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May 20, 2014    Featured Story

Las Vegas Tops List of Most Popular Destinations for Memorial Day 2014

Las Vegas is the top destination for travelers celebrating Memorial Day 2014, according to priceline.com’s annual survey of the Top 50 destinations for the holiday that traditionally kicks off the summer travel season.  In second place on this year’s list is San Diego.  This is the 12th year that priceline.com has published its Memorial Day travel list based on travel bookings made through priceline.com for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Last year, an unusually cold spring in many parts of the country prompted travelers to spend Memorial Day in major cities.  This year, beach destinations large and small are back in force as travelers look to warm up and lose those memories of the polar vortex.  Once again, Memorial Day travel was pretty much confined to the U.S. with London being the only destination chosen outside North America.  This could be due to the fact that most Memorial Day travelers save their longer trips for later in the summer.

In many destinations, average daily room rates (ADRs) for hotels are down compared to last year, creating some solid values for Memorial Day getaways. Some cities with especially good hotel bargains are:

  • Atlantic City, ADR $166 (-7% compared to last Memorial Day)
  • Toronto, ADR $109 (-19%)
  • St Catharines/Niagara Falls, ADR $120 (-8%)
  • London, ADR $175 (-9%)
  • St. Petersburg FL, ADR $123 (-4%)
  • Orlando, ADR $94 (-4%)
  • Washington, DC, ADR $139 (-4%)
 Priceline.com’s Top 50 Destinations for Memorial Day 2014 
  1. Las Vegas
  2. San Diego
  3. Orlando
  4. New York City
  5. Orange County
  6. Washington D.C.
  7. Miami
  8. Chicago
  9. San Francisco
  10. Atlanta
  11. New Orleans
  12. Central Los Angeles
  13. Myrtle Beach
  14. San Antonio
  15. Boston
  16. Nashville
  17. Virginia Beach
  18. Atlantic City/Cape May
  19. Seattle
  20. Monterey
  21. Laughlin (NV)
  22. Dallas
  23. Northern Virginia
  24. Reno
  25. St. Louis

 

  1. Baton Rouge
  2. Ocean City
  3. Fort Lauderdale
  4. Phoenix
  5. Indianapolis
  6. California’s Central Coast
  7. Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg
  8. Austin
  9. San Jose
  10. St. Catharines/Niagara Falls
  11. Charlotte
  12. Denver
  13. London
  14. Baltimore
  15. Tampa
  16. Toronto
  17. Charleston
  18. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  19. Detroit
  20. Buffalo/Niagara Falls
  21. Houston
  22. Portland
  23. Flagstaff/Sedona
  24. St. Petersburg/Clearwater
  25. The Florida Keys