Economy
3:01 pm
Sat May 21, 2011

Memorial Day weekend may mean a little less 'green' for Michigan's tourist destinations

More than a million Michiganders are expected to get-a-way to some of the state’s favorite tourist spots next weekend.  But they are not expected to spend much money Memorial Day weekend.  

The AAA surveyed its members recently and found many plan to spend less of their vacation budget on restaurants and other amenities.  

Nancy Cain is a AAA spokeswoman. “Because people are paying more for gas and other things, on average they are going to be spending less for the entire weekend.  The spending will be about $692.  That is down about 14% from last year.”  

The AAA reports that Mackinac Island, Traverse City and Munising should  be among three most popular Memorial Day weekend destinations in Michigan.

For Michigan AAA members, the 10 most popular driving destinations in Michigan (based on TripTik reports) this year are:

  

1)

Mackinaw City/Mackinac Island

 

2)

Traverse City

 

3)

Munising

 

4)

Sault Ste. Marie

 

5)

Marquette

 

6)

Detroit

 

7)

Muskegon

 

8)

Escanaba

 

9)

Grand Rapids

 

10)

Ludington

     
 

For Michigan AAA members, the 10 most popular driving destinations throughout the United States are:

  

1)

Chicago

IL

 

2)

Myrtle Beach

SC

 

3)

Orlando

FL

 

4)

Washington

DC

 

5)

Las Vegas

NV

 

6)

Niagara Falls

ON

 

7)

Gatlinburg

TN

 

8)

Boston

MA

 

9)

Yellowstone National Park

WY

 

10)

Atlanta

GA