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Cheap Vacation Alternatives to Popular Places

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There's no place in the world like New York. Or Chicago. Or Miami. Or Hawaii. But if you're on a tight travel budget, you can find equally great destinations that offer similar experiences. Often, the trick is to "go smaller," says Tim Leffel, author of The World's Cheapest Destinations. "Big cities just naturally cost more, but you're usually visiting a small part of it anyway. So zero in on what really interests you, and you can almost always find a good alternative with lower costs."

We took care of that hard work for you. We selected nine of the most popular — and priciest — travel destinations in the country. And, focusing on their most tourist-attractive characteristics, we found similar but more affordable alternatives based on cost data from travel sites Kayak and Orbitz, as well as the opinions of travel pros.

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