These Are the Most Popular Destinations for Summer 2024, According to Google Flights

Travelers are looking to explore both classic and new horizons this summer, according to Google Flights’ data on the top searched destinations. While London and Paris remain ever-popular, Tokyo has jumped up to become the third most sought-after summer destination, signaling growing wanderlust for the capital of Japan.

Top Overall Summer Destinations

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According to search data from Google Flights (via The Points Guy) for travel between June 1 and August 31, these are the hottest destinations for summer 2024:

  1. London, United Kingdom
  2. Paris, France
  3. Tokyo, Japan
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. New York City, USA
  6. Cancun, Mexico
  7. Orlando, Florida
  8. Las Vegas, Nevada

London takes the top spot, with an overwhelming number of searches for summer trips to the UK capital. The bucolic English summer and rich history make it an evergreen favorite.

Paris holds firm in the #2 position, buoyed by its incoming Olympics this year. But a surprise entry is Tokyo at #3 – the Japanese capital has vaulted from #8 last year amid growing interest in Japan Travels.

Top Domestic Destinations

When it comes to domestic US travel, beaches and cities remain immensely popular:

  1. New York City, New York
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada
  4. Seattle, Washington
  5. Los Angeles, California
  6. Miami, Florida
  7. Denver, Colorado
  8. Boston, Massachusetts

The Big Apple reigns supreme for urban getaways, while Orlando’s theme parks make it the family fun capital. Las Vegas continues to lure travelers with its unbeatable nightlife and entertainment.

On the west coast, Seattle provides a cool, laidback vibe, edging out the sunny LA lifestyle. Rounding out the list are the glitz of Miami Beach, the Rocky Mountain allure of Denver, and the historic charm of Boston.

Best for Families

Sunny beach destinations take the lead when it comes to popular family vacations:

  1. Turks and Caicos Islands
  2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  3. Jamaica
  4. Cancun, Mexico
  5. Aruba

The Turks and Caicos Islands’ sugar-sand beaches and clear waters put it at #1 for families. Closer to home, Myrtle Beach offers an affordable east coast getaway.

The all-inclusive resorts of Jamaica and Cancun provide hassle-free holidays, while Aruba’s dry climate is ideal for outdoor activities with kids.

Romantic Retreats for Couples

When it comes to romantic couple’s destinations, tropical islands and mountain retreats are the way to lovers’ hearts:

  1. Turks and Caicos Islands
  2. Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
  3. Maldives
  4. Cancun, Mexico
  5. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The Turks and Caicos Islands combination of seclusion and luxury once again makes it the top pick. The Poconos are a surprise at #2, with their woodsy resorts providing a cozy couples’ escape.

The over-water villas of the Maldives are a bucket-list splurge at #3, while Cancun and Gatlinburg cater to those wanting an easier/cheaper romantic vacation.

Top Solo Travel Spots

More people than ever are embracing the solo travel trend. The most popular destinations for independent globe-trotters are:

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. Japan
  3. Acadia National Park, Maine
  4. Turks and Caicos Islands
  5. Costa Rica

The tropical spirituality and affordable luxury of Bali tops the solo list, while Japan wows with its unique culture and Zen-like cities. For a closer-to-home nature escape, Maine’s Acadia National Park provides rugged coastal beauty.

The Turks and Caicos make another showing thanks to their safety and amenities, while Costa Rica offers a mix of adventure and relaxation.

Emerging Hot Spots

A few destinations saw a notable surge in searches compared to 2023, suggesting someup-and-coming places to watch:

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (new to Top 20)
  • Madrid, Spain (new to Top 20)
  • Athens, Greece
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • San Diego, California

Both San Juan and Madrid broke into the overall Top 20 most-searched summer destinations. The Greek capital Athens continued its meteoric rise on the heels of summer 2023’s tourism renaissance.

And warm-weather getaways like Fort Lauderdale and San Diego saw a spike in searches as travelers seek new places to beach-lounge in 2024.

With such an enticing array of locales, summer 2024 is shaping up to be an epic year for travel. Whether you prefer the urban delights of Tokyo, the romantic intimacy of the Maldives, or the outdoor splendor of Costa Rica, these Google Flight trends reveal a whole world of vacation possibilities awaiting you.

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