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Ranking the Most Affordable, Expensive US Vacation Destinations

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | May 07, 2015

Ranking the Most Affordable, Expensive US Vacation Destinations

A recent study conducted by GOBankingRates reveals the most affordable and expensive popular U.S. vacation destinations for travelers in 2015.

Taking into consideration a number of key factors including hotel prices, airfare, transportation costs and food and drink expenses, the study examined 50 of the most beloved U.S. cities, determining where travelers are more and less likely to save. 

Somewhat surprisingly, Sin City topped the list as the most affordable vacation destination.

"The place is just crawling with deals, like inexpensive buffets, hotel and show packages, and more," writes GOBankingRates' Morgan Quinn. "Plus, most airports offer multiple flights a day, and the average cost of a round-trip flight to Vegas was the lowest of any city featured on this list."

Not far behind Las Vegas is Orlando, Florida, one of America's premier destinations offering a wide array of attractions, including top-flight theme park resorts like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. 

As for the other standouts, here's a closer look at the top 10 most affordable cities, counting down from the most affordable, based on GOBankingRates' research:

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

2. Jacksonville, Florida

3. Orlando, Florida

4. Kansas City, Missouri

5. Detroit, Michigan

6. Albuquerque, New Mexico

7. Grand Rapids, Michigan

8. Salt Lake City, Utah

9. Memphis, Tennessee

10. Denver, Colorado

When it comes to the most expensive U.S. vacation destinations, coastal metropolises like New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Miami headline the list. 

According to GOBankingRates' research, the Big Apple is the most expensive among the U.S.'s top cities, with hotel rooms and food and drink costing travelers much more than in most other places. 

Three California-based destinations made the list also, with Santa Barbara and San Francisco joining L.A. among the most expensive. The former's average roundtrip airfare was the highest of any destination researched, while the latter's average food and drink costs were the highest of any researched destination.

Here's how the top 10 most expensive destinations shook out, according to GOBankingRates: 

1. New York, New York 

2. Santa Barbara, California

3. San Francisco, California

4. Jersey City, New Jersey

5. Honolulu, Hawaii

6. Charleston, South Carolina

7. Boston, Massachusetts

8. Los Angeles, California

9. Miami, Florida

10. Houston, Texas

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