The company WalletHub just released their 2018 picks for the best American cities for a summer vacation. While all of these locations have plenty of attractions, one of the main priorities with these choices was affordability.
Analysts behind this list researched 100 major metropolitan areas across the USA using six main criteria: ease of travel, local costs, number of attractions, weather, activities, and safety. After ranking each of these locations, they averaged out the scores to find out what city offered the best bang for a traveler’s buck.
The overall best city for a summer vacation according to WalletHub is Washington, DC. One of the main draws to the nation’s capital is the fact that so many iconic attractions like the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian museums are 100 percent free.
Number two on WalletHub’s list is a popular city for kids (and kids at heart): Orlando. Of course, Orlando’s main strength is its world-renowned theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and Seaworld.
Coming in at third place is Austin, Texas. Study authors note Austin is the perfect city for people who want a summer vacation filled with award-winning live music concerts.
From number four to ten, here are the rest of WalletHub’s absolute best picks for summer destinations: Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Houston.
In terms of individual categories, here’s how the winners sorted out: Cincinnati took the prize in the ease of travel category, Oklahoma City won for the lowest local costs, Los Angeles had the most attractions, Honolulu had the best weather, New York City had the most activities guests could participate in, and Maine’s Portland won for the safest travel destination.