Hotwire.com®, a leading discount travel site, today announced the top 10 destinations to honor our military heroes over Memorial Day weekend. Many tend to utilize this holiday to add another getaway to their travel schedule, but travelers should also consider using this time to observe the true meaning of Memorial Day. These locales not only have the appeal of the big city or warm beaches sure to appease anyone, but they also are home to some of our military’s most prominent historical sites.
Memorial Day is considered by many to be the unofficial kick-off to summer as the weather is just right for a perfect 3-day weekend. However, the true meaning of the holiday is often lost in our eagerness to plan a getaway. The holiday was originally created after the Civil War to honor the fallen Union soldiers and over the last century, the meaning has evolved to commemorate all American soldiers who served our country. So, although we should definitely enjoy the warm weather and our extra time off, we must also remember why we have it in the first place.
“The Memorial Day holiday is certainly a great time for us to enjoy a long weekend getaway with friends and family, but more often than not we also forget it’s the time we all should be honoring our American heroes,” said Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group. “That is why we encourage everyone to celebrate this year in cities that not only offer a great leisure experience, but are also home to some of our countries most spectacular memorials.”
Hotwire researched the top 10 destinations to observe Memorial Day weekend and the average nightly hotel rates are as followed:
|Destinations||Memorial/Site||Avg. Hotwire Hotel Price/Night|
|1.||Washington DC||WWII Memorial||$95|
|2.||Honolulu, HI||USS Arizona Memorial – Pearl Harbor||$128|
|3.||San Diego, CA||USS Midway Museum||$89|
|4.||New York, NY||9/11 Memorial||$175|
|5.||Gettysburg, PA||Battle Field at Gettysburg||$88|
|6.||Arlington, VA||Arlington National Cemetery||$95|
|7.||Boston, MA||Granary Burying Ground||$143|
|8.||Seattle, WA||Washington Memorial Park||$93|
|9.||Phoenix, AZ||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum||$67|
|10.||Long Beach, CA||Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier||$91|
Hotwire average nightly hotel rates are based on Hot Rate® bookings made 3/1/2012-5/6/2012 for stays between 5/25/2012-5/29/2012.
Where will you be traveling for Memorial Day Weekend?