As Covid rules relax and travelers gear up to get back out into the world, the Independence Day long weekend is looking like the perfect time for a trip. So where is everyone going? Travel booking site Priceline has released data showing that after two years of coastal and regional holidays, travellers are keen to get back to the big cities. From the neon lights of Las Vegas to international destinations like London, Paris and Rome, here are the most popular spots for Fourth of July travel this year.
Top domestic destinations for Americans for Fourth of July travel
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas took out the top spot as the most popular travel destination for the Fourth of July weekend. Since travellers are excited to get back to the buzzing entertainment, dining, and culture of the world’s best cities, it makes sense that Las Vegas topped the list. While Sin City does have a reputation for its glittering nightclubs and casinos where slot machines and strobe lights reign supreme, there are also plenty of other fantastic and diverse experiences away from The Strip.
You’ll find intriguing galleries and art installations like Seven Magic Mountains, Aria Fine Art Collection, and the colourful murals in Downtown Las Vegas. There are also fascinating museums like the Neon Museum, famed as a neon sign boneyard. And if you’re drawn to the beauty of the Nevada desert, the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and Death Valley National Parks are both only a two-hour drive away.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
The Big Easy came in second on the list of top travel destinations for Americans for Fourth of July travel. And we know why. This vibrant city is the perfect place for a metropolitan getaway, complete with rich history, delicious cuisine, and gorgeous nature.
When you travel to New Orleans with Luxury Gold, you’ll kickstart your adventures when you check into the luxurious Ritz Carlton New Orleans, located in the French Quarter in a historic 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building.
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You’ll then join a Local Expert to explore the icons of The Big Easy, from the stunning architecture of the French Quarter to the lush green spaces of the Garden District and City Park. Discover the spirit of the city with a tour of Mardi Gras World. Visit the world-class National WWII Museum for an remarkably immersive expeirence. Or take a VIP tour of the mouthwatering Southern Food and Beverage Museum.
You’ll even get an exclusive tour on the Mississippi River Delta to hidden gems like the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, the alligator-dotted wetlands, and the charming “Islenos” fishing villages where you’ll enjoy a Bayou-side lunch of jambalaya or the catch of the day. Keep the foodie theme going and join a private cooking class and feast of classic Creole and Cajun dishes like gumbo and NOLA-style bananas foster.
The Fourth of July is all about letting your hair down for a weekend of fun with friends and family. And what better place to do that than sunny Orlando? The city is the home of theme parks, including the official happiest place on earth – Walt Disney World. Explore the Magic Kingdom or find something even more enchanting at Universal Orlando, where you can visit Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Traveling with kids? They’ll love the LEGOLAND Florida Resort and the Peppa Pig Theme Park.
If you can’t take another rollercoaster, there are plenty of other things to see and do like Lake Eola Park, Harry P. Leu Gardens, and the Orlando Science Center. Then head to Plant Street Market for beers, food, and entertainment in one space.
Chicago may be known as the Second City, but this great city is second to none. It’s one of the top destinations Americans are traveling to for Fourth of July, with world-class attractions at every turn. Walk along the Chicago riverfront and see the world’s largest digital art projection. Catch a game at Wrigley Field, one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the US. Head downtown and dive into a melting pot of live music, vibrant art, and world-class food and drink. From pretty parks to striking architecture to superb museums, there’s something for everyone in Chicago.
Hosting one of the most extravagant and sought-after fireworks displays in the world, it’s no wonder New York made the top five destinations for Fourth of July travel. But that’s not the only reason to visit the Big Apple this Independence Day. New York is a smorgasbord of bucket list-worthy experiences like the iconic Times Square, Central Park, Empire State Building and Broadway theatres. And that’s just the start. From all the world-class museums and galleries like the Met and the MoMA to the lively markets and restaurants of neighbourhoods like Greenwich Village and the seaside fun of Coney Island, you’ll need more than one weekend to glimpse the best of New York.
Top international destinations for Americans for Fourth of July travel
London, United Kingdom
Wondering where to travel for the 4th of July? What about a hop over the pond? International trips are on the cards again for the Independence Day weekend, especially since the US has dropped COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers entering the country. London has taken out the top spot for the most popular international destinations you can get there in just seven hours from New York. As you touch down in this legendary city, you’ll be met with an impressive blend of grand history and modern innovation.
Take a trip to London with Luxury Gold, and you’ll experience London Town at its regal best, with guided tours to see Big Ben, the the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. Go shopping at Harrods or see the masterpieces at the National Gallery. Try on the royal uniforms at the Household Cavalry Museum or experience a private tour of the Tower of London after the crowds have gone home. You’ll even stay at the exquisite Rubens at the Palace, a five-star hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace.
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They say Paris is always a good idea and Fourth of July travellers agree, since the city took out the second spot for the top international travel destinations this Independence Day. If you’re looking to spice up your Fourth of July weekend with a bit of romance in the City of Love, you’re almost guaranteed to have a good time.
When you travel Paris with Luxury Gold, you’ll join a Local Expert to see all the iconic sights from the Eiffel Tower and the Arch d’ Triomphe to the Ile de la Cite where Paris was founded. Get lost in the beautiful Parisian neighbourhoods like Montmarte, the Latin Quarter, or shop ‘til you drop in the high-end stores of the Champs Elysees.
Be sure to take advantage of your included Museum Pass and explore the likes of the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, or the neo-classical Pantheon. When you’re ready to put your feet up and indulge in fresh croissants, head straight to your luxurous five-star Hôtel du Louvre, set right next door to the Louvre and just down the street from the glamorous Opéra Garnier.
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All roads must really lead to Rome – at least on the Fourth of July weekend. The Eternal City takes third place on the list of the top destinations for Americans for Fourth of July travel. With everything from ancient wonders to unmatched culinary delights, Rome is on everyone’s to-do list.
Head to Rome with Luxury Gold and you’ll start your Italian adventures at the lavish Hotel Palazzo Montemartini set in the heart of the city. You’ll join a Local Expert to explore the extraordinary treasures of the Vatican like the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then dive into the ancient sites, from the magnificent Colosseum to the Roman Forum. You’ll even get to taste the best of the city with an elegant dinner Piazza della Rotonda, set right near the famous Pantheon.
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Coming in fourth on the list of top international travel destinations, Barcelona is a popular, yet perfect, choice for your Fourth of July weekend. This gorgeous city has everything from Gaudí’s enchanting masterpieces to leafy parks, sandy beaches, and some of the best tapas in Spain.
Travel to Barcelona with Luxury Gold and you’ll dive into the stunning architecture, seaside bliss, and culinary delights. Meet a Local Expert in the Gothic Quarter and stroll along medieval streets and squares, while gazing at the art nouveau buildings. Come face to face with Gaudí’s extraordinary Sagrada Família and admire the artist’s dreamy ceramics and panoramic city views at Park Güell on Carmel Hill. You’ll even have the chance to take a nighttime tour of Barcelona to see how the city comes alive after dark… And be sure to tuck into the finest seafood and cava Barcelona has to offer.
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While Europe dominates the top international travel destinations for the Fourth of July weekend, marvelous Montreal in Quebec rounds out the top five. Just a scenic six-hour drive or a snappy 1.5-hour flight from New York and you’ll land in this splendid city, famed for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and French-inspired food.
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When you travel to Montreal with Luxury Gold, we’ll take you on a tour of historic Old Montreal, dating back to the 17th century. Wander down cobblestone street and plazas and admire the charming architecture like the soaring, stained-glass Notre-Dame Basilica. Explore the famous Underground City or sample some local delicacies at Marche Jean Talon, Montreal’s famous farmers market.
If you want to get to know the creative side of Montreal, you can take a street art walking tour to see the colourful murals and learn about the artists of the city. Don’t miss Saint-Laurent Boulevard, the country’s most spectacular street art corridor. In the evening, we’ll take you to Gibbys, an old-world restaurant in a 200-year-old building dishing out delicious French cuisine. The historic beauty extends to your hotel too, as you’ll be staying at the luxurious Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Happy 4th of July!
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