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Best Affordable Family Vacations

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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 destroy 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.

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Yellowstone

#1 in Best Affordable Family Vacations

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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Grand Canyon

#2 in Best Affordable Family Vacations

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 and campsites well in advance; the area is crowded in the spring and summer. Read More

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Yosemite

#3 in Best Affordable Family Vacations

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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Washington D.C.

#4 in Best Affordable Family Vacations

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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Outer Banks

#5 in Best Affordable Family Vacations

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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Myrtle Beach

#6 in Best Affordable Family Vacations

Why go: The beach's calm waters and plenty of room to sprawl out makes this coastal South Carolina city a hit with parents and kids. There are plenty of other family-friendly attractions here too, including amusement and water parks, mini-golf courses and baseball games. Read More

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Destin

#7 in Best Affordable Family Vacations

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

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Williamsburg

#8 in Best Affordable Family Vacations

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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