Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 most expensive cities
Ever wondered what the most expensive cities to visit are? The AAA comes up with answers in its 2008 Vacation Costs Survey. The results are based on a survey of more than 60,000 restaurants and lodgings in North America.
Here are the cities found to be the most expensive vacation spots. (Costs are based on average published prices for meals and lodgings for two adults.)
Total average daily cost: $673.13
Photo: Aaron “A-ron” Mikami holds leis made of plumeria, orchids and other fresh tropical flowers to be added to what is hoped will become the world’s longest lei near Waikiki Beach in Honolulu in May.
[Click here for “Traveling for Two in the United States: the 10 least expensive cities] (Lucy Pemoni / Associated Press)
2. New York City, N.Y.
Total average daily cost: $606.38
Artist rendering: Waterfalls will be springing up at four locations in New York City this summer as part of an arts project. This is a rendering of one that will be placed under the Brooklyn Bridge.(Olafur Eliasson, 2008 / Public Art Fund)
3. Miami-Miami Beach, Fla.
Total average daily cost: $370.29
Nightlife is big in Miami’s South Beach area.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
4. San Diego
Total average daily cost: $361.35
Photo: Three baby Burmese star tortoises at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego in May.(Ken Bohn / Zoological Society of San Diego)
5. Las Vegas
Total average daily cost: $357.92
Photo: Gamblers play at table games at the Palazzo hotel and casino in Las Vegas.(Isaac Brekken / Associated Press)
6. Washington, D.C.
Total average daily cost: $352.31
Photo: “Phoenix,” a replica of a living North Atlantic right whale, dominates a new exhibit hall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The new hall will open to the public in September 2008.(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
7. San Francisco
Total average daily cost: $336.69
Photo: A plaque commemorating a Barry Bonds feat is just outside San Francisco’s ATT Park. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
8. Los Angeles
Total average daily cost: $332.47
Photo: The pool and fountain next to the Museum of Contemporary Art in the California Plaza area in downtown Los Angeles.(Bryan McLellan / For The Times)
Total average daily cost: $323.69
Photo: The skyline of Boston.(Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)
10. Long Beach
Total average daily cost: $308.14
Photo: A whale-watching boat heads back to port in Long Beach Harbor, passing a whale mural on the Aquarium of the Pacific.
[Click here for “Traveling for two in the United States: the 10 least expensive cities. Also check out the 10 most expensive and least expensive states to vacation in.] (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)