Holidu, a leading search engine for vacation rentals from Munich, presents its 2018 price index for summer vacation homes across the United States.
The most expensive state per night for a family-sized vacation accommodation during Independence Day week is Wyoming, averaging at $412.
The 10 least expensive states, counting down to the most economical choice, are Ohio, Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas and, cheapest of all, North Dakota.
The Holidu analysis published by Travel Daily News from London , reviews millions of vacation rentals in the US, aggregated from various booking platforms.
Holidu compares the busiest week of summer travel between June 30 – July 7 in the week surrounding Independence Day (high season) and one of the lightest summer travel weeks, between June 2 – June 9 (low season).
Other expensive states following Wyoming during the high season (creating a top ten with Wyoming included, in order of higher to lower vacation rental nightly rates) are Oregon, Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Texas, Rhode Island, Washington and Maryland.
The most expensive destinations during the 4th of July week are on the coasts. Holidu examined the most popular vacation locations for summer travel and found that Nantucket (Mass.) is more expensive than all the rest, with $978 dollars required per night. Following close behind are The Hamptons, Montauk, Long Island (all N.Y.), then Half Moon Bay, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Palm Springs (all Calif.) and Lake Tahoe (Calif./Nev.).
The most inexpensive option, are Gatlinburg (Tenn.), the Great Smoky Mountains (N.C./Tenn.), Black Hills (S.D.), Pocono Mountains (Pa.), Flagstaff (Ariz.), Lake of the Ozarks (Mo.), Branson (Mo.), Lake Texoma (Okla./Texas), Orlando (Fla.) and finally, cheapest of all locations during the high week, Table Rock Lake (Ark./Mo., at $197 per night).
The data indicates up to a 70% difference in prices between the peak and low weeks, thus offering substantial saving opportunities for travelers with flexible schedules. Prices also vary substantially between states.