The Best and Worst Cities for Staycations 2016

The Best and Worst Cities for Staycations 2016

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

 

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5 Hidden Treasures of Central Texas

5 Hidden Treasures of Central TexasI may or may not be totally biased when I say Texas is the greatest gift to this world, but I know with a state of such a large size, visitors have tons of opportunities to discover all of what the state has to offer. But as a born and raised central Texan, I am partial to say that this is where a majority of the awesome places to visit lie. Here are just a few places to add to your to do list if you ever find yourself in the Lone Star State.

Fredericksburg Herb Farm

Fredericksburg is a town in central Texas that is known for its huge German influence. The Herb Farm is a cottage styled house where visitors are welcome to stay as they travel through the culturally rich town. If you’re there in June, be sure to stop by the Stonewall Peach Jamboree and Rodeo and try and buy every kind of peach you can imagine.

 

Enchanted Rock

After you hit Fredericksburg, if you’re feeling adventurous, head up to Enchanted Rock. It is a state park that thousands of people each year choose to experience. Many people report back that the hiking experience is magical and would definitely recommend it to visitors!

 

Jacob’s Well

Not far from Wimberley, TX, is a spring known as Jacob’s Well. The water is clear and beautiful and diving tours are encouraged. Tours of the area and the spring itself are offered even in the winter months. The spring’s history and importance to Native Americans are highlighted during these tours.

 

Bluebonnet Cafe

In Marble Falls there is a cafe that has been standing since 1929. They serve breakfast all day and classic Texan dinners, but the cafe is revered for their pies. The pies are made from scratch every day and Monday through Friday 3-5 pm is pie happy hour! So be sure to stop by and grab a piece of pie and learn about the Bluebonnet Cafe’s long history.

 

Gruene Hall

Gruene Hall is in is located in Gruene, Texas, which is a part of New Braunfels. Like Fredericksburg, New Braunfels has a huge German-influenced history. The big draw of New Braunfels to most visitors is Schlitterbahn, which is a giant three part waterpark. However, if you’re looking to avoid long lines, head over to Gruene Hall, a dance hall that was built in 1878. You can catch a local country performer or maybe even a big name and dance the night away.

 

As the second largest state in the US, Texas has a lot to see. But if you’re looking to do something different than visit the beach or an amusement park, this list is here to help you discover places that not even all Texans have visited or heard of. Also, we Texans are known for our hospitality, so be sure to talk to the locals as you travel and learn more about our great state!

5 U.S. Art Museums to Add to Your Bucket List

Booth Western Art Museum (Image Credit: Booth Museum Org)

Booth Western Art Museum (Image Credit: Booth Museum Org)

Although summertime is coming to a close, it’s no reason to stop looking for travel destinations. Art museums make great additions to any bucket list. They also come with interesting cities to explore. Check out these five museums as a starting place for your next adventure. Continue reading

50 Fun Things to Do This Summer!

(Image Credit: Monkey Business)

(Image Credit: Monkey Business)

With summer in full swing, it’s not too late to start planning all the ways we’ll spend those precious and fleeting moments of warm sunshine and good vibes. We all have our favorite summertime activities, but sometimes we blank when it comes to thinking up what fun thing to do next. Well, here’s a list of 50 awesome activities covering tons of interests and cost-levels the next time you’re stumped about what to do! Continue reading

Escape the Room and Other Indoor NYC Experiences

(Image Credit: Escape the Room)

(Image Credit: Escape the Room)

If you find yourself in New York and searching for a unique adventure, all you have to do is buy a ticket to one of these four unique indoor experiences! The following list is of interactive indoor activities that you can join in on. They all involve some kind of mystery or puzzle. From zombies to Shakespeare, there is a room for everyone, so check it out. Continue reading

The Importance of Traveling at a Young Age

(Image Credit: Masson)

(Image Credit: Masson)

Nothing will make you feel more alive than leaving the small boundaries that confine you inside your bubble of a world. I say that because we all get stuck inside the bubble, whether we live in a city, a farm, or small town USA. By nature, human beings prefer comfort.  Continue reading

The Great Blue Hole (Image Credit: Eric Pheterson)

5 Natural Wonders to Add to Your Bucket List!

The Great Blue Hole (Image Credit: Eric Pheterson)

The Great Blue Hole (Image Credit: Eric Pheterson)

It would come as no surprise if you’ve added seeing natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef or Mount Everest to your bucket list. Don’t get me wrong, those are obviously amazing places to want to visit. But what about the natural wonders that don’t make the esteemed Seven Natural Wonders of the World list? Well, they’re pretty incredible too. Here are five lesser known natural wonders to add to the bucket list! Continue reading

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5 Spas to Add to Your Bucket List

ESPA Life at Corinthia (Image Credit: ESPA Life at Corinthia)

ESPA Life at Corinthia (Image Credit: ESPA Life at Corinthia)

We all need a little time to ourselves every so often – so why not get spoiled in one of the coolest spas on earth? Go big or go home. For those of us that are all about those mani-pedis and facials, discovering a spa that goes above and beyond the average hotel beauty escape gets our hearts aflutter. Spa-lovers who are searching for some extraordinary pampering, look no further – here are some of the coolest spas in the world, all of which deserve a spot on every beauty queen’s bucket list: Continue reading

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Your First Time…Traveling Abroad

(Image Credit: Charles Dyer)

(Image Credit: Charles Dyer)

Traveling abroad for the first time can be exciting and scary. Whether you are going for an extended stay, a semester abroad, or just a few weeks’ vacation, knowing some tips before you fly off can help to ease some of the anxiety of traveling and make your experience worth every penny you paid. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you jet off. Continue reading

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5 Hidden Treasures of… Oregon

(Image Credit: Tony Fischer)

(Image Credit: Tony Fischer)

While my home state may be best known from popular TV shows such as The Simpsons and Portlandia, there is much more to Oregon than hipsters, breweries, and Voodoo Doughnuts. Though Oregon wouldn’t necessarily come to most people’s minds when searching for a perfect vacation spot, there are a countless number of reasons why it should. While I could write a very lengthy article on how we “Keep Portland Weird,” I’m going to showcase some of the state’s best highlights both in and outside of the big city so you can really get a feel for everything Oregon has to offer. Continue reading

Camping (Image Credit: Robert S. Donovan)

Your First Time… Going Camping

Camping (Image Credit: Robert S. Donovan)

Camping (Image Credit: Robert S. Donovan)

After weeks-long camping trips when I was younger (including one that was literally one month long), I think I’ve earned the right to consider myself a camping expert. So if you want to know what you should do on your first time camping, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

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5 Outrageous Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List!

(Image Credit: Lolostock)

(Image Credit: Lolostock)

While the expression “kick the bucket” has long been in existence, the bucket list is a notion that has only gained popularity in the last decade. We all have exciting dreams for our lives; places we want to see, people we want to meet and adventures we’d like to have. Of course, such dreams and adventures could quickly drain our wallets – but that’s why the bucket list exists. It’s a place for the dreams that may not seem feasible at the moment, but could happen one day. One of the best parts of being human is that we have the ability to dream and there should be no cap on what you dream about. When people tell you something is impractical or impossible, maybe it is. But that doesn’t mean you should drop the notion like a hot coal. Slap it on that bucket list! Bucket list items go from simple to complex, normal to quirky, big to small. Nothing is off limits. We at The Daily Quirk recently reached out to some family and friends to see what outrageous adventures top their lists, and the answers were all over the map! Check out these five additions to make to your own list inspired by the bucket listers in our lives. Continue reading

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5 History Museums to Add to Your Bucket List!

The British Museum (Image Credit: William Warby)

The British Museum (Image Credit: William Warby)

I have a segmented bucket list. There are separate sections for places to go, things to master and books to read before I drop. My fastest growing section is always the places to go one (because the book list fluxes). Constantly researching new adventures, I think I’ve complied quite a nice list. In this article I’ll share five history museums that you’re definitely going to want add to your own bucket list! Continue reading

LIGHTHOUSE (Image Credit: Jeff Pearce)

5 Hidden Treasures of… Long Island

LIGHTHOUSE (Image Credit: Jeff Pearce)

LIGHTHOUSE (Image Credit: Jeff Pearce)

Long island – known as the little fish-looking thing coming out of New York. The island is comprised of four different counties: Brooklyn, Queens, but mostly Nassau and Suffolk. Although it gets overshadowed by the big city there are many hidden gems of Long Island that you should definitely go and see. Long Island is known for its amazing pizza, bagels, diners, terrible car accidents and the medium herself, Theresa Caputo, yes; but it has a lot more to offer than all of that. Continue reading