Chicago, San Diego Top Labor Day Destinations

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It’s shaping up to be another busy Labor Day travel weekend and, according to one study, Chicago and San Diego could be the busiest destinations in the country. That’s according to TurnKey Vacation Rentals, which analyzed Google searches to discover this year’s top Labor Day destinations in the United States

Last year, Americans headed for the hills Labor Day weekend, with the Rocky Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley among the top destinations, TurnKey said. This year, America’s “Second-City” is first, coming in as the top Labor Day destination. Holiday travelers on both coasts plan to hit their favorite sandy beaches, San Diego and Myrtle Beach. Also well represented on the top ten list, several coastal cities are the on the itinerary for many vacationers looking to get the best of both worlds.

Top Ten Labor Day Destinations 


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  1. Chicago, IL
  2. San Diego, CA
  3. Myrtle Beach, SC
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. Miami, FL
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Maui, HI
  8. Maine, ME
  9. Yosemite, CA
  10. Hilton Head, SC

Along with the most popular vacation destinations nationwide, Turnkey Vacation Rentals identified where travelers from each state will be headed. While national statistics show people traveling to far-away locations, such as Hawaii and Yosemite, individual state data suggests that many plan to make shorter treks for the long weekend.

Tennesseans, South Dakotans and Hawaiians are planning to keep their travel time short by visiting home state hot spots. On the other hand, it looks like Idahoans are ready for one last dose of tropical island paradise before winter sets in with Hawaii as their top search. They’re not the only ones; Hawaii was one of the top searches nationwide. 

To find the top 10 national Labor Day destinations, TurnKey Vacation Rentals compared how each destination performed on Google Trends from July 29 to August 9 in the United States and then broke down the data further to find out the top destinations state-by-state.

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