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Expensive hotels, high gas prices, and rising air fares are making the cost of your summer vacation more expensive than you planned. That's why many are choosing to enjoy some of the sights closer to home.

And we're in luck because three central Florida cities have been ranked among the best places in the country to staycation!

Tampa ranked 8th overall, Orlando was 9th and Saint Petersburg was 11th in WalletHub.com's 2014 list of the Best & Worst Cities to Staycation.

WalletHub considered 20 of the most important factors – from the number of public golf courses and swimming pools per capita to the cost of maid services – in ranking the 100 largest U.S. cities based on their staycation suitability.

TOP 15 Best Staycation cities:

  1. Buffalo, NY
  2. Minneapolis, MN
  3. Cincinnati, OH
  4. Pittsburgh, PA
  5. Portland, OR
  6. Omaha, NE
  7. New Orleans, LA
  8. Tampa, FL
  9. Orlando, FL
  10. Seattle, WA
  11. St. Petersburg, FL
  12. Lexington, KY
  13. St. Louis, MO
  14. Cleveland, OH
  15. Atlanta, GA
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