A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Boone vs. Nags Head

Should you visit Boone or Nags Head?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Boone and Nags Head can help you decide which place is right for you.

Boone

Boone is located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. It is a popular destination in large part because it is the home of Appalachian State University, but even independent of the school, it is a great tourist destination. It also makes a good base for a ski vacation. The town has a population of just over 17,000 and is the county seat of Watauga County. It's named for the well known American pioneer, Daniel Boone. During the summer you can catch an outdoor drama, Horn of the West, that highlights the history of the area during the American Revolutionary War.

Nags Head

Nags Head is a popular tourist destination in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The town, with a population of almost 3,000, has many nice beaches and is also where you'll find Jockey's Ridge, which has the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States. It's also the most visited park within the North Carolina park system.

Which city is cheaper, Nags Head or Boone?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Boone is $138, while the average daily cost in Nags Head is $119. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Boone and Nags Head in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $146 in Boone For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $128 in Nags Head For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Boone $73
    Nags Head $64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Boone $146
    Nags Head $128

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Boone cost around $42 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $17.

On average, meal and food prices in Nags Head cost around $33 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $13.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Boone $42
    Nags Head $33
Typical Food prices in Boone

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Boone:


  • Restaurant Lunch for 2
    $20

Local Transportation

Boone's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $26 per person, per day on transportation in Boone.

To get around in Nags Head, the average visitor spends $32 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Boone $26
    Nags Head $32

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Boone can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $42 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

In Nags Head, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $11 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Boone $42
    Nags Head $11

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Boone, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $21.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Nags Head, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.71.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Boone $21
    Nags Head $9.71


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Boone and Nags Head, we can see that Boone is more expensive. And not only is Nags Head much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Nags Head would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Nags Head and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Boone would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Boone than you might in Nags Head.

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