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It’s cliche — but it’s cheap: the Las Vegas vacation.
Sin City is the cheapest popular summer vacation destination this year, according to a study by GOBankingRates.
The website ranked 50 of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S. based on hotel, air and ground travel, and food and drink costs for a five-day vacation. The rankings use data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics and Numbeo.
GOBankingRates editor-in-chief Casey Bond states in a press release:
You don’t have to drive to the middle of nowhere to find a cheap summer vacation. In fact, some of the least expensive destinations on our list are also the most popular.
The best cities for cheap vacations are:
- Las Vegas (lowest average round-trip flight prices of the 50 cities)
- Jacksonville, Florida (lowest overall hotels prices)
- Orlando, Florida
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Salt Lake City
- Memphis, Tennessee
The worst cities for cheap vacations are:
- New York
- Santa Barbara, California
- San Francisco
- Jersey City, New Jersey
- Charleston, S.C.
- Los Angeles
While GOBankingRates’ analysis is based primary on big-ticket costs, they aren’t the only type of vacation expense that can put a dent in your budget, Bond states:
It’s important to remember that saving money on vacation doesn’t end with finding a cheap flight or inexpensive hotel room; don’t blow your budget on squeezing in visits to crowded tourist traps. You can have more fun, spend less money and get a more authentic experience at some of the cheapest cities in the country.
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