Weekend tourism in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Among Americans, around 64 percent plan to go on a summer weekend getaway annually. A summer trip would likely be one of several weekend getaways throughout the year, as more than 40 percent of adult travelers under the age of 60 reported taking a weekend vacation multiple times a year. However, the frequency of such trips is dependent on income. Of the respondents earning less than 20,000 U.S. dollars per year, only 27 percent took a weekend vacation multiple times per year. In fact, almost as many (26 percent) reported never taking a weekend trip.


Of the summer holiday weekends, the Fourth of July weekend was the most popular date to make a trip in 2016. Another popular holiday Americans travel is memorial day. In 2016, 38.1 million people traveled 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend. The cheapest hotel rates for this period could be found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the average daily rate (ADR) was only 85.23 U.S. dollars.

In 2015, the most popular type of camping trip in North America was a weekend getaway, this outranked family vacations, visiting friends and family and reunion or group events. Weekend travel was also a favorite of family travelers in 2015, with more families having taken a weekend getaway in the past than a trip to see a relative or to visit museums or cultural attractions.

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