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Planning a cheap summer trip

Even in the priciest places, you can have fun without spending much.

Bicycling in Chicago.

© Beth Gauper

In Chicago, use Divvy bike-sharing to explore the lakefront.

Spring barely has started, but it's time to think about summer trips especially the ones that book up fast.

We found some interesting ways to save money this year. On Minnesota's popular North Shore of Lake Superior, a hostel has opened. In eastern Iowa, a benefit bike tour includes free skin-cancer screenings. In Chicago, a family of six can camp next to the Museum Campus for $50.

Here are the 2016 editions of our cheap-trips series.

For Minnesota, see Cheap summer getaways in Minnesota.

For Wisconsin, see Cheap summer getaways in Wisconsin.

For the U.P. and western Michigan, see Cheap summer getaways in Michigan.

For Illinois and Iowa, see Cheap summer getaways in Iowa and Illinois.

Last updated on March 31, 2016