NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Summer is here and that means Americans will be taking some much-needed vacation time over the next few months.
But not everyone wants to spend thousands of dollars on a vacation. Some are choosing staycations, while others look for affordable trips.
In order to help vacationers find the most appealing and budget-friendly destinations, WalletHub ranked the 80 most populated metropolitan areas on five main areas: costs and hassles of getting there; local costs; attractions; weather; and parks and recreation. Within those five areas, WalletHub then drilled down into 13 key metrics to measure each area by, such as: the cost and duration of the cheapest flight; the cost of a 3-star hotel in the area; the diversity of attractions, among others.
Check out which U.S. cities made WalletHub's top 10 list. TheStreet also provided additional wallet-friendly activities for each city.
Sources used by WalletHub: Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Council for Community and Economic Research, Kayak.com, TripAdvisor, Travbuddy.com and WalletHub Research.
10. Albuquerque, N.M.
Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 41
Local Prices Rank: 18
Attractions Rank: 12
Weather Conditions Rank: 16
Parks & Recreation Rank: 19
Albuquerque is WalletHub's tenth best city for a budget-friendly vacation.
Any trip to the desert is certainly not complete without a ride in a hot air balloon over the Rio Grande Valley. Or if you prefer an activity closer to the ground, there are more than 60 well-established hiking trails crossing more than 150 miles in the Sandia Mountains.
Looking for a place to stay? The Hotel Andaluz features Andalusian architecture throughout the property, built in 1939 by Conrad Hilton (yes that Hilton) It was the fourth Hilton hotel ever built. The downtown boutique hotel also has a rooftop bar to take in the gorgeous New Mexico sunsets.
9. Los Angeles (L.A.-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.)
Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 30
Local Prices Rank: 47
Attractions Rank: 5
Weather Conditions Rank: 9
Parks & Recreation Rank: 23
Los Angeles may be a lot of things, but boring it is not. Whereas other parts of the country see summer temperatures rise into the 90s and possibly over 100 degrees, L.A.'s average temperature in July is 71 degrees, perfect weather as far as we're concerned.
First, no trip to L.A. is complete without a walk down Hollywood's Walk of Fame or on a bus tour of Beverly Hills, Mulholland Drive, Bel Air and others to see your favorite celebrities' homes. Next, be sure to take in a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium or hike into the Hollywood Hills to see the best view of L.A. and the San Fernando Valley on a guided tour.
Los Angeles was No. 5 on WalletHub's list for cities with the most attractions.