Everybody loves a bargain, especially when it comes to traveling with family—the cost of hotels, dining and activities can really add up quickly! The good news: if you travel with a keen eye and pay attention to packages and deals, you won’t have to sacrifice important amenities or lose that ineffable look of wonder on your kids’ faces. We’ve rounded up 10 places where you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck, so flip through the album below to see them all.

Stay Weird in Portland, Or

Portland has long been a haven for families looking for good food, outdoor fun and more.

What to Do
From hands-on science activities at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to loads of beautiful parks (hello, Washington Park!), public fountains and open-air weekend markets—Portland has it all. Young kiddos under five will love Portland Children's Museum, and kids ages six to ten will find the Portland Art Museum, Oaks Amusement Park, and Children's Theater interesting.

The oldest kids in the bunch will geek out at Powell's City of Books (there are some really off-the-wall titles there), and a Willamette Jetboat tour or bike riding along the riverfront is perfect if you want to explore by water. If your family wants to "Keep Portland Weird," you may want to check out Voodoo Doughnuts or make your own pancakes at Slappy Cakes. And, if you're trying to save a penny, check out the Chinook Book app, which has discounts at 145 restaurants and attractions around the city.

Where to Stay
One of the best travel planning resources is the Travel Portland website. Here, you can find up-to-date scheduling info for concerts, family-friendly events and fun happenings around the city. Also, you can book lodging based on a specific neighborhood or level of "alternativeness." Maybe you'd like to stay in a converted elementary school, a cabin or a former saloon? What about an urban farm or a tiny house hotel? It's all possible! But, in end, if you choose a regular hotel with a pool, we won't judge. After all, it's your vacation!

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What’s your favorite budget-friendly vacay spot? Share with us in a Comment below. 

— Wendy Altschuler