The least expensive cities to vacation

We’re about to head into the holiday travel season, which – combined with everybody at the office trying to figure out how to use all their available vacation days before the end of the year – results in a whole lot of people going out on vacation at about the same time.

You could head out to the same old destinations you always do, but have you thought about doing something a little different, and maybe save some money doing it?

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The biggest cost of any vacation travel is typically the hotel (after airfare, of course – but who says you always have to fly everywhere you go?).

So what if you plan your vacation not so much on where you want to go, but maybe on the place that you could save the most money in the process?

It goes without saying that cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco are perennially at the top of the list of most expensive hotel cities, but where are the LEAST EXPENSIVE HOTEL CITIES TO TRAVEL TO?  Some of these cities are worth going to on their own, but to be able to save money while doing so?  That’s a bonus!

  1. Montreal
  2. Las Vegas (just don’t gamble, you’ll save a TON of money)
  3. Vancouver
  4. Phoenix
  5. San Diego
  6. Dallas
  7. Orlando
  8. San Antonio (which is weird, since Austin – a mere hour drive away – is considered a more expensive city to hotel)
  9. Toronto
  10. Atlanta

Granted, this survey is based on “average rate for hotels’ cheapest available double room”, and for hotels near the city’s center district.  With that fact, your mileage may vary if you choose to stay in a ritzier part of town that’s just outside the survey area.

Still, we hear Montreal is a wonderful place to visit.  Perhaps not in winter, though.  Too cold.