Summer is here, and while many of us are itching to go on vacation, the rising costs of everything from gas to guacamole have made some reevaluate our plans.

In perfect timing, the personal-finance wizards at WalletHub have come to the rescue with their list of 2023's Best & Worst Cities for Staycations.

Turns out, you can have all the fun and relaxation of a vacation without ever leaving your home state. And let's face it, with 85% of Americans planning to travel this summer, the staycation trend is hotter than a sidewalk in Arizona.


Which cities are the best for these staycations?

According to WalletHub's analysis of over 180 cities and 42 key indicators, the top contenders are none other than the tropical paradise of Honolulu, the magical kingdom of Orlando, and the dazzling lights of Las Vegas.

It seems the beach, Mickey Mouse, and the allure of potentially losing all your savings in a casino are hard to resist.

Best Cities for Staycations

1. Honolulu, HI

2. Orlando, FL

3. Las Vegas, NV

4. Tampa, FL

5. Salt Lake City, UT

Which Illinois city is ranked in the top 10?

If you don't have a lei, mouse ears, or a poker face. Coming in at a respectable number on the list is none other than the city of Chicago, Illinois.

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It would be easy to joke about the icy winters and pizza that can double as a weightlifting tool, but there's no denying that Chicago has its charms.


Chicago's Staycation Ranking

What sets the windy city apart from other top spots are things like taking a stroll along the iconic Navy Pier, enjoying the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, and indulging in some retail therapy along the Magnificent Mile. You can also take a river cruise or catch a game at Wrigley Field.

Chicago, listed at #7, earns this title with its deep-dish pizza, iconic landmarks, and unpredictable weather, proving that you don't need palm trees to have a memorable staycation.

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