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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.

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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!

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 10 Best Budget Vacations for Summer

    Budget Travelers know it's possible to have an AMAZING summer vacation without breaking the bank! Here, we've rounded up the best in beaches, national parks, mountains, and big-city blowouts—all for under $150/night!

  • National Mall in Washington D.C.

    12 Great Memorial Day Getaways

    From Palm Springs to D.C., we've rounded up 12 convenient Memorial Day escapes from coast to coast to ensure that you spend more time enjoying your blues festival (or pool party) than you do deciding where to go.

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  • Top 10 Indoor Water Parks in the U.S.

    The winter forecast may look dreary, but at these 10 indoor water parks, temperatures remain comfortably around 84 degrees.

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    Orlando, 4 Nights, Universal Tickets, From $479 (Budget Travel)

    Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Spend some extra time exploring Diagon Alley with this travel package to Orlando that includes early park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

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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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