What’s the best place to staycation in the country?

June 08, 2017

The weather is getting better, the kids are almost out of school and everyone in the office is bragging about their vacation plans. What do you have lined up? Nothing? Well, why not consider a staycation?giphy-downsized-large

With higher travel costs and the advent of Airbnb, people have become more interested in exploring their own cities. Think about it: How many places around your hometown have you always wanted to visit, but just haven’t had the time? Probably a lot!

Staycations started getting popular during the Great Recession and have built momentum. Big and small cities alike have built up an impressive selection of street festivals and concerts for tourists and homebodies, which means staycationers are supporting the economy. Meanwhile, local and national media have taken up the staycation torch, endorsing a travel-free experience that doesn’t involve overbooked flights or hours in a car.

But how do you know if your city is worthy of a staycation? The personal finance website WalletHub recently released the best places to staycation in. Looking at three key indicators — recreation, food and entertainment, and rest and relaxation — WalletHub provided the top 150 best staycation cities in the country. We’ll be bringing you part of that list in just a moment, but first, we wanted to share some of the fun findings from the study:

Philadelphia and Cleveland are tied for first in the “most swimming pools per capita,” category.

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Chicago has the most tennis courts per capita.

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New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando have the most ice cream shops around.

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San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New Orleans are the places to be if you want to hit up a museum.

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And the West Coast is the best coast when it comes to beer gardens. Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif. both own top spots in that category.

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Anyway, on to the list!  See if you should stick around your hometown this summer.

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30. Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Total Score: 47.39
  • Recreation Rank: 53
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 32
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 55
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29. St. Louis, Mo.

  • Total Score: 47.52
  • Recreation Rank: 40
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 8
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 117
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28. Madison, Wis.

  • Total Score: 48.14
  • Recreation Rank: 30
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 65
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 7
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27. Springfield, Mo.

  • Total Score: 48.22
  • Recreation Rank: 90
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 58
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 4
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26. Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Total Score: 48.81
  • Recreation Rank:  18
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 63
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 19
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25. Salt Lake City, UT

  • Total Score: 48.93
  • Recreation Rank: 43
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 23
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 61
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24. Richmond, Va.

  • Total Score: 48.95
  • Recreation Rank: 24
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 30
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 42
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23. New Orleans, La.

  • Total Score: 49.05
  • Recreation Rank: 42
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 13
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 63
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22. Boise, ID

  • Total Score: 49.10
  • Recreation Rank:  38
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 36
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 22
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21. Sacramento, Calif.

  • Total Score: 49.54
  • Recreation Rank: 41
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 31
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 13
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20. Tuscon, Ariz.

  • Total Score: 49.58
  • Recreation Rank: 33
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 18
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 44
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19. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • Total Score: 49.61
  • Recreation Rank: 14
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 45
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 37
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18. Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Total Score: 49.66
  • Recreation Rank:  31
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 12
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 88
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17. Boston, Mass.

  • Total Score: 49.66
  • Recreation Rank: 9
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 53
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 43
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16. Austin, TX

  • Total Score: 49.71
  • Recreation Rank: 22
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 17
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 86
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15. Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Total Score: 49.85
  • Recreation Rank: 5
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 19
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 116
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14. Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Total Score: 51.38
  • Recreation Rank: 25
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 20
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 27
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13. Denver, Colo.

  • Total Score: 51.45
  • Recreation Rank: 19
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 16
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 60
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12. Honolulu, HI

  • Total Score: 52.16
  • Recreation Rank: 11
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 14
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 80
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11. Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Total Score: 52.70
  • Recreation Rank: 46
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 33
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 2
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10. New York, N.Y.

  • Total Score: 53.11
  • Recreation Rank: 12
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 10
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 76
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9. San Fransisco, Calif.

  • Total Score: 56.73
  • Recreation Rank: 4
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 4
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 79
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8. Portland, Ore.

  • Total Score: 57.68
  • Recreation Rank: 7
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 3
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 70
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7. Atlanta, Ga.

  • Total Score: 57.92
  • Recreation Rank: 10
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 9
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 15
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6. Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Total Score: 58.62
  • Recreation Rank: 37
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 2
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 30
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5. Tampa, Fla.

  • Total Score: 58.80
  • Recreation Rank: 15
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 15
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 3
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4. Seattle, Wash.

  • Total Score: 59.21
  • Recreation Rank: 3
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 6
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 25
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3. San Diego, Calif.

  • Total Score: 59.32
  • Recreation Rank: 6
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 5
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 18
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2. Chicago, Ill.

  • Total Score: 61.49
  • Recreation Rank: 1
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 11
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 10
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1. Orlando, Fla.

  • Total Score: 63.66
  • Recreation Rank: 13
  • Food & Entertainment Rank: 1
  • Rest & Relaxation Rank: 20
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Honorable mention: Aurora, Ill.

Aurora was ranked 107th on the list with a total score of 36.87!

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