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Friday, January 27, 2017

trivago Reveals 17 Best Value Destinations for 2017

Is there anything travelers love more than a bargain? From last-minute flight deals to 50 percent off hotels, vacationers go wild for a budget-friendly trip. That’s why is ecstatic to announce the 17 Best Value Destinations of 2017.

Determined by an exclusive algorithm that considers both hotel prices and guest reviews, the 17 destinations that top the list aren’t only easy on the wallet but also offer entertainment options for nearly every type of traveler.

Looking for something a bit different? We scoured the year’s Top 50 Best Value Destinations list to help those looking for new spots to celebrate Black History Month, the kids going back to school, the craft beer boom (with a spin), and the South’s growing popularity with “gaycations.” Not to mention, we’ve also included the “best value” hotels in the U.S. for 2017 for a little extra tripspiration.


Rank City State tBVI*
1 Branson Missouri 90.53
2 Montgomery Alabama 89.86
3 Wichita Kansas 89.67
4 Macon Georgia 88.99
5 Lincoln Nebraska 88.53
6 Lafayette Louisiana 88.52
7 Sioux Falls South Dakota 88.43
8 Lake George New York 88.27
9 Little Rock Arkansas 88.06
10 Springfield Missouri 87.95
11 Augusta Georgia 87.92
12 Rochester Minnesota 87.92
13 Fargo North Dakota 87.60
14 Knoxville Tennessee 87.55
15 Tulsa Oklahoma 87.24
16 Mobile Alabama 86.96
17 El Paso Texas 86.80

*The Best Value Index ranks cities based on a combination of consumer ratings and average hotel prices, with 100% being a perfect score. Only destinations with at least 50 hotels and a minimum average of 150 user ratings per hotel were considered in this index. Click here to see the complete list of the Best Value Destinations.

Black History Month

Black History Month is just around the corner, so we jotted down the Best Value Cities significant to African-American History. The Rosa Parks Library and Museum helped catapult Montgomery, Alabama to the top with Macon, Georgia following right behind – home of the Tubman Museum, which hosts the Tubman Pan African Festival in April.


1 Montgomery Alabama 89.86
2 Macon Georgia 88.99
3 Little Rock Arkansas 88.06
4 Greensboro North Carolina 86.11
5 Omaha Nebraska 84.40

Beers & Bikes

There are no shortage of lists for “best beer cities” and “best bike cities,” so we’ve put both of these peas into the same pod to create a Best Value Cities for Craft Beer and Cycling. Lincoln, Nebraska impresses with a 164-mile trail system and the year-old N Street Cycle Track through downtown, where, incidentally, you’ll find 11 of the city’s craft breweries and brewpups.

Rank City State tBVI*
1 Lincoln Nebraska 88.53
2 Boise Idaho 85.08
3 Albuquerque New Mexico 85.05
4 Madison Wisconsin 82.47
5 Grand Rapids Michigan 82.02

Kids finally out of the house for the semester (or for good)? Time to use some of those savings in one of these Best Value Cities for Recent Empty Nesters. Where should you go? The most obvious choice is to head to the beach ASAP. For that there’s nowhere more accommodating than St. Augustine, Florida, home to 40 miles of scenic, unspoiled beaches as well as the “Oldest City in the U.S.”

Rank City State tBVI*
1 Knoxville Tennessee 87.55
2 Big Bear Lake California 84.50
3 Williamsburg Virginia 84.07
4 St. Augustine Florida 83.60
5 Newport Rhode Island 82.42


Looking to flock south for the winter (or summer!) and unsure where to find the hottest LGBTQ spots for a Best Value Southern Gaycation? Start by heading to Durham, North Carolina where the controversial “Bathroom Bill” hasn’t stopped LGBTQ folks from waving their rainbow flags at the state’s annual Pride Festival. Also check out the Gay + Lesbian Film Festival — the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast.

Rank City State tBVI*
1 Tulsa Oklahoma 87.24
2 Durham North Carolina 86.03
3 Columbia South Carolina 85.01
4 Raleigh North Carolina 84.09
5 Richmond Virginia 83.23

Best Value Hotels

Similar to how we calculated the Best Value Destinations, we also collected the thousands-upon-thousands of hotel ratings and reviews left by travelers to determine which hotels in the U.S. offer the best bang for your buck. Hampton Inn was created precisely for these value-minded travelers, so it’s no surprise that their Inn & Suites in Denison, Texas came out on top. Guests here rave about the hotel’s cleanliness and absolutely adore the complimentary breakfast and coffee. If you’re looking for overall value and amenities that impress trivago users, add the Hampton Inn and these favorite hotels to your list!

Rank Hotel Name City State
1 Hampton Inn & Suites Denison Denison Texas
2 Branson’s Yellow Rose Inn & Suites Branson Missouri
3 The Reynolds Mansion Asheville North Carolina
4 Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast Montgomery Center Vermont
5 Chocolate Turtle Bed & Breakfast Corrales New Mexico

*The Best Value Hotels aggregates hotel reviews and ratings and then uses an algorithm to assign an overall score by amenity or service category, making it easy for travelers to discern amenities and services for their ideal hotel. To ensure accuracy and quality performance of winning hotels, a minimum number of 20 reviews were required for amenity and service award eligibility. To read more about the Best Value Hotels, follow here.

About trivago

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany, trivago is a global hotel search platform, focused on reshaping the way travelers search for and compare hotels. trivago’s mission is to “be the traveler’s first and independent source of information for finding the ideal hotel at the lowest rate.” As of September 30, 2016, trivago’s global hotel search platform offered access to approximately 1.3 million hotels in over 190 countries.  trivago’s platform can be accessed globally via 55 localized websites and apps in 33 languages.

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