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New Orleans is most popular July 4th destination

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New Orleans, La. - New Orleans is tops when it comes to travel destinations for this year's July 4th weekend, according to the Priceline.com.  The travel company based its findings on hotel reservations made through its online reservation service. 

According to Priceline.com, the French Quarter edged out Chicago's tony North Michigan Avenue as the most popular 4th of July destination for 2013.  Last year's top destination, New York City's Midtown West, came in at #3 on this year's list of the top 50 travel destinations for the upcoming holiday.  For the first time, Paris neighborhoods took four spots on the Top 50 list.

The last time New Orleans came out on top was back in 2009.  In addition to tourists wanting to enjoy Fourth of July festivities in the city, New Orleans is also host to the ever growing Essence Festival, known as "the party with a purpose".  Essence is a four day music festival, held in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, drawing in music lovers from all around the world. 

Priceline.com also reports that the average domestic airfare for July is $402, which is 4.5% higher than last year.  The average international airfare for July is $886, or 4.2% above 2012, based on tickets booked over the past 30 days.  Looking ahead to August, the average domestic airfare is $362, or 4.3% higher than last year.  The average international airfare for August 2013 is $860, which is 3% above last year.

 

Priceline.com's Top 50 Destinations for July 4th 2013

 

#1           New Orleans, French Quarter

#2           Chicago, North Michigan Ave./River North Area

#3           New York City, Midtown West

#4           San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf

#5           Las Vegas, Strip North Area

#6           Oahu, Waikiki Beach Area

#7           Paris, Champs Elysees/Arc De Triomphe

#8           Paris, Opera Quarter East/Louvre Museum Area

#9           New York City, Upper East Side

#10         London, Westminster

#11         Orange County, Disneyland/Anaheim North

#12         San Diego, Coronado     

#13         Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South

#14         New York City, Times Square/Theater District

#15         Maui, Ka'anapali/Lahaina

#16         Portland, Downtown

#17         Chicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park Area

#18         St. Louis, Downtown

#19         Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place

#20         St. Catharines, Niagara Falls

#21         Washington, DC, White House/Downtown

#22         Montreal, Downtown/City Center

#23         Las Vegas, Fremont St. Vicinity

#24         San Diego, Downtown/Harbor Island

#25         San Francisco, Union Square East

#26         Buffalo, Niagara Falls

#27         Los Angeles, Downtown

#28         San Diego, Hotel Circle/Mission Valley West

#29         New Orleans, Downtown

#30         Boston, Boston Harbor Front/Aquarium

#31         Orlando, Downtown Disney/Lake Buena Vista

#32         Boston, Boston Common, Theater District

#33         Seattle, Seattle Center/Space Needle

#34         Chicago, McCormick Place/Medical District

#35         New York City, Midtown East

#36         Paris, Opera Quarter West/Jardin des Tuileries

#37         Vancouver, Downtown

#38         Hilton Head Island

#39         San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter/Convention Center

#40         Toronto, Downtown Toronto North

#41         New Orleans, New Orleans Airport Area

#42         Milwaukee, Downtown

#43         Virginia Beach

#44         Destin (FL)

#45         Paris, Eiffel Tower Area

#46         Ocean City (MD)

#47         San Diego, Point Loma/Shelter Island/Old Town

#48         Savannah, Historic Savannah and Riverfront

#49         London, Mayfair/Soho

#50         Charleston, Downtown

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