These Are the 10 Worst Cities for Summer Travel

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- New York, Connecticut, and New England in general are home to some of the least attractive summer destinations, according to a report by WalletHub, an online financial resource for consumers and small businesses.

WalletHub ranked the 80 most populated metropolitan statistical 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.

Those metro areas with the 10 lowest overall scores made TheStreet's list, which shouldn't be too surprising, given the lack of major tourist attractions.

Check out which U.S. cities are considered the worst cities for summer travel. And when you're done be sure to check out the 10 best summer travel cities.

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. Allentown, Pa. (Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa./N.J.)
Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 72
Local Prices Rank: 40
Attractions Rank: 75
Weather Conditions Rank: 42
Parks & Recreation Rank: 73

Allentown ranks as the tenth worst city for summer travel. Should you find yourself there anyway....

Check out two notable museums: America on Wheels, an over-the-road transportation museum where visitors can observe the evolution of automotive vehicles.

There's also the Liberty Bell Museum, where visitors can see where the symbol of American freedom was transported and hidden during the 1777 British invasion of Philadelphia.

If you're willing to drive, Allentown is 90 minutes from the Pocono Mountains, where the nature lover, waterpark lover and hiker can find plenty to do in the summer.

9. North Port, Fla. (North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.)
Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 71
Local Prices Rank: 48
Attractions Rank: 80
Weather Conditions Rank: 36
Parks & Recreation Rank: 61

North Port ranked ninth worst city for summer travel. Of the 80 cities ranked, North Port has the fewest attractions. Should you find yourself there anyway....

Visitors should take advantage of the area's beautiful outdoor surroundings. Kayak around Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido Key, and more.

Visit the Ringling estate for the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. See the house where the famous John Ringling, of the Ringling Brother's Circus, lived. On the estate grounds is the Ringling Circus Museum full of historical artifacts and information about the history of one of America's most famous circuses.

8. Hartford (Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Conn.)
Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 65
Local Prices Rank: 60 (tied with Albany, N.Y.)
Attractions Rank: 70 (tied with Albany, N.Y.)
Weather Conditions Rank: 48
Parks & Recreation Rank: 78

Hartford was ranked the eighth worst city for summer travel. Should you find yourself there anyway....

The city might be worth a stopover to see The Mark Twain House and Museum, which was the famous author's home from 1874 to 1899 and where he wrote his most important works including Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Of the 80 cities ranked, Hartford had the third fewest parks and recreational facilities.


7. Albany (Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.)

Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 74
Local Prices Rank: 60 (tied with Hartford, Conn.)
Attractions Rank: 70 (tied with Hartford, Conn.)
Weather Conditions Rank: 53
Parks & Recreation Rank: 67

Albany was ranked the seventh worst city for summer travel. But if you're willing to travel, the city is the gateway for visitors to both Saratoga Springs and Lake George (pictured above), each located approximately an hour away from Albany. Should you find yourself there anyway....

In Saratoga Springs, visitors can walk through a quaint town and shops to the historical town, which drew city elite such as the Vanderbilt's, Rockefellers and Whitney's for its peacefulness and mineral springs. Additionally the Saratoga Racetrack opens for the season in July.

Drive a little further and visitors will hit Lake George, where outdoor enthusiasts can take in breathtaking scenic views.

6. Rochester, N.Y.
Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 70
Local Prices Rank: 65
Attractions Rank: 58
Weather Conditions Rank: 78
Parks & Recreation Rank: 69

Rochester may be ranked the sixth worst city for summer travel, but did you know it was called the "Flower City" for its beautiful blooms and stunning gardens and tons of festivals from May through October? Should you find yourself there anyway....

Just an hour south of Rochester are the Finger Lakes a collection of small lakes in upstate New York that offer areas for camping, boating, fishing, swimming and more. Don't forget to make a pit stop at one of several Finger Lake wineries.


5. Worcester, Mass.

Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 38
Local Prices Rank: 71
Attractions Rank: 76
Weather Conditions Rank: 77
Parks & Recreation Rank: 80

Worcester was ranked the fifth worst city for summer travel. Of the 80 cities ranked, Worcester had the fifth fewest attractions and the worst parks and recreational facilities, according to WalletHub. Should you find yourself there anyway....

There's plenty of family-friendly activities in this bustling town for visitors who are passing through on their way to Boston or elsewhere in New England or making it their destination.

Watch the Worcester Bravehearts battle it out with nine other minor-league style baseball teams across Massachusetts. Grab some tasty eats at the Worcester Food Truck Festival, slated this year for June 20, 2015. Or spend a day with the family at the EcoTarium.

4. Syracuse, N.Y.
Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 69
Local Prices Rank: 66
Attractions Rank: 61
Weather Conditions Rank: 80
Parks & Recreation Rank: 72

Syracuse was ranked the fourth worst city for summer travel. It may have ranked high in WalletHub's survey, but there's still plenty to do in this upstate New York city. Should you find yourself there anyway....

Check out the city's Taste of Syracuse, its annual food and music festival. Drive to nearby to the picturesque village of Skaneateles. Or play a round of golf on the myriad of courses available.


3. Providence, R.I. (Providence-Warwick, R.I./Mass.)

Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 73
Local Prices Rank: 76
Attractions Rank: 55
Weather Conditions Rank: 71
Parks & Recreation Rank: 75

Providence was ranked the third worst city for summer travel. Yet the capital of Rhode Island is just a quick 45 minutes from Newport, R.I. The seaside city was once the summer resort for the elite and even a few presidents. Today, one of the biggest draws to the town is that visitors can tour many of these famous mansions, but Newport also boasts great restaurants, shopping and beaches.

Of the 80 cities ranked, Providence had the fourth highest local costs, according to WalletHub.

2. New Haven, Conn. (New Haven-Milford, Conn.)
Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 79
Local Prices Rank: 75
Attractions Rank: 65
Weather Conditions Rank: 61
Parks & Recreation Rank: 76

New Haven was ranked the second worst city for summer travel. The area is totally devoid of things to do if you're just passing through or New Haven is your destination. Should you find yourself there anyway....

Spend the day at picturesque Beach State Park in Madison, Conn., along the Long Island Sound and a 30 minute drive from New Haven.

Or shop 'til you drop at the more than 70 outlet stores at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.

Of the 80 cities ranked, New Haven had the second highest costs associated with and many hassles to get there. It also had the fifth worst parks and recreational facilities, according to WalletHub.


1. Bridgeport, Conn. (Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.)

Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 80
Local Prices Rank: 72
Attractions Rank: 79
Weather Conditions Rank: 65
Parks & Recreation Rank: 77

Bridgeport was ranked the worst city by WalletHub for summer travel. However the area is just over an hour's drive to quaint seaport town, Mystic, Conn. It is also a short ferry ride over the Long Island Sound to the eastern part of the island for wine country and beaches and an hour and a half from The Berkshires.

Of the 80 cities ranked, the area had the highest costs associated with and many hassles to get there. It also had the fourth worst parks and recreational facilities.

--Jessica Craig and Emma Fried contributed to this article.

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