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Chicago, London are big draws for Memorial Day 2011
Tags: blog index, chicago, london, memorial day, priceline.com, royal wedding

Chicago’s tony North Michigan Avenue is the most popular destination for Memorial Day 2011, according to priceline.com’s annual survey of the 50 top destinations for the holiday that traditionally kicks off the summer travel season. In the nine years that priceline.com has published the list, Chicago has taken the top spot four times, tying the record set by Las Vegas in 2009.

 
Priceline.com’s Memorial Day Top 50 list is based on actual hotel room booking requests made by priceline.com Name Your Own Price® hotel service customers for the upcoming holiday period. Because the survey is based on booking requests, and not on consumer preference polls or votes, priceline.com believes its annual survey is one of the more accurate predictors of holiday travel trends.   
 
Another winner on the Memorial Day list this year is London. Last year, no overseas cities were on the priceline.com list. This year, three London neighborhoods (Westminster, Mayfair/Soho and Hammersmith) made the list, while Rome and Barcelona each were listed once. UK tourism clearly got a big boost by all that TV coverage of the Royal Wedding.  Be sure to check out this guide to seeing London on a budget.
 
An American tradition made it back onto priceline.com’s top Memorial Day destinations list after a long absence. Indianapolis, home of the Indy 500 auto race, came in at #24 this year. 2006 was the last time Indy appeared among priceline.com’s top Memorial Day destinations.
 
With almost three weeks to go before Memorial Day, there’s still plenty of time to get a deal on an airline ticket, hotel room, vacation package, rental car or even a cruise by visiting http://www.priceline.com. For special travel bargains, visit PriceBreakers http://www.priceline.com/pricebreakers, priceline.com’s last-minute deals service, which is updated daily. Travelers who choose priceline.com’s Name Your Own Price® option can save up to 60% on hotels, 50% on airline tickets and 40% on rental cars compared to published fares and rates.
 
The Priceline Top 50 Destinations List for Memorial Day 2011
 
#1        Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area
#2        Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place
#3        Las Vegas, Strip North
#4        New York City, Midtown West
#5        Chicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park Area
#6        Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South
#7        Providence, Downtown
#8        London, Westminster
#9        San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island
#10      New Orleans, French Quarter
#11      Miami, Downtown
#12      Ottawa
#13      Savannah, Historic District and Waterfront
#14      New York City, Times Square/Theater District
#15      Austin, Downtown
#16      St. Catharines, ON, Niagara Falls
#17      New York City, Upper East Side
#18      Toronto, Downtown Toronto South Area
#19      Las Vegas, Fremont Street Vicinity
#20      Rome, Central City
#21      San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf
#22      Boston, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall/Financial District
#23      Seattle, Seattle Center/Space Needle
#24      Indianapolis, Downtown
#25      Boston, Copley Square/Theater District
#26      Buffalo, Niagara Falls
#27      Monterey
#28      Baltimore, Inner Harbor/Downtown
#29      Atlantic City
#30      New York City, Midtown East
#31      Boston, Waterfront/Convention Center
#32      Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Marina Del Rey
#33      New York City, Downtown/Soho/Financial District
#34      Key West
#35      Barcelona, La Rambla/La Barceloneta
#36      Los Angeles, Airport Area
#37      Jacksonville, Downtown
#38      Asheville NC, Downtown/Biltmore Estates
#39      London, Mayfair/Soho
#40      San Juan PR
#41      Nashville, Downtown/Vanderbilt/Metro Center
#42      London, Hammersmith
#43      Napa, Sonoma
#44      Buffalo, Airport Area
#45      Seattle, Airport Area
#46      Vancouver, Downtown
#47      Miami, South Beach/Central
#48      Virginia Beach
#49      San Antonio, Riverwalk Area
#50      Las Vegas, Las Vegas Strip West
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