Big-city vacations have a bad reputation for being too expensive for a quick getaway. Traveling to the U.S.’s biggest cities can be expensive, but a weekend trip doesn’t have to break the bank. Instead of blowing your paycheck in New York City or Miami, consider one of these less pricey cities for your next vacation. From Denver to Baltimore to Kansas City, here are nine U.S. cities you can visit on a budget.
Now, that’s not to say that planning a budget-friendly trip to a big city doesn’t take a bit of strategic planning. But luckily for you, we have done most of the heavy-lifting and selected some of the most budget-friendly hotels, bars, restaurants and activities that are free or low-cost. Click through our slideshow to see our best picks for nine of the U.S.’s most popular cities.