The 10 Best Cities for a Summer 'Staycation'

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Despite lower gas prices and a strong dollar making travelling at home and abroad more economical, some could decide to spend their summer breaks at home, saving travel dollars. Let's call it #Staycation2015, a hashtag you should look for on Facebook's (FB) Instagram this summer.

A "staycation" is a recently popularized term used to mean a vacation spent in one's home country or local area, choosing instead to catch up on home-improvement projects, day trips or relaxation, for instance.

Of course, some cities are more conducive to a staycation than others. From recreational opportunities to the cost of relaxation, there are a number of factors to consider when ranking the best cities for staycations, according to a report by WalletHub.

WalletHub considered three key categories: recreation activities; food and entertainment; and rest and relaxation in ranking the 100 most populous U.S. cities in terms of staycation prospects. Within those categories there are 17 factors for each city, such the number of public golf courses per 100,000 residents; the number of parks per 100,000 residents; miles of bike lanes and paths; movie and bowling costs; nightlife options; the number of cultural attractions and a city's summer weather, among other things.

So take in the sights and pleasures of these top 10 cities to not leave when you take a vacation. And when you're done, be sure to check out the 10 worst cities for staycations.

Sources used by WalletHub: the U.S. Census Bureau, the Council for Community and Economic Research, the Trust for Public Land, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, TripAdvisor, Yelp, Golf magazine, ImproveNet, and WalletHub Research.

 

10. Las Vegas
Recreation Activities Rank: 48
Food & Entertainment Rank: 1
Rest & Relaxation Rank: 14

Las Vegas has worked hard to change its brand from Sin City to a place where the whole family can have fun. And the city has tons of family-friendly activities. A few favorites include the Discovery Children's Museum; the CSI: The Experience exhibit at MGM Grand hotel; and, if you're willing to drive a few hours southeast of Vegas, there's always room for a visit to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Of course, if it's your thing, you can always try your luck at the city's numerous casinos.

9. Portland, Oreg.
Recreation Activities Rank: 16
Food & Entertainment Rank: 3
Rest & Relaxation Rank: 38

Probably best known as a city for crunchy hipsters, yet one of Portland's most enticing offers is its proximity to the great outdoors. Enjoy a day trip or a weekend exploring the Lewis & Clark historic trail, the John Day Fossil Beds or Crater Lake.

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