The 10 Best (and Worst) U.S. Cities to Take a Staycation
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The 10 Best (and Worst) U.S. Cities to Take a Staycation

Atlanta

Despite a little big-city brusqueness—Atlanta locals also made the top 20 for being rude—you can still find plenty of Southern hospitality in this Georgia hub. As an alternative to downtown’s business hotels, for instance, you can check in at the friendly boutique Ellis Hotel, which stocks the mini bars with Sugar Daddies and Pez dispensers. Indeed, the city scored well overall for its sweets, like the beloved Coca-Cola cupcakes at West Egg Café or the peach cobbler at the Gone with the Wind-themed Pittypat’s Porch. Like Scarlett herself, Atlantans also got points for their excellent fashion sense.

© 2015, James Duckworth/AtlantaPhotos.com

You don’t need to burn any miles to get in a solid summer vacation—or at least a killer Summer Fridays Personal finance website WalletHub has shared its yearly list of best (and worst) spots to spend those personal days.

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WalletHub defines a staycation as a time lasting about four days (hello, long weekend). The destinations on its lists are derived from a 100-city ranking of America’s most densely populated cities using 17 metrics, including number of swimming pools, tennis courts, public golf courses, zoos, museums, and more. Based on these metrics, each city is assigned three numerical rankings: Recreation, Food & Entertainment, and Rest & Relaxation. A majority of the spots are sprinkled throughout the South, but there are a few wildcards thrown in here and there (ahem, Boise).

10 Worst U.S. Cities for Staycations

10. Laredo, Texas
• Recreation Rank: 92
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 99
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 39

9. Newark, New Jersey
• Recreation Rank: 82
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 87
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 90

8. North Las Vegas, Nevada
• Recreation Rank: 94
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 84
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 67

7. Hialeah, Florida
• Recreation Rank: 93
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 96
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 71

6. San Bernardino, California
• Recreation Rank: 97
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 90
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 57

5. Jersey City, New Jersey
• Recreation Rank: 99
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 95
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 69

4. Fremont, California
• Recreation Rank: 90
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 100
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 86

3. Anaheim, California
• Recreation Rank: 98
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 94
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 84

2. Santa Ana, California
• Recreation Rank: 100
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 83
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 191

1. Chula Vista, California
• Recreation Rank: 95
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 97
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 100

10 Best U.S. Cities for Staycations

10. Las Vegas, Nevada
• Recreation Rank: 48
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 1
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 14

9. Portland, Oregon
• Recreation Rank: 16
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 3
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 38

8. Tampa, Florida
• Recreation Rank: 25
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 18
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 1

7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Recreation Rank: 9
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 2
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 24

6. St. Louis, Missouri
• Recreation Rank: 6
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 9
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 12

5. Boise, Idaho
• Recreation Rank: 2
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 20
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 7

4. Scottsdale, Arizona
• Recreation Rank: 21
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 4
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 5

3. Cincinnati, Ohio
• Recreation Rank: 1
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 10
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 16

2. Atlanta, Georgia
• Recreation Rank: 4
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 22
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 2

1. Orlando, Florida
• Recreation Rank: 13
• Food & Entertainment Rank: 7
• Rest & Relaxation Rank: 4

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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