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As August approaches, it's still not too late to book a family trip close to home and keep to a budget...
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone is a perfect spot for a summer vacation and on top of that it is very much affordable. For just $25 you gain entry to the park for a week and $20 is all it takes for six people to camp for a night. The park's wildlife and nature offering is extremely rich and there are plenty of spots where BBQs are permitted. On the down side, summer can be an extremely busy time and finding a spot at the very last minute can be difficult.
Looking for a beach? Oahu is the third largest island in the Hawaiian chain. There you can immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture and languages by going to luau, get a bite from the awesome Hawaiian food trucks and watch the sunset and sunrise over the gorgeous Hawaiian coast. Of course, there's always a place to surf if you fancy being active.
Seattle has it all. Though it can be expensive in terms of food and accommodation, you'll find plenty of free activities to keep the kids amused. Take a water taxi down Elliott Bay for a fabulous meal in one of the city's many fantastic restaurants. But you can also escape the city suffocation and treat yourself to a hike in one of the three national parks surrounding the city. If that is still not enough, kids will love a visit to the Seattle aquarium and the Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center.
Vail is a destination that you probably know best as a skiing resort, but it has a lot of summer charm too. Coloradans say that "people come for winter, but stay for the summer". You'll have to hunt hard to find cheap accommodation here, but it's worth it for the wide array of free activities on offer, including nature walks, tours, family fun clubs and, of course, spectacular hiking.
Yes, Nashville is without a doubt the center of the universe for honky-tonk fans. Down almost any street you'll find a spot made famous by past or present country stars. But none of these venues is more legendary than the Grand Ole Opry where everyone who's anyone has performed. If you're feeling hot, cool down by joining one of the water adventures by the Percy Priest Lake, including banana-boat rides, floating trampolining and kayaking.