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Top 10 places to travel for Memorial Day 2014

DC Parade Horses hires_130527-A-AO884-180About 36.1 million Americans will be traveling during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year, according to AAA Travel projects.

Where will these travelers be headed?

To find out, I reviewed more than three dozen websites to determine what the top Memorial Day destinations are this year. My findings, with a brief description on why these 10 cities are hot for the holiday, are:

1. Washington, D.C. – History, a parade, concerts.

2. Las Vegas – Parties, shows, gambling.

3. Chicago – Art, architecture, a parade, fireworks, museums, history, food.

4. San Francisco – Military remembrances and sites, music, art, a carnival, walking tours, food.

5. New York City – Concerts, films, art, a parade, history, food.

6. Austin, Texas – Boating and other outdoor activities, music, festival.

7. Miami – Huge beach party, music, art, food.

8. Charleston, S.C. – Art, theater, jazz, history.

9. Boston – History, art, music.

10. Palm Springs – Summer activities, golf, art.

Other cities that were mention frequently include Providence, R.I.; Orlando, Fla.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Atlanta. One website also recommends Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia for a special Memorial Day Commemorative Program.

Another destination suggested is the Columbia Gorge, between Oregon and Washington states, for an Open House weekend of wine tasting at 30 wineries.

Cities dropping off my top 10 list of places to travel for Memorial Day from last year are Orlando, Seattle, and New Orleans. New on my 2014 list are Palm Springs, Austin, and Charleston.

For more information on some of the city celebrations, visit “12 Great Memorial Day Getaways” and “Memorial Day 2014: Top 10 Travel Destinations for the Holiday Weekend, According to Travelocity.”

Copyright 2014, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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