My wife and I had scheduled to take a week-long vacation in mid-July to the Canadian Rockies, but for financial reasons we had to back out of it. We had booked a vacation package that cost around $3000 and for one reason or another that was just too much. We still want to do a vacation, and we have the time off from work. But now we're looking for something relatively low-budget and perhaps within driving distance of where we live, which is Indianapolis. Although with gas prices being what they are, flying somewhere might in some instances be cheaper... and we have a local airline (ATA) which can fly to some major cities fairly inexpensively. So flying is not totally out of the question. So, any ideas? Here are some that we've had and which we've ruled out: - East Tennessee/Smoky Mountains. It's beautiful there, but we've vacationed there several times already and we're looking for something different. - Washington, D.C. We're both history/politics buffs and would love to spend some time in the nation's capital, but it's just going to be too hot in D.C. in July. We don't like heat. - So I guess on that note we've ruled out places that get really hot or humid, like the Gulf Coast or Florida. We took our honeymoon in the U.P. of Michigan and we had a great time, so that's one place we've considered. We've also thought about Colorado, because I've been there a couple of times on business and my wife has never been there, plus we have friends in Denver; but that seems kind of far away if we're going to drive. And we had similar thoughts about upstate New York or possibly New Hampshire. So... let's hear it from you.