San Diego among most affordable cities for summer travel, study says

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego was named one of the most affordable cities in the U.S. for travelers, according to a study done by a travel booking website.

TripAdvisor announces the most and least expensive cities in the U.S. and throughout the world for summer travel, based on a cost comparison study.

The study was conducted by an independent research firm that compared the cost of a 3-day summer trip for 2 travelers in 39 key tourist cities around the world.

Top 10 Least Expensive U.S. Cities:

  1. New Orleans, Louisiana
  2. Houston, Texas
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada
  4. Atlanta, Georgia
  5. Dallas, Texas
  6. Miami, Florida
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. San Diego, CA
  10. Minneapolis, MN

Top 10 Most Expensive U.S. Cities:

1. Orlando
2. Honolulu
3. Seattle
4. Boston
5. New York City
6. Los Angeles
7. San Francisco
8. Denver
9. Portland, Ore.
10. Chicago

According to the study, the southern cities had more summer savings:

More than half of the least expensive U.S. destinations during summer are in the South, with New Orleans topping the list ($1,148) and #2 Houston ($1,190), #4 Atlanta ($1,296) and #5 Dallas ($1,315) rounding out the top five.

Budget-savvy travelers will be happy to know that there are plenty of free activities in Washington, D.C. In fact, the top five things to do in the city on TripAdvisor are all available free of charge.

Las Vegas offers the least expensive U.S. hotel rates at around $190 per night.

While New Orleans boasts the most affordable lunch prices ($31 per day), San Diego takes the honor for the least expensive dinners at around $79 for two.