Over the past several months, we’ve talked a lot about the silver lining in this gray recession cloud. That is, all the great travel deals that are out there. For the summer, we’re seeing airfare that has dropped more than 17 percent over last year and hotel rates that have declined a good 13 percent.
But, there’s more to the silver lining than just deals. Travelers are getting back to the basics, seeking to experience the world on a budget and taking the time to explore their own backyards. For many, that means hitting the road.
Take a look at the map below for road trip inspiration from your hometown. We’ve highlighted the cities that have the best average hotel rates on the continent and found some local-recommended festivals that are worth checking out and will help to keep you on budget.