Three central Florida cities have been ranked among the best places in the country to staycation.
Tampa ranked eighth overall and Orlando was ninth in WalletHub.com's 2014 list of the 100 Best and Worst Cities to Staycation. Other Florida cities included on the list are St. Petersburg (No. 11), Miami (No. 63), Jacksonville (No. 75) and Hialeah (No. 85).
WalletHub considered 20 factors in determining its list, ranging from public golf courses and swimming pools per capita, to the cost of maid services.
Orlando ranked first for food and entertainment and was third for relaxation. St. Petersburg ranked fifth for recreation and seventh for relaxation.
According to WalletHub, vacationers are expected to spend $1,246 per person this summer, up 9 percent from 2013 due to rising hotel and airfare costs.
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Florida Matters on WUSF 89.7, we take several trips to some of the places that makes our area unique, including the Tampa Theatre and the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.