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10 Best Value Destinations in the U.S.

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Editor's Note: This story was originally published on March 14, 2014. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: Ashland, Boise, Branson, Brunswick, Burlington, destination, Ed Perkins, Eureka Springs, Logan, Manitou Springs, Port Charlotte, Sioux Falls.

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Which U.S. travel destinations give you the best value for your vacation dollars? Trivago has the answer. The hotel-price comparison website mined its database of hotel costs (looking at the average rates travelers paid for double rooms in 2013) and combined those figures with the destinations' overall hotel reputations (as determined by traveler reviews) to uncover the country's top spots for vacation value.

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Trivago touts some of these destinations as alternatives to more expensive nearby visitor centers; other spots are more isolated. Go here for the full list.

Port Charlotte, Florida

The main draw in this city on Florida's Gulf Coast is the outstanding sailing, along with boating, fishing, birding, and the other usual Florida vacation activities. Port Charlotte is just across the Peace River from Punta Gorda, between Sarasota and Ft. Myers, and it shares many of the advantages of those well-known vacation centers, but at a lower cost.

The average nightly hotel rate is $93. The nearest mainline airports are Southwest Florida International in Ft. Myers (38 miles) and Tampa International (74 miles). The need for a car depends on what you want to do.

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