There are so many things to love about the Northwest. The bustling cities, the mountains, the ocean, and the friendly atmosphere attract millions of people each year.
The Pacific Northwest especially is becoming a huge spot for tourism. Some of the most exciting and interesting cities and towns in the country are here. But, many people think this part of the country is expensive.
That’s not entirely true. There are many budget-friendly cities in the Northwest that offer all sorts of fun, exciting things to do and see without breaking the bank.
Want to take a look at a few of them?
1. Newport, Oregon
The Oregon coast is beautiful at any time of year, but in the summer months, the prices can rise at hot spots like Cannon Beach. Head to Newport, where you can get all the benefits of a beautiful beach coupled with some truly unique attractions.
South Beach State Park offers camping. Visitors much check out the Yaquina Head Natural Area as well as its lighthouse. For fun, head to Mariner’s Square home to Historic Bayfront and the Undersea Gardens.
2. Bend, Oregon
If you love doing anything outdoors, then Bend is going to be your dream destination. Located in the heart of Oregon, it is a mecca for hikers, kayakers, and mountain bikers who can find miles of epic trails.
Bend is known for its fun and funky feel. It’s also home to quite a few artists. And for beer enthusiasts, you can hardly find a better place. Bend is known for having many local craft breweries to explore.
3. Spokane, Washington
Spokane is the second biggest city in Washington State and only recently has been discovered as a great budget-friendly vacation spot. It’s location, near the Idaho border, provides visitors with unique views and nature to explore.
Couples, friends, and families will all enjoy some of the natural beauty to be found at Manito Park, the Riverfront Park, and the Arboretum. And for more fun, there are plenty of museum tours and local breweries to check out too.
4. Leavenworth, Washington
How would you like to get a little bit of Germany in Washington state? In Leavenworth, you can. The city’s “Little Bavaria” has been attracting visitors worldwide for generations.
While Oktoberfest is the most popular time of year to head to Leavenworth, there are plenty of attractions year round. Go to tastings at local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. And when the winter comes, check out the reindeer farm and sleigh rides.
5. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Coeur d’Alene is a perfect family destination for those on a budget. The area has so much to offer. If you love doing things outdoors, check out the nearby 55 lakes and take a boat tour.
Golfers will love the options in the area as well as all the art events and galleries that line the streets of downtown. And kids won’t be able to wait to check out the Silverwood Theme Park which has plenty of rides and slides.
As you can see, there are plenty of affordable cities to visit in the Northwest. So, next time you’re looking for a unique and pocket-friendly vacation spot, add these to your list.