10 amazing weekend trips for under $ 99 a day

So you’re dreaming of an exceptional summer getaway but don’t want to spend a ton of money, right? Fortunately, you don’t have to.

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There are many ways to travel, you just need to find the trip that fits your budget. That might mean packing a cooler with leftovers and traveling across the state, but it doesn’t necessarily mean skimping on cool accommodations or cheap but great meals at your destination.

To help you out, I’ve reviewed hostels and Airbnbs at some of the coolest destinations in the country and offered some sample itineraries for each, including what to do, eat, and see when. there you are.

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Just keep in mind that I excluded the cost of getting there (who knows, you might be living right down the road!) – but I also made sure to spread the destinations across the country, in the hope you find one near you.


Stay in an A-frame cabin near Asheville in Swannanoa, NC.

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Just 15 minutes east of Asheville by car is Swannanoa, where you’ll find this truly adorable (and incredibly trendy) A-frame house. Enjoy the view all year round from your perch before settling in the hammock by a stream. For a mini-adventure, go for a hike on the nearby Rhododendron Ridge Trail system – it’s only 15 minutes from the top of a ridge.

To save money, drop by the grocery store on your way home and try to cook most of your meals. (There is a grill outside for your convenience.) For an evening, head to the Pisgah Brewing Company to listen to live music and beers (favorite: Pisgah Pale Ale), and make sure to book a day to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (one hour by car, free entry).

Accommodation: $ 47 / night (assuming you are sharing the house with a friend)

Food: $ 30 / day for groceries or beer

Activities: $ 0


Spend a night in a treehouse in Prescott, Arizona.

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Turn your childhood dreams into reality by spending a night in a real treehouse. This little gem in Prescott is super affordable and super cute. Just keep in mind that the bathroom, kitchen, and utility room are shared in a common area below.

The Treehouse is located a 15-minute walk from downtown Prescott, where you can stock up on ingredients for sandwiches, snacks and other preparations for your stay. Or split a bunch of nachos at Raven’s Cafe. For a bit of nature, head north to Watson Lake, a great spot for a trail run followed by a dip in the lake.

Accommodation: $ 23 / night assuming you are sharing the treehouse with a friend

Food: $ 30 / day for groceries or lunch

Activities: $ 3 for parking at Watson Lake Park


Reserve a room in the heart of bustling downtown Austin, Texas.


Get off the grid with a cabin getaway near Acadia National Park in Deer Isle, Maine.


Cozy up under the stars of the Rockies in Deckers, Colorado.


Stay on a houseboat in San Diego, California.

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Stationed on a boat on Harbor Island literally puts you on the water, but you’ll also be close to downtown San Diego and all the activities the city has to offer. Spend your morning cruising the bay in a tandem kayak, which is included with the rental. Then, take one of the port city’s dockless bikes to Balboa Park for a picnic and people-watching. Otherwise, head to the nearby King and Queen Cantina during happy hour for $ 5 Coronas and $ 6 homemade fries.

Accommodation: $ 77 / night assuming you share the boat with a friend

Food: $ 20 / day for groceries or happy hour

Activities: $ 4 / day for bike rental


Reserve a waterfront home for your crew in Petoskey, Michigan.


Relax in a vintage breeze in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

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This restored 1970 airflow makes it easy to stay in a cool (and affordable) place without sacrificing location. Your little home away from home – which has its own yard and outdoor seating – is parked right next to the trendy Sugar House neighborhood, the perfect spot for SLC nightlife and great dining.

Head to Taqueria Los Lee and grab a few tacos ($ 2 each) before walking through Fairmont Park to the Wasatch Brewery for an ice cold beer (an Apricot Hefeweizen will set you back $ 5.25).

Accommodation: $ 28 / night assuming you are sharing the airflow with a friend

Food: $ 30 / day for groceries or tacos and beer

Activities: $ 0


Sleep in a tiny tropical house near Little Haiti in Miami, Florida.

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The great thing about a beach vacation is that enjoying the beach is completely free. From your little green house in Buena Vista (which has a garden, outdoor seating, and a grill) it’s a 20-minute drive to Miami Beach or South Beach.

For a bit of culture, walk (or take a tour) north to Little Haiti and visit Naomi’s Garden for a plate of jerk chicken, rice, and collard greens ($ 9.50). Also worth seeing: the walls of Wynwood, the Pérez Art Museum, or simply strolling through the art deco buildings of the Strip.

Accommodation: $ 39 / night assuming you share the cottage with a friend

Food: $ 30 / day for groceries or lunch


Make time for yourself on a meditation retreat in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.

What’s the best local (or semi-local) road trip you’ve done without breaking the bank? Share in the comments below.

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