San Diego Tops List as Top Road Trip Destination

SAN FRANCISCO — Clean out the cup holders and gas up the ride, as, a leading travel discount site, today revealed the top 10 summer road trip destinations for 2009. The list showcases the most highly-sought summer destinations with the highest percentage of hotel transactions coming from nearby locales. Topping the list for popular road trip destinations are San Diego and Philadelphia.

“Consumers realize that they don’t have to travel around the world to have a fun vacation,” said Clem Bason, President of the Hotwire Group. “With low gas prices and great hotel deals, consumers have the opportunity to explore their local region and have a great vacation without breaking their budget.”

With gas prices at historical lows and hotels looking to fill up their rooms, now is a great time to take a road trip and book hotel rooms. When looking for deals in these top road trip destinations, Hotwire(R) is the place to go. Hotwire works closely with brand-name hotels in top destinations to help fill unsold rooms, so customers get them at prices lower than any other travel site. Guaranteed*.

The top 10 summer road-trip destinations are:

  • San Diego: This sun-soaked city in beautiful Southern California boasts some of the best beaches and includes the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
  • Philadelphia: The city of brotherly love is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed.
  • Houston: The fourth-largest city in the US is home to NASA mission control and an up-and-coming Museum and Theater District.
  • San Francisco: Leave your heart in the city by the bay, which is home to the famous Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Dallas: Two-step your way around the Big D with visits to its dozens of theme-parks including Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor.
  • Los Angeles: With celebrity sightings abound, the city of glitz and glamour offers Hollywood, the beaches of Malibu and the world-famous Disneyland.
  • Boston: The unofficial capital of New England, this northeast city gives travelers a taste of colonial America with historical sites such as the Boston Tea Party and a chance to catch a game at the fabled Fenway Park.
  • Phoenix: This desert city boasts world-class golf courses, spas and resorts.
  • Saint Louis: The “Gateway City” offers a variety of attractions for road-trippers, including the Gateway Arch and plays host to the Anheuser-Busch brewery.
  • Washington DC: If you can’t catch a sight of Obama, check out the historical sites and monuments that dot the nation’s capitol, including the White House, Smithsonian and Lincoln Memorial.

And if you are interested in avoiding wear and tear on your own car, or need an alternate sized vehicle, try renting a car. When car rental companies have unsold cars sitting on the lot, they use Hotwire to fill them which means deep discounts on rental cars for consumers — from $13.95/day.

— PRNewswire