Top 50 Memorial Day Destinations

An Internet travel service recently released the results of its annual survey of the 50 most-popular destinations for the Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30). The survey is based on more than 30,000 actual hotel room booking requests made by their customers for the upcoming long weekend. The agency said it still has hotel rooms, airline tickets, vacation packages, rental cars and cruises available for the big weekend, often at significant discounts over other online travel reservation services.

Travel trends for Memorial Day weekend 2005 showed some differences from the same period a year ago. Most prominent was the drop-off in requests for East Coast beach destinations. Virginia Beach, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and Destin/Ft. Walton all made last year's list; none made it this year. The weather could be a factor. May forecasts by the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center called for cooler-than-average temperatures in the Eastern and Central U.S., with "unusually cool and damp conditions" in the Northeast.

While beaches were less in demand, the nation's major cities, including Chicago, New York, San Francisco and San Diego were very much in vogue for the last weekend in May. Chicago was the big winner, claiming 7 of the top 50 spots, compared to 3 last year. New York was steady year over year at 5 spots. Last year's World War II Memorial dedication boosted Washington, DC, to capture 4 spots on the list. This year, the nation's Capitol makes the list once. And, for the 3rd consecutive year, Las Vegas was the #1 most-requested destination for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Top 50 Destinations List for Memorial Day 2005
1. Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity
2. New York, Upper Midtown
3. Chicago, River North Area
4. New York, Midtown West
5. New York, Upper West Side
6. San Diego, Coastal Area
7. Washington, DC, Downtown
8. Chicago, The Loop/Grant Park
9. Las Vegas, West of Strip Area
10. Miami, South Beach
11. Niagara Falls, U.S. Side
12. Orlando, Universal Studios/Sea World
13. Monterey
14. Chicago, North Michigan Ave. Area
15. San Antonio, Downtown/Riverwalk
16. New Orleans, French Quarter
17. San Francisco, Union Square West
18. San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island
19. Palm Springs
20. Austin, Downtown
21. Orlando, Disney World Vicinity
22. Philadelphia, Downtown
23. Montreal
24. St. Louis, Downtown
25. San Francisco, Union Square East
26. Vancouver
27. Boston, Downtown
28. Orange County, Disneyland Area
29. Waikiki, Waikiki South
30. Key West
31. New York, Midtown East
32. Orlando, West Disney Area
33. San Antonio West City
34. Seattle, Downtown
35. Chicago, Evanston Area
36. Toronto, Downtown
37. Chicago, Millennium Park Area
38. Niagara Falls, Canadian Side
39. San Diego, Mission Valley
40. San Diego, Sorrento Mesa
41. Los Angeles, Santa Monica
42. Baltimore, Inner Harbor
43. New York, Midtown South
44. San Diego, Point Loma
45. Orange County, Newport/Huntington Beach
46. Chicago, River North Area
47. Chicago, O'Hare Area
48. Philadelphia, University Area
49. Las Vegas, UNLV Area
50. South Lake Tahoe

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