5 Affordable Weekend Trips That Will Make Your Summer Dreams Come True


Warmer weather and long weekends can make you want to pack your bags, but your bank account may say otherwise. Whether you want to recline beachside or hike up a winding mountainside trail, we have the best affordable getaway destinations for the summer. Grab your swimsuit, a good book, and some sunscreen before you head out to one of these five summertime spots.

1. For Some Quality Vitamin Sea – East Beach (Santa Barbara), California

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You will be “California Dreamin'” in this picturesque beach town. The beach, which is quieter than most Santa Barbara beaches, is free all day for the public. It’s a no-fuss place where locals and visitors come to eat, beach, sleep and repeat. Oh, and play a volleyball game or two.

2. For Racking Up Likes On Your Instagram – Lexington, Kentucky

Think of it like this: Lexington has the same appeal as Austin, Texas, but without the high prices. Seems pretty perfect, right? It even has a plethora of Insta-worthy spots. Just go to the Visit Lex’s Mural Challenge for a chance to capture your perfect ‘gram.

3. For Cocktails With A View – Charleston, South Carolina

Experience some true southern charm at a rooftop cocktail bar in Charleston. Although you will find plenty of luxury, high-end spots with breathtaking views, the youthful city is full of casual and budget-friendly options that are just as enchanting. Enjoy live music, take in the Charleston harbor views and relax with a cocktail in hand– preferably frozen!

4. For A Legendary Lobster Roll – Portland, Maine

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When you visit Portland there’s no need to partake in fine dining. In fact, some of Portland’s best restaurants are casual spots that offer summer classics like the lobster roll. The summer hotspot prides itself on its locally sourced, sustainable cuisine that keeps its food as close to home as possible. For a personal favorite, try the Portland Lobster Company.

5. For The Climb  – Moab, Utah

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Bordering two of Utah’s national parks, Moab gives visitors a chance to appreciate the state’s expansive desert landscape. You can watch the sunrise over Canyonlands National Park and the sunset in the red rock lands of Arches National Park. The destination is a perfect place to hike, bike and connect with nature. Moab is a great budget-friendly, summertime destination for nature lovers – plus, the weather there is nearly perfect all year round.


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