You don’t have to get away to really “get away” if you’re in need of a summer escape. And we don’t mean getting lost in your imagination or a gripping novel, however far such avenues could lead you. Rather, a “staycation” might be in order, especially for those who aren’t inclined to drive or fly long distances — or can’t afford to use their vacation time, which is the unfortunate case for a third of those who work.
But certain cities are obviously more conducive to a staycation than others. From recreation opportunities to the cost of relaxation, there are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether to leave home or bring vacation to your front door.
With summer upon us and nearly two-thirds of Americans planning to stay local this year, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 150 largest cities based on 28 key metrics to find the most enjoyable and wallet-friendly staycation spots in America.
Orlando once again landed the top spot in the U.S. for staycations, according to WalletHub. That's great news for those who are among the nearly 66 percent of Americans not planning to take a vacation this year, WalletHub reported.
WalletHub compared the 150 of the largest U.S. cities based on 28 key metrics to find the most enjoyable and wallet-friendly staycation spots in America. Here's where Orlando ranked first, mostly in ties with other cities:
- Number of public golf courses per capita
- Number of zoos and aquariums per capita
- Number of spas and wellness centers per capita
- Number of nightlife options per capita
- Number of shopping centers per capita
- Number of cultural attractions (theater and concerts) per capita
- Number of beer gardens per capita
And if you're wondering where we didn't fare so well, Orlando ranked 38th for cost of house-cleaning service and 64th for number of tennis courts per capita.
Check out the full WalletHub report