Top 50 Destinations List for Memorial Day 2011

Priceline reports that Chicago & London Are Big Draws For Summer Travel Kickoff

The Priceline Group

Chicago's tony North Michigan Avenue is the most popular destination for Memorial Day 2011, according to's (Nasdaq: PCLN) annual survey of the 50 top destinations for the holiday that traditionally kicks off the summer travel season.  In the nine years that has published the list, Chicago has taken the top spot four times, tying the record set by Las Vegas in 2009.'s Memorial Day Top 50 list is based on actual hotel room booking requests made by Name Your Own Price® hotel service customers for the upcoming holiday period.  Because the survey is based on booking requests, and not on consumer preference polls or votes, believes its annual survey is one of the more accurate predictors of holiday travel trends.  

Another winner on the Memorial Day list this year is London.  Last year, no overseas cities were on the list.  This year, three London neighborhoods (Westminster, Mayfair/Soho and Hammersmith) made the list, while Rome and Barcelona each were listed once.  "UK tourism got a big boost from the Royal Wedding," said Priceline's Travel Ekspert Brian Ek.  

In a recent survey, 86% of the respondents said they were going to take a vacation this year, and 68% of them said that a "staycation" wasn't going to fill the bill.  The majority of respondents said they would vacation outside their home state.  "This year's Memorial Day top destinations list suggests that they're serious about what they said," commented Ek.  "Some of the smaller, local 'drive-up' cities that were on the list last year have been replaced by larger cities, European countries and popular 'fly-to' destinations like Las Vegas and Puerto Rico."  

An American tradition made it back onto's top Memorial Day destinations list after a long absence.  Indianapolis, home of the Indy 500 auto race, came in at #24 this year.  2006 was the last time Indy appeared among's top Memorial Day destinations.

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The Priceline Top 50 Destinations List for Memorial Day 2011



#1       Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area


#2       Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place


#3       Las Vegas, Strip North


#4       New York City, Midtown West


#5       Chicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park Area


#6       Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South


#7       Providence, Downtown


#8       London, Westminster


#9       San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island


#10     New Orleans, French Quarter


#11     Miami, Downtown


#12     Ottawa


#13     Savannah, Historic District and Waterfront


#14     New York City, Times Square/Theater District


#15     Austin, Downtown


#16     St. Catharines, ON, Niagara Falls


#17     New York City, Upper East Side


#18     Toronto, Downtown Toronto South Area


#19     Las Vegas, Fremont Street Vicinity


#20     Rome, Central City


#21     San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf


#22     Boston, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall/Financial District


#23     Seattle, Seattle Center/Space Needle


#24     Indianapolis, Downtown


#25     Boston, Copley Square/Theater District


#26     Buffalo, Niagara Falls


#27     Monterey


#28     Baltimore, Inner Harbor/Downtown


#29     Atlantic City


#30     New York City, Midtown East


#31     Boston, Waterfront/Convention Center


#32     Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Marina Del Rey


#33     New York City, Downtown/Soho/Financial District


#34     Key West


#35     Barcelona, La Rambla/La Barceloneta


#36     Los Angeles, Airport Area


#37     Jacksonville, Downtown


#38     Asheville NC, Downtown/Biltmore Estates


#39     London, Mayfair/Soho


#40     San Juan PR


#41     Nashville, Downtown/Vanderbilt/Metro Center


#42     London, Hammersmith


#43     Napa, Sonoma


#44     Buffalo, Airport Area


#45     Seattle, Airport Area


#46     Vancouver, Downtown


#47     Miami, South Beach/Central


#48     Virginia Beach


#49     San Antonio, Riverwalk Area


#50     Las Vegas, Las Vegas Strip West


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