Be a tourist in your own area!! Get brochures and plan your adventure as you would one five states away.
County fairs, rodeos, art fairs, hiking, fishing and camping in the state parks near you are all good vacations. Shakespeare or ballet or concerts in a local park are usually free or at a much reduced price than in a venue. Amusement parks and water parks are always a fun thing to do. Have you ever been to a horse show? Check and see if there are any locally. Auto races are fun if you like LOUD. History buffs should check and see if there are any small local places—it is amazing the stories that can be learned. And don’t forget your local zoos. Supporting your local zoos helps them to build and grow. Look for upcoming activities and go then or, if you prefer to go during less crowded times, like we do, go on a week day.
Much as my family loves hotels, in my mind there is no place like home and my own sheets and pillows. Saving on travel and lodging could allow you to try a fancier restaurant than you would normally go to.
Vacationing near home works for me.