A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Chimney Rock and Lake Lure vs. Durham

Should you visit Chimney Rock and Lake Lure or Durham?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Chimney Rock and Lake Lure and Durham can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Chimney Rock and Lake Lure

The town of Chimney Rock and the neighboring Lake Lure draws a fairly large number of visitors every year, especially in the warmer summer months. This mountain area can sometimes be an expensive travel destination due to its popularity, but it is often still more affordable than many other destinations in the southeastern U.S. If you're on a tight budget, then it's not hard to find affordable places to stay, cook your own meals, and avoid the more expensive activities while still having fun. If you do wish to splurge and spend more money, it's quite easy and tempting with all of the activities around.

Durham

Durham is a city in central North Carolina with about 230,000 residents. Together with Raleigh and Chapel Hill, it forms the Research Triangle area. Durham is often referred to as the "City of Medicine" and is home to the famous Duke University.

Durham's history is rooted in tobacco. The Duke family established American Tobacco, which controlled 90% of all cigarette production in the US during the second half of the 19th century. The family donated money to Trinity College, which changed its name to Duke University in 1924.

Today much of Durham's economy is centered around the university and Research Triangle Park. The area has many technology and pharmaceutical jobs and the economy continues to grow.

Which city is cheaper, Durham or Chimney Rock and Lake Lure?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure is $157, while the average daily cost in Durham is $130. 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 Chimney Rock and Lake Lure and Durham in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure is $188. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Durham's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $146. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $73.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chimney Rock and Lake Lure $94
    Durham $73
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chimney Rock and Lake Lure $188
    Durham $146

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure 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 Durham cost around $35 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 $14.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Chimney Rock and Lake Lure $42
    Durham $35

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $28 per day to get around in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $26 per day to get around in Durham.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chimney Rock and Lake Lure $28
    Durham $26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Durham

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Durham:

  • Durham to Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) - Departure Private Transfer: $139
  • Private Transfer from Durham to Manchester Airport (MAN): $407

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $27 per person, per day in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $21 per person, per day in Durham. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chimney Rock and Lake Lure $27
    Durham $21

Tours and Activities in Durham

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Durham are as follows:

  • Trolley Pub Public Tour of Durham: $41

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Chimney Rock and Lake Lure may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $17 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about $27 on alcoholic beverages in Durham per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chimney Rock and Lake Lure $17
    Durham $27


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Chimney Rock and Lake Lure and Durham, we can see that Chimney Rock and Lake Lure is more expensive. And not only is Durham much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Durham would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Durham 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 Chimney Rock and Lake Lure would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure than you might in Durham.

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