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South Lake Tahoe most expensive New Year’s Eve destination in California

South Lake Tahoe most expensive New Year’s Eve destination in California

South Lake Tahoe is the most expensive destination in California to spend New Year’s Eve 2016. That finding is the result of a recent survey conducted by

The survey compared 20 popular destinations in the Golden State based on their cost of lodging this December 31st. The rate for the cheapest available double room (minimum: 3-star hotel) served as the basis of comparison.

At an overnight price of $345 for its most affordable room, South Lake Tahoe is by far the priciest destination. According to Diane Muller from, the Sierra Nevada locale is the only destination in California that is virtually sold out for New Year’s Eve. Procrastinators, however, can still find a bit more affordable rooms if they are willing to stay at least three nights.

Napa, located in the heart of the Napa Valley wine region, ranks as the runner-up on the survey. Despite its second-place ranking, it is almost $100 more affordable than South Lake Tahoe. Los Angeles rounds out the Top 3 at a nightly rate of $239 for its least expensive room.

At a price tag of $115, San Jose appears among the more affordable California destinations. Least expensive overall are Bakersfield and Eureka, where New Year’s Eve celebrators should be able to find a room for well below $100.

The following table shows the 10 most expensive destinations in California for New Year’s Eve 2016. The rates shown alongside each city reflect the price for the cheapest available double room on December 31, 2016. Please note that only centrally located hotels rated at least 3 stars have been considered by the survey.

1. South Lake Tahoe $345
2. Napa $246
3. Los Angeles $239
4. Santa Barbara $234
5. Santa Monica $221
6. San Francisco $211
7. Long Beach $209
8. Sacramento $199
9. Laguna Beach $198
10. Carlsbad $184

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