DC area named top place to visit this summer

A View of Houston, Texas city center at night
No. 10 — Houston, Texas (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/hstiver)
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino, in Las Vegas. The union representing thousands of housekeepers in Las Vegas says Caesars Entertainment has rejected a proposal to include language in a new contract to protect workers if a "Do Not Disturb" sign has been hanging on a doorknob more than 24 hours. The Culinary Union on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, said under its proposal, security would open a room "for entry and service" if a guest refuses housekeeping for more than 24 hours. Caesars previously announced security would begin checking rooms every 24 hours, even if the sign is hanging on the doorknob. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
No. 9 — Las Vegas In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) (AP/John Locher)
Sailboats return to the harbor as the sun sets at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
No. 8. Oklahoma City Sailboats return to the harbor as the sun sets at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Karla Gallegos is lifted as she practices acro yoga with friends in downtown Dallas, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Spring like weather has moved into Texas making being outdoors during winter enjoyable. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
No. 7 — Dallas Karla Gallegos is lifted as she practices acro yoga with friends in downtown Dallas, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Spring like weather has moved into Texas making being outdoors during winter enjoyable. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (AP/LM Otero)
Children play in an illuminated fountain at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Monday, June 22, 2015. The park is part of a five-phase revitalization of the Ohio riverfront as the downtown area undergoes a resurgence with investors and businesses moving into once vacant lots and buildings. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
No. 6 — Cincinnati Children play in an illuminated fountain at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Monday, June 22, 2015. The park is part of a five-phase revitalization of the Ohio riverfront as the downtown area undergoes a resurgence with investors and businesses moving into once vacant lots and buildings. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (AP/John Minchillo)
No. 5 — Atlanta The midtown skyline stands in the background as a pedestrian looks out over a pond Monday, July 18, 2016, in Atlanta. Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees in the metro area Monday with highs in the mid to upper 90s for the next week. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (AP/David Goldman)
Johnny Perez suns himself in springlike temperatures along Lake Michigan at the North Ave., beach Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
No. 4. — Chicago Johnny Perez suns himself in springlike temperatures along Lake Michigan at the North Ave., beach Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Ballet Folklorico dancers from Rio Grande City perform in the Rotunda of the Texas State Capitol, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
No. 3 — Austin Ballet Folklorico dancers from Rio Grande City perform in the Rotunda of the Texas State Capitol, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (AP/Eric Gay)
Downtown Orlando. City skyline. Located in Lake Eola Park, Orlando, Florida, USA.
No. 2 — Orlando (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/aphotostory)
Rowers skim along the Potomac River as the sun rises over the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The temperature in the Nation's Capitol is expected to reach into the upper 80's Wednesday as spring begins to give way to summer. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
No. 1 — D.C. Rowers skim along the Potomac River as the sun rises over the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The temperature in the Nation’s Capitol is expected to reach into the upper 80s Wednesday as spring begins to give way to summer. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) (AP/J. David Ake)
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A View of Houston, Texas city center at night
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino, in Las Vegas. The union representing thousands of housekeepers in Las Vegas says Caesars Entertainment has rejected a proposal to include language in a new contract to protect workers if a "Do Not Disturb" sign has been hanging on a doorknob more than 24 hours. The Culinary Union on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, said under its proposal, security would open a room "for entry and service" if a guest refuses housekeeping for more than 24 hours. Caesars previously announced security would begin checking rooms every 24 hours, even if the sign is hanging on the doorknob. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
Sailboats return to the harbor as the sun sets at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Karla Gallegos is lifted as she practices acro yoga with friends in downtown Dallas, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Spring like weather has moved into Texas making being outdoors during winter enjoyable. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Children play in an illuminated fountain at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Monday, June 22, 2015. The park is part of a five-phase revitalization of the Ohio riverfront as the downtown area undergoes a resurgence with investors and businesses moving into once vacant lots and buildings. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Johnny Perez suns himself in springlike temperatures along Lake Michigan at the North Ave., beach Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Ballet Folklorico dancers from Rio Grande City perform in the Rotunda of the Texas State Capitol, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Downtown Orlando. City skyline. Located in Lake Eola Park, Orlando, Florida, USA.
Rowers skim along the Potomac River as the sun rises over the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The temperature in the Nation's Capitol is expected to reach into the upper 80's Wednesday as spring begins to give way to summer. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

WASHINGTON — The D.C. area has been named the No. 1 summer destination, based on travel costs, hotel and restaurant prices, and the number of attractions and activities on offer for visitors.

The WalletHub study analyzed the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. across a number of factors, including the cost, length and number of connections on the cheapest flights to the city, the lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel room, the average price of a two-person meal and the weather.

Also factored into the rankings: the number of per capita restaurants, amusement parks, spas, coffee shops, bike-rental facilities, ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, bike-rental facilities and food festivals

The goal was to pinpoint the overall cheapest spots that are also the easiest to reach, according to WalletHub.

The D.C. metro area — which includes the District, Northern Virginia and the Maryland suburbs — edged out Orlando, Austin, Chicago and Atlanta to take the top spot on the best-bang-for-your-buck study.

The D.C. area is one of the more expensive on the list — it ranks 84 out of 100 on local costs — but the WalletHub study says the area is easy to get to, features a ton of activities and is relatively safe.

D.C. ranks in the top 10 for low travel costs and hassles, number of attractions, and safety, according to the study.

Los Angeles, which was ranked No. 12 overall, was listed as having the most attractions. New York, which was ranked No. 11 overall, came in at No. 1 for featuring the most activities. Honolulu, which was ranked 80th overall, was listed as having the best weather.

The Richmond, Virginia, area ranked No. 16 overall. Baltimore ranked No. 37. See a map of the 100 largest metro areas and how they ranked below:

Earlier this year, Money magazine named Alexandria, Virginia, the No. 1 travel destination in the U.S.

Source: WalletHub


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