As you begin to map out your summer plans, you’re likely to be unpleasantly surprised by how much the prices of typical summer entertainment like ball games and water parks have skyrocketed – and that’s without counting overpriced concessions (c’mon, how good could that $12 hot dog be?). But rest assured! We’ve compiled some great destinations to help you skip long lines, hit the road and see America!
So whether you’re hoping to put the kids in the car for summer fun or just trying to liven up your Instagram, keep on reading for good times and big savings.
Get Presidential. Take a trip out west (Yellowstone, anyone?) and stop by Mount Rushmore along they way. Entrance is free (I know, right?!) and parking only costs $11 per vehicle. Being a national park, their employees will be able to point you to a number of attractions in the area and scenic routes as you continue on your journey!
Spend the Least in the East. Out east, many iconic American spots are surprisingly affordable. See New York’s Statue of Liberty ($18 per person and $9 for kids ages 4–12 years), George Washington’s Mount Vernon ($17 for adults and $9 for kids) or Boston’s Freedom Trail (16 historical sites for $15 a person), all for a fraction of water park prices. Additionally, most of these historic cities have free walking tours, with the only cost a small tip at the end.
The Grand Escape. Load up the car and hit the Southwest to see one of America’s most spectacular offerings: the Grand Canyon! A $30 fee will admit everyone in your car and there are even several days throughout the year where admission is free! Upcoming fee-free dates include August 25–28 to celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday.
Amazing Grace Glades. How sweet the sound. Another must-see in the National Parks Services repertoire, the Florida Everglades offer a spectacular look into one of the country’s most unique climates and wildlife habitats. With just $20 to enter and crocodiles aplenty, you can skip large fees and get the same chills and thrills as rollercoasters while you’re at it. Did we mention the views of the Florida Gulf Coast on the drive in?
The Road to Savings
With these destinations in mind, even a cost-efficient vacation takes some money. To save more, take a few seconds to set up a secondary savings account at Summit’s Online Branch. Try using your destination as a nickname for the account and let the entire family watch the balance rise. Not too bad, eh?
Consider some of these options this summer to educate you and yours about our country’s pretty remarkable history, and save a few bucks to spend on extra fanny packs and stickers!