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.
Find Elvis (and more!) in Memphis, Tn
Experience Memphis’ new massive 137-million-dollar expansion.
What to Do
Go on a tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion, visit the entertainment and exhibit complex, see the career and automobile museums, and take a peek at Elvis’ airplanes. Elvis Presley’s Memphis also has two new restaurants, lots of shopping and a new guest house. Several tours with varying prices are offered—discounts are available—and, in most cases, children under six are free.
Where to Stay
A great Memphis lodging option is Hyatt Place Memphis Primacy Parkway, located near the Memphis Botanic Garden and Memphis Zoo. Here you can park for free, hop on the included WiFi, splash in the outdoor pool and enjoy complimentary daily breakfast. New to the Hyatt Place brand is the super healthy build-your-own breakfast bowls and Greek yogurt parfaits—you can all eat well while traveling and picky eaters can design their own breakfast.
Hyatt Place Memphis Primacy Parkway
1220 Primacy Pkwy.
Memphis, Tn 38119
If You Want to Splurge
Try the super family-friendly Big Cypress Lodge, located inside the 32-story Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Here, you can stay inside a rustic treehouse suite, suspended by 100-foot cypress trees and complete with a screened-in porch that overlooks overlooks the Cypress Swamp that includes an alligator pond. Revel in a 360-degree view of Memphis in The Lookout at the top of the Pyramid, nosh on snacks at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill, ride in the country's tallest freestanding elevator and then practice your bowling skills in an ocean-themed alley. The Family Fun Package includes accommodations, $40 dining voucher, one hour of bowling and a special arrival gift.
Big Cypress Lodge
1 Bass Pro Dr.
Memphis, Tn 38105
photo: Sean Davis via Flickr
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— Wendy Altschuler