Web Site: Chicago the No. 1 Destination for the 4th

July 03, 2010

Priceline.com released its 2010 survey of the 50 most-popular destinations in the country for the 4th of July weekend, and Chicago’s Millennium Park, Loop and Grant Park area made No. 1.

The survey is based on more than 30,000 actual hotel bookings made by credit card and not just a preference poll, which the web site believes makes this survey more accurate.

The Taste of Chicago festival draws crowds from all over the world.

Last year, New Orleans was the most popular July 4th destination among Priceline customers. Thanks to BP, downtown New Orleans fell to No. 26. Another favorite beach destination, Destin, Florida, dropped off the list entirely this year.

Last year, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Loop and Grant Park venues made the list at No. 3. The Taste of Chicago and the city’s three fireworks shows on July 4th have helped put us in the lead spot. Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue and River North Area made No. 5, and the Lincoln Park community is No. 37.

“With the economy forcing many smaller towns to cut back or eliminate their fireworks displays, the beneficiaries are the big cities, like Chicago, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., that traditionally put on elaborate July 4th events,” said Priceline.com’s Brian Elk.

Here is the list of top 50 Independence Day weekend destinations from Priceline.com.

#1 Chicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park Area

#2 St. Louis, Downtown

#3 Boston, Harbor Front/Aquarium

#4 Toronto, Downtown South

#5 Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area

#6 St. Catharines, Niagara Falls

#7 Washington, DC, White House/Downtown

#8 Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place

#9 Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South

#10 Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity North

#11 San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island

#12 Boston, Copley Square/Theater District

#13 Buffalo, Amherst

#14 Atlantic City/Cape May

#15 Montreal

#16 San Diego, Coastal Area

#17 New York City, Times Square/Theater District

#18 Monterey

#19 Myrtle Beach South

#20 Virginia Beach

#21 San Francisco, Union Square West/Nob Hill

#22 Las Vegas, Strip North

#23 Niagara Falls

#24 North Niagara Falls

#25 Milwaukee, Downtown

#26 New Orleans, Downtown

#27 San Antonio, Riverwalk Area

#28 New York City, Hell’s Kitchen

#29 Austin, Downtown

#30 Philadelphia, Downtown

#31 Washington, DC, Convention Center/Capitol Hill Area

#32 Savannah, Historic Savannah and Riverfront

#33 Newport (RI), Goat Island & Newport Beach

#34 San Diego, Point Loma/Shelter Island/Old Town

#35 Boston, Fenway Park Area

#36 Pittsburgh, Downtown

#37 Chicago, Lincoln Park

#38 San Diego, Mission Valley

#39 Atlanta, Buckhead Area

#40 Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe

#41 Ocean City (MD)

#42 Washington, DC, Georgetown/Foggy Bottom

#43 Key West

#44 Anchorage, South Anchorage/Airport

#45 Victoria (BC)

#46 Anchorage

#47 Vancouver (BC), Downtown

#48 Boston, North Cambridge/Arlington

#49 San Diego, Kearny Mesa/Mission Valley North

#50 New York City, Empire State Building Area

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