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An aerial view shows hotel-casinos and other venues downtown (foreground) and on the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

If you’re making summer travel plans for your family, but are worried about running into big crowds, this may help. A recent study of Google searches shows the most desired travel destinations for Americans. Number 1 on the list is no surprise.

According to Family Destinations Guide, people searched for words associated with “Las Vegas” and “vacation” 1.9-million times in 2022. And why not? There’s so much to see and do in and around Vegas, even if you’re not into gambling.

All of the big Las Vegas casinos have other forms of entertainment, including plenty of kid-friendly options. Let’s not forget those buffets either. Off the strip, you’ll find golf, desert hiking, and even skiing within an hour of the city. If you time your trip right, you can catch a football game with the Raiders, hockey with the Golden Knights, a boxing or UFC event, or a NASCAR race.

New York City, another place with tons to see and do, ranked second on the list, with 1.4-million Google searches. People looking for some beach time searched Miami and San Diego. And Chicago rounded out the top five. I’m a little surprised that Orlando didn’t show up with all its theme parks.

Most Desired U.S. Travel Destinations (2022 Google Search Data)

  • 1. Las Vegas

    It’s more than just casino gambling! Las Vegas offers great entertainment and resturants for the whole family, as well as outdoor activities, such as golf, hiking, and even skiing.

    Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

    Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 2. New York City

    “The city that never sleeps” offers some of the best museums, theaters, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping in the world. Fuhgeddaboudit!

    New York City

    An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • 3. Miami

    Sunshine, beautiful beaches, even more beautiful people, fabulous Cuban food, and a good place to catch a cruise. Bienvenidos a Miami!

    Miami beach

    The MSC Meraviglia is seen off the coast on March 26, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

  • 4. San Diego

    Nicknamed “America’s Finest City,” this Pacific coast gem is known for its beaches, parks, surfing, and ideal weather. Don’t miss Balboa Park, the renowned San Diego Zoo, and the incredible Mexican food.

    Large Surf Hits Southern California Coast

    A surfer rides large waves that pound the San Diego coastline on January 11, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • 5. Chicago

    The Windy City boasts world-class museums and attractions, plenty of professional sports, and amazing food. But you might want to plan your visit to Chicago during the warmer months. Just sayin’.

    Wrigley Field, Chicago

    A general view of Wrigley Field during the second inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals at Wrigley Field on August 22, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

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