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8 Fun Vacation Spots For Grandparents On A Budget

After raising your family, watching your children grow up and welcoming your grandchildren into the world, you definitely deserve a getaway. But couples vacationing in their golden years often find that their trips are more expensive than they planned. Staying at a luxury hotel sounds nice, but it's impossible to relax when you're worrying about your bank account.

If you want to plan a vacation that won't break the bank, we have a list of incredible destinations - near and far - that you can visit on a budget.

Whether you're planning a family trip or a romantic getaway, there's something for everyone is this exciting list of vacation spots.

1. Nashville, Tennessee

Country fans already know that you can't go wrong with "Music City." Nashville is famous for its affordable hotels, which will leave you more cash for the world-renowned barbecue, night life and (of course) live music. Plus there are lots of totally free events happening all the time.

Must see: The Grand Ole Opry (of course). Since 1925 this weekly concert has thrilled audiences across the country, and you can see it live for as low as $40.

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2. Washington, D.C.

The nation's capital can be a little pricey when it comes to finding a hotel room, but there are RV stops nearby and even in the heart of the city. Once you find a place to lay your head, you can tour dozens of free museums and sightseeing destinations. This city is a great place to bring your grandchildren, or just the history buff in your life.

Must see: The Museum of National History has something to interest everyone, from the Star Spangled Banner to the original Kermit the Frog puppet. With the seniors discount, tickets are only $17.


3. Tecate, Mexico

If you live near the border, this hidden gem is only a short drive away. Unlike its neighbor Tijuana, this city is a very relaxed destination, with spas, horseback riding and lots of the famous local beer to sample. You can relax with a herbal mud bath and forget your troubles before enjoying the exchange rate at the nearby malls.

Must see: Adventure-seekers can tour the historic El Vallecito archaeological site and see incredible cave paintings for less than $10 US.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

We know "N'awlins" is America's party city during Mardi Gras, but the fun keeps going year round (without the crowds of college kids). You can learn a little local history on the Free Tours by Foot, then sample the city's famous Cajun cuisine.

Must See: Bourbon Street, the city's lively entertainment district, where you can't walk 10 feet without hearing a live Jazz band or seeing an incredible street performer.

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5.Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Think a sandy beach vacation is out of your price range? Think again! There are lots of reasonably priced places to stay along the miles of gorgeous white sand dunes.  There are also attractions of every sort, from the mild - a romantic stroll along the boardwalk and "shelling" on the beach - to the wild - like seeing a NASCAR race at the nearby speedway.

Must See: The Myrtle Beach Skywheel lets you see the sights from a different point of view for under $15. Try riding at night for some added atmosphere!

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6. Quebec City, Canada

If a trip to Europe is out of your budget, this is the next best thing. This quiet city's Old Quebec district is actually a World Heritage Site. Just stroll down the cobblestone streets lined with bakeries and coffee shops and you'll swear you're in France. But the friendly locals speak English, so it's even better!

Must see: Watch the changing of the guard at the city's historic Citadelle fort. For less than $15 it's like being transported back in time.

7. Yellowstone Park

For just $25 per vehicle, you can see one of America's real treasures. Along with incredible natural scenery, you can do every outdoor activity imaginable here, from jet-skiing to hiking. Book now, because the campgrounds and lodges fill up fast, and the local hotels can be pretty expensive.

Must see: Schedule some time to see Old Faithful, which erupts at least once every 2 hours, shooting water more than 100 feet high.

8. Charleston, South Carolina

If Myrtle Beach isn't exciting enough for you, there's lots to see and do in this historic city. It's a hidden gem full of restaurants, night life and music. Enjoy a carriage ride, visit a historic plantation, then relax with a drink on Folly Beach when you need a break.

Must see: Rainbow Row, the city's stunning collection of brightly painted Georgian houses - looking is completely free!

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