Last Minute Summer Vacation Ideas

So are you still wondering where to go while your friends are having a whale of a time somewhere in the Caribbean or Europe? No need to worry because you still have time. If you are low on cash and are thinking of a budget destination, then there are a lot of places around the world where you can have a great time on little money. All you need to do is think a little out of the box.

Here are 5 last minute summer vacation ideas if you are on a tight budget:

1. Yellow Stone National Park

If you are a nature lover, then head for the Yellow Stone National Park. Spread across three states, namely Wyoming (mostly), Montana and Idaho, it offers the closest thing to a safari at a very affordable rate. The stunning scenery along with 1,000 miles of hiking trails, over a dozen natural geysers (the Old Faithful being the most famous among them) and waterfalls, and over a hundred species of wild animals, including bears, moose and wolves make it one of the finest national parks in North America.

2. Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located in Tennessee is another major budget destination. The park offers a major theme park, miles and miles of hiking trails, fishing and kayaking in rivers and streams, scenic drives along the Roaring Fort Motor Nature Trail and restaurants with great food and music. The park is home to over 65 species of mammals (including the American Black Bear), 200 species of birds, 67 species of fish and more than 80 species of reptiles and amphibians.

 3. Myrtle Beach

If you are in search of a beach that offers the perfect summer vacation on a budget, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is the place to go. It is famous for its miles and miles of sand, charter fishing expeditions, Ripley's Aquarium, and wildly popular boardwalk. While on the beach, you can enjoy  a delicious southern-style seafood buffet rolled out on ocean front tables.

4. Morro Bay

Morro Bay in California, is on the central coast, a short distance from the Hearst Castle.It’s the place to spend your summer vacation if you want to experience a seaside holiday on a tight budget. The place offers a world-class natural history museum, a beautiful harbor from where you can watch the deep blue Pacific Ocean as far as the eyes can see and the iconic Morro Rock. No wonder people call it one of the "hidden gems" of the Golden State.

 5. Washington, D.C

If you are looking for a place with an abundance of free attractions to see, then head for the nation's capital. The hotels, restaurants and streets are not as crowded as other holiday destinations, and you can commute between any two parts of the city on a tiny budget. The city is dotted with world famous places, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Museum and the National Zoo.


By Shondell Varcianna

August 29, 2014