NEW ORLEANS, La. (KPEL News) - Summertime is here, and naturally, people are starting to hit the road to take their summer vacations. But, not everyone is able to fully enjoy their vacations this year as inflation and other economic struggles have people worried about their wallets. That's why a lot of people have started looking at "staycation" opportunities near them.

What Is a Staycation?

A "staycation" is a term used to describe all those things you might do on a vacation but in the town you live in. This includes shopping, going out to eat, museums, family activities, and more. A staycation gives you the chance to stay home and do things locally.

News Talk 96.5 KPEL logo
Get our free mobile app

It's certainly much cheaper - unless you want to rent a hotel room or Airbnb in town - and you can still spend some great time with the family doing it.

Personal finance site WalletHub notes this today as they drop their list of the best and worst cities in the U.S. for a staycation.

The site has featured Louisiana and its cities plenty of times before, and today's list is no exception. When it comes to the Top 10 Best and Worst Cities for Staycations, they have New Orleans in the Top 10 Best.

Top 10 Best Cities for Staycations

1. Orlando, FL
2. Honolulu, HI
3.Cincinnati, OH
4. Las Vegas, NV
5. Tampa, FL
6. Chicago, IL
7.San Diego, CA
8. Atlanta, GA
9. New Orleans, LA
10. Tucson, AZ
Source: WalletHub

So, what makes New Orleans so attractive for staycations, according to WalletHub? According to their measurements, out of 182 cities measured, New Orleans comes in 4th for Food & Entertainment. It also ranks 34th for Recreation and 51st for Rest & Relaxation.

Also on the list of cities were Shreveport, which came in at 31st overall, and Baton Rouge, which came in 116th overall.

Here's WalletHub's full recap of their list.

What About Lafayette?

Just because Lafayette wasn't measured doesn't mean there aren't any opportunities for a staycation right here in Acadiana. has several lists of activities you and your family can do locally. With plenty of museums, downtown attractions, great restaurants, and other experiences, you don't have to go far to make some solid memories with your family.

The Seven Modern Wonders of Acadiana

These landmarks in and around Lafayette leave us in awe and, in some cases, make us think what their designers were thinking.

Gallery Credit: Ian Auzenne

More From News Talk 96.5 KPEL