Once you near retirement or fully retire, your travel priorities start to change: According to the 2019 Boomer Travel Trends report from AARP, baby boomers plan to take four to five trips this year on average, mainly to places right here in the U.S.

The good news is that lack of free time isn’t an impediment to traveling for this age group, as it is for younger generations, who cite work and family obligations as key reasons to stay put. But costs remain the No. 1 barrier, cited by 40% of boomers as a reason not to take a vacation.

Don’t let a tight budget hold you back. When you look at the favorite U.S. travel destinations from a recent Expedia survey, expensive cities top the list: Miami, Las Vegas, and New York City are one, two, and three. For retirees, Washington, D.C. leads the wish list.

To stretch your budget, you need to look past the pricey urban favorites.

To find locations that deliver great experiences at a price you can afford, we reached out to travel experts for their top picks in the U.S. These seven sites stand out as vacation values now.

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