WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Living in Washington, D.C. can be expensive but visiting it can be expensive, too. According to a recent survey, D.C. is the 7th most expensive city in the nation to visit for two people, says TripAdvisor.
In a TripIndex Cities survey comparing the cost of an average hotel stay per night, cocktails for two, two-course dinner with a bottle of wine and round-trip taxes fares in major cities,* the average totalcost of a trip to the nation's capital is $446.13. That price is just for one night out for two people.
Here's the breakdown of costsfor D.C.:
Average cost of a hotel: $324.41
Average cost of a return taxi trip: $17.72
Average cost of dinner for two: $74.00
Average cost of cocktails for two: $30.00
Six other cities beat out D.C. for the most expensive major cities to visit, according to the survey. They are:
- Honolulu, Hawaii - $504.94 total
- New York City, New York - $504.25
- Boston, Massachusetts - $473.59
- San Francisco, California - $471.89
- Chicago, Illinois - $448.45
- Los Angeles, California - $447.61
See where other U.S. cities rank here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.TripIndex_Cities_2013_US_Local
For people looking for more of a bargain, here are the top7 least expensive U.S. cities to visit:
- Las Vegas, Nevada - $272.94
- Miami, Florida - $318.62
- Dallas, Texas - $328.55
- Atlanta, Georgia - $331.14
- Portland, Oregon - $347.67
- New Orleans, Louisiana - $348.66
- Houston, Texas - $355.23
*TripAdvisor says the prices were recorded between March and April 2013. Hotel prices are the average cost per night of a room at a four-star hotel found on TripAdvisor in each destination for the summer travel period (June 1 - August 31, 2013). Cocktail pricesare the average cost of two traditional dry martinis from a top-rated five-star hotel bar on TripAdvisor in each destination. Dinner prices are the average cost of a appetizer and main course for two people with a bottle of house (or cheapest available) white wine (from three mid-range restaurants in each destination). Taxi pricesare the approximate cost of two taxi rides of two miles each (representing an evening's round-trip transportation).
If you're looking to travel globally, then you may want to check out TripAdvisor's international cities list: http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.TripIndex_Cities_2013_US
The two most expensive international cities are Oslo, Norway and Zurich, Switzerland ($581.08 and $523.41, respectively) while the two most inexpensive international cities are are Sofia, Bulgaria and Hanoi, Vietnam ($158.42 and 176.14, respectively), according to TripAdvisor.