You can enjoy some of the hottest destinations for your next travel adventure, whether you’re looking for a place to splurge or a budget pleaser. GOBankingRates compiled the most popular destinations for U.S. travelers, based on data compiled by travel website Hipmunk. The total price stated includes average flight price and hotel costs for a four-night stay.
If you’re wondering where to plan your next adventure, keep reading to see the biggest travel hot spots for any budget.
The 10 Cheapest Travel Hot Spots of 2017
Saving money on flights and lodging means that you can travel further afield and more frequently, and that’s a win-win for anyone who enjoys exploring the world. Check out these top picks of the least expensive places ― and some of the best travel destinations ― to visit in 2017.
10. Tampa, Fla.
Flight + 4-night stay: $781
Looking for a little sun and relaxation without breaking the bank? Consider jetting off to sunny Tampa, which is home to Busch Gardens and a world of fun attractions for all the family. Animal lovers also will enjoy the Safari Wilderness and giraffe ranches.
9. Oakland, Calif.
Flight + 4-night stay: $779
Oakland has beautiful year-round sunshine, a thriving arts scene, and picturesque San Francisco Bay and lakeside views. Take small kids to the Children’s Fairyland for gentle rides, story time and special events. Or just 20 minutes from downtown, take in the natural majesty of Redwood Regional Park.
8. Long Beach, Calif.
Flight + 4-night stay: $776
Southern California is the perfect place to get away and enjoy a little rest and relaxation. Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, which houses more than 11,000 species. With a free day, take a boat ride to Catalina Island, and if you are lucky, you might see some dolphins frolicking in the surf as you pass by. Or, if you prefer boats that stay still, take a tour of the famed ocean liner, The Queen Mary.
7. Santa Ana, Calif.
Flight + 4-night stay: $774
In the heart of Orange County, Santa Ana welcomes visitors looking for a bargain vacation without having to sacrifice any of the luxuries. Wander the downtown streets, perusing boutiques, taking in a theater performance or stopping to refuel at one of the many artsy coffee shops. Don’t forget to stroll the galleries in this eclectic O.C. city.
6. Jacksonville, Fla.
Flight + 4-night stay: $761
Surfers, fishermen and beach bums alike will enjoy the 1,100 miles of shoreline in Jacksonville, where you can partake in a wide range of water sports. Jax, as it’s known to residents, also has a thriving arts scene, including installations around the city in unexpected places as part of the Art in Public Places Program. For outdoor enthusiasts, explore 80,000 acres of parks and trails.
5. Charlotte, N.C.
Flight + 4-night stay: $760
Home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte gets visitors’ hearts racing with world-class sports events, museums, amusement parks and fine dining. You also can learn more about the South in post-Civil War exhibits. With hotel costs averaging $108 per night, Charlotte represents a great value option for the entire family.
4. Fort Myers, Fla.
Flight + 4-night stay: $736
Many visitors to Fort Myers come for the sun, sand and good times, but it’s also a great place for a little education. Fort Myers is home to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, where inventors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford spent a number of winters next door to each other, beginning in 1916. Here you can learn more about these amazing men and view their laboratories and botanical gardens.
3. Orlando, Fla.
Flight + 4-night stay: $731
With the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando is always a popular destination. That adds a lot to the cost of an Orlando trip, but you can still enjoy an Orlando vacation on the cheap if you plan well. If you choose to skip the costly amusement and theme parks, Orlando also offers visitors shopping outlets and golf courses galore, as well as free attractions such as the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
2. Guadalajara, Mexico
Flight + 4-night stay: $719
International travel for such a bargain price is hard to beat. So dust off that passport and book a trip to Guadalajara to sample some of the world’s best tequila. Be sure to visit a wellness retreat to tune up the mind, body and spirit in this beautiful sunny Mexican location.
1. Havana, Cuba
Flight + 4-night stay: $646
You’ll need to check ever-changing regulations regarding U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba, but if you are able to visit Havana, expect to want to return again and again. Colonial architecture and mid-century cars are the backdrop to a culturally rich and vibrant capital city with a salsa beat at its heart.
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The 10 Most Expensive Travel Hot Spots of 2017
If your cash is burning a hole in your pocket, use it to create lifelong memories by visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world. They also happen to be some of the most expensive travel destinations.
10. Nassau, Bahamas
Flight + 4-night stay: $1,574
It’s no real surprise that a trip to paradise might cost you a fair bit. Hotels in Nassau run about $274 per night, and you won’t even spend much time in the room because you’ll be seeing coral reefs, enjoying ocean vistas or relaxing on miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Take the whole family to the water park, Aquaventure at Atlantis, for a day of wild rides and thrills.
9. Milan, Italy
Flight + 4-night stay: $1,585
Italy is on many travelers’ ideal European itineraries, and Milan ― with its designer stores, cathedrals and its history of art, fashion and design ― often tops travel wish lists. Order an authentic Italian pizza, but be prepared to be disappointed by your hometown pie forever more.
8. Lihue, Hawaii
Flight + 4-night stay: $1,586
Travel here is not cheap, but as you look out at the stunning landscape of Kauai and listen to the Pacific Ocean lapping at the shore, you might just feel it’s money well spent. The beach lures travelers from far afield, but people also come here to golf, hike and admire the stunning waterfalls and mountains. Treat yourself to some of the expensive and unforgettable Hawaii experiences you can have.
7. Hyderabad, India
Flight + 4-night stay: $1,590
Located in Southern India, Hyderabad is also known as the Pearl City. It enchants visitors with its colorful markets, such as Laad Bazaar, where you can pick up a souvenir or two and sample the amazing cuisine available on every corner. Traveling to Hyderabad is becoming the newest travel trend. Although it might be somewhat expensive, you might find it’s a life-changing trip that’s worth it.
6. Mumbai, India
Flight + 4-night stay: $1,612
Mumbai once was called Bombay. It is India’s largest city and a sensory experience. Loud, pulsing and alive with the scent of spices and street food, Mumbai is the home of Bollywood. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a movie being filmed during your visit.
5. Montego, Jamaica
Flight + 4-night stay: $1,680
The calm waters and sandy beaches of Montego Bay welcome a variety of visitors every year, from couples looking to relax and recharge to students on spring break looking to let their hair down. There are a number of attractions designed for adrenaline junkies, including secret waterfalls and swimming holes where you can dive, hike and play for the day.
4. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Flight + 4-night stay: $1,687
Many hotels in the Dominican Republic are all-inclusive options, so the initial price might cover some of your usual vacation expenses such as dining and drinks, but it is still not a bargain travel destination. Punta Cana offers an abundance of activities, such as horseback riding, snorkeling, zip lining and, of course, golf. The nightlife is hopping.
Flight + 4-night stay: $1,698
Japan’s capital city is a clash of modernity and ancient regality. Skyscrapers and crowded streets have taken a space alongside traditional temples in a mix of cool technology and an appreciation for history and Japanese culture.
Check out the megamalls and sample some of the best sushi you’ll ever taste. You’ll want to save some money for shopping and dining, though, since flights will set you back an average of $942. If you’re really looking to spend, Tokyo’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel offers suites only the rich can afford.
2. Munich, Germany
Flight + 4-night stay: $1,777
Bavaria’s capital, Munich, is the setting of one of the oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets in the world. Wander the stalls, pick up a few Christmas presents and listen to carol singers in the heart of old Europe. During the summer, be sure to visit the Nymphenburg Palace to see the beautiful Baroque royal residences of Bavarian monarchs past.
Flight + 4-night stay: $2,320
Sydney, Australia, is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities on the planet and a long way from the United States ― nearly 7,500 miles from Los Angeles, nearly 10,000 from New York City ― hence the heavy price tag. Once you arrive, enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace of one of the many harborside restaurants and take in the beauty of the Sydney Opera House. Don’t forget to stroll through the botanical gardens.
Methodology: Hipmunk supplied GOBankingRates with travel data about the most popular destinations of 2017 for U.S. travelers, and calculated how bookings changed from last year, the average flight and hotel prices, and then ranked destinations by cost of flight and four-night stay.