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Top 5 Getaway Vacations On a Budget

Vacations can be relaxing and enriching without breaking the bank. If you pick an out-of-the-ordinary destination, you can stretch your dollar and create lifelong memories, to boot. If you need some inspiration, we've got you covered. Here are a few of our top budget getaways.

The first stop is San Juan island in Washington. Unlike the rain-soaked reputation of the state, this beautiful destination enjoys 250 days of sunshine. While there are many things to do on the island, San Juan Island National Historical Park and the exciting whale-watching tours are must-sees. Just stock up on groceries beforehand. Supplies can get quite pricey on the island.

If you're looking for a vacation with a historical bent, head to Afton, Wyo. where you can sign up for a covered wagon trek with Wagons West. You'll travel on unused roads like the pioneers, and enjoy campfire meals. You can literally sleep under the stars with these tours, and get a feel for the land.

For a scenic trip, nothing beats a visit to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Phantom Ranch will provide a unique lodging experience, as it is the only hotel below the canyon rim, and can only be reached by mule, by foot or by rafting the Colorado River. The breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind accommodations will be worth it, though.

To become one with nature, head to South Carolina and visit the Edisto River Refuge. Treehouse lodging is tucked in the woods and along the river's edge. Interestingly, you can only access the accommodations by canoe, a trip that's 13 miles into the treehouse area and 10 miles out. If you appreciate the outdoors, this vacation is for you.

Finally, Eureka Spings, Ark. offers a special experience for the wild at heart. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge actually allows patrons to stay on the premises, where you will be sleeping among various rescued tigers, lions, leopards, bobcats and more. You can explore the 500-acre refuge during the day and enjoy your stay in themed cabins at night.

No matter what kind of trip you fancy, there are many hidden sanctuaries to explore. Try one of these extraordinary options and you'll be guaranteed a vacation you'll never forget.


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