Livability.com Names the Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations

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Cities offer budget-friendly mix of history, arts and culture, dining, and outdoor recreation

Livability.com Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations

Livability.com Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations

Livability.com editors narrowed down the list of 500 cities to destinations offering both value and a variety of attractions and entertainment options that appeal to families and single vacationers alike.

Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live, has released a list of the Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations.

A great trip shouldn't be a financial hardship, but finding the right destination to maximize travel dollars can be a real chore. Livability.com editors narrowed down the list of 500 cities to destinations offering both value and a variety of attractions and entertainment options that appeal to families and single vacationers alike. Cities were ranked by the quality and quantity of unique, free activities – both indoors and out – and by the availability of discounts on otherwise pricey attractions.

“Great family vacations don't have to be expensive,” says Nancy Schretter, managing editor of the Family Travel Network. ”Get the whole family together to help plan the vacation and decide on your own definition of family fun. Then enlist the kids' help (if they're old enough) in searching the Internet for cities that have attractions that match your family's interests.”

Schretter also suggested traveling off season to take advantage of hotel and attraction price breaks. Be sure to download free coupon and discount books online, and check individual attractions’ websites for special rates. If traveling with children, choose restaurants where kids eat free and look for hotels or suites properties that offer free breakfast, kitchens and more room to spread out.

Whether the ideal vacation is hiking a snow-capped mountain, milling around museums or downing cheesy concessions at a minor league park, this list of top cities for the best affordable vacation destinations gives travelers plenty of choices.

Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations
Louisville, KY
Minneapolis, MN
San Antonio, TX
Chattanooga, TN
Greenville, SC
Tulsa, OK
Boulder, CO
Athens, GA
Tempe, AZ
Rogers, AR

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