By Julie Bisbee Modified: May 5, 2008 at 4:39 pm •  Published: May 5, 2008
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Looking for an inexpensive vacation? You don’t have to go far.

Figures released today show that Oklahoma City and Tulsa are among the cheapest vacation spots in the country, according to AAA.

Tulsa was listed as the least expensive of 49 metropolitan areas, while Oklahoma City ranked fourth. Oklahoma was sixth on the list among states.

“It’s good news for Oklahoma,” said Chuck Mai, cq spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “We want to get the word to people in New Mexico, Colorado and Missouri that you can drive a short way and enjoy a great family experience on your vacation and save money at the same time.”

A survey of food and lodging costs in Oklahoma showed that two adults could expect to pay $178.80 per day in Tulsa and $194.69 in Oklahoma City.

The national average for two adults traveling is $244 a day, according to lodging and food costs listed in AAA’s TourBook travel guides.

“There is a growing awareness of the investments Oklahoma has made in its tourism economy,” said Hardy Watkins, executive director of the state Tourism and Recreation Department. “Oklahoma is well positioned for people recognize it not only as a great value, but a great vacation spot.”

Other states on the list of economic travel options in include North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota.

Officials predict travelers will opt for driving vacations and keep a keen eye on fuel prices this year.

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