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Las Vegas is the Best Summer Vacation Spot of 2017

Posted at 2:17 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 17:20:51-04

No surprise here - a recent WalletHub study named Las Vegas the Best Summer Vacation Spot of 2017.

The study compared 80 of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S. across 38 key metrics including the cost of the cheapest flight, the number of attractions, and the average price of a two-person meal.

Las Vegas earned high marks for having plenty of attractions and activities, along with good weather conditions. New Haven, Connecticut came in last place for having high travel costs and a limited number of attractions.

Top 20 Summer Vacation Spots

  1. Las Vegas, NV
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Orlado, FL
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. San Diego, CA
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Sacramento, CA
  9. New York, NY
  10. Salt Lake City, UT
  11. Austin, TX
  12. Oklahoma City, OK
  13. Phoenix, AZ
  14. Cincinnati, OH
  15. Tampa, FL
  16. St. Louis, MO
  17. Portland, OR
  18. Charlotte, NC
  19. Detroit, MI

Best vs. Worst

  • The average flight to a popular summer destination costs $337, lasts 3 hours and 56 minutes, and has 0.4 connections.
  • The Las Vegas metro area is the most attractive destination on the West Coast and the New York metro area on the East Coast.
  • California 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, Connecticut and New York are each home to the largest numbers of the most unpopular summer destinations.
  • The Miami metro area has the lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel room, $25, which is 5.8 times less expensive than in Boston, the metro area with the highest at $145.
  • The Salt Lake City metro area has the most diverse attractions, which is two times more than in Akron, Ohio, the metro area with the least diverse.