GOBankingRates Uncovers 25 Popular Summer Vacation Destinations Under $300

May 20, 2014, 07:15 ET from GOBankingRates

LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With 31 percent of travelers planning to shell out more than $1,000 each on their summer vacations1, travel costs weigh heavily on vacationers' wallets. To ensure families and solo travelers are saving money on their summer excursions, GOBankingRates released its ranking of the 25 most affordable summer vacation destinations.

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"Airfare is one of the biggest expenses vacationers face when planning a trip – often dissuading potential travelers from going out-of-town," said Jennifer Calonia, senior editor of GOBankingRates. "However, we found travelers can actually fly across the U.S. to popular summer destinations like New York and Miami for under $300, round-trip."

Counting down, the top 25 most affordable summer vacation spots for 2014 are:

25. Oakland
24. New York
23. Las Vegas
22. Miami
21. Little Rock
20. Sarasota
19. Manchester
18. Houston
17. Akron-Canton
16. Charlotte

To see the 15 cheapest summer vacation destinations, visit GOBankingRates at: http://bit.ly/1jhXRKt.

GOBankingRates also investigated local attractions in each of the destinations to determine how to cut costs -- and which are worth the money.

"All of the popular summer vacation destinations on our list also offer a number of free or discounted local attractions – such as city parks, concerts, museums and other affordable activities for vacationers on a budget," Calonia said. 

About GOBankingRates

GOBankingRates (www.gobankingrates.com) connects consumers with the best banks, credit unions, money-saving tips and interest rates nationwide, aggregating over 11 million rates from more than 6,000 institutions.  Its editors are regularly featured on top media outlets, including U.S. News, Forbes, Huffington Post, Yahoo! Finance and Business Insider.

Methodology: GOBankingRates surveyed the top 100 most booked flight destinations between June 2013 and September 2013, as provided by CheapOair. The ranking considered average airfare below $300. 1American Express, "Summer Travel Soars; Many Americans to Spend More." (June 4, 2013)

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