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

Get outta town.

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1. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

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!
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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

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.
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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

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.
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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

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.
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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

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!
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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

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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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

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!
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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

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!
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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

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!
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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

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.
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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

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!
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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

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!
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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

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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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

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.
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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

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

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.
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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

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!
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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

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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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

Why go? Totally worth the trip for some truly enchanting views and incredible trailway paths. Cost: Entry starts at $20.
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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

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

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!
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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

Why go? For the breathtaking scenery, gorgeous falls, and pleasant picnic areas. Cost: Free!
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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

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!
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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

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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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

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!
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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

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

Why go? It's a serene, clean place to enjoy a day at the beach with family or friends.Cost: $20 for parking.
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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

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.
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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

Why go? Sure this may be somewhat touristy, but the castles are spectacular both day AND night. Cost: Entry starts at $12.
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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

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.
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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

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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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!