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We love to travel as a family, and there are places that we go to time after time because we’ve found them to be places where we can really enjoy ourselves without spending a lot of money. Recently, though, I’ve been hearing about some other places that aren’t on our list but that many say are great trips for families. I did a little exploring and I’m excited to share these family trip ideas with you.

Once you decide on a location, check out how to plan a frugal vacation.

5 Great Trips for Families

An Affordable Idea

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on the Atlantic coast, is an affordable and family-friendly beach trip. You can stay in an AirBnB or VRBO, or you could look for a cheap rate on a hotel. There are free things to do all over the area, including the beach and a lot of parks.

If you prefer quieter beaches, the smaller the beach (and the farther from major cities) the cheaper.  We love Edisto Beach in South Carolina.  It’s much more remote but almost 50% cheaper than beaches closer to Charleston.

Other Cheap Beaches:

Gulf Shores, AL
Most Panhandle Beaches, FL
Flagler Beach  – St. Augustine, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Jekyll Island, GA
Tybee Island, GA
Ocean City, MD
Outer Banks, NC
Ocean Isle, NC
Virginia Beach, VA

A Rural Idea

Kentucky isn’t really a place that I think of for vacation, but then I heard about Lake Cumberland. The rates for cabins are extremely reasonable, and you can also camp there. You can fish, swim, bike, boat, and find tons of other outdoor activities.  Depending on how you get there, you could also check out Mammoth Cave National Park also in Kentucky (about an hour and twenty minutes away).

An Easy Plane Ride Away

Depending on where you live, it’s an easy plane ride into the Denver airport so you can visit YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. If you’ve spent most of your life in the South like I have, this could be a fun way to let your family experience a different part of the United States.  Plane tickets right now are super low from most major airports to Denver.

A Quiet Getaway

One of my favorite places to visit in the mountains is Asheville, North Carolina. I have shared 25 free things to do in Asheville before, but even if you just want to rent a cabin and hang out there, the scenery is extraordinary.  To save even more, consider staying in some of the outlying smaller towns, we love Black Mountain that is about 30 minutes outside of Asheville.

An Adventure

A family recently shared with us going up to Virginia and biking the Virginia Creeper Trail. A portion of the trail is a 10+ mile bike ride all downhill, so even little kids can handle it. There are lots of bike rental companies that will even pick you up at the end and take you back to your car! Abingdon, Virginia, is one of the towns you can stay in if you plan to visit.

What’s the best place you’ve traveled as a family? Let us know in the comments!

We're always up for a fun trip to a new place. Here are 5 great trips for families in a variety of locations, with lots of ways to keep it frugal.