Ahead of what could be one of the coldest winters in years with lots of precipitation, according to the latest forecast from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2021’s Best Winter Holiday Destinations report, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary, to supplement its money-saving selection of the Best Travel Credit Cards.
Focusing on cost and convenience rather than scenic beauty, WalletHub compared nearly 70 of the largest U.S. metro areas grouped by warm and cold weather. Each destination was analyzed based on 39 key metrics, primarily the expense and hassle of traveling to each location but also on other indicators, such as weather forecasts, safety and variety of activities.
Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the report’s most interesting findings:
|Best Cold Destinations for Winter Travel||Best Warm Destinations for Winter Travel|
|1. Atlanta, GA||1. Austin, TX|
|2. Washington, DC||2. Las Vegas, NV|
|3. New York, NY||3. San Diego, CA|
|4. St. Louis, MO||4. Dallas, TX|
|5. Albuquerque, NM||5. Houston, TX|
|6. Chicago, IL||6. San Antonio, TX|
|7. Denver, CO||7. Phoenix, AZ|
|8. Cincinnati, OH||8. San Francisco, CA|
|9. Kansas City, MO||9. Tampa, FL|
|10. Boston, MA||10. Orlando, FL|
Best vs. Worst
- The average flight to a popular cold winter destination costs $359.92, lasts 3 hours and 19 minutes and has 0.22 connections. In comparison, the average flight to a popular warm winter destination costs $458.43, lasts 5 hours and 35 minutes and has 0.48 connections.
- Among cold destinations, Louisville, Kentucky, has the lowest price for a three-star hotel room, $43, which is 2.8 times lower than Worcester, Massachusetts, the city with the highest at $119.
- Among warm destinations, Augusta, Georgia, has the lowest price for a three-star hotel room, $43, which is 3.9 times lower than Honolulu, the city with the highest at $168.
- Among cold destinations, Chicago has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 6.052004, which is 6.3 times more than in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the city with the fewest at 0.964293.
- Among warm destinations, Orlando has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 7.246160, which is 28.7 times more than in Deltona, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.252768.
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