10 surprisingly affordable vacation destinations in the US

Jan. 12, 2018

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Looking for a summer trip that doesn’t break the bank? Turns out there are lots of great options right here in the U.S.

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In 2017, Wallethub compared 80 U.S. cities and made a list of the best summer spots, taking into account factors like affordability and local attractions.

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Here are 10 of those top cities for a summer getaway.

10. New York, New York

A trip to NYC has lots to offer: food, theater, parks and museums. Stay outside of touristy spots to save money and take a free walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!

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9. Sacramento, California

California’s capital city has great weather, historic sites and lots of budget hotel options — not to mention Chando’s Tacos and burgers at In-N-Out.

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8. Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas

The Dallas-Fort Worth area offers lots of places to stay and plenty of fun (and free) things to do, like the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

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7. Houston, Texas

Yet another Texas city on the list, Houston has barbecue, Space Center Houston and lots of hotel and B&B options for travelers.

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6. Atlanta, Georgia

Looking for southern food and zombie walking tours? Atlanta’s got both — not to mention the King Center, which houses the collections of Martin Luther King Jr.

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5. San Diego, California

Known for amazing weather and an equally amazing zoo, San Diego is a perpetual vacation destination. Don’t skip the city’s Old Town area.

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4. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago may be chilly in the winter, but in the summer it’s a great vacation spot, with art museums, the Pitchfork Music Festival in July and deep-dish pizza.

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3. Orlando, Florida

It may be known for theme parks, but there’s lots to do in addition to Disney and Universal — like restaurants, boat rides and kayaking.

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2. Los Angeles, California

The home of Hollywood has a lot to offer budget travelers, from hiking to the Griffith Observatory to hot dogs at Pink’s.

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1. Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas has endless activities for tourists, from casinos to spas to indoor skydiving. There are also shows, all-you-can-eat buffets and a nearby national park.

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