Last year, Americans’ summer travel plans were squashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But with all Americans now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and states reopening, people who are fully vaccinated should be able to enjoy a safe getaway. The only question is: Where should you go? You might have a few destinations already in mind, but your travel budget might not agree, especially after the financial difficulties of the pandemic. Regardless, it’s ideal to have fun while keeping your spending in check.
So which places offer the most bang for the buck? To find out, WalletHub developed a ranking of the cheapest U.S. destinations that are also the easiest to reach. In total, we analyzed 100 of the largest metro areas across 42 key indicators. Our data set ranges from the cost of the cheapest flight to the number of attractions to COVID-19 cases.