I don’t know about you, but I tend to think a “staycation” can be just as fun, if not even more awesome than an actual trip. Think about it. No airports, no lost luggage and no possibility of bedbugs (unless you have a problem at home, and if that’s the case you should be reading an article how to get rid of bedbugs instead of this one). If you’re among the many Americans considering a staycation this summer, WalletHub’s recent report on 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations might peak your interest.
The number crunchers at WalletHub compared the country’s 150 largest cities across 28 key metrics, including movie and bowling costs, golf courses, frozen-yogurt shops and spas per capita, and the cost of house-cleaning services to come up with a comprehensive ranking of staycation spots.
Topping the list as some of the best staycations spots are, not surprisingly, also some of the top travel destinations including: Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida and more unexpected spots like Salt Lake City, Utah and Scottsdale, Arizona. Even more surprising are some of the cities ranked worst for staycations including: New York, New York and Los Angeles, California.
Some of the most fun facts from the study include the following:
- New Orleans has the most museums per 100,000 residents, 23.34, which is 79 times more than in Aurora, Colo., the city with the fewest, 0.29.
- Seattle has the most coffee shops per 100,000 residents, 109.43, which is nearly 30 times more than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the fewest, 3.67.
- Orlando, Fla., has the most ice-cream and frozen-yogurt shops per 100,000 residents, 57.15, which is 13 times more than in Detroit, the city with the fewest, 4.31.
- Buffalo, N.Y., has the lowest bowling costs, $3.09, which is nearly four times less expensive than in New York City, the city with the highest, $12.28.
Check out the lists of the top 10 best and worst cities for staycations below and visit WalletHub for the full ranking, metric used and more fun staycation facts!
|Best Cities for Staycations||Worst Cities for Staycations|
|1||Orlando, FL||141||Fremont, CA|
|2||Fort Lauderdale, FL||142||Chesapeake, VA|
|3||Tampa, FL||143||Los Angeles, CA|
|4||Salt Lake City, UT||144||Fresno, CA|
|5||Scottsdale, AZ||145||Fort Worth, TX|
|6||Atlanta, GA||146||Yonkers, NY|
|7||Las Vegas, NV||147||Santa Ana, CA|
|8||Minneapolis, MN||148||New York, NY|
|9||St. Petersburg, FL||149||Oxnard, CA|
|10||Honolulu, HI||150||Chula Vista, CA|