10 popular US cities that will cost you a lot to visit

When thinking about vacationing in the United States, there are a few places that tend to pop up on “must visit” lists. However, these places can often be crowded and expensive.

Charleston, South Carolina

Home to some of the most popular historic destinations in the country (including the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site), Charleston is a common vacation spot for families and couples alike.


If you want to do anything in Philadelphia besides visit the Liberty Bell (which is indeed free), your costs can add up pretty quickly.

San Francisco

San Francisco may be a foodie’s paradise, but it will cost you. Expect to spend over $100 for a meal for two, and that’s not even at some of the more high-end restaurants.


Nashville is often on the must-visit list for music fans, making it a crowded and pricey place to visit.


Boston is yet another historic city on the list with historically high price tags. Cute bed-and-breakfasts, boutique shops and historical sites can take a big bite out of your travel budget.

Austin, Texas

Austin, which has increased in popularity over the years, has one of the highest hotel and airfare rates on the list. Known for its hopping nightlife and vast array of shops and restaurants, Austin’s swanky vibe comes at a pretty high price.

Washington, D.C.

Perhaps one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, the nation’s capital has plenty of free things to do and see, but hotels and dining can add up quickly.

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is charming and beautiful, but you can definitely rack up a sizable tab in this quaint mountain town.

Maui, Hawaii

Expect to dip into your savings to pay for this island paradise’s luxuries, especially if you plan on drinking (it’s got the highest drink prices on the list).

New York City

Literally nothing is cheap in this city (except a cup of coffee, and no, we don’t mean Starbucks), unless you plan on staying in Central Park for the vast majority of your visit.

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