Currently I have and Ibanez artcore, a strat copy, a strat copy bass, and a nylon classical acoustic, but recently ive been wanting a nice steel string acoustic to play and travel with. My price limit is around $200 nothing over $250 tops if its a nice guitar. I play alot of Kevin Devine, Brand New, The Early November, Circa Survive etc.
Yamaha's guitars are good for the price. I own two and there's no dead spots which you usually get with guitars for that price.
bump for the yamahas, I have a fg730s ($300)...it plays wonderfully and gets a lot of compliments
try to find a samick/greg bennett D-2. I got mine for about $150, so it's cheaper than your price range, but I got many comments on how the quality was very good for such an inexpensive guitar (till I sold it to get my martin). if you're looking for cheap instruments, definitely check out their lineup.
get the fg730s yamaha !!but its 300 .. or you could get the fg700s yamaha .. i think its only 250