50 States: Most Affordable Vacation Rental Destinations

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Fine, I’ll level with you – I’m not a millionaire. I’ll give you a minute to collect yourself from that surprise.

All set? Since I’m not a millionaire, and money is most definitely an object, I make vacation purchasing decisions based on affordability and locale. I’d venture a guess that most travelers are like me, trying to find a happy medium between an incredible place to visit without breaking the bank or even robbing it.

We looked at the past 18 months of rental rates and the average weekly cost for a 2-bedroom vacation home for all our destinations in the USA, and we’ve singled out the most affordable location in each state (min. 5 listings). Here’s the list of winners and the top three reasons each is worth a visit.

Alabama: Fort Morgan ($1300 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Fort Morgan Historic Site, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Deep sea fishing charters

Alaska: Talkeetna ($798 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Talkeetna Ranger Station, Talkeetna Historical Society Museum, Byers Lake

Arizona: Lake Havasu City ($237 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Navigate Lake Havasu, the view from London Bridge, Casino ferry ride

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Arkansas: Hot Springs Village ($809 per week)

Three reasons to visit: 26,000 acres of the Ouachita Mountains, nine championship golf courses, monthly Rock Porch music sessions

California: Desert Hot Springs ($360 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, a nude spa, Coachella concert

Colorado: Norwood ($690 per week)

Three reasons to visit: the vistas from Lone Cone Peak, proximity to Telluride, ATV/Snowmobile action

Connecticut: West Cornwall ($750 per week)

Three reasons to visit: the covered bridges, Mohawk Mountain, Foreign Mission School

Delaware: Ocean View ($358 per week)

Three reasons to visit: 1 mile from Bethany Beach, 1 mile from the Indian River Bay, proximity to Atlantic Ocean

Florida: Hutchinson Island ($290 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Elliot Museum, House of Refuge, sea turtle nesting

Georgia: Blairsville ($642 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Misty Mountain Model Railroad, exploring Vogel State Park, hiking on Bald Mountain

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Hawaii: Hilo ($624 per week)

Three reasons to visit: watch water cascade in the Boiling Pots, Banyan Drive celebri-trees, Rainbow Falls 80-foot drop

Idaho: Boise ($511 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Go to a Boise State football game, tour the Old Idaho Penitentiary, walk the Boise River Greenbelt

Illinois: Carbondale ($1280 per week)

Three reasons to visit: exploring 280,000 acres in Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, over 17,000 ponds and rivers

Indiana: Michigan City ($2082 per week)

Three reasons to visit: try your luck at the Blue Chip casino, check out the Michigan City Lighthouse, get a buzz on at Shady Creek Winery

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Iowa: Des Moines ($1225 per week)

Three reasons to visit: paddle board on Gray’s Lake, tour the gorgeous Capitol Building, ride the ferris wheel at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

Kansas: Woodston ($1127 per week)

Three reasons to visit: gawk at the world’s largest ball of twine, tour the Garden of Eden, go for a hike

Kentucky: Rogers ($2500 per week)

Three reasons to visit: a taste of the wild west at Whisman’s Hitching Post, climbing at the Muir Valley Nature Preserve, take a Wilderness First Aid Course

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Louisiana: New Orleans ($1348 per week)

Three reasons to visit: ride the streetcars, drink your way down Bourbon Street, dine at the fancy restaurants in the French Quarter

Maine: Stonington ($816 per week)

Three reasons to visit: hike through the 100-acre Crockett Cove Woods Preserve, experience Acadia National Park, visit the numerous art galleries in the area

Maryland: Oakland ($1337 per week)

Three reasons to visit: explore Swallows Falls State Park or Deep Creek Lake State Park, travel through time at the Garrett County Museum of Transportation, hit the links at Lodgestone Golf Club

Massachusetts: West Harwich ($560 per week)

Three reasons to visit: During the summer, take in a Harwich Mariners baseball game, attend a concert at Brooks Park in Harwich Center, and join in the fun of the Harwich Port Musical Strolls

Michigan: Bellaire ($600 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Kayak or boat the Chain-O-Lakes, hike the trails at Grass River Natural Area, Fat Tire Biking or Snowshoeing at Glacial Hills Pathway

Minnesota: Minneapolis ($683 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Catch a Twins game at brand new Target Field, tour the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, stroll around the Lake of the Isles

Mississippi: Biloxi ($733 per week)

Three reasons to visit: take a shrimping tour and cook up your own southern cuisine, gamble at one of the visited casinos, attend an event like the Bluff Creek Bluegrass Festival (spring) or the classic car show (fall)

Missouri: Branson ($1002 per week)

Three reasons to visit: buy something at the Touch of Brass Art Gallery, have a fun night at the Baldknobbers Entertainment Complex, take a tour of the area on the Branson Scenic Railway

Montana: Red Lodge ($1202 per week)

Three reasons to visit: watch 70 species of animals and birds at the Beartooth Nature Center, see the gun collection and interactive cole mine exhibit at the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum, view original art from over 200 Western and contemporary artists at Carbon County Arts and Depot Gallery

Nebraska: Omaha ($1472 per week)

Three reasons to visit: shop ’til you drop at the Old Market, have a fun day at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, stroll through the Lauritzen Garden, 100 acres of botanical beauty

Nevada: Las Vegas ($1106 per week)

Three reasons to visit: see any of the award-winning shows (like David Copperfield or Britney Spears), walk around the gorgeous hotels like The Bellagio or the Wynn (though save costs by actually staying in a vacation rental), get off the strip and see Red Rock Canyon or the Hoover Dam

New Hampshire: Weirs Beach ($1012 per week)

Three reasons to visit: cruise on the M/S Mount Washington, hit and be hit on the Half Moon Bumper Cars, fly up and away on the AeroBalloon for an amazing view of the area

New Jersey: Asbury Park ($1033 per week)

Three reasons to visit: be a wizard at the Silverball Pinball Museum, stroll along the Asbury Park Boardwalk, catch a show at the Paramount Theater

New Mexico: Angel Fire ($721 per week)

Three reasons to visit: hit the slopes at the Angel Fire Resort, pay your respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, try your hand at Disc Golf

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New York: Niagara Falls ($474 per week)

Three reasons to visit: Take a boat ride on the iconic Maid of the Mist, gamble at the Seneca Niagara Casino, shop til you drop at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA

North Carolina: Beech Mountain ($462 per week)

Three reasons to visit: try out some new jumps at Beech Mountain slopes, play sports at the Buckeye Recreation Center, mountain bike around Emerald Outback

North Dakota: Bismarck ($1083 per week)

Three reasons to visit: tour the North Dakota Heritage Center, see the tigers at the Dakota Zoo, look inside the State Capitol building

Ohio: Cleveland Heights ($980 per week)

Three reasons to visit: see a classic movie at the Cedar Lee Theater, enjoy the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, watch a play or concert at Cain Park

Oklahoma: Broken Bow ($1310 per week)

Three reasons to visit: swim in Broken Bow lake, hunt at the “deer capital of the world”, and hike at Hochatown State Park

Oregon: Florence ($749 per week)

Three reasons to visit: see the views at Heceta Head Lighthouse, do something crazy at Sand Master Park, hike at Honeyman Memorial State Park 

Pennsylvania: Blakeslee ($325 per week)

Three reasons to visit: get behind the wheel at the Stock Car Racing Experience, snow shoe at Split Rock Resort, splash around at the Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

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Rhode Island: Narragansett ($1000 per week)

Three reasons to visit: hit Narragansett Beach, take the ferry to Block Island, tour the Point Judith Lighthouse

South Carolina: Murrells Inlet ($231 per week)

Three reasons to visit: have a picnic in Brookgreen Gardens, lay out at Huntington Beach State Park, take the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

South Dakota: Hill City ($1326 per week)

Three reasons to visit: pan for your fortune at Wade’s Gold Mill, see a Native American dance Brule concert, see the dinos at the Black Hills Institute Museum

Tennessee: Townsend ($854 per week)

Three reasons to visit: shop and eat on Depot Street, explore the massive Great Smoky Mountains National Park, go tubing down the Little River

Texas: Granbury ($840 per week)

Three reasons to visit: walk around Granbury Town Square, take in a show at the Opera House, get locked up at the Hood County Jail

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Utah: Salt Lake City ($449 per week)

Three reasons to visit: for the best views hike the Bonneville Shoreline trail, listen to the Tabernacle Choir, visit the beautifully cultivated Red Butte Gardens

Vermont: Ludlow ($983 per week)

Three reasons to visit: ski down Okemo Mountain, experience the endless family entertainment at Jackson Gore, swim in Buttermilk Falls

Virginia: Mineral ($700 per week)

Three reasons to visit: boat on Lake Anna, take a day trip to Richmond, ride on horseback through the countryside

Washington: Port Townsend ($810 per week)

Three reasons to visit: visit the funky Kelly Art Deco Light Museum, shop at the local farmer’s market, spend the day at Ford Warden State Park

West Virginia: Davis ($682 per week)

Three reasons to visit: be awed by the waterfalls in Blackwater Falls State Park, head underground at Seneca Caverns, take a scenic railroad trip

Wisconsin: Fish Creek ($1075 per week)

Three reasons to visit: bike through Peninsula State Park, see the outdoor art at Edgewood Galleries, have a few drinks at Orchard Country Winery

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Wyoming: Cody ($1089 per week)

Three reasons to visit: learn about Wild West legends at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, for a unique look at firearms visit either the Cody Firearms Museum or the Dug Up Gun Museum, for beautiful views look for the Buffalo Bill Dam or Teton National Forest

For more top lists, check out our list of Top Rated Vacation Rental Destinations in all 50 states.