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Cincinnati ranks third in nation for top staycation spots

Carol Ann's Carousel recently opened at Smale Riverfront Park in Downtown Cincinnati. (Provided by the city of Cincinnati) Carol Ann's Carousel recently opened at Smale Riverfront Park in Downtown Cincinnati. (Provided by the city of Cincinnati)
Take a ride on the Banshee roller coaster at Kings Island (FOX19 NOW live cam) Take a ride on the Banshee roller coaster at Kings Island (FOX19 NOW live cam)
WalletHub ranked Cincinnati third for top staycation cities in the nation. (Provided by WalletHub) WalletHub ranked Cincinnati third for top staycation cities in the nation. (Provided by WalletHub)
Cincinnati ranks third on WalletHub's Best Cities for Staycations, topped only by Orlando, Florida, and and Atlanta, Georgia.

Scottsdale, Arizona and Boise Idaho filled out the top five.

The Queen City ranked number one for recreation activities (Kings Island, Smale Riverfront Park, anyone?),  second behind Cleveland for most swimming pools per 100,000 residents (here we come, Coney Island!) and tenth for food (Steak Collinsworth, medium rare, with a side of seafood fettucini alfredo from The Precinct) and entertainment (Broadway in Cincinnati at Aronoff Center for the Arts, July 14 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park).

"Summer hasn't even officially started, and travel is already trending upward, as Americans can't seem to wait for an escape," WalletHub reports.

More than 37 million people ventured at least 50 miles from home throughout Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA, and 81 percent of Americans are planning a summer vacation this year.

The 2015 summer travel season is also expected to be rather less expensive – with 42 percent of vacationers spending more than $1,500, whereas 10 percent are spending more than $3,000, down from 46 percent and 13 percent, respectively, in 2014 – due in part to a decrease in hotel and airfare costs in popular destinations, WalletHub reports.

If you don't think you can afford such a hefty tab, a staycation is a good alternative. 

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