I arrived in Boston on November 4, 2014. I stayed at a hostel for two full days. Then I took a bus to NYC, where I stayed at a hostel for four full days. From there I took a bus to Washington DC, where I stayed at a hostel for two full days.
I collected all my receipts from every purchase during my trip, and added them all up after I returned home to Louisiana.
The following is an approximate total (I rounded up) for each city and the combined total.
Boston = $250
NYC = $600
DC = $210
Total Amount Spent = $1,060
*I booked my flights with points from my Southwest credit card.
Here are some price comparisons between these three cities:
single one-way metro pass in Boston = $2.65
single one-way metro pass in NYC = $2.75
single one-way metro pass in DC = $3.15
Boston hostel = $140
NYC hostel = $360
DC hostel = $104