A record-breaking 43 million Americans will be traveling on this year’s Fourth of July weekend, NBC Chicago reports.
Several thousand of the country’s wealthiest will be arriving at their favorite Independence Day hangouts via private plane.
Flexjet, a private jet provider, has come up with a list of the 10 destinations most requested by their 2,100-plus customers from Friday, July 1st to Tuesday, July 5th.
Wherever Flexjet’s wealthy clients are, it’s safe to assume that the majority of these private jet-setters will be enjoying the festivities like the majority of us: watching the fireworks with a cold beverage in hand.
Here are the top ten locations for private jet-setters.
10. New York City
The Big Apple is a favorite among the nation’s wealthiest at any time of the year, but the vibrant party scene and dozens of firework shows make it an especially attractive place to spend the Fourth.
The only possible downside: it’s often hot and crowded. Hopefully, those private jet-setters will have accommodation as stylish and exclusive as their personal planes.
9. Sun Valley, Idaho
Although Idaho is not always the first state that comes to mind when you think about extravagant leisure, Sun Valley has long been a popular celebrity hangout. Visitors to this small resort city have included the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe, Oprah and Mark Zuckerberg. The summer season offers golf, shopping, and beautiful mountain scenery.
8. Bozeman, Montana
Montana is another place that seems to fly under the radar when it comes to luxury vacations for the rich and famous. But that’s part of the appeal: beautiful Bozeman is nestled right next to Montana’s Bridger mountains, and it’s known as one of the top towns for outdoor recreation in the country. The weather is also almost guaranteed to be good— the town averages 300 days of sunshine a year, so summers are warm and dry.
7. Orange County, California
Orange County’s spot on the list of private jet-setter favorites makes sense. With perfect weather, a tremendous party scene, world-class beaches, and L. A. right nearby, it’s a great place to spend any holiday weekend.
6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Adding to the list of picturesque mountain resort towns, Jackson Hole ranks next as a popular leisure spot. Boasting an abundance of activities for every season, it’s an ideal escape from congested cities to nature and tranquility. The town even has its own calendar of events for the weekend of the fourth, with firework shows and live outdoor music included in the festivities.
5. White Plains, New York
White Plains is the commercial hub of Westchester, an affluent suburb of New York City. With top notch restaurants, hotels and amenities, White Plains provides a nice change of pace from the craziness of NYC with all of the conveniences that private jet owners are accustomed to. The community also has a series of events planned to celebrate Independence Day.
4. Vail, Colorado
Vail sits at the base of Colorado’s largest ski mountain. Its stellar winter reputation means that the cute town is full of upscale accommodations, world-class restaurants, and other luxurious amenities that can be enjoyed just as well in the summer time. Vial’s Fourth of July extravaganza, featuring fireworks and a parade, draws crowds every year for the holiday.
3. Dallas, Texas
They say that everything’s bigger in Texas, and that seems to also apply to their Independence Day celebrations. With music festivals, street fairs, and patriotism galore, the private jet crowd can expect no shortage of celebratory activities in Dallas.
2. Nantucket, Massachusetts
Mixing quaint Americana with the feeling of a seaside retreat, Nantucket has always been a top destination for the wealthy. Home to luxury mansions and high-end boutiques, the tiny Massachusetts island also knows how to properly ring in America’s birthday. The younger crowds can look forward to huge beach bashes, while the more mature set will appreciate the traditional parade in the center of town. A perk for the private jet owners: they can fly right into Nantucket’s own airport, making traveling to this isolated destination a breeze.
1. Aspen, Colorado
The most popular Independence Day destination for Flexjet’s clients, Aspen is famous for its natural beauty, outdoorsy culture, and real estate prices that are the highest in the country.
Despite an above-average concentration of over-the-top mansions, though, Aspen’s Fourth of July celebrations are refreshingly low-key: their old fashioned festivities include a parade down Main Street, a barbecue picnic, and a carnival for kids. It sounds like the perfect place for the private jet population to unwind and enjoy the wholesome atmosphere.