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Top Domestic Destinations — Maui, Orlando, Las Vegas

Maui, Hawaii, USA

 

Hawaii is a dream destination for many travelers, and it’s the top domestic vacation spot for fall 2017, according to a new survey of travel professionals. 

Travel Leaders Group polled 1,107 of its U.S.-based travel agency owners, managers and frontline agents for its Fall Travel Trends Survey. The results, based on bookings for the remainder of 2017, rank the Hawaiian island of Maui at number one, at 31.8%. Orlando is second at 30.3%; followed by Las Vegas, 24.2%; New York City, 24%; and an Alaska cruise, 23%.

Maui, which also ranked number one in 2016, is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Known as the “Valley Isle,” it offers breathtaking scenery along the winding Hana Highway, as well as dramatic sunrises and sunsets from the dormant Haleakala volcano. From November 20 through December 24, check out the work of Maui artists at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, located at the grand and historic Kaluanui Estate, which celebrates its centennial this year. 

Cher, Elton John, Celine Dion, Reba McEntire, and Brooks & Dunn are some of the entertainers who are gracing Las Vegas stages this fall. But there’s plenty to do outside the city, too—Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel built during the Great Depression, is just a 45-minute drive. A mere few miles west of Las Vegas is the Red Rock Canyon. You can view its natural beauty during a 13-mile Scenic Drive or go hiking or biking. 

Orlando’s theme parks make the city a popular destination for travelers of all ages. At Walt Disney World, the Epcot International Wine & Food Festival will be going on through the middle of November. The holiday season starts in November with the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, nighttime parades, and fireworks, as well as Epcot’s International Yuletide Extravaganza. Disney World’s newest attraction, Pandora—The World of Avatar, continues to offer a thrilling 3D ride and a journey through the rainforest. 

Fall in New York City means Christmas markets and ice skating rinks are open for the season. Markets at Bryant Park, Columbus Circle, and Grand Central Station all offer lots of holiday shopping. Fall also marks a new season of cultural offerings in music, art, dance, and theater. Highlights include an exhibit that takes visitors through the world of the TV series “Downton Abbey” and a show at the Museum of Modern Art on iconic fashions from the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The Alaska cruise season ended in September, but it’s not too early to start thinking about 2018. Among the new ships setting sail will be Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss, embarking on seven-day trips from Seattle beginning in June. Passengers can take in Alaska’s stunning glaciers from a 180-degree Observation Lounge and zip around hairpin turns on the largest racetrack at sea. Accommodations range from connecting staterooms for families to studios for solo travelers.

For help planning a fall getaway anywhere across the country or around the world, contact Travel Leaders COS at 800-273-0793, locally 719-597-0004, or send us an email at info@TravelLeadersCOS.com.

© Travel Leaders Group