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PHOTOS: 10 Best Budget Vacations for Spring

Smart travelers know that there's no time like April and May to visit brag-worthy beaches and celebrated cities—for a fraction of what the crowds will be paying in summer! From the shores of the Atlantic to party towns like Vegas and NOLA, we've got stylish steals that'll make your spring vacation the best ever.

  1. It's already warming up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!

    (Courtesy Visit Myrtle Beach)
  2. Myrtle Beach's boardwalk is relatively new, but feels as if it's been here forever.

    (Shester171/Dreamstime )
  3. Golf and beautiful vistas are just two of the attractions in Myrtle Beach.

    (Courtesy woobiecat1/myBudgetTravel)
  4. Can't wait to hit the beach? Head down to South Carolina!

    (Courtesy mjenka/myBudgetTravel)
  5. The National Mall in Washington, DC, is not only a historical must-see—it's also free!

    (Courtesy vicnaire/myBudgetTravel)
  6. Washington is not only a cultural and historical mecca, but also a vibrant city in its own right, with great shops and a buzzy food scene.

    (Shairad/Dreamstime)
  7. You can spend an entire day touring the Capitol, where the Senate and House meet.

    (Elena Yakusheva/Dreamstime)
  8. The National Gallery of Art offers a priceless collection—without an entrance fee!

    (James Blinn/Dreamstime)
  9. Punta Cana is a popular affordable destination in the Dominican Republic.

    (Alicia Dauksis/Dreamstime)
  10. All-inclusive resorts make the indulgent Dominican Republic experience surprisingly budget-friendly.

    (Lars Christensen/Dreamstime)
  11. The Dominican Republic's beaches may bring out the kid in you.

    (Paulo Rainho/Dreamstime)
  12. Just one of the Dominican Republic's many alluring pools.

    (Courtesy La Punta Apartments)
  13. The boardwalk in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, opens on weekends in April, but the crowds and prices are nowhere near their summer highs.

    (Courtesy www.jenkinsons.com)
  14. The beaches of Point Pleasant are inviting even on still-chilly spring days.

    (Stephen Bonk/Dreamstime)
  15. For an old-timey boardwalk experience, the rides and games at Point Pleasant can't be beat.

    (Courtesy www.jenkinsons.com)
  16. Point Pleasant is a popular spot for beach volleyball, including major tournaments.

    (Aspenphoto/Dreamstime)
  17. The architecture in New Orleans's French Quarter is distinctive and unforgettable.

    (Courtesy Alaskan Dude/Flickr)
  18. New Orleans hotels are as friendly and welcoming as the city's inhabitants.

    (Courtesy Maison St. Charles Inn and Suites)
  19. New Orleans's iconic St. Louis Cathedral is one of the historical sites you must experience.

    (Lawrence Weslowski Jr / Dreamstime.com)
  20. A sunset stroll along the river may be the higlight of your New Orleans visit.

    (Lawrence Weslowski Jr/Dreamstime)
  21. Of all the things you can do on Sanibel Island, Florida, the best of all may be… nothing!

    (Palms/Dreamstime)
  22. Sanibel Island's bridge is deceptively modern and bustling—but this hideaway is really as close as you may come to your own private island.

    (Marchello74/Dreamstime)
  23. Lighthouse lovers will want to take a gander at Sanibel's iconic sentinel.

    (Wilsilver77/Dreamstime)
  24. Ready for your warm beach getaway?

    (Palms/Dreamstime)
  25. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited in the U.S. park service.

    (Courtesy daveantphoto/myBudgetTravel)
  26. If you're lucky enough to spot a bear cub at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, keep your distance—they are way cuter from afar!

    (NPS Photos)
  27. The food, culture, and music of Tennessee are alive in the Great Smoky Mountains region.

    (Courtesy paulhurd/myBudgetTravel)
  28. If you enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains in spring, come back for the fall foliage!

    (Courtesy smv/myBudgetTravel)
  29. Montreal is an old-world city right in North America!

    (Misscanon/Dreamstime)
  30. Spring afternoons are perfect for soaking up rays in friendly Montreal.

    (Martine Oger/Dreamstime )
  31. Montreal is home to McGill University.

    (Martine Oger/Dreamstime )
  32. St. Paul Street in Old Montreal may make you feel as if you've been transported across the Atlantic.

    (Mario Beauregard/Dreamstime)
  33. Rockport, Massachusetts's inner harbor is an evocative New England scene on Cape Ann.

    (Bambi L. Dingman/Dreamstime)
  34. A state park on Cape Ann, at the site of a former quarry.

    (Jorge Salcedo/Dreamstime)
  35. The famous gazebo on the Front Beach in Rockport, Massachusetts.

    (Sphraner/Dreamstime)
  36. Boats are anchored in a harbor of a classic New England fishing village—and, yes, that's a lobster shack in the background.

    (Fiskness/Dreamstime)
  37. It doesn't get louder, faster, or more fun than Las Vegas's Strip at night!

    (Sergey Rogovets/Dreamstime)
  38. Las Vegas is home not only to slots, cards, and dice, but also to faux European landmarks!

    (Rudi1976/Dreamstime)
  39. Long live the King!

    (Courtesy Caitlyn Willows/Flickr)
  40. Ready to dive into the Venus Pool Club at Las Vegas's Caesars Palace?

    (Courtesy Caesars Palace)

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