These California cities are ideal for a “stay”


These two California cities are among the best places in the country to stay, according to WalletHub.

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Summer is finally here and travelers across the country are looking for the best destinations to visit. But what if the best place to unwind and relax is closer than expected?

According to a WalletHub report, two California cities are among the top 10 places in the United States for a “stayaway,” or a trip that doesn’t require travelers to venture far from home. Many of the 180 cities analyzed by the website are in California, with San Francisco and San Diego ranking 7th and 9th on the list of top locations.

They were followed by several other California cities – for example, Los Angeles ranked 25th and Sacramento ranked 44th.

The personal finance website rated more than 150 of the most populous US cities using 44 relevant metrics, according to the report’s methodology section. WalletHub determined the quality of its recreational activities, dining and entertainment scene, and rest and relaxation offerings, according to the report.

Some of the metrics used to calculate recreational opportunities included the number of hiking trails, tennis courts, basketball hoops, or shopping malls a city had — a category that allowed the city of Honolulu, Hawaii, to rank so well.

San Francisco recorded its best score in the area of ​​restaurants and entertainment, evaluated using parameters such as the average price of a movie ticket, a cocktail or a meal in a restaurant. Meanwhile, the rest and relaxation deals were the best for San Diego, measuring things like the number of beaches in the city or how ideal its summer weather is.

The prospect of vacationing may be particularly appealing at this time, as travelers may be eager to get out of the house, but may also be hesitant to venture too far from home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. . Travelers may also be recovering from the economic toll of the pandemic and may be looking for inexpensive ways to enjoy summer and gain new experiences, WalletHub said.

Vandana Ravikumar is a McClatchy Real-Time reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University. Previously, she reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News and Arizona PBS.

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