St. Augustine, Fla.
A pristine beach, majestic architecture, cozy streets, rich history. Who needs Miami?
Why its a great value: Its Florida without the kitsch or the cost. Flights are cheap, hotel rates are reasonable, and all of the best sites are free or inexpensive.
How to get there and around: Fly to Jacksonville. Last month, fares for September on US Airways were as low as $157 round trip from Boston (800-428-4322, www.usairways.com). Also check Jet- Blue for deals (800-538-2583, www.jetblueairways.com). While most of St. Augustine can be seen on foot, renting a car is recommended to get to nearby beaches. I found good rates at Alamo Rent A Car (800-327-9633, www.alamo.com).