The big winners of the 2015 Best Value Cities Index are the Midwest and the South, with all of the  top ten cities falling in these regions.

The gold medal goes to Macon, GA, a charming Southern city waiting to be discovered. Macon’s rich and diverse culture comes alive through its heritage museums, Antebellum architecture, and its deep-rooted music  history.  Augusta, another Georgian city perfect for a Southern adventure, takes the number six spot on the  index.

Three stunning lakes,  championship golf courses, and award-winning theme parks are  just a few attractions that  make Branson, MO a top  destination on our list. At number two, Branson’s top  attractions are easily affordable and hotels average at $84/night. Also in the top 50 is Branson’s metropolitan sister,  Kansas  City (#49), which averages a higher

Not far behind in third  place, is USA Today’s “Best Historic City,” Montgomery, AL. More than  a key historic landmark, Montgomery’s national museums, fine art galleries, and family friendly activities make it a dream getaway.

The Sunshine State boasts the  record for most cities included in the  2015 index, with seven fantastic destinations, including beautiful sandy beaches and urban cityscapes making the top 50. Visitors looking for the ideal Florida vacation can save around
$160/night if they head north to Jacksonville (#26), which averages $94/night compared to the  busy nightlife of Miami Beach, which costs on average $254/night. For a truly unique experience along the coast, a visit to St. Augustine (#39), a historic and quaint European-style village,  will only cost  around $117/night.

Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Lone Star State holds true to its reputation with six top cities on our list. The western city of El Paso  (#15) is the first Texan city on the  list, and travelers to the Dallas/Fort Worth  area will be happy to know that spending a night in Fort Worth  (#17) will cost  around $114 when compared to Dallas at $129 a night.

Instead of spending $175/night in New Orleans, visitors interested in Louisiana’s  famous Cajun  culture and Southern lifestyle should consider  the capital city. At an average nightly hotel price of $102, Baton  Rouge (#23) offers historic sites,  year-round festivals, and unbeatable dining options for every foodie at heart.

Rounding out the top ten are Knoxville, TN (#9) and Little Rock, AR (#10). Knoxville’s stunning nature and Little Rock’s booming entertainment scene are just a few reasons these two Southern standouts are among America’s most affordable and fun cities.

High-Resolution Photo Gallery for Top 10 US Value Destinations

1.   Macon, GA
Third Street Park, © Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau

2.   Branson, MO Table Rock Lake at Sunset,  ©

3.   Montgomery, AL Alabama  State Capital Building, © Alabama Tourism Department

4.   Lincoln, NE
Quilt Center, © Nebraska Tourism

5.   Wichita, KS Downtown  Skyline, © Go Wichita

6.   Augusta, GA Augusta  Skyline, © Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

7.   Tulsa, OK Downtown  Tulsa, © Downtown Tulsa

8.   Springfield, MO
Route 66 Information  Center, © Springfield, Mo Convention & Visitors Bureau

9.   Knoxville, TN Downtown  Knoxville, © Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

10.  Little Rock, AR
Little Rock Skyline, © Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau