The Canadian side is much prettier and there’s more to do. The Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds are a must for everyone if you really want an up-close and personal experience of the falls. You can experience both attractions for a relatively cheap price. There’s a large public park surrounding the falls which is free. The park is relatively large and has many locations to take good pictures of the falls.
The hotels near the falls are quite expensive, but you can stay at a number of cheap low budget inns a few miles from the falls for like 40 dollars/night.
We stayed at one of these inns and ate at Hard Rock Café by the falls.
There’s also a creepy wax museum near the falls that’s free for those truly on a budget.
For those who are willing to splurge a little more, there are IMAX theaters, Ripley’s, and a number of casinos on the Canadian side. - By Janice from Cleveland
#2: North Carolina - Last summer a vacation we took a vacation to the Southeast coast of North Carolina. It was very relaxing and affordable. We rented a house at Kure Beach, where there was plenty of privacy to sunbathe and explore the beach. There were dolphins swimming along shore, as well as many kinds of birds.
It was great to wake up to the sun rising over the ocean. For dinner, downtown Wilmington offered some lovely restaurants and a romantic boardwalk along the Cape Fear River. A horse drawn carriage was also available for tours of the historic area.
There are many homes, mansions, and churches preserved which the guide describes in the most interesting way. I would really like to tour the Bellamy Mansion on our next trip back to the Wilmington area. - Contributed by Jan
Cheap Weekend Vacation Ideas #3: My favorite place for a weekend getaway is the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The Kalahari offers a fun and engaging experience for both young and old. The resort has both an indoor and outdoor waterpark with a wide range of amazing water slides.
There is a large wave pool available and a one-of-a-kind ride called the Flowrider where you can test your surfing abilities. Professionals are even available to give you surfing lessons for an additional charge.
An affordable family restaurant overlooks the indoor waterpark and there are also several snack bars available for quick fast food. You can rent an indoor cabana with luxurious couches, private food service, and big screen TV's.
There are many kiddie slides as well as a number of adult rides, including an indoor watercoaster. There are a number of hot tubs throughout the waterpark for you to relax in whenever you need a break from the fun. The outdoor waterpark offers a large kiddie area as well as many huge outdoor family slides.
The hotel rooms are fabulous and offer a microwave and mini-refrigerator in every room. Parking is abundant and there are many vacation packages available for every price range. It's a fun venue for both the family crowd and couples looking for a fun getaway vacation.
You won't be disappointed with the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. It’s perfect for anyone looking for Midwest vacation ideas. - By Angela from Wisconsin
Lake Quinault Lodge is a rustic lodge which was built almost a hundred years ago. It now features updated guest rooms, an elegant restaurant with views, a magnificent reading room, and a lovely outdoor relaxation area with a beach, grassy field, and gazebo pit. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent, and make for a very relaxing and romantic experience.
Many of the guest rooms are very romantic and have river rock fireplaces, large comfortable beds, and views of the water from their decks. You can watch the waves flapping against the shore while sipping a drink with your significant other, which makes for a very romantic evening.
A typical day of relaxation at Lake Quinault would be breakfast at the lodge, followed by a short hike in the rainforest surrounding it, then canoeing together on the lake during the day, reading in the afternoon, then capping it all off with dinner at the restaurant and relaxing on your deck. It’s a very romantic spot! - Contributed by Drew
Cheap Weekend Vacation Ideas #5: While it may not be the first place that comes to mind in terms of romantic vacation ideas, the shores of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota is an affordable weekend getaway away with that special someone.
The scenery as you drive up to Lake Superior's shore, through beautiful Duluth, is lined with majestic stands of pine and rock outcroppings. Take a vacation like this in the heat of the summer, and you will be invigorated by temperatures likely to range in the 50's.
But the very best part about a romantic retreat on Lake Superior is finding that perfect log cabin or lodge to rent, then spending a blissful evening being lulled into the best sleep you ever had by the sound of waves crashing against the rocky shoreline.
Choose a lodge with a fireplace and even a private Jacuzzi, and you'll be in heaven. There are plenty of them available at very reasonable rates. Forget about shopping malls and dressing up, and just enjoy an intimate break.