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Tampa Bay ranks #8 for 2019's Best Summer Travel Destinations

Posted: 3:11 PM, May 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-17 15:26:06-04
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TAMPA, Fla.—Tampa Bay ranked #8 for Wallet Hub’s 2019’s Best Summer Travel Destinations. They analyzed 100 of the country’s largest metro areas and ranked them based off the following:

  • Travel Costs and Hassle to Get to (i.e. costs and duration of flights, number of connections)
  • Local Costs (i.e. cost of living, hotel, food)
  • Attractions (number and diversity)
  • Weather (penalties given for extreme conditions)
  • Activities (i.e. spas, restaurants, shopping centers, food festivals)
  • Safety (violent-crime rate and property-crime rate)

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area earned an overall score of 64.37. Here’s how we ranked in the following categories (1=best, 100=worst):

  • Travel Costs and Hassles: 20
  • Local Costs: 32
  • Attractions: 24
  • Weather: 40
  • Activities: 14
  • Safety: 29

Top Ten Best Summer Travel Destinations for 2019

  1. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL (Score: 69.04)
  2. Austin-Round Rock, TX (Score: 68.61)
  3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (Score: 66.48)
  4. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (Score: 65.65)
  5. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (Score: 64.95)
  6. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (Score: 64.66)
  7. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (Score: 64.57)
  8. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (Score: 64.37)
  9. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN (Score: 64.26)
  10. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (Score: 64.19)

To see how other metro areas ranked, check out the full list.

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