Things are slowly getting back to normal. Pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted, masks removed and vacations well on their way.

Divorce and pandemania can really make you feel stuck.  A getaway may be just what you need.  But, if you're still not sure a vacation is right for you this year, we have some top budget-minded destinations that might help you decide!

Not only did we seek destinations that offered affordable accommodations, but to make the list they needed abundant natural attractions, activities and/or varietal sites, entertainment and shopping to ensure visitors obtain the most value for their travels.   We also made sure to include destinations throughout the U.S. to ensure most of our American readers have at least one road trip worthy destination, in order to save on airfare.  Ready? Let's go!

Indiana Dunes               MIDWEST

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Less than a 12 hour drive from half of the U.S. population, this destination is home to both the Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Park.  Together they have over 17,000 acres of nature!   It includes beaches, sand dunes, forests, wetlands, prairies, and bogs!  Located on the southern tip of Lake Michigan in Indiana; it's a perfect solution for Midwest residents looking for all things nature close to home.  Pack the car and take a short drive to what's been referred to as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!  

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Branson      Free Swag Bag Offer!              MIDWEST



Images: Anthem of Rock/Kings Castle Theatre, Dolly Parton Stampede, #1 Hits of the 60's/Clay Cooper Theatre, North Pole Adventure/Shepherd of the Hills, Tanger Outlets, Branson Jet Boats on Lake Taneycomo

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A destination for any season, Branson is located in the Ozark Mountains in the beautiful state of Missouri!   They have plenty of outdoor activities and attractions like Silver Dollar City (Internationally awarded, 61 acre amusement park), Table Rock Lake (67 sq. mile lake in southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas) and Lake Taneycomo (formerly a section of the White River, this lake is known for great trout fishing).  Enjoy delicious food with plenty of southern hospitality, as well as, museums, live shows and entertainment!  From luxury accommodations, affordable hotels & motels to cozy cabins, they have the right place for all you singletons and families looking for a reunion destination, summer vacay or holiday get away!

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Colorado Springs (Pikes Peak Region)               MOUNTAIN WEST

Images: Colorado Springs at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Garden of the Gods Central Garden Southward, Ghost Town Museum, Manitou Springs Shops

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Colorado Springs, Colorado's second-largest city, located in Pikes Peak Region is a beautiful and iconic place to vacation or live.  It offers incredible views of the Rocky Mountains along with popular attractions including the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Garden of the God's Nature Center featuring red-sandstone formations.  Explore Pikes Peak itself, North America's most visited mountain summit by car (3-4 hours) or by way of guided tour.  If you take a jeep tour up the mountain they have opportunities for you to ride a bike (4-5 hours) down.  If you're an experienced hiker, this 13.5 mile hike to reach the summit (6-8hours) with a gain of over 7,400 feet is the challenge you've been seeking.  Other attractions include: Manitou Springs and Cripple Creek for events, shopping and dining, Old Colorado City for boutiques, gourmet eateries and art galleries and Ghost Town Museum for a "peak" into pioneer living through snapshots, artifacts, stagecoaches and more!  Give butter churning or prospecting a try and pan for real gold (panning available May - September only).   This is the perfect get away for a singleton who lives an active lifestyle and/or a family ready to explore Colorado's history, adventure and great outdoors!

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Panama City Beach               Southeast

Listed as #3 on the list of top beaches in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, these 27 miles of beaches won't disappoint!  This is one of the most affordable destinations in Florida and has local shopping and dining within minutes of most accommodations.  They have condos, single family vacation and beach houses, hotels, motels, camping and RV parks from which to choose.  Neighboring cities like Destin and Pensacola make it impossible to run out of places to go and beaches to bum.  If you seek that idyllic Florida vacay, Panama City Beach has it all: Coconut Creek Mini-Golf, Shipwreck Island Water Park, Gulf World Marine Park, Camp Helen and Saint Andrews state parks.  Don't forget to check out Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium!  Both Panama City and Destin have numerous 2 hour cruises to include Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise!  There's something for everyone at Pier Park Outdoor Premier Shopping Center with over 120 stores plus restaurants and entertainment!  If traveling from the Midwest, West or Northwest this is a significantly shorter distance than many popular Florida destinations, making it totally drivable and saving you thousands on airfare! 

Images: Panama City Beach, Destin Coastline (less than 1 hour from Panama City). Beach in Pensacola (approximately 2 hours from Panama City)


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Northern Virginia (NoVA)               Northeast




Virginia may claim it's about lovers, but history buffs, shoppers and those seeking incredible views, urban adventure and rural beauty have a place in Northern Virginia!  Located in a tri-city/county region in the Commonwealth of Virginia, travelers have an opportunity to explore many attractions and monuments with great historical and cultural significance such as Arlington National Cemetery and George Washington's Mount Vernon.  The most talked about highlights are Alexandria, Virginia and Washington D.C.  If the majestic views of our nations capital aren't enough, take a short Metro ride into D.C. for a few bucks or explore the many eateries, shops, boutiques, breweries and galleries while you meander along the cobblestone streets in Virginia.  Old Town Alexandria has numerous free things to do like rides on the FREE Kings Trolley, views of the Potomac River waterfront, Old Town, Torpedo Factory Art Center and numerous other local attractions!.  You could also purchase a Key to the City Attractions Pass for access to 9 historic sites and a big discount on admission to Mount Vernon, City Cruises and Tall Ship Providence Tour and more!  But wait!  Don't leave without checking out D.C.'s Wine Country and Horse Country in Loudoun County, Fredericksburg and Arlington, all must see areas on your trip to NoVA!  If you seek an American historical hot spot on a budget, NoVA should be first on your list! 

Images: Mount Vernon, Marina, D.C overlooking the Potomac River, 

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 Glacier National Park               Northwest


Glacier National Park, referred to as the Crown of the Continent, is one of those places that everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime!   Established in 1910, it is located on the Canada - United States border.  It has alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls and 50 breathtaking glaciers!  This land of mountain ranges was "carved by prehistoric rivers". With affordable lodging right inside the park, this destination is available for just about any vacation budget!  There are numerous hiking trails such as Highline Trail, Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake where there are breathtaking views, lakes, slopes, tunnels and meadows.  Photographers haven, this park has approximately 1600 square miles to explore!  There are hundreds of things to do and eateries nearby like: Bias Brewing, Bulldog Saloon and Grill, Copper Mountain Coffee, Glacier Sun Winery, Amazing Fun Center and so much more!  For a complete list of things to do, food and drink & places to stay, go to

Images: Glacier National Park, Lake Macdonald, Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park


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