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Beach Miami Two PeopleAbout 37.2 million Americans will be traveling during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year, according to AAA Travel.

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

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

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

4. Las Vegas – Parties, shows, gambling.

5. San Diego – Water views, food, theater, ceremonies.

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

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

8. Los Angeles – Festivals, museums, ceremonies, beaches, food.

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

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

Portland, Ore., New Orleans, and Seattle also were frequently mentioned.

If you’re vacationing at one of these spots, have a great time, especially if you get to enjoy the beach and sunshine.

Copyright 2015, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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