The sleeper in Seattle: Orlando may be the perennial No. 1 pick our list of Top 10 Summer Destinations, but newcomer and budget-friendly Seattle soared to No. 3.

By Derek Brown

Pack the swimsuits and sunscreen, count the kids and take off this summer.  Orlando — thanks to its affordable airfare and theme parks — tops our Top 10 Summer Destinations for 2011.  The evergreen contender edged out Las Vegas, which was No. 1 last year.

Several new cities are trending this summer for future hotel and vacation package bookings, including Boston, Denver and Seattle — which took spots away from Punta Cana, San Diego and Riviera Maya.  Rising gas prices and limited air capacity have pushed airfare higher, making this year — more than ever — the time to seize the deals and comparison shop online.  So stay flexible, book early and enjoy the summer!

Top 10 SUMMER TRAVEL DESTINATIONS for 2011

  1. Orlando: $94*
  2. Las Vegas: $89*
  3. Seattle: $132*
  4. Los Angeles: $106*
  5. Denver: $115*
  6. New York City: $215*
  7. San Francisco: $157*
  8. Chicago: $160*
  9. Cancun: $196*
  10. Boston: $204*

*Average daily hotel rate

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When Derek Brown, the newest member to the Orbitz content team, isn’t jetting around the country or exploring cities like Shanghai, he’s at home in Andersonville, a charming North Side neighborhood in Chicago.

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