Memorial Day is regularly one of the year's busiest travel days, and experts estimate that to be especially true this year. Recent findings from a TripAdvisor survey reveal that an estimated one-third of Americans plan on traveling that weekend - a 6 percent jump compared to last year. What's more, 86 percent of respondents plan on taking at least one vacation this summer season, which marks a 7 percent increase compared to 2012.
TripAdvisor researchers found out more than just who was traveling during Memorial Day weekend or the rest of the summer. The poll also revealed that about 51 percent of tourists plan on hitting the beach this summer, while 29 percent are going to head to the countryside. National parks and lakes also came in as popular destinations, with 13 percent and 17 percent planning trips to those destinations, respectively.
"The survey indicates that more people are planning leisure trips this summer, notably as prices at the pump continue to decline year-over-year," said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor. "Whether they plan to shop, swim or just enjoy the great outdoors, prospects of sunshine and warmer weather have U.S. travelers looking ahead to summer trips."
Where to go?
If you're among the many Americans planning to travel somewhere in the United States this summer, you may be at a loss for where to go. With so many destinations to choose from, the decision can certainly be overwhelming. According to Travel Leisure magazine, you can't go wrong paying a visit to Chicago during the summer months. The Windy City was among the 20 most popular summer destinations because you can do it all, from relaxing alongside the shores of Lake Michigan to enjoying the spectacular skyline views and unique Chicago culture. Other cities to make the publication's list include Portland, Ore., Santa Fe and Boston.
While visiting the city is nice, you may be one of the many travelers interested in heading to national parks. You can't go wrong with longtime favorites such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, but if you're looking for something off the beaten path, Isle Royale National Park in Michigan is a good bet. Situated around Lake Superior, the park is particularly popular for its remote, serene location that will be sure to help you unwind.