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San Antonio named one of the most affordable destinations for families

San Antonio named one of the most affordable destinations for families

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San Antonio is an affordable vacation spot for families. Courtesy photo

Summer is in full swing, which means vacation is top of mind. And it seems those traveling to San Antonio have made a wallet-friendly choice. Alamo City, along with Dallas, ranks among America's 25 most affordable travel destinations for families.

Personal finance company SmartAsset compiled the list by calculating the overall cost of a three-day, three-night trip for a family of four in the 48 largest American cities. The average costs for hotels, daily car rentals, airfare, and restaurant meals were tallied, and San Antonio ranks No. 11.

A family of four would spend $2,818 on a three-day, three-night stay in San Antonio. That figure factors in round-trip airfare for four at $385 each, two hotel rooms at $124 per night, $18 per restaurant meal (two meals per person each day), and $37 a day for a car. SmartAsset also did the calculations for a single person; the same trip solo would cost $974.

At No. 14, Dallas is slightly pricier. A family of four would spend $2,886 on a three-day, three-night stay in Dallas. Airfare is cheaper — $348 per person — but hotels are $139 a night.

A trip to the home of Disney World is less expensive than an escape to the Lone Star State. Orlando takes the No. 1 spot, with a total cost of $2,439. We should note, however, that the estimate excludes the price of admission to theme parks in the area.  

Two other Florida destinations — Tampa (No. 4) and Fort Lauderdale (No. 5) — land among the five most affordable. Reno, Nevada, and Las Vegas are on Orlando's heels.

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