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Three Florida Cities Make AAA’s Top 10 List of Memorial Day Weekend Destinations

Fort Lauderdale snags No. 4, beats out Los Angeles and Miami

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Planning an escape this Memorial Day Weekend? You’re not alone. 

AAA estimates that 37.2 million Americans will slip away for the holiday weekend, marking the “highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years.” What’s more, about 33 million of those travelers will be driving to their destinations, an increase of 5.3 percent from 2014. 

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So, where’s everyone headed? The Sunshine State, of course. 

Based on AAA.com hotel bookings, the auto club group determined three Florida cities were among the top destinations for Memorial Day weekend. Orlando was named the top location (presumably, thanks in large part to the theme parks) followed by Fort Lauderdale at No. 4 and Miami at No. 7. Florida was the only state with three cities on the list. 

Florida is expected to see 1.9 million travelers — 1.7 million of whom will be on the roads. The good news is that average gas prices in the state are about $1 cheaper than they were last year. In fact, according to AAA, for many U.S. travelers, Memorial Day gas prices will be the lowest they’ve been in five years. 

Here are the top Memorial Day destinations: 

1. Orlando, Florida 

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 

4. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

5. Los Angeles, California 

6. Branson, Missouri

7. Miami, Florida

8. Phoenix, Arizona

9. Asheville, North Carolina 

10. Charleston, South Carolina 

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