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<strong>2009 Top Destinations</strong>

Washington, DC, USA
(Frommer's pick for the budget destination of 2009)

Change has come to the nation's capital, and the influx of new blood and governing energy isn't the only reason to visit. Wait until after the millions leave on January 21, and you'll discover one of the world's great budget cities. Almost every major attraction Washington has to offer—from the Smithsonian Museums to the National Monuments to the National Zoo, home to the giant pandas—is free. Leisure travelers are ideally situated to snag great deals on hotel rooms on weekends, when business travelers clear out and hotels are eager to fill rooms. New for 2009: the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.

Photo: Wyn Van Devanter