The 17 best places to go this summer that don't cost a fortune

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You don't have to be flush with cash to enjoy a great summer vacation.

In fact, according to the most recent U.S. News & World Report's best vacations rankings, some of the highest-rated destinations in the US are also the most affordable.

To determine the best places to travel, U.S. News calculated an overall score for more than 300 destinations, and ranked them based on the following:

  • A score given by U.S. News editors between one (worst) and five (best) in 10 categories — sights, culture, people, food, shopping, family, nightlife, adventure, romance, and accessibility — for each destination.
  • The percentage of travelers who voted "yes" to whether the destination belongs on the list of best places.

U.S. News then deemed a destination affordable if the average nightly rate for hotels with three-stars and above is $150 or less based on data sourced from Expedia. 

17. Biloxi, Mississippi

17. Biloxi, Mississippi

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Overall score: 2.42

Sights score: 2.33

Food score: 2.17

16. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

16. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Overall score: 2.42

Sights score: 2.33

Food score: 3.00

15. Branson, Missouri

15. Branson, Missouri

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Overall score: 2.49

Sights score: 2.83

Food score: 1.83


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