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    Updated on Jan 24, 2020. Posted on Feb 3, 2017

    31 Road Trips You Should Take If You're On A Budget

    Get outta town.

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    1. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

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    Why go? If you're already planning a road trip to the Grand Canyon, drive a little further to Page, Arizona, and check out the beautiful landscape of Horseshoe Bend.

    Cost: No entry fee. Enjoy the sights for free!

    2. Big Bear Lake, Southern California

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    Why go? Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some fresh mountain air and gorgeous nature. If you go during the winter, you might even see snow.

    Cost: No cost to visit, but lodging and activities can be found here if you're planning on staying all weekend.

    3. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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    Why go? It's truly spectacular. And like Horseshoe Bend, it's relatively close to the Grand Canyon.

    Cost: There's a $6 entry fee for entering Navajo land, and tours can run between $20–$40, depending on location and length.

    4. Seven Magic Mountains, Nevada

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    Why go? It's a rad art installation to visit if you're looking to escape the city. Plus, it's only around for two years. Learn more about it here.

    Cost: No entry fee. It's literally off the side of the road.

    5. Cadillac Ranch, Texas

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    Why go? This is another public art installation that's right off Route 66. Where else are you going to see something like this in your lifetime? Learn more about it here.

    Cost: Free!

    6. Hanging Lake Trial, Colorado

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    Why go? The trail is about a mile, but it's steep. So if you're game for a workout after the drive there, you're in luck. And you'll be rewarded with some incredible views.

    Cost: Free!

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    7. Blanca Lake, Washington

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    Why go? If you're ready for an intense day with nature, this spot might be for you. Once you get there, it's about a 12-mile round-trip hike. But if you're game, it's SO worth it for the absolutely stunning views.

    Cost: Free!

    8. Rialto Beach, Washington

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    Why go? It's a beautiful place to enjoy the sunset and tide pools. Plus you're allowed to start a bonfire in the fire rings, so bring on the cookouts.

    Cost: Free!

    9. Abiqua Falls, Oregon

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    Why go? This trail is a bit tricky to find, but the views and gorgeous falls are truly stunning. Find more information here!

    Cost: Free!

    10. Jenny Lake, Wyoming

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    Why go? Enjoy fresh air and spectacular views on this fairly easy hike. Fair warning: The area is currently undergoing a renewal project, so access could be tricky throughout 2017. Read more here.

    Cost: Access to the national park is $30 per vehicle.

    11. Highline Trial, Montana

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    Why go? If the adventurer in you is looking for a scenic hike off the beaten path, this is the day trip for you. Be sure to start early, though. It's roughly a 12-mile journey, but well worth it.

    Cost: Free!

    12. Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho

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    Why go? If you're en route to Yellowstone, this might be on your way, and it's definitely worth a stop. The entire journey is scenic and the falls are beautiful.

    Cost: Free!

    13. Tioga Pass, Northern California

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    Why go? This pass way is en route to Yosemite, so it's great if you're on your way and still great even if you're not. There are so many amazing sights to see and many photo-op moments along the way.

    Cost: Free!

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    14. Oval Beach, Michigan

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    Why go? Stay for the fantastic sunsets, but go for a little escape from the real world.

    Cost: Off-season it's free. Otherwise, you may have to pay a small fee to enter.

    15. Cave Point County Park, Wisconsin

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    Why go? It's a beautiful location for a picnic once you arrive, but be careful of steep drop-offs.

    Cost: Free!

    16. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

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    Why go? Yes, this is an island — but don't let that stop you from road tripping. There are easy transportation options to the island. The caves are breathtaking, and if you love being active then it's a perfect place to kayak.

    Cost: Transportation fee to the island, unless you kayak and boat there on your own.

    17. Nashville, Indiana

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    Why go? It's a historic, artsy, small town that will make you feel like you've stepped into an episode of Gilmore Girls.

    Cost: Free!

    18. Starved Rock State Park, Illinois

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    Why go? Waterfalls, peaceful nature walks, hikes — a great road-trip destination for any nature lover.

    Cost: No entry fee — it's free!

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    19. Rock City, Tennessee

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    Why go? Totally worth the trip for some truly enchanting views and incredible trailway paths.

    Cost: Entry starts at $20.

    20. Lake Acworth, Georgia

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    Why go? It's an excellent pit stop on any road trip, but an even better place to gather for a BBQ.

    Cost: Free!

    21. Lake Heartwell State Park, South Carolina

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    Why go? It's a great place to take a break along the 85 — and even take a dip if the weather is permitting. If you're into fishing, you're welcome to here.

    Cost: Free!

    22. Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee

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    Why go? For the breathtaking scenery, gorgeous falls, and pleasant picnic areas.

    Cost: Free!

    23. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina

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    Why go? This long stretch is known as "America's Favorite Drive" and is incredibly scenic. There are also paths you can take if you're feeling antsy and want to get out of your car.

    Cost: Free!

    24. Lula Falls, Georgia

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    Why go? Because the waterfall is epic, and there are some excellent hiking trails. Note: This is only open the first and last weekends of the month.

    Cost: Free!

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    25. York, Maine

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    Why go? This is a charming little beach town with spectacular coastal views. Plus, you can see the Nubble Lighthouse, which is the most photographed lighthouse in America.

    Cost: Free!

    26. Fletcher, Vermont

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    Why go? This is a quaint, beautiful town with acres of scenic countryside. It's truly magnificent in the fall and winter.

    Cost: Free!

    27. East Matunuck State Beach, Rhode Island

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    Why go? It's a serene, clean place to enjoy a day at the beach with family or friends.

    Cost: $20 for parking.

    28. Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania

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    Why go? It's not a difficult hike to see the gorgeous falls, and the views are well worth it.

    Cost: Entry starts at $14.

    29. Ice Castles, New Hampshire

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    Why go? Sure this may be somewhat touristy, but the castles are spectacular both day AND night.

    Cost: Entry starts at $12.

    30. Bigelow State Park, Connecticut

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    Why go? Breathtaking trails, areas to have a cookout, and gorgeous views of the water. A great place to enjoy nature no matter the season.

    Cost: Seasonal and weekend parking fees, but free entry during the week.

    31. Mount Tammy, New Jersey

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    Why go? While this isn't a long hike, it is a bit steep — but the gorgeous elevated views are well worth it.

    Cost: Free!

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