Memorial Day 2012: Atlantic City or Bust

By Andrea Charriez

Come May 25, Americans will don their favorite pair of white pants, slather on some SPF and head to…the Jersey Shore. The MTV cast won’t be taking residence at the Shore this summer, but Atlantic City, NJ is still attracting plenty of visitors.

Hotel searches for Atlantic City on KAYAK for Memorial Day weekend are up a whopping 94% from last year, as those in the Northeast hunt for a beach spot close to home (we’re sure the endless rows of casinos didn’t deter anyone, either). In fact, the resort city jumped from #10 to #3 year-over-year in our list of most searched hotel destinations.

Why Atlantic City, you wonder? Here are a few good reasons to hit the famous boardwalk this Memorial Day:

– Experience the highly-anticipated grand opening of Atlantic City’s newest resort, Revel Casino
– Tour the real haunts of the indomitable gangsters of the 1920s “Boardwalk Empire”-era Atlantic City
– Observe the 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic, the perfect pastime for golf enthusiasts (May 28-June 3, 2012)

Not feeling a trip down the Shore? Las Vegas, NV and New York, NY continue to rank as the #1 and #2 most searched hotel destinations overall.

Wherever you end up spending this Memorial Day weekend, remember to keep the sunscreen handy and fire up a grill.


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