When it comes to where Americans choose to travel, tastes vary widely depending on where travelers reside.
This fall, we asked Expedia to compile some data for us about where people from each state travel to the most. The travel-booking site analyzed flight demand from July 2017 through June 2018, and the results showed that regardless of which state we live in, we are primarily domestic travelers, and we often stay close to home, traveling within our own state or to a nearby one.
But that was where a lot of the similarities ended; there were some notably different results by state and region. For instance, a couple of international destinations did make the list—Mexico was a top-three destination among North Dakotans and New Jersey residents, and Ireland was the leading destination for travelers from Delaware.
And there were some other interesting findings as well. Florida revealed itself to be very popular among those who live on the East Coast—it made it in the top-three destinations in 10 out of 11 East Coast states. Los Angeles and Las Vegas were the dominant destinations among western states. Southerners seem to have a thing for big cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. And, in the Midwest, warm weather and mountain destinations reigned supreme. Below, we compiled the top three destinations by state, based on the Expedia findings.
The West sticks to the West
In the western states, there were a few notable top spots farther afield, including New York and Chicago, but the vast majority of the preferred destinations were located in the West. Some may say that given the good weather, bounty of beaches, and great ski resorts, it’s with good reason, while others may think westerners could stand to expand their boundaries a bit.
Alaska – Seattle, Anchorage, Portland
Arizona – Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles
California – Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York
Colorado – Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York
Hawaii – Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco
Idaho – Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix
Montana – Denver, Portland, Seattle
Nevada – Los Angeles, New York, Chicago
New Mexico – Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle
Oregon – Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas
Utah – San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas
Washington – Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas
Wyoming – Denver, Dallas, Seattle
The South loves the big cities
Who knew that southerners were such city-loving folk? But truly, when you look at the list below, it is dominated by the country’s major urban hubs.
Alabama – New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C.
Florida – Newark, New York, Boston
Georgia – New York, Chicago, Los Angeles
Kentucky – Washington, D.C., New York, Denver
Louisiana – Los Angeles, New York, Chicago
Mississippi – Washington, D.C., Dallas, Denver
North Carolina – New York, Boston, Newark
South Carolina – Washington, D.C., Newark, New York
Tennessee – New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas
Texas – Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago
Virginia – Orlando, New York, Chicago
West Virginia – Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, New York
The Midwest seeks out warmer climes
Given the notoriously brutal Midwest winters, it perhaps comes as little suprise to see destinations such as Orlando, Phoenix, Miami, Vegas, and Cancun cropping up on this list. Midwesterners are known for flocking to the sun, and who could blame them? And there also may be some avid skiers and snowboarders in the bunch, with Denver having made the top three for several Midwestern states.
Arkansas – New York, Chicago, Las Vegas
Illinois – New York, Los Angeles, Orlando
Indiana – Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco
Iowa – Phoenix, Orlando, Denver
Kansas – Orlando, Dallas, Seattle
Michigan – Orlando, New York, Miami
Minnesota – Phoenix, Orlando, Las Vegas
Missouri – Denver, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles
Nebraska – Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles
North Dakota – Denver, Las Vegas, Cancun
Ohio – Orlando, Las Vegas, New York
Oklahoma – Orlando, Los Angeles, Seattle
South Dakota – Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego
Wisconsin – Orlando, Phoenix, Las Vegas
Are people on the East Coast a hardcore, theme park–loving bunch? The data showed them flocking to Orlando en masse. Sure, they are hitting up Miami, Tampa, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Atlanta, too, but Orlando was the top destination in seven out of 11 East Coast states.
Connecticut – Orlando, Tampa, Washington, D.C.
Delaware – Dublin, Boston, Raleigh
Maine – New York, Orlando, Washington, D.C.
Maryland – Orlando, Atlanta, Los Angeles
Massachusetts – Orlando, Los Angeles, Chicago
New Hampshire – Washington, D.C., Fort Myers, Orlando
New Jersey – Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Cancun
New York – Orlando, Miami, Los Angeles
Pennsylvania – Orlando, Los Angeles, Atlanta
Rhode Island – Orlando, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale
Vermont – New York, Washington, D.C., Tampa