Holiday Travel Trends

NYE Travelers Continue Last Year's Trend of Flocking to Sunny Places

Hotwire Reveals the Top Ten Most Popular Destinations to Welcome 2014

Hotwire announced the top ten most popular destinations where revelers plan to ring in the New Year. With blizzards and cold fronts sweeping through the country, it's no surprise that travelers are opting to start their 2014 in warmer weather destinations like Orlando, San Diego, Los Angeles and Miami, in addition to visiting well-known celebration cities like New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Orlando maintains its position as the most popular destination this year, followed by New York City in second and Las Vegas in third. Meanwhile, Chicago drops two spots to fourth, New Orleans jumps up five spots to fifth and San Francisco stays in sixth. Rounding out the second half of the list are San Diego (up one spot to seventh), London (down one spot to eighth), Los Angeles (staying in ninth) and Miami (down five spots to tenth).  

"New Year's Eve destinations like New York City and Chicago are naturally ever-popular, but the winter weather outlook is likely prompting many travelers to head south for some warmer weather celebrations," said Henrik Kjellberg, president of the Hotwire Group. "And more travelers should consider doing the same as many of these locales not only offer nicer weather, but also have travel costs that are below the more famous New Year's Eve destinations."

The 10 most popular New Year's destinations by hotel bookings, along with average nightly prices for each are as follows: 



Average Nightly Rates on Hotwire*


Orlando, Florida



New York City, New York



Las Vegas, Nevada



Chicago, Illinois



New Orleans, Louisiana



San Francisco, California



San Diego, California



London, England



Los Angeles, California



Miami, Florida


 *The 10 most popular New Year's destinations and average prices are based on hotel bookings made on onDecember 11, 2013, for travel between December 30, 2013 and January 2, 2014.

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