Cities Are Hot Vacation Destinations This Summer, Survey Shows

New York is among the top-10 city destinations for travelers this summer, according to a recent survey.

About 6.8 million tourists are expected to flock to the city out of a total of 104 million who plan to travel to a U.S. city this summer – about a 3 percent increase over last year, according to a survey done by the non-profit public transportation advocate group The American Public Transportation Association.

New York was ranked No. 3 on the list, behind Chicago and Washington, D.C.

About 57 percent of out-of-towners plan to use public transportation during their travels to save money and avoid the stress of finding parking, according to the survey, “Travel Like a Local.”  

Forty-two percent of city vacationers will use public transportation to sightsee, 31 percent will take a train or bus when dining or heading out for a night on the town and 28 percent will use it for shopping.  

Twenty-nine percent will travel to and from their place of lodging, and 28 percent will use public transportation to travel to and from the airport during their visit, the survey found.

Travel experts also note that Americans will be staying closer to home this year.  

The cities with the most visitors include Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston and Atlanta.

The survey was includes 1,007 interviews using a sample of both landline and cell phone numbers. The margin of error is +/- 3.2 percentage points.