SUMMER’S TOP 10 U.S. DESTINATIONS FOR SINGLES
If your plan this summer is to finally find that special someone, choose a sizzling city as your summer vacation destination. Travelocity teamed up with Match.com to see if singles were traveling and where they were headed this summer.
63 percent of singles on Match.com report they love to travel, especially in the summer months. So where are they headed? Travelocity travel experts analyzed summer travel booking data and found that the majority of singles were headed to the nation’s major metropolitan cities this summer.
1. Las Vegas
It’s probably no surprise that Sin City comes in at the number-one singles destination this summer. You could spend all your time gambling of course, but then you’d be missing out on the red-hot pool scene for which Las Vegas hotels are famous. If you’re on a budget, great news: Las Vegas has some of the cheapest room rates of any destination in the U.S. this summer.
Pool at the Wynn Las Vegas (photo courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas)
2. New York City
It’s hot. It’s humid. But it’s also brimming with beautiful people. Pack a picnic for Central Park and feast your eyes on all the sunbathers, or spend the day people watching from a sidewalk café. Great news: New York City hotels are less expensive in the summer than many other times of year.
Central Park (photo courtesy of NYC & Company)
3. Los Angeles
There’s more to Los Angeles than celebrities. There are also many aspiring celebrities. Because of the city’s sprawl, you’ll have to decide in advance for what kind of mate you’re looking. If it’s the surfer type, Los Angeles hotels in Santa Monica and vicinity – think Malibu, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo beaches — are where you want to set up shop. For a sugar daddy / mama, head to L.A.’s Westside which includes the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
This Washington city is famous for rain, coffee and the grunge rock movement, but for singles looking for love, it also helps to have a love of the outdoors. From kayaking to mountain hiking and biking, some of Seattle’s most attractive offerings – and perhaps people – are actually found outside the city center.
Seattle jogger (photo courtesy of Tim Thompson, Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau)
5. San Francisco
The City by the Bay is known for its many outlandish residents, so if you’re looking for the cookie-cutter type, this probably isn’t the place for you. If, however, you love free thinkers, abundant restaurants specializing in locally grown food and cultural attractions galore, it’s time to book a San Francisco vacation. Body not quite bikini ready? Not to worry — the average temperature rarely tops the mid-60s in the summer months.
Cable car at night (photo courtesy of Mark Gibson, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau)
6. Washington, D.C.
If you’re a sucker for a man — or gal — in a suit, this is the place for you. Though the city has a fantastic arts scene, the majority of people you’re likely to meet work for the government and will sport the buttoned-up look, at least during the work week. Your hunt for Mr. or Mrs. Right should hone in on happy hour, the time when D.C bars are most likley to be filled with young professionals before they head home to the city’s outskirts where the majority live.
Proof (photo courtesy of Destination DC)
If your soul mate is someone more likely found on a hiking trail than on a bar stool, choose the Denver area for your summer escape. The city makes the perfect home base for easy day trips to the nearby Rocky Mountains. Though famous for skiing, ask any local why they chose the nearby mountains as their home and they’re likely to say it’s because if the incredible summers and hiking, biking, golf and rafting opportunities they offer.
Bikers (photo courtesy of Vist Denver)
The Midwest may not be famous for its beaches, but it just so happens to be home to one of the loveliest – and largest – lakes in the land. And it’s on the shores of Lake Michigan where you’re likely to find Windy City singles this summer, bronzing their bods on Oak Street Beach after some retail therapy on nearby Magnificent Mile.
Chicago beach (photo courtesy of City of Chicago / GRC)
Come summer, all those college kids head home and the median age of the city rises, especially with the influx of tourists. Boston vacations, like the tourists they attract, run the gamut, from historical to cultural to cosmopolitan to raucous. If you’re looking for a love in their low-to-mid twenties, stake out the bars in the Faneuil Hall area; for a slightly more mature crowd with deeper pockets, set up shop in Back Bay.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace (photo courtesy of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau)
10. San Diego
If it’s surprising that the home of SeaWorld and a world-famous zoo is also a hotbed for single travelers, maybe it shouldn’t be. With some of the world’s loveliest weather and 70 miles of beautiful beaches on which to enjoy it, perhaps it’s no surprise San Diego vacations are popular with every kind of traveler. Come nightfall, head downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter for lounges and rooftop hotel bars.
Pacific Beach (photo courtesy of San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau)
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My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.
How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.
Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.
Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.
First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.
First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.
Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.
My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.