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Best Value U.S. Destinations 2008

by Meredith

Top Best Value U.S. Destinations for 2008
i.e., where to get the best bang for your buck in u.s. tourism destinations

We’ve gotten a huge number of questions from Tripbase users lately about how to find the best value destinations. And getting more for your money appeals to just about everyone—especially when it comes to travel. Nobody wants to pay more for their next vacation when they can get everything they want for less.
In order to find the best value destinations in the United States, we looked at many parameters in thousands of locations, including accommodation options, affordable entertainment choices, what kind of discounts are offered to travelers, the number of free venues, flight discounts, package tours available and the average costs to travel (per day averages include hotel costs) in these destinations—to name just a few. Of the best value destinations, we focused on the tourism destinations that got the highest scores for overall quality versus costs to travel there.
To make the results even more useful, we decided to break down the top best value destinations for 2008 into two separate blogs 1. Best Value U.S. Destinations for Americans 2. Best Value U.S. Destinations for International Travelers
These categories were separated based on overall configurations as well as the range and cost of international and domestic flights.

Best Value U.S. Destinations 2008:
Travel within the United States right now has added value for Americans because of the low dollar, and staying closer to home means lower transportation costs and being more environmentally friendly. These five cities scored in the top ranks for overall travel value. They’re all places that really live up to the cliché ‘something for everyone.’ No matter what you’re looking for—from urban parks, top-notch museums and funky festivals or uber-chic bars, exquisite dining, great attractions and shopping galore, you’ll find it in these cities.

1. Orlando travel recommendations
It’s hard to beat Orlando when it comes to affordable entertainment—from the range of all-inclusive packages to world-class theme parks and beach outings as well as free concerts, inexpensive tours and high-quality activities.

2. Phoenix travel recommendations
From outdoor adventures in stunning natural landscapes to gorgeous golf vacations, Phoenix has great deals on top-notch accommodations and weather that’s close to perfect all year round—not to mention the art, history and culture.

3. Denver travel recommendations
Take advantage of free tours at the Coors Brewery and the U.S. Mint or go for a hike along stunning trails that wind along the Cherry Creek River without paying a dime.

4. Portland travel recommendations
Enjoy a picnic in Laurelhurst Park or tour the Bridgeport Brewing Company, enjoy a hike among the wildlife at the Portland Wildlife Center and enjoy river activities—all for free.

5. Washington, D.C. travel recommendations
With its plethora of free museums and walking tours, sprawling urban parks, historical monuments, great transportation and wealth of accommodation and restaurant options, it’s no surprise that Washington, D.C. is one of the best value destinations.

Happy Travels,
The Tripbase Team

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