Bethany Beach, Del.: Bethany is a quaint beach town that offers miles of sand-laden beaches and a boardwalk lined with surf shops, clothing stores, restaurants, bars and people. There’s a bandstand on the boardwalk where musical acts appear Friday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss Movies on the Beach in nearby Ocean City, Md., every Monday and Friday evening through Aug. 14.

Fee-Free National Park Weekend: The National Park Service is feeling kind this summer and offering fee-free weekends at your choice of over 100 of our beautiful national parks. The next one is Aug. 15 through 16. Take advantage of this amazing deal (!

Museums in Washington, D.C.:
Visiting the vast number of museums in our nation’s capital can provide fun and exciting learning experiences that are free!

The museums in D.C. are some of the best in the entire country, and you can choose from more than 40, all located in a short walking distance or metro ride from each other. While you’re there, take a free tour of our new President’s house and check out the monuments as you eat a picnic lunch out on the National Mall.

Santa Monica, Calif.:
Several Santa Monica hotels are participating in the Sun, Sea, Save promotion ( By booking two nights at one of the 24 participating hotels, you get a third night free as well as a vacation package, including a variety of free attraction passes, i.e. a free ride on the carousel and Ferris wheel, Big Blue Bus day pass and free bike rentals.

Wine Tasting, Napa Valley and Sonoma: One of the best parts about visiting wineries is that many of them let you taste their wine for free! Just make sure you appoint a designated driver.