Here are 10 cool American cities where the hotel rates are well below the national average and cheaper than they were last summer.
Summer is around the corner, which means you better start making your vacation plans now if you haven’t already. Unfortunately, traveling abroad this summer may be more complicated than usual because of lingering volcanic ash over Europe and the threat of another Icelandic volcano exploding in the near future, not to mention the European debt crisis. Putting all that aside however, traveling to Europe and elsewhere this summer will likely be more expensive than it was last year, as the average airfare is up 10% internationally. Similarly, domestic airfare is also up. So according to Travelocity, if you’re looking for a safe and affordable getaway this summer, your best option is to look domestically and either focus on places you can drive to or take your focus off of the airfare and look to other ways to save money on your trip. “Airfare for summer is up across the board, but hotel rates are still down in many popular destinations,” said Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor at Travelocity. “Travelers should concentrate on the hotel portion of their summer vacation to get the best bang for their buck.” The average hotel rate this summer is $140 per night, or 5% less than it was last summer. Yet, Travelocity has found 10 cities where the hotel rates are below that national average and all but one of the cities are cheaper this year than they were last year. Photo Credit: .Bala