Relax without breaking the bank! These affordable family vacation destinations make it happen

It feels like summer is flying by. With school supply displays popping up and even Halloween sales sneaking into our inboxes, it’s hard to believe we’re approaching the end of the summer months. And, if you’re like us, you might be wondering if a family vacation is in the cards for summer break 2023. Between feeling the pressure of planning a trip to figuring out if it’s possible to work into your vacation budget, a getaway may feel a little too far away. Luckily for you, we’re masters of finding affordable family vacation ideas. And we’ve scoured Choice Hotels (so you don’t have to) to bring you 4 summer trip options you might not have thought of.

Clearwater, FL


This Tampa Bay area destination is famous for its Gulf Coast beaches and gorgeous beaches. Clearwater Beach, located on a barrier island, is a whole 3 miles of tropical vibes that includes white sands and beachy restaurants. It’s also totally family-friendly, with tourist attractions like Pier 60 that offer fishing, sunset views, and even a giant inflatable slide.

Roanoke, VA

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Skip the resort prices and still experience a resort-like experience in Roanoke, VA. You can check out the Roanoke Star, a huge neon star that’s a local landmark overlooking the city. Then head out of the city and spend some time with nature at the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake—500 miles of shoreline along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Watersports are the name of the game at Smith Mountain Lake, so pack that swimsuit.

Myrtle Beach, SC

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It’s not really a surprise that the heartbeat of Myrtle Beach, SC is Broadway at the Beach. Shopping, dining, concerts, and a ton of family activities (waterpark, anyone?) are right there to make your stay feel all-inclusive. It’s a full-scale “entertainment crawl” that has something for everyone.

Coney Island, NY


Coney Island NYC is as iconic as it comes. The boardwalk, rides, and, of course, hot dogs, are all worth the trip. But when you stay in Brooklyn, you also have easy access to so many incredible restaurants and the Ford Amphitheater for even more entertainment options.


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