For the first time in over two years, there are little to no COVID-19 restrictions holding people back from getting together and traveling. With the summer holiday season ahead and the continuing trend of “revenge travel,” 75% of Americans plan to travel domestically this summer. Here’s where they’re going.
Read on for three of the top U.S. destinations for travelers flying this summer, and some of the best attractions in each location.
1. Orlando, Florida
Orlando tops the list for domestic travelers this summary according to the study done by Allianz Partners. A popular hub due to its concentration of theme parks and warm weather, there’s many activities to keep the whole family busy in this city.
Walt Disney World has been celebrating its 50th anniversary since October 2021, with festivities running through March 2023 featuring new programming, nighttime special events and more. Guests have their choice of four parks to visit and new attractions like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in Epcot.
Universal Orlando offers visitors two action-packed parks and a waterpark perfect for the summer heat! Fans of Harry Potter can immerse themselves in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter; Jurassic Park enthusiasts can take a spin on the thrilling VelociCoaster; and all guests, regardless of park tickets, can explore a variety of food and shopping options at Universal CityWalk.
For Orlando tourists who want to skip the crowded theme parks and enjoy the great outdoors, activities like boat tours through the Everglades and the Central Florida Zoo are great options. Orlando also has a bustling culinary scene for foodies who want to explore all that the city has to offer.
2. Seattle, Washington
Seattle has everything from beautiful outdoor experiences to great coffee. For the nature lovers, popular excursions include trips to nearby Mt. Rainer, Olympic National Park and Snoqualmie Falls. The Chihuly Garden and Glass showcases breathtaking sculptures and serene gardens. Located next door, The Space Needle is also noteworthy, with its floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views of the city.
For those who want to explore the Seattle food scene, visitors can try popular Northwest burger chain Dick’s Burgers, stop by a Seattle Distillery, or visit Pike Place Market. Opened in 1907, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest farmer’s markets in the country and features the original Starbucks store. Other unique sights include the Fremont Troll — a concrete monster sculpture located under the Aurora Bridge — and the infamous Gum Wall in Post Alley.
3. Honolulu, Hawaii
From crystal blue water to gorgeous hikes and some of the best seafood around, it’s no wonder Honolulu came in at number three on the list.
A location not to be missed is Manoa Falls, a beautiful 150-foot waterfall found on the Manoa Falls Trail hike. Nearby, visitors can stop at the gorgeous public botanical garden, Lyon Arboretum. Hawaii is also well-known for its volcanoes. Thrill-seeking visitors can hike up Diamond Head, one of the most unique and popular attractions in the Honolulu area.
Neighboring Honolulu is the gorgeous Waikiki, featuring shops, restaurants, beaches and more. This is a great place to have a picnic, make leis with the whole family and shop at outdoor markets.
Other Honolulu favorite stops and activities include: Leonard’s Bakery, dubbed the most famous bakery on the island, Tropical Tribe’s refreshing acai bowls, the entertaining Kaka’ako District, and snorkeling at Sans Souci Beach Park.
Have a wonderful travel-filled summer!