Lonely Planet Writer

These are the best cities in the US for fun-filled staycations

If you’re in need of a summer escape but aren’t in a position to venture far, a staycation might be in order. Luckily for some people in the US, certain places that offer plenty of options for entertainment and relaxation at the right price point have been identified, making those cities the ideal spots for staying local.

Orlando came top of the cities for staycations in the US. Image: RonTech2000

Personal finance website, Wallethub, compared 182 cities based on 40 criteria, ranging from movie and bowling costs to spas and wellness centres, to find those offering a fun-filled yet wallet-friendly staycation. Naturally, not all of those factors appeal to everyone, so it also broke down the top cities into a number of categories.

Disney characters perform in front of the Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida USA. Image by Blaine Harrington III/Getty Images

The results concluded that Orlando came top of the best cities for staycations, which is no surprise to fans of its theme parks, followed by Honololu and Chicago. The other cities making the top ten were 4. Seattle 5. Portland 6. Tampa 7. Las Vegas 8. San Francisco 9. San Diego and 10. Charleston. Given that 52% of Americans report having unused vacation days last year, the results suggest that residents of these cities should close the laptop and take a trip around their local area.

Surfers catching a wave off Waikiki Beach, Honululu. Image: Robert Cravens/Shutterstock

For advice on making the best of your staycation, WalletHub also asked a panel of experts to share their thoughts on key questions. These included some tips for having a truly relaxing staycation, what activities families can do locally without breaking the bank, and the best time of year to have a staycation?

Orlando came top of the best cities at twilight. Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

To view the answers given and see the full report, please visit here.