Are you traveling on a budget? A great way to make a trip low-cost is by choosing a destination that is an inexpensive flight away (or even drivable!) and then taking advantage of all the great amenities that already exist like hiking and picnics and gratuity-only walks. . Here are three fun, low-cost trips that will give Moms a new adventure in a beautiful corner of the country, without blowing the bank.
#1: Oak Creek Canyon outside Sedona, AZ
Spend some time in red rock country, just minutes from gorgeous Sedona! Stay in the cozy cabins of The Butterfly Garden Inn, equipped with small kitchens to cook your meals instead of dining out all the time. Then share meals outside in the picturesque forest of towering pines or take sunset hikes through desert-like landscapes.
You’ll be surrounded by the red rocks of Sedona so if you can splurge, hire a Pink Jeep tour for 3 hours of back country jeeping while learning about the science and history of the area. Or if you are up for something a little spooky, you can head to the Jerome Grand Hotel, a local national historic landmark – a time capsule of sorts for the Old West. Wonder which rooms are the most haunted? Ask me.
#2: Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia
Spend some time in the majestic mountains of Virginia by taking a scenic drive through the Blue Ridge Parkway. Around every corner are spots to hike, have picnics, take photos, see waterfalls, and find an inexpensive meal (check out Paulie’s Pig Out on the Rockfish Valley Highway for killer BBQ!) . Get a taste of the area’s colonial history by staying a 200-year old log cabin called Logwood.
If you dip down into the valley, you can do wine tastings at Afton Mountain Vineyards for $10 a person. Or head up to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and spend the whole day (including some speciality tour) for $26.
#3: New Orleans
Enjoy live music and street food right in your own neighborhood of the French Quarter when you stay at the very quirky and well priced 1840 Banana Courtyard. Around $100 a night, it’s the perfect home base for free walking tours and and restaurants with free music and some incredible people-watching!
#4: Casitas in Loreto in Baja California
Live some authentic history in one of the oldest permanent Spanish settlements in Mexico: Loreto. Home to Bahia de Loreto National Park (famous for diving, snorkeling or kayaking), this area is most famous for hosting the Blue Whales (largest mammal on earth) during their annual migration every February. Navigate through ancient Spanish missions, see aboriginal cave paintings, or see those Blue Whales – it’s a once in a lifetime experience!
If you’re looking for budget lodging, the Las Cabanas de Loreto, at $110 a night, is perfect. Or splurge a little and stay right on the water – it’s the Sea of Cortez, nicknamed by Jacques Cousteau as “the Aquarium of the World”
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