Where do Americans plan to wrap up the summer of 2007? Chicago tops the list of the most popular cities for the Labor Day weekend for the second consecutive year, followed by New York City and Atlanta, according to discount travel authority Hotwire.com(TM). For Americans still unsure of where to celebrate the last holiday of the summer, there are plenty of travel deals to help them get away without breaking the bank.
The Top 10 Labor Day weekend destinations, according to hotel bookings on Hotwire.com, include (2006 rankings in parentheses):
1. Chicago, Illinois (1) 6. San Francisco, California (5)
2. New York City, New York(18) 7. New Orleans, Louisiana (21)
3. Atlanta, Georgia (4) 8. Las Vegas, Nevada (13)
4. St. Louis, Missouri (12) 9. San Diego, California (3)
5. Boston, Massachusetts (6) 10. Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Virginia (34)
Other popular big city destinations include Los Angeles (11) and the nation's capital, Washington, DC (12). Two Canadian cities -- Montreal (14) and Toronto (16) -- are drawing their share of visitors for a final summer hurrah.
"Big cities offer some of the greatest values to travelers this Labor Day, when more hotel vacancies make it possible to stay in a four-star hotel at a two-star price," said Barbara Messing, vice president and travel expert at Hotwire. "Travelers can take their pick of affordable entertainment, too -- from colorful parades and national monuments to gorgeous parks and beaches. Big cities are a big draw for value-conscious Americans."
Events attracting travelers to the cities include Chicago's famed annual Jazz Festival as well as a fireworks spectacular at the Navy Pier. New York City puts on the annual West Indian American Day Carnival, a festive celebration and parade that attracts millions of spectators. Atlanta hosts Atlanta Black Gay Pride, the world's largest celebration of its kind.
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