Five Great, Cheap Vacations

Thinking of taking the family on a summer vacation? Think outside the box this year, and possibly save a little money. Here are five ideas of places to vacation that you may have never thought of.

La Paz, Mexico

La Paz is located on the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula. It has the same cool vibe as California’s west coach beach cities, and has many great places to eat. The scenery is beautiful with dessert and marine mammal rich waters. The average hotel cost is $117 a night.  Visiting before August is recommended as even the locals leave during the hot month. You will want to sign up for a day of snorkeling or diving to take in all that the sea has to offer. The culinary scene in La Paz is also up and coming with many places to choose from to satisfy even the pickiest eater.

Dublin, Ireland

Not always considered first when thinking of a trip overseas, but Dublin can offer a variety of activities at a very affordable price. You can stay in a room or hotel for as inexpensive as less than $150 a night. There is a lot of literary history to learn about in Dublin along with fine shops to pick up unique gifts. There is also plenty to eat and drink during your stay here.

Palm Springs, California

Los Angeles may be a popular tourist destination, but Palm Springs is a getaway that can be much cheaper than staying in the big city. Hotel stays start at about $105 a night which is at least $50 less than Los Angeles. These hotels have beautiful pool decks with cabanas to sit and enjoy a sunny afternoon.  There are also beautiful sights to see as you hike in the Indian Canyons. June 16-22 Palm Springs hosts the International Short Fest which is a film festival that showcases more than 300 short films.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Michigan may not seem like your ideal place to travel, but if you like national parks, hiking and canoeing, it may be the place for you. There are 407 National Parks and Pictured Rocks was the country’s first National Lakeshore. There are 42 coastal miles of sand dunes, waterfalls, and a lighthouse. The best part:  admission is free!  There are places for camping, or just a few miles away a hotel for $89 a night. There are many opportunities to hike, but the best bet is to take a 3 hour water tour with a park ranger who will show you the areas geology and history along with glorious painted caves.

Cape Breton, Canada

Located about 650 miles northeast of Maine, it is known for its untamed coastline, charming inns, and Celtic culture. The average hotel rate here is $89 a night compared to almost $200 on Cape Cod. One of the most popular activities is to get out on the water for a half day trip to see giant sugar maples and bald eagle nests.

Thinking outside the box this summer, may not only open your eyes to new adventures, but close your wallet to unnecessary vacation expenses.

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