Newport Most Expensive Destination in the USA, Survey Shows

Jul 25, 2012, 05:00 ET from

NEWPORT, R.I., July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Newport, Rhode Island is the United States' most expensive destination in terms of its hotel costs. That's the finding of a new survey from The survey compared hotel rates for all destinations in the USA for the period of June through August 2012. The rankings were determined based on the cost of each location's cheapest available double room. As such, it reflects the minimum amount travelers will have to spend to stay at a certain destination, with only such hotels having a 2-star rating or higher being considered.

Visitors to Newport will have to spend, on average, $319 per night to stay in the cheapest available double room. At this price tag, the Rhode Island resort is living up to its nickname, "Queen of the Summer Resorts," coming in significantly higher than the runners up: coastal California's Santa Monica and Napa Valley's Calistoga. In comparison, visitors to these second- and third-place finishers will have to pay at least $287 and $285 respectively for a double room this summer.

Martha's Vineyard, the affluent Massachusetts island located south of Cape Cod, ranks as the fourth most expensive U.S. destination, with an average overnight price of $275. The Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Boston and Provincetown also landed prominently in the Top 10.

The following table shows the 10 most expensive destinations in the USA. The prices shown are based on the average rate for their cheapest available double room (minimum 2-star hotel) for the time period spanning June through August 2012.

1. Newport (Rhode Island) $319

2. Santa Monica (California) $287

3. Calistoga (California) $285

4. Martha's Vineyard (Massachusetts) $275

5. Cambridge (Massachusetts) $250

6. Provincetown (Massachusetts) $217

7. Avalon (California) $210

8. Boston (Massachusetts) $209

9. Laguna Beach (California) $200

10. Wailea (Hawaii) $197

For the full rankings of the survey, visit

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