Top 25 destinations for July 4, 2015

With gasoline prices expected to be over 80 cents a gallon less than last year, and the average domestic airfare down slightly (about $14 from 2014), July 4, 2015 is shaping up to be another budget-fr

Top 25 destinations for July 4, 2015

With gasoline prices expected to be over 80 cents a gallon less than last year, and the average domestic airfare down slightly (about $14 from 2014), July 4, 2015 is shaping up to be another budget-friendly getaway weekend. Some travelers may even have additional time off with many businesses closing on Friday, July 3, to get ahead start on the weekend.

Based on current hotel reservations made for the long weekend, priceline.com has released its annual list of the top 25 destinations for July 4, 2015. July 4th weekend average daily hotel rates (ADRs) have dropped year-over-year in 17 of the top 25 cities, and bargain hunters will no doubt gravitate to those destinations. Some of the biggest ADR drops include Montreal ($27/night drop), Las Vegas ($20/night drop), New Orleans ($20/night drop), and Paris ($37/night drop).

Perhaps it is all those folks flocking to the Windy City to help Blackhawks fans celebrate their Stanley Cup win, because Chicago is the #1 destination for July 4th 2015, according to priceline.com. Also toward the top of the list are #2 Las Vegas, #3 Washington, DC, #4 Orlando, and #5 San Diego.

“For travelers hitting the road this holiday weekend and not yet sure where or when they’ll be able to rest their head, the priceline.com app offers ultra-last-minute mobile deals in hotels across the country,” said priceline.com Travel Editor Brian Ek. “As Americans gravitate to cities and towns with the biggest and best fireworks displays, this year’s summer drivers have every advantage; access to mobile tools that allow them to prepare their trip ahead of time, but book at the very last minute depending on traffic and fatigue levels.”

Average Airfare for July 4th Weekend
2015
2014
Domestic
$382
$396
International
$871
$734

Average airfares were calculated on June 15th, and are based on the last 45 days of reservations.  Fares and availability can change at any time.

Best Bang for Your Buck Spots for July 4th 2015
Destination
2015 ADR
2014 ADR
Year-over-Year % Change
#1 Montreal
$122
$149
-18%
#2 Las Vegas
$100
$120
-17%
#3 Paris
$197
$234
-16%
#4 Rome
$135
$154
-12%
#5 Austin
$118
$131
-10%
#6 Myrtle Beach
$167
$185
-10%
#7 New Orleans
$224
$244
-8%
#8 Daytona Beach
$143
$154
-7%
2015 Hotel ADRs were calculated on June 15, and can change at any time.

Priceline.com’s Top 25 Destinations for July 4th 2015
Destination
2015 ADR
2014 Rank
2014 ADR
#1 Chicago, IL
$223
5
$151
#2 Las Vegas, NV
$100
1
$120
#3 Washington D.C.
$153
10
$135
#4 Orlando, FL
$109
7
$100
#5 San Diego, CA
$177
2
$174
#6 Orange County, CA
$127
9
$130
#7 New York City
$202
6
$202
#8 Seattle, WA
$161
12
$144
#9 New Orleans, LA
$224
3
$244
#10 LA/Central LA
$160
4
$129
#11 Atlanta, GA
$112
18
$102
#12 Vancouver, BC
$170
41
$140
#13 Miami, FL
$144
11
$144
#14 San Antonio, TX
$135
16
$111
#15 San Francisco, CA
$185
8
$180
#16 Virginia Beach, VA
$165
15
$161
#17 Dallas, TX
$93
34
$89
#18 St. Louis, MO
$135
14
$138
#19 St. Catharines, ON
$152
24
$146
#20 Nashville, TN
$156
25
$136
#21 Myrtle Beach, SC
$167
22
$185
#22 Houston, TX
$113
32
$97
#23 Atlantic City – Cape May
$167
13
$171
#24 Toronto, ON
$116
46
$113
#25 Boston, MA
$214
19
$198
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