It does not have to cost a fortune to get out and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. With a little creativity and thinking outside of the box, you can plan an epic outdoor adventure without breaking the bank. Here are three of the best outdoor vacation destinations for people looking to stay within a budget.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Located in Southern Kentucky approximately 90 minutes from both Nashville and Louisville, this national park boasts the distinction of being home to the continent’s largest cavern system. With over 400 miles of known caverns, this area is begging to be explored by adventurous families. There is no entrance fee to enter the park, however, you will need to purchase a guided tour if you wish to explore the caves with a guide. There is a bevy of value-driven hotels and motels that are near the park. Or you can even choose to camp at one of the nearby campgrounds.
The Sandia Mountains provide the best of both worlds with its unique desert climate juxtaposed with the forests of the mountains. Sandia Peak is located on the opposite side of Albuquerque from the airport, making it a convenient place to connect with nature while in the area. Visitors to this mountain range can participate in a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year, including hiking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. The Sandia Tramway travels from the foothills on a 2.6-mile journey to the top. At the top of Sandia Crest, visitors will find a restaurant, a ranger station, and a popular hiking trail.
This lovely island is located a short 20-minute ferry ride from Cancun. Because the island is only four miles long, it boasts a distinctive small-town vibe that will immediately put you in vacation mode. Miles of coastline and the warm ocean waters beckon visitors to get out and explore the natural beauty of this island oasis. A host of water activities provide the ultimate in adventure. Isla Mujeres has managed to remain free of the massive crowds of nearby Cancun and Cozumel. Because it has not been oversaturated with tourists, it is still possible to find good bargains on lodging.
If you’re looking for a great outdoor vacation, these places are great options. Satisfy your sense of wanderlust while pleasing your wallet by choosing a budget-friendly outdoor adventure. Any of these three destinations will put you in touch with nature without busting your budget.
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