Top Five Travel with Henry Lake: $100 weekends

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July 11, 2019 - 8:07 am
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Almost everyone says that they’d love to travel more, but often the cost of airfare, hotels, activities and dining out get in the way. It’s true that travel can be expensive but with a little creativity and planning, you can get away for less. This week’s top five is an extreme example of that. Here are five weekend trips you can do with a friend for $100. It’s a stretch…but here we go.  

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Staycation

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This one is the easiest. You might even say it’s cheating but you can definitely do a staycation in the metro for $100. First off there are many free things to do like Como Zoo, Minneapolis' Movies in the Park or exploring a new side of town. Find a bar or coffee shop you’ve never been to and look around for local happy hours. Because you won’t need to pay for lodging, you’ll still have enough cash to take in a movie, rent a canoe or go out for ice cream. Just make sure you hide your to-do list so you don’t get sucked into “work” during your local vacation. 

State Park Camper Cabins 

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Twenty-seven state parks across Minnesota offer rustic, one-room cabins that are perfect for an adventurous but comfortable trip. To stay on budget, this will be a one-night stay costing $70 for one of these simple but comfortable cabins. That leaves enough for food including burgers or brats you can cook over the fire pit the cabins are equipped with. Then spend the weekend exploring trails, lakes, wildlife and more at one of Minnesota’s beautiful state parks.  

Rochester 

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This will be another one-night adventure, but Rochester has plenty of hotel space and if there’s not an event in town, you can typically find decent rooms for $60 a night including breakfast. Cover lunch with a trip to the grocery store and you should have enough for a burger or pizza out on the town. Then spend your weekend exploring free attractions like a walk at Silver Lake, a visit to Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial or a picnic at Quarry Hill Nature Center. Rochester is only 90 minutes from the metro and a great spot for a quick budget trip. 

Wisconsin Dells

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Wisconsin Dells, aka the water park capital of the world, is a great summer spot for families and adults alike. If you’re looking for a deal, Mt. Olympus is the move! This huge resort offers a large variety of housing options ranging from already set up tents to family rooms that can sleep 8. To stay under $100 you’d be looking at a single night in a tent, cabin or simple room. The kicker here is that you get free passes to their waterpark and theme park for the day you arrive and the day you check out. That means water slides, go karts and roller coasters on back to back days, all for $30-$80. Use the rest of your cash for groceries and enjoy a whirlwind weekend. 

Camping 

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This one might seem obvious, but yes you can do a full weekend of camping for $100. Figure $50 for two nights at a campsite and spend the rest on groceries and a stop at Dairy Queen. The great part of this plan is you can do this anywhere. State parks and forests alone offer over six thousand campsites throughout Minnesota and that’s not counting county, city and private campgrounds. If you’re willing to wake up in a tent you can do a lot of adventuring on a small budget. 

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