Lonely Planet Writer

As summer road trip season continues, these are the top 20 cities people are searching

Summer is the optimal time to plan a road trip, but with endless possibilities, picking a destination can be a challenging first step. However, a new survey from a mapping site shows that many people are looking for the directions to one city in particular: Nashville, Tennessee.

Skyline of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Skyline of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Image by Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

MapQuest has released data on the top 20 destinations around the US that are attracting the most interest compared to last year. The top search was for Nashville, which presumably means people are planning to drive to the city and visit, according to MapQuest. Nashville is followed by the eternally popular destination of Las Vegas.

The top 20 destinations are: Nashville, TN; Las Vegas, NV; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Myrtle Beach, SC; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; St. Louis, MO; Memphis, TN; Indianapolis, IN; Charlotte, NC; Washington, DC; San Antonia, TX; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; New Orleans, LA; Savannah, GA; Albuquerque, NM; and Louisville, KY.

Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Image by aprilpix/500px

The information was released along with Priceline.com, which found in another recent survey that 83% of millennials say they would rather take multiple, short getaways than one long trip. Those trips are often to go to a music festival, sporting event, reunion, a wedding, or to visit family and friends.

This summer will also be a good time to take a road trip in the US, as regular gasoline is set to cost $2.21 per gallon this summer – 42 cents per gallon cheaper than last year, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

The Bean in Chicago.
The Bean in Chicago. Image by nevermore/Budget Travel

And for travellers who are feeling very ambitious while planning their adventure, a US researcher recently an itinerary – created using Google Maps data and an algorithm – that would take travellers to the state capitol building of the 48 contiguous states in only 8 ½ days.