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Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

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The United States is home to a wide range of vacation spots that offer plenty of things to do at reasonable prices. U.S. News, with the help of expert opinion and user votes, ranked the best value vacations America has to offer. Use this list to help pick your next affordable domestic destination, and don't forget to vote for your choice getaway below to help shape next year's list. Take a photo tour of the Best Affordable Destinations in the USA »

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#1 Grand Canyon

#1 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: It doesn't get more affordable than camping, and the views from the North Rim are priceless. Save even more by visiting on one of the National Park Service's free entrance days. Read More »

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#2 San Antonio

#2 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Home to the legendary Alamo and River Walk, San Antonio is constantly buzzing with things to do. While hotels and restaurants in the heart of the city will charge a pretty penny for their convenient location, room rates here are still cheaper than other Texas travel destinations. Read More »

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#3 Las Vegas

#3 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: If you can stay away from the casino floor, Las Vegas doesn't have to cost a fortune. Although Vegas is known as a weekend getaway, if you can plan a midweek trip you can save with discounted hotel rates. Plus, many top attractions, such as the Bellagio Fountains, are free to see. Read More »

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#4 Tucson

#4 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Due to its warm weather year-round, Tucson is ideal for a winter escape. Drive along the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway to diverse vegetation along the Santa Catalina Range or take in the 18th-century architecture at the Mission San Xavier del Bac. Read More »

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#5 Albuquerque

#5 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Visit Albuquerque for one of its many annual festivals, including the popular International Balloon Fiesta. If you can stand the heat, you'll find even deeper discounts in the summer. Read More »

Mass Ascension
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#6 Memphis

#6 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Immerse yourself in musical history in Memphis. Visit Elvis Presley's kingdom at Graceland, tour the birthplace of rock 'n' roll at Sun Studio and groove to the live music along Beale Street. Read More »

Beale Street
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#7 Williamsburg

#7 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: This Virginia town is both affordable and educational. Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg and then head to the Williamsburg Premium Outlets for a discounted shopping spree. Read More »

Colonial Williamsburg
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#8 Salt Lake City

#8 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: With average hotel prices hovering at less than $150 per night, an inexpensive trip to Salt Lake City is possible year-round. Save money on activities by participating in free events in Temple Square. Read More »

Red Temple
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#9 Phoenix

#9 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: While hitting the golf course could rack up hefty green fees, Phoenix is a great home base for exploring attractions throughout the Southwest, including Camelback Mountain.   Read More »

Chihuly at the Desert Botanical Garden
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#10 Gatlinburg

#10 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: It's all about the outdoors in this Tennessee town. Home to three entrances to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg shines in the fall when the leaves change colors. Read More »

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#11 Jacksonville

#11 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: This Florida city offers easy access to multiple nearby beaches, as well as popular attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo. Travel in the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) to avoid price hikes in the summer months Read More »

Jacksonville Skyline and Water Taxi
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#12 Dallas – Fort Worth

#12 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Everything really is bigger in this part of Texas, from the number of hotel rooms (more than 30,000) to the 35-block Sundance Square in Fort Worth. Plus, popular sites, such as the Kimbell Art Museum, are free to enjoy and you can chow down on budget-friendly barbecue. Read More »

Texas Star Ferris Wheel in Dallas' Fair Park
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#13 Raleigh

#13 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: You'll can take advantage of free admission at most museums in North Carolina's capital as well as access to public green spaces such as Pullen Park and the Neuse River Trail. What's more, you'll find distinct barbecue at cheap prices. Read More »

Pullen Park
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#14 Daytona

#14 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: This infamous spring break destination offers deals for families and NASCAR fans who visit during the summer. Save money by booking accommodations away from the shore. Read More »

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#15 Branson

#15 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Families have been drawn to this Missouri town for decades because of its eccentric attractions (like a replica of Titanic) and affordable accommodations. Read More »

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#16 Oklahoma City

#16 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: Oklahoma City has gained notoriety in recent years because of its basketball team, but the city also offers a variety of museums and memorials, including one to the victims of the 1995 bombing. Budget-friendly room rates are easy to find, too. Read More »

Verdant Myriad Gardens
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#17 Biloxi

#17 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA

Why go: This Gulf Coast retreat is home to plenty of beaches and affordable attractions, such as the Biloxi Lighthouse. Just try to avoid the casinos – your wallet will thank you later.  Read More »

Beach Time
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