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Dallas deemed one of America's most affordable destinations for families

Dallas deemed one of the most affordable destinations for families

Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas
Dallas is an affordable vacation spot for families. Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's

Summer is in full swing, which means vacation is top of mind. And it seems those traveling to Dallas have made a wallet-friendly choice. Big D, along with San Antonio, 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 Dallas ranks No. 14.

A family of four would spend $2,886 on a three-day, three-night stay in Dallas. That figure factors in round-trip airfare for four at $348 each, two hotel rooms at $139 per night, $23 per restaurant meal (two meals per person each day), and $40 a day for a car. SmartAsset also did the calculations for a single person; the same trip solo would cost $1,020.

At No. 11, San Antonio is slightly cheaper. Three days and nights in Alamo City adds up to $2,818. Airfare is more expensive — $385 per person — but hotels are only $124 a night.

A trip to the home of Disney World is cheaper than escaping 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.