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100 Best U.S. Summer Travel Destinations

“The world is a book,” observed St. Augustine, “and those who do not travel read only a page.”

One of the few good things about this past crazy year is that it’s allowed us more time to read literal books, but it sure has robbed us of the edifying benefits of travel.

Fortunately, we do seem to be turning a corner, and we’re ready to travel again, especially via that quintessential American journey, the road trip.

If you’re wondering where to wander, the personal-finance site WalletHub has put together a list of the best U.S. cities for summer travel, based on 42 factors ranging from water temperature to number of restaurants.  Here’s what they came up with:

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  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Atlanta, Georgia
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  8. Los Angeles, California
  9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  10. Little Rock, Arkansas
  11. Washington, D.C.
  12. Springfield, Missouri
  13. San Antonio, Texas
  14. Wichita, Kansas
  15. Tampa, Florida
  16. Tucson, Arizona
  17. Miami, Florida
  18. Riverside, California
  19. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  20. Raleigh, North Carolina
  21. Knoxville, Tennessee
  22. Augusta, Georgia
  23. St. Louis, Missouri
  24. Columbia, South Carolina
  25. Chicago, Illinois
  26. Cincinnati, Ohio
  27. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  28. Dayton, Ohio
  29. Dallas, Texas
  30. San Francisco, California
  31. Memphis, Tennessee
  32. Nashville, Tennessee
  33. Lafayette, Louisiana
  34. Louisville, Kentucky
  35. Jacksonville, Florida
  36. Denver, Colorado
  37. Las Vegas, Nevada
  38. Portland, Oregon
  39. San Diego, California
  40. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  41. Charleston, South Carolina
  42. Sacramento, California
  43. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  44. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  45. Phoenix, Arizona
  46. Houston, Texas
  47. New York, New York
  48. Charlotte, North Carolina
  49. Madison, Wisconsin
  50. Boston, Massachusetts
  51. El Paso, Texas
  52. Syracuse, New York
  53. Richmond, Virginia
  54. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  55. Columbus, Ohio
  56. Fresno, California
  57. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  58. San Jose, California
  59. Akron, Ohio
  60. Boise, Idaho
  61. Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas
  62. Seattle, Washington
  63. Rochester, New York
  64. Corpus Christi, Texas
  65. Pensacola, Florida
  66. Birmingham, Alabama
  67. Omaha, Nebraska
  68. Bakersfield, California
  69. Spokane, Washington
  70. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  71. Buffalo, New York
  72. Greenville, South Carolina
  73. Lexington, Kentucky
  74. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  75. Hartford, Connecticut
  76. Indianapolis, Indiana
  77. Palm Bay, Florida
  78. Sarasota, Florida
  79. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  80. Jackson, Mississippi
  81. Cleveland, Ohio
  82. Baltimore, Maryland
  83. Toledo, Ohio
  84. Santa Rosa, California
  85. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  86. Greensboro, North Carolina
  87. Providence, Rhode Island
  88. Detroit, Michigan
  89. Des Moines, Iowa
  90. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  91. Scranton, Pennsylvania
  92. Daytona Beach, Florida
  93. McAllen, Texas
  94. Albany, New York
  95. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  96. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  97. Portland, Maine
  98. Cape Coral, Florida
  99. Oxnard, California
  100. Lansing, Michigan

Bon voyage!

100 Best U.S. Summer Travel Destinations

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