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Top 10 hot (but still affordable) summer vacation destinations in the U.S.

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TripAdvisor just announced its top hottest — and yet still affordable — domestic destinations for summer. The trick, a rep for the travel planning and booking site said, is to go during the least expensive summer week — which is typically before or after school vacation season — and to take advantage of a little-known travel hack, which benefits vacation-planning procrastinators.
According to TripAdvisor, if you’re booking a trip that’s only three to four weeks away, hotel and airfare rates may be much lower than if you’d booked earlier, when summer pricing was at its peak. Some cities — including Boston, Chicago, New York City, San Diego and Las Vegas — may have rates as much as 40 percent lower. Book a room in New York, for example, and you’re looking at an average price of $277 per night, for rooms booked a month or less out. Las Vegas? $161. Minneapolis? $190.
If you’re headed to the beach, though — and 47 percent of you told TripAdvisor you were — there are other ways to score deals on your hotels and flights. One way to do that: Travel during the least expensive week. (Psst, the calendar may say summer begins at the solstice, but in the travel world, it starts on Memorial Day.)
Here’s the travel site’s list of the top 10 summer destinations for 2018 — and when to go:

Mackinac Island, Michigan, the week of June 4
Bar Harbor, Maine, May 28
Block Island, Rhode Island, June 11
Lake George, New York, June 11
West Yellowstone, Montana, Aug. 27
Ocean City, Maryland, May 28
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, May 28
Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 27
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, May 28
Nantucket, Massachusetts, May 28

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