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Cheap summer getaways

No money, no problem: Here are dozens of great vacations that cost $100 or less.

Camping on Lake Pepin.

© Beth Gauper

In summer, you don't have to spend very much to have a great vacation.

You don't even have to know much. Sign up for one of Minnesota's I Can Camp! programs, and a family of six pays just $40 for one night in a state park and $60 for two nights instruction, tents and gear included.

Wisconsin has a lot of music festivals where families can camp on the grounds. Tickets include performances and more corn feeds, kickball, canoeing, even fireworks.

This year, we found so many cheap trips that we had to split them into separate stories.

They're all $100 or less for a weekend. Many give you a roof over your head, and the trips that require tent camping also include guides, meals and/or fun things to do.

For 20 Wisconsin trips, see Cheap summer getaways in Wisconsin.

For 20 Minnesota trips, see Cheap summer getaways in Minnesota.

Next week: Cheap vacations in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.

Last updated on May 14, 2014