With kids out for Summer recess, more travelers are packing their bags and getting out of town. That means fewer hotels and airlines are desperate for your business. Hence, it’s possible to have an amazing summer vacation in the U.S. without breaking the bank! And given the economy’s fickle nature, destinations that were bargains last year may not be so now. bb901.com brings insight along with an assessment of affordability and traveler appeal to bring you this list of the best summer vacations to take on the cheap.
Memorable gateways in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming—each with its own unique charms and affordable hotels—offer great bang for your buck and rich local experiences. Not only will Yellowstone’s roaming bisons, gushing geysers, and gorgeous scenery be an easy drive away, but a bounty of fun area activities that are sure to contribute lasting memories of their own.
Multicolored pools swirl around hot springs; verdant forests weave past expansive meadows; and volatile geysers launch streams of steaming water toward the sky. With so much unspoiled natural beauty, you are definitely in for a treat.
Jackson Hole And Northwest Wyoming is the most popular point of entry for Yellowstone—and with good reason. Jackson is the most cosmopolitan of all the gateways, and gives you access two amazing national parks for the price of one, since you’ll need to drive through stunning Grand Teton National Park, with its rocky peaks, pristine lakes, and fields of wildflowers, to reach Yellowstone’s other-wordly landscapes.
Nowadays, there’s no doubt that the park is indeed extraordinary. While you traverse the park’s 3,000-plus square miles of mountains, canyons, geysers and waterfalls, be prepared to share the trails with permanent residents like buffalo, elk and sometimes even grizzlies.
Although Yellowstone attracts about 3 million visitors every year, chances are — unless you spend your entire trip at Old Faithful — you won’t see much of them. Carve out a day or two to take in the view at Yellowstone Lake and Mammoth Hot Springs. But save some time for the trails through lesser-known regions, like the hot springs of the West Thumb Geyser Basin and the untamed wildlife dotting the Lewis River Channel and Dogshead Loop. While the sheer number of trails and wildlife-watching opportunities may seem daunting at first, remember: You can always come back.
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