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May 16, 2018

2018's Best Summer Travel Destinations
School’s out, the mercury’s rising, and some people have yet to spend their tax refunds. In short, it’s time to plan the perfect summer getaway. The only question is: Where should you go? You might have a few destinations already in mind, but your travel budget might not agree. Regardless, it’s ideal to have fun while keeping your spending in check.

So which places offer the most bang for the buck? To find out, WalletHub developed a ranking of the cheapest U.S. destinations that are also the easiest to reach. In total, we analyzed 100 of the largest metro areas across 40 key indicators. Our data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to weather. Read on for the full ranking, money-saving travel advice and our methodology.

Compared with other rankings that focus on each destination’s scenic quality, this report focuses primarily on the cost and convenience of traveling to each location as well as its affordability. However, it does take into account the number of attractions and variety of activities in each destination to ensure visitors will stay busy and entertained throughout the trip. As you plan your trip, make sure to check out WalletHub’s Best Travel Credit Cards and Currency Exchange reports.

Main Findings
Source: WalletHub

Top 20 Summer Travel Destinations

1 Washington, DC 11 New York, NY
2 Orlando, FL 12 Los Angeles, CA
3 Austin, TX 13 Tampa, FL
4 Chicago, IL 14 St. Louis, MO
5 Atlanta, GA 15 Salt Lake City, UT
6 Cincinnati, OH 16 Richmond, VA
7 Dallas, TX 17 San Antonio, TX
8 Oklahoma City, OK 18 Philadelphia, PA
9 Las Vegas, NV 19 Knoxville, TN
10 Houston, TX 20 Pittsburgh, PA

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