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Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

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The United States is home to a wide range of vacation spots that offer plenty of things to do at reasonable prices. U.S. News, with the help of expert opinion and user votes, ranked the best value vacations America has to offer. Use this list to help pick your next affordable domestic destination, and don't forget to vote for your choice getaway below to help shape next year's list. See photos of free activities in these destinations »

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Yellowstone

#1 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Yellowstone is home to breathtaking natural attractions for visitors of all ages. With miles of hiking and skiing paths, erupting hot springs and belching mud pools, adventure-seekers agree that the entrance fee is a small price to pay for a visit to America's oldest national park. Read More

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Yosemite

#2 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: With plenty of natural attractions and low-price camping areas, Yosemite offers refuge for those looking to escape their hectic urban lives. Plus, access to extensive hiking trails is available for a small entrance fee, and travelers can avoid high hotel rates by simply packing a tent. Read More

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Washington D.C.

#3 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Although accommodation prices are not always budget-friendly, visitors can offset the cost by spending their days perusing the dozens of free Smithsonian museums, sightseeing along the National Mall and wandering around the (free) National Zoo. Read More

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New Orleans

#4 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: New Orleans offers visitors a culturally rich getaway with rates that are much tamer than the city's reputation. Budget hotels are housed in historical buildings and eateries serve spicy portions of Cajun cuisine at reasonable prices. Just avoid Mardi Gras if you're not looking to splurge. Read More

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Charleston

#5 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Historical mansions and gas-lamp lit streets draw travelers looking for Southern-style indulgence. But Charleston's increasing popularity has been driving up hotel and restaurant prices in recent years. Snag the best deals by planning a winter trip. Read More

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Savannah

#6 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Low prices are just one of the many perks of planning a trip to this city, not to mention picturesque architecture and restaurants dishing out hearty portions of Southern fare. With budget-friendly room rates, there's no excuse not to stay a few extra nights. Read More

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Nashville

#7 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Known for offering some of the lowest hotel prices in the South – not to mention some of the most satisfying barbecue and best live music in the country – Nashville allows bargain hunters a laid-back getaway without sacrificing on down-home fun. Read More

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San Antonio

#8 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Home to the legendary Alamo and River Walk, San Antonio is constantly buzzing with things to do. While hotels and restaurants in the heart of the city will charge a pretty penny for their convenient location, you can save in neighborhoods like King William and Alamo Heights. Read More

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Key West

#9 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: The southernmost island in the Florida Keys offers relaxation, quirky attractions and a lively restaurant and bar scene – all within a 7-mile stretch. Book early if you want to visit in the popular winter and spring seasons. Read More

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Adirondacks

#10 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: You don't have to worry about overstepping your price limit on a visit to the Adirondacks. Campgrounds are extremely affordable and the hiking trails are completely free to explore. For even cheaper lodging prices, come during the autumn shoulder season. Read More

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Seattle

#11 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: There are plenty of fun (and affordable) ways to explore the Emerald City. Caffeinate at the world's first Starbucks, peruse the Pike Place Market or stretch your legs on the trails in the Olympic Mountains. If you don't mind the cold, you can find some great hotel deals during the winter. Read More

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Portland, OR

#12 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Known for its craft breweries, hip boutiques and gourmet, affordable street food, Portland is a prime destination for those seeking a culturally rich but wallet-friendly destination. Plus, many of its parks, gardens and other top attractions are free. Read More

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Myrtle Beach

#13 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Home to numerous golf courses and kid-friendly attractions, Myrtle Beach's affordable rates make it an enjoyable summer option for the whole family. Take advantage of the stay-and-golf deals offered by many hotels, spend time on the city's public beaches or go shopping at the outlet malls. Read More

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Austin

#14 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Sitting at the heart of the Lone Star State, Austin's outdoor attractions and notorious nightlife draw crowds from all over the country. A wide variety of lodging and dining options make the quirky "Live Music Capital of the World" a great year-round vacation spot.  Read More

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Pittsburgh

#15 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: More and more travelers are flocking to Pittsburgh's expanding dining scene or to join Steeler nation at Heinz Field. While the football ticket will be costly, almost everything else will be reasonably priced. Read More

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Charlottesville

#16 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: The East Coast doesn't have a Napa Valley equivalent, but Charlottesville is hoping to come close. You'll find plenty of wineries and historical attractions, but the best part: Hotels cost a fraction of Napa's exorbitant prices. Read More

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