- Stay close to Fisherman's Wharf for easy walking access
- TripAdvisor is great for finding hotels in your budget (accurate reviews too!)
- Sea Lions on Pier 39 are a must see! The carousel is fun too
- Dip your toes in the Bay at Aquatic Park near Pier 47 - great views of Alcatraz & the Golden Gate Bridge
- Wear layers - it can be cold anytime of year & the weather changes quickly
- Lombard Street is a must see - whether you drive or walk down it - it's worth the trip!
~If you can, pack granola bars, fruit cups, etc for quick & easy breakfast in the morning. Or stop at a local supermarket first and pick up bread & PBJ for lunch as well.
~Book a hotel that offers free breakfast!
~Use Restaurant.com to get great deals on meals
New York City
- Top Picks: Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, South Street Seaport, The High Line, Empire State Building, World Trade Center Memorial (Please see home pahe for more details and links)
- Hit a TKTS booth for discount tickets for on and off broadway shows.
- Do NYC in sections. It is HUGE! Do not expect to go from the Museum of Natural History to Times Square to Little Italy all in one day!
~Most restaurants in NYC are expensive. Use Citysearch.com or Realcheapeats.com for info on types of food, atmosphere, pricing & neighborhood. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT SEATING! This can be an issue. I would suggest keeping it simple. Get pizza or a deli sandwich instead. Or get something from a cart vendor - there's more to them than hot dogs! Save your money for fun attractions.
~I repeat - Do NYC in sections. Taking a cab to different parts of the city gets expensive. So try the subways. There are clear maps telling you how to get different places. Go to one area and walk around.
~Bronx Zoo is FREE on Wednesdays (donations requested) and the Museum of Natural History is a suggested donation.
Ocean City, Maryland
- Stay around 100th street for a family friendly feel. Definitely stay above the boardwalk during peak summer season. Boardwalk = college mecca.
- Stay in a condo to save money on food and for the washer/dryer!
- Check out nearby Bethany Beach for a slower pace.
- Check out nearby Rehoboth for outlet shopping
- Use the public bus for transportation up and down coastal highway. It's easy and only costs $1 per boarding or $3 a day for unlimited rides!
~Go in the off-season for great deals. May has beautiful weather & most things are open but September is the best time to go.
~Check out the budget eats in the main blog section
~Go into any hotel on your way into town and pick up a Sunny Day Guide for tons of discounts and coupons.
- Check out Boston Children's Museum or the New England Aquarium
- Stay just outside the city and take mass transit - http://www.mbta.com/
- Walk The Freedom Trail or take a Trolley Tour with Old Town Trolley Tours or City View Trolleys
- Download the free Freedom Trail App National Park Service - Freedom Trail
~Stay in a hotel that offers free breakfast and a room with microwave and fridge for quick, cheap meals
~Use coupons found in your hotel lobby or an information booths in the city
~If planning to see The State House, The Old South Meeting House and the Paul Revere House - buy all 3 tickets at once for deep discounts!
~Go online to find parking discounts or take the train into the city