We’ve put together a list of free things to do in the US by region to help you plan a budget-friendly vacation.
Use this guide that features US travel ideas that are free based on the part of the country you want to visit.
In addition to the list of 40+ ideas we share here, be sure to download the free printable that lists “Free Things To Do In All 50 States”! The printable includes 3 places to visit or activities listed for each state!
You’ll find the free download at the end of this awesome list of Free Things to Do in the US By Region!
We’ve teamed up with other travelers to compile this list of US vacation ideas for anyone on a budget: travel guides, road trip itineraries, things to do, what to pack, and where to stay.
Thank you to our travel friends for sharing fun destinations and free things to do in the US!
Best Time to Plan a US Vacation
Part of planning a vacation is determining the best time to travel. We’ve put together a list of vacation ideas in the USA by season to help you know what to expect at various destinations in the spring, summer, fall, and winter!
Free Things to Do in the Northeast US States
Here's a list of things to do for free in New York City, Boston, Vermont, and along the east coast.
Free Things to Do in the Southern US States
You'll find free activities and places to visit in Florida and Georgia.
Free Things to Do in the Midwest US States
In the Midwest there are free things to do in Milwaukee, Chicago, Ohio, Tennessee, and along the Blueridge Parkway.
Free Things to Do in the Mountain US States
In the US Mountain States, try free activities in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Las Vegas.
Free Things to Do in the Western US States
Enjoy budget-friendly things to do in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and California!
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USA AUDIO TOURS (GyPSy Guide)
“Download the app to your phone – no cell or wifi service needed. Based on your GPS location, the app takes you on a guided tour of the area and points out all the interesting features and stops. It’s like having a guide in the car with you.”
USA Lodging & Accommodations
- Rent an RV – have it dropped off at your vacation destination!
- VRBO Vacation Rentals
- Book a Hotel
- Book an Apartment
- Book a Bed and Breakfast
- Book a Guest House