For a fraction of Los Angeles prices, stay in Riverside, where you can enjoy its namesake, the Santa Ana River, or stop by LA or Huntington Beach after just an hour in the car. Not that you’ll necessarily want to leave Riverside, where you can enjoy gorgeous hike at Mount Rubidoux. Plus, don’t miss a free tour of California Citrus State Historic Park so you can sample fresh fruit while learning about the state’s citrus industry. Be sure you avoid these travel mistakes for a stress-free vacation.
Barbecue fans will go crazy over Atlanta’s affordable food offerings. At Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, you can enjoy a plate of pulled pork with bread and two sides (Brunswick stew or Frito pie, anyone?) for just $15. With no entry fee, you can explore the almost 35 acres of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to see Dr. King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Eternal Flame at the tomb of Dr. King and his wife. You’ll want to see Centennial Olympic Park too, past home of the 1996 Olympic Games and current home of the Fountain of Rings water show.