It is that time of year when college students embark on their annual getaway ritual of Spring Break. In fact, 73 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 say they are likely to take a last-minute getaway in 2015, according to a recent survey by Priceline.com. Priceline.com ranked the top destinations this year and Palm Springs came in behind 29 other cities including Minneapolis and Seattle.

In March, students are reserving more hotel rooms in Las Vegas, the most popular 2015 spring break destination, than anywhere else. Runner-up destinations include Orlando, New York City, Phoenix, and Orange County – according to actual hotel reservations made by college students on Priceline.com.  Other California destinations include San Diego (#9), San Francisco (#10), and Los Angeles (#11).  Palm Springs was ranked thirtieth on the list behind cities like Houston, Denver, and St. Louis.

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Palm Springs used to be a huge draw for college students during Spring Break until then Mayor Sonny Bono ended the annual tradition in the early 1990s.  Recent years have seen an effort to bring college students back to The Coachella Valley through websites’s such as palmspringsbreak.com, college “street teams”, and a “print advertising campaign capitalized on the violent Mexican drug war”(!).

Priceline.com’s Top 50 Most Popular Destinations for Spring Break 2015

Based on advance hotel reservations for March made by students on Priceline.com.

Ranking

Destination

Average Daily Hotel Room Rate (ADR)

Ranking

Destination

Average Daily Hotel Room Rate (ADR)

1

Las Vegas, NV

$106

26

St. Louis, MO

$123

2

Orlando, FL

$125

27

Tampa, FL

$120

3

New York City, NY

$195

28

Savannah, GA

$152

4

Phoenix, AZ

$153

29

The Florida Keys

$275

5

Orange County, CA

$121

30

Palm Springs, CA

$177

6

Miami, FL

$213

31

Portland, OR

$120

7

Chicago, IL

$149

32

San Jose, CA

$144

8

New Orleans, LA

$176

33

Columbus, OH

$109

9

San Diego, CA

$132

34

Puerto Rico

$180

10

San Francisco, CA

$166

35

Toronto, Canada

$118

11

Los Angeles, CA

$144

36

Daytona Beach, FL

$135

12

San Antonio, TX

$120

37

Atlantic City/Cape May, NJ

$128

13

Dallas, TX

$99

38

Kansas City, MO

$110

14

Washington D.C.

$170

39

Indianapolis, IN

$122

15

Fort Lauderdale, FL

$162

40

Philadelphia, PA

$138

16

Nashville, TN

$153

41

Panama City, FL

$161

17

Atlanta, GA

$108

42

Oahu, HI

$199

18

Houston, TX

$119

43

LA/San Fernando Valley, CA

$122

19

Seattle, WA

$119

44

Charleston, SC

$191

20

Denver, CO

$116

45

Inland Empire (CA)

$95

21

Austin, TX

$185

46

Central Coast  (CA)

$117

22

Minneapolis, MN

$104

47

Sarasota, FL

$166

23

St. Petersburg/ Clearwater, FL

$171

48

Monterey/Salinas, CA

$121

24

Boston, MA

$181

49

Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY

$107

25

Fort Myers/Naples, FL

$193

50

Charlotte, NC

$105

 


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