The 30 most fun cities in America

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While certain places in the US are particularly good for finding love, others are good for just having fun.

WalletHub conducted a recent study to determine the most fun cities in America. The study looked at the 150 most populated cities in the US, and then compared them across three categories:

  • Entertainment and recreation: number of attractions, sports facilities, restaurants, hiking trails, parks, etc.
  • Nightlife and parties: number of bars, beer gardens, dance clubs, music venues, etc.
  • Costs: wine and beer prices, restaurant meal prices, price for a three-star hotel room, cost of living, etc. (The higher a city ranked in this category, the cheaper it is.)

Below are the most fun cities that ranked in the top 30. Four Florida cities made it into the top 30 as well as three California cities. New York City took third place whereas Chicago barely made the top 10, taking ninth place.

Keep scrolling to see what other US most fun cities are your best bet for having a good time.

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

1. Las Vegas, NevadaAn aerial view of the Las Vegas strip. (f11photo/Shutterstock)

Las Vegas took the top spot in WalletHub’s list, making it the most fun city in the US. Sin City ranked first in the nightlife and party category and 6th place in the entertainment and recreation category.

Vegas has the most restaurants per capita (a tie with NYC and Orlando) and the most dance clubs per capita (a tie with Atlanta, LA, and San Francisco). It placed 2nd in terms of most accessible bars and 5th in terms of festivals per capita.

The city is the ultimate destination for party animals.

2. Orlando, Florida

2. Orlando, Florida

Disney World in Orlando. (Park Troopers/Unsplash)

Considering Orland is home to Walt Disney World, it’s no wonder that the city placed second overall in WalletHub’s rankings.

Orlando is a great place to experience all different kinds of cuisine — it tied with NYC and Las Vegas for the most restaurants per capita. Plus, for a city that offers so much in the way of entertainment, it’s relatively inexpensive, taking 6th place in the costs category.

3. New York City, New York

3. New York City, New York

Central Park in New York City. (Roberto Nickson/Unsplash)

Although NYC took third place in WalletHub’s overall rankings, the big apple ranked first in the entertainment and recreation category.

The city also took the number one spot in the categories of most accessible bars, most restaurants per capita (a tie with Orlando and Las Vegas), most park playgrounds per capita (a tie with Chicago), and most fitness centers per capita (a tie with San Francisco and San Diego).

4. Miami, Florida

4. Miami, Florida

South Beach, Miami. (littleny/Shutterstock)

Unsurprisingly, Miami took the number two spot in the nightlife and parties category, coming in just after Las Vegas. The city also ranked 4th in terms of fitness center per capita.

Although it may have plenty of beautiful beaches, Miami placed in the bottom half for parkland per capita.

5. Portland, Oregon

5. Portland, Oregon

The Pearl District in Portland. (Joshua Rainey Photography/Shutterstock)

If you like to go out, you’ll love Portland. The city ranked 4th in the overall nightlife and parties category, and it also took 4th place in terms of the number of accessible bars in the city.

6. Atlanta, Georgia

6. Atlanta, Georgia

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. (f11photo/Shutterstock)

Atlanta has plenty to offer foodies; the city took 5th place in the category of restaurants per capita. And if you’re looking for a follow-up to dinner, the city also tied with San Francisco and Las Vegas for the most dance clubs per capita.

7. San Francisco, California

7. San Francisco, California

Lombard Street in San Francisco. (f11photo/Shutterstock)

San Francisco and Honolulu tied for first place when it comes to festivals per capita. The city also placed first in two other categories: most fitness centers per capita (a tie with NYC and San Diego) and most dance clubs per capita (a tie with Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Los Angeles).

Fun comes at a steep price here, though. San Francisco ranked 145th place in the costs category.

8. New Orleans, Louisiana

8. New Orleans, Louisiana

The French Quarter in New Orleans. (Andriy Blokhin/Shutterstock)

New Orleans ranked number five in the overall category of nightlife and parties, which isn’t surprising considering the city is a hot destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties and for friends looking to celebrate Mardi Gras.

9. Chicago, Illinois

9. Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago River. (Roman Arkhipov/Unsplash)

Chicago is a clean city and it’s also a green city. It tied with NYC for the most park playgrounds per capita.

The city scored high in the entertainment and recreation category, coming in 5th place. Chicago is known as a great summer destination, thank to its beaches, ball parks, and its popular summer music festival, Lollapalooza.

10. San Diego, California

10. San Diego, California

San Diego. (Dancestrokes/Shutterstock)

San Diego, along with San Francisco and New York, has the highest number of fitness centers per capita.

But going out in the idyllic west coast city isn’t cheap. San Diego has one of the highest average beer prices.

11. Denver, Colorado

11. Denver, Colorado

Larimer Square in Denver. (Arina P Habich/Shutterstock)

Denver ranked 11th in terms of nightlife and party options in the city.

12. Los Angeles, California

12. Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. (Andrey Bayda/Shutterstock)

Los Angeleans take their fitness seriously. The city has the fifth most fitness centers per capita. It also ranked in the top 10 in the entertainment and recreation category, taking 7th place.

However, LA, along with NYC, has some of the highest movie ticket costs per capita.

13. Cincinnati, Ohio

13. Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. (photo.ua/Shutterstock)

Cincinnati ranked 15th overall in the entertainment and recreation category.

14. St. Louis, Missouri

14. St. Louis, Missouri

The St. Louis County Courthouse. (Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock)

For ranking in the top 15, St. Louis isn’t as pricey as you might assume. The city came in 6th in terms of cost.

15. Tampa, Florida

15. Tampa, Florida

Hillsborough River and the Tampa skyline. (ESB Professional/Shutterstock)

Tampa might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of festivals, but the city actually came in third place in terms of festivals per capita.

16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

An alleyway in Philadelphia. (Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

Philadelphia made it into the top 20 for entertainment and recreation, taking 17th place. Be ready to spend some money here, though. The city ranked 102nd in the costs category.

17. Washington, DC

17. Washington, DC

Cherry blossoms in bloom in Washington DC. (Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

Besides being home to some of the country’s most recognized landmarks, DC is also known for its bars and clubs. The city ranked 7th in the nightlife and party category.

It’s one of the more pricey cities on the list, though. DC came in at 146 in the costs category.

18. Austin, Texas

18. Austin, Texas

The Oasis restaurant, which overlooks Lake Travis in Austin. (amadeustx/Shutterstock)

Austin ranked just after Houston in terms of nightlife and party options, coming in at number 17.

The city is also known to be a hot spot for good food.

19. Houston, Texas

19. Houston, Texas

The McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston. (Lifted Up Aerial Photography/Shutterstock)

Houston took 16th place in the nightlife and parties category.

20. Seattle, Washington

20. Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market in Seattle. (Checubus/Shutterstock)

Despite inclement weather, Seattle made it into the top 10 in terms of the city’s offerings for entertainment and recreation — the city came in 8th place overall.

It also ranked 13th in the nightlife and parties category.

21. Honolulu, Hawaii

21. Honolulu, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. (7maru/Shutterstock)

Honolulu and San Francisco tied for first place when it comes to festivals per capita. The city is anything but cheap, though. Honolulu came in 132nd place in the costs category.

22. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

22. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale. (Miami2you/Shutterstock)

Thanks to the fact that it’s a tourist draw, Fort Lauderdale is a more expensive destination. The city ranked 85th in the cost category.

However, there’s plenty to do. The city came in 20th in the entertainment and recreation category and 24th in the nightlife and parties category.

23. Salt Lake City, Utah

23. Salt Lake City, Utah

The Salt Lake City Public Library. (Nagel Photography/Shutterstock)

There’s plenty of inexpensive fun to be had in Salt Lake City. The Utah city ranked 21st and 23rd in the overall categories of entertainment and recreation and costs, respectively.

24. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

24. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Duquesne Incline on Mount Washington in Pittsburgh. (f11photo/Shutterstock)

Pittsburgh came in 16th place in the overall entertainment and recreation category. It ranked much higher in the costs category though, coming in at 68th place.

25. Minneapolis, Minnesota

25. Minneapolis, Minnesota

The view of downtown Minneapolis from the Stone Arch Bridge.
 (photo.ua/Shutterstock)

Minneapolis just made it into the top 20 in the overall entertainment and recreation category — the city ranked 19th.

Having a good time in the city isn’t cheap though. The city came in 73rd in the costs category.

26. Tucson, Arizona

26. Tucson, Arizona

The historic district in downtown Tucson. (meunierd/Shutterstock)

Tucson came in 14th place in the overall category of cost, which means that visitors can have a good time in the city without breaking the bank.

27. Sacramento, California

27. Sacramento, California

Sacramento. (Belyay / iStock)

Sacramento was ranked number 23 in terms of the city’s options for entertainment and recreation.

28. Richmond, Virginia

28. Richmond, Virginia

Richmond. (Atomazul/Shutterstock)

Richmond rounded out the top 30 in the overall entertainment and recreation category.

29. Dallas, Texas

29. Dallas, Texas

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. (Rodney/Flickr)

Dallas ranked in the top 25 of the overall nightlife and parties category.

30. Omaha, Nebraska

30. Omaha, Nebraska

The Old Market in Omaha. (Flickr/Nan Palmero)

Omaha is not only a good place to have fun, it’s also a relatively cheap place to do it. The Midwestern city rounded out the top 15 in the costs category.

Read the original article on Insider. Copyright 2017.

 

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