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7 classic American vacations on the cheap

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Move over, staycation. Americans are ready to travel again.

Spending on domestic travel by U.S. residents is projected to grow about 3.6% in 2015, according to the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C. Travel spending dropped nearly 9% in 2009 due to the recession, but it has steadily increased every year since.

This year, tax refunds are one of the main ways Americans are funding their travels.

In fact, almost half (47%) of Americans will use their tax refund to treat themselves to a vacation this year, according to a poll by travel website Travelocity.

“With the average tax refund the past two years being over $2,700, the opportunities for experiencing new people, places and cultures are virtually limitless,” said Brad Wilson, vice president and general manager of Travelocity in a press release.

Here is a quick guide to classic American vacations for less at some of the United States’ most-visited destinations.