The Best (And Worst) Places For Staycations-See Where Tucson Landed!


This summer, the U.S. will be far more open than it was last year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. But even though the COVID-19 vaccines have made summer travel possible, some people may not be ready to venture far from home yet, and others simply don’t have the money to take a trip with how hard COVID-19 has hit the economy. Luckily, there are certain places that offer plenty of options for entertainment and relaxation at the right price point, making those cities the perfect spots for staying local.

To determine the best places for a fun-filled yet wallet-friendly staycation, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 46 key metrics. Our data set ranges from parks per capita to restaurant-meal costs to the share of residents who are vaccinated.

Best Places for a Staycation

Overall RankCityTotal ScoreRecreationFood & EntertainmentRest & Relaxation

1

Honolulu, HI

65.80

1

15

5

2

Orlando, FL

60.87

23

1

91

3

San Francisco, CA

59.41

7

8

25

4

Charleston, SC

57.40

12

14

17

5

Las Vegas, NV

57.13

13

2

114

6

Portland, ME

57.11

2

68

31

7

Chicago, IL

57.03

5

19

74

8

Seattle, WA

56.54

9

11

64

9

San Diego, CA

56.53

10

24

19

10

Cincinnati, OH

56.33

11

12

51

11

Salt Lake City, UT

55.68

8

21

58

12

New Orleans, LA

54.73

21

18

33

13

Portland, OR

54.17

18

4

127

14

Tucson, AZ

54.15

25

22

27

15

Los Angeles, CA

53.56

17

47

13

16

New York, NY

53.52

4

61

128

17

Madison, WI

52.91

14

62

15

18

Atlanta, GA

52.50

33

3

133

19

Austin, TX

52.41

43

7

79

20

Minneapolis, MN

51.46

27

38

37

21

Washington, DC

51.40

16

23

139

22

Fort Lauderdale, FL

51.39

3

49

154

23

Burlington, VT

51.14

19

92

20

24

Tampa, FL

51.08

49

10

95

25

Pittsburgh, PA

51.06

40

9

132

26

Springfield, MO

50.80

144

35

6

27

St. Louis, MO

50.34

44

5

147

28

Omaha, NE

50.28

24

53

75

29

Knoxville, TN

50.00

101

26

28

30

Tempe, AZ

49.72

50

41

49

31

Fargo, ND

49.67

112

58

12

32

Denver, CO

49.65

22

28

151

33

Miami, FL

49.54

28

6

166

34

Albuquerque, NM

49.53

30

32

103

35

Reno, NV

49.39

79

20

29

36

Boston, MA

49.09

15

73

113

37

Columbia, SC

48.95

146

17

56

38

Missoula, MT

48.86

52

120

4

39

Houston, TX

48.65

55

13

141

40

Garden Grove, CA

48.42

56

135

3

41

Philadelphia, PA

48.33

6

31

179

42

Chattanooga, TN

48.25

73

37

52

43

Scottsdale, AZ

48.14

53

66

26

44

South Burlington, VT

48.13

66

149

10

45

Boise, ID

48.09

54

67

30

46

Billings, MT

48.00

114

55

35

47

West Valley City, UT

47.71

37

168

2

48

St. Petersburg, FL

47.66

31

94

54

49

Virginia Beach, VA

47.64

59

76

8

50

Milwaukee, WI

47.48

29

52

137

51

Columbus, OH

47.32

60

44

46

52

Nashville, TN

47.03

64

29

73

53

Huntington Beach, CA

46.99

26

150

14

54

Cleveland, OH

46.55

38

56

135

55

Sacramento, CA

46.27

70

33

90

56

Juneau, AK

46.14

20

147

66

57

Buffalo, NY

46.08

47

43

143

58

Norfolk, VA

46.08

32

90

108

59

Lincoln, NE

45.94

74

64

42

60

Spokane, WA

45.69

88

83

50

61

Glendale, CA

45.39

35

151

39

62

Rochester, NY

45.15

61

27

163

63

El Paso, TX

45.14

87

50

70

64

Bismarck, ND

44.89

84

110

43

65

Raleigh, NC

44.82

96

40

63

66

Cedar Rapids, IA

44.82

151

107

11

67

San Antonio, TX

44.74

80

16

158

68

Sioux Falls, SD

44.59

160

79

23

69

Wilmington, DE

44.41

92

77

98

70

Kansas City, MO

44.38

76

63

99

71

Akron, OH

44.27

117

84

68

72

Dallas, TX

44.23

69

57

109

73

Overland Park, KS

44.14

126

109

41

74

Anchorage, AK

44.02

45

96

136

75

Plano, TX

43.99

62

127

47

76

Casper, WY

43.58

174

140

9

77

Baltimore, MD

43.56

34

39

175

78

Gulfport, MS

43.47

166

119

22

79

Louisville, KY

43.29

46

42

167

80

Charlotte, NC

43.08

95

46

110

81

Richmond, VA

43.05

75

25

170

82

Huntsville, AL

43.00

165

87

59

83

St. Paul, MN

42.96

48

100

146

84

Rapid City, SD

42.93

102

74

129

85

Salem, OR

42.90

124

85

112

T-86

Jackson, MS

42.84

180

116

21

T-86

Columbia, MD

42.84

161

174

1

88

Jacksonville, FL

42.81

39

54

174

89

Lexington-Fayette, KY

42.62

129

71

57

90

Vancouver, WA

42.62

111

82

118

91

Oceanside, CA

42.56

78

131

84

92

Long Beach, CA

42.48

67

124

61

93

Amarillo, TX

42.39

155

65

138

94

Irvine, CA

42.32

41

144

125

95

Indianapolis, IN

42.27

128

34

155

96

Little Rock, AR

42.11

127

104

92

97

Tulsa, OK

42.00

104

81

94

98

Glendale, AZ

41.98

71

129

87

99

Mobile, AL

41.91

152

88

134

100

Grand Rapids, MI

41.88

68

60

164

101

Bridgeport, CT

41.85

51

154

69

102

Oklahoma City, OK

41.68

143

48

85

103

Shreveport, LA

41.68

159

101

82

104

Santa Rosa, CA

41.61

86

160

38

105

Baton Rouge, LA

41.51

120

45

140

106

Phoenix, AZ

41.39

81

106

106

107

Greensboro, NC

41.33

118

72

107

108

Chandler, AZ

41.31

122

80

93

109

Cape Coral, FL

41.28

36

152

119

110

San Jose, CA

41.24

82

117

76

111

Durham, NC

41.23

132

78

86

112

Corpus Christi, TX

41.18

90

115

89

113

Des Moines, IA

41.14

147

69

67

114

Toledo, OH

40.92

94

108

96

115

Providence, RI

40.92

57

70

171

116

New Haven, CT

40.91

142

118

81

117

Santa Clarita, CA

40.90

107

157

48

118

Henderson, NV

40.79

65

123

121

119

Wichita, KS

40.70

148

36

130

120

Las Cruces, NM

40.49

179

141

36

121

Fort Smith, AR

40.48

136

163

16

122

Tallahassee, FL

40.37

168

91

126

123

Yonkers, NY

40.33

58

178

24

124

Aurora, IL

40.32

42

164

105

125

Warwick, RI

40.30

91

162

77

126

Nampa, ID

40.29

137

170

60

127

Mesa, AZ

40.26

113

99

101

128

Stockton, CA

40.20

135

121

65

129

Peoria, AZ

40.12

83

172

40

130

Fresno, CA

40.04

141

97

78

131

Port St. Lucie, FL

40.02

169

103

111

132

Fort Worth, TX

40.02

133

75

122

133

Winston-Salem, NC

39.99

140

93

88

134

Modesto, CA

39.87

154

125

97

135

Cheyenne, WY

39.81

115

138

120

136

Riverside, CA

39.50

131

114

83

137

Anaheim, CA

39.48

153

102

71

138

Colorado Springs, CO

39.47

72

30

181

139

Fontana, CA

39.46

97

176

34

140

Worcester, MA

39.39

89

155

115

141

Bakersfield, CA

39.38

172

98

55

142

Santa Ana, CA

39.26

130

143

53

143

Laredo, TX

39.24

121

158

32

144

Brownsville, TX

39.05

181

173

7

145

Lubbock, TX

38.97

139

111

102

146

Tacoma, WA

38.94

134

51

177

147

Memphis, TN

38.85

109

89

153

148

Birmingham, AL

38.63

145

59

168

149

Huntington, WV

38.58

119

153

123

150

Charleston, WV

38.52

162

139

124

151

Fort Wayne, IN

38.47

171

86

148

152

Jersey City, NJ

38.05

123

113

144

153

Nashua, NH

38.04

110

145

145

154

Manchester, NH

38.00

125

128

157

155

Oxnard, CA

37.92

103

179

45

156

San Bernardino, CA

37.86

167

161

18

157

Ontario, CA

37.52

85

180

100

158

Newport News, VA

37.16

164

112

159

159

Fayetteville, NC

37.15

173

134

150

160

Dover, DE

36.88

93

142

162

161

Lewiston, ME

36.83

116

169

142

162

Grand Prairie, TX

36.79

100

181

80

163

Moreno Valley, CA

36.68

170

182

44

164

Arlington, TX

36.34

156

130

131

165

Augusta, GA

36.22

176

132

156

166

Irving, TX

36.04

150

146

117

167

Gilbert, AZ

35.97

149

148

116

168

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

35.95

177

166

72

169

Pembroke Pines, FL

35.91

63

156

165

170

Pearl City, HI

35.86

182

177

62

171

Oakland, CA

35.83

106

95

178

172

Detroit, MI

35.09

77

105

182

173

Columbus, GA

34.98

178

122

160

174

Garland, TX

34.35

138

175

104

175

Newark, NJ

34.12

105

137

169

176

Chesapeake, VA

34.04

98

136

173

177

Montgomery, AL

33.10

175

133

172

178

Aurora, CO

32.73

108

126

180

179

North Las Vegas, NV

32.69

157

171

149

180

Hialeah, FL

31.97

99

159

176

181

Chula Vista, CA

31.51

163

165

152

182

Fremont, CA

30.58

158

167

161

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that city, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.