We’re not going to solve the eternal time vs. money rivalry in this travel section today. Sometimes you can afford a trip but are too busy to take one, other times you’ve got weeks to blow and no scratch in your pocket -- we get ya. What we can do, though, is ask writers across the country to help us untangle half of that equation. Cue Morpheus voice: What if I told you some of the most bangin’ cities in America had days’ worth of great stuff to do absolutely free?
Yes, we’re heavy on outdoor activities here -- parks and beaches are the best zero dollars you can spend in most towns, which is why your parents loved taking you there as a kid. But we’ve also stacked this list with free jazz, free river floats, free Shakespeare, free beer, free wine, free skateparks, free fireworks, a free zoo, free museums. And gobs of food that, while not free, won’t cost more than whatever shrapnel you have clanking around in your change purse. Wait, actually, no, we have a bunch of free food on here, as well. Forget what we said earlier. We’re wizards. If you have even a single day to blow -- and a couch to crash on anywhere on this list -- it’s time to get a move on.