10BEST: Free (or cheap) ex­pe­ri­ences

Who says travel has to cost a for­tune? Some of the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences can be had for lit­tle to noth­ing, says Jes­sica Cole, ed­i­tor of the new book

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL - Sev­eral boat­ing clubs offer free rides on wa­ter­ways around New York for a unique look at the city. It may be hard to be at the Satur­day Mar­ket in Port­land, Ore., with­out spend­ing money. But at least go­ing there is free.

SLOW ROLL DETROIT

It costs just $10 to join this weekly Mon­day evening mass bi­cy­cle ride around Mo­tor City. “It’s a slow, safe ride and a nice way to see a city. You’ll see some­thing new and you might meet some­one new,” Cole says. The fee cov­ers reg­is­tra­tion and rides for a year, but the ride is free be­yond that. slowroll.bike

MARDI GRAS NEW ORLEANS

The na­tion’s wildest party doesn’t cost a cent. In the month lead­ing up to Fat Tues­day, pa­rades wind their way through many city neigh­bor­hoods, and nearly all are fam­ily-friendly. “It’s on many peo­ple’s top to-do list. It’s amaz­ing when you think about it: The whole spec­ta­cle is free,” Cole says. Gonola.com

SATUR­DAY MAR­KET PORT­LAND, ORE.

While shop­ping isn’t free at Port­land’s 43-year-old weekly mar­ket, you can still have a won­der­ful time with­out spend­ing a dime. “There’s loads to see and plenty go­ing on. There are buskers and great peo­ple-watch­ing,” Cole says. Ex­pect to find hand­made items, along with plenty of food. The venue calls it­self the largest con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing open-air arts and crafts mar­ket in the coun­try. port­land­sat­ur­day­mar­ket.com

GETTY CEN­TER LOS AN­GE­LES

The bil­lion-dol­lar mu­seum of­fers much more than art. “You’ve got amaz­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and nat­u­ral gar­dens that change along with the sea­son, and you’ve got amaz­ing views all the way across the L.A. basin,” Cole says. And the price? Free. Vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing by car, though, do have to pay for park­ing, which costs up to $15. getty.edu

BON­NIE FROGMA

PORT­LAND ORE­GON VIS­I­TORS AS­SO­CI­A­TION

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