Cincinnati among the best staycation cities of 2014

Best place for a staycation? Your backyard

Though the economy is recovering, rising travel costs have caused many Americans to embrace the concept of staycationing, or vacationing in place.

The 2014 summer travel season is off to a good start, with more 36 million people having traveled at least 50 miles from home on Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA.

According to WalletHub, vacationers plan to spend an average of $1,246 per person this summer, a nine percent increase from 2013.

This increase is due in part to a rise in airfare and hotel costs in popular destinations.

Don’t feel like emptying your wallet, once again, for a summer trip?

Let the long, cold winter be a memory of the past and give a staycation a try.

To that end, WalletHub has compared each of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. based on 20 key metrics- ranging from the number of public golf courses and swimming pools per capita to the cost of maid services.

Looking to play 18 holes? Cincinnati came in as the third best staycation spot of the cities compared, listed as an ideal place to go a few rounds, featuring the most public golf courses per capita of all cities measured.

The city earned the No. 2 overall spot for recreational activities considered, the 13th spot for food and entertainment, 20th for rest and relaxation factor and the 33rd best weather. 

Cleveland, Ohio was listed as the best place to take a dip, featuring the most swimming pools per capita. Cincinnati was listed as having the second most swimming pools per capita and the fifth most tennis courts per capita, adding to its high recreation marks.

See the full list of the best staycation cities.

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