Always surprised when you arrive on vacation and meet people from back home? We let our Travel Hacker Data do the talking to determine which flight destinations are most popular by state this summer, so you can either follow the crowds or find some peace elsewhere. All in all, over half of U.S. states chose Las Vegas as their #1 destination, so it doesn’t look like that infamous desert heat is scaring travelers off this summer. And for those of you with strong state loyalty, take a look at which city you’re most likely to run into your neighbors and see how much it’ll cost you to join in on the fun.
Most Popular Summer Destinations by State:
Sin City clocked in as the most popular summer destination for 28 states – no better time to head west and soak in those desert rays.
This amusement park mecca popped for 4 states this summer. Nothing says family fun quite like roller coasters and cotton candy.
With an extensive list of free arts, music, entertainment and food festivals to choose from, it’s no wonder that this Green City topped the list for 4 different states.
L.A. also topped the charts for 4 states this summer. Pack your finest muscle tee and blend in with the locals at Santa Monica Pier or check out the Friday night wine tastings at Barnsdall Art Park – tres hipster.
Nothing says summer more than a day at the ballpark. 3 states agreed that the iconic Fenway Park is the perfect place to grab a hot dog and a beer and relax with America’s favorite pastime.
Parked on the Pacific, the Emerald City is most popular for 2 states and a great place to find lush scenery, beautiful parks, and quirky culture. Enjoy a cup of infamous coffee and check out local music, museums, and galleries.
Perfect for any history buff, our nation’s capital is the most popular destination for 2 states. Spend a sunny afternoon on the National Mall or pop into the Smithsonian for some fresh new facts to share at the dinner table.
Who says a trip to the Big Apple needs to be expensive? Looks like Arkansans will enjoy saving on free parades, festivals, concerts and movie screenings all summer long in NYC. For some prime sightseeing, get a birds-eye view of the city with a stroll on the Highline.
New Hampshirites are sure to enjoy an action-packed getaway in the Queen City. For your daily dose of thrill, drop by the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway right in time for race season. And if racing isn’t your thing, head on over to Carowinds amusement park.
With a little practice (and a lot of lessons) Nevadans will be surfing like the locals in this tropical paradise. And when the sun goes down, hop on one of the sunset canoe tours for some Insta-worthy photos.
The alphabetical rundown by state:
|Home State||Most Popular Destination||Median Airfare|
|Arkansas||New York, New York||$344|
|California||Las Vegas, Nevada||$140|
|Colorado||Las Vegas, Nevada||$164|
|Washington D.C.||Los Angeles, California||$398|
|Florida||Las Vegas, Nevada||$331|
|Georgia||Las Vegas, Nevada||$278|
|Hawaii||Los Angeles, California||$502|
|Iowa||Las Vegas, Nevada||$246|
|Idaho||Las Vegas, Nevada||$156|
|Illinois||Las Vegas, Nevada||$269|
|Indiana||Las Vegas, Nevada||$230|
|Kansas||Las Vegas, Nevada||$211|
|Kentucky||Las Vegas, Nevada||$424|
|Louisiana||Las Vegas, Nevada||$395|
|Massachusetts||San Francisco, California||$434|
|Maryland||Las Vegas, Nevada||$222|
|Michigan||Las Vegas, Nevada||$331|
|Minnesota||Las Vegas, Nevada||$268|
|Missouri||Las Vegas, Nevada||$230|
|Mississippi||Las Vegas, Nevada||$448|
|Montana||Las Vegas, Nevada||$219|
|North Carolina||Boston, Massachusetts||$213|
|North Dakota||Denver, Colorado||$332|
|Nebraska||Los Angeles, California||$324|
|New Hampshire||Charlotte, North Carolina||$239|
|New Jersey||Orlando, Florida||$286|
|New Mexico||Seattle, Washington||$281|
|New York||Las Vegas, Nevada||$406|
|Ohio||Las Vegas, Nevada||$271|
|Oklahoma||Las Vegas, Nevada||$239|
|Oregon||Las Vegas, Nevada||$206|
|Pennsylvania||Las Vegas, Nevada||$323|
|Rhode Island||Orlando, Florida||$226|
|South Carolina||Las Vegas, Nevada||$497|
|South Dakota||Las Vegas, Nevada||$279|
|Tennessee||Las Vegas, Nevada||$370|
|Texas||Las Vegas, Nevada||$233|
|Utah||Los Angeles, California||$179|
|Washington||Las Vegas, Nevada||$268|
|West Virginia||Las Vegas, Nevada||$537|
* For queries conducted on US + CA locales with US + CA origins for summer travel dates [05/22/2015 through 09/07/2015] and search dates through 05/21/15, most popular destination based on search share broken down by origin state.