Cheap US Summer Vacation Trips

The summer is upon us, and with it comes the glimmer of wanderlust: the desire to get out there and travel. It must be something about the warm nights and long days that finds us all with the urge to get up and go.

At Smart Destinations, we know that a vacation doesn’t have to mean emptying your savings account. And since worrying about your wallet can really put a damper on your summer vacation, I’ve put together some of the most exciting US summer vacation cheap trips to enjoy with your family. When you use discount attraction tickets at these destinations, you won’t have to worry about overspending.



One of the best things about Boston as a travel destination is that its small size makes transportation easy, and you can see a lot in just one day. Discount attraction tickets on 53 attractions are available when you use the all-inclusive Go Boston Card.


Sample One-Day Itinerary: Start off with a Freedom Trail walking tour in the morning when you’re bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Then head over to the New England Aquarium to watch the playful seals and penguins. In the late afternoon, head over to Fenway Park to sneak a tour of the oldest baseball stadium in the nation before catching a Sox game at night.


The Windy City’s unique neighborhoods and world-class museums put it near the top of any US summer vacation list. However, since all of the city’s best attractions are included in the Go Chicago Card, Chicago is a perfect fit when it comes to cheap trips.

Sample One-Day Itinerary: Make your way around Museum Campus in the morning, choosing between the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum. Hop on an Architecutral River Cruise to check out the incredible buildings and grab a bit to eat at the fun and famous Navy Pier. Spend your evening looking out on it all from the top of the Willis Tower on the SkyDeck observation deck—a thrilling 1,353 feet high.


San Diego Zoo

 San Diego

San Diego’s surplus of high-quality attractions is the real draw of this sunny city; the near-perfect weather is just the icing on the cake. Surprised this is on my list of cheap trips? I would be too if it weren’t for discount attraction tickets on the most popular attractions.

Sample One-Day Itinerary: No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to the San Diego Zoo, so start there. Hang out in Balboa Park afterwards and stop by the San Diego Natural History Museum for a few hours. In the evening, ride the solar-powered Ferris wheel and enjoy an array of rides at Belmont Park—a family friendly amusement park right on the beach.

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