Whether you dream of escaping to a far-flung beach, adventuring up a mountain, wandering a new city’s streets, discovering ancient ruins, or simply relaxing lakeside, this “Best in Travel” guide by Money Magazine (April 2018) can help you make it happen.
What’s my savviest Travel Tip?
I like to pack light and carry all my essentials, my brand new clothes(some extra clothes, medicines, and valuables) in my hand luggage. You don’t want to stay without changing into that fresh pair of jeans the moment you get to your destination!;)👖 We once had (the chance for a)stopover of 16 hours at Dubai and my travel tip helped me stay relaxed through the journey.
And then there were times when (for all you know) your luggage could get delayed or lost in transit. There you go, yes it happens to everybody at least in their travel lifetime:)
In this post, each spot is packed with must-do experiences and amenities but at a price that, relatively speaking, makes it a steal. MONEY has found destinations in the U.S. that deliver the highest value for your dollar.The magazine has collected the information from travel publisher LonelyPlanet.
And since picking a destination is just one portion of the travel planning process, the magazine also evaluated services you are likely to use – the hotels, the airlines, the airports, and the credit cards that will get you there.
BEST IN TRAVEL – US DESTINATIONS
1.Alexandria, Virginia – Details: Average Airfare>$303, Average hotel night>$140, Cost of a week for two>$2540
When you hit the cobblestone streets of Alexandria, you may feel like you’re a world away from the hubbub of the nation’s capital—but you’re actually less than 10 miles from national landmarks like the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. Alexandria’s red-brick Home’s and historic waterfront promenade make it surprisingly charming, an inexpensive outpost for travelers to the D.C. area.According to Hotels.com, at $140 per night on average, Alexandria hotels run almost half the cost of their downtown counterparts.
2. Harpers Ferry, West Virginia – Details: Average Airfare>$301, Average hotel night>$119, Cost of a week for two>$2219
Framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Harpers Ferry’s historic streets can feel like a living diorama.
Tour the towns most well-known site, John Brown s Fort — the armory held by the abolitionist and his army for three days in 1859
History, Hiking, this town has more to offer than that. The Potomac River and along the scenic 184.5 miles long Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. You can find more challenging hikes nearby: Harpers Ferry sits in the middle of the 2178-mile Appalachian Trail, which rewards ambitious trekkers with panoramas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the river valleys below. In warmer weather, enjoy the rivers up close with either a paddleboard or a ride on raging, class-IIIrapids. #FishingEnthusiasts will find lots of smallmouth bass here.
When you are done for the day head to the upper section of town, where shops, cafes, and bed-and-breakfasts dot the streets. A room will cost you only about $120 on average, Booking.com found.
3. Stateline, Nevada – Details: Average Airfare>$398, Average hotel night>$151, Cost of a week for two>$2467
When the snows come, the southern rim of Lake Tahoe becomes a winter wonderland. There are more than a dozen ski resorts within 50 miles of Stateline, which offers easy access to the areas scenic wonders at a cheaper rate than the California towns across the border. To check out one of the area’s most famous attractions ride the Heavenly Ski Resort gondola (starting at $58 for adults) to its 10,040-foot peak, where skiers and snowboarders get access to 4,630 acres of trails
Even during warmer months, Stateline offers a full slate of outdoor activities. It costs nothing to visit one of the lake’s Crown 💎 Jewels, the glacier-carved Emerald Bay State Park, although you may want to budget in a kayak rental (about $25) or a paddleboard to check out Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe’s only island.
One of the best examples of the Scandinavian Architecture in the US the 1920s mansion of Vikingsholm.
And if the weather isn’t cooperating test your luck at the tables. Stateline is home to five major casinos, including top-rated Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel & Casino and Harveys Lake Tahoe.
4. Glen Arbor, Michigan – Details: Average Airfare>$515, Average hotel night>$150, Cost of a week for two>$2689
Perfectly positioned on a small strip of land running between Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Bay, Glen Arbor offers visitors the best of northern Michigan. Water laps at a shore of white sand, inviting sunbather, hikers, and water-sport enthusiasts.
Located on the M-22, Michigan’s most scenic highway, Glen Arbor, also makes an ideal stop for those looking to do a little autumn 🍁 leaf-peeping, while 🍷 wine lovers come to taste the region’s bracing Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.
Visit Blu to watch the sunset and sample local wines alongside upscale American dishes, such as the venison chop with walnut wild rice. If you need a more kid–friendly food destination try Cherry Republic for a Cherry Boomchunka 🍪 🍒 Cookie – or one of 200 other cherry-based products
Year-over-year prices for a hotel room in Glen Arbor have dropped 21%, according to Hipmunk, making this the year you should have a Michigan Summer.
5. Pompano Beach, Florida – Details: Average Airfare>$278, Average hotel night>$124, Cost of a week for two>$2125
Enjoy all that Florida beaches 🏝are known for- warm ocean waters, long stretches of golden sand, tons of sunshine – at a fraction of the cost with a stay in Pompano Beach, otherwise known as the ” Heart of the Gold Coast.” Sitting on the Atlantic Ocean just north of Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach is an affordable and family-friendly alternative to other south Florida hotspots like Miami, or West Palm Beach.
Don’t think you’ ll be sacrificing any beach fun. Pompano still offers more than enough to satisfy every kind of water lover. From the the shore, you can access natural coral reefs. Scuba divers can swim around 18 shipwrecks in the areas waters.
Named for a type of fish, Pompano beach attracts plenty of sports fishers too. Every May the town hosts a fishing rodeo; some catches can earn more than $18000. Families will love the beachside playgrounds, complete with grills and picnic tables, as well as the shoreline itself- at more than 100 yards wide it gives the kids more than enough space to bury their siblings and build sand castles.
6. Chicago, Illinois – Details: Average Airfare>$249, Average hotel night>$208, Cost of a week for two>$2713
Stunning Architecture, top chefs, rapid sports fans, and impressive museums: The Windy City delivers it all and at a discount this year, with both airfare and hotel rates down since 2016. Get your bearings from atop the famous glass-floored Wills Tower Skydeck or take one of the city’s guided Architecture river cruises. Downtown, You will find Millenium Park, home to Frank Gerry’s stainless-steel ribbon foundation, the Pritzker Pavilion, and the 110-tin Cloud Gate, affectionately known as “The Bean.” Just south sits the Art Institute, where you can view Impressionist masterpieces. Finally, no visit would be complete without a slice of deep-dish pizza and a ball game at Wrigley Field.
7. Anaheim, California – Details: Average Airfare>$302, Average hotel night>$159, Cost of a week for two>$2361
Top-Notch theme parks, nearby beaches, and sunshine-filled days make Anaheim perfect for families who want to make lasting memories – at Disneyland and elsewhere. There’s even Major League Baseball and professional 🏒 Hockey. So you can spend a day or two at Disneyland (one-day Park Hopper passes start at $147) and still have Los Angeles at your doorstep. Plus, hotel rates in Anaheim are roughly $50 less per night than in L.A., according to Hotels.com
8. Lake George, New York – Details: Average Airfare>$439, Average hotel night>$151, Cost of a week for two>$2587
Known as the southern gateway to Adirondacks, this upstate New York Haven really comes alive during the summer months, when it draws visitors seeking greener surroundings and a small-town vibe. Situated on a 32-mile-long lake of the same name, Lake George’s activities include steamboat excursions and ghost tours at the historic Fort William Henry Museum (adults, $18). Or you can tackle the six-mile round trip “railbike” tour (starting at $80), pedaling tour way through the dense Adirondack forest and across a trestle bridge. Treat yourself afterward with a visit to Adirondack Breweries, where you can pick up an IPA or seasonal specialties like Hefeweizens and cucumber beers.
9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Details: Average Airfare>$405, Average hotel night>$99, Cost of a week for two>$2034
Please don’t write this city off as a Western throwback. “Oklahoma City has worked hard over the years to become more than just a cow town,” says Ben Buckner, a Lonely Planet Editor. A sample itinerary: Check out the 19th- and 20th-century works at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, watch an NBA Thunder game, and end up with a drink in the Bricktown District.
The Local shops have everything you would need to outfit an entire ranch- even the cattle, which you can buy at the Oklahoma National Stockyards.For more, visit the Adventure District’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 🐄
10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Details: Average Airfare>$310, Average hotel night>$190, Cost of a week for two>$2749
Philadelphia delivers a choose-your-own-adventure type of trip – it’s patchwork of neighborhoods giving you a chance for vastly different experiences within the same modest boundaries. Walk the brick streets of Old 🌃 City, home to Independence Hall (Free Admission), to revisit the days of the Founding Fathers. Wander the formerly working-class neighborhood of Fishtown to sample Philly’s growing number of chef-driven 👨🍳 eateries
How the Money Magazine picked the best Destinations?: To find the spots that offer the best value now, Money analyzed more than 32,000 data points for almost 750 of the most popular spots: roughly 300 in the U.S.
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