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Hawaii is one of the most expensive places to live, but now it’s been named the most expensive city in the U.S. to visit.
According to the world’s largest online travel site, TripAdvisor, it costs more than $500 a night to visit Honolulu.
Visitors say whatever they pay, Hawaii is well worth it.
There are many reasons why people visit Hawaii.
“We like to lay on the beach and tan all day,” visitor Lindsey Taylor said.
“I love the Aloha spirit here,” visitor Pamela Johnson said.
They’re willing to spend big bucks for some Hawaiian rest and relaxation.
“Just for three drinks and appetizers, we spent $140,” visitor Melvin Brown said.
TripAdvisor names Honolulu the most expensive city in the U.S. to visit at just under $505 a night.
New York City followed closely behind and Boston rounded out the top three.
The survey said it costs nearly $400 for one night in a hotel in Honolulu, $20 for a taxi ride, and another $95 for dinner and drinks.
“You can do it cheaper, you don’t have to stay right here on the main drag,” visitor Dewey Johnson said.
“You can cut the expenses by planning ahead, booking early. But spur of the moment, you’re going to pay for convenience,” Brown said.
Despite the hefty price tag for a Hawaiian vacation, tourism numbers remain strong.
The people KHON2 talked to say they would gladly come back.
“Is it worth it to come here? Oh my goodness, yes, absolutely,” Pamela Johnson said.
So what is the least expensive city in the U.S. to visit? It’s a city many Hawaii residents enjoy. Las Vegas was named the least expensive, at less than $300 a night for hotel, taxi, and dinner.
To see the full TripIndex Cities U.S. list, visit this website.