Updated Jul 11, 2012 - 3:21 pm
Phoenix among cheapest cities to visit in US
Americans looking for an affordable vacation should make their way to the Valley of the Sun, according to a financial magazine website.
According to Kiplinger.com , Phoenix is the cheapest city to visit in the country when it comes to travel prices.
The financial website found dining costs and airfare to Phoenix, coupled with affordable hotel room rates, make the Valley a good place to stretch your dollar.
"We have a very diverse product," said Kristen Jarnagin, Vice President of Communications for the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. "Whether you're here on business, on a budget, with the family or looking a luxury experience, we really have a wide variety of accommodations."
The average meal in Phoenix costs $34.61, flight costs are below the national average and hotels charge 17 percent less than similar cities.
"We are so spread out and there are so many places to stay, that there is so much supply out there," Jarnigan said. "From our ultra-posh hotels to limited service properties, we really have it all; a huge variety."
Some major factors attracting people to Phoenix are the four professional sports teams, big-name museums and the outdoor-activity options.
According to Kiplinger, the must-see feature in the Phoenix area is the Heard Museum.