Survey finds out what Americans will be doing this Memorial Day

Survey finds out what Americans will be doing this Memorial Day
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POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 8:30am

UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 8:34am

With Memorial Day fast approaching, TripAdvisor announces the results of its Memorial Day and summer travel survey that uncovers what people are doing and where they will be going next weekend and this summer.

Memorial Day Travel

Nearly 1/3 of Americans will be traveling for Memorial Day next week. More than half (56 percent) will be driving to their destination and the majority will be hitting the road on Friday, May 24.

In fact, 93 percent of travelers said they will not be affected by gasoline prices with the average national gas price being $3.60, down $.15 from last year and $.36 from 2011.

As the majority of drivers will be traveling between 100 and 200 miles (29 percent), the most popular Memorial Day activities include:
1. Attending a cookout or BBQ
2. Shopping
3. Swimming
4. Hiking
5. Attending a festival or fair

Summer Travel

More people will be traveling this summer. 86 percent are planning a summer trip, up by 7 percent from last year:
1. 74 percent will be traveling by car
2. 64 percent will be flying
3. 11 percent will take the train

5 Most Popular Types of Summer Vacations
1. Ocean escape
2. City vacation
3. Countryside getaway
4. National park
5. Lake destination

Most Popular Summer Destinations
1. New York City
2. Boston
3. Washington D.C.
4. San Francisco
5. Chicago

Top Summer Activities
1. Shopping
2. Swimming
3. Enjoying a museum
4. Visiting a national or state park
5. Attending a BBQ or cookout

Favorite Summer Food Indulgences
1. 33 percent said they would splurge on ice cream
2. 13 percent will reach for a Lobster
3. 9 percent look forward to fried seafood

Top Summer Beverages
1. 15 percent will drink margaritas
2. 12 percent will have beer
3. 9 percent will enjoy iced tea


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