Best Cheap Summer Vacations

With kids out for summer recess, more travelers are packing their bags and getting out of town. That means fewer hotels and airlines are desperate for your business. And given the economy's fickle nature, destinations that were bargains last year may not be so now. U.S. News used expert insight along with an assessment of affordability and traveler appeal to bring you our list of the best summer vacations to take on the cheap. We need your vote to help us determine next year's ranking, so please choose your favorite destination from the list below.

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Why go: A one-time fee ensures entry into Yellowstone National Park for seven days. That's plenty of time to take advantage of the best of the park's majesty, including Old Faithful or the Mammoth Hot Springs. Save on lodging by taking advantage of Yellowstone's campground facilities. Read More»

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Why go: This Caribbean metropolis makes for quite the urban adventure. There's no shortage of art and culture at the Alcázar de Colón and the Malecón. And with numerous attractions and affordable hotels, you're bound to leave with your savings intact. Read More»

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Why go: With its brazen Southern charm, this affordable Mississippi retreat offers beach access at a low cost. That is, if you don't gamble your savings at the Beau Rivage Casino. You can also spend your time touring Biloxi's cultural sites, like the Beauvoir, the Biloxi Lighthouse and the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. Read More»

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Why go: Lisbon stands as one of the most affordable European destinations at any time of year. But in the summertime, Lisbon hotels are more likely to offer deals to those willing to forgo seaside accommodations in Cascais and Estoril. Even five-star accommodations in action-packed Belém or Alfama could cost less than $100 a night. Read More»

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Why go: Like the Caribbean, Fort Lauderdale and other Florida beach towns are more popular during the winter and spring. So you can really luck out on airfare and hotel rates if you visit for a summer vacation. And with more beach than beach bums, you won't have to fight for a prime location. Read More»

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Why go: Ancient ruins, magnificent beaches, scenic hikes — take your pick or check out all of the above. July and August are the busiest months on the island, but there are also lots of early booking bonuses on package deals. Visiting at the tail end of summer for the best deals. Read More»

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Why go: Toronto has all the buzz of an urban setting for a slightly lower price than that of New York City. Summer's real draw to Toronto comes in the form of cultural events (like the Shaw and Stratford festivals), near-perfect weather and plenty of things to do outside.  Read More»

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Why go: Summertime is the most popular — and most expensive — time to visit Myrtle Beach. But you can save considerably if you find a place to stay off the main stretch of sand. Ditch the Grand Strand area in favor of a campsite or rental cottage, or consider one of the stay-and-golf deals offered by major hotel chains. Read More»

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