Study: Orlando tops best summer destinations

by | May 18, 2021

 

Orlando, Florida topped a list of the best summer travel destinations, according to a study conducted by WalletHub.

With the COVID-19 vaccine available to all Americans and the number of daily travelers passing through TSA checkpoints over 10 times higher than last year, the personal-finance website released its ‘2021’s Best Summer Travel Destinations’ list on Tuesday to determine where you will get the most enjoyment for your money this summer.

To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, the WalletHub compared 100 metro areas across 42 key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness. Compared with other rankings that focus on each destination’s scenic quality, this report focuses primarily on the cost and convenience of traveling to each location as well as its affordability. It also takes into account the number of attractions and variety of activities in each destination to ensure visitors will stay busy and entertained throughout the trip — with the data set ranging from the cost of the cheapest flight to the number of attractions to COVID-19 cases.

Compared to others in the survey, the Sunshine State set the bar high. Florida, along with Texas and Oklahoma, was home to the most top summer destinations in the U.S., each with two metro areas in the top 15. Oppositely, Michigan and Pennsylvania have the largest numbers of the most unpopular summer destinations, each with two metro areas.

Additionally, Orlando took the top spot on the list, thanks to the metro area touting the lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel room ($32), which is 4.9 times less expensive than in Santa Rosa ($157). Aside from the low costs, Orlando ranked 2nd in attractions, with it being the home to world-class parks like the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios. Joining Orlando on the list at No.15 was Tampa.

The top 15 rankings were as follows:

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Atlanta, Georgia
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  8. Los Angeles, California
  9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  10. Little Rock, Arkansas
  11. Washington, D.C.
  12. Springfield, Missouri
  13. San Antonio, Texas
  14. Wichita, Kansas
  15. Tampa, Florida

Source: WalletHub

 

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