PHOTO: San Antonio River Walk (Photo courtesy Wikimedia)
The economy may be improving, but that doesn’t mean that Americans have lost interest in a good value, says Travel + Leisure.
“In this year’s America’s Favorite Cities survey, readers ranked 35 metropolitan areas in qualities such as fine dining and cultural offerings, which become especially enticing when offered in a lower price range,” writes Katrina Brown Hunt.
Gas prices and hotel room rates have being going up, worrying travelers. So, finding a bargain or heading to a destination that travelers perceive as less expensive is a concept building in popularity.
“According to the Traveler Sentiment Index, from marketing firm MMGY Global, 57 percent of Americans are planning a vacation sometime within the next six months—but high gas prices worry 51 percent of them. Hotel rates have also ticked up about 7 percent since summer 2012, according to Kayak.com,” notes Hunt.
When it comes to affordable cities, Kansas City, Mo., ranked number-one on the list.
“It’s one of the few cities where hotel prices have stayed the same or even dropped in the past year (the average summer rate is $137, according to Kayak). Sightseeing also remains a great value: you’ll get in free at three of Kansas City’s main art museums, as well as two fun factory-style tours (the Hallmark Visitors Center and the Boulevard Brewing Company),” notes Hunt.
READ MORE: Tips for Budget Travel in Europe
Nashville was the second-most affordable.
“Voters increasingly love affable Nashville for its locavore-friendly food scene, ranking the city highly for burgers, cafés, and microbrews,” Hunt says.
The number three spot went to Nashville.
“The Texas city inched two spots closer to No. 1 this year and ranked near the top for its free attractions—such as all five of the city’s historic missions, including the Alamo,” says Hunt.
For more affordable cities, read on here.