With traveling for a living or even traveling for fun comes expense. I have gathered a list of free and fun things to do while traveling to different areas! We love to track down history spots and learn about the history of our country and everything in between! What an adventure this will be! Please make sure to check back as I will be updating this post as often as possible!
ARIZONA – Ever tubed a river? One of the more fun things to do in AZ in the summer months is tube the Salt River. Growing up an AZ brat I have tubed the river many times, before the buses and tube rentals were even around. But you can tube for free! If you have your own tubes and a way to get from point to point you will pay nothing. They have maps on their web-site so you can easily map out your trip.
Goldfield Ghost Town – Located 21 miles east of Mesa, this renovated ghost town is complete with rustic wooden buildings and desert landscapes. Choose from a wealth of activities while you’re there, including mine tours, hiking treks, and panning for gold. A specialty Western shop, museum, and rattlesnake exhibit round out the offerings. When you need to rustle up some vittles, Mammoth Steakhouse & Saloon offers Southwestern dining, and there’s also a coffee shop and gourmet lunch café. For an authentic cowboy experience, saddle up a horse and ride off through the spectacular Superstition Mountains. Plenty of places to eat and shop. Don’t miss the free gunfighter shows.
CALIFORNIA – CABLE CAR MUSEUM IN SAN FRANCISCO The old cable cars climbing San Francisco’s hills are one of the city’s most iconic symbols. Learn all about their history and technology at the Cable Car Museum. It’s located in a functioning cable car barn in the Nob Hill neighborhood and houses historic photos, mechanical displays, vintage cable cars, and a gift shop
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE IN SAN FRANCISCO – There are a number of ways to take in the Golden Gate Bridge. Head to the Bridge Plaza visitor’s center at the south end of the bridge to take in the view and learn the bridge’s history. Pedestrians are allowed to walk the bridge’s full 1.7-mile span for views of the city and Alcatraz.
HIT THE BEACH IN LOS ANGELES One of our favorite spots is Venice Beach! Head to the Venice Beach boardwalk for ultimate people watching amongst little bohemian shops and private mansions, plus famous Muscle Beach. For more serious sunbathers, head to Zuma Beach in Malibu, where every beach is public.
FLORIDA – One of our favorite things to do is take tours
FACTORY TOURS IN JACKSONVILLE The Anheuser Busch Brewery in Jacksonville offers free tours of their brewery and bottling facility, which serves the Southeast U.S. For a more family-friendly tour, head to Sally Corp., where they make animatronic creatures for amusement parks, attractions and museums around the world.
ILLINOIS – SEE THE ANIMALS IN CHICAGO The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the last major city zoos to remain free to the public, 365 days a year. If you head over in winter, seeing the penguins and polar bears enjoying the snow might make you hate winter a little less yourself. A must do!
KENTUCKY – The Louisville Nature Center is a great spot to get in tune with nature. It offers educational programs for kids and adults in an urban forest. There’s also a butterfly garden, wildflower pond, hiking trails, a bird blind, exhibits, and rental spaces.
NEVADA – Las Vegas has tons to do but usually comes with a price. You can visit the famous Gold & Silver Pawn shop off the Vegas strip for free (as seen on Pawn Stars). We had a very little wait and worth it! Pretty cool inside!
Container Park old downtown is so neat! Even to just walk through and check out also worth it! We actually spent a little money and did the Segway tour on this one, so fun!
FREMONT STREET Experience! Our favorite! You can spend hours people watching and walking up and down Fremont. Fremont Street is the reason we continue to go back to Vegas just about every year. The culture is so off the wall it’s hard to not want to take it all in. You can eat, shop, watch artist do what they do, get a tattoo, or just walk. The big screen overhead has some amazing light shows that play to music as well.
TEXAS – JFK MEMORIAL IN DALLAS – The memorial was dedicated in 1970 and its architecture symbolizes JFK’s spirit. Just a short walk away is Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination in 1963, where a smaller memorial sits.
STATE CAPITOL AND GRAFFITI MURALS IN AUSTIN Whether you’re from Texas or not, you’ll probably learn something new on a tour of the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Tours are free and are conducted every day, except some holidays. Then head to the Hope Outdoor Gallery, a non-profit graffiti park with ever-changing murals for ultimate photo ops.
WYOMING – ELK REFUGE IN JACKSON HOLE, WY – Gaze at herds of majestic elk at the National Elk Refuge just north of Jackson Hole. There are an estimated 11,000 elk on the refuge, which migrate up to 60 miles away in other parks. Bison, wolves, swans, and eagles can also be spotted here