With summer approaching, 2019’s Best Summer Travel Destinations report compared 100 metro areas across 40 key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness to help US travelers plan the perfect summer getaway. 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 Kansas metro area has the lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel room, $35, which is five times less expensive than in San Diego, the metro area with the highest at $175.