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10 Cheapest U.S. Cities You'll Want to Visit

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Far more people plan to vacation this summer than in the dog days of 2011, according to a recent Coupon Cabin/Harris International poll. But even with the uptick in economic optimism, most Americans are striving to keep their travel costs down.

To assist frugal vacationers with planning, we compiled this list of the 10 cheapest U.S. cities that are actually worth visiting. We screened large and midsize cities for low round-trip airfares ($353 is the average to fly into large and midsize cities, according to Travelocity), affordable hotel costs ($102.14 a night, according to Hotwire) and cheap meals ($35.76 per check, according to Bundle). Of course, your costs will vary, based in large part on your city of origin.

From beaches and boardwalks to entertainment districts and historic sites, all of the places on this list offer road-trip-worthy attractions, either within the city limits or not far outside them. At the same time, none will bankrupt travelers before they head back home.

Check out our list of the 10 cheapest U.S. cities you’ll want to visit.

10 Cheapest U.S. Cities You'll Want to Visit
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