12 Awesome Summer Getaways to Book Now Budget Travelers know it's possible to have an amazing summer vacation without breaking the bank. Here, we've rounded up some awesome alternatives to pricey hot spots plus deals in some of our favorite summer destinatinos. Budget Travel Monday, Jun 22, 2015, 8:00 AM Quiddi Viddi (or Quidi Vidi) Cove in St. Johns, Newfoundland. (Heather Rushton/Dreamstime) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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12 Awesome Summer Getaways to Book Now

Budget Travelers know it's possible to have an amazing summer vacation without breaking the bank. Here, we've rounded up some awesome alternatives to pricey hot spots plus deals in some of our favorite summer destinatinos.

  • Quiddi Viddi, Cove, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
  • St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Peggys Point Lighthouse, sunset, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • The Taos, native pueblo, Taos, New Mexico
  • The Taos, native pueblo, St.Jerome church, New Mexico
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris, France Eiffel Tower on a sunny day in Paris.
  • Big Ben, London, England, UK
  • Night city view of Amsterdam canal, typical dutch houses and boats, Holland, Netherlands.
  • Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Hot springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, water fall
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Grand Strand
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Sunrise on Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Oconaluftee Valley Cherokee, North Carolina
  • A small cascade of water over lush green rocks along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Amusement park ride at Dollywood in Pidgeon Forge, Tennessee.
  • Chicago Loop skyline, Chicago River, Illinois
  • Chicago Bean, Millennium Park, Illinois
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, modern wing, Renzo Piano, Illinois
  • Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
  • Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
  • Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
  • Morro Rock in Morro Bay, California.
  • The amazing blue pool with sculptures and greek temple facades inside Hearst Castle, California.
  • Berkshire Mountains, Deerfield, Massachusetts
  • Wahconah Falls, Dalton, Massachusetts, Berkshires
  • Mass MoCA, Berkshires, Massachusetts
  • Mackinac Island harbor sunrise, Saint Anns Catholic Church. Taken during the Lilac Festival.
  • Beautiful Arch Rock natural formation in Mackinac Island. It is a natural limestone arch.
  • Beautiful Bridge Lights on Michigans Mackinac Bridge, taken just after sunset. Mackinaw City, Michigan.

Quiddi Viddi (or Quidi Vidi) Cove in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

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St. John's in Newfoundland, Canada

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Peggys Point Lighthouse at sunset, Nova Scotia.

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The Taos native pueblo, Taos, New Mexico.

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The Taos native pueblo seen from the St.Jerome church.

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The sky over the snow-covered Sangre de Christo Mountains lights up pink in the minutes after sunset. Taos Mountain is the symbol of the town of Taos in New Mexico, the gateway to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

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Рanorama of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

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Hot springs in Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone National Park, the sound of thunder echoed through the canyon walls.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, city skyline.

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Myrtle Beach of South Carolina's Grand Strand.

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Path to the wide sandy beaches of the Atlantic. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Chicago Loop skyline and Chicago River, Illinois.

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Chicago Bean at Millennium Park. 

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The Art Institute of Chicago is a renowned art museum located in Chicago's Grant Park. The Art Institute has one of the world's most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. The modern wing of the museum, represented in this photo, was designed by Renzo Piano.

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Mammoth Cave National Park is a U.S. National Park in central Kentucky, encompassing portions of Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world.

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Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

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Mammoth Cave National Park overlook.

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Before you cross the California coast off your to-do list for this year, know that Morro Bay, on the central coast not far from the sprawling Hearst Castle, can be a surprising bargain for travelers. With a world-class natural history musem, iconic Morro Rock, a beautiful harbor, and, oh yeah, the world's largest ocean just down the street, Morro Bay remains one of the Golden State's "hidden gems."

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Berkshire Mountains, Deerfield, Massachusetts.

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Wahconah Falls in Dalton, Massachusetts.

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MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.

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Michigan's lakeshores aren't exactly under the radar—Midwesterners have long regarded locales like the Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island as the best places for a family vacation. But they remain underrated among travelers from farther away and if you're still on the fence about where to spend a week before school starts again in September, head for Mackinaw City, a half-hour ferry ride from Mackinac Island's Victorian homes and stunning state park.

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Mackinac Island is a Victorian-style community with picturesque buildings and, if you visit a little later in the year, stunning fall colors. Days Inn and Suites Mackinaw City Bridgeview Lodge puts you near Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and local shopping (daysinn.com).

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The mountains, the ocean, the pine-scented air! You may have thought a trip to Acadia National Park, Maine, was off-limits pricewise for summer vacation. But this popular, well-booked area is still a budget options if you're willing to book lodging a short drive away. Acadia is for travelers who like their seaside a little rough around the edges, with cliffs, trails, and surprisingly empty beaches.

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Relaxed, uncluttered Maine beaches are waiting in Acadia National Park! Ramada Ellsworth is 18 miles from Bar Harbor and walking distance from an L.L. Bean outlet (ramada.com).

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