With a shaky economy sending Wall Street into a tailspin, would-be travelers may feel inclined to stay put. But even $500 can be stretched into a two-night getaway in some of the USA's top tourist destinations — with a little planning.
To kick off our Affordable America series, USA TODAY sent three reporters to New York City, Orlando and Las Vegas with just $500 for a weekend's worth of lodging, meals and entertainment. The deals they found might surprise you.
Three cities, two nights