In its 2008 Annual Vacation Costs Survey, AAA ranked Albuquerque, N.M., as the second most affordable U.S. travel destination, based on low daily costs for lodging and food.
Albuquerque ranked second behind Tulsa, Okla., although both cities averaged an estimated daily food and lodging cost of $179. According to the survey, an average travel budget for two adults traveling in the U.S. should be approximately $244 per day for both lodging and meals. Wichita, K.S. and Oklahoma City, Okla. came in third and fourth at $194 per day, while Fresno, Calif. rounded out the top five cities at $207 per day.
“AAA’s ranking showcases the tremendous value that Albuquerque offers to travelers, especially as fuel and other basic costs continue to rise,” said Dale Lockett, president and CEO of the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau. “From free concerts and museums to extremely accessible outdoor recreational activities and excellent values on golf, our city delivers a great value any time of year.”