DENVER, Nov. 26, 2013 — Thanksgiving travelers who need a rental car in Denver to get home to their family for the holiday can expect to pay almost 200% more than usual.

This finding is the result of a new survey from CheapCarRental. The survey analyzed car rental rates for 30 destinations in the United States for the period spanning November 27 through December 1.

In Colorado's capital city, the cheapest available car will cost renters $59 per rental day over the Thanksgiving long weekend. That figure represents an increase of 195% compared to the regular rate of $20 and is, by far, the biggest percentage price increase for all destinations analyzed. Considering the absolute price only, however, Denver ranks only sixth most expensive in the USA. (The table included below provides the full rankings.)

By a landslide, the priciest overall destination for Thanksgiving is, probably no big surprise, New York City. In the Big Apple rental rates are running $120 per day, a figure that is more than double the city's regular rates. Interestingly, for a few destinations car rental rates have actually dropped over the Thanksgiving holiday. Such locales include St. Louis and Charlotte, where travelers can rent a car for around 30% less than usual.

The following table shows the 10 destinations with the highest car rental rates for the Thanksgiving long weekend along with a comparison to regular prices. The rates shown reflect the average daily rate for the cheapest available car for the period ofNovember 27 through December 1, 2013. Regular rates reflect the average rental car rates for November.

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  1. New York City $120 (+106%)
  2. Detroit $74 (+7%)
  3. Kansas City $72 (+41%)
  4. Baltimore $70 (+33%)
  5. Atlanta $66 (+106%)
  6. Denver $59 (+195%)
  7. Miami $58 (+115%)
  8. Washington $53 (-1%)
  9. Chicago $51 (+21%)
  10. Boston $48 (+84%)

Source: CheapCarRental