You’re vaccinated and ready to travel, but which cities offer the most bang for your buck while keeping you safe?

LawnStarter has you covered: Their ranking of the Best Cities for Your Summer Vaxcation compares the 200 biggest U.S. cities based on 30 indicators of a fun (and safe) excursion — from the cost of a cab ride to the average Airbnb rate to the number of attractions. And we looked, of course, at each city’s vaccination rate.

What exactly is a “vaxcation”? Just what it sounds like: a vacation for the COVID-vaccinated.

See the top 10 summer vaxcation hotspots below.

2021’s Best Cities for Your Summer Vaxcation
San Francisco, CA
Portland, OR
Providence, RI
Garden Grove, CA
Washington, DC
Honolulu, HI
Jersey City, NJ
Seattle, WA
Las Vegas, NV
New Orleans, LA

Let’s Go to San Funcisco: The Golden City tops the ranking of the Best Cities for Your Summer Vaxcation and for good reason: San Francisco is the No. 1 city for having fun, offering the second-highest number of attractions and the most vibrant nightlife. 

At the time they looked, San Francisco also boasted the highest vaccination rate of any big city. (Seattle officially leads that race — for now — but San Francisco is co-blazing the trail.)

The best part? The Bay City is fully open as of June 15, with no holds barred but for “mega events.” So feel free to ditch the mask — except to get there and get around on public transit — but pack a sweatshirt or windbreaker. As Mark Twain may (or may not) have once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”

Fun in the Honolulu Sun: Looking for the best outdoor experience? Then say aloha to Honolulu. Hawaii’s capital ranks No. 6 overall but No. 2 for having fun and No. 1 for being outside. 

Just make sure to have your vaccination card (or proof of a negative COVID-19 test) handy: While The Big Pineapple outperforms 180 other big cities in vaccinations, Hawaii requires all visitors to be inoculated/show no symptoms or otherwise quarantine for 10 days. 

Our full ranking and analysis can be found here:


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