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Best Affordable Family Vacations

Taking the family on vacation is all about making memories. Finding a destination that has multigenerational attractions as well as dining and lodging options that can accommodate groups can be difficult, and finding one that won't hurt your wallet can be even tougher. Based on traveler feedback, as well as editor analysis, U.S. News compiled a list of affordable, kid-friendly destinations that won't break the bank. Use these rankings to start planning your next trip for the whole gang — but first, vote for your favorite destinations below. See photos of the Best Affordable Family Vacations »

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Why go: Yellowstone's awesome geysers are sure to inspire young children and teenagers, while geothermic wonders like Old Faithful and the Mammoth Hot Springs will captivate visitors of all ages. And don't worry about shelling out a pretty penny for a hotel room — just bring your own tent. Read More»

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Why go: One of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world is also one of the most affordable. For some of the most coveted views of the Grand Canyon, hike the Bright Angel or the Rim trail. Just be sure to reserve hotels well in advance; the area is perpetually crowded in the spring and summer. Read More»

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Why go: For a miniscule entry fee, Yosemite offers extensive access to hiking, camping and even skiing facilities. Meanwhile, the park's 1,200 square miles of towering Sequoias, staggering cliffs and dramatic waterfalls make for some excellent family photo backdrops. Read More»

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Why go: A family trip to Washington, D.C., doesn't have to hurt your bank account. Most museums are free, as are popular monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and the National World War II Memorial. To save on hotel costs, book early or stay in nearby Arlington, Virginia. Read More»

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Why go: The uncrowded beaches are the North Carolina coast's main draw, but there are also plenty of historical sites for families to see, like the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Families can save on discounted lodging if they book a few months in advance. Read More»

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Why go: Families head to Ocean City, Maryland, to enjoy the boardwalk, games, rides and kid-friendly beaches. Though the cost of lodging surges in the summer months, choosing to bed down a bit further from the shoreline can often lead to significant deals. Read More»

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Why go: Colonial Williamsburg offers all the history a family could ever want. And with nearby Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Williamsburg appeals to all of the age groups in tow. The parks can get pricey but accommodations are cheap. Read More»

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Why go: Destin packs in plenty of fun in the sun without leaving a major dent in your wallet. Bring intrepid youngsters to Gator Beach or head to Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park, where mini-golf and water rides abound. Read More»

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