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home : opinions : opinions September 30, 2014

6/10/2014 1:21:00 PM
What's the best city for a staycation?
Brenda Harrison

Staycation, the term for staying home and taking nearby day trips, is still a popular and economical way for families to enjoy their summer vacation., WalletHub, which describes itself as a personal finance social network, came up with a list of the best and worst cities to “staycation” by comparing 100 of the largest cities in the United States. The comparisons were based on 20 key metrics ranging from the number of public golf courses and swimming pools per capita, to the cost of maid services.

The closest city to us on their top 20 list is Winston-Salem, N.C., as number 18. I was surprised to see that the top city on the list is Buffalo, N.Y. I thought it might be Orlando, FL., but Orlando came in as number 9. Number 2 is Minneapolis, MN; followed by Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburgh, PA, Portland, Oregon; Omaha, Neb.; Tampa, Fla., Orlando, Fla., and Seattle, Wash. as number 10. St. Petersburg, Fla., comes in as number 11, followed by Lexington-Fayette, Ky; St. Louis, Mo.; Cleveland, Ohio and Atlanta as number 15. Next is Boise City, Idaho; St. Paul, Minn.; Winston-Salem, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Raleigh, N.C. is number 20. Durham, N.C., which is about three hours away from us, is number 45 and Charlotte, N.C., two hours away, is listed as 55. Jacksonville, Fla., which is about four hours from here is listed as number 70.

There were no cities in South Carolina that made the list. Not so surprising, but interesting facts from the WalletHub comparisons: Las Vegas, NV has 87-times more live performances per capita than Lincoln, Neb. Tampa, FL has 143-times more zoos and aquariums per capita than New York, NY. Going bowling in New York, NY is 3.5-times more expensive than in Buffalo, NY. Going to a beauty salon in Los Angeles, CA or Long Beach, CA is three-times more expensive than in Fort Wayne, IN.

Hiring a maid in Fort Wayne, IN is five-times more expensive than a maid in Winston-Salem, NC. Cincinnati, OH has 173-times more parks per capita than Toledo, OH. If you are thinking about a staycation, here are a few of my suggestions of nearby places: Lynches River County Park, Swan Lake in Sumter, Cheraw State Park (they have a public golf course), Huntington State Park and Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, Sesquicentennial State Park near Columbia, Woods Bay State Park and Charles Town Landing State Park. For more information about these state parks, go online to


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