Los Angeles, California
Why it’s so cheap: With five airports to choose from, if you can’t find cheap flights into one, you can find it into another. This past year saw 6,000 new hotel rooms come online, with another 2,300 expected by year’s end. More options lead to lower prices, and a cheaper trip for you.
Why you should go there this year: LA keeps adding reasons to visit beyond Hollywood and ocean sunsets. “It’s a city in the throes of reinventing itself,” Saglie says. “And this year is a great opportunity for people who’ve been before to come and check it out again.” Most notable is Downtown's Arts District Los Angeles, where design studios and art galleries serve as a sort of retail modern art museum. On Sundays, Smorgasbord LA fills its Alameda Produce Market with open-air vendors, making for a cheap way to experience some unique entrants to the LA food scene.
On the coast, you can kill a day on Venice Beach for only the price of tips to the street performers. The boardwalk is still awash in human statues, chainsaw jugglers, breakdancing, and the best pickup basketball you’ll ever see with a view of the ocean. In a city this sprawling, you can always find fun free stuff to do without ever setting foot on the Walk of Fame.