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Published on Thursday, August 23, 2007

Airports and cities to avoid on Labor Day

If you’re considering travel over the long Labor Day weekend, you might want to know that Chicago O’Hare International will be the busiest airport in America and New York will be the busiest city.

Orbitz Insider Travel says one of the most frantic summer travel seasons in recent years is closing out with Labor Day traffic.

"Those heading to airports on a holiday weekend should always expect heavy traffic, and it’s important to know where the big crowds will be," said Heather Leisman, senior director of merchandising for Orbitz. He added:

"As we may see record numbers of US travelers this holiday, our Insider staff picks highlight some popular but also not-so-crowded destinations to consider."

The site compiled some information that shows:

  • After O’Hare, the busiest airports you might to avoid if at all possible are, in order: Charlotte Douglas, Philadelphia International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, McCarran International, La Guardia Airport, Denver International, Los Angeles International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International and Dallas/Fort Worth.

  • The busiest cities after New York are Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ.

For less traveled destinations, Orbitz suggests Destin in the Florida Panhandle which is known for its sugary sand beaches that are so hard-packed they squeak; Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, which offers 1,700 restaurants and is a top spot for golf; Eureka Springs, Arkansas, which is a 19th century Victorian village nestled in the Ozark Mountains known for pristine views; Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a beautiful city by the ocean; and Breckenridge, Colorado, a city whose Victorian homes show off its classic beauty.

Report by David Wilkening

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  • Labor Day is September 3, 2007

    Labor Day is Monday, September 3, 2007. The Labor Day weekend is the preceding Saturday and Sunday. So the three-day weekend is September 1-3 with a lot people starting their travel on Friday, August 31.

    By nycimpresario, Tuesday, August 28, 2007

  • Get a Life

    Labor Day is Sept 3 As a travel agent I recommend that if you do not already have reservations that you BBQ at home!

    By kati, Tuesday, August 28, 2007

  • What Date

    Now if only somebody mentioned the date 93% of the World would know what you are talking about.

    By Kenneth Townsley, Sunday, August 26, 2007

  • When is Labor Day?

    I'm amazed that you can print a whole article about Labor Day whithout saying what date it is! Not all the readers are American. Yes, we can look it up, but it's just the concept of an article about a day without its date bewilders me.

    By Simon Wadleigh, Sunday, August 26, 2007

  • labor day travel notice

    The San Francisco - Oakland Bay bridge will be closed for three days over the labor day weekend

    By Don Benson, Sunday, August 26, 2007

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