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Boone, North Carolina

LOOKING TO head to the States this year? NOËL RUSSELL, Chief Experience Officer and Founding Team member from travel site Whimstay, offers these choice selections that won’t break the bank.

Boone, North Carolina

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone is ideal for outdoor sports enthusiasts of all ages. The area offers numerous hiking and biking trails with memorable views.

Enjoy fishing or canoeing in the New River, often with minimal equipment rental fees. The downtown area hosts various free cultural events throughout the year.

Fredericksburg, Texas

This charming town offers a unique blend of German heritage and Texan hospitality. It’s famous for its picturesque wineries where you can enjoy affordable tastings and vineyard tours.

Stroll down Main Street to explore local shops and enjoy traditional German fare at one of the many cozy restaurants. Don’t miss the Fredericksburg Herb Farm for a tranquil experience among fragrant gardens.

Idyllwild, California

Nestled in the San Jacinto mountains, this is a haven for nature lovers and artists. This serene mountain retreat offers a plethora of hiking trails suitable for all levels, many of which are free or low-cost.

The town itself is filled with quaint art galleries and artisan shops. Enjoy a low-cost outdoor concert or community event often held in the town centre.

Mount Ida, Arkansas

Discover Mount Ida, the ‘Quartz Crystal Capital of the World’, offering a unique crystal digging experience at Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines.

Enjoy the serene Lake Ouachita with its affordable outdoor activities. Savour the local charm with budget-friendly dining and end your day stargazing under the clear Ouachita skies.

Satellite Beach, Florida

Set near the Space Coast, this location is perfect for budget-friendly beach activities and water sports. Enjoy surfing, paddleboarding, or just relaxing on the sand.

Keep an eye on the sky for occasional rocket launches, which are a spectacular, free sight. Visit the nearby Pelican Beach Park for a low-cost day of sun and fun.

Winter Park, Colorado

This is a year-round destination offering mountain sports in both summer and winter. During summer, enjoy affordable hiking, mountain biking and the festive atmosphere at the top of the mountain.

In winter, partake in budget-friendly snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The town itself hosts various free events and activities.

Astoria, Oregon

This historic coastal town is rich in culture and natural beauty. Visit the Astoria Column for a small fee and enjoy panoramic views of the coast.

The Riverwalk, a scenic trail along the Columbia River, is perfect for a leisurely stroll or bike ride. Explore the local maritime museum or enjoy fresh seafood at an affordable waterfront eatery.

Jasper, Georgia

The gateway to the North Georgia mountains offers a rich gold mining history. Enjoy free or low-cost visits to local parks and trails, perfect for hiking and picnicking.

The town also hosts affordable gold panning experiences. Explore the quaint downtown area, which features local shops and eateries.

Dauphin Island, Alabama

This is a hidden gem offering a mix of serene beaches and unique water sports. Enjoy affordable kayak rentals or bird watching at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary.

The island hosts a variety of seafood restaurants where you can taste local dishes without breaking the bank.

Paeonian Springs, Virginia

In Paeonian Springs, immerse yourself in the charm of rural Virginia. Opt for a budget-friendly farm stay experience, indulge in low-cost wine tastings in the Shenandoah Valley and explore the scenic hiking trails.

The area is known for its peaceful countryside and offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Whimstay offers guests the best deals on last-minute vacation rentals across North America. Average nightly savings on the locations listed range from 20 to 26 per cent.