Joan Mead-Matsui

2017’s Best Winter Holiday Destinations

 

Do you have a hankering to travel?

The Best Cold and Warm Winter Holiday Destinations 

 

WalletHub, the personal finance website, released its 2017’s Best Winter Holiday Destinations report today.

The study is a supplement to its money-saving selection of the Best Travel Credit Cards. 

Information provided courtesy of WalletHub.

Washington (October 31, 2017)
Focusing on cost and convenience rather than scenic beauty, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 60 of the largest U.S. metro areas grouped by warm and cold weather. Each destination was analyzed based on 32 key metrics, primarily the expense and hassle of traveling to each location but also on other indicators, such as weather forecasts, safety and variety of activities.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the report’s most interesting findings:

 

Best Cold Destinations for Winter Travel Best Warm Destinations for Winter Travel
1 Chicago, IL 1 Orlando, FL
2 Portland, OR 2 Las Vegas, NV
3 Washington, DC 3 San Diego, CA
4 Pittsburgh, PA 4 Austin, TX
5 New York, NY 5 Los Angeles, CA
6 Seattle, WA 6 Houston, TX
7 Minneapolis, MN 7 San Antonio, TX
8 Philadelphia, PA 8 San Francisco, CA
9 Boston, MA 9 Tucson, AZ
10 Denver, CO 10 New Orleans, LA

 

Best vs. Worst

 

  • The average flight to a popular cold winter destination costs $277.61, lasts 3 hours and 49 minutes, and has 0.38 connections. In comparison, the average flight to a popular warm winter destination costs $407.43, lasts 5 hours and 59 minutes, and has 0.59 connections.

 

  • Among cold destinations, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the lowest price for a three-star hotel room, $37, which is 2.6 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $98.

 

  • Among cold destinations, New York has the most restaurants (per square root of the population), 10.52, which is 10.1 times more than in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the city with the fewest at 1.04.

 

  • Among warm destinations, Orlando, Florida, has the most restaurants (per square root of the population), 6.06, which is 22.4 times more than in Deltona, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.27.

 

Cold Weather Destinations Map:

Source: WalletHub

Warm Weather Destinations Map:

Source: WalletHub

To view the full report and your metro area’s rank, please visit:

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-winter-holiday-destinations/7930/

 

 About WalletHub:

WalletHub is a personal finance website that empowers consumers to make smarter financial decisions — from getting the best credit card and car insurance policy to identifying the best city to live and start a career. WalletHub does so by providing consumer-friendly tools that leverage big data and user reviews.

 

 

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