Summer 2020 has come and is quickly leaving with Labor Day weekend being an introduction to fall. While we still may be in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. travelers are still planning to getaway for Labor Day. 

Since most countries won’t allow American travelers, U.S. cities have become hot spot travel destinations. Tripit recently released a study comparing Labor Day bookings from 2020 vs. 2019 and found that travelers are choosing to travel to pandemic hot spots during this year’s Labor Day weekend. 

Shockingly, destinations like Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York City aren’t as popular this year as they were last year for travelers booking Labor Day travel.

Here are the destinations that may surprise you:

According to the survey, 12 percent of booking plans are to destinations in Florida compared to only 4 percent last year. Florida has been known to have a high number of COVID-19 cases. 

Orlando is known for its many theme parks including Disney World, which people are currently avoiding. Last year, Orland ranked 14th in popularity and this year it came in at number 3.

Las Vegas is this year’s top destination for Labor Day travel despite the pandemic. Last year this city known for gambling and mischievous fun ranked number 3 in popularity. 

The governor of Texas has recently ended travel restrictions and travelers will be flocking to Austin for this year’s Labor Day weekend. 

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There are no quarantine restrictions in place for Washington state. Seattle has ranked as the 5th most popular Labor Day destination this year compared to its spot at number 9 last year.

Utah is another state that doesn’t have any quarantine restrictions in place. Travelers have been booking travel to Salt Lake City and it now ranks as the 20th most popular Labor Day weekend destination this year.

Obviously the Sunshine State is a very popular destination this year, with Fort Lauderdale rising from 44th place last year to 23rd place this year.

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Despite Mexico experiencing high COVID-19 cases, travelers are flocking to Cancun which reopened it’s borders to travelers in June. 

Although travelers will be required to wear face masks in public spaces, there are no quarantine restrictions set in place for the state.