The 5 most searched US destinations and attractions this summer

Now that Memorial Day is in our rearview mirror and the summer travel season is unofficially underway, Americans are eager to head out on a warm-weather vacation that many of us desperately need after two years of travel delays. travel due to COVID-19.

And, it seems that, despite skyrocketing airfare prices and record fuel costs, people are determined to get away from it all this summer, with travel demand showing no signs of abating.


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Curious minds might be curious about what US destinations and attractions Americans have their sights set on this season, the first summer since 2019 to promise a return-to-normal travel experience.

A new Nexstar report has revealed the top five domestic summer 2022 vacation spots sought after by US travelers. And, it looks like two different types of parks are dominating the scene this summer: national parks and theme parks. Below are the five most searched US destinations, according to Google data.

1. Yellowstone National Park

Among America’s most famous national parks, the protected wilderness of Yellowstone comprises 2.2 million acres located primarily in Wyoming, but also partially in Montana and Idaho. Filled with spectacular scenery and geological features like mountains, canyons, rivers and lakes, as well as more than half of the world’s geysers and hydrothermal features, this awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts millions of visitors every year.

Crowd of visitors watching 'Old Faithful' geyser erupt in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Crowd of visitors watching ‘Old Faithful’ geyser erupt in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (photo via Flickr/Yellowstone National Park; photo credit: Jim Peaco)

2. Glacier National Park

Dubbed the “Crown of the Continent,” this Montana wilderness preserve in the Rocky Mountains is an outdoor adventure seeker’s paradise, encompassing more than a million acres of pristine ecosystem, melting glaciers, alpine meadows, sculpted valleys and spectacular lakes. It also contains a number of historic hotels and cabins built in the early 20th century by the Great Northern Railway, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for visitors to explore.

Montana: Big Sky Country Exploration with Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks
Glacier National Park, Montana. (photo courtesy of Collettte)

3. Walt Disney World Resort

The sprawling Walt Disney World Resort, located just outside of Orlando, really needs no introduction. In 2019, the last “normal” year before the pandemic, combined annual attendance at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot theme parks reached 58,778,000 and would likely have continued to increase year on year. the other, but for COVID-19. Now that pandemic precautions have been set aside and the parks are once again operating at normal capacities, it makes sense for Disney fans to return to Disney World for a vacation. family fun.

View of Magic Kingdom park in Florida.
View of Magic Kingdom park in Florida. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort)

4. Lake Tahoe

Stretching across the border from Northern California to Nevada, Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest alpine lake, surrounded on all sides by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tourists take advantage of its outdoor recreation opportunities and beautiful natural scenery all year round, as well as the offerings of several lakeside casinos. SFGate wrote in 2020 that about 10 million people visit Lake Tahoe each year, twice as many as those who visited Yosemite National Park, another northern California wilderness area hugely popular among tourists.

Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe
Panoramic view of Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe. (photo via Julie Pusateri/Getty Images)

5. Hershey Park

In fifth place is Hersheypark, a family-friendly theme park in Hershey, Pennsylvania, founded in 1906 by Milton Hershey of the Hershey Chocolate Company. Attractions include classic family-style rides, roller coasters, a water park, and a zoo; as well as Hershey’s Chocolate World next door, a visitor center with shops, restaurants, and a chocolate-themed walking tour.

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Hersheypark from above. (photo via Paulo Ordoveza/Wikimedia Commons)

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