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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

American Southwest Money-Saving Tips

Mind Your Camera

Be respectful when photographing Native American sites such as the Taos Pueblo and the Acoma Pueblo. You may be required to pay a camera fee at the gate if you want to take photos, and always ask before taking an individual's picture. 

Drink Up

Stay hydrated and carry plenty of water with you at all times, including in your rental car. The sun can get extremely hot and it’s wise to be prepared in case of emergencies.

Protect Yourself

Year-round, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are a must-have while under the Southwestern sun.

Changes in Altitude

In the Southwest, you may find the elevation changing rapidly as you tour one site to the next. The thin air in higher altitudes such as Bryce Canyon may require some acclimatization. Remember to drink plenty of water and rest if you feel dizzy.

Buy a National Park Pass

If you plan to visit more than three national parks and/or monuments, this pass is highly recommended. Purchase one of the different pass options offered by the National Park Service to save time and money on a road trip around the Southwest.

Car Rental

Renting a car is highly recommended in the Southwest, especially if you plan on visiting the national parks. The typicall car rental companies such as Alamo, Enterprise, and Thrifty can be found at the airports. Alternatively, travel more luxuriously in one of the vintage convertibles offered by Phoenix Airport’s Beverly Hills Rent-A-Car. (

Watch the Gas Gauge

There's often a considerable distance between towns with filling stations on Southwestern highways. Check your map before seting out and keep your eye on the gas gauge to ensure that you don’t end up stranded.

Temperature Changes

Subject to a typical desert climate, daytime and nighttime temperatures in the higher elevations of the Southwest can vary drastically. Always pack a jacket, even in the summer.

Watch the Skies

If you’re hiking, stay mindful of the skies as summer thunderstorms can approach quickly and can cause dangerous flash floods.

Meals on Wheels in Austin

Check out the collection of food trucks on South Congress Street in Austin, Texas for some one-of-a-kind eats that won't cost you more than a few bucks. From tacos to dessert, you can fill up  before a walk along this strip of local hangouts, vintage stores, and inexpensive Texas treasures.

Austin Museum Thursdays

Visit The University of Texas at Austin's Blanton Museum of Art on Thursdays for free admission to explore the modest collection of American and contemporary art with everything from Western paintings to Pop art.

Free Yoga in Austin

Calling all early birds in Austin, Texas. Take advantage of free yoga at the Cherrywood Coffeehouse, offered Monday to Friday mornings at 8 a.m. All levels of experience are welcome.

Scope Out Shuttle Services to Cowboys Stadium

To skip the hefty parking fees at Cowboys Stadium (on-site spots cost as much as $75 and even distant public lots get away with charging $40), and consider booking a shuttle with one of several area restaurants. J.Gilligan’s ( runs round-trip shuttles for less than $10 and many of the hotels offer this perk as well. 

Pick up a Cowboys Stadium Party Pass

The Cowboys Stadium has seats for some 80,000 fans, but tickets aren't cheap. For the budget-minded who plan to stand, purchase a Party Pass. This ticket doesn't provide a seat, but allows fans to move about the decks and open spaces in the main concourses.

Make a Day Trip Outside Las Vegas

Though the majority of vacationers flock to Las Vegas for its gambling, shows, and nightlife, heading beyond the city limits to attractions like the Hoover Dam, the Lake Mead Recreational Area, and hiking the Red Rocks is a great way to take a breather from Vegas' high prices. 

Embrace the Phoenix Heat

Summer may bring sweltering temperatures to Phoenix, but it's also the best time to score deals. Travelers can often find a room at high-end resorts for under $200 per night, and discounts abound for dining and greens fees.

Cheap Flights to Phoenix

Phoenix is a hub for Southwest Airlines, the popular low-cost carrier. With routes to most major cities across the U.S. and no baggage fees, it's a smart choice for getting to the Phoenix area.

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