Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.
To identify the best spots for exploring locally, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 46 key indicators of a fun-filled, wallet-friendly staycation. The data set ranges from parks per capita to restaurant meal costs to the number of residents who are vaccinated. The study also looked at three key dimensions: recreation, food and entertainment and rest and relaxation.
Some of the other factors looked at were what cities have the most swimming pools, tennis courts, zoos and aquariums, beer gardens, ice cream shops and more.
The study found the five best cities for a staycation are Honolulu, Orlando, San Francisco, Charleston and Las Vegas.
Some other key findings are New York City has the most parks for travelers to enjoy; Orlando has the most zoos and aquariums to explore; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has the lowest cost of house-cleaning services.
For more information on the best and worst cities for a staycation, visit WalletHub’s website.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
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