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  • As budgets are tightened and wallets are slimmer, many of us are looking for ways to have fun on a dime (or less than a dime.) Here’s a useful guide filled with “staycation” travel ideas for states across the counter.

    Year of the Staycation

    Mid Atlantic

    NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles
    Boston (or all), Massachusetts :: Maven of Savin
    Central, New Jersey :: Our Good LIfe
    Adirondak Mountains and Central, New York :: For This Season
    Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York :: Ann’s Entitled Life
    Syracuse, New York :: I am THAT lady
    Erie, Pennsylvania :: Growing Kids Ministry
    Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania :: Family Balance Sheet
    Hershey, Pennsylvania :: Good Deal Mama
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania :: Beyond the Cover
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania :: The Coupon “High”
    Poconos, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains
    Scranton, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains

    Midwest

    Des Moines, Iowa :: Make the best of everything
    Aurora, Illinois :: A Savings WOW!
    Central, Illinois :: The Homeschool Scientist
    Chicago, Illinois :: Chicagoland Homeschool Network
    Naperville, Illinois :: The Sensible Mom
    Schaumburg, Illinois :: Ravings By Rae
    Fort Wayne, Indiana :: Simplified Saving
    Indianapolis, Indiana (Metro Area) :: In Good Cents
    Muncie, Indiana (Central IN) :: the daisyhead
    Northern Indiana :: So Dough Savvy
    Kansas City Area :: Kansas City Mamas
    Metro Detroit, Michigan :: Saving Dollars and Sense
    Grand Rapids, Michigan :: Give Me Neither
    Oakland County, Michigan :: Bargain Shopper Mom
    Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Creative Couponing
    Rural Minnesota (either Southern our Lake Country) :: Mommysavers.com
    St. Cloud, Minnesota :: Frugal Finders
    Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas :: Kosher on a Budget
    Springfield, Missouri :: Getting Freedom
    Cincinnati, Ohio :: Family Friendly Cincinnati
    Columbus, Ohio :: Cleverly Simple
    Dayton, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle: Dayton
    Mansfield, Ohio :: The Traveling Praters
    NE Ohio :: Raising Lifelong Learners
    Northeast Ohio (Canton, Akron, Cleveland) :: Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
    Black Hills, South Dakota :: Little House Living
    South Dakota :: Moms Mustard Seeds
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin :: Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom

    Mountain

    Phoenix, Arizona :: Mom Endeavors
    Scottsdale, Arizona :: Saving For Someday
    Tucson, Arizona :: Desert Chica Ramblings
    Colorado Springs, Colorado :: The Greenbacks Gal
    Denver, Colorado :: Bargain Blessings
    Helena, Montana :: The WiC Project
    Omaha, Nebraska :: Mom Endeavors
    Reno, Nevada – Lake Tahoe (Northern Nevada) :: Saving in Nevada

    Pacific

    Fresno, California (Central Valley) :: NerdFamily Blog
    Los Angeles, California :: Savings.com
    San Diego, California :: Good Cheap Eats
    San Diego, California :: Life as MOM
    Portland, Oregon :: Frugal Living NW
    Seattle, Washington :: Thrifty NW Mom

    South Atlantic

    Arkansas :: Discovering Arkansas
    Washington, DC :: Kidventurous
    Clearwater Beach, Florida :: Bargain Briana
    Jacksonville, Florida :: Saving The Family Money
    Southwest Florida (Ft. Myers area) :: Chaos Is Bliss
    St. Augustine, Florida :: Simply St. Augustine
    Tallahassee, Florida :: SwagGrabber
    Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: Hodgepodge
    Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: The Couponing Couple
    Annapolis, Maryland :: The Happy Housewife
    Hagerstown, Maryland :: Cheryl Pitt
    Asheville, North Carolina :: Paradise Praises
    Charlotte, North Carolina :: from our front porch lookin’ in…
    Raleigh/Southeastern, North Carolina :: Upside Down Homeschooling
    Upstate South Carolina :: The Tween & Me
    Charlottesville, Virginia :: How to Have it All
    Richmond, Virginia :: Teachers of Good Things
    Smithfield, Virginia :: Walking in High Cotton
    Virginia Beach, Virginia :: The Coupon Challenge

    South Central

    Coastal Alabama :: Meet Penny
    Huntsville, Alabama :: The Traveling Praters
    Northern Kentucky :: Simply Sherryl
    Chattanooga, Tennessee :: Living Chic on the Cheap
    East Tennessee (Smoky Mountains, Knoxville) :: Finding Joy on the Journey
    Nashville, Tennessee :: Montessori Tidbits
    Arlington, Texas :: Grocery Shop For FREE
    Austin, Texas (Hill Country) :: Ponder the Path
    College Station, Texas :: How to Homeschool My Child
    Dallas, Texas :: Surviving The Stores
    East Dallas, Texas :: Funky Faith Girl
    Fort Worth, Texas :: Coupons & Freebies Mom
    Houston, Texas :: MomsToolbox
    Houston, Texas :: MyLitter
    Katy, Texas :: Moms Confession
    McAllen, Texas (Rio Grande Valley) :: iLoveMy5Kids
    San Antonio, Texas :: Melissa’s Bargains

    15 Comments so far. Please add yours!

    • very cool list- thanks you!

    • denise says:

      great ideas

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks for the list! We have taken a few staycations and really enjoyed them!! : )

    • Maria Iemma says:

      This year there is no money for a vacation so we will be doing some local stuff and nearby driving stuff. This list is fantastic. Thank you!

    • Sarah Lehan says:

      I’ll have to check out the Denver offerings – not going anywhere this year.

    • Sarah Lehan says:

      I see there’s info also on Colorado Springs – just 60 miles south of here.

    • Ronald Gagnon says:

      very extensive locations listed

    • Kyaw Sein says:

      a great list with extensive location to choose. Thanks

    • Megan says:

      So nice to have this whole list in one place.

    • Arnold D. says:

      I’m keeping this list for years.

    • sheila ressel says:

      What a great list full of fun ideas. Thanks for this. It’s so useful!

    • Sherry Compton says:

      Amazing list! Very helpful. We often look for day trips in the summer. We can’t do a big vacation but till want to feel like we did something. Great way to learn about your area.

    • Karen Glatt says:

      WOW! I did know what this post was about until I clicked on, but I need to keep this list. What a really nice service to have for having a staycation. Thanks for the information!

    • Mer says:

      Wow! This is a fantastic resource.

    • Ari says:

      Yes, more people should travel and see what the whole of the U.S. has to offer. Each state has wondrous natural parks, historic sites and even more.

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