TripAdvisor released the results of its annual TripIndex Cities cost-comparison study, and the results show Dallas as the most affordable U.S. city for a summer vacation destination and Seattle as the priciest U.S. city.

TripAdvisor uses the TripIndex as a way to identify travel locations that offer the best value for tourists. TripIndex compares the cost of a three-night trip during the summertime in about 60 tourist cities in the U.S. and internationally, basing the trips upon two people going. Each day is calculated by including  a four-star hotel stay, some kind of organized local tour or activity, a round-trip taxi ride, and meals (only lunch and dinner for the purposes of the TripIndex).

TripAdvisor released this year’s TripIndex results June 17, revealing that The West had seven out of the 10 most expensive cities to travel to on the U.S. TripIndex — including No. 1 Seattle with an average three-day trip costing $2,080.

The Southern U.S. destinations were more than half of the least expensive places to travel to in the U.S. with Miami and Orlando included in the top 10 least expensive destinations, costing $1,262 and $1,503 respectively.

“The South is the most affordable U.S. region for a summer city escape, with a three-day trip estimated at about $1,300. That’s $450 less than what travelers would pay for a similar trip to Western cities, according to the TripIndex,” said TripAdvisor Director of Communications Brooke Ferencsik in a press release.

A good handful of the most affordable cities to travel to worldwide during the summer are located in Southeast Asia, while Cancun is No. 1 on the most expensive international travel destinations.

To read the entire press release for the full TripIndex results, click here.



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