When the tell-tale signs of spring first blossom each year, your thoughts may naturally turn to spring cleaning and making plans to vacation once summer arrives. But, spring can actually be the ideal time to take a trip with your family, especially if you want to save money and enjoy weather that isn’t too hot and locations that aren’t too crowded. Here are some spring trips you can take, even if you’re on a budget.

Local Beaches or the Coast

Whether you live near the shore or are a road trip away, a spring beach excursion can be a delightful, inexpensive vacation. Peak season hasn’t started yet in most areas, so hotel rooms and houses for rent are still relatively cheaper than they are during summer. Myrtle Beach on the East Coast is a great destination — with plenty to do for the whole family. If you’re on the West Coast, consider Pacific Grove in California.

Caribbean Vacations

If you’re able to spend a little more, a spring trip to Mexico, Aruba or the Dominican Republic is a good bet, especially if you stay at an all-inclusive resort. This helps to keep costs down and gives you everything you need in one location. Check travel sites for special deals, and you can save even more.

The Smoky Mountains

A mountain getaway in the spring is a beautiful thing. The Smoky Mountains nestled along the border between North Carolina and Tennessee offer a wide range of affordable places to stay, and you can spend your days hiking, exploring, fishing in mountain rivers and visiting local destinations that typically cost very little to enjoy. North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains also offer plenty to do.

Staycation

Your own hometown is likely full of sites and locations that you’ve never been to but always wanted to visit, and a spring staycation is the perfect way to remedy that. Visit your local art museum, gawk at the animals at the community zoo, camp in a nearby park and visit historical sites to learn more about your neighborhood. Put the activities on an itinerary, and make it a real vacation.

For more spring trips you can take while on a budget, look up travel deals in your spare time throughout the year. You’ll often find package deals for hotels that include breakfasts and other amenities that can help you save money.