This summer, the biggest expense of a vacation might be just GETTING somewhere, with the surging cost of gas and airfare. So there’s this:
WalletHub.com has released its annual list of the best staycation cities in America.
They looked at 44 key metrics that are broken down into three categories: Recreation, like parks and pools . . . food and entertainment, including bars and attractions . . . and rest and relaxation, like spas and beaches.
And out of the 182 largest cities in the country, Hawaii had the best . . . and worst!
The 10 best cities for a staycation are: Honolulu . . . Orlando . . . Chicago . . . Fort Lauderdale, Florida . . . Portland, Maine . . . Las Vegas . . . San Francisco . . . New York City . . . San Diego . . . and Seattle.
The City of Aurora ranked about halfway down on the list at #100 out of 182, which isn’t too bad considering the competition! Naperville and Joliet were not considered in the study as they come in just outside of the top 182…186 and 191 respectively.
The five WORST are: Pearl City, Hawaii . . . Chula Vista, California . . . Moreno Valley, California . . . Rancho Cucamonga, California . . . and Oxnard, California.
It’s hard to understand how ANY place in Hawaii could be so abysmal for a staycation, but among other things, Pearl City ranked last in the number of coffee and tea shops, per capita.