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New Study Reveals The 7 Most Affordable Destinations In The U.S. Right Now

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Not every traveler is ready to splurge away their paycheck for a trip.

With inflation through the roof and dollar stores going out of business, saving money across the board has become more challenging.

In terms of travel, this is often a misguided assumption as there are plenty of destinations to enjoy on a budget, especially in our own backyard.

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Travelers don't have to pack a passport or stay in fleabag motels to make the most of their trip.

The folks at OptimosTravel conducted a thorough study to determine the 7 most affordable destinations in the U.S. right now.

7) Cape Cod, Massachusetts

beautiful sunset on coast of cape cod

Perhaps New England's most beloved treasure is Massachusetts' hook-shaped peninsula, which looks as if the popular beach getaway is curling its finger to invite travelers to come here.

At the tip of the peninsula is the delightful, free-spirited town of Provincetown. One of America's oldest cities delights tourists with shops, beaches, and of course, Cape Cod's iconic landmark lighthouses.

Those in need of a nice beach vacation on a budget can stay here for under $1500 per week, with daily expenses averaging just over $200, including meals and stays.

6) Sedona, Arizona

beautiful sunset over bell rock sedona arizona

Quite the opposite of a beach vacation with otherworldly red rock landscapes reminiscent of Mars, the quirky town of Sedona, Arizona is yet another fun, cheap getaway.

This side of the state is made for exploring the outdoors while also being able to kick back downtown and enjoy the local arts scene with eclectic shops and galleries.

Travelers can squeak by with a $200 per day budget as meals average $60 and lodging just over $130.

5) Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Gatlinburg is a small town that packs a punch as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. Nestled at the foothills of breathtaking mountainous scenery, this unsuspecting town is a load of fun.

With thrilling attractions for all ages and ample hiking trails dispersed throughout the area, Gatlinburg makes for an awesome trip to visit the top National Park in America whether it's a road trip, hiking, chasing waterfalls or staying in a cozy cabin.

Meals tend to be under $50, and accommodations average $155, making a weeklong trip a hair under $1350.

4) Tybee Island, Georgia

beachgoers walking on tybee island

Savannah is one of the most charming cities in the U.S., making for a great trip on its own.

Yet, those in need of beach days should head a bit further east to the very affordable Tybee Island.

While this historic seaside town is certainly no Maldives, sun and sand are always a good idea, especially when so cheap.

Tourists can indulge in fresh seafood, check out the 18th-century lighthouse, and book delightful beachside stays for under $190 per day.

3) Helen, Georgia

main square of helen georgia

Perhaps the most surprising out-of-nowhere destination on the list is the small town of Helen, which exudes Bavarian vibes with its charming architecture.

This mountain set between Atlanta and Gatlinburg is one of the state's best-kept secrets.

You can convince yourself you're in Europe for the day and also explore the vast Chattahoochee National Forest, but we can't confirm or deny if it's hotter than a hoochie coochie.

Trips to Helen cost an average of $185 per day, with weeklong stays totaling just under $1300.

2) Charleston, West Virginia

beautiful sunset charleston west virginia skyline

If Virginia is for lovers, what does that mean for West Virginia? Surely one of the most overlooked states in the nation, the capital city of Charleston is full of surprises.

Downtown is a delight as this city is not overrun with tourists and offers some unexpected attractions all at a low price.

Whether it's simply strolling along the river to take in scenic views, paying a visit to the Capitol Market, or even the city's 30 million pixel Planetarium, you won't find yourself in squalor down in the holler.

Daily spendings average $177, with weeklong stays coming out to just under $1250.

1) Outer Banks, North Carolina

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One of Netflix's biggest hits is also a real place.

The Outer Banks are a set of beautiful beaches stretching over 175 miles in North Carolina.

Definitely the best bang for your buck for a beach vacation right now in terms of value and the incredible beaches you can choose from.

There are a variety of ways to spend your beach days with such a large span of beaches.

Plus, you don't have to worry about the crowds as it's relatively easy to find your own space.

Nice accommodations can be found for under $100 per day, with total weeklong costs averaging under $1240.

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