6 Summer Vacations on a Budget

Yellowstone National Park

Just because you’re budget-conscious doesn’t mean that you have to give up grand summer vacation plans. There are plenty of places throughout the U.S. that are very affordable for couples, families, friends, and vacationers of all kinds. Our EWR Airport parking company has made a list of a few of our favorites:

Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Parks

If you’re a nature lover and haven’t been to Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton National Park yet, put it on your to-do list for this summer. The area (along with the parks themselves) are very affordable. For just $50 per vehicle, you’ll get a seven-day pass that’s good for both parks and if you’re up for camping, many of the campsites are only $15 per night. If not, there are plenty of hotels and cabins nearby.


If you have a hankering for seafood, head to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for some of the best crab cakes in the nation. You’ll also find lots of history within the city along with the famous Baltimore Aquarium, a variety of art museums, and the many bars the city has to offer. Instead of staying in the heart of the city, try booking a more affordable hotel on the outskirts and then taking public transportation to get where you want to.

Myrtle Beach

This popular South Carolina beach town is more affordable than you may think. With a popular boardwalk, world-class eateries, and lots of outdoor activities, you’ll never have a dull moment when you’re not on the beach. Check out some of the area’s resorts for the best bang for your buck. Or, if you’re going with a lot of people and for at least a week, look into a condo rental.

The Great Smoky Mountains

Another great spot for nature lovers, the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee offer miles of trails and streams to explore. There’s also an abundant amount of fishing and scenic drives through the lush landscape. The best part is – entrance is free! Plus, just a short drive away is the city of Knoxville, where you can enjoy a lively nightlife and old-fashioned comfort food after your day of exploration.


This Oregon city has been one of the most up-and-coming spots on the western coast, and it’s surprisingly affordable. It’s also the perfect spot for foodies and beer lovers (the city has more beers per capita than any other city in the country). Try booking a hotel near the airport for a good price and take advantage of the $5 day passes for the Tri-Met buses, light rail, and trolleys.


Wildwood, New Jersey is one of the hot spots for summer vacations – and probably because it’s so budget-friendly. The beach is one of the few in the state that is free to enter and the boardwalk is one of the largest and most popular. You’ll find festivals, fireworks, parades, and more that take place throughout the summer, and don’t forget to try out some of the great boardwalk food.