6 affordable weekend getaway ideas

6 affordable weekend getaway ideas

Friday, here we come! Whether you’re a culture vulture hankering after 2 days of wandering round museums, or an outdoor enthusiast yearning to set off on a picturesque trail, it’s time to leave the daily routine behind and treat yourself to a bargain weekend away. Will you be soaking up the sun on Florida‘s endless beaches, following in the footsteps of Johnny Cash in Tennessee or sipping fine wines in California‘s Napa Valley? Whatever your image of a perfect weekend involves, these ideas offer the perfect starting point for a getaway that’s low on cost and high on adventure!

Vacation rentals in New York

New YorkNew York! With designer shops and fancy restaurants aplenty, The Empire State might not be the most obvious choice for a cheap weekend break, but do not be fooled! New York promises a whole host of inexpensive places to visit and entertaining activities to fill 2 days of fun; from dozens of free art galleries—including the enormous Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea—to scenic parks, such as the elevated High Line, which also plays host to a varied calendar of cultural events all year round. For a quintessential New York experience why not stay in one of Brooklyn’s iconic brownstone properties, or live it up in a loft apartment with city views and easy access to the nearest subway?

Summer rentals in Florida

Boasting over 1,300 miles of coastline, Florida is a fabulous choice for an inexpensive weekend break. And with Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and the Kennedy Space Centre all calling Florida home, it’s no surprise that The Sunshine State is a perennial favorite for family weekend getaways. Keep your bank manager happy and throw some wallet-friendly activities into the mix; Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and Sun Splash Family Waterpark all offer bucketloads of fun for minimal cost. Make the most of the sun-filled days by opting for a vacation home with access to a private pool.

Getaway cabins in Colorado

Escape the daily grind and whisk your better half off on a romantic cabin getaway in Colorado. With more than its fair share of breathtaking landscapes—from ancient dwellings carved into rock at the Mesa Verde National Park to the Rocky Mountain National Park—Colorado offers plenty of options for a weekend that pulls at the heartstrings, not on your purse strings! If you’re the adventurous kind, you won’t want to miss the chance to hike the Colorado Trail or test out the pistes at a ski resort, it needn’t cost the earth. Prefer to take it easy? Hunker down in your cozy wooden cabin and enjoy those stunning mountain views while getting snug next to the fire.

A hiker walks through a picturesque Colorado landscape, with snow-capped mountains in the background

Cheap weekend breaks in Tennessee

Most famous for its musical heritage, Tennessee is awash with historical and cultural sights to please even the most die-hard fans of country and blues. Explore Elvis Presley’s former abode, Graceland in Memphis, before soaking up the grooves in one of the many blues clubs on Beale Street. Tennessee offers a huge selection of vacation rentals from rustic cabins to modern apartments, so you’re bound to find the perfect base for exploring this vibrant state.

Inexpensive getaways in California

Whether you want to go celeb-spotting in Los Angeles, try your hand at surfing in Huntington City Beach, or take a selfie in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, California‘s got those unforgettable moments covered. Book yourself onto a vineyard tour and treat your taste buds to some of Napa Valley’s finest wines. If romantic spa getaways are your idea of heaven, California’s got plenty of tranquil spas to while away that Sunday afternoon. For a truly special vacation rental, choose a home near the ocean.

A view of the Golden Gate Bridge across the whole of the 1-mile strait between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.

Cheap weekend trips in Arizona

Although most famous for the awe-inspiring sight that is the Grand Canyon, Arizona is also rich in scenic national forests, such as the 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest. Offering seemingly endless hiking trails, as well as opportunities for fishing, camping and boating, Arizona provides plenty of ways of getting away from it all. After a day of exploring this state’s outdoor offerings, you’ll want nothing more than to wind down in your very own hot tub.