Year Of The Staycation: Budget-Friendly Vacation Ideas For 85+ Cities!

Yesterday I shared with you some ideas for a Colorado Springs vacation or staycation on a budget, now it’s time for the Year of the Staycation link roundup!  We’ve got around ninety bloggers sharing ways to vacation in their towns on a budget.  We’ve got someone sharing tips from almost every state, so whether your be taking your summer vacation close to home, or are traveling across the country, here’s some tips for enjoying dozens of cities without spending much money.

Several blogs are sharing tips for destinations that are within a day’s drive of Colorado Springs – here’s a few highlights, and then the complete list!

Abby has great ideas for taking a vacation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  For those of us in Colorado Springs, it’s only about a six hour drive (according to Google Maps), so it’s easily driveable within a day.  Abby’s got a list of twenty free or very inexpensive things to do in ABQ!

Who knows where Thermopolis, Wyoming is?  Yeah, not me – but Aneesa says the hot springs are great and it looks like there’s some pretty awesome scenery!

On Denver Bargains, lifelong resident Elissa is sharing dozens of attractions and restaurants in the Denver area.  There’s ways to get discounts on popular summer destinations like Elitch Gardens, tips on free things to do like touring the Denver Mint, and some awesome restaurant recommendations.  (Warning: you will get hungry reading about the restaurants!)

Mountain States

Tucson, Arizona – Saving with Pam
Phoenix, Arizona – Mom Endeavors
Kalispell, Montana –  Our Family Adventures
Salt Lake City, Utah – Just the 2 of Us
Thermopolis, Wyoming – The McDonald Family
Albuquerque, New Mexico – The Chou Life
Denver, Colorado – Denver Bargains

New England States

Connecticut – Parenting Miracles
Boston, Massachusetts – ‎ Maven of Savin’
Manchester, New Hampshire – Common Sense with Money
Western Maine – Bubblegum and Lollipops

Mid-Atlantic States

Erie, Pennsylvania –  Growing Kids Ministry
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – Somewhat Crunchy
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Family Balance Sheet
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York – Coupons, Deals and More
New Jersey – Oh! Diane

Midwest States

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Indoor Garden Musings
Mansfield, Ohio – Live the Adventure
Cincinnati, Ohio – Savings Lifestyle~Cincinnati
Mount Vernon, Ohio – Living Better One Day at a Time
Dayton, Ohio –  Savings Lifestyle~Dayton
Grand Rapids, Michigan – Kitchen Stewardship
Metro Detroit, Michigan – “Cents”able Momma
Oakland County, Michigan – Bargain Shopper Mom
Warren, Michigan – Saving Dollars and Sense
Grand Forks, North Dakota – Frugal Front Porch
Indianapolis, Indiana – Bargain Briana
South Bend, Indiana –  Excuse The Mess
Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri – Kansas City Mamas
St. Louis, Missouri –  The Pickledpigsfeet
Branson, Missouri – Getting Freedom from Debt
Springfield, Missouri – I Think I Can
Rochester, Minnesota – Everyday Notions
York, Nebraska – Heavenly Homemakers
Omaha, Nebraska – Mom Endeavours
Madison, Wisconsin – Many Little Blessings
Oshkosh, Wisconsin – A Little Bit of This and That
Chicago, Illinois –  Chicagoland Homeschool Network
Champaign, Illinois – Chambanamoms
Black Hills, South Dakota – Little House on the Prairie Living

South Central States

Checotah, Oklahoma – Blessed With One Income
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Gadsden, Alabama – Aint Mimi
Dallas, Texas – Funky Faith Girl
Arlington, Texas – Grocery Shop For FREE
East Dallas, Texas – Surviving The Stores
Fort Worth, Texas – Smockity Frocks
Austin, Texas – Stetted
Houston, Texas – Moms Travel Tales
McKinney, Texas – Wisdom Begun
East Texas – The Full Pantry
Murfreesboro, Tennessee – Life in a Barn
Nashville, Tennessee – The Country Chic Cottage
Mobile, Alabama – A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
Birmingham, Alabama – iGoBOGO
Brunswick & the Golden Isles, Georgia – Teri Lynne Underwood
Alpharetta, Georgia – Cuponeando
Atlanta, Georgia – See Jamie Blog
Augusta, Georgia – Hyperactive Lu
Athens, Georgia and Mississippi – Tractors and Tire Swings
Little Rock, Arkansas – It’s Real Life

South Atlantic States

Charlotte, North Carolina – The Carolina Clipper
Charleston, South Carolina – The Tween & Me
Greensboro, North Carolina – Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Jacksonville, Florida – Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida – Orlando’s Best Deals
Virginia Beach, Virginia – The Singley Fam Blog
Richmond, Virginia – Daily Dwelling
Hampton Roads, Virginia – A Home Made by Kiki
Charlottesville, Virginia – How to Have it All
Blackwater Falls State Park/Davis, West Virginia –  Holy Spirit Led Homeschooling
Treasure Coast, Florida – The Cardamom’s Pod
Saint Augustine, Florida – Jypsie Visions
Lake Norman, North Carolina – Stretching Pennies Saving Dollars
Washington, DC – The WiC Project
Baltimore, Maryland –  The Happy Housewife

Pacific States

San Diego, California – Life As Mom
Yosemite National Park, California -Handbook of Nature Study
Seattle, Washington – Queen Bee Coupons & Savings
Whidbey Island, Washington – Manning the Homefront
Olympia, Washington The Coupon Savant
Portland, Oregon – Frugal Living NW
Willamette Valley, Oregon – An Oregon Cottage

Frugal Vacation Tips

Vacation or Stay-cation: Eating without Busting the Budget – Eat at Home



  1. Thermopolis, Wyoming IS GREAT. The hot springs are wonderful. From Denver head up I-25 north into Wyoming, countinue on I-25 until you get to Casper, Wyoming. Turn left (west) onto US-20W/US-26W, follow this road until you get to Shoshoni, Wyoming. Here US-20 and US-26 split, follow US-20 North, continue North on US-20 until you reach Thermopolis. It’s about a 5 hour drive from Cheyenne, Wyoming so that should help you judge your time. It’s well worth the trip. Part of the hot springs is also water slides. Bring the kids, they will love it. There is also good fishing for the guys!

  2. The blog with tips for Salt Lake City went private :( Anyone know of any good budget-friendly tips for visiting SLC?

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