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Before I started graduate school, my parents took me and my sister on a dream vacation. During this amazing trip, we visited several historical sites including the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We made memories that will last a lifetime. Do you want to take your family on an unforgettable vacation? Consider hiring a professional travel agent to help you plan the perfect getaway. This individual can help you choose the right location based on your budget, interests, and time frame. On this blog, I hope you will discover the benefits of consulting with a travel agent before going on your next extended trip. Enjoy!

Planning a Dream Vacation

How To Save Money When Attending Popular Tourist Attractions

by Isabella Stanley

It may be next to impossible to avoid the high price tag that comes along with visiting a lot of popular United States tourist attractions, especially during peak travel months, but you can tighten your budget in other ways. With a little bit of strategic planning, you won't have to avoid going to the big-name destinations that you really want to visit due to finances. 

While you may have to give up a few conveniences and have a more flexible schedule and open mind to save money, it will pay off once you're able to experience the country's favorite attractions, such as amusement parts and historical landmarks. 

Here are some money-saving tips to consider when planning a trip to a well-known tourist attraction:

1. Visit at Non-Peak Times

If you have some flexibility in your vacation schedule, think about visiting a popular attraction on your must-see list during off-peak times of the year. For instance, the summer months of June, July, and August are busy with travelers as kids are off of school, so consider going to family-friendly destinations at other times of the year.

The attractions may even offer discounts during off-peak times to try to entice visitors, so check before making your travel plans. If you want to visit an outdoor attraction, such as a water park or Civil War battlefield, you'll have the most flexibility when visiting the Southern states, where weather is typically mild year-round. 

2. Stay a Little Farther Away 

While staying in a hotel across the street from your destination of choice would be convenient, it may end up costing you a lot of money. Instead, consider finding lodging a mile or more away from the attraction, especially if you'll have your own car or a rental vehicle. Even if you don't have one, look for a hotel that offers free or discounted transportation to the tourist spot. 

If you're traveling with a big group of friends or family members, renting a house and splitting the cost may be less expensive than booking individual hotel rooms.

3. Eat Off-Site 

Rather than paying high prices for food at on-site cafes, restaurants, and snack shops, eat a large meal before arriving at the tourist attraction. Not only will you save money, you'll probably have a bigger selection of menu items to choose from as well. If you plan on being at the destination for several hours, don't forget to pack a few snacks as well to avoid costly on-site temptations.