Summer 2022 marks the first time in a while that Americans will travel since the pandemic. With almost 80% of Americans saying they’ll be traveling this year, we’re curious about the destinations people will be traveling to. 

WalletHub recently shared its report on the 2022 Best Summer Travel Destinations. The personal finance website compared 100 metro locations across 43 key indicators of fun-friendliness and budget. They analyzed data such as the amount of COVID-19 cases, cheapest flights, and the number of attractions. 

Average flights to popular summer destinations are around $356 and last around 3.5 hours. Los Angeles came in as the most attractive destination on the West Coast while Washington, D.C. ranked as the most attractive destination on the East Coast. 

Florida and Texas have at least two of their cities in the top 15 on the list. On the contrary, California and New York have the most unpopular destinations. 

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Here are the top 20 summer travel destinations in the U.S., according to WalletHub. 

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Tampa, Florida
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Salt Lake City, Utah
  6. Los Angeles, California
  7. Honolulu, Hawaii
  8. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  9. Cincinnati, Ohio
  10. San Antonio, Texas
  11. Miami, Florida
  12. Charleston, South Carolina
  13. Raleigh, North Carolina
  14. Jacksonville, Florida
  15. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  16. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  17. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  18. Knoxville, Tennessee
  19. San Diego, California
  20. St. Louis, Missouri

Which location will you be visiting?