Who says you have to pay big city prices for big city trips? Savvy travelers know you can save tons by staying in towns and cities right next door to your main destination. Hotel prices are much less expensive, but getting into an around is as easy as renting a car or even taking public transportation.

Play in: New York City, NY But Stay in: Long Island City, NY

Broadway shows, some of the finest restaurants in the world, amazing museums and galleries, designer boutiques: New York has all of it and much more. Which means, of course, that adding all of this together gets a little pricy. Save yourself so major cash on your hotel bill by staying in nearby Long Island City in Queens, instead. And if you don’t feel like heading into Manhattan one day? You can still enjoy the area’s art galleries, trend-setting restaurants and bars, and impressive skyline views.

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Play in: Las Vegas, NV But Stay in: Henderson, NV

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas—but that doesn’t mean you have to. Sin City’s impressive area of restuarants, shows, and casinos can put a drain on your vacation funds faster than you can say “I’m all in.” Save yourself some money by booking your stay in Henderson, Nevada, the town just next to Las Vegas proper.

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Play in: Boston, MA But Stay in: Cambridge, MA

With a historic ballpark right in the middle of town, high-end shopping in the Beacon Hill and Back Bay neighborhoods, plentiful pubs and bars, plus and opera and orchestra (the Boston Pops) to rival nearly any in the country, Boston has something for everyone. Just across the river in Cambridge, though, you’ll find you can often shave the price off of your stay without missing a thing.

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Play in: Chicago, IL But Stay in: Rosemont, IL

Between Cloud Gate (the giant, metallic bean-looking sculpture), a gorgeous lakefront, the Art Institute and the impressive Magnificent Mile, the must-see attractions are plentiful in Chicago. And while downtown is fun to explore, it can be expensive for staying. Book in nearby Rosemont to save on your hotel without sacrificing any fun.

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Play in: Dallas, TX But Stay in Fort Worth, TX

They say everything’s bigger in Texas and, yes, sometimes that means the cost of staying. Spend your money noching your way across the city (Dallas has the most restaurants per capita in the US!) and save by staying in nearby Fort Worth.

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