As the summer travel season kicks off, Zipcar, in conjunction with OnePoll, reveals the findings of its summer travel survey. The analysis of 2,000 Americans shows that from coast to coast and in-between, people need to get out and take advantage of local neighborhoods and landmarks:

Top 10 U.S. Sights Left to Visit for Most

  1. National Harbor (Washington, D.C.)
  2. Pike Place Market (Seattle)
  3. Alcatraz (San Francisco)
  4. National Aquarium (Baltimore)
  5. Museum of Modern Art (New York City)
  6. Space Needle (Seattle)
  7. Mt. Rushmore (South Dakota)
  8. New York Aquarium (New York City)
  9. Gateway Arch (St. Louis)
  10. Gettysburg National Park (Pennsylvania)

Top 10 Iconic Regional Tastes Left to Try for Most

  1. Blueberries in Maine
  2. Lobster in Maine
  3. Maple Syrup in Vermont
  4. Beignets in New Orleans
  5. Crabs in Maryland
  6. Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  7. Cheese in Wisconsin
  8. Pizza in Chicago
  9. Cheesecake in New York
  10. Barbeque in Texas

The good news is Americans need not look far or book expensive travel to spice up their summer. For many, their home cities and regions offer fun-filled weekend escapes, impulsive daytrips and scenic restaurants within a short drive. Even though more than half (54 percent) didn’t take a summer vacation in 2017 – and the same amount of people has yet to book a vacation this summer – Americans want to visit and taste the best their neighborhood has to offer.

Regional data mirrors national data—many Americans have yet to experience gems in their own backyard:

Local in the Mid-West:

  • Nearly three out of four (74 percent) of those who live in the Midwest haven’t been to the Gateway Arch; and almost half (49 percent) haven’t eaten a slice of Chicago’s famous pizza.

Local in the East:

  • More than half (53 percent) of those who live in the densely populated and highway-laden Northeast have never been to the Empire State Building; and almost three out of five (59 percent) have yet to crack a Maine lobster.

Local in the West

  • In the West, more than three quarters (76 percent) have never been to Alcatraz; and nearly three out of five (59 percent) have never tried barbeque in Texas

Survey Methodology

Regional, gender and age breakouts, raw data and graphics are available. The survey included a random sample of 2,000 U.S. adults regardless of Zipcar membership status in late April 2018.


  • In Survey Midwest is: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
  • In Survey Northeast is: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington D.C.
  • In Survey West is: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

 

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