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If you’re looking for cheap summer destinations to try that offer fun for everyone, yet keep your expenses in check, let our travel budgeting guide help. We’ve gathered the facts on six fantastic cities to visit, including what to do on a budget, and where to stay to make the most of your hard-earned dollars. Make your reservations at our Uptown Suites in Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, or Colorado to experience the best summer vacation while sticking to your budget.

Why To Choose Extended Stay Hotels for Summer Vacations

No one wants to blow all of their vacation funds on lodging, so instead, look for an Uptown Suites extended stay hotel in your destination city. Uptown Suites offers all the essential suite amenities and perks around the property that guests appreciate during a stay of a week or longer. The convenient, practical setup makes it easy to cook meals, enjoy morning coffee, and relax comfortably without needing to go out. You can even save on dog boarding by staying in our pet-friendly hotel properties. Every Uptown Suites offers all you need to make a weeklong vacation comfortable and affordable:

  • Budget-friendly weekly rates
  • Super-fast Wi-Fi
  • In-room kitchen with a coffee maker
  • Large HDTVs with streaming capability and expanded channels 
  • Ultra-comfortable mattresses
  • Rapid-charging USB ports
  • Extensive storage throughout
  • A workspace with lighting
  • 24/7  fitness center
  • On-site guest laundry facility
  • Non-smoking rooms

When To Book Cheap Summer Travel

Say goodbye to searching for hours for the best deal—reserve your room directly at Uptown Suites anytime to get our best rate, guaranteed. When you don’t have to put all your effort into finding somewhere affordable to stay, you’ll have time to plan a fantastic itinerary that doesn’t break the bank. If your plans change, modify your Uptown reservation easily online!

Cheap Summer Destination #1: Nashville, Tennessee

If music, barbecue, and outdoor adventures appeal to you, then Nashville makes an excellent summer travel destination, and, best of all—it’s cheap! Whether you’re heading to Tennessee with friends, your family, or your pup in tow, there are tons of activities in this lively city to enjoy. Here are our tips for things to do and where to stay in Nashville to stretch your vacation dollars. 

Seeing Nashville on a Budget

Nashville is an appealing travel destination anytime, but in the summer, the free music concerts and outdoor adventures make this city irresistible. Broadway runs through the heart of downtown and it’s a must-stop spot for anyone visiting Nashville. The Riverfront Park on the eastern end features a playground, a wide lawn, and an ornamental garden worth checking out. It is also next to a 13,000-square-foot dog park if your pooch is along for your stay. Here are three pro tips for cheap eats and entertainment in Nashville:

  • Visit popular restaurants during the lunch hour when the menus tend to be less expensive.
  • Skip on rideshares and rental cars—use the MTA for as little as $20.00 for the entire week, or walk and bicycle in this pedestrian-friendly city.
  • Check out Centennial Park and Public Square Park in the summer for free live concerts featuring talented musicians.

Affordable Extended Stay Hotels in Nashville

Our Nashville Uptown Suites located in Smyrna, Tennessee, makes a great home base for city explorations. Smyrna offers its own things to see and do, yet it’s just a short drive from the heart of Music City, so you can enjoy big-city fun and the beauty of a small town in one trip. Travelers who find a deal on a flight will be pleased to stay just miles from the airport, and those arriving by car will appreciate free parking and lots of entertainment, parks, and eateries within a short drive or walk. 

Cheap Summer Destination #2: Charlotte, North Carolina

From the artsy NoDa (North Davidson) District to the laid-back Dilworth area, Charlotte offers travelers a world of budget-friendly entertainment and places to eat, visit, and wander. Nature lovers are in their element in this city and history buffs will discover no shortage of places to check out. See our suggestions for what to do and where to stay in Charlotte—one of the best cheap summer destinations with a lot to offer.

Enjoying Charlotte on the Cheap

One plus about Charlotte is its endless parks with nature trails, and green spaces with stunning scenery to see—for free. Check out the Parks & Rec summer concert schedule to visit these great outdoor spots during the live music shows. Those who prefer an itinerary will enjoy the McDowell Nature Center for its low-cost activities, nature programs, kayak tours, and fishing opportunities for kids and adults. When in doubt, follow these three tips to save on expenses when vacationing near Charlotte:

  • Stop by the county’s visitor center for resources for free things to do—you’ll have the inside scoop on everything just a short drive away.
  • Look for free walking tours to get out and explore at your own pace!
  • Find cheap transport using CATS light rail and buses to get around and consider using bike-sharing for even more fun.

Affordable Extended Stay Hotels in Charlotte

Our Uptown Suites in Concord is located in the metro area of Charlotte. Stay a week or even longer in comfortable suites with new bedding and furniture. Uptown Suites Concord is within walking distance of eateries and the wonderful pedestrian greenway—a 52-mile system that’s a joy to explore. This suburb is also home to Charlotte’s Motor Speedway, one of the most popular attractions in the state. Venture downtown easily by car or take the city bus, which departs daily and heads directly to Charlotte.

Cheap Summer Destination #3: Tampa, Florida

Take a vacation to Tampa and see all the reasons this cheap summer travel destination is a favorite for travelers on a budget. From free entertainment to affordable lodging, this area of Florida is ideal for an inexpensive, relaxing trip. The white sandy beaches are some of the most beautiful around, and the Riverwalk and small nearby towns offer plenty of places to stroll and explore. 

Inexpensive Things To Do in Tampa

There are a dozen beaches within driving distance of Tampa, so you’ll have no trouble spending long days relaxing or playing in the sand. After the beach, head to The Riverwalk, just 15 minutes from Uptown Suites Tampa. Window shop, browse the Arts District, visit cultural landmarks, and enjoy the sights along the Hillsborough River. Check out these places for even more options for affordable fun in Tampa:

  • The Tampa Farmers Market is free to browse, and you can stock your suite with fresh, in-season produce.
  • Grab a lanyard for Fourth Friday Tampa to enjoy deals, admission discounts, and more.
  • The area’s trendy food halls and restaurants can be pricey—save by dining in your suite before heading out, and then treat yourself to dessert.

Affordable Extended Stay Hotels in Tampa

Budget-friendly lodging doesn’t have to feel cheap, and our Uptown Suites in Riverview/Tampa is an example of affordable, contemporary accommodations that are a joy to stay in for a week or more. The property offers all the modern conveniences you want for a comfortable vacation. There are necessity stores, supermarkets, and dining options nearby, plus, the location is off of a major thoroughfare which lets you hop to downtown Tampa, Ybor City, or other attractions fast.

Cheap Summer Destination #4: Homestead, Florida

Enjoy a small-town getaway for cheap in beautiful Homestead, Florida. This charming summer destination is ideal for anyone looking for an affordable, active getaway. Creating a full itinerary for your family’s vacation is easy in this area of Florida. The city is sandwiched between two must-see national parks, Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park, and it’s also home to local hobby farms with rides and petting zoos.

Budget-Friendly Entertainment in Homestead, Florida

Downtown Homestead is a hub for affordable entertainment. The convenient National Parks Trolley departs from the city center several times each weekend for Biscayne and Everglades National Parks, and it stops at Homestead Bayfront Park, a popular swimming beach with picnic areas and a large playground. Another local gem nearby is Pinto’s Farm which offers unlimited rides on paddle boats, ponies, and tractors with each admission. By Brothers Family Park near Homestead features a petting zoo, corn play pit, aviary, and train ride. Ticket packages start under $10 on the weekdays. For low-cost tours and educational fun, head to the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead ($10 for adults, $3 for kids) or visit the two free museums in town—Florida Pioneer Museum and the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum. Here are a few more tips for saving cash on entertainment in Homestead:

  • Watch for events in downtown Homestead to enjoy ice cream parties, food trucks, and holiday celebrations.
  • Inquire ahead of time which parks allow you to bring your own picnic to make outings more affordable (The Fruit and Spice Park and Biscayne National Park welcome picnics).
  • Passengers on the National Parks Trolley receive free park admission—reserve your seat in advance!

Affordable Extended Stay Hotels in Homestead, Florida

Booking an extended stay suite in Homestead gives you an entire week to take advantage of all the family fun in the area without blowing your entire budget on lodging. Our Uptown Suites in Homestead, Florida has grocery and necessity stores close by so you can easily stock your in-room kitchen with your favorite breakfast items, sandwich fixings, and snacks to make dining in and bringing picnics to beaches and parks easy. When you’ve finished exploring the mangrove forests, swimming at the beach, and touring local museums, you’ll be happy to unwind and relax in your cozy suite. 

Cheap Summer Destination #5: Austin, Texas

Austin has all the ingredients for an awesome, affordable summer vacation. The parks and beaches are ideal for inexpensive outdoor adventures, and the nearby Uptown Suites extended stay hotels are just-right lodging for a week or more. Visiting a city with subtropical weather in the summer means you’ll find many water attractions and air-conditioned activities to enjoy your week in Austin, and the best part is you can do it all without emptying your pocketbook.

Low-Cost Entertainment Options in Austin

Exploring the outdoors around Austin is always a treat, thanks to the murals and well-known art installations, statues, and other free, photo-worthy art. Austin also features tons of parks and beaches that are free or charge only a small admission fee, but provide an entire day of fun. If indoor entertainment is in order, head to the Thinkery children’s museum on Tuesday or Sunday after 3:00 p.m. for free admission. Or, try the Museum of Ice Cream to escape the heat on a weekday. The reserved admission is discounted from weekend prices and you can indulge in unlimited ice cream during 12 multi-sensory exhibits. For additional budget-friendly things to do, follow these tips:

  • Use bike-sharing services to get around faster than walking and save on parking and taxis.
  • Take advantage of the “weird” and free entertainment in Austin, like watching the bats emerge from the Congress Avenue Bridge and visiting the Cathedral of Junk.
  • If you want to eat out, aim for breakfast or brunch for cheaper options, and since the temperatures aren’t yet scorching, you can dine outside.

Affordable Extended Stay Hotels in Austin

Hotels in Austin can be pricey, but our extended stay properties have affordable weekly rates to help you stick to your budget. There are two Uptown Suites locations in Austin that offer comfortable, apartment-style suites with in-room kitchens. The Uptown Suites in Round Rock is in a great neighborhood with parks and other family-fun attractions within walking distance. The downtown Uptown Suites is convenient to the city center—but not too close—so you can head to town at a moment’s notice and still escape the bustling city quite easily. Not only do the suites’ furnishings—and air conditioning—make relaxing in the evenings a joy, but dining in is pleasant, and it’s an excellent way to save some cash. Free parking at both Uptown Suites properties is a major bonus in Austin, too. 

Cheap Summer Destination #6: Denver, Colorado

Despite its popularity in the winter, Denver is a top travel destination for summertime vacations, and when you don’t have to pay for lift tickets and ski rentals, it’s a cheap location, too. There are free self-guided tours, endless hiking trails, and tons of scenic spots to check out downtown, out of town, and off the grid. Thankfully, booking at Uptown Suites means you can stay long enough to explore it all.

Inexpensive Entertainment in Denver

Your itinerary in Denver won’t suffer, thanks to the impressive selection of free and inexpensive historical, natural, and cultural experiences around the city. Any direction you drive from your extended stay hotel will afford impressive views, top hiking trails, and natural wonders. Downtown also offers many points of interest to check out. Hop on the Platte River Trolley to get from one spot to the next for cheap—tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Follow these other tips to see some of Denver’s top attractions for free:

  • The famed Red Rocks Amphitheater opens one hour before sunrise and closes one hour after sunset on non-concert days for visitors to tour and enjoy the spectacular views.
  • Admission for teens and children is always free at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the first Saturday of the month costs just a penny for each adult admission.
  • Load this self-guided tour onto your phone, and then bike, walk, or drive to each location to hear its historical story.

Affordable Extended Stay Hotels in Denver

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about where to stay in Denver, let Uptown Suites take the pressure off of your decision and budget. Travelers looking for affordable weekly rates and in-room amenities—Wi-Fi, kitchen with a full-size fridge, and ample storage—find everything they need at Uptown Suites to make a stay of any length comfortable from day one. These pet-friendly properties are located in Centennial and Westminster—fantastic neighborhoods with dog parks, playgrounds, and hiking trails that families on a budget appreciate.

Just because summer is a popular time for traveling doesn’t mean it has to cost a fortune, and these cheap summer travel destinations are proof. If there isn’t an Uptown Suites where you’re headed, look for our sister properties, InTown Suites, to host your extended stay. Any traveler, on any budget, will appreciate the comfort of our relaxing, inviting extended stay hotels for a week or longer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the cheapest months to travel in summer?

While frugal travelers suggest the best time to escape in the summer is early June or late August, booking at an extended stay hotel that always offers affordable weekly or monthly rates means you can depart when it works best for you, without overspending.

How can I travel cheaply in the summer?

The secret to cheap summer travel isn’t to make your trip brief but to extend it long enough to get the best value on your stay. Extended stay hotels are designed to host guests for a week or longer, so you can count on good rates for the duration of your stay, plus when you’re in town for a full week, you can plan for discounted museum admission days and after-hours rates at attractions, and find other deals to save money.

Where is the best place to visit in summer on a low budget?

Uptown Suites has properties in all the best cheap summer travel destinations, including Nashville, Charlotte, Tampa, Homestead, Austin, and Denver. Whether you want to enjoy beaches, mountain hikes, or city escapes, balancing your budget by booking an extended stay hotel lets you do more, without spending extra on lodging.