AAA Travel Reveals Top U.S. and International Summer Vacation Spots


Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and AAA Travel is right on cue in revealing lists of the top summer vacation destinations in both the U.S. and worldwide.

The rankings for both lists, which are based on AAA hotel bookings, are as follows:

Top 10 U.S. Destinations:

1. Orlando, Florida

2. Miami, Florida

3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

4. Honolulu, Hawaii

5. Tampa, Florida

6. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

7. Los Angeles, California

8. South Padre Island, Texas

9. San Diego, California

10. Branson, Missouri


According to AAA’s rankings, beach destinations – specifically Floridian beach destinations – are extremely popular this year. The Sunshine State boasts four of the top six domestic destinations, led by the Theme Park Capital of the World in Orlando. Two other famous American beach destinations, Myrtle Beach and Honolulu, made the top six. What’s more surprising, however, is the popular family vacation spot (but often overlooked region) of Branson, Missouri.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

The Top 10 International Summer Destinations follow a different trend:

1. Cancun, Mexico

2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

3. London, England

4. Rome, Italy

5. Montego Bay, Jamaica

6. Dublin, Ireland

7. Paris, France

8. Vancouver, British Columbia

9. Nassau, Bahamas

10. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

AAA Travel’s hotel booking data shows that coastal destinations are generally favored, but beaches have more competition from renowned European cities like London, Paris and Rome.

“Now is an excellent time for travelers to plan and book their dream vacations to Europe, as favorable exchange rates make popular European destinations more affordable than in recent years,” said AAA senior vice president of travel and publishing Bill Sutherland. “After a harsh winter, Americans are also heading to warm weather destinations to enjoy the theme parks of Orlando and beach destinations across the U.S. and Caribbean.”

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