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Metro Detroit’s Most Popular Vacation Destinations

Orlando welcomed more passengers from Detroit than any other city last fall, and it’s not the only Sunshine State destination to top the list. Miami came third, followed by Fort Myers at No. 7 and Tampa at No. 8.

Florida, of course, has long attracted snowbirds and vacationers from the Midwest. But there were even more during the pandemic, as northerners flocked to states with warmer climates more conducive to outdoor gatherings (and often with looser restrictions).

Detroit’s other top destinations last fall and winter were New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, DC and Phoenix.

No matter where you end up, flying through DTW is, apparently, a relatively pleasant experience (or at least the best of several evils). Air traveler satisfaction is down across the country as passenger volumes approach pre-pandemic levels and airlines grapple with labor shortages. But among airports of its size, DTW tied for third place in the latest North American airport customer satisfaction rankings by Troy-based JD Power.

Here is the full list of DTW’s top 25 destinations last fall:

  1. Orlando
  2. New York
  3. miami
  4. Vegas
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Atlanta
  7. Fort Myers
  8. Tampa
  9. CC
  10. Phoenix
  11. Dallas-Fort Worth
  12. Boston
  13. Houston
  14. San Francisco
  15. Chicago
  16. Nashville
  17. San Diego
  18. Charlotte
  19. philadelphia cream
  20. Seattle
  21. Austin
  22. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  23. New Orleans
  24. Raleigh/Durham
  25. Salt Lake City

Rankings are based on a 10% sample of non-DTW domestic air passengers from October 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Destination cities include nearby airports.