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The Monteillet Fromagerie ranch, in Dayton, Wash.

A Drive Through Southeast Washington's Wine Country

These days, it’s not the wine causing all the buzz in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley. It’s the new crop of creative, farm-fresh food.

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  • 20 Best Budget Vacations for Fall

    From New England leaf-peeping to big American cities you CAN afford, plus amazing national parks, European capitals, and Caribbean dreams, we've rounded up our biggest batch of autumn getaways ever. Now your only challenge is deciding which fall vacation to take!

  • 6 Wild & Beautiful Places in Europe You MUST See!

    There's more to Europe than winding city streets, vibrant cafés, and beautiful museums! The continent abounds with rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and secluded beaches to gallop—including some of the world's premiere parks and wildlife habitats.

  • Vacation Lessons from the Griswolds!

    We suspect you'll never come close to the blunders committed by Clark Griswold and his family in the Vacation movies starring Chevy Chase. Here, some real-life lessons the Griswolds learned the hard way—so you don't have to!

  • Miami Beach

    Top Labor Day Escapes That Are TOTALLY Worth the Money

    Looking for the ultimate long-weekend escape? Relax! Budget Travel has done all the homework. Whether you're craving one more trip to the beach or are searching for the perfect end-of-summer festival, getting away has never been quicker, easier—or more affordable.

  • Beautiful & Affordable European Cities You MUST See!

    You'll get a warm welcome, find stylish steals, and enjoy food, wine, fashion, and culture that's second to none in these intimate European metropolises.

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  • 5 Awesome & Affordable American Drives

    Every corner of the U.S.—including yours!—offers a bold, beautiful road trip that rolls out an unforgettable vacation at a reasonable price.

  • Big Sur along California Highway 1.

    Ultimate California Road Trip

    From the Monterey Bay down to Hearst Castle, California's central coast has been enchanting visitors for decades. Warning: you may never go home again.

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  • Yes, You CAN Afford SF, NYC, Orlando, Vegas, and Chicago!

    Think a big city vacation is off limits on a family budget? Think again. We gave ourselves a challenge: A world-class family vacation in one of America’s most popular cities for less than $125/night. Here, how to get “luxe for less” in San Francisco, New York City, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Chicago!

  • Amazing Experiences Every Traveler MUST Try!

    From cooking lessons in the hills of Tuscany to snorkeling the waters off Belize, these eight trips should be on everyone's list.

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  • Machu Picchu in Peru

    Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

    Think dream trips like Europe and Hawaii are totally out of reach? You'd be surprised how many affordable packages are out there to help. Here's our ultimate list of dream trip adventures—plus, the travel deals to help you get on your way.

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  • America's Most Beautiful Sunsets (Plus Deals to Get You There!)

    From Montauk to Maui, from Denali to Daytona, the U.S. is blessed with beautiful scenery and jaw-dropping sunsets. And Contributing Editor Darley Newman, host of PBS’s Equitrekking, has seen more beautiful sunsets than most. Here, a video of her top picks for the loveliest in the land, plus affordable deals to get you up close and personal with each sunset on the list!

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  • Cruises of a Lifetime You Can Actually Afford!

    Glaciers in Alaska! The glittering capitals of the Mediterranean! The Caribbean’s most alluring islands! A new generation of mega-ship—and industry-wide price wars—are making these and other dream cruises more affordable than ever before.

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  • 10 Things Europeans Say About You Behind Your Back

    Europeans are among the world's most gracious travel hosts, rolling out a red carpet of good manners, fabulous food, and the ultimate in culture and history. But do you ever wonder what they think of YOU? Here's what we've heard…

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  • Where to Stay in Istanbul

    Istanbul—the only city in the world that straddles two continents—just took the No. 1 spot in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice awards. If you’re thinking of going, we’ve got some stylish steals for you.

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