Want to skip the hassle and cost of a vacation that involves a plane ride and find a destination closer to home this summer? Here are five budget-friendly destinations that offer all the recreational activities, sun and fun your family craves, but are only a car ride away.
Cannon Beach, Oregon, instead of Hawaii
Why go: It might not have all the heat and sun of Hawaii, but you’ll save big on airfare while enjoying a long, white soft sand beach adjacent to a charming town filled with great shopping and dining options. Cannon Beach is located on the northern Oregon coast, about a four-hour car drive from Seattle.
What to do: Cannon Beach is known for its abundance of artists, so when you aren’t building sandcastles, flying a kite, learning to surf or lounging on the beach, you can shop the town’s many galleries and cute shops, including Cannon Beach Books, which has a large selection of great kid books and art supplies, several ice cream shops, kite stores like Once Upon a Breeze and Geppetto's Toy Shoppe.
Where to stay: Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals offers a range of houses with rates starting under $200 a night, including some “pet-friendly” units.
If your kids love to swim, check out Tolovana Inn and the Surfsand Resort. Both have indoor pools and are right on the beach. In summer, you’ll pay around $200 a night for a small suite in either location. Harrison Street Inn, located across the street from the beach, is a more budget-friendly option, offering clean, charming small suites with a full kitchen starting at $120 a night.