America’s Best and Worst Cities for a Summer Staycation

first_imgBest City for RecreationChicago, Illinois Kyle Glenn/UnsplashAmerica’s got a problem. Okay, maybe it’s got a few, but we’re talking about one in particular: workaholism.Did you know that last year, over 50 percent of Americans reported having unused vacation days? Sure, not everyone can or wants to plunk down a hefty chunk of change on plane tickets, hotel suites, and expensive getaways, but everybody deserves a break occasionally. With the rise of the staycation, you don’t have to leave town to leave your worries behind.But first, what makes a great stay-cay? The best thing about staycationing is that, without being bound by things like travel costs and a specific destination’s amenities, you can basically do whatever you damn well please. Feel like playing video games in your underpants for three straight days without shame? Go for it. Want to fill your time catching up on errands or projects you haven’t had time for lately? Do it. Want to treat yourself to a movie and dinner date? Go ahead.So, what should you plan for your stay-cay and how much is your local scene equipped for a truly relaxing time off? With the help of WalletHub’s recent study on the Best and Worst Cities for Summer Staycations, we’re here to tell you to make the most out of your free time and stop leaving those leftover vacation days on the table. CategoryCities 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Cape Coral, FloridaTampa, FloridaScottsdale, ArizonaHonolulu, HawaiiCharleston, South CarolinaVirginia Beach, VirginiaCasper, WyomingNampa, IdahoJackson, MississippiFargo, North Dakota10 Worst Cities for Rest and RelaxationOakland, California Photo via Good Free Photos The Best American Liqueur Worst City for Rest and RelaxationOakland, California Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Worst City for a StaycationLubbock, Texas Did your town make the top 10? Or did it fall behind and end up at the bottom of the list? Check out these stats to find out where your city ranks:10 Best Cities for StaycationsOrlando, Florida Wikimedia Commons Best City for Rest and RelaxationCape Coral, Florida The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Oakland, CaliforniaWarwick, Rhode IslandSt. Paul, MinnesotaYonkers, New YorkIrvine, CaliforniaNashua, New HampshireWorcester, MassachusettsFremont, CaliforniaBridgeport, ConnecticutAnaheim, California10 Best Cities for Food and EntertainmentThe “Food and Entertainment” category is all about getting out of the house and enjoying some good old-fashioned fun (and tasty eats), focusing on factors like movie and bowling costs; nightlife options and festivals per capita; the number of zoos, aquariums and museums, restaurant diversity, beer gardens and coffee shops per capita; and the average price of a party ticket.Epcot Center, Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida Patrick Hunt on Unsplash Worst City for Food and EntertainmentOxnard, California Lubbock, TexasWarwick, Rhode IslandAurora, IllinoisAnaheim, CaliforniaNashua, New HampshireYonkers, New YorkFremont, CaliforniaSan Bernardino, CaliforniaBridgeport, ConnecticutOxnard, California10 Best Cities for Rest and RelaxationIn addition to overall rankings, WalletHub has also ranked the best and worst cities in three specific categories. The “Rest and Relaxation” category focuses on factors like the cost of house-cleaning services, public beaches per capita, spas and wellness centers, and idealness of summer weather.Cape Coral, Florida Wikimedia Commons Orlando, FloridaHonolulu, HawaiiChicago, IllinoisSeattle, WashingtonPortland, OregonTampa, FloridaLas Vegas, NevadaSan Francisco, CaliforniaSan Diego, CaliforniaCharleston, South Carolina10 Worst Cities for StaycationsLubbock, Texas Wikimedia Commons Orlando, FloridaLas Vegas, NevadaSeattle, WashingtonPortland, OregonSan Francisco, CaliforniaMiami, FloridaChicago, IllinoisHonolulu, HawaiiAustin, TexasNew York, New York10 Worst Cities for Food and EntertainmentDover, Delaware Wikimedia Commons Oxnard, CaliforniaFontana, CaliforniaBrownsville, TexasAurora, IllinoisRancho Cucamonga, CaliforniaSan Bernardino, CaliforniaBridgeport, ConnecticutDover, DelawareOntario, CaliforniaLewiston, Maine10 Best Cities for RecreationFinally, the “Recreation” category focuses on factors like public golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, and other sports facilities per capita; the prevalence of water and amusement parks, boat tours, and water sports; and the amount of bike trails per square mile.Chicago, Illinois Sawyer Bengtson/Unsplash Best City for Food and EntertainmentOrlando, Florida Worst City for RecreationCasper, Wyoming Casper, WyomingBrownsville, TexasShreveport, LouisianaMobile, AlabamaLas Cruces, New MexicoJackson, MississippiSan Bernardino, CaliforniaAugusta, GeorgiaFayetteville, North CarolinaDover, DelawareNotable NumbersZoos and aquariums make for fun day trips that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Who’s got the best hometown for enjoying these animal attractions? North Las Vegas has the most with 62.3 times more than New York City (which has the fewest). If museums are more your flavor, Yonkers, New York, is the place to be with the most per capita.For those who love to spend their idle time in the great outdoors, Portland, Maine, has the most parks per capita with 22.4 times more than Hialeah, Florida, which sits at the bottom of the parks list.To get the most out of your staycation, you might be thinking about outsourcing your household chores for a while. If you live in South Burlington, Vermont, you can enjoy the lowest price at just $103 for average house-cleaning services compared to St. Paul, Minnesota, which tops the list at $539.You might as well get some exercise in while you’ve got the time to spare. In Chicago, there’s no shortage of places to enjoy some tennis time. The city has the most tennis courts per capita with nearly 26 times the amount in Gilbert, Arizona, which has the fewest. Warwick, Rhode Island, boasts the highest number of public golf courses per capita with 44 times more than the bottom spot, which goes to Laredo, Texas. Cleveland, Ohio, is the place to be if you’d rather get your workout in on the water — it has the most swimming pools per capita.If you’d rather get your drink on while you’re away from the office, Portland, Oregon, has the most beer gardens per capita. You might have some dry days in Detroit, Michigan, though because it has 16 times fewer per capita. If you like to get your liquid courage a different way, you can head over to your local coffee shop: New York, New York, has the most per capita, beating out last place (Pearl City, Hawaii) 29 times over. Rather eat than drink? Orlando, Florida, has you covered on sweet treats with the most ice cream/frozen yogurt shops per capita, over 21 times the city with the lowest (Lewiston, Maine).WalletHub calculated their rankings based on 40 different factors, including coffee shops per capita, prevalence of different attractions, various sporting facilities per capita, and even the availability of ice cream (it is summer, after all). You can check out the complete criteria and methodology by viewing the full study. Chicago, IllinoisWashington, D.C.San Diego, CaliforniaSan Francisco, CaliforniaPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaFort Lauderdale, FloridaSeattle, WashingtonPortland, OregonHonolulu, HawaiiNew York, New York10 Worst Cities for RecreationCasper, Wyoming Visit Casper Best City for a StaycationOrlando, Florida Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipeslast_img

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