Here are the top 10 U.S. cities for a ‘staycation’ this summer and what to do while there

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Summer 2024 is here, and millions of Americans will head out on trips of all kinds to different cities across the United States. 

Vacation destinations are a popular topic of conversation leading up to the warm, school-less months — but what are the best spots to stay this summer? 

Staycations are often popular for those with a lower travel budget who are just looking to change scenery for a few days. 

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WalletHub recently compared 182 U.S. cities to find the best ones to take advantage of a staycation. 

The company compared cities in three key dimensions: recreation, food and entertainment, and rest and relaxation. 

San Diego, California

San Diego, California, was named a great staycation spot by WalletHub.  (iStock / iStock)

Among those categories, specific points were drawn from the number of public golf courses, swimming pools, casinos, beer gardens, public beaches and more per capita.

Here’s a countdown of the top 10 U.S. cities for staycations this summer.

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10. Tucson, Arizona

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9. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana, also ranked high on the list of staycation spots.  (iStock / iStock)

8. Atlanta, Georgia

7. San Diego, California

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6. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago river

Chicago was named one of the best places for a staycation this summer.  (iStock / iStock)

5. Tampa, Florida

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

3. Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio skyline

Cincinnati, Ohio, also ranked high on the staycation list.  (iStock / iStock)

2. Honolulu, Hawaii

1. Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida, was named the best city to have a staycation this summer — and for some very specific reasons.

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WalletHub said this city took the top spot due to its variety of activities in the area — amusement parks, water parks, nightlife activities, festivals, zoos and arcades per capita. 

The town is also known for having a plethora of diverse, affordable restaurants. 

Honolulu, Hawaii, ranked high for a staycation spot — although it is one of the most popular travel destinations for a vacation in the U.S. as well.

Orlando skyline

Orlando, Florida, was named the best place to take a staycation due to its large offerings of outdoor activities.  (iStock / iStock)

WalletHub noted that it’s a great place for people who love to spend time outdoors as it has lots of opportunity for activity. 

Cincinnati, Ohio, was named the third-best staycation city in the U.S. thanks to its large number of parks, swimming pools and baseball fields.

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The Ohio city also ranked high for its affordable restaurants and variety of beer gardens and ice cream shops. 

Cities at the bottom of the list include Pearl City, Hawaii; Irving, Texas; and Fremont, California, respectively. 

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WalletHub released a list of the best U.S. cities to take a staycation this summer — see if your local spot made the list.  (iStock / iStock)

Additionally, WalletHub noted that five cities tied for first place with the highest number of zoos and aquariums per capita: St. Louis, Miami, Las Vegas, Orlando and Tampa. 

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Those looking for a staycation filled with museum visits might consider New Orleans, New York, Miami, San Francisco and Charleston. 

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Fox News Digital reached out to WalletHub for further comment. 



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