The Five Most Affordable U.S. Cities for Travelers - Page 2
|Skyline and Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau)|
The hub of the Midwest is not only an affordable destination, but flights to its O’Hare and Midway airports are reasonable, too. Chicago is, at heart, a working-class town, where locals know how to have fun on a shoestring. It also has cheap public transit, and, since many of its trains are elevated, they allow for great and affordable neighborhood tours. Don’t miss trying the city’s famous deep-dish pizza, and remember: one slice of it is like two (or more) slices of a regular pie, saving you money, though not necessarily calories. Hot Tix sells discounted theater, comedy, and cabaret tickets, and cards such as CityPass or Go Chicago are worthwhile, flat-rate investments as they get you discounts and head-of-the-line perks at the SkyDeck in the 103-story Willis Tower, the Chicago Art Institute, and other attractions
You don’t have to be a country-music buff to enjoy kicking up your heels in jovial Music City. It’s home to several legendary recording studios and live-music venues, including the Ryman Auditorium, where the acoustics are so good, it’s served as both. The Country Music Hall of Fame is definitely worth a visit, despite an $18 admission fee, if only to see Elvis Presley’s “solid gold” Cadillac, among a million other musical artifacts. A more eclectic and affordable homage to world history awaits, however, at Centennial Park. For just $6, you can see a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon and the 41-foot-tall statue of the goddess that’s Athena inside. Barbecue and fried chicken top many Nashville menus, so, for less than the cost of a pair of blue-suede shoes, you can eat like a king.