Everybody loves a bargain, especially when it comes to traveling with family—the cost of hotels, dining and activities can really add up quickly! The good news: if you travel with a keen eye and pay attention to packages and deals, you won’t have to sacrifice important amenities or lose that ineffable look of wonder on your kids’ faces. We’ve rounded up 10 places where you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck, so flip through the album below to see them all.

Up and Away in Albuquerque, Nm

One of the most cost-effective vacations can be had in Albuquerque—this city was awarded a spot in the “Top 10 U.S. Value Destinations” by Hotwire.

What to Do
You’ll only pay between $4-$8 for admission at one of the 19 museums in the city. And, if you visit the Rio Grande Nature Center you can enjoy a free walk and birdwatching along the stunning Rio Grande Bosque Trail. This lovely family-first city boasts 310 days of sunshine and blue skies per year, which is probably why it’s the ballooning capital of the world. This year, the Instagram-worthy Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will be Oct. 7—15. Additionally, families can enjoy hiking, jeep tours, bike outings, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and horseback riding.

Where to Stay
From campgrounds to Bed and Breakfasts to hotels to ranches, Albuquerque has it all. Visit their website to find the accommodations that are ideal for your family’s budget and needs. Or, if you want to find a truly memorable place to rest your head, check out Glamping Hub and book a night in a retro school bus or a spacious cottage rental.

Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau
20 1st Plaza NW Ste. 601
Online: visitalbuquerque.org

photo: mnchilemom via Flickr


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— Wendy Altschuler