The best and worst US vacation cities for your wallet

Gabrielle Olya, GOBankingRates.com

Planning a vacation doesn’t have to cost a fortune — if you know where to go. Some U.S. vacation cities have surprisingly affordable accommodations and activities, but others are not so budget-friendly.

To help travelers pinpoint affordable vacation destinations, GOBankingRates looked at five factors in 30 of the most popular U.S. cities to visit: safety, airfare, hotel price and food and drink costs. Based on those criteria, the publication identified the 15 worst and 15 best vacation spots in America.

Scroll through the gallery above to see which U.S. cities you can visit on a shoestring budget, starting with the most expensive destinations.

More on the methodology: Safety ratings were provided by Numbeo.com. The cost of airfare is based on average round-trip ticket prices from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Hotel cost is based on the average price of each city’s three cheapest hotels with a rating of three stars or higher on Hotels.com. Cost of food reflects a three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant. Cost of drink reflects the price of one domestic beer. Data and pricing is accurate as of July 6, 2018, and is subject to change. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: The best and worst US vacation cities for your wallet, from Orlando to San Francisco