Stretch your travel budget
No vacation is completely free. Anything more substantial than an afternoon bike ride is going to cost something. But it is possible to plan a trip that allows you to keep most of your money by focusing on attractions and activities that don't cost anything, like visiting the Smithsonian Natural History Museum (pictured).
Of course, there's more to it than simply seeking a city that has a lot of free attractions. The last thing you want to do is limit yourself to second-rate travel experiences just to save a few bucks. The best “free” cities have a full menu of quality attractions without admission fees. These are the places that are worth seeking out. Where can you find such high-value, low-cost tourism? Check out these eight appealing U.S. cities.