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Emerald Coast Town Makes U.S. News List of the Best Cheap Vacation Destinations

August 7, 2023

You don't have to spend a fortune to have an amazing vacation! This year, if you're looking to plan a terrific trip on a budget, then you should consider picking a destination on the 2023-2024 edition of the U.S. News list of Best Cheap Vacations in the U.S. One town on the list is located right here on the Emerald Coast! 


In July, U.S. News released the 2023-2024 edition of their list covering the best cheap vacations in the United States. This list highlights the country's massive range of vacation destinations, containing everything from small town getaways to national park adventures, to beach escapes. U.S. News ranked cities with the help of expert opinions and users votes, creating the ultimate list of cheap vacation spots for travelers in 2023-2024! The selections that made the final list are unified by their affordability and awesome amenities.


One iconic Emerald Coast town made it onto the list! Destin ranked 8th on the list of 20 phenomenal domestic destinations. U.S. News wrote, "This Florida Panhandle locale boasts miles of white sandy coastline with many public access points, making it the perfect low-cost getaway. Soak up the sun at the Shores at Crystal Beach Park or shell out a few dollars to enjoy Henderson Beach State Park's pristine Appalachian quartz sand. After a day of lounging on the beach, take a short walk along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk or enjoy a free alligator show at Fudpucker's Gator Beach. You can snag a room at some of Destin's best hotels for less than $200 per night, but for the cheapest rates, avoid visiting during the busy summer season." For the best savings, book RBO

Destin is an incredible place to visit- even if you're on a tight budget! You can go to the beach, take a scenic drive, visit bars, and tour museums without breaking the bank. It is easy to have fun without feeling like you're skimping. 

You can feel confident planning your next vacation in Destin! What's your favorite free or cheap thing to do in Destin? Tell us in the comments!