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Activities for Budget-Conscious Groups

Ever planned a group gathering such as a family reunion, weekend get-away with friends, or classmate reunion and needed to cut back on costs? Or helped a friend plan a wedding and needed inexpensive activity ideas for guests? As all trip expenses are taken into consideration, it can be nice to have some budget activity options so everyone can enjoy the trip.

Here are activities each for under $30 (from TripHub) so you can budget accordingly. Some of my favorites (in no particular order):

Elvis Presley's Graceland Tour, Memphis, Tennessee
See Graceland Mansion, the King's planes, cars, and personal memorabilia.

Walking Tour of Ancient and Old Rome, Rome, Italy
A guide takes you to some of Rome's greatest hits: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and more.

Diamond Head Crater Sunrise Adventure, Honolulu, Hawaii
Enjoy an educational, guided walk to the 760-foot summit of Hawaii's most famous crater.

San Francisco Bay Cruise, San Francisco, California
Cruise along the waters for spectacular views of Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz island, and the San Francisco city skyline.

Monuments by Moonlight, Washington, D.C.
Tour the U.S. capital when its famous buildings and monuments are brilliantly lit up. Includes the Capitol, the White House, Iwo Jima, Lincoln and Vietnam Veteran's Memorials, and more.

Elephant Trekking, Phuket, Thailand
Ride through forest areas on an elephant... it's one of those photo ops of a lifetime.

Old Town Trolley Tour, Boston, Massachusetts
Kids go free and you can take your time seeing the many Boston sights. Unlimited hop-on, hop-off trolly rides to Bean Town's most famous sights: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Little Italy area, USS Constitution, and elsewhere.

Also, if your group trip takes you to a greater metropolitan area (or you invite family and friends to visit your home town), nine major U.S. cities offer city passes with deep discounts to popular attractions. The City Pass booklets cost around $50, but save nearly 50% on the combined cost of entrance. Not a bad deal if you want to send your parents off to see the sights, or you want to plan scheduled activity days for wedding guests or as part of a reunion. Or if you're traveling to an event in another city, state or country and want to do a bit of sightseeing on a shoestring.