Web Exclusive: Staycations may be the way to vacation this year

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(CNN) - Expensive hotels, high gas prices, rising air fares can add up when you are planning a summer vacation.  It is almost always more expensive than you planned.  That's why many are choosing to "staycation" this summer and to enjoy some of the sights closer to home.

Some cities are better equipped than others to keep your family entertained, so if you're staying close to home this summer, here are the best and worst staycation spots.  This list is courtesy of Wallethub -- which considered twenty key factors that are can make or break your staycation -- like the number of accessible swimming pools in your area, the number of public golf courses, the most museums per capita, and the weather -- among other factors.

So here we go, the top five best places to staycation: Buffalo, New York; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Cincinnati, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Portland, Oregon.

And then there were the worst places:
They found Chula Vista, California to be the city least conducive to a staycation. Followed by Fremont, California; Laredo, Texas; Anaheim and Fresno, California, all in the bottom.
And according to Wallethub, many people are taking staycations because summer travel is expensive again this year.  The average vacationer plans to spend $1,246 per person this year and wallethub says that amounts to a nine-percent increase from 2013, an increase that is likely due, in part, to a rise in hotel and airfare prices.


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