Slideshow: How to Visit 5 Big Cities on a Budget

By Emily Brachter, Staff WriterMarch 10, 2015
By Emily Brachter, Staff WriterMarch 10, 2015, at 12:27 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

Slideshow: How to Visit 5 Big Cities on a Budget

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New York City

New York City

Lots of attractions are free in New York City, including walking through and taking pictures of the light-infused Times Square. Just stay away from the overpriced Manhattan restaurants that bask in the glow and head to the outer boroughs for more affordable (and eclectic) food.  Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in New York City
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Miami

Miami

You don't need Beyoncé's bank account to experience Miami to the fullest — you just need to be more strategic about it. If hitting the city's hottest clubs is high on your to-do list, save money by booking cheaper lodging like Freehand Miami, Sanctuary South Beach, Yve Hotel Miami or The Vagabond Hotel. All are centrally located, but without the high price tags of neighboring resorts.  Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Miami
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New York City

Lots of attractions are free in New York City, including walking through and taking pictures of the light-infused Times Square. Just stay away from the overpriced Manhattan restaurants that bask in the glow and head to the outer boroughs for more affordable (and eclectic) food.  Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in New York City
The Best Things to Do in New York City Read More:
Luxe for Less: How to Visit 5 Big Cities on a Budget

Miami

You don't need Beyoncé's bank account to experience Miami to the fullest — you just need to be more strategic about it. If hitting the city's hottest clubs is high on your to-do list, save money by booking cheaper lodging like Freehand Miami, Sanctuary South Beach, Yve Hotel Miami or The Vagabond Hotel. All are centrally located, but without the high price tags of neighboring resorts.  Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Miami
The Best Things to Do in Miami Read More:
Luxe for Less: How to Visit 5 Big Cities on a Budget

Chicago

With its pristine examples of American architecture, its exciting sports teams and its renowned museums, Chicago is a world-class city. But walking along Grant Park or the Magnificent Mile, eyeing your reflection in the Bean, or saying hello to the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo are all ways to enjoy the city for free.  Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Chicago
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San Francisco

Many of San Francisco's iconic views, such as the "Painted Ladies" and the Golden Gate Bridge, are free to see. Save your money for the attractions that do charge, including Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods, or consider using a company like Viator for a bundled, affordable trip to both attractions.  Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in San Francisco
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Los Angeles

You don't have to spend like a celebrity to visit Los Angeles. Some of the city's most interesting pastimes like people-watching in Venice Beach, window-shopping along Rodeo Drive and walking in the footsteps of the stars at the Chinese Theatre are gratis.  Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in Los Angeles
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