10 Places to Travel on a Budget: Virginia

These 10 places to travel on a budget in Virginia will suit you nicely if you're looking for low-cost vacation or day trip ideas.

  1. Virginia Zoo. The Virginia in Norfolk is a great place to travel to if you're on a budget. In addition to the usual variety of furry, cute, and weird-looking animals, the zoo hosts a variety of events, such as "Party for the Planet." Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children between the ages of two and eleven.
  2. Dixie Caverns. There are caverns all throughout Virginia, but if you're on a budget and you're near Salem, then the Dixie Caverns are a good place to stop by. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages five to twelve. If you're looking to stay a few days, there are also campsites near the caverns.
  3. Shenandoah National Park. If you're traveling on a budget in Virginia, you should definitely stop by the Shenandoah National Park. You can get a six-day pass for $15 ($10 in the off season), or buy a year-long pass to Shenandoah for $30. Also, because Shenandoah is part of the National Park system, you can get a pass that will allow you to visit any national park in the US over the course of a year. Shenandoah offers hiking and camping, and you're sure to find terrific nature views and even glimpse various types of wildlife.
  4. Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian trail runs from Maine to Georgia. A full quarter of the trail lies within Virginia, and offers access to areas ranging from busy national parks to secluded wilderness areas. Hiking the trail is free, although you'll still have to pay to get into some parks.
  5. Colonial Williamsburg. You can spend a lot at Colonial Williamsburg, but it's also possible to travel to this Virginia destination on a budget. If you're interested in staying for a few days, you can lessen the cost by finding a hotel outside of Colonial Williamsburg itself. While you're there, you can walk around the town to get a feel for life as it was in the colonial days and observe people in period dress going about their lives as if they lived hundreds of years ago.
  6. Virginia Beach. Virginia has a number of beaches that are great for the tourist traveling on a budget. Virginia Beach is perhaps the most famous, although there are plenty of others that are equally good. The beaches are free, although you'll want to bring some money for parking and a funnel cake or two.
  7. Charlottesville. Another great place in Virginia to travel to on a budget is the town of Charlottesville. This location offers both modern city tourism places of historic interest.
  8. Battlefields. A trip to Virginia wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the state's infamous battlefields. You can find battlefields in Appomatox, Leesburg, Fredericksburg, Richmond, and many other places. Expect to find Civil War re-enactors at many of the sites. Some places even allow you to participate in the action.
  9. Old Town Manassas. There's a historic train depot and a visitor's center in Old Town Manassas. If you want, you can tour a bunch of great museums, such as the Manassas Museum system which sits on eight acres. Or, if you prefer, you can take a leisurely walking tour of the city. If you're into the Civil War, check out the Mayfield Fort.
  10. Wolf Trap. Wolf Trap is an excellent place to travel to in Virginia if you are on a budget. It's called "America's National Park for the Performing Arts" for a reason. Budget travelers can grab lawn seats for a performance at the Filene Center for as little as $8, and there's a ton of other activities to enjoy as well.
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