yet exciting. Full of music and good barbecue, visiting Memphis will not disappoint. The city offers free transportation to the famous Graceland museum where you can delve into the history of music. And make sure to visit the Mud Island River Park where admission is completely free!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is another great option for a family-friendly weekend getaway. The city of Chicago offers large public parks filled with a variety of free activities. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the biggest zoos in the country to still offer free admission; there you’ll find over 1,000 animals to discover.

Washington, D.C.

Our capital has such a wonderful selection of free activities to last for more than a week of fun! While lodging and dining are not as cheap as other cities, the National Mall, the Smithsonian Museum, and the national parks will keep your family busy and entertained for days. Not to mention they all have free admission!

Atlanta, Georgia

A great city for sporting events year round, Atlanta is home to one of the busiest airports in the United States, making it easy to find budget friendly flights to Atlanta.

A family friendly city with lots of kid friendly activities like the the Stone Mountain Park where admission costs only $8 per car. There are also lots of museums with admission costs at or below $10 per person which include: the Fernbank Science Center, Centennial Olympic Park, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Being close to major cities like New York makes Philadelphia a perfect spot for a vacation getaway. As part of the Amtrak system, train rides to New York city are convenient and affordable as well as a perfect day trip. You’ll also save money by staying in Philadelphia versus paying for a hotel in NYC.


Even if you have a small budget, there are always plenty of great locations to visit. So try some of these out on your next vacation and let us know how it goes!

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Meet Silas & Grace

Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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