Travel Taxes Worst in Chicago

The windy city thoroughly mugs anybody who passes through


The only certain things in life are death and taxes, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin. But when it comes to taxing travelers, at least, all cities do it differently.

Those are the findings of a new report that lists the best and worst travel taxes of the top 50 U.S. destinations.

"A traveler spending a night in Chicago can expect to pay an average of 81 percent more in taxes than when visiting Fort Lauderdale, Fla., all else being equal," said Joe Bates, vice president of research for the GBTA Foundation, which released the 2012 annual report on Monday.