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Joe Holleman is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Officially, we're kind of fun here in the STL.

Our mighty metro finished at No. 23 out of the largest 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S. when it comes to "2019’s Best Summer Travel Destinations."

We ended up with solid marks in activities, attractions, travel costs and (oddly enough) weather. Our weakest showing out of six categories was in the area of safety and local costs.

Some major neighbors, however, fared better: Chicago (4); Cincinnati (7); Nashville (9); Louisville (13); and Kansas City (17). Finishing behind us were Memphis (35) and Indianapolis (40).

To no one's surprise, the best summer vacation destination was Disney-fed Orlando, Fla., which edged out Austin, Texas, for the top spot. 

And just in case you'd been toying with the idea of spending your summer off-time in the Oxnard-Ventura, Calif., be aware they finished last out of the 100 metros.