Slideshow: 5 Affordable Places to Hide from Summer Crowds

AAA predicted that 2014 will be the busiest summer travel season in recent years, despite increased airfare and hotel costs. While it's difficult to avoid your fellow vacationers entirely, certain destinations are less congested (and more affordable) than others. To help you decide where to escape to this summer, U.S. News caught up with Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor of Orbitz.com. She gave us the scoop on when to travel this summer — early August is your best bet — and where you can avoid the crowds.

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