Massachusetts is home to North America's most expensive summer destination in terms of its lodging cost. That's the finding of a new survey from CheapHotels.org, which compared the August hotel rates for all destinations in the USA and Canada.
The survey pitted the destinations against each based on the minimum price travelers will have to pay to stay in the cheapest available double room this August. It bears mentioning that only centrally located hotels and inns with an overall rating of at least 2 stars and with a positive average client evaluation have been considered by this survey.
Nantucket, the idyllic island located about 30 miles south of Cape Cod, clearly ranks as most expensive destination with an average overnight rate of $301 for the least expensive double room. Coming in second most expensive is Portland, the largest city in the state of Maine. An average cost of $276 per night positions it in the number two spot.
Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket’s neighbor island, rounds out the Top 3 with an average nightly rate of $274. Provincetown, which landed at number nine on the survey with an average of $214 per night, makes Massachusetts home to three destinations in the Top 10.
The following table shows the 10 most expensive locales in North America this late summer. The prices shown reflect the average rate for each destination's cheapest available double room for the time period spanning August 1–31, 2014.
1. Nantucket (Massachusetts) $301
2. Portland (Maine) $276
3. Martha's Vineyard (Massachusetts) $274
4. Montauk (New York) $264
5. Cape May (New Jersey) $243
6. Kennebunkport (Maine) $231
7. Saratoga Springs (New York) $230
8. Santa Monica (California) $226
9. Provincetown (Massachusetts) $214
10. Ogunquit (Maine) $203
For the full results of the survey, visit here.
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