The average price of a 7-day trip to the United States is $1,705 for a solo traveler, $1,842 for a couple, and $3,652 for a family of 4. United States hotels range from $63 to $289 per night with an average of $99, while most vacation rentals will cost $190 to $630 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to the United States (from all airports) are between $655 and $992 per person for economy flights and $2,057 to $3,115 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $48 to $98 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit the United States

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to the United States and stay in a United States hotel:

  • January 8th to March 11th
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • August 6th to November 18th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in the United States is usually mid to late September.

 

Average United States Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit the United States for a week is $1,258-$2,511($180-$359 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $48 to $98 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $412 to $871 for economy

Lodging: $85 to $112 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $130 to $159 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit the United States for a week is $2,007-$4,075($287-$582 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $96 to $197 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $825 to $1,742 for economy

Lodging: $85 to $112 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $130 to $159 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit the United States for a week is $4,013-$7,670($573-$1,096 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $192 to $393 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,649 to $3,485 for economy

Lodging: $170 to $225 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $196 to $239 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to the United States

How cheap can you make a vacation to the United States? The cheapest trip to the United States is about $129 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $16 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $54.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit the United States for a week is $904-$2,173($129-$310 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $24 to $48 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $412 to $871 for economy

Lodging: $54 to $63 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $131 to $161 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit the United States for a week is $1,485-$3,380($212-$483 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $48 to $96 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $825 to $1,742 for economy

Lodging: $54 to $63 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $131 to $161 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit the United States for a week is $2,963-$6,275($423-$896 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $96 to $192 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,649 to $3,485 for economy

Lodging: $107 to $126 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $196 to $241 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to the United States cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury United States Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in the United States.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit the United States for a week is $2,583-$10,931($369-$1,562 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $96 to $197 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,029 to $2,172 for first class

Lodging: $147 to $289 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $615 to $1,230 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit the United States for a week is $4,283-$14,475($612-$2,068 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $192 to $393 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,057 to $4,344 for first class

Lodging: $147 to $289 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $615 to $1,230 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit the United States for a week is $8,567-$25,259($1,224-$3,608 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $384 to $786 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $4,115 to $8,687 for first class

Lodging: $294 to $579 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $923 to $1,845 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

United States Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in the United States is much higher than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in the United States due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

United States Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on United States hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in the United States.

 

Flight Costs to the United States

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $992 average in late July to a low of $655 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $625. These prices are based on millions of flights. For the United States our data includes thousands of originating airports, and hundreds of airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In the United States, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $337, so you can easily save about 51% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around the United States can easily cost $359 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $24 per person. Private tours can cost $719 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

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