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These are the most popular US travel destinations according to Priceline

The 4th of July is fast approaching and this year 47.9 million people are expected to travel. If you’re as curious as I am, you might be wondering where all these people are going. Thankfully, Priceline has done some research to determine the top destinations Americans will be traveling to this Independence Day and the average price to stay in those cities.

With the price of fuel and flights hitting an all-time high this summer, we’re sad to say that according to Priceline, we’re also seeing an 18% increase in the average cost of hotels over last year.

Popular destinations and skyrocketing hotel room prices for the 4th of July don’t seem to have much in common, but they do. According to Priceline, Las Vegas, Nevada is the most popular travel destination in the United States for vacations. But of the top five destinations provided by Priceline, can you guess which one had the cheapest hotel room? Yes, it’s also Vegas. Hotel rooms in the casino-populated city average around $172 a night.

Most popular hotel destinations for July 4, 2022

  • Las Vegas, Nevada ($172)
  • New Orleans, LA ($390)
  • Orlando, Florida ($213)
  • Chicago, IL ($249)
  • New York, NY ($263)

Another interesting finding is that after years of travel focusing on traveling to less populated areas, people are starting to consider bigger cities again. Priceline Chief Product Officer Kevin Heery said Travel + Leisure“Travelers are excited to return to major metros such as Las Vegas, Chicago and New York to experience the culture, entertainment and restaurants that big cities have to offer.”

Although big cities are once again dominating travel trends, there are a few small towns popular among travelers that also offer more affordable stays. According to Priceline, cities like Dallas and Houston take the cake, with average hotel rates as low as $133 and $135.

Most affordable hotel destinations for July 4, 2022

  • Dallas, TX ($133)
  • Houston, TX ($135)
  • Charlotte, NC ($148)
  • Kissimmee, Florida ($151)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada ($172)

Janae Price is an editor at Thrillist. She’s originally from New York and loves all things cheese, K-pop, and culture. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @janae_larie.