Take a “Staycation” Anywhere in the United States! 85 Bloggers Have you Covered…

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Just stay home. But have fun doing it!

It may feel like the easy way out, or that perhaps your kids will “miss out” on something if you don’t take a huge vacation this summer, but I assure you, once you start reading the gems these bloggers have discovered in their hometowns, you’ll be itching to explore your own.

A “Staycation” is an opportunity to embrace your local culture, find new things to do close to home, and enjoy yourselves as a family without the stress and time it takes to pack, unpack, and travel.

Scan the list below (yes, really, 85 options!) to find somewhere close to where you live, or perhaps where you know you want to visit sometime soon. I’m playing travel agent today, so enjoy your tour of America and be inspired to play and learn in your community this summer.

If you’re local to me and missed yesterday’s resource, here’s Fun Things to do for Kids (and Adults) in Grand Rapids, MI.

New England

Connecticut – Parenting Miracles
Boston, Massachusetts – ‎ Maven of Savin’
Manchester, New Hampshire – Common Sense with Money
Western Maine – Bubblegum and Lollipops


Erie, Pennsylvania – Growing Kids Ministry
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – Somewhat Crunchy
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Family Balance Sheet
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York – Coupons, Deals and More
New Jersey – Oh! Diane


Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Indoor Garden Musings
Mansfield, Ohio – Live the Adventure
Cincinnati, Ohio – Savings Lifestyle~Cincinnati
Mount Vernon, Ohio – Living Better One Day at a Time
Dayton, Ohio – Savings Lifestyle~Dayton
Metro Detroit, Michigan – “Cents”able Momma
Oakland County, Michigan – Bargain Shopper Mom
Warren, Michigan – Saving Dollars and Sense
Grand Forks, North Dakota – Frugal Front Porch
Indianapolis, Indiana – Bargain Briana
South Bend, Indiana – Excuse The Mess
Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri – Kansas City Mamas
St. Louis, Missouri – The Pickledpigsfeet
Branson, Missouri – Getting Freedom from Debt
Springfield, Missouri – I Think I Can
Rochester, Minnesota – Everyday Notions
York, Nebraska – Heavenly Homemakers
Omaha, Nebraska – Mom Endeavors
Madison, Wisconsin – Many Little Blessings
Oshkosh, Wisconsin – A Little Bit of This and That
Chicago, Illinois – Chicagoland Homeschool Network
Champaign, Illinois – Chambanamoms
Black Hills, South Dakota – Little House on the Prairie Living

South Central

Checotah, Oklahoma – Blessed With One Income
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Gadsden, Alabama – Aint Mimi
Dallas, Texas – Funky Faith Girl
Dallas, Texas – Grocery Shop For FREE
East Dallas, Texas – Surviving The Stores
Fort Worth, Texas – Smockity Frocks
Austin, Texas – Stetted
Houston, Texas – Moms Travel Tales
McKinney, Texas – Wisdom Begun
East Texas – The Full Pantry
Murfreesboro, Tennessee – Life in a Barn
Nashville, Tennessee – The Country Chic Cottage
Mobile, Alabama – A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
Birmingham, Alabama – iGoBOGO
Brunswick & the Golden Isles, Georgia – Teri Lynne Underwood
Alpharetta, Georgia – Cuponeando
Atlanta, Georgia – See Jamie Blog
Augusta, Georgia – Hyperactive Lu
Athens, Georgia and Mississippi – Tractors and Tire Swings
Little Rock, Arkansas – It’s Real Life

South Atlantic

Ft. Bragg, North Carolina – Military Wives Saving
Charlotte, North Carolina – The Carolina Clipper
Charleston, South Carolina – The Tween & Me
Greensboro, North Carolina – Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Jacksonville, Florida – Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida – Orlando’s Best Deals
Virginia Beach, Virginia – The Singley Fam Blog
Richmond, Virginia – Daily Dwelling
Hampton Roads, Virginia – A Home Made by Kiki
Charlottesville, Virginia – How to Have it All
Blackwater Falls State Park/Davis, West Virginia – Holy Spirit Led Homeschooling
Treasure Coast, Florida – The Cardamom’s Pod
Saint Augustine, Florida – Jypsie Visions
Lake Norman, North Carolina – Stretching Pennies Saving Dollars
Washington, DC – The WiC Project
Baltimore, Maryland – The Happy Housewife
Brunswick & the Golden Isles, Georgia – Teri Lynne Underwood


Tucson, Arizona – Saving with Pam
Phoenix, Arizona – Mom Endeavors
Albuquerque, New Mexico – The Chou Life
Kalispell, Montana – Our Family Adventures
Salt Lake City, Utah – Just the 2 of Us
Thermopolis, Wyoming – The McDonald Family
Denver, Colorado – Denver Bargains
Colorado Springs, Colorado – Colorado Springs Bargains


San Diego, California – Life As Mom
Yosemite National Park, California -Handbook of Nature Study
Seattle, Washington – Queen Bee Coupons & Savings
Whidbey Island, Washington – Manning the Homefront
Olympia, Washington The Coupon Savant
Portland, Oregon – Frugal Living NW
Willamette Valley, Oregon – An Oregon Cottage

Frugal Vacation Tips

Vacation or Stay-cation: Eating without Busting the Budget – Eat at Home

For camping tips on how to survive in the woods with young children (you can take even infants out in the backwoods!) and real food recipes so you don’t feel trapped by hot dogs and s’mores, check out my Family Camping Handbook, $1 off this week in honor of the Staycation series! (Use the code STAYCATION.)

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9 Bites of Conversation So Far

  1. Cathy says

    I will definitely bookmark this. My husband travels around the country to smaller cities, and we occasionally join him and need to find kid-friendly (and cheap) things to do.

  2. Liz says

    The link that brought me to this page said all 50 states, but there aren’t listings for Idaho (where I am!) or Nevada or Hawaii. :(

    • Katie says

      Aw, shoot! I never checked to see if they were ALL covered, just sort of assumed. Bummer! Time to start a blog and share what you know… 😉 Katie

  3. Liz says

    Ah well. I have a blog, but I’ve lost the motivation to update it. So I don’t post the link anymore. :)

    At least there are lots of other ideas in case we travel! Thanks for posting!

  4. Tonya says

    The #1 “staycation” for Michiganders is our native, NE lower peninsula, if you ask me. Safe, beautiful, not crowded with tourists, inexpensive lodging.

    • Katie says

      Totally true, but still costs $50-100 in gas money nowadays to get up there from GR. :( We’ll be heading up 3 of the next 4 weeks anyway! :) Katie

  5. says

    Thank you so much for this Katie!!!!! I am saving bookmarking this resource and will be referring to it quite often.

    I will of course be boomarking the GR specific blog post too!!

    It gives me some ideas for primal meetups. You should join the group by the way… 😉

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