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by Allen J. Sheinman | June 10, 2016

Meeting professionals could be forgiven if, after traveling around the world like mad for work reasons, they might want to vacation in the comfort of their own hometown — which is the very definition of a staycation. Of course, some hometowns work their magic better than others when it comes to entertaining their residents; if only there were some kind of list that addressed this issue, but who is going to take the trouble to -- HEY, lookie here! There IS such a list! The folks at personal-finance site WalletHub compared the 150 largest U.S. cities against 28 key metrics such as movie and bowling costs, and the number of golf courses, frozen yogurt shops and spas per capita. They came up with the following rosters of best and worst cities for staying home, and some of the choices might prove surprising (e.g., New York City ranked 148 out of 150 cities in which to enjoy a home-bound vacation, probably because there's really nothing to do there).

Best Cities for Staycations
1. Orlando
2. Fort Lauderdale
3. Tampa, Fla.
4. Salt Lake City
5. Scottsdale, Ariz.
6. Atlanta
7. Las Vegas
8. Minneapolis
9. St. Petersburg, Fla.
10. Honolulu


Worst Cities for Staycations
141. Fremont, Calif.
142. Chesapeake, Va.
143. Los Angeles
144. Fresno, Calif.
145. Fort Worth, Texas
146. Yonkers, N.Y.
147. Santa Ana, Calif.
148. New York City
149. Oxnard, Calif.
150. Chula Vista, Calif.