Although summer is starting to wind down, there is still time left to plan a vacation that you and your loved ones will never forget. And even if you don’t plan to travel this summer, there’s always the rest of the year. Are you on a tight budget? Well, fear not. There are so many places that can accommodate even the most frugal travelers.
4 Most Budget-Friendly Places to Visit in the South:
1. San Antonio, Texas
Let me start by saying that no trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the historic missions, the best known being the Alamo. There’s so much history here. Afterward, you can walk or rent bicycles for about $10 a day and take in the Riverwalk. It’s a beautiful 15-mile long ecosystem restoration area, and it’s absolutely worth checking out. For food, the most obvious choice is Mexican, and you can find something delicious for every price point! But I recommend venturing out of the realm of typical, and trying some of the other amazing food around. San Antonio is well-known for its inexpensive food trucks and it even has a few gourmet ones. They won’t disappoint!
2. Memphis, Tennessee
If you love music on the cheap, then Memphis is the place to go. With an abundance of street performers, and the Levitt Shell that offers tons of free concerts, this city will be music to your ears. There’s also cheap food everywhere. You can get an out-of-this-world pulled pork sandwich at numerous places throughout the city for about $5. Or check out places like museums or Dixon Gallery and Garden, which offer free admission days. And when in doubt, just take a stroll down Beale Street and experience the soul of the city.
3. Savannah, Georgia
For starters, Savannah boasts an open-container law, so that’s pretty good in my book. There’s just something so relaxing about strolling leisurely through the streets and taking in all the sights while sipping on a nice cold adult beverage. Some cool free things to do include anything from taking a ferry ride across the Savannah River to exploring the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. What’s great is that you don’t need a car—Savannah is very pedestrian-friendly! One can’t-miss stop here is Leopold’s Ice Cream, which was established in 1919. Grab an ice cream cone for a few bucks and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere. Your taste buds and wallet will thank you!
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
There’s something to be said for the fact that you never hear anyone say, “Man, I hate New Orleans.” That’s because it just doesn’t happen. Once you go, you’re hooked. The music echoing through the streets and the delicious food around every corner, there’s really no wonder the city keeps people coming back for more. The best part is, it doesn’t have to put a dent in your wallet! There’s free street music throughout the city—I highly suggest checking out Royal Street with inexpensive food joints virtually everywhere. For more budget-friendly activities, jump on the streetcar and take a ride around the city, take a stroll down on the Riverwalk, or take the free Algiers ferry across the mighty Mississippi River. No matter your taste, there’s something for everyone.
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