Top 10 most popular Memorial Day travel destinations in 2017

Memorial Day is right around the corner, marking the official start of summer travel for many Americans. While many spend the holiday weekend in the surf and sun, many people would rather avoid the crowds that can come with the pleasant beach weather.

But it turns out crushing claustrophobia isn't a universal Memorial Day phenomenon. In fact, there are just some vacation spots that are simply more popular than others -- which can make your favorite beach feel impossibly congested.

Priceline.com took a look at the top 10 trending destinations, according to percent increase in bookings year over year, to find the hotspots visitors will flock to for Memorial Day 2017.

The No. 1 destination may come as a surprise to those who just see it as a three-day weekend.

"This year, more Americans are taking advantage of the long weekend and traveling to Cancun, Mexico, according to the data crunchers," notes Mark Koehler, SVP Hotels at priceline.com.

There is almost a 40 percent booking increase in Cancun over the May weekend.

No other international destinations appear in ranking, but that doesn't mean people aren't looking to make a real getaway. According to priceline.com data, 78 percent of Americans who travel for the long weekend are venturing out of state.

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Top Memorial Day destinations in 2017, according to priceline.com
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Top Memorial Day destinations in 2017, according to priceline.com

Orlando, FL

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $60 for a 3.5-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $275
    • Los Angeles - $341
    • Chicago - $251
    • Philadelphia - $297
    • Dallas-Fort Worth -  $336

Denver, CO

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $94 for a 4-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $483
    • Los Angeles - $205
    • Chicago - $441
    • Philadelphia - $396
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $335

New Orleans, LA

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $116 for a 3.5-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $441
    • Los Angeles - $438
    • Chicago - $295
    • Philadelphia - $445
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $227

Memphis, TN

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $90 for a 2.5-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $448
    • Los Angeles - $492
    • Chicago - $296
    • Philadelphia - $356
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $230

Cincinnati, OH

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found via the app for a 3.5-star hotel at $64 per night via Express Deals compared to the $82 average daily rate available
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $335
    • Los Angeles - $476
    • Chicago - $118
    • Philadelphia - $314
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $297

Pittsburgh, PA

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found via the app for $72 per night for a 3.5-star hotel using Express Deals (lowest deal on desktop $85 for 3.5-star hotel)
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $350
    • Los Angeles - $596
    • Chicago - $282
    • San Francisco - $439
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $258

Myrtle Beach, SC

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Average daily rate is $103 per night
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $317
    • Los Angeles - $749
    • Chicago - $463
    • Philadelphia - $318
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $425

Tampa, FL

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $74 for a 4-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $362
    • Los Angeles - $488
    • Chicago - $289
    • Philadelphia - $361
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $344

Jacksonville, FL

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found on both the app and desktop for $67 for a 3.5-star hotel using Express Deals
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $333
    • Los Angeles - $690
    • Chicago - $392
    • Philadelphia - $393
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $402

Cancun, Mexico

Booking data from priceline.com

  • Lowest fare can be found via the app for $91 per night for a 4-star hotel using Express Deals (lowest deal on desktop $131 for 4-star hotel)
  • Roundtrip airfare from these origin cities:
    • New York - $467
    • Los Angeles - $601
    • Chicago - $517
    • Philadelphia - $575
    • Dallas-Fort Worth - $442
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And while multiple locales in Florida are high on the list of the top trending destinations this Memorial Day -- one city is safe from throngs of tourists. It's considered shoulder season for Miami -- which means the sweet spot between the pricey chaos of peak season and the avoidable weather of low season. This is the time to score unimaginable deals and have the place (mostly) to yourself.

Koehler points out that "you'll also find a steep decline in prices for big cities like San Francisco, as the city's conference calendar is light on holidays. And in New York City, natives flock to the Hamptons and other coastal towns nearby leaving the city wide open for tourists with unbeatable deals."

So whether you want join the party or need to know where to stay clear of this year, click through the gallery above to find out the top 10 trending destinations this Memorial Day.

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