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AARP’s Eight Affordable U.S. Destinations for 2024

February 20, 2024

8 Affordable U.S. Destinations for 2024

If you’re a budget-conscious traveler, these locations will keep money in your pocket.

In the upcoming new year, Americans will travel more, according to Hilton Hotels. Its 2024 forecast notes that 64 percent of respondents to a recent survey said they plan to spend more on travel in the new year, even if it meant cutting back elsewhere. If your new year also entails minding a budget, the following eight destinations offer on-trend travel choices around the country at affordable prices. Bear in mind that prices may change seasonally, so plan ahead to get the best deal.
Macon, Georgia 

Expedia Group calls 2024 the year of “dupe” — or duplicate — destinations, which offer the appeal of the originals but with fewer visitors. In that category, consider Macon a musical stand-in for Nashville. Here greats including Little Richard, James Brown and Otis Redding got their starts. The recurring Macon Music Review show at Grant’s Lounge covers the classics ($10). In 2024, the new Otis Redding Center for the Arts is scheduled to open, including an outdoor amphitheater for public performances. Architectural highlights include the Greek Revival 1842 Inn, which has a complimentary cocktail hour featuring the house specialty mint juleps. Macon is also the gateway to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park (free), preserving prehistoric American Indian ceremonial mounds and earth lodges. It is expected to be elevated to national park status.