Thanks to a slew of free museums—all those Smithsonians and the National Gallery of Art!—the National Zoo that has pandas but has no cost to enter, and gorgeous cherry trees that blossom every spring, the District is one of the most affordable family vacation destinations in the country. For a spacious, stylish place to stay close to everything you will want to see and do in D.C. without breaking the bank, check out the stunning and spacious Georgetown Suites.
This Midwest flyover state is far more than just the setting of Parks and Rec, and the capital is jam-packed with affordable family fun. There’s the chance to go back in time at Conner Prairie, a sprawling outdoor living history museum, and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, arguably the most magnificent, robust children’s museum in the country. Plus, the Indy Zoo’s orangutan enclosure is sheer delight. Make sure you get a donut (or a dozen) from Long’s Bakery across from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.