Boise ranks no. 5 on list of Staycation destinations

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Packed in scrapbooks and shoeboxes across America, sepia-toned Polaroids tell the stories of summer vacations of old. The classic summer vacation is a tradition that, much like the Polaroid, is evolving over time. Many are now finding adventure right in their own backyard.

Today, AAA says that 81 percent of Americans are planning a summer vacation. And while more than 37 million of these people ventured at least 50 miles from home throughout Memorial Day weekend, many others are opting to stay local.

For those who do chose a staycation, a recent study says that Boise is the fifth best place to be.

Personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst Cities for Staycations. While Boise made no. 5, it was outranked by Scottsdale, Ariz. (4), Cincinnati, Ohio (3), Atlanta, Ga. (2) and Orlando, Fla. (1).

To help Americans find the most suitable staycation spots in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 17 key metrics. Some of the metrics in the data set include the numbers of golf and tennis courts, movie and bowling costs, the number of spa and wellness centers and the cost of maid services.

The survey divided the cities into three main rankings: Recreation Activities, Food and Entertainment and Rest Relaxation. In the Recreation Activities category, only Cincinnati beat out Boise for the best place to be.

For great experience in Southeastern Idaho, the experts suggest putting on your tourist glasses and seeing your surroundings in a new light. Matt Wixon, sportswriter and humor columnist at The Dallas Morning News provided some tips in his book, “The Great American Staycation: How to Make a Vacation at Home Fun For the Whole Family (and Your Wallet!).”

“I’m just amazed how many things I didn’t know were around,” Wixon says. “You just have to be kind of creative sometimes.”

The staycation guru suggests in his book to contact the local tourism bureau for ideas.

VisitIdaho.Org highlights trips and itineraries across the area.

Whatever fills your itinerary, “Treat it like a real vacation, and plan ahead,” Wixon says.

Here’s a guide that can help your kids be tourists in their own state:


What were the worst cities for staycations?

  • 91 Laredo, TX
  • 92 Newark, NJ
  •  93 North Las Vegas, NV
  • 94 Hialeah, FL
  • 95 San Bernardino, CA
  • 96 Jersey City, NJ
  • 97 Fremont, CA
  • 98 Anaheim, CA
  • 99 Santa Ana, CA
  •  100 Chula Vista, CA

 Some fun facts about staycation destinations:

  • New Orleans has 67 times more museums per 100,000 residents than Aurora, Colo.
  • Madison, Wis., has 12 times more parks per 100,000 residents than Hialeah, Fla.
  • Norfolk, Va., has 22 times more tennis courts per 100,000 residents than Gilbert, Ariz.
  • New Orleans has 63 times more nightlife options per 100,000 residents than Irving, Texas.
  • Beauty salon costs in Los Angeles or Long Beach, Calif., are three times higher than in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Hiring a maid in Riverside, Calif., is two times more expensive than in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Click here for the HuffPost’s List of Best tourist attractions by state: 

Swimming/ Jenny Losee, Idaho State Journal

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