DALLAS, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today is the first day of spring and many people will soon be anxiously leaving behind the bitter memories of winter by taking a much-needed retreat. Using 2013 as an indicator, spring travelers can expect to find a hotel room in several cities across the country for under $100 per night according to the latest Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®), a report of real prices paid by Hotels.com customers last year in major destinations around the world.
In 2013, the HPI® noted that travelers found values in several Florida cities such as Orlando ($98), Panama City ($96) and Pensacola ($96), but for those who are looking to escape the crowds, the experts at Hotels.com have handpicked a few affordable off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Lexington, Kentucky – $100*
Lexington is a vibrant southern city that offers an array of activities for travelers – especially those who love bourbon. Lexington is situated within 35 miles of five bourbon distilleries, including one that's in the heart of downtown. Visitors can tour any of the nearby distilleries for $7 or less, or they can book a Bourbon Trail tour complete with transportation to distilleries that are located further west. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington is also home to the second oldest horse racing track in the nation, the Red Mile Harness Track.
Branson, Missouri – $94*
This self-proclaimed family-friendly destination overflows with a variety of attractions and activities that suit the needs of every family member. In addition to the thrilling and award-winning Silver Dollar City theme park, Branson is known for its live performance theaters and over 100 shows. Branson also features three pristine lakes, championship golf courses, museums and a Historic Downtown district.
Raleigh, North Carolina – $99*
Ranked as the 34th Most Popular Domestic City for Americans in the latest HPI, Raleigh is home to the 9th Annual World Beer Festival, which will be held on Saturday, April 5th. Selected as one of the top beer festivals in the U.S., the event lets travelers sample over 250 craft and specialty beers from around the world, while sharpening their beer IQ by participating in the festival's educational seminars. Visitors can also explore the 15 craft breweries along the Greater Raleigh Beer Trail.
Mobile, Alabama – $94*
The birthplace of Mardi Gras in the U.S., Mobile is one of the Gulf Coast's cultural centers, boasting many art museums, a symphony orchestra and an abundance of historic architecture. While Mardi Gras has passed, visitors can still experience Dauphine Street's music, food and nightlife.
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*The price listed beside each city represents the average hotel price paid by U.S. travelers per night in 2013, according to the latest Hotel Price Index.
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