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Site ranks Buffalo low on list of summer travel destinations


When it comes to picking the best and worst cities for summer travel, one website gives Buffalo a low rating. The Queen City came in at 66 out of 80 metropolitan areas that were ranked by WalletHub.com. Company spokesperson Jill Gonzalez says when looking at moderately-priced three-star hotels within the area, Buffalo does not compare favorably.

“In Buffalo and the Metropolitan area it’s around $120 per night. So for comparison's sake, in Phoenix you can get a place for around $30 a night all the way to San Diego at about $130 per night.  Buffalo actually came in second-most expensive in terms of hotels,” Gonzalez said.

The list takes into account several factors including attractions, hotel prices, recreation and weather.

Gonzalez says after analyzing flights from the six largest airport hubs in the country, flight costs into Buffalo directly contributed to the ranking.

“The cheapest flight, on average, for a flight to Buffalo was about $430 and that ranks 62nd on the list.  So, when you compare a flight to Dallas typically that’s about $200 and Hawaii is closer to $1,000. Buffalo was somewhere there in the middle but closer to the bottom of the list," she added.

Buffalo received its highest grade for attractions, ranking 40th, while taking into account nearby Niagara Falls as well as the city’s cultural and historic makeup.