The Top 10 Summer Vacation Spots and When to Visit Them

TripAdvisor‘s 2016 top vacation destination list is in! The list showcases the ten most-booked destinations for summer and the cheapest weeks to visit them, along with some average costs you’d likely incur on a vacation there.

We love a good deal, whether it means saving on a family summer vacation, a special trip for you and your significant other, or a chance to use some of your many unused vacation days (yes, do it!). No matter why you want to travel, knowing the cheapest time to book will help! Check out the list below:

Note: Each one-week cost estimate below is representative of a one-week trip including a seven-night hotel stay, roundtrip airfare from the domestic US, three restaurant meals per day, and two tours.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Credit: Ryan Cowles)

Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Credit: Ryan Cowles)

10. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $178
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $513
  • Average meal cost: $18
  • Average tour cost: $121
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $2,374
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: August 22-28, for $2,212 (10% below summer peak)

 

Paris, France

Paris, France

9. Paris, France

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $180
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $1,433
  • Average meal cost: $32
  • Average tour cost: $107
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $3,579
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: August 8-14, for $3,111 (25% below summer peak)

 

Panama City Beach, FL

Panama City Beach, FL: 50 miles from Destin

8. Destin, Florida

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $222
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $518
  • Average meal cost: $22
  • Average tour cost: $139
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $2,807
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: August 22-28, for $2,320 (25% below summer peak)

 

London, England

London, England

7. London, England

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $213
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $1,662
  • Average meal cost: $34
  • Average tour cost: $92
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $4,056
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: August 1-7, for $3,788 (10% below summer peak)

 

New York, NY

New York, NY

6. New York, New York

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $306
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $372
  • Average meal cost: $32
  • Average tour cost: $73
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $3,341
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: June 27-July 3, for $3,092 (10% below summer peak)

 

Myrtle Beach, SC (Credit: Ian Livingston)

Myrtle Beach, SC (Credit: Ian Livingston in this story)

5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $210
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $ 376
  • Average meal cost: $18
  • Average tour cost: $37
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $2,304
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: August 22-28, for $1,812 (26% below summer peak)

 

Punta Cana, Mexico

Punta Cana, Mexico

4. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $246
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $600
  • Average meal cost: $27
  • Average tour cost: $103
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $3,098
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: August 22-28, for $2,848 (10% below summer peak)

 

Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

3. Orlando, Florida

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $137
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $ 336
  • Average meal cost: $23
  • Average tour cost: $79
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $1,932
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: August 22-28, for $1,733 (13% below summer peak)

 

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

2. Cancun, Mexico

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $181
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $513
  • Average meal cost: $23
  • Average tour cost: $108
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $2,480
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: August 22-28, for $2,222 (16% below summer peak)

 

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV (Credit: Caitlin Martin in this story)

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Average nightly hotel rate: $135
  • Average domestic US roundtrip airfare: $384
  • Average meal cost: $31
  • Average tour cost: $122
  • Average cost of a one-week summer trip: $2,224
  • Least expensive summer week to visit: August 15-21, for $2,050 (13% below summer peak)
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1 Comment on "The Top 10 Summer Vacation Spots and When to Visit Them"

  1. When you remove all the beach locations and try to spend your travel dollars on interesting, international cities I find I am forced to go off season if I want to travel more than 2 wks a year.

    A travel update today told me that since i waited to travel until june or july, it would cost $1300 + or 1200 + (respectively) but if i wait until march 2016 the flight id under $900……………

    Even finding a flight in the USAA to Halifax from Atlanta was almost $500 or more…………and then the ad for LAX to Japan for the same cost…………….it is a full time job looking for affordable travel.

    The average daily price on your list was over $200 a day,, and some near $300……Is this per person or for two travelers?

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