Budget-Friendly Adventures: 10 Epic U.S. Hiking Trails!

Hiking offers a thrifty vacation option in the US, with budget-friendly trails like Acadia National Park, Lost Coast Trail, and the Appalachian Trail featuring stunning views and minimal fees.

10) Acadia National Park Location: Maine Free things to do or see: Tour Cadillac Mountain, Carriage Roads, Sand Beach Best times to visit: July and August, September and October

9) Lost Coast Trail Location: California Cheap things to do or see: Petrolia, Mattole Beach, Punta Gorda Lighthouse Best time: all year round

8) Appalachian Trail Location: Virginia Cheap things to do or see: Shenandoah River State Park, Rose River Falls, Damascus Brewery Best time: late spring and early fall

7) Tahoe Rim Trail Location: California Cheap things to see or do: swimming, boating, sightseeing Best time: open all year

6) Grand Canyon National Park  Location: Arizona Budget-friendly things to see: Grandview Point, Historic Navajo Ridge, Grand Canyon Village Best time: spring and fall

5) Northeast Georgia Mountains  Location: Georgia  Cheap things to do/see: Gibbs Gardens, Apple picking in one of the orchards, Aska Adventure Area Best times: May and June, September to November.

4) Big Sur Location: California  Cheap things to do/see: Bixby Bridge, Old Coast Road, Ragged Point  Best time: open all year

3) Grand Teton National Park Location: Wyoming Affordable things to do or see: driving up Signal Mountain, riding the Menors ferry, touring Hidden Falls Best times: Spring and fall

2) Big Bend National Park  Location: Texas Cheap things to do or see: Chisos Mountain, Birdwatching at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive Best time: late fall to early spring period

1) Death Valley National Park  Location: California  Cheap things to do/see: Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Ubehebe Crater, Racetrack Playa, Artist’s Drive Best time to visit: Spring and autumn