The summer holiday season has begun, with vacationers heading to Las Vegas, San Diego, and Orlando for Memorial Day weekend trips.
Vegas was the top booking for Priceline, the online airline and hotel resource. Temperate cities like San Diego and Orlando were second- and third-place, respectively. Priceline officials believe the long "polar vortex" pushed people to beach and pool cities.
“Last year, an unusually cold spring in many parts of the country prompted travelers to spend Memorial Day in major cities,” Priceline Travel Editor Brian Ek said in a statment. “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.”
New York, Orange County, Calif., Washington, D.C., Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and Atlanta rounded out the top 10. Priceline also notes that hotels in these destinations were offering lower rates than during the same period last year.