13 Cheap Family Summer Vacations
Summer is prime time for a family getaway. If you're concerned about costs, now's the moment to start planning a fun summer vacation that fits your budget. Whether your family enjoys the great outdoors or prefers the air-conditioned indoors, we've got you covered with a list of 13 cheap summer family vacations -- looking mainly at travel and lodging in late July, with prices accurate at the time of writing.
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Several Outer Banks towns offer cheap and exciting experiences for families. Carova Beach and Corolla Beach are home to wild horses and ponies and free to visit, but generally accessible only with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. (Guided tours in season exceed $50 for adults.) Take a slow ride along the North Carolina coast on a ferry, with tolls varying by boarding port; some are free and others start as low as $1 for pedestrians or $15 for four-wheeled vehicles. Lodging is cheap for beach towns, with rates starting at about $127 a night.
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It's free to enter the 522,427-acre national park of the Great Smoky Mountains, stretching across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, where camping starts at $14 a night. There are a number of free attractions near the park, including waterfalls and scenic drives.