With the hot and humid weather, Texas isn't often thought of as a prime summer vacation destination. But, according to a new survey, three cities in the Lone Star State rank among the top 12 in the nation where you get the most bang for your travel buck.
WalletHub compared 80 of the most populated metro areas across six categories, including travel costs and hassles, local costs, the number of attractions, weather, activities, and safety to determine the nation's best vacation spots.
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land comes in as the top vacation spot in Texas, ranking No. 7 in the nation, while Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is close behind at No. 8. The Austin-Round Rock area comes in at No. 12.
San Antonio-New Braunfels ranks No. 38, El Paso No. 40, and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission is No. 42.
Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin score well in key parts of the survey, with only a few points separating these areas from Houston, which benefits from low travel costs and a large number of attractions. Even H-town's much-maligned weather ranks a relatively modest 26 out of the 80 metropolitan areas surveyed.
San Antonio and McAllen rank in the top five for lowest local costs, while McAllen is in the bottom five for fewest attractions and fewest activities.
Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando rank as the top three metro areas in the survey.