The AAA has released its list of the most popular American travel destinations for the summer and West Coast attractions are ranking high on the tourist agenda. Honolulu, Hawaii is projected to be the second hottest tourist destination this summer, while Seattle, Alaska and Los Angeles also made the top 10 list.
Despite the recent spate of volcanic activity in Hawaii, Honolulu is slated to be the second most popular US destination for the summer. With sparkling white beaches and turquoise waters, the capital of the Aloha State will actually see an uptick in visitors from last summer, when it was ranked fourth on the AAA’s 2017 list. Maui also made the top ten list and is poised to become an even more popular tourist destination this summer.
Not all visitors want to enjoy semi-tropical weather. Anchorage, Alaska is the third most in-demand summer destination this year. The area’s beautiful national parks and unusual wildlife attract visitors from all over the country. The interior city of Fairbanks is also set to receive a large number of tourists, many of whom hope to raft and fish on local rivers.
The rainy city of Seattle comes in at number four on the list. With a bustling nightlife, world-famous food and good music, the city is a convenient hop skip and a jump away from top outdoor destinations like Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park. Seattle is also projected to see more visitors during Memorial Day than any other city in the country, barring Orlando.
The southern California cities of Los Angeles and Anaheim are the fifth most popular destination for American travelers this summer. The glitz and glamor of Hollywood and the shopping opportunities on Melrose Avenue and Rodeo Drive will continue to attract American tourists to the City of Angels throughout the hot summer months.