With summer officially here, Americans are finalizing their travel plans for the July Fourth holiday. Major U.S. cities, and some international destinations, will attract the most travelers. From amusement parks, beaches, and golf courses, to museums, historical sites, and nightlife, there are plenty of options for Americans once they arrive.
The automobile services organization AAA predicts that a record 44.2 million Americans will travel over the five-day holiday period starting June 30, a 2.9% increase from 2016. If true, this would make this Fourth of July holiday the most traveled ever.
A projected 37.5 million Americans will travel by car, up 2.9% from a year ago. The AAA national average price for gasoline is about $2.25 a gallon.
Roughly 3.4 million Americans will journey to their destination by air, a 4.6% increase from 2016. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes will be 10% lower this year, with an average round-trip ticket costing $186.
Daily car rental rates will average $65, which is 14% less than the last Independence Day period. Hotel costs are the same as last year, with the average AAA Three Diamond Rated hotel costing $185 a night.
According to AAA, destinations in Florida, Canada, and California are among the top North American travel spots for Americans this summer.
The list of top destinations that follows is based on AAA in-office and online air and tour product passenger counts for travel June 1-Aug. 15, 2017. Annual tourism revenue and annual visitors for each city were obtained from each location’s chamber of commerce, or tourism marketing organizations hired by the city. When unavailable, third party sources including travel magazines and local news publications were used. All data are as of the most recent periods available.
This is where Americans are traveling this Fourth of July and what they’ll do.