Best Places for a Staycation in 2020

List of Best Places for a Staycation in 2020

Many states are starting to reopen, but it will be a long time before travel and tourism industries are back in full force. If you are not planning to travel far away from home in the next few months, or even through the year, then a staycation is your next best choice. But staycation options vary, based on where you live.

WalletHub has compiled a list of best places for a fun-filled yet wallet-friendly staycation, comparing more than 180 cities across 15 key metrics. Cities are ranked based on metrics like parks per capita to the average home square footage and the weather.

Best Places for a Staycation

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
City Total Score ‘Recreation’ Rank ‘Rest & Relaxation’ Rank
1 Plano, TX 66.88 18 2
2 Boise, ID 65.92 6 21
3 Tampa, FL 63.39 11 23
4 Charleston, SC 62.42 7 51
5 Lincoln, NE 62.12 1 72
6 Fort Smith, AR 60.87 32 20
7 Scottsdale, AZ 60.18 95 1
8 Grand Prairie, TX 59.91 57 11
9 Austin, TX 59.36 8 96
10 Orlando, FL 59.23 23 39
11 Tallahassee, FL 59.13 9 88
12 Nampa, ID 58.80 44 26
13 Huntsville, AL 58.69 35 32
14 Fort Lauderdale, FL 58.33 4 120
15 Springfield, MO 58.20 27 44
16 Peoria, AZ 58.19 66 15
17 St. Petersburg, FL 58.13 15 60
18 Overland Park, KS 57.39 76 14
19 Garland, TX 57.33 63 22
20 Salt Lake City, UT 56.81 2 145

At the bottom of the list is Pearl City HI, ranked as the worst for a staycation. Chula Vista CA, Warwick RI, Providence RI and Oakland CA complete the bottom five. See full list here.

Interesting Facts

  • New York City has the most parks (per square root of population), 1.474633, which is 23.9 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.061587.
  • San Francisco has the most bike rental facilities (per square root of population), 0.060037, which is 49.4 times more than in Detroit, the city with the fewest at 0.001215.
  • San Francisco has the most walking routes (per square root of population), 39.164353, which is 31.7 times more than in El Paso, Texas, the city with the fewest at 1.234185.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas, has the lowest average price of pizza, $8.00, which is 1.9 times lower than in Stockton, California, the city with the highest at $15.25.

Guru’s Wrap-up

If you are a staycation fan, then looks like Plano, TX is the pace to be. New York City ranked only 98th in the list, but at least we have lots of parks. Let me know if your city is on the list and if you think it should ranked higher.

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