8 affordable summer road trips

Pack up the car, get the kids in the backseat and take one of these inexpensive driving vacations.

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May 9, 2014 10:28AM

So three questions come to mind.

1) How many cities are there in the USA?

2) Where to the people who don't live in these 8 cities go?

3) Or, do the people who don't live in these 8 cities spend $1000.00 or so to get to these 8 cities and then start their road trip?


Sorry to be a downer but this article is ridiculous. Especially in this economy.

May 8, 2014 7:10PM

When people are tapping into their 401k's, and fuel is almost $5/gallon, I wouldn't call road trips affordable.

May 9, 2014 12:48PM
Grab your pole walk down to the local crick or pond and do some fishin'.
May 8, 2014 8:06PM

With gas prices up,  My truck hasn't left the driveway in  months, And the car? gets driven back and forth to work and the grocery store on the weekends, Who the hell can afford a road trip?

May 17, 2014 7:09AM
It's all about priorities.  If you want to travel you have to make it happen.  I'm by no means  a wealthy person, work for hourly wages in fact but I still make it a priority to save a few bucks each paycheck into my "travel" fund, you'd be surprised how quickly it adds up.  Do your research, look for discount hotel rates and attractions in the area you are traveling to.  Get out there and enjoy the open road, you won't regret it.

May 17, 2014 7:20AM
I live in Wichita, KS, which is close to the center of the country. I also drive a small Mazda Miata. 

Sometimes when the weather is nice, I'll put the top down, put my camera equipment in the seat next to me, and fill up the tank.

Then, I pick a direction and see how far I can go on a half tank... stop, take some photos, and see if I can get back home before I have to fill up again... Probably stupid, I know, but in this economy that's about all I can do. 
May 9, 2014 12:18AM
Or if you are as broke as most people,  you might consider a ride on the rails,  or maybe hitch hike to the next bridge or overpass with your Goodwill sleeping bag and a can of kippered snacks.
Yeah,  keep your eyes open for those shovel ready jobs while you're out there.

May 8, 2014 10:44PM
$189 with no children now double that it is not affordable at all. Do you people know the average income in the United States? I will tell you 47,000 a year. Wake up!
May 9, 2014 11:36AM
Save money and hit the road. Some of the best road trips aren't planned. Just get in your car and drive!! Living in the west is great, so many places to go...
May 17, 2014 11:52AM
I work another p/t job to afford to travel and save for retirement. If people would put down the gadgets, turn off the TV and the cellphone and stop whining, they could figure out ways to make their resources go further. A little more physical activity would make them healthier and able to spend less on doctor visits and  co-pays.  I sew and sell crafts, do my own home maintenance, bring bag lunch to work, brew my own coffee for pennies a cup. 
My niece who makes slightly more than minimum wage, buys two $5 lattes a day from Starbucks. People find the money and time to do what they really want and love to do. Too many just want to be whining couch potatoes. 
This is not the first time this country's economy has taken a downturn. This is not the first president or administration to not get it all right. 
If you believe you can have a good life, you are correct. If you believe you cannot because of what the gov't is or isn't doing you are also correct.
May 9, 2014 8:33AM
Can't afford a road trip for sure with the high price of gasoline. Those days are long gone forever.
May 9, 2014 10:44PM
My last road trip was from Mpls to Alaska and back.  8000 miles in 3 weeks.  Do it if you ever get the chance.  Road trip of a life time.
May 17, 2014 11:50AM

Wow, sounds like everybody is in a very bad mood. My wife and I go for road trips whenever we get the time and it's a blast. You really don't have to travel that far and still enjoy your time together.

May 17, 2014 11:08AM

What Geraldine Campbell doesn't realize or is just ignoring is:

1.  The price of gas to get to these places.

2.  The high cost of accommodations once you get there.

3.  The high cost of restaurants.

When I was a young man gas was 33 cents per gallon.

A night in a Motel 6 was, you guessed it, $6.  That's how it got it's name.

2 eggs, bacon and hash browns at Denney's was $.99.  Served 24/7.

I was making $10 per hour with an income tax rate of about 8%.  My new wife and I drove my VW all over the country. It used to be cheap to travel.

May 17, 2014 9:20AM
If you live in Colorado, walk out your front door!
May 12, 2014 11:14AM
I can, and will be going on one this summer with my wife.
May 17, 2014 9:31AM
Why don't you guys tell us how you REALLY feel!
May 17, 2014 8:22AM
What a stupid list.  Yes, they might be good, fun, inexpensive places to visit...but what if I don't live in, or close to, any of the towns listed?

What a waste of time this "article" was.
May 17, 2014 2:53PM
The best vacation I can possibly take is in my own backyard.  My home is modest but it's paradise to me.
May 17, 2014 10:18AM

A little pricey for this economy. If you include kids, even more! This is not including 3 meals a day, plus the 2 tanks of gas for "exploring".

Going to the local park with a bag lunch or BBQ hot dogs/hamburgers is less expensive.

Camping is also a great way to get in touch with "nature"!

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