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. Regardless, here are some great places you can visit this summer without busting your budget.

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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. Consider saving 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. The Alcázar de Colón enchants art aficionados, while the Malecón allures night-owls with its late-night merengue dancing. And with numerous attractions and affordable hotels, you're bound to leave with your savings intact. 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 because urbanites instead choose to splurge on 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: With its brazen Southern charm, this affordable Mississippi retreat makes for an excellent summer getaway. That is, if you don't gamble your savings at the Beau Rivage Casino. Culture hounds will enjoy touring the Beauvoir and the Biloxi Lighthouse, while art enthusiasts will happily peruse the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. 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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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. Laid-back Fort Lauderdale has an up-and-coming dining scene along Las Olas Boulevard and more beach than beach bums during the summer. 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. Consider visiting toward the tail end of summer, when tourist crowds start to wane. Read More»

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