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Cheap summer destinations, part one

I love this time of year, when the days grow longer, the flowers begin to bloom, and online travel consolidators publish their lists of the cheapest and/or most popular summer destinations. First up: CheapTicket's summer Cheapometer.

The Cheapometer is based on percentage of savings between the lowest summer rate and the highest non-summer rate at three-star hotels. The flaw in this system is that places that are popular in winter and avoided in the summer (often for a good reason—I'm looking at you, 104-degrees-in-the-summer Phoenix) are going to look like the deal of the century. But the list mixes up destinations well enough to stay interesting.

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The list is broken up by month and has information about average price and percentage of savings. You can read the full list online, but here's a sampling of destinations you'll find:

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