Road trips are a fun and usually inexpensive way to travel, which is why so many college students choose to go on road trips for a holiday or during spring break. College students are estimated to spend between $1,050-1,800 a year on transportation and travel costs. If you're interested in going on a road trip, these are some of the best affordable destinations for students these days.

Havasu Falls

If you're thinking about traveling to an underrated destination, make it Havasu Falls. This place, located in a remote part of the Grand Canyon, is an amazing inexpensive destination. You can only access the falls by going on a 10-mile hike, so make sure to pack properly and wear the right footwear. While staying in the Grand Canyon can be a bit pricey, it's a fun and inexpensive trip to these falls. The entry fee to the park is fairly low, and you can camp overnight for a low fee. This is a great reason to consider these falls for your road trip.

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

If you want to see more of the southern states, the Smoky Mountains are the place to go. For those who want to switch up things, pack up your bags and travel through the mountains to experience these beautiful sites. The mountains are especially lovely in the fall, so they're a great destination for fall months with the scenery and foliage. Consider renting an inexpensive cabin with your friends or camping to save money. Just a word of caution though. You'll want to make sure that your car is in good condition. Many of the roads are narrow and steep. Regardless of whether you have a manual or automatic transmission, you'll want to make sure that your car is in good enough shape to make the trip.

New Orleans

New Orleans is full of iconic bars, local musicians, and interesting cuisine. There's plenty to see and enjoy without breaking the bank. In February, students flock here to enjoy Mardi Gras, but there's always something else to enjoy. Prices on some things can be expensive, but you can save money by booking ahead of time. For example, the Astor Crowne Plaza has luxury rooms that are amazingly budget-friendly. Make it a fun trip for spring break and take your time traveling down to the area. The food and other sites are inexpensive so it's an overall economic trip.

These are some of the best spots to check out the next time you end up with some free time. Remember that regardless of where you travel, you'll find that road trips are a fun and typically inexpensive way to spend your breaks or holidays. College is a great time to take a road trip, so make sure that you plan at least one of these adventures. Go with your friends and you'll be sure to have a great time.