The Best Free Tourist Attraction in Every State
Most of our 400 national parks and historic sites are free, and even the ones that aren’t offer several free days during each year. And don’t forget admission and tours are free at all our state capitol buildings. So, pull out a map and start planning to find out why America is the “Land of the Free” and the “Home of Happy Tourist.”
Alabama: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in the state capital is home to a permanent collection that includes everything from 19th and 20th-century American paintings and sculpture to Southern regional art. There’s even an interactive art gallery for kids! Admission is always free at this tourist attraction.
Alaska: Anchorage Market and Festival
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While Anchorage isn’t the capital of Alaska, it is the state’s largest and most populated city. The Anchorage Market and Festival is open and free of charge on weekends. It features 300 vendors, located on seven acres downtown. Anchorage is also at the beginning of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, where walks and hikes can last between two hours and a half-day. Free, of course. If you’re ready for sightseeing, find out the most impressive library in every state.
Arizona: Desert Botanical Garden
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If you want to see the desert bloom, do not miss the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. It’s free every second Tuesday of the month. And the very impressive Phoenix Art Museum is a free tourist attraction every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Arkansas: Walmart Museum
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Tucked up in the northwest corner of Arkansas is Bentonville, which gave birth to a little emporium you may have heard of. It’s Walmart, which is currently one of the biggest companies in the world. Downtown, admission is free to the Walton’s 5&10 and the Walmart Museum. And just outside town is the spectacular Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which is also free. Go!
California: Jelly Belly Factory
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Who doesn’t like Jelly Bellies? Free tours of the Jelly Belly Factory are offered daily at 1 Jelly Belly Lane in Fairfield, California. Free samples, too! Can’t decide which flavor to try first? Check out our ranking on the best jelly bean flavors.
Colorado: United States Air Force Academy
Driving around and taking in the spectacular natural beauty of Colorado is, of course, free. If you know some kids who might be interested in becoming a future cadet, then head to the United States Air Force Academy, just outside Colorado Springs, where free tours are offered daily. These are the cheapest months of the year to visit all 50 states, by the way.
Connecticut: Yale University
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New Haven, Connecticut was the first place in the United States to offer pizza by the slice to hungry customers, including students of a little college called Yale University. While in New Haven, you can go on a tour of the campus, free of charge, every day of the week. It’s the alma mater of both President Bushes, Bill and Hillary Clinton, journalist Bob Woodward, and Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the Morse code to name a few. Make sure you check out the best state gifts from each state while you’re at it.
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From the spectacular sunsets in Key West, the southernmost point in the United States mainland, to strolling the streets way up north in historic and charming Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida is chock full of free beaches to enjoy. Here are some of the best beach vacation ideas in the United States.
Georgia: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
No visit to Atlanta, Georgia, would be complete without visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, where visitors may tour his home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church across the street. There is no admission charge to learn more about one of America’s greatest leaders at this tourist attraction.