Five Inexpensive America Cities Foodies And Audiophiles Will Love
If you have wanderlust in your heart and love trying new foods, but don't necessarily have the unlimited budget of wealthier traveling gourmands, there are still affordable places you can venture in the United States. Here are five cities that virtually anyone can start exploring with an affordable vacation package.
This vibrant city has not only an excellent restaurant scene, they seem to have live music playing everywhere you go. Billed "The Live Music Capital of the World," there is always a festival going on somewhere. And while there are plenty of fine dining options in Austin, you can dine on tacos and authentic Texas barbecue for far less. Austin also has a vibrant food truck industry, offering all kinds of inexpensive cuisine, from crab cakes to a beef brisket plate.
No matter the season, there is always something to do in this Midwestern city that feels like a miniature New York. Taverns and microbreweries with gourmet pub food, museums, and the Minnesota Zoo in nearby Apple Valley are just a few of the attractions. Minneapolis has a rich music history, with every style imaginable, every night of the week. You can also take a 90-minute cruise down the mighty Mississippi River to get a feel for this metropolis from the water. Minneapolis also has more than twenty lakes within the city limits to enjoy paddling around.
The Pacific Northwest has a laid back style that nature lovers flock to. Downtown Portland has dozens of food carts, with a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, including Japanese, Korean, and English. When you're not eating, this city offers abundant opportunity for renting bikes, skiing, or lazily floating down the Clackamas River on a tube. Portland also has a strong indie music scene for when you feel like getting your groove on.
In addition to the big venues, "Music City" has no shortage of free music venues offering up tunes every night of the week. When you're not tapping your feet, you can dine on such inexpensive treats as chili-topped tater tots, a restaurant that has over a dozen different hot dogs, and barbecued pork sandwiches. Nashville also has a booming arts community, with museums, art galleries, and flea markets that showcase the locals' arts and crafts.
While Detroit might not seem like a vacation destination at first thought, the Motor City has no shortage of free or inexpensive things to do. Eastern Market is situated on over four acres. You can rent a bicycle and explore little shops, searching out bargains from local craftsmen, enjoy a slice of pizza or a glass of wine, or lunch at one of several food trucks. Motown has an abundance of live music venues, celebrating everything from the Motown Sound to blues to jazz. When you're ready, cross the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle and enjoy the almost 1,000 acre park that includes an aquarium, zoo, and a maritime museum. Talk with a travel agent about vacation packages within your price range.