How much does a trip to the United States of America Cost?

The Cost of a Trip to the United States of America

Visitors to the United States of America usually spend between $105 and $815 per day on average for one person and $211 to $1,629 for two people. While this is a wide range, the average daily cost averages $284 per person. This average includes sightseeing, hotel, food, and local transportation expenses from other travelers. Your individual travel expenses may vary based on travel style and the locations visited, but if you plan wisely while visiting the most popular destinations, such as New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then you'll likely spend somewhere in this price range while on your trip. Further down we have a breakdown of expenses by category, as well as a comparison of independent travel versus guided tour prices.

How much money should you budget for your trip to the United States of America?

If you're traveling independently in the United States of America, budget travelers should plan to spend around $105 a day for their trip. This includes stays at budget hotels or hostels, affordable food options, local transportation, and low-cost activities. For those on a mid-range budget, plan for around $284 a day which would cover the cost of a typical hotel, normal restaurants, and a variety of major attractions. Higher-end luxury travelers should allow for $815 per day, which allows for luxury hotel stays, nice restaurants, and private tour options. These price ranges are based on our extensive travel cost data for the United States of America from other travelers along with hotel and tour data from travel companies.


3 Days 7 Days 14 Days
Accommodation1 $389 $907 $1,814
Intercity Transportation1 $567 $1,323 $2,647
Local Transportation1 $138 $321 $642
Food2 $175 $408 $815
Water2 $49 $115 $230
Entertainment1 $165 $384 $768
Souvenirs1 $161 $375 $751
Communication2 $220 $513 $1,025
Living Expenses2 $398 $929 $1,858
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1 $250 $584 $1,167
Alcohol2 $80 $187 $374
Tips and Handouts1 $99 $231 $462


How much does a one week trip to the United States of America cost?

Most visitors spend between $738 and $5,702 for a one week trip to the United States of America, with the average being $1,986. This includes sightseeing, local transportation, food, and hotels. One week is enough time to visit one, two, or maybe three locations in the United States of America, depending on how in-depth you want to make your visit. Some of the most popular places to visit are New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.



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How much does a two week trip to the United States of America cost?

With two weeks, you should budget between $1,476 and $11,404 for your trip to the United States of America. The average price for a two week trip is $3,971. Two weeks will allow you enough time to visit between three and five places. If you're on a budget, you might want to consider some of the more affordable places such as Pasadena, Death Valley National Park, and Redwood National Park.

How much does a one month trip to the United States of America cost?

With a month-long trip to the United States of America, expenses can be anywhere from $3,162 to $24,437 with the average being $8,510. The cost of travel is dependent on your overall style of travel. If you have a full month, you'll likely want to stay at a vacation rental with a kitchen during at least part of your trip so that you can prepare your own meals. Backpackers often prefer hostels for the same reason. Hostels also offer a more social atmosphere at a very affordable price range.

Hostel Prices in the United States of America

With more than 180 hostels in the United States of America, the average price is $37 per night for a dorm bed. Hostels are a terrific option for younger independent travelers looking to save money while staying social during their trip. With many types of hostels, it can be overwhelming to sort out the best places, though. Our analysis of the hostels in the United States of America not only found the average price, but also uncovered some surprises about the overall quality, amenities, and atmosphere of hostels in the region. You can see more details from our analysis about typical hostel prices in the United States of America here.


Number of Hostels Average Price
Los Angeles 28 $37
San Francisco 13 $33
New York City 12 $49
San Diego 12 $29
Washington 8 $34
New Orleans 6 $17
Chicago 6 $29
Honolulu 5 $40
Maui 4 $57
Boston 4 $45
Salt Lake City 4 $34
Fort Lauderdale 3 $24
Denver 3 $45
Detroit 3 $29
Hilo 3 $33
Las Vegas 3 $24
Kailua-Kona 3 $52
Portland 3 $43

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in the United States of America.

  • $39 for a dorm bed at HI Los Angeles - Santa Monica in Los Angeles
  • $35 for a dorm bed at HI San Francisco - Downtown in San Francisco
  • $36 for a dorm bed at HI NYC Hostel in New York

Hotel Prices in the United States of America

You'll find a wide range of hotel options across the United States of America. Below are prices for some of the destinations, and for more details see our analysis of hotel costs in United States of America.


City Average Hotel Price
Big Sur $927
Beaver Creek $922
Vail $887
Breckenridge $811
Yosemite National Park $706
Washington $185
Valdosta $105
Tallahassee $104
Las Vegas $96
Houston $86
Roswell, New Mexico $85

11251 Harbour Villa Road, Orlando
Overall Rating 9.4
119 W 45th St, New York City
Overall Rating 9.3


Las Vegas, Nevada

Should you do an organized tour or travel independently in the United States of America?

Organized tours are an easy and convenient way to visit the United States of America. All of the details are handled by travel experts, and during the trip you'll benefit from the knowledge of an expert guide.

Traveling independently offers freedom and flexibility that is hard to find on an organized tour.

Many travelers appreciate the convenience and ease that an organized tour offers. Many tours provide transportation and expert guides that help you enjoy your trip.

Alternatively, you'll enjoy freedom and flexibility with independent travel that is difficult to find with an organized tour.

Comparing Trip Costs in the United States of America

When we compare the prices of organized tours to the average costs of independent travelers, we can see that sometimes the prices are fairly even.


Organized Package Tours Independent Travel
3-Day Trip Cost $150 - $2,660 $316 - $2,444
7-Day Trip Cost $1,071 - $6,225 $738 - $5,702
10-Day Trip Cost $1,591 - $7,999 $1,054 - $8,146
14-Day Trip Cost $2,496 - $8,243 $1,476 - $11,404


Tours vs. independent Travel: Pros & Cons

Organized Tours
Pros
  • An expert guide familiar with the culture
  • Convenient transportation
  • Fellow travelers to socialize with
  • Well researched activities
  • Efficient and thought out itinerary
  • The security of have a trip leader if something goes wrong
Cons
  • Limited options
  • Usually not customizable
  • The fast pace often means you can’t visit one place in depth
  • Usually more expensive than independent travel
  • There may be limited time to interact with the local culture and community
Independent Travel
Pros
  • Completely customizable
  • Opportunity to visit off-the-beaten-path destinations
  • Can fully immerse yourself in the local culture
  • Freedom to move at your own pace
  • Flexibility to change your itinerary at any time
  • More affordable
Cons
  • Challenging to plan an efficient itinerary
  • Transportation may be challenging or inefficient
  • Booking and trip planning can be a hassle
  • Popular sights may sell out well in advance
  • If something goes wrong, you're on your own

Are organized tours more expensive than independent travel in the United States of America?

Organized tours average $389 per day in the United States of America, and are generally all-inclusive with one large payment. Independent trips usually average $284 per day, and include individual payments to hotels, local transportation, food, and sightseeing. When compared, organized tours and independent trips each come with their own set of challenges and benefits. It's important to understand all aspects of both types of trips to make a fair comparison. You can see our thorough analysis of tour prices in the United States of America here.

Here are a few sample tours in the United States of America:

  • Las Vegas, Sedona & Monument Valley – 5 days ($1,000)
    5 days, 6 destinations
  • USA Road Trip — Highway 1, Yosemite & Utah ($4,449)
    16 days, 17 destinations
  • Vegas & California - National Parks & Highway 1 Adventure ($5,449)
    16 days, 15 destinations
  • Historic Trains of the Old West with Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta ($4,549)
    11 days, 12 destinations
  • Historic Trains of the Old West ($3,899)
    9 days, 10 destinations
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We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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