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Denver is one of the most expensive cities for a weekend getaway

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By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, CO) Thinking of a weekend getaway or a staycation in Denver? According to new research that analyzed the most expensive weekend getaway destinations throughout the United States, it'll cost you big bucks.

The travel information site Scott and Yanling analyzed America’s 50 most populated cities to determine how much the average getaway for two people would cost The data didn’t involve airfare but did layer in factors like hotels, public transportation, taxi rides, theater tickets, alcoholic drinks, meals and more. 

Denver, shattering tourism records, clocked in at No. 6 on the list of most expensive cities for a weekend getaway, with a $1,106 price tag for a two-person trip. About half of those costs would likely be tied to lodging, with boutique hotels downtown costing about $250 to $300 a night on the weekends but jumping on big tourism weekends like when the Great American Beer Fest comes to town. 

Also, unlike other cities like Washington, D.C., Denver doesn’t have a lot of major, free cultural attractions, but the region has lots of free things to do outdoors, like hiking. 

Here’s the full list of the highest-costing weekend getaway cities: 

No. 1: Boston, Massachusetts, $1,401

No. 2: New York City, $1,291

No. 3: San Diego, California, $1,231

No. 4: San Francisco, California, $1,206 

No. 5: Seattle, Washington, $1,153 

No. 6: Denver, Colorado, $1,106 

No. 7: Long Beach, California, $1,099

No. 8: Washington, D.C., $1,096

No. 9: Los Angeles, California, $1,070

No. 10: Chicago, Illinois, $1,070

According to NerdWallet’s travel index, the cost of traveling in July 2023 (the most recent data available) is up 12 percent compared to July 2019 but down 2 percent compared to the same month in 2022.   

Airfare bucks the trend and is lower when compared to this time last year. But every other aspect of travel is higher, with hotel and dining out costs up 7 percent over the past year and entertainment costs 5 percent higher than last year.

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Brittany is a journalist in the Denver metro area with more than two decades of writing and editing experience. She covers travel, restaurants and other lifestyle topics.

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