Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
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10 most expensive states for travelers

Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
The AAA 2008 Vacation Costs Survey, which culls published rates for more than 60,000 restaurants and lodgings, recommends a budget of $244 per day for two while traveling in North America.

Here are the states found to be the most expensive vacation spots. (Costs are based on average published prices for meals and lodgings for two adults.)


1. Hawaii

Lodging: $675.36

Meals: $117.40

Total average daily cost: $792.76

Photo: Hulupoe Beach near the hotel at Manele Bay. (Beverly Beyette / Los Angeles Times)
Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
2. Washington, D.C.

Lodging: $459.90

Meals: $114.84

Total average daily cost: $574.74

Photo: A menorah and flags of the American Army divisions that liberated the Nazi concentration camps stand under the rotunda during the Days of Remembrance Program in the U.S. Capitol on May 1. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
3. New York

Lodging: $219.96

Meals: $99.90

Total average daily cost: $319.86

Photo: People gather near the lions in front of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street in New York.  (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)
Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
4. Nevada

Lodging: $177.32

Meals: $123.52

Total average daily cost: $300.84

Photo: Cutout shapes that frame views of the Sierra Nevada from the rooftop sculpture garden is one of many of the aspects of the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. (Scott Sady / Associated Press)
Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
5. Florida

Lodging: $212.49

Meals: $76.26

Total average daily cost: $288.75

Photo: Participants canoe the Blackwater River on the way to Button Bay in Florida’s 10,000 Islands in the Gulf of Mexico. (Carol Mizuno)
Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
6. Massachusetts

Lodging: $203.18

Meals: $83.52

Total average daily cost: $286.70

Photo: A 430,000 square-foot building at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is designed by Frank Gehry. (Andy Ryan)
Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
7. Rhode Island

Lodging: $202.72

Meals: $83.82

Total average daily cost: $286.54

Photo: A Westin Hotel overlooks Waterplace Park and Memorial Boulevard in Providence. (Kris Craig / Associated Press)
Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
8. California

Lodging: $188.38

Meals: $97.16

Total average daily cost: $285.54

Photo: The Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. (Ken Lubas / Los Angeles Times)
Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
9. Delaware

Lodging: $179.46

Meals: $104.20

Total average daily cost: $283.66

Photo: Dover Downs Race Track in Delaware. (Rusty Kennedy / Associated Press)
Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive states
10. New Jersey

Lodging: $186.97

Meals: $94.04

Total average daily cost: $281.01

Photo: Fans enter the Prudential Center before Game Five of the 2008 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils in Newark, N.J. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)
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