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Popular and unusual summer destinations

ASTA (the American Society of Travel Agents) and both recently published travel lists for 2008. I thought I’d combine them so that whether you’re looking for a hot spot or a destination off the beaten path, you’ll find a bit of inspiration.

First up, ASTA’s list of summer 2008 popular travel destinations, a roundup based on travel agent bookings. The first five of the top 10 domestic destinations are Orlando, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami. Internationally, the top five are London, Rome, Cancun, Paris, and Montego Bay, Jamaica. You’ll also find other lists, including the most popular states and international regions.

Meanwhile, has a list of top offbeat towns for 2008. They are: gold-rush town Dahlonega, Georgia; brewery-crazy mountain town Fort Collins, Colorado; laid-back beach town (and, I can attest, home to some pretty delicious shave ice and good beginner surfing) Hanalei on Hawaii’s Kauai; John Deere-centric Moline Illinois; and historic and accessible Taos, New Mexico.

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