This City Is the Most Expensive Summer Destination in the Midwest
Expect to pay an average of $221 per night for a hotel room.
Judging by hotel prices, Michigan is one hot ticket this summer.
Nine of the top 20 most expensive vacation spots in the Midwest are in the Mitten: Traverse City, Marquette, Ann Arbor, South Haven, Grand Rapids, Mackinaw City, Detroit, Lansing, and St. Ignace.
A recent survey of hotel room rates on Kayak conducted by chicagohotels.org has ranked the priciest cities. Traverse City, Michigan is the most expensive at $221 per night for a hotel room. According to data from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the average daily rate for a hotel room in Michigan was $100.07 in 2016.
The survey compared all Midwest destinations based on the minimum price travelers will have to spend on average to stay overnight in the cheapest available double room during the months of July and August 2017. Only centrally located accommodations rated with at least three stars were considered.
One important thing to note is the window of the study, which didn't include accommodation rates for June or September and which are considered to be part of the high season for the region. "The survey only focused on July and August," said Trevor Tkach, the president & CEO of Traverse City Tourism. "You will find a more diverse selection of prices if the entire summer is taken into consideration," he told Travel + Leisure.
Mackinac Island, the automobile-less oasis of nostalgia that is one of Michigan's most popular destinations, surprisingly does not appear on the list. The reason? Its dozens of inns, beds and breakfasts, and hotels —the spectacular Grand Hotel, for example— do not list themselves on Kayak, which was used to do the study. Chicago Hotels only looked at cities with 10 or more hotels and inns listed on the booking site.
Traverse City receives a high volume of tourists each summer. The area welcomed more than 3.3 million visitors in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. Set in a natural harbor on Grand Traverse Bay and within close proximity to Lake Michigan, Traverse City is a draw for its lively downtown restaurants and bars, shopping, recreational boating, wineries, and the popular National Cherry Festival, which takes place the first week of July every year.
The top 20 cities are listed below, with prices reflecting the average rate for each destination's cheapest available double room for the time period spanning July 1st to August 30th, 2017.
1. Traverse City, Michigan $221
2. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin $207
3. Marquette, Michigan $194
4. Ann Arbor, Michigan $192
5. South Haven, Michigan $184
6. Madison, Wisconsin $182
7. Chicago, Illinois $176
8. Deadwood, South Dakota $174
9. Des Moines, Iowa $173
10. Detroit Lakes, Minnesota $172
11. Cleveland, Ohio $168
12. Rapid City, South Dakota $164
13. Grand Rapids, Michigan $164
14. Port Clinton, Ohio $162
15. Duluth, Minnesota $161
16. Mackinaw City, Michigan $162
17. Detroit, Michigan $161
18. Lansing, Michigan $149
19. Kansas City, Missouri $149
20. Saint Ignace, Michigan $147