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2019's Best Summer Travel Destinations

With summer approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019's Best Summer Travel Destinations as well as accompanying videos to supplement its Best Travel Credit Cards and Currency Exchange studies.

To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, WalletHub compared 100 metro areas across 40 key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to average price of a two-person meal.
 

Top 20 Summer Travel Destinations
1 Orlando, FL   11 Atlanta, GA
2 Austin, TX   12 San Antonio, TX
3 Washington, DC   13 Oklahoma City, OK
4 Chicago, IL   14 Louisville, KY
5 Dallas, TX   15 Raleigh, NC
6 Las Vegas, NV   16 Columbus, OH
7 Cincinnati, OH   17 Kansas City, MO
8 Tampa, FL   18 El Paso, TX
9 Nashville, TN   19 Houston, TX
10 New York, NY   20 Los Angeles, CA


Best vs. Worst

  • 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 on the West Coast 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. Oppositely, 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.    

 
View the full report and your city’s rank. 

Summer Travel Guide