Top 10 US summer destinations & affordable alternatives – TripAdvisor 

Summer Vacation Value Report also reveals US summer travel trends

Top 10 US summer destinations & affordable alternatives – TripAdvisor. Source: shutterstock.com

The world’s largest travel site TripAdvisor announced its 2019 Summer Vacation Value Report, highlighting the 10 most popular US destinations for this summer, based on hotel booking interest from US travelers. Despite that these destinations are the ultimate 2019 summer getaways, travelers can still find a good value. The report also highlights attractive, alternative destinations where travelers can save up to 38% on their summer hotel by comparison.

Most popular summer vacation spots and affordable alternatives

Most Popular U.S. Summer Destinations(Ranked #1-10)

Hotel Summer Average Nightly Rate

Alternative Affordable U.S. Destinations

Hotel Summer Average Nightly Rate

Percentage Savings for Alternative Destination

1. Orlando, FL

$216

Kissimmee, FL

$137

37%

2. Las Vegas, NV

$167

Reno, NV

$144

14%

3. Myrtle Beach, SC

$250

Kill Devil Hills, NC

$200

20%

4. Maui, HI

$533

Oahu, HI

$328

38%

5. New York City, NY

$329

Philadelphia, PA

$258

22%

6. Key West, FL

$336

Key Largo, FL

$246

27%

7. New Orleans, LA

$196

Miami, FL

$173

12%

8. Ocean City, MD

$286

Nags Head, NC

$229

20%

9. San Diego, CA

$283

Mammoth Lakes, CA

$202

29%

10. Virginia Beach, VA

$272

Williamsburg, VA

$183

33%

Internationally, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is the most popular destination among US travelers with a summer average nightly rate of $310. Travelers can save up to 29% on their hotel if they instead sail west across the Caribbean Sea to Negril, Jamaica where the rooms typically go for $221 per night this summer.

According to a recent survey of more than 3,500 US-based TripAdvisor users:

  • Value for money is important to almost all travelers (97%) that are planning to stay in a hotel for summer vacation. In fact, most survey respondents (15%) said they expect to spend $501-$1,000 total on their summer trip, inclusive of airfare, hotel and activities.
  • Almost half of US travelers will travel as a couple this summer (48%) and more than a third (37%) of vacationers will be families.
  • Road trips are trending with 60% of US travelers planning a long drive this summer. Most (21%) will drive more than 1,000 miles, and popular driving destinations are the Midwest (18%), Northeast (17%), Southeast (14%).
  • Most popular trip type: Beach/ocean (22%).
  • Number of summer trips per traveler: Two (39%).
  • Where in the world: Domestic (55%).
  • Length of trip: One week (35%).

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