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PHOTOS: 10 Affordable Last-Minute Summer Vacations

Whether you’re still looking for that perfect August getaway or you’re already shopping for next summer’s stylish steals, here are 10 world-class U.S. vacations that won’t break the bank.

  1. Yellowstone National Park, covering parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, is renowned for its hot springs.

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  2. Yellowstone is a wildly popular national park, but lodging for less than $150 per night can still be booked this summer!

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  3. A trip to Yellowstone offers the chance to take ranger-led hikes and walks and participate in campfire talks to help you learn about the park's wildlife and hot spring.

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  4. Myrtle Beach's miles of sand and popular boardwalk make it a draw for families, fishing enthusiasts, and seafood fans.

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  5. The sun rising over Myrtle Beach is a sight few travelers can forget. There are still affordable hotel rooms available here through the end of August!

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  6. Grab an affordable room in nearby Gatlinburg to see the Great Smoky Mountains this summer.

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  7. Dollywood, with its awesome thrill rides, is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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  8. Chicago's Navy Pier is just one of the attractions of this city—known for great food, blues music, second-to-none theater, and affordability.

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  9. The Art Institute of Chicago holds masterpieces by artists such as Edward Hopper and Georges Seurrat.

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  10. Mammoth Cave National Park holds allure for fans of natural history with an air of mystery.

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  11. Morro Bay gives you a chance to experience the spectacular California coast without the sticker shock!

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  12. Hearst Castle is a central California "American castle" that's not far from affordable Morro Bay.

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  13. When visiting the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, pop down to Pittsfied to see the lovely Hancock Shaker Village Museum.

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  14. Mackinac Island, Mich., is known for its lovely forst trails and beaches on Lake Huron. You can afford this rarefied treat by staying in nearby Mackinaw City and hopping a half-hour ferry to the island!

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  15. Mackinac Island is a Victorian-style community with picturesque buildings and, if you visit a little later in the year, stunning fall colors.

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  16. Few meetings of land and sea are as beautiful as Acadia National Park, in Maine. By booking a hotel that's a few miles away, you can turn this coveted vacation spot into an affordable getaway.

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  17. Relazed, uncluttered Maine beaches are waiting in Acadia National Park!

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  18. Sure, August is hot in Orlando, but you can lock in loding for less than $75 per night and cool off on a wild ride!

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  19. A last-minute trip to Orlando can "transform" your kids' summer from "ho-hum" to "hooray!"

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