January 16, 2017 Comments (0) Outdoor Fun

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Looking For A Great Affordable Vacation Destination- Here Are The Top 10 !!

Here are the top 10 vacation sites that are great on your budget.  See what you think.  Not everyone is financially capable of expensive vacations so being budget conscious is a great idea.

I am always looking for the best deals that I can get.  Camping is our number one way of going on vacation.  You see new places do new things and can still go home feeling good about the time taken.

If you are not into camping you can always find affordable places to stay. You just have to pick and choose where you want to go and at what time of year.  If you pick your times well there are some fantastic prices on non-seasonal deals.

We do a lot of vacationing in our own area .  If you check around you can find some real neat places right in you own back yard.  We are lucky we have access to wonderful outdoor adventures some in minutes from our place, a lot about three to four hours away.  You could go somewhere different every weekend or vacation time.

Here is the List that you can check out for yourself to see if there is a place that you will go to on your next time off.

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10 Best Outdoor Adventure Vacation Destinations on a Budget

Article By  :  Brian Martucci

1. Acadia National Park – Maine

The only national park in New England. It covers much of Mount Desert Island, a massive, rocky island that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Maine. Acadia is known for beautiful inland lakes, thick forests that turn glorious hues in fall, and stunning ocean and mountain views from its rocky outcrops.

Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak on the U.S. Atlantic coast, is a must-visit. The quaint town of Bar Harbor sits just outside the park and features an impressive collection of 19th century architecture.

  • Entrance Fee: $20 for a seven-day vehicle pass, $5 for a seven-day bike/hike pass.
  • Best Time to Visit: Winter lasts from November to April in this part of the world, and spring is a muddy, often raw season that can last into June. With the year’s best weather, July and August are Acadia’s busiest and most expensive months. Early to mid-October is peak foliage season, another busy and expensive time. The sweet spot is mid- to late September, when crisp temperatures thin the crowds, but there’s no snow or ice and the leaves haven’t yet peaked. Acadia is significantly cheaper and roomier during this time.
  • Where to Stay: There are tons of cute bed and breakfasts in Bar Harbor and nearby communities, but they can be pricey – $150 and up per night, even during the off season. If you’re set on staying in a warm bed, try the lodgings Acadia Gateway Motel and Aurora Inn , just outside Bar Harbor. Posted room rates start near $65 per night in mid-September, but camping is the most cost-effective option. Acadia’s two best campgrounds are Blackwoods (drive-up and walk-in, $20 per night) and Seawall ($14 walk-in, $20 drive-up), both of which recommend reservations.
  • Special Events and Attractions: If you visit Acadia in late September, don’t miss the Acadia Night Sky Festival , a celebration of the region’s astronomical assets.

2. The Badlands and Black Hills – North and South Dakota

The western Dakotas don’t usually get much attention, but this vast, sparsely populated region is home to three national parks: Badlands and Wind Cave in South Dakota, and Theodore Roosevelt  in North Dakota. There’s also Blackhills National Forest and several national grasslands.

The heavily forested Black Hills occupy the most rugged patch of ground between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians. Iconic Mount Rushmore lurks deep within them, while even larger Crazy Horse Memorial  is slowly emerging nearby. South of the heart of the Black Hills lies Wind Cave National Park, which contains one of the world’s longest cave systems – and more bison.

  • Entrance Fee: At Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a seven-day vehicle pass is $10 and a seven-day bike pass is $5. At Badlands, a seven-day vehicle pass is $15 and a seven-day bike pass is $7. It costs $11 to park at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, so you should hike in if possible. Wind Cave National Park is free to enter and park at. Cave tours are available and fees range from $10 to $30 depending on the tour. Children between the ages of six and sixteen gain half-price admission, and those five and under are free.
  • Best Time to Visit: The western Dakotas’ climate is pretty extreme, with very short spring and fall seasons. May and October – the shoulder seasons – generally have the ideal combination of low prices and good weather, though unseasonable cold snaps and heat waves (or snowstorms) are possible. The more popular formations and attractions, such as Wind Cave and Mount Rushmore, are extremely crowded during the summer months, especially around holidays and fee-free days like August 25th, the National Park Service’s birthday. Summer crowds are less of a problem in the wide-open spaces of Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt, but temperatures that routinely peak near 100 degrees can be a problem. If you visit during summer, get most of your activity out of the way in the morning or evening – which are also the best time to photograph the Badlands’ spires. And unless you’re an avid motorcyclist, avoid early August when thousands of bikers descend on the Black Hills town of Sturgis for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
  • Where to Stay: If you’re looking for a proper hotel or motel near Badlands, the towns of Interior and Wall have plenty. Local Days Inn rates start near $60 in May and October. For camping, the primitive Sage Creek Campground is free and the more comfortable Cedar Pass Campground is $18 per night. In the Black Hills, cheap rustic cabins and campgrounds abound in the shoulder seasons, with many open year-round and some less than $10 per night. Theodore Roosevelt has two campgrounds: Cottonwood and Juniper. Each cost $10 per night. There’s also a campground called Roundup Group Horse, but it’s very difficult to reserve.
  • Special Events and Attractions: If you’re a foodie, the Taste of South Dakota festival typically happens on the second weekend of October in Rapid City, followed by the Americana Music Festival on the third weekend.

3. Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky

Wind Cave is pretty impressive, but the continent’s largest cavern system actually lies deep underneath the rugged hills of central Kentucky. Mammoth Cave National Park encompasses the most tourist-friendly portion of this system. There are more than 400 miles of explored caverns here, though visitors are only allowed in a small fraction of them.

  • Entrance Fee: There’s no park entrance fee, though cave tours cost between $5 and $50, depending on length and location.
  • Best Time to Visit: Southern Kentucky has a four-season climate with chilly, sometimes snowy winters and muggy summers. The mild transitional seasons (April to May and September to November) are the most comfortable times to visit, though the late October foliage season can draw crowds. Lodging tends to be cheaper during these months as well.
  • Where to Stay: Lodging is cheap and plentiful near the entrance to Mammoth Cave. For cheap hotels and motels, check out the Sleep Inn or Super 8 ($45 per night and up) in Cave City. If you’re up for camping, there are two major campgrounds for drive-up or walk-in campers: Mammoth Cave ($17 per night) and Houchins Ferry ($12 per night).
  • Special Events and Attractions: Just outside the park, the American Cave Museum is a legitimate attraction that features Native American artifacts and exhibits showcasing subterranean wildlife and geology. It’s open year-round, though the warm season features more programming.

4. Keystone – Colorado

Though resorts in the heart of the Colorado Rockies rarely appear on lists of affordable vacation destinations, Keystone is a cost-effective getaway if your heart isn’t set on tasting its world-class powder. Slopes aside, Keystone arguably offers more to do in summer than in winter, from beautiful hikes in the surrounding high country, to affordable alpine tubing and biking in one of the country’s premier mountain biking parks. If you’re into water sports, great fly fishing and rafting (with affordable rentals on both counts) isn’t far away.

  • Entrance Fee: There’s no entrance fee to access the town of Keystone or the surrounding lands.
  • Best Time to Visit: Keystone is a top destination for snow lovers, but it’s hard to ski and board on the cheap. For a taste of warm-weather Keystone, visit from late August through early October, when the summer crowds have left but the snow hasn’t started flying. Lodging is more affordable this time of year. Foliage season peaks in late September, offering an added bonus. Just bring warm clothing, as lows routinely drop below freezing despite daytime highs in the 60s and 70s.
  • Where to Stay: You don’t have to stay in a pricey resort to enjoy Keystone. The Best Western in nearby Dillon ($60 per night and up) is affordable and comfortable. U.S. 6, the main road leading into town, is lined with reasonably priced hotels. If you’re up for camping, White River National Forest (which surrounds Keystone) has two nearby campgrounds: Prospector and Lowry, open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Both run $18 per night.
  • Special Events and Attractions: Keystone has several noteworthy festivals during the warm season. The Bluegrass and Beer Festival, held every August, is particularly popular. If you come earlier in the summer, keep an eye out for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour and the Wine & Jazz Festival.

5. Coastal Georgia’s Wildlife Refuges – Georgia

The Southeast Atlantic coast is best known for well-preserved, culturally rich colonial cities such as Charleston and Savannah. Between these built-up areas, however, visitors are often shocked to find watery, thinly populated expanses of forest and marshland. Maybe that’s why coastal Georgia, between Savannah and Brunswick, is home to no fewer than five state and national wildlife refuges (Wolf Island,Blackbeard Island, Harris Neck,Wassaw, and Reynolds).

  • Entrance Fee: None of these wildlife refuges have entrance fees, though you may have to pay for a fishing permit ($9 for residents and $45 for nonresidents).
  • Best Time to Visit: Coastal Georgia is not a particularly pleasant place to be in summer. Unfortunately, summer may be the most affordable time to visit, with local hotels slashing prices to offset lower demand for rooms. Spring and fall are much more crowded and expensive. If you don’t mind bringing a jacket and pants, January and February are the most cost-effective months to visit, with few crowds and low prices.
  • Where to Stay: Camping in the ecologically sensitive wildlife refuges isn’t allowed, but you can post up at two nearby state parks: Skidaway Island and Fort McAllister. Campsites with sewer and electrical hookups start at around $35 per night. It’s expensive to stay at a hotel in or near Savannah, but Darien and Brunswick – less than an hour down the coast – have plenty of cheap, clean lodgings.
  • Special Events and Attractions: Organized events aren’t as common during the winter months, but spring and fall are lively. Savannah has one of the largest St. Patrick’s Celebration in the U.S. and the Taste of Savannah, Savannah Film Festival, and Savannah Jazz Festival all take place between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

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