Sunday, 26 Jun 2022

This Year’s Most Popular 4th of July Destinations

After the past two summers of sticking to socially distanced destinations, Americans are heading back into big cities for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Priceline data shows.


This Year’s Most Popular 4th of July Destinations

With the arrival of the summer travel season, we're already witnessing what happens when two years' worth of pent-up demand is finally unleashed. All indications point toward a record season for the travel industry, despite fuel costs being at an all-time high and airfare prices skyrocketing.

The Fourth of July holiday is always a highlight of the U.S. summer calendar and Americans are expected to turn out in force this year, despite record inflation rates and ongoing pandemonium at airports.

According to Priceline data shared with Travel + Leisure, major urban destinations have seen a jump in popularity among travelers booking their Fourth of July vacays this year; whereas, for the past two pandemic-era summers, travelers were seen to prefer more remote and less population-dense destinations.

"After two years of beach and coastal destinations topping the most popular lists, this summer we're seeing the return of the big city," Priceline's chief product officer, Kevin Heery, told the outlet. "Travelers are excited to go back to major metros, such as Las Vegas, Chicago, and New York to experience the culture, entertainment, and dining that larger cities have to offer."

Of course, vacationers can look forward to spending significantly more on their Independence Day getaways this year than they did in 2021. On average, domestic roundtrip airfare is 32 percent pricier than it was during the same period last year and hotel rates are also sitting at 18 percent higher.

Priceline's data shows Las Vegas to be the number-one most popular destination for the Fourth of July weekend. Luckily, it also proved to be one of the most affordable vacation choices, with Sin City hotel rooms currently averaging $172 per night.

The Big Easy took the second spot among the most popular destinations for the long weekend, where visitors will have to reach a bit deeper into their wallets, as the average New Orleans hotel room now runs $390 per night.

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