So I just graduated in the spring with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Math from a state supported school without much in the way of a reputation. I have done about two full years of undergraduate research, no REU's, no publications, and I'm currently working as a Physics tech with some research going on on the side. What I really want to do is to pursue a PhD in experimental physics (probably Biophysics, nuclear physics, or cosmology depending on what research the different groups are getting into). I am thinking of applying to a large school that has a lot of variety in its research groups. My GPA is sound (3.98/4.00), my general GRE is 650V 760Q, but my Physics GRE is lower than the other two (550). I am fairly certain that my score could go up if I took it again, but I'm wondering if it's worth the financial, time, and stress commitment of re-studying for the November exam.
What are some schools that typically accept students with a profile like mine?
As far as letters of recommendation go, I think I could get some very good ones from my lab advisors (PI's). I guess what I'm saying is that the biggest thing against me is my Physics GRE score. How important is that and where should I focus my attention for applications this fall?
My search is not limited to American schools, only English-speaking schools.