According to data from booking site Hotwire, cities like New York, Atlanta, Orlando, and Savannah are topping Americans’ lists for a quick trip, the platform shared with Travel + Leisure.
When it comes to large cities, Hotwire found New York City topped the list with its abundance of great food, wanderlust-inducing hotels, and endless hidden gems. That was followed by Chicago (which is perfect for a long weekend), and Los Angeles.
For midsize cities, Atlanta, which offers travelers plenty of budget-friendly activities as well as ultra-chic spots, came in at No. 1, followed by Baltimore and St. Louis.
Hotwire found Orlando was the best place to head for “small town favorites.” The city is home to everything from Disney World’s 50th anniversary to the world’s largest and tallest escape room. Fellow Florida city Fort Lauderdale took the No. 2 spot on this list, followed by Reno.
And Savannah, full of southern charm and amazing food, took the top spot for really small cities, followed by Palm Springs and Newport Beach in California.
Additionally, the report found 79% of travelers said they would use money saved by booking a quick trip to make it a more luxurious one. And 83% believed quick, spontaneous trips (two or three nights) are a great option.
Melissa Postier, Hotwire’s director of brand, PR, and social, told T+L these quick getaways “allow travelers to not only save more when they book last minute in the Hotwire app, but that added spontaneity helps minimize the risk of unexpected travel restrictions popping up.”
To choose the best cities for a quick trip, Hotwire looked at everything from value, experience highlights, and hotels with sought-after amenities in more than 350 cities.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.