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Discover the 5 most searched summer travel destinations in the United States

(NEXSTAR) – With Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer behind us, travelers across the country are busy planning their vacations, despite skyrocketing gas prices and exorbitant flight prices.

So what US summer travel attractions are pandemic-weary Americans looking for in 2022?

National parks and theme parks dominate the top five, according to Google:

1. Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful geyser erupts in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on June 11, 2019. – Old Faithful has erupted every 44 to 125 minutes since 2000. (DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)

2. Glacier National Park

The mountain range and forest surrounding Grinnell Glacier Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana. (File/Getty)

3. Disney World

In this photo provided by Disney Parks, a view of the fireworks, holiday lights and marching band at Cinderella’s Castle during a taping of Disney Parks Presents a Disney Channel Holiday Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort on Nov. 05 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

4. Lake Tahoe

A file photo shows a white sand beach around Lake Tahoe in the Serra Nevada Mountains, which straddle the California-Nevada border. (Getty)

5. Hershey Park

A view of an immersive amusement park experience with Pepsi Pop Star at Hersheypark on July 28, 2021 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Pepsi)

Holiday weekend trips bring crowds, delays

If Memorial Day weekend itself was any sign of what’s to come in the summer of 2022, travel insurance might be worth considering.

US airlines canceled more than 2,800 flights from Thursday to Monday, or about 2% of their schedules, according to tracking service FlightAware.

Delta Air Lines, generally among the top performers, had the worst record among major carriers with more than 800 flights canceled in a five-day period.

“It was a chance for the airlines to show that the delays of last summer would not be repeated this summer, and yet it was not to be,” said Helane Becker, analyst for banking firm Cowen. . She blamed the disruptions on bad weather, air traffic control delays, airline crew members calling in sick and long security lines at some airports.

“We are expecting a busy summer and are concerned about the industry’s ability to handle demand,” Becker said.

Various forecasts of a high number of travelers over the weekend proved to be correct. The Transportation Security Administration reported screening more than 11 million people at airport checkpoints Thursday through Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.