The Most Popular and Affordable Memorial Day Weekend Destinations
PHOTO: Phoenix not only jumped in popularity year-over-year, but the Arizona hotspot's rates are also down, making it a prime destination for Memorial Day Weekend vacationers.
Priceline.com revealed the most popular and budget-friendly destinations for Memorial Day Weekend this week, based on advance reservations on priceline.com.
The good news?
Almost every destination on this year’s top 25 list has an average daily rate (ADR) of less than $175 a night. On top of that, 10 of the top 25 destinations have an ADR of $125 or less.
It should come as no surprise that the most popular destination this Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-25) is Las Vegas (ADR $131.22), which continues to attract a great amount of visitors after breaking its annual tourism record in 2014 with more than 40 million visitors.
Rounding out the top five are (in order) San Diego (ADR $154.95), Orlando ($110.85), New York City ($219.56) and Chicago ($165.54). Las Vegas, San Diego, Orlando and NYC find themselves among the top five for the second straight year, while Chicago jumps three spots from a year ago.
The destinations that experienced the greatest increase in popularity year-over-year included (in order of popularity): Austin, Texas (from No. 33 to No. 14); Dallas, Texas (from No. 22 to No. 15); Phoenix, Arizona (from No. 29 to No. 17); St. Catharines-Niagara Falls, Ontario (from No. 35 to No. 18); Denver, Colorado (from No. 37 to No. 20); Houston, Texas (from No. 46 to No. 23); Newark, New Jersey (from outside the top 50 to No. 24); and Buffalo-Niagara Falls, Ontario (from No. 45 to No. 25).
Priceline.com also listed the top five “best value destinations,” in terms of ADR change (based on advance reservations made on priceline.com). They included (in order): Detroit, Michigan (ADR down 16.1 percent to $129/night); Virginia Beach, Virginia (down 12.4 percent to $125/night); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (down 12 percent to $108/night); Reno, Nevada (down 7.4 percent to $116/night); and Phoenix, Arizona (down 5.5 percent to $96/night).
For travelers who want to avoid the crowds this Memorial Day Weekend, priceline.com suggests gambling hotspots Lake Tahoe (64th-most popular) and Buffalo-Niagara Falls (No. 25) for high rollers; Daytona Beach (No. 114) and Texas’s South Padre Island (No. 117) for beach babies; Northern Virginia (No. 39) for theme park enthusiasts (Kings Dominion, Colonial Williamsburg theme parks); the Grand Canyon (No. 68) and Jackson Hole, Wyoming (No. 92) for national park lovers; and Boston (No. 32) and Philadelphia (No. 52) for history buffs.
“Memorial Day weekend is typically the first big chance hotels have of luring consumers out of their homes after a long winter,” said Brian Ek, priceline.com travel editor, via a release. “Fueled by low gas prices and an increased trust in access to last-minute deals, we’ve seen a dramatic upwards trend in priceline.com consumers making reservations on the road app-in-hand. This is the summer of the deal as consumers are making their summer plans, hoteliers open up supply, and priceline.com has deals of up to 60 percent off retail.”
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