Best Summer Destinations 2018

Are you and your family looking for a great summer vacation? WalletHub has released their top recommendations for summer travel destinations.

WalletHub’s recommendations are based on a number of factors including budget friendliness, cost of flights, number of attractions, meal costs and more. For their list, they analyzed 100 of the largest metro areas.


Knoxville, ranked #19
Knoxville is home to one of the world’s fair parks as well as home to The University of Tennessee. It means there are plenty of sights and sounds to check out from the women’s basketball hall of fame to the campus to the city’s old city district. It’s also only 3 hours away making for a perfect weekend destination.

Atlanta, ranked #5
Atlanta offers tons of attractions like the Coca-Cola museum, Georgia Aquarium, and plenty of history and fabulous restaurants, attractions, and sights for the whole family. It’s also only 5 hours away, so great for a short or long vacation.

Here’s a look at WalletHub’s Top 20 Summer Destinations:

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


Other Highlights from WalletHub’s Analysis:

  • The average flight to a popular summer destination costs $319, lasts 3 hours and 57 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 on the East Coast.
  • Florida and Texas are home to the top summer destinations in the U.S., each with at least two metro areas in the top 15. Oppositely, Pennsylvania has one of the largest number of most unpopular summer destinations.
  • The Oklahoma metro area has the lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel room, $43, which is five times less expensive than in New Orleans, the metro area with the highest at $214.

Check out WalletHub’s full report here.

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