WNY is a Popular Memorial Day Travel Spot

May 22, 2013 Updated Nov 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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May 22, 2013 Updated Nov 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM EDT

Buffalo - Niagara Falls is on the list of top Memorial Day travel destinations.
Priceline.com is out with its annual survey. It finds that the nation's big cities will be very busy over Memorial Day as travelers play is safe with the weather and hold off on beach vacations.

The holiday travel period is defined as Thursday through Monday. Memorial Day travel kicks off the summer travel season.

An Orbitz survey shows that 77 percent of Americans plan to take a summer vacation. Nearly half of all travelers will hit the beach, the preferred destination, followed by historic or cultural vacations, then cruises. 45% of travelers will vacation with family. 33% will travel with a significant other.

Here's a look at the top Memorial Day destinations. NYC tops the Priceline list. Las Vegas is second this year, followed by Chicago. Scroll a bit farther down and Buffalo - Niagara Falls comes in at number 24.