Where are the most affordable cities in the USA? What are the best US destinations to visit on a student budget? Where can your Aussie dollar go the furthest in America? These may be top of the list of questions you have when planning a trip Stateside. Below we’ve shared with you our top five cheapest places to visit in the USA.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you’re into music, you’ll be into a trip to New Orleans for sure. With buskers on every corner and bands performing around the clock in local bars, the city is alive with sound. The best part is that catching most of these tunes is totally free! Get amongst the music watching a parade, checking out the street performers at Jackson Square or even shopping at the Crescent City Farmers Market.
Being one of the country’s largest airline hubs, Atlanta makes for the perfect destination to visit on a budget. Host city of the 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta is no stranger to major sporting events, and there’s heaps more to see in this amazing city. For under $10 a person you could visit a bunch of amazing attractions including Centennial Olympic Park, Fernbank Science Centre, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and many more! Looking for more outdoor adventure? Scoot over to Piedmont Park or walk along the 98km Silver Comet trail.
If you’re keen to explore a major US city without the NYC price tag, why not give Philadelphia a go? There heaps of cheap and free things to do in the city. First things first: sample a local Philly Cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market, then spend an afternoon or two discovering the city’s awesome street art and famous mosaic murals—you’ll get yourself a free history lesson while you’re at it.
Despite being known for amazing Deep Dish Pizza, Chicago is a bustling American city that is as affordable as it is friendly. Chi-Town welcomes visitors from every corner of the world with its second-to-none theater and comedy scene. Check out the Second City improv group and the unparalleled Art Institute. And if you’re looking for a local cheap eats (aside from the pizza) you have to try a Chicago-style hot dog topped with chili, tomato and bright green relish from Hot Doug’s!
Las Vegas, Nevada
This may come as a surprise to some, but a trip to Las Vegas is not as $$$ as you think. Behind the bright lights of Sin City you can find lots of entertainment and activities that cost little or no money at all. For instance—you can’t miss watching the mesmerising Symphony of Fountains outside the Bellagio (free!), taking a walk through Las Vegas ‘Venice’ without even boarding a plane (free!), and there’s plenty to spectate along Las Vegas Boulevard (also free!). Plus, if you decide to invest in a ‘Las Vegas Pass’ you’ll be able to save on the experiences that do cost that little bit extra.
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