To save money, try using local transportation instead of taking taxis and renting a car.
“Go during low season,” says Sunlian Feng of Davis, Calif.
“Rent a house with friends,” says Warren Roberts of Bend, Ore. “You can get luxurious homes for less than $50 a person a day.”
“Tent for two nights, hotel for one; repeat,” says Andrea Randall of Boulder Creek, Calif.
“Book rooms that have kitchenettes and fix your own meals,” says Carol Reid of Tualatin, Ore.
“Stay with friends or family,” says Patricia Cousins of Ceres, Calif.
“Abroad, we stay in pensions,” says Joy Woolf of Salt Lake City. “They’re cheaper and more authentic than big hotels.”
“Pack a big cooler and go easy on restaurant food,” says Fred Miller of Greybull, Wyo.
“Look for online, advance purchase, and last-minute discounts,” says Randall Strand of Dublin, Calif.
Illustration by Michael Klein
This article was first published in January 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.