The overall cost of taking a summer vacation this year will increase by 5.4 percent from last year, according to AAA's Annual Vacation Costs survey.
AAA's survey shows that a family of two adults and two children can expect to pay an average $261 per day for food and lodging. Lodging rates will average $141 a night, up nearly 9 percent from last year. Meals will cost $120, up nearly 2 percent from 2005.
The most expensive state for vacationers remains Hawaii, where the daily cost of food and lodging for a family of four will average $559 per day. Other destinations with a high average daily cost include the District of Columbia at $518; Nevada, $348; Rhode Island, $329; and New York, $329.
Travelers looking for bargains should look at these least expensive states: North Dakota and Nebraska, with an average daily cost of $191; Kansas, $193; Iowa, $196; and Oklahoma, $200.
AAA said in a news release that it has been tracking vacation costs since 1950 when the average daily cost of meals and lodgings for a family of four was $13.