Atlanta ranks among top cities for a staycation — How to make the most of your time this summer

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A staycation makes for the perfect little break when you're low on time and resources. And according to WalletHub, Atlanta is one of the best cities in the country for a sweet summer escape.

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For the new ranking, analysts over at the personal finance website compared 182 U.S. cities (including the 150 most populated) plus at least two of the most populated in each state across three key dimensions: recreation, food/entertainment and rest/relaxation.

They then further evaluated the dimensions using 43 relevant metrics, from number of swimming pools, parks and festivals per capita to summer weather, average price for a movie and more.

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Of the 182 cities on the list, Honolulu earned top honors, followed by Orlando and Chicago. Chula Vista and Oxnard, California, both ranked at the bottom.

Atlanta came in at No. 13.

Here’s more on how the metro fared:

  • Overall rank: 13
  • Recreation: 27
  • Food/entertainment: 15
  • Rest/relaxation: 18

The other Georgia cities on the list—Columbus and Augusta—ranked 92nd and 144th, respectively.

Explore the full ranking at

If you’re planning to stick around Atlanta this summer, here are our top recommendations:

For more, visit our family-friendly guide to getting the most out of Atlanta this summer.