Los Angeles, California is listed as one of the best places to have a "staycation", according to WalletHub, a personal finance website that was launched in 2013. According to WalletHub, Los Angeles is ranked 15 out of 182 cities across the US.
Yes, this number should have been higher, but it is what it is.
Given current world events, many people are limited on where they can travel. As such, many people have resorted to doing a lot of "staycations", whether it is confined to the home, or confined to the general city that they are living in.
Plus, you can play "tourist" in your own city.
As a financial advice website, WalletHub reports utilizing multiple metrics to determine how the best cities are ranked and include the number of parks, zoos, ice cream shops, museums, beer gardens, golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, coffee shops, aquariums, and spaces per capita for each city.
It also takes into account other items like restaurant meal costs and general entertainment.
You can take a look at the fancy map from WalletHub below. It contains the list in a visual map form:
We can also take a look at a screenshot of the table below. You'll notice that the first place is reserved for Honolulu, Hawaii while the second place is Orlando, Florida. However, Los Angeles was rated in the top 5 US cities for having the most spas per capita.
Furthermore, Los Angeles is known for its entertainment and luxuries throughout its bombastic city. Plus, there's the whole Hollywood thing going on, not to mention the sandy and white beaches that are relatively accessible (compared to other parts of the country). For example, imagine living so far away from the water, especially in a colder state.
You can watch a video of some of the best beaches in Los Angeles:
For those in the general area, there is a wide array of cafes, eateries, dance clubs, concert venues, and other places to technically visit--even with how the world is right now. Just make sure to follow the rules of your city and state.
For example, according to the LA County Department of Public Health, it is possible to go out and have fun, especially if you follow their specific guidelines for eating outdoors, going to the movies, going to school, and many more. Each circumstance has its own set of guidelines, so follow each page closely, and there won't much issue.
Once things get better, people can add the following places to their Los Angeles staycation bucket list:
- Santa Monica Pier
- Griffith Observatory
- Grand Central Market
- The Last Bookstore
- Dodger Stadium
- Bradbury Building
- Rodeo Drive
- Universal Studios Hollywood
While this list is not exhaustive, you are free to add or remove certain places as you see fit.
Some of the other California cities featured in the staycation list included San Francisco, which was number 3, while San Diego was number 9. Fremont, the fourth-largest city in the Bay Area, was at the very bottom of the staycation list as the 182nd city. Chula Vista was listed at 181.
You can take a look at the bottom part of the list below:
To summarize, this list is called the "2021 Best and Worst Cities for Staycations". It was published on WalletHub last week, and it only looked at 182 US cities for possible local vacation options. By comparison, the World Population Review suggests the entire US has at least 19, 495 incorporated towns, villages, and cities, where at least 14,768 of them have populations of less than 5000. At least 10 of these have close to 1 million people (more or less).
With this newfound information, perhaps many people, including those in Los Angeles, California, will be more inclined to enjoy a good staycation or two.