100 U.S. Summer Travel Destinations Ranked For Ease, Affordability, Activities

The Las Vegas area is one of the top U.S. summer destinations for ease, affordabilty and attractions

Lea Lane Thinking about where to take yourself and your family this summer without spending too much time or money? Looking for convenience as well as attractions and good weather on your trip? Yes, just about wherever you travel to in the United States will be hot, but if a destination is filled with activities, ease and won't bust your budget, you can deal with the heat (thank you air con and ice cream!). To find the top places, WalletHub developed a ranking of the cheapest U.S. destinations that are also the easiest to reach. They analyzed 100 of the largest metro areas across 40 key indicators. Data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to weather. Focus is on the cost and convenience of traveling to each location as well as its affordability. However, the data does factor in the variety of activities in each destination.

The following are the top 15 places to visit in the U.S. this summer, as judged by the WalletHub survey. You can check out the full report for all 100, and as you plan your trip, you might also want to look at  Best Travel Credit Cards and Currency Exchange reports.

Rank

(1=Best)

Destination (Metro Area)

Total Score

‘Travel Costs & Hassles’ Rank

‘Local Costs’ Rank

‘Attractions’ Rank

‘Weather’ Rank

‘Activities’ Rank

‘Safety’ Rank

1 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area 69.04 38 14 7 62 1 65
2 Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro Area 68.61 11 28 11 21 17 31
3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area 66.48 30 60 12 19 11 11
4 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area 65.65 13 86 3 55 3 43
5 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area 64.95 6 17 22 41 33 44
6 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV Metro Area 64.66 44 10 1 77 7 79
7 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metro Area 64.57 3 30 38 48 15 24
8 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area 64.37 20 32 24 40 14 29
9 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area 64.26 5 27 20 6 39 74
10 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area 64.19 29 88 5 66 4 10
11 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area 64.05 1 78 21 15 12 49
12 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area 62.03 23 7 19 38 44 89
13 Oklahoma City, OK Metro Area 61.67 10 5 55 17 79 69
14 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area 61.54 25 11 30 16 56 60
15 Raleigh, NC Metro Area 61.30 16 24 42 22
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The Las Vegas area is one of the top U.S. summer destinations for ease, affordabilty and attractions

Lea Lane Thinking about where to take yourself and your family this summer without spending too much time or money? Looking for convenience as well as attractions and good weather on your trip? Yes, just about wherever you travel to in the United States will be hot, but if a destination is filled with activities, ease and won't bust your budget, you can deal with the heat (thank you air con and ice cream!). To find the top places, WalletHub developed a ranking of the cheapest U.S. destinations that are also the easiest to reach. They analyzed 100 of the largest metro areas across 40 key indicators. Data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to weather. Focus is on the cost and convenience of traveling to each location as well as its affordability. However, the data does factor in the variety of activities in each destination.

The average flight

 to a popular summer destination costs $294.07, lasts 3 hours and 46 minutes and has 0.4 connections.

  • The Las Vegas metro area is the most attractive destination in the West and the Washington, D.C. metro area is the most attractive destination on the East Coast.
  • Florida and Texas are home to the most top summer destinations in the U.S., each with at least two metro areas in the top 15. On the other hand, Connecticut has one of the largest numbers of most unpopular summer destinations.
  • The Kansas metro area has the lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel room, $35, which is five times less expensive than in San Diego, the metro area with the highest at $175.
  • The following are the top 15 places to visit in the U.S. this summer, as judged by the WalletHub survey. You can check out the full report for all 100, and as you plan your trip, you might also want to look at  Best Travel Credit Cards and Currency Exchange reports.

    Rank

    (1=Best)

    Destination (Metro Area)

    Total Score

    ‘Travel Costs & Hassles’ Rank

    ‘Local Costs’ Rank

    ‘Attractions’ Rank

    ‘Weather’ Rank

    ‘Activities’ Rank

    ‘Safety’ Rank

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