Washington, D.C., ranked as the No. 1 summer travel destination in the nation, so get ready for the tourists!Washington, D.C., is a fun and exciting travel destination. The city has plenty of history and culture, an endless supply of sites to visit, and tons of cool, ethnic cuisine. Not to mention, many of Washington, D.C.'s most iconic attractions are completely free! It might not be surprising then that WalletHub found that Washington, D.C., is the No. 1 summer travel destination in the nation. WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest metro areas using 40 key indicators which were broken into the categories of travel costs & hassles, local costs, attractions, weather, activities, and safety. These key indicators include cost of cheapest flight, share of delayed flights, lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel room, average price of two-person meal, and amusement parks per capita. Check out the full study here! Washington, D.C., came in first place with a total score of 67.34 out of 100. WalletHub did use a broad encompassing area for their analysis of Washington, D.C., as a travel destination including Arlington, Alexandria, and the "VA-MD-WV metro area." Washington, D.C., ranked 9th for travel costs & hassles, 84th for local costs, 8th for attractions, 14th for activities, and 6th for safety. [caption id="attachment_9354" align="aligncenter" width="717"] Courtesy of Philadelphia Magazine[/caption]
Following Washington, D.C., is Orlando, Florida; Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Atlanta, Georgia. According to WalletHub, you may want to think twice about vacationing in Spokane, Washington; Bakersfield, California; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Sarasota, Florida; Ventura, California; and Santa Rosa, California as these cities were ranked the least desirable summer travel destinations. If you're looking for a cheap summer escape, try Cincinnati, Ohio, which was ranked the city with the lowest travel costs & fewest hassles, or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which was ranked the city with the lowest local costs. If you're all about staying busy, check out Los Angeles, California, which has the most attractions, or New York City, New York, which has the most activities. What do you think? Are you planning a summer vacation? Where to? Let us know in the comments below!