The Kitchen Table

Destination . . . USA.

  • May 13, 2024


By: Emily J. Degen


With all the chaos and uncertainty in the world today, there isn’t a better time to put some extra focus on yourself and your family. And a family vacation can be the stress reducer you’ve been in serious need of. Cost is crucial in 2024 and if you’re considering a traveling vacation, look no further than home-sweet-home, the US of A!

An online find of revealed 13 family vacations for a budget-friendly good time. They give a summary about the getaway location and then include details about lodging and activities, as well as some money-saving tips, too.

Did you know that there’s a place called Hershey, Pennsylvania? Did you know that place has an amusement park with 15 roller coasters? More importantly, did you know this amusement park has a place to dine called The Chocolatier Restaurant? 😮 I’m keeping this sweet spot in mind the next time I find myself out East. And I’ll be sure to ride a few rollercoasters and then eat lots of chocolaty grub. In that, order! 🎢

If your family is more focused around nature, try a scenic road-trip to Custer State Park and the Black Hills, South Dakota. This area is beaming with wildlife, including buffalo, bighorn sheep, elk and much more. You might even spot a mountain lion. As a bonus to this location, they also have neighboring Mt. Rushmore and Badlands National Park nearby. Activities found here, such as hiking, fishing, camping, and exploring, usually come free or at a low cost! 🏕

For families that have at least one water baby, are you aware of the 32 miles of beaches around Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama? You can spend the day swimming and playing in the Gulf of Mexico and then end it with a visit to Alabama Gulf Zoo and the Ferris Wheel at The Wharf. If you’re having too much fun in the sun, escape to the shade in the Gulf State Park. It’s packed with pine trees and trails on almost 6,500 acres of land. 🌲

Visit for ten other budget-friendly family trips you and yours can explore right at home! Whatever you decide to do for some much-needed time off, we hope it’s memorable and sooo much fun! 😎

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