4th of July Vacation Ideas on a Budget
On July 4th, the United States will celebrate Independence Day, celebrating the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. All over the country, people will be celebrating by going to barbecues where they’ll grill meat, drink beer, and play lawn games. Since Independence Day falls on a Tuesday this year, it also provides the perfect opportunity for a perfect weekend getaway. But where should you go?
1. Niagara Falls
As one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls stands as one of North America’s top tourist destinations, providing an exciting experience for members of the entire family. The kids will be amazed and excited over the immense size of the falls on one of the cruises that sail passengers as close to the base of the falls as safely possible. The two biggest lines in the area are Maid of the Mist and Horn blower. On their boats, you can feel the gentle tingle of the water against your face. For parents, the Niagara region offers some of the best wines produced in North America, in case they need a drink to help them unwind after a long day of exploration. You’ll also be right on the border between the U.S. and Canada, making it easy for you to check out Niagara Falls from both sides. Take a tour to Niagara Falls from New York, starting at $108.
2. Acadia National Park & Martha’s Vineyard
Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine, is a vastly underrated vacation spot. Even in the height of summer, the islands positioning in the North Atlantic provides the area with cool ocean breezes, so it’s never too hot or cold. On top of that, it has always remained an affordable destination. You and your family could take a 2-day bus tour to Acadia National park & Maine from Boston for only $165. Not only that but at TakeTours you can also buy 2 tickets and get the 3rd free. On the island, you can visit the beautiful seaside town of Bar Harbor, where you’ll be able to enjoy amazing seafood meals, especially some famous Maine lobster, a local delicacy. The island even has a shuttle bus system, so once you’re there, you won’t need to drive yourself around, allowing you to do your part in helping the environment. Martha’s Vineyard offers another New England island getaway, complete with picturesque beaches, gingerbread cottages, and an alpaca farm, where you can pet and feed these funny, unique animals.
3. Grand Canyon
Much like Niagara Falls to the east, the Grand Canyon has the distinction of being the most beautiful natural wonder in the western United States. You’ve probably heard about its immense size, but you can’t even begin to imagine the reality of this until you visit: the canyon measures around 300 miles long, 20 miles wide, and 1 mile deep. On top of that, you can choose to visit any of the four rims ” North, South, East, and West” each with their own unique attractions. For example, the South Rim is the site of the Grand Canyon Village, where you’ll find all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay, plus easy access to hiking trails that will take you to the best scenic viewpoints around. Alternatively, you can book a tour to the Grand Canyon West Rim from Las Vegas, to see the Skywalk Glass Bridge, which juts out over the canyon, providing you with a bird’s eye view of what lays thousands of feet below. The choice is yours! Though it’s open all year round, be sure to remember your sunscreen if you visit this 4th of July.
As the first national park in the history of the United States, Yellowstone is the perfect place to celebrate the country’s birthday while also admiring the beautiful natural landscapes that can be found all around. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for all the animal life in the area. It’s easy to spot bison, moose, and elk, but if you’re extra lucky (and hopefully at a safe distance), you may be able to spot grizzly or black bears, as well as a whole host of other animals. The hot springs and geysers that shoot up in the area have been the park’s main draw from the beginning; the most notable of these is Old Faithful, which erupts once roughly every 90 minutes. There are affordable trips to Yellowstone from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. You could get a trip as low as $99, and get access to Yellowstone, its neighbor Grand Teton National Park, Mt. Rushmore and more.
5. Yosemite & Lake Tahoe
Yosemite National Park, about a morning’s drive from San Francisco, contains some of the best mountain climbing spots in the country, which is perfect for the more adventurous outdoorsmen. The park also has a diverse array of local animals that you can spot (and even make a game out of it). Yosemite also has some absolutely incredible geological formations, including breathtaking waterfalls and stunning monuments like the towering Half Dome. Lake Tahoe is another great vacation spot located close to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, providing good regional temperatures even during the hottest months of the year. You can relax at one of the local hot springs or admire the beauty of the area on a local boat cruise. There are also plenty of hiking and biking trails through the local wilderness, so it’s the perfect place for your next big adventure!
Those are just a few ideas of where you can go for a great 4th of July getaway. Whatever your plans are, have a happy holiday and an amazing adventure!