Springtime in the US means longer days, warmer weather, and the fragrance of the year's first flowers. It's also a smart time to plan for a budget-friendly trip, as prices are typically lower than in the summer months. We've compiled a fantastic selection of affordable lodging options to complement a variety of city breaks throughout the US. Now, you just have to choose one.

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    Las Vegas is probably not the first place that comes to mind when you’re looking for a budget-friendly springtime destination. Famous for its casinos, live shows, and high-end bars, it's naturally known as a place where money is spent, not saved. However, with careful planning, a budget trip to Las Vegas is very much achievable.

    Naturally, the biggest expense is your accommodation. Treasure Island is a big, brazen resort on Las Vegas Blvd that uses its size and space to pack in plenty of facilities. You'll be surprised by how much you can do for free or for a relatively low fee. The hotel has an on-site spa, an outdoor pool, and plenty of evening entertainment. You can choose from five bars and lounges, including Gilley’s Saloon, an authentic honky-tonk bar, a collection of restaurants, Cirque du Soleil live show, and the family-friendly Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. cinematic exhibit.


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    The weather doesn't get much better than springtime in Orlando. Bring your family to experience the rumbling rollercoasters and action-packed live shows at Disney and Orlando's variety of amusement parks, or check out the exciting culinary and nightlife scenes in Downtown Orlando.

    If you have your heart set on some fun in the Floridian sun, there are ways to budget smartly and save yourself hundreds, and sometimes even thousands, of dollars. It all starts with your choice of accommodation. The Rosen Inn International is a 3-star hotel on International Drive, surrounded by ICON Park, Funspot America, and Universal's Volcano Bay water park. There's a free shuttle bus available from outside the hotel that visits many popular tourist spots throughout the city.


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    If you're looking for affordable luxury in central LA this spring, citizenM Los Angeles Downtown is one of the best hotels you'll find. This 3-star hotel is in the center of ongoing urban gentrification and within walking distance of many popular attractions, including the Staples Center, the Grammy Museum, and the Fashion District.

    The hotel offers facilities such as a 24-hour fitness center, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and a rooftop bar with views of downtown LA. Guest rooms are quite small, but if you're looking for a trendy place to drop your bags and explore Tinsel Town, citizenM is right on the money.


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    It may sound surprising, but one of the best budget-friendly hotels in New York can be found within walking distance of Wall Street in the heart of the Financial District. Hotel Indigo is a stylish boutique hotel inspired by the historic area of Lower Manhattan. The sleek guest rooms have the latest gadgets but are typically compact - as you'll find in pretty much all affordable New York hotels.

    If you're in New York for sightseeing, Hotel Indigo is ideal. Nearby attractions include the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial, and the South Street Seaport. Once you retire back to the hotel, you can enjoy the modern American cuisine at the in-house restaurant before having a cocktail at Mr. Purple, the 15th-floor rooftop bar with views of the Lower East Side.


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    Atlanta is regularly ranked as one of the most budget-friendly cities in the US. Atlanta's beautiful parks and great urban spaces are free for all to enjoy, and there's no better time of year than spring. Centennial Park, for instance, is where families can enjoy hours of fun. The art scene is alive and well in Atlanta, with museums that offer free admission on certain days, and various neighborhoods featuring indie art galleries and vivid street art.

    While not located in the center of Atlanta, the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson is a recommended budget stay. It's close to SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, with free shuttles to the stadium provided on game days. Guest rooms are equipped with microwaves and kettles if you're looking to save on certain meals to make your budget go further. Plus, on select days, the hotel hosts receptions with complimentary drinks and finger food. Hotel facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor heated swimming pool, and free parking for all guests.


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    It's easy to experience Washington DC on a budget as the city is filled with historical monuments, buildings, and memorials that are free all year round. Additionally, Maryland is just a short ride away, located to the east of the Potomac River. This spring, visitors can enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, attend a baseball or lacrosse game at the University of Maryland, or go hiking in the Patuxent Research Refuge.

    The Cambria Hotel College Park is conveniently located just over the border from Washington DC, in Maryland. The hotel is surrounded by the University of Maryland and the XFINITY Center arena. It's approximately 15 miles outside of DC, which makes it easy for guests to take a day trip to visit the White House and the Lincoln Memorial.


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    Strap on your hiking boots because some of the best things to do when visiting Denver in the spring involve exploring the majestic nature and stunning geological formations surrounding the city. Notable landmarks like Red Rocks Park and William Frederick Hayden Park are both located within a 20-minute drive from the city, and the best part is that they're free to explore.

    After a long day of exploration, return to the Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center, a 3-star hotel located in the lively theater district of Downtown Denver. This vibrant area boasts great nightlife, plenty of interesting street food, and is situated just across the street from the 16th Street Mall. Guestrooms at the hotel are spacious and feature a sofa, working desk, and TV.


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    Spring is the perfect time to visit Austin, with a plethora of incredible festivals taking place throughout the season. One of the biggest events is the cutting-edge arts and culture festival SXSW, featuring everything from rock 'n' roll to abstract dance. If the festival seems a bit too hectic for you, the city also comes alive with wildflowers during springtime. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a must-see, where visitors can marvel at an incredible display of color from over 600 species of native plants and flowers.

    To enjoy these exciting festivals and natural wonders, the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin South is a budget-friendly hotel that combines modern amenities with a convenient location close to the Q2 Stadium. The hotel features an outdoor pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurant. Additionally, guest rooms are equipped with kitchen facilities, including stovetops and refrigerators, allowing guests to prepare their own meals.


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    Warwick San Francisco

    San Francisco, CA

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    Visiting San Francisco on a budget doesn't mean you’ll miss out on the city's beautiful cityscapes, natural views, and rich culture. You can explore iconic landmarks such as one of the world's most famous Art Deco suspension bridges, as well as the functioning museum-cum-powerhouse of the world's last manually operated cable car system. 

    For those seeking a stylish and convenient stay, the Warwick San Francisco is a great choice. Located within walking distance of Union Square in the Central Business District, this chic business hotel features a bar and restaurant. While guest rooms may be on the smaller side, the central location makes it a worthwhile trade-off. 


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    Boston is a city with a rich history and a strong sense of pride, making it one of the best places on the East Coast to learn about the United States' past. You can catch a baseball game at Fenway Park, explore the lush greenery of Boston Common (one of the oldest parks in the country), and browse through fascinating markets.

    Located in the heart of Boston, the Revolution Hotel puts you within walking distance of Boston Common and the Museum of Fine Arts. This stylish boutique hotel was once a YWCA and has since been transformed with a focus on sustainable design. The hotel's restaurant, Rebel's Guild, serves elevated pub fare and craft cocktails in a chic setting. Additional facilities include a fitness center, a game room with billiards and ping-pong, and a rooftop terrace with stunning city views.


Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveler