San Francisco

Another one of the nation's costliest cities can also be doable on a dime.

Expedia's Tilston suggests cutting expenses by staying outside the city altogether. The DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina is on the other side of the Bay Bridge but is just a 10-minute ride to San Francisco. Rates start at about $100 a night and parking is free. Wine enthusiasts can explore the nearby wineries while saving a boatload on accommodations.

In the city itself, Swan says visitors should walk through Fisherman's wharf to see the seals, boats and street performers, ride a cable car or head to Jack London Square where there is a farmers market, free yoga, and live music every Sunday.

The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival also hosts free outdoor concerts and performances for kids and adults all summer long.

Last updated June 20 2011: 2:36 PM ET
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