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San Diego Listed Among Best U.S. Cities To 'Staycation': Report

Patch logo Patch 6/8/2021 Kat Schuster
a group of people walking down the street: Jean Bourbonnais, left, wears a mask as she walks with Sheryl Nieman Hancock along a beach promenade Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in San Diego. © AP Photo/Gregory Bull Jean Bourbonnais, left, wears a mask as she walks with Sheryl Nieman Hancock along a beach promenade Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO, CA — Three Golden State cities ranked among the best places to "staycation," according to a new list compiled by WalletHub. San Diego snagged no. 9 out of 182 cities across the U.S.

The financial advice website used several metrics to determine how cities ranked, including the number of parks, swimming pools, ice cream shops, museums, coffee shops, beer gardens, zoos, aquariums, tennis courts, public golf courses and spas per capita in each city. It also took into account local restaraunt meal costs and entertainment.

In sunny San Diego, locals have a plethora of sandy beaches with rolling surf right at their fingertips.

Here are just a few suggestions to add to your San Diego staycation bucket list:

  • Balboa Park
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Hotel del Coronado Curio Collection
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • La Jolla Shores Park
  • Windansea Beach
  • Sunset Cliff's Natural Park
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Mingei International
  • San Elijo State Beach
  • Annie's Canyon Trail

Other California cities that ranked above no. 20 were San Francisco (no. 3) and Los Angeles (no. 15). Fremont, the Bay Area's fourth-largest city, was listed at the bottom of WalletHub's staycation list, ranking as the worst city for taking a local vacation.

WalletHub's "2021 Best & Worst Cities for Staycations" was published last week and compares 182 U.S. cities for vacationing locally. The figures were based off 46 metrics, which observed parks per capita, restaurant meal costs and more.

SEE ALSO: Fremont Ranked Worst City To 'Staycation': Report

"...even though the COVID-19 vaccines have made summer travel possible, some people may not be ready to venture far from home yet, and others simply don't have the money to take a trip with how hard COVID-19 has hit the economy," WalletHub said in its report. "Luckily, there are certain places that offer plenty of options for entertainment and relaxation at the right price point, making those cities the perfect spots for staying local."

See the full list here.

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