The deep south brings to mind key lime pie and sprawling plantations. Fancy hotel rooms aren’t needed for having a fabulous time in this part of the country. There is a variety of hotels available for the budget minded. If you’re planning to do any sightseeing or spend any amount of time at entertainment venues, the cost can add up quickly. That’s where these great locations come in, offering affordable hotels to help you keep on track and under budget. If you have a case of wanderlust this winter, head to where it is warm and affordable.
South Padre Island, Texas
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South Padre Island is a resort town on an island in the Gulf of Mexico. This is no need for a boat to get to this island; it is accessible by causeway. There are sprawling beaches with crystal clear water. A true island feel, but affordable! For example, Wind Water Hotel rates start at only $25 per night. A weekend retreat to this resort town could cost under $100 for the hotel. One can stay a night or two to see the sights and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. There are sea turtle hatcheries, dolphin pods off the coast, whale watching and boat tours, let alone the beach itself. There is a plethora of fun for all ages and interests.
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The county seat and fourth largest city in Alabama, Huntsville boasts the U. S. Space and Rocket Center, as well as beautiful sunsets and affordable hotels. A one-night stay at Quality Inn University in Huntsville, starts at only $41 per night. There are loads of other activities to enjoy in the city, such as touring the botanical garden, going on a wildlife safari, or visiting the U. S. Veterans Memorial Museum.
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The second largest city in Kentucky, also known as the bluegrass capital of the world, is another lovely and affordable destination. Motel 6 starts at $35 per night. Travelers can tour Mary Todd Lincoln’s house, Kentucky Horse Park, or Aviation Museum of Kentucky.
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The unofficial capital of Cajun country, Lafayette fortunately escaped the blows of area hurricanes. You’ll find a wealth of rib-sticking Cajun cuisine as well as arts and entertainment. Hotels rates in Lafayette start at only $29 per night. Tourists can enjoy swamp tours, fishing excursions, or see a play at the Acadian Center for the Arts.
Charlotte, North Carolina
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The largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte has a glittering skyline. You can find a bustling night life, arts and entertainment, museums, and the NASCAR hall of fame. A one night’s stay in Charlotte starts at just $33 per night at Super 8.
The deep south is a treasure trove of beauty that is both breathtaking and affordable. Who can’t afford to visit when it’s only $25 per night? There truly is something for every budget and every taste.