To see a cheetah bound across the Serengeti savanna; to spy a lioness begin her stealthy attack on a grazing herd of gazelle; to gaze at the silhouettes of a giraffe and an acacia tree at sunset—these are the allures of an African safari. There's adventure, unrivaled beauty, and just a bit of danger to keep the adrenalin pumping.

But if Africa isn't in your budget, don't worry: Your dream of going on a safari can be accomplished much closer to home. In fact, we've discovered eight safari tours right here in the United States that offer visitors close-ups of everything from giraffes to cheetahs—for a fraction of the price of a proper African safari. These stateside safaris will give you all of the adventure and cute animals you could ask for, but they'll also save you some serious greenbacks. So, go on: Grab your binoculars and cameras, your khaki pants and belted bush jackets, and head to an out-of-Africa safari.

In Pictures: America's Best Safaris

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