Some vacationers who want a cheap summer getaway might look no further than their backyard this year (oh, wait you don't have a backyard, never mind). In what is known as staycationing, people seeking to vacation on budget might consider visiting their own town.
But a new report released by WalletHub, which rated the best and worst cities for taking a stay-at-home vacation, suggests San Francisco may not be such a great place for would-be staycationers.
Out of the 100 largest cities in the Unites States, San Francisco ranked as the 39th best place for a staycation, just behind Scottsdale, Arizona and right before Nashville, Tennessee. Believe it or not, San Diego was an even worse place for staycationing, according to the study.
Sure, we scored high points for food and entertainment, boasting large numbers of cultural attractions (the Golden Gate Bridge), nightlife options (Alcatraz in the dark is fun), and affordable 5-star restaurants.It also ranked in the top quartile for recreation and activities, which takes into account the number of parks, shopping centers, and miles of bike lanes.
But all that was somewhat canceled out when researchers considered a very important summertime category: weather. Known for it's unpleasantly chilly summers, San Francisco suddenly became a not-so-desirable place to staycation.
In addition to scoring low in the weather category, San Francisco also fell at the bottom when it comes to being a great place to get your summertime R&R (rest and relaxation). Oddly enough, that conclusion was based on the overall cost of maid service and how few swimming pools we have. Guess kiddie pools don't count.