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Chapter 4: American Travel Habits

Everyone can be famous in LA

Las Vegas, Nevada

New York, New York

Orlando, Florida

Topping off the list once again as Americans’ favorite domestic travel destination is the illustrious Las Vegas. With brand new, unique attractions, such as Vegas StrEATS, Mob Museum, the Chuck Jones Experience, and Fremont Street Flightlinez, it is no wonder that Vegas continues to steal the coveted first place spot year after year. Also voted as having the country’s best taxi drivers, Sin City saw hotel prices drop 1% over the year, which brought rates down to a low $85. New York City and Orlando followed closely, keeping the top three cities unchanged from last year.

Fourth on the list this year is San Diego, which has steadily risen since its spot in sixth place in 2010, beating out Chicago. Even with its budding popularity, San Diego still remains the more affordable of the two, with room rates at just $135 compared to $158 in the Windy City, host to the Ryder Cup September 2012.

Los Angeles also swapped places with San Francisco, taking sixth place with San Francisco at seventh. Home to the The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory, the top one and two attractions in L.A., the city saw its hotel prices rise a small 5%. Room rates in San Francisco also increased a surprising 15%, reflecting its burgeoning popularity.

Rounding out the Top 10 Domestic Travel Destinations for the first half of 2012 were Washington D.C., Houston and San Antonio.

Top U.S. Destinations for Americans

Rank 2012 City State 2011 City State
1. Las Vegas NV Las Vegas NV
2. New York City NY New York NY
3. Orlando FL Orlando FL
4. San Diego CA Chicago IL
5. Chicago IL San Diego CA
6. Los Angeles CA San Francisco CA
7. San Francisco CA Los Angeles CA
8. Washington DC Washington DC
9. Houston TX Houston TX
10. San Antonio TX San Antonio TX
11. Boston MA Miami FL
12. Atlanta GA New Orleans LA
13. New Orleans LA Boston MA
14. Miami FL Atlanta GA
15. Dallas TX Dallas TX
16. Anaheim CA Anaheim CA
17. Philadelphia PA Myrtle Beach SC
18. Seattle WA Seattle WA
19. Austin TX Austin TX
20. Denver CO Philadelphia PA
21. Myrtle Beach SC Denver CO
22. Atlantic City NJ Atlantic City NJ
23. Portland OR Fort Lauderdale FL
24. Nashville TN Portland OR
25. Fort Lauderdale FL Tampa FL
26. Tampa FL Nashville TN
27. Reno NV Newark NJ
28. Phoenix AZ Honolulu HI
29. Baltimore MD Phoenix AZ
30. Honolulu HI Baltimore MD