Summer bucket list on a budget

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This summer, students will be looking for all kinds of ways to beat the heat while still saving money. Living in the DMV… International trips can be pricey, but luckily for students there is an abundance of affordable activities located nearby to help make summer entertaining. Here are just a few options!


Day trip:

While the DMV has plenty to do, students could also take a trip up to New York City for the day. Buses can be cheap, starting at $15, and the Big Apple opens a whole new state of possibilities. From catching a show at Madison Square Garden to walking around Central Park, there are limitless opportunities (and great pizza as well!).


Take a hike:

For the more adventurous people, there are several hiking grounds located less than an hour away. In Potomac, the Billy Goat Trail has three different sections, meaning there’s something for everybody. Grab some friends, bring some water and enjoy the outdoors, all for free!


Urban adventures:

Right on the mall there is a plethora of amazing museums ranging from science to art to history. The Smithsonian museums are right in your backyard, and they’re free to visit. For transportation, there’s a metro stop right on the National Mall, making the museums very accessible.


Hit the beach:

Rehoboth, Bethany and Dewey beaches are all less than three hours away but are packed with fun-filled activities. One such activity is Funland at Rehoboth Beach. From the rides to the arcade games, kids of all ages can find something they’ll love.


Grab some wheels:

This area is full of amazing bike trails, most students haven’t explored. The Capital Crescent Trail is a straight shot to Georgetown. The Bethesda Trolly Trail is another fun ride just minutes away. With a little research on a route and plenty of water, biking could make an amazing day.