California sneaks onto WalletHub’s list of Top 20 Summer Travel Destinations

Editor’s note: Los Angeles is #20 on the list (see below) — the highest ranking city in California. (In this case, “Los Angeles” actually includes not just the City of Los Angles, but also the Long Beach area and northwestern Orange County — known as the Los Angeles – Long Beach – Anaheim Metropolitan Area. San Diego was #24. Sacramento was #55. San Francisco was #65. Riverside-San Bernardino was #72. Fresno was #76. Bakersfield was #85. San Jose was #86. Santa Rosa was #99. Oxnard-Ventura-Thousand Oaks was #100. Las Vegas, at #6, is the highestf “West Coast” destination.

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 article above was released by WalletHub.