The Country's Top 10 Value Destinations (PHOTOS)
Travelers won't be getting any relief from higher airfares in coming years, but there are still plenty of places around the country that offer great vacation value.
Booking site Hotwire has just released a survey of the best bang for your buck destinations. Factoring in the costs of airfare to destinations, rental car rates and hotel prices once there and the general affordability of entertainment options, the company examined a total of 75 destinations, picking the 10 with the best overall marks.
Perhaps surprisingly, the home of Disney, Orlando, Florida, tops the list, thanks to an abundance of airline competition and a glut of bargain-priced hotel rooms.
Other destinations across the south and southwest round out the list, with Denver, Phoenix and Tampa among the top 10. (The latter two destinations happen to have plenty of deals right this minute as Major League Baseball Spring Training is underway in Arizona and Florida.)
Have a look at the rest of the discount destinations then tell us:
What's your favorite place for a value-priced vacation?
Beyond the beach, there's plenty else appealing in Miami, and it's all relatively affordable says Hotwire.com.
Albuquerque is home to the famed <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/30/albuquerque-international-balloon-fiesta_n_954458.html" target="_hplink">International Balloon Fiesta</a> as well as numerous cheap sleeps.
Charlotte has the NASCAR Hall of Fame -- and low, low prices.
There's tons to do for families and solo travelers in affordable Denver -- not to mention the attractions in the nearby mountains.
The Gulf Coast is an affordable, family-friendly alternative to the Atlantic Coast of Florida.
The Valley of the Sun has great (cheap) air service, affordable hotels and attractions galore.
The Menil Collection is just one of <a href="http://www.visithoustontexas.com/things-to-do/museums/free-museums/" target="_hplink">more than a dozen free museums</a> in the Houston area.
Open 362 days a year, the <a href="http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org/" target="_hplink">Dallas Farmer's Market</a> is one of the many under-the-radar attractions in this affordable city.
The Georgia Aquarium isn't the cheapest attraction in this affordable city, but it sure is pretty.
The biggest-value destination in the U.S., Orlando has almost anything a traveler could ask for, from a Wizarding World to an <a href="http://www.gadling.com/2011/07/29/on-the-fast-track-with-richard-petty-at-walt-disney-world/" target="_hplink">auto racing track that welcomes amateurs</a>.