Americans traveling solo is at an all-time high right now, particularly among millennials. Travel, in general, is easier than even a decade ago. With smartphones, we’re able to research and book travel plans, but once you’re there, activities cost money. Luckily, RetailMeNot recently conducted research to find out which U.S. cities are best to travel to alone when on a tight budget. Here are the top five.
- JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Jacksonville is located along the Atlantic Ocean in Florida. With more than 20 miles of beaches, 10 state and national parks, and a vibrant nightlife scene, it’s no surprise it made this list. Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier only costs you a dollar, and the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail (cost: $0) is a 15-mile paved path for bikers, walkers and joggers to enjoy.
- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
New Orleans is known for Bourbon Street, but has so much more to offer. The Woldenberg Riverfront Park is 16 acres of green space for you to relax in and enjoy. The French Market is an open-air market that features six blocks of art, handmade crafts, produce, and delicious eats.
- WASHINGTON, D.C.
The Capital city is known for being on the pricier side, but it doesn’t have to be. Take your pick of landmarks to tour that are entirely free of charge: the White House, Library of Congress, National Zoo, National Air and Space Museum, United States Botanic Garden, and so many more.
- SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Texas’ second-largest city has rich history, and it doesn’t disappoint. Hemisfair, a series of urban parks that are home to various structures dating from the Spanish Colonial era, provide history and the perfect place to unwind. The San Antonio River Walk is an urban waterway on the San Antonio River in downtown San Antonio (say that three times fast), lined with restaurants and shops.
- ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Located in the heart of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has a thriving art and restaurant scene. It’s also a hiker’s paradise, as the Blue Ridge Mountains offer hundreds of trails, ranging in levels of experience. The Botanical Gardens are free to explore, though donations help maintain the grounds’ 10 acres.
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