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Best Budget Vacation Destinations
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Your vacation tab can add up quickly once you factor in travel, accommodations, dining, and entertainment. But being tight on cash doesn't mean you need to forgo a vacation entirely – just stick a little closer to home. Check out our

Your vacation tab can add up quickly once you factor in travel, accommodations, dining, and entertainment. But being tight on cash doesn't mean you need to forgo a vacation entirely – just stick a little closer to home. Check out our editors' top picks for wallet-saving vacations in the US. 

When choosing a destination in the United States, think about how much it will cost to get there, but also how much you’ll spend getting around once you arrive. It may be less expensive to fly to a pedestrian-friendly city and avoid the cost of gas and parking. Nashville, New Orleans, and Seattle top our list.

If your favorite part of traveling is the food, there's no need to deprive yourself because you’re on a budget. Make lunch reservations instead of dinner, when many of the same items will be available at a lower price. You can also choose a well-known eatery with a take-out counter or walk-up window, then enjoy a picnic in a nearby park. If you rent an apartment during your stay, cook a few meals to balance out a splurge.

Lodging often blows your vacation budget, but it doesn’t have to put a trip out of reach. You can always opt for a cabin or another low-cost option, putting you close to such sights as the Adirondacks, Blue Ridge Parkway, Grand Canyon, or Arches National Park.

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