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On The Road Again

The domestic and international destinations most booked by travel agents for summer 2008.

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3. CALIFORNIA

14.9 percent

Sure, there's Hollywood, Lake Tahoe and Disneyland, but are there any other spots attracting more tourists to the state each year? "We've noticed an increase in visitors who stay in San Francisco, but they plan day trips out of the city," said Tanzman. "People can get great rates on luxury hotels in the city during the weekends, and they can travel out to Napa Valley wine country, for example." She added that two popular spots outside the city include the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Resort (left), located 90 minutes outside San Francisco, and Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. As far as shopping goes, "San Francisco has seen a flurry of specialty stores locating to its Union Square shopping district downtown," WWD said in March. "The influx of fashion specialty stores — from Bloomingdale's to Barneys New York, Juicy Couture to Miss Sixty — has reinvigorated the neighborhood."

4. NEW YORK

11.6 percent

While visitors from all over the world hit New York each summer, many Manhattanites leave the city on weekends. "If people want to travel and stay in a major city for a long weekend, there are deals to be had," said Tanzman. "In places like New York, Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles, hotels are empty on the weekends — business cities have so much to offer for weekend travelers." Outside the city, attractions such as the Hamptons, Niagara Falls, the Catskill Mountains and the Finger Lakes region are all hits with summer crowds. Tanzman also pointed out an increase in travel to Lake Placid. "Whether it's a family reunion or a long weekend, more and more people are looking for that outside-the-city experience," she said.

5. HAWAII

9.7 percent

"This destination has slowed a bit in terms of the number of visitors booking trips here — it's just too expensive to fly to Hawaii right now," said Tanzman. "We believe we're going to see lots of specials, such as room credits, free nights, free rental cars — all kinds of perks that will entice people to travel to Hawaii, in order to make up for the high air prices." Ala Moana Shopping Center, located in Waikiki, boasts some of the best shopping in the area. Stores such as DKNY, Betsey Johnson, Chanel and Juicy Couture bring in those searching for the latest fashions — recent additions include Nordstrom and Lululemon Athletica. Out-of-towners can book rooms at the nearby Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach or the Halekulani.
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