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These Are The 6 Most Popular U.S. Destinations For A Summer Vacation, According To A New Report

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The summer travel season is nearly upon us, and this year is gearing up to be a record one for American travelers.

Both domestic and international travel bookings are showing greatly increased numbers compared to last year, with people wanting to go from everywhere to beaches, theme parks, big cities, and beyond. 

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To help to get a big picture as to where American travelers are heading this summer, travel insurance company Allianz Partners’ analyzed more than 1.6 million flight itineraries for travel booked between Memorial and Labor Day. 

Using this data, the company compiled lists of the top 10 places people had booked for their summer trip, with respective lists for international as well as domestic travel. 

Group of women by ocean in foggy morning. Deception Pass Bridge Park. Seattle. Anacortes. Washington. United States

These trips include anyone who booked online with any travel partners that offer Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance, with travel departing from U.S. airports during the summer travel season between May 26th to September 5th. 

One important factor to consider is that to be included in this survey, the trips analyzed averaged between five to eight days in length. 

Out of the more than 1.6 million flight itineraries included in this study, 73% of travelers are planning on staying in the US this summer for their trips, with 27% planning on heading to destinations abroad. 

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Here Are The 6 Most Popular U.S. Destinations For A Summer Vacation:

Orlando, Florida 

As a family favorite destination, Orlando is never not trending with travelers, both from America and abroad. Of course, the main draw here is the theme parks, not to mention the water parks, dining, entertainment, and basically, anything you can ask for in regards to a fun summer holiday for all ages. 

With a fast train connecting this super popular city to Miami coming this summer, travelers can visit two of America’s favorite Florida destinations much easier than before.

swans in pond

Seattle, Washington 

It’s not surprising to see the Emerald City being so highly sought after by travelers this summer, as it’s also one of the most searched-for destinations for a summer trip. While the Pacific Northwest is beautiful year-round, summer is a particularly nice time to explore what this area has to offer. 

Visitors to Seattle in the warmer months love to go whale watching, visit the historic Pike Place Market, ride the Great Wheel on Pier 53 to get some great views and explore the city’s many green areas as well.

Seattle skyline panorama at sunset as seen from Kerry Park, Seattle, WA

Honolulu, Hawaii 

Let’s be honest, if you are planning a trip to Hawaii this year, you probably are not going to be too picky about what time of year you visit.

Although the capital city of Hawaii is popular with visitors no matter the season, Honolulu is proving to be especially so this summer. 

Located on the southeastern shore of Oahu Island, the city offers visits the opportunity to take in the more urban side of Hawaii, with cultural and historic sights to see before hitting the beaches. 

Waikiki Beach in Hawaii

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston in the summertime is quintessentially American, with baseball games to watch, concerts to take in, picnics to have at one of the city’s many parks, and world-class universities to explore.

Stroll the harbor and don't miss a whale-watching cruise, or shuck your own oysters and wash them down with a pint of Sam Adams beer.

Visit some of the city’s food halls or museums if it’s too hot outside, or join a boat tour of the nearby waters. If you are one of the many planning on taking a trip to Bean Town this summer, keep in mind that there are loads of quality hotels to choose from.

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Kahului, Hawaii 

Kahului is the main airport for Hawaii’s beloved Maui, and travel here is trending this summer with American travelers for many reasons. Most come here for the famous beaches, turquoise waters, and hiking and relaxing opportunities. 

A visit to this second-largest island of Hawaii gives travelers a chance to soak up some of that famous Hawaiian sun, play on the beach and in the waters all day, and then take in a spectacular sunset each night after a long day of enjoying their vacation.

Kitesurfers at Kanaha Beach located in Kahului Bay near Kahului, the capital city of the island of Maui

New York, New York

New York City has seen a huge return to tourism in post-pandemic times, and more and more travelers from both the U.S. and from abroad are seeking to visit the city that never sleeps this summer. 

With virtually endless things to do and experience in this bustling metropolis, make sure you set aside some time for eating at some of the city’s famed dining establishments, and don’t forget to factor in some time to rest.

When planning a trip to the Big Apple this year, don’t forget about the City’s new Tourist Pass, which can make checking out all of New York’s distinct 5 boroughs much easier. 

aerial view of manhattan and central park

The top U.S. destinations for a summer vacation finishing off the top 10 are:

  • 7. Los Angeles, California 
  • 8. Las Vegas, Nevada 
  • 9. Miami, Florida 
  • 10. Portland, Oregon 

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