Move over, staycation. Americans are ready to travel again.
Spending on domestic travel by U.S. residents is projected to grow by about 5 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C. Travel spending dropped nearly 8 percent in 2009, due to the recession.
People are willing to spend again on American vacations, albeit more smartly, says Cathy Keefe, spokeswoman for the U.S. Travel Association.
A poll by travel website Travelocity.com confirms people are watching their vacation dollars closely, with 60 percent having a predetermined travel budget for 2011, up from 44 percent in 2010.
"People have been taking shorter trips, staying closer to home and staying with friends," she says.
The good news? "There are a tremendous number of bargains out there for travelers," Keefe says.
Here is a quick guide to classic American vacations for less at some of the United States' most-visited destinations.