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Orbitz.com Serves Up Travel Alternatives Yielding Up To 35 Percent Savings To Top 10 Destinations This Memorial Day Weekend

As gas prices remain flat, Orbitz.com also recommends top driving destinations and average hotel rates by region for the holiday weekend Orbitz promo code 'GETHAPPY' saves customers 15 percent off hotel stays over Memorial Day weekend

CHICAGO, May 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gas prices remain steady, temperatures are finally on the rise after a rough winter and Americans are ready to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend. Orbitz.com predicts a healthy summer travel season this year, with 88 percent of Americans reporting they are taking a summer vacation in 2014, up 11 percent year-over-year, according to a recent survey. 1 The latest Orbitz Insider Index rounds up the best drive destinations by region for the holiday weekend along with options for those looking to travel to the top 10 hot spots on a budget.

"A quick Memorial Day getaway is deemed the unofficial start to the packed summer travel season, so most Americans want to get away but look for ways to cut corners on costs to save up for a bigger summer trip," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for Orbitz.com. "Memorial Day is a big drive holiday and trips tend to be closer to home. But for those that are planning on hopping a flight, a great way to save would be getting a hotel room in a slightly less popular area of the city or in a neighboring suburb."

The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas helps the destination take the number one spot again this Memorial Day, rounded out by Latin-American locales Cancun and Punta Cana at number two and three, respectively. Many of Orbitz.com Top 10 Memorial Day destinations, ranked based on hotel bookings, have stress-free access to cheaper neighborhoods just outside the city center. Looking outside of the destination-proper allows travelers to soak up the heart of the action – at a much more attractive price.

 
Top 10 Destinations Memorial Day Weekend 2014 2 Alternative Accommodations Neighborhoods/Suburbs Savings
Las Vegas, NV $146 East of Strip $126 14%
Cancun, Mexico $235 Playa Del Carmen $214 9%
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic $233 Cap Cana $158 32%
New York, NY $286 Madison Square Garden $247 14%
Chicago, IL $193 Millennium Park $186 4%
Orlando, FL $111 International Drive – Convention Center $96 14%
San Francisco, CA $212 Financial District – SOMA $198 7%
San Diego, CA $159 Mission Valley $109 31%
London, UK $275 Kensington – Chelsea $230 16%
Honolulu, HI $196 Oahu $128 35%

Top Drive Destinations by Region

With gas prices remaining steady, a road trip is many travelers' best bet for scoring an additional escape outside of their big summer vacations over the holiday weekend. Nearly one-third of Americans reported they were planning to consider a more budget-friendly destination closer to home as a cost-saving tactic.

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