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Tourists Expected To Flock To Cities This Summer

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Cities will be the hotspots for tourists this year, according a transportation advocacy group.
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Cities will be the hotspots for tourists this year, according a transportation advocacy group.

Tourist season is starting, and according to one transportation advocacy group, cities are a hotspot destination this year.

About one third of Americans plan on taking a trip to the city, according to a new survey by the American Public Transportation Association. The nation's capital alone is expected to be the second-most popular city destination, bringing in 8.3 million visitors.

Nearly 60 percent of city summer travelers nationwide plan to use public transit according to the survey.

According to Destination DC, tourists spent $6 billion in the nation's capital in 2011.

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