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Frugal family vacations

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5 Affordable family getaways

Gas prices are soaring and the economy's floundering, but you don't have to skip your vacation this year. These budget-friendly options make it affordable for your family to get away for awhile.

1Klamath CountyKlamath County

Look to the corner of the Pacific Northwest and discover Klamath County! Camp at Collier Memorial State Park for about $20/night per family. If you prefer less rustic lodging, try an area motel or inn for under $50/night. Free area attractions include the Collier Logging Museum and the Klamath Fish Hatchery. Enjoy a Train Mountain ride for the price of a donation. Or visit Crater Lake National Park ($10), go Spelunking at Lava Tubes National Monuments ($10) or try horseback rides at Happy Trails Cowboy Campground ($25/hour).

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2Koa's Lion Country SafariKoa's Lion Country Safari

Go on safari… in South Florida, suggests Brittany Ramos, "DealPro" at Savings.com and creator of ThePrudentPatron.com! At KOA's Lion Country Safari you can spend the days driving through the safari to see animals from all over the world. Or visit the onsite amusement park. At night, camp under the stars and listen to the lion's roar. For about $100, a family of four can enjoy a two-day/three-night vacation!

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3Red River, NMRed River, NM

Red River, New Mexico is a popular and budget-friendly resort town – perfect for families looking to have fun without breaking the bank. This delightful town offers a wide array of activities for visitors of all ages. The Red River Community House hosts more than 400 free activities, such as Movies on the Lawn, Music in the Mountains, "Chill" Teenager and Young Adult Night. Red River hosts fishing expos, chili cook-offs and a wine festival. And don't forget white-water rafting on the Rio Grande, mountain biking and rock climbing.

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4Washington DCWashington DC

Every family should make at least one visit our nation's capital. Washington DC boasts impressive monuments, historic neighborhoods and so much more. Visit the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery. The city's attractions are endless – and there are more than 100 free things to do!

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5Colorado SpringsColorado Springs

Colorado Springs and the surrounding Pikes Peak region offer over 300 days of sunshine, more than 50 attractions and activities and an overwhelming abundance of scenic beauty. Like a giant playground for kids and adults, Colorado Springs offers 29 free things to do. And anyone can find affordable family packages and discounts on the Savings with an Altitude website: Simply click, print and present to participating locations.

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