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What are the most expensive cities to travel to for New Year's Eve?

Las Vegas is one of the country's most expensive cities to ring in the New Year.

Las Vegas is one of the country's most expensive cities to ring in the New Year.  (iStock)

If you manage to forego festivities at home, you are going to accrue two things by partying and traveling at New Year’s Eve this year: a hangover and debt.

That’s what seems to be the case from Hipmunk’s latest raucous research project. The travel website dug deep and found the cost of various hotels in myriad markets for the biggest party night of the year.

Now some cities are more popular than others for festivities. You can get off fairly cheap in San Jose, but then again you are in San Jose. However, a quick drive to San Francisco will cost you $235 a night on average in hotel costs.

Hipmunk does state that New Year’s Eve and the days leading up to it are particularly pricey: “Since there is a fixed supply of available flights and hotel rooms, the price of travel generally escalates during New Year’s. On average, hotels in the U.S. run about $160 per night during the holiday season; of course, there is a wide variance in price depending on which city you go to.”

Here is a gorgeous map that ticks off various cities with each destination’s average cost:


As Hipmunk spotted, there are some crazy outliers like Tucson sneaking their figurative heads into the mix with costly prices. And even New York falls down the board into reasonable territory for a flight during this time.

But the real gem in this New Year’s research trip is the following table. Hipmunk compiled its data and delivers the answer to what we’ve been waiting for all along: What’s the most expensive city to travel to during the period that begins at about Dec. 29 and ends on Jan. 3?


Miami, with its warm weather, fancy clubs and posh scene, commands quite the remarkable price tag.

Chicago and Los Angeles, big cities with giant entertainment offerings, are surprisingly lower on the table, surpassed by New Year’s Eve juggernauts like Louisville, San Antonio and Denver.

The moral of the story is that if you do decide to travel away from home for this boozy holiday, you are going to pay. That cost may come in the form of brain cells but will most definitely come in the form of crucial credits in your bank account.

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