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Matt Moretti is the Senior Content & Media Analyst at FlipKey. Matt's favorite form of travel is via cruise ship. He also loves romantic comedies, Major League Baseball, and dogs wearing sweaters.

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Planning a wedding can be a lot of work, from the catering to the flowers to finding the perfect DJ. Not to mention the high price tag. So when it comes to choosing an amazing honeymoon destination, we want that to be the easy—and affordable—part!

City Honeymoon Destinations In Your Budget

Enter FlipKey. We looked at average vacation rental rates around the world for a weeklong summer stay (in a one-bedroom property), and hand-picked 12 of our favorite affordable city honeymoon destinations. For those who’d prefer to explore an urban locale rather than sit at the beach, these lively hot spots will fit the bill.

With a rental from FlipKey, you’ll enjoy extra living space, added privacy, and useful amenities like a full kitchen, laundry, or outdoor barbecue area. Happy planning…and congratulations!

Atlanta, Georgia | $856 per week

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With professional sports, nightlife, and a growing culinary scene, Atlanta has become a major tourism destination. Honeymooners will fall in love all over again on the Atlanta SkyWheel, taking in views of the city from above. If you are looking for a little sophistication, the neighborhood of Virginia Highland is a great spot to browse boutique shops. Need a break from the urban energy? Piedmont Park is a perfect place to enjoy a walk and a picnic.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: Satisfy your sweet tooth at Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: You’ll find charming Canoe Restaurant, serving flavorful dishes daily along the peaceful banks of the Chattahoochee River.

See all Atlanta rentals from FipKey!

Denver, Colorado | $974 per week

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With 300 days of sunshine and gorgeous Rocky Mountain views, Denver is a top choice for your city honeymoon. Take advantage of the weather by planning a hike together, or settle in for a concert at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. Couples love the nightlife around Larimer Square, where you can end your romantic dinner with a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: Dance the night away with your new spouse or sing along to the tunes together at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: Fruition offers high-quality food without the pretense of fine dining. You’ll love the seasonal menu featuring fresh ingredients straight from the farm.

See all Denver rentals from FlipKey!

Houston, Texas | $936 per week

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You’ll be making a mistake leaving Houston off your honeymoon short list. A world-class arts scene, mouth-watering Tex-Mex cuisine, and beautiful parks make this city a must-visit. Houston is huge, and each neighborhood has its own style. North Loop has the best nightlife and restaurants in the area while Neartown is best for boutique shopping. The thriving arts scene includes resident opera, ballet, symphony, and theater companies. The Museum District houses 19 museums, all within walking distance.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: After some fun-filled days in Houston, relax with a massage together at Sensia Studio & Japanese Day Spa.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: We’ve heard great things about the customer service at Brennan’s of Houston—and we’ve heard even better things about the Bananas Foster dessert.

See all Houston rentals from FlipKey!

Tampa, Florida | $753 per week

Book an affordable vacation rental for your honeymoon in Tampa.

Book an affordable vacation rental for your honeymoon in Tampa.

This Florida honeymoon favorite has it all. Sun, sand, and nightlife to boot. Hit the beach by day, and seek adventure on the water with a parasailing lesson or charter fishing cruise. By night, find your way to Ybor City—the historic Cuban heart of Tampa Bay. Just follow the intoxicating music and mingling aromas.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: Enhance your experience at Evangeline Spa with sips of champagne in between seaweed wraps.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: You’ll find comfort and Creole cuisine at Roux (think modern takes on gumbo and fried chicken) where you’ll feel like you took the wrong plane and ended up in Louisiana.

See all Tampa rentals from FlipKey!

Phoenix, Arizona | $653 per week

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You can confidently take a Phoenix honeymoon any time of year, as the weather is always accommodating. For couples that love golf, there are several award-winning courses ready for you to tee off. Honeymooners are often surprised at the number of cultural attractions here, too. Explore Native American history at the Heard Museum or peruse the fine collection at the Phoenix Museum of Art.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: You don’t know romance unless you’ve held hands during a hot air balloon ride over Phoenix with Rainbow Ryders.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: A traditional dinner at Coup de Tartes is fantastic—but you’ll have extra fun dressing up and playing detective at a Mystery Murder event!

See all Phoenix rentals from FlipKey!

Calgary, Alberta | $596 per week

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Balancing modern conveniences with pioneer charm, Calgary has it all. For the outdoorsy couple, rent a kayak on Glenmore Reservoir or mountain bike around Calgary Olympic Park. Searching for thrills? Embrace your inner child at Calaway Park which has carnival rides (and don’t forget to treat yourself to cotton candy). In the evening, you’ll want to spend time on 17th Street where there is plenty of romantic dining and nightlife options. Surprise your spouse with a sunset trip to the top of The Bow.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: We can’t decide the best part of The Spa Ritual. It might be the Bali Sanctuary (with exclusive, heated-stone chaise loungers) or the infrared saunas with color and audio therapy. 

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: Modern Steak is far from your typical beef cookery, combining a steakhouse with a swanky cocktail lounge.

See all Calgary rentals from FlipKey!

Vancouver, British Columbia | $861 per week

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Of all the cities on our list, Vancouver may be the most stunning selection for honeymooners. Since it’s on the coast, Vancouver is just a stone’s throw from beautiful sand beaches along Vancouver Island. If your idea of a good time is getting some fresh air and maybe a workout in, you’ve got options. Hike the Grouse Grind and reward yourselves with a cold pint at the end. You’ll find easy walking and incredible views along the Seawall.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: Catch a concert or an exhibit opening at the Roundhouse Community Arts Center, which always has a full calendar of events.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: Hawksworth was named Best Upscale Restaurant by Vancouver Magazine five times!

See all Vancouver rentals from FlipKey!

Prague, Czech Republic | $781 per week

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Art-loving honeymooners: look no further. Prague’s beauty is second-to-none with old cobblestone streets, endless art galleries, and haunting Gothic castles to explore. Rest your feet at one of the cafes in the Old Town Center Square, also called Stare Mesto, and have a look at the 10th-century astronomical clock. When you’re ready to go again, take a stroll to Vysehrad National Cultural Monument and enjoy stunning views of Prague from this historic lookout point.

Our Favorite Couples ActivitySt. Vitus Cathedral awes visitors. From the spires to the stained-glass windows, you’ll appreciate every inch of this church.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: If you want white table cloths and gourmet cuisine, Kampa Park is the spot to go. An incredible candlelit dinner awaits you and your partner.

See all Prague rentals from FlipKey!

Madrid, Spain | $717 per week

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Many honeymooners describe Madrid as “walking into a fairytale.” You won’t see Cinderella here, but you’ll be expecting her after one look at City Hall or the Royal Palace. If you want a break from the city streets, walk through Retiro Park, which feels like you stepped into an 18th-century garden. It’s not all go-go-go, though. Madrid has a laid-back attitude where afternoon siestas are the norm.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: See a theater show together at Museo Arqueológico Nacional de España where rotating acts keep things fresh.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: A former politician followed her dreams and opened up a restaurant in Madrid, cooking family recipes passed down for generations. That dream is known as La Cocina de Maria Luisa. Fresh mushrooms and truffles add a little something extra to many dishes here.

See all Madrid rentals from FlipKey!

Mexico City, Mexico | $573 per week

Old Basilica of Guadalupe with Mexico City skyline behind it

Mexico City is a dynamic, fun, fascinating, and growing city honeymoon destination. See and feel centuries of history by walking through the crowded streets. You’ll gape at murals, tour museums, and be awed by the ancient statues. You’ll also find friendly locals, five-star restaurants, and an agreeable climate. This city is a feast for all five senses as vibrant colors and smells come bursting out of every corner.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: Take a trip into history at Templo Mayor Museum. The collection shows the political, military, and aesthetic relevance of the city.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: For those who enjoy a fine wine, the selection at Restaurante Mercaderes will not disappoint.

See all Mexico City rentals from FlipKey!

Montreal, Quebec | $511 per week

Montreal city skyline at night

Montreal is a perfect choice for your affordable city honeymoon.

With its European-inspired charm and unique culture, Montreal wows honeymooners every year. The perfect urban escape, this Canadian city bursts with old and new architecture, hip and acclaimed restaurants, as well as a versatile list of popular attractions. With its cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes, and museums, the Old Montreal neighborhood is beloved by locals and visitors alike. If history doesn’t appeal to you, wander around the Atwater Market and pick up some baked goods to eat by the Lachine Canal or to take home to your Montreal vacation rental.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: Come for the gorgeous architecture of Notre-Dame Basilica, stay for the laser light show! The top-rated Montreal attraction on TripAdvisor, this church is a wonder to tour.

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: Barroco is a rustic traditional restaurant in a cozy and historic setting that is the hallmark of Old Montreal.

See all Montreal rentals from FlipKey!

Berlin, Germany | $699 per week

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It’s shocking when you discover that Berlin is nine times larger than Paris, and 75% of the city is beautiful green parkland! Honeymoon couples can easily find their way around using the new city transit system. History ranging from early civilizations to the 21st century is on display. You can have your choice of a symphony, a play, or an opera every night. Check out the Weltzeituhr Clock, topped by a model of the solar system. After dinner, certain neighborhoods light up with glittering nightclubs, modern bars, and dance halls which feature everything from techno music to rock and roll. Couples who love late nights can always find a place to dance until dawn.

Our Favorite Couples Activity: Strolling around the Prussian Palaces & Gardens will leave you feeling as if you’ve entered a dreamland. Overflowing fountains can be found next to manicured shrubbery. Explore winding paths that will take you a whole afternoon to meander. How romantic!

Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant: The Aigner restaurant is located in Berlin’s most beautiful square, the Gendarmenmarkt, and offers a blend of classicism and modernity from its interior design down to its dishes. The cuisine combines the best of both Vienna and Berlin.

See all Berlin rentals from FlipKey!

Affordable City Honeymoon Destinations

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Houston, Texas
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Berlin, Germany

It’s no big secret that Florida is the vacation rental center of the US. From the coasts and the Keys to Cinderella’s castle, the Sunshine State attractions millions of travelers each year. To help you plan your next Florida trip, we’ve rounded up 13 of the most popular Florida vacation spots this year, based on FlipKey rental bookings. Some are Florida stalwarts, delivering precious sunshine to millions of visitors each year, while others are gathering steam as a new wave of popular locales. Which is giving you serious wanderlust? Let us know in the comments below!

#13 | Haines City, Florida

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Pristine golf courses and overflowing orange groves are quintessential Florida, and both can be found in abundance in Haines City. Nicknamed “The Heart of Florida”, Haines City offers a needed break from the action (and cost!) of nearby Orlando.

See all Haines City rentals

#12 | Miramar Beach, Florida

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Romance abounds in Miramar Beach. Book a tandem massage at a world-class spa, or enjoy the peaceful solitude of a hike with your partner in Grayton Beach State Park. And if you feel like some Vitamin Sea? Soak up the rays together on the sugar white sands of Miramar Beach while you apply (and reapply) sunscreen.

See all Miramar Beach rentals

#11 | Four Corners, Florida

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Four Corners, also known as Citrus Ridge, is a residential and short-term rental community located within 15 mins of the Disney parks. This full-service neighborhood has a grocery store, banks, and even restaurants with 24/7 takeout for those late-night cravings.

See all Four Corners rentals

#10 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Boasting more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches. Explore the vast number of culinary, arts and cultural must-sees and must-dos including a stroll down chic shopping street Las Olas Boulevard (aka the Style Mile!).

See all Fort Lauderdale rentals

#9 | Miami Beach, Florida

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Miami Beach needs no introduction. High-end shopping, art deco architecture, and of course, sizzling South Beach make Miami one of the top vacation destinations in Florida this year and every year. But you already knew that, right?

See all Miami Beach rentals

#8 | Clermont, Florida

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For those looking to experience the world-famous theme parks and”Old World Florida” (think rolling orange groves and artfully designed communities), visit comfortable, quiet Clermont. For a unique way to see the city, climb the 226-foot Florida Citrus Tower. This attraction offers a 360-degree view of Florida’s beautiful green hills at the top of a glass observation deck.

See all Clermont rentals

#7 | Cape Coral, Florida

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Situated along the banks of southwest Florida, Cape Coral is home to hundreds of miles of turquoise-blue canals that flow into the Gulf of Mexico. For some family fun, play on the beach or at the Sun Splash Family Waterpark. You can also venture further afield, with easy day trips from Cape Coral including Fort Myers (for Red Sox spring training) or the Everglades (for an adrenaline-pumping ride on a fan boat).

See all Cape Coral rentals

#6 | Daytona Beach, Florida

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Have a need for speed? Come to Daytona Beach. With a seating capacity of almost 170,000, Daytona International Speedway hosts some of the biggest auto races in the country throughout the year. After that? It’s Bike Week when everyone in town sits astride their favorite motorcycle.

See all Daytona Beach rentals

#5 | Destin, Florida

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Destin is a world-class beach and fishing resort community located in the Florida panhandle. A classic beach destination, Destin welcomes millions of families every year for summer vacation. Looking for an oceanfront rental in Destin? FlipKey has a rental for every budget and taste.

See all Destin rentals

#4 | Panama City Beach, Florida

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With its trademark white sand and warm Gulf waters, PCB attracts everyone from spring breakers to retirees, singles to families. As a result, Panama City offers a range of activities for all ages and interests. From deep sea fishing excursions to a day out on Shell Island, there’s something for everyone here (and then some!).

See all Panama City Beach rentals

#3 | Orlando, Florida

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If you haven’t been to Orlando to see Disney World, Universal Studios, and the other surrounding parks, what are you waiting for? Many vacation homes in the Orlando area are within a short 15-minute drive to the parks, and offer luxuries for kids and adults. Enjoy space, your own private swimming pool and more with FlipKey.

See all Orlando rentals

#2 | Davenport, Florida

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Just 35 miles south of Orlando, Davenport offers easy access to the theme parks in a more affordable setting. Davenport is known for its golf and its lakes, both of which offer a chance to enjoy the sunshine. This area becomes the star of Central Florida in late winter during the Strawberry Festival (February), and the Wine Festival (March).

See all Davenport rentals

#1 | Kissimmee, Florida

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Go-kart racing, miniature golf, water parks and adventure sports… Kissimmee offers family-oriented activities you’re sure to love. Kissimmee Lakefront Park features a playground and splash park for kids, BBQ grills for a cookout, and fishing piers. Plus,in Old Town Kissimmee you’ll find a classic car cruise through the city streets, accompanied by a live band every Saturday night.

See all Kissimmee rentals

With wedding season officially underway and about one-fifth of couples opting to tie the knot somewhere exotic, it’s likely you’ll soon be invited to a wedding abroad. We’ve interviewed some or our favorite, seasoned bloggers to get the best advice on attending a destination wedding.

We asked them:

  • What is your favorite destination wedding location, and why?
  • What is your top tip for attending a destination wedding?
  • What is the one thing you can’t forget to pack?

Their answers are equal parts helpful and inspiring – so read on to make sure you’re completely prepared. 

And when you’re looking for the perfect place to stay? Search on FlipKey for a vacation rental to suit your needs. Considering booking a rental for your big day? The options are endless for you, too.

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A Jubilee Event

Favorite destination wedding location: We’ve been fortunate enough to work with clients all over the world, but we are partial to the Caribbean as a destination location — especially Barbados! The island of Barbados (see 2600+ Barbados rentals) is nestled in the lower Antilles of the Caribbean and boasts everything you’d want. It has a variety of accommodations from intimate B&B’s to luxury 5 diamond properties to start, which makes guest stays easy. Barbados also has many unique locations for your wedding; from historic rum factories to exquisite restaurants and villas — Barbados has something for everyone. Versatility in a wedding destination is important.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: Be realistic with the couple on whether you can afford to attend. If you’re on a budget, seek out ways to creatively save on travel, accommodations and other items surrounding the wedding. If circumstances might change for you and you can’t go, be sure to tell the couple as soon as you’ve made your decision!

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: If you’re in the tropics — don’t forget sunscreen! Seriously, though, so often guests forget to pick this up and by the time they remember — it’s too late. The sun is much stronger the closer to you get to the equator and it only takes a few minutes of rays to leave a nasty sunburn. Also, we recommend wedding guests pack simply for the weekend; you might feel compelled to throw everything in the suitcase, but you’re better off outfit planning and reusing pieces. Pack light and come for the party!

Glamour and Grace

Favorite destination wedding location: I’ve recently fallen in love with Rhode Island (see 200+ Rhode Island rentals). There is so much history in both Newport and Providence, it is a dream destination for lovers of vintage glam right here in the US. The Newport Mansions will take your guests back in time to a place of elaborate elegance and beauty that cannot be matched anywhere else in the country!

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: My tip for attending a destination wedding is to make the most of it! Be sure to get a thorough timeline of all the wedding-related activities and then use the rest of your time to explore the destination and really get the most out of the trip. Chances are there are other friends and family going, so team up on extra days at the vacation rental and fun excursions to extend celebrating a loved one’s big day with a trip of a lifetime.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Always pack a swimsuit. It doesn’t matter if you are going to the Arctic, you never know when a swimsuit will come in handy and you don’t want to be the only one left out of the hot tub!

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Cocktails & Details

Favorite destination wedding location: Favorite destination wedding location is Mexico (see 11,000+ rentals in Mexico), hands down. It’s really quick travel from anywhere in the States with few language or money barriers. Whether you choose to say “I do” at a private villa or at an all-inclusive resort, there are so many ways to personalize your event without making it cookie cutter as well as incorporating some of the local culture. We love Cancún, Playa Del Carmen, and Cabo.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: Leave gifts and valuables at home. Not only are they a pain for you to travel with, but also for the couple getting married. Budget accordingly and follow instructions.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Pack extra space! Sounds weird, right? But definitely leave room for any gifts you may be given from the couple, the resort or souvenirs that you will want to bring home. This avoids shipping and heavy luggage fees (be sure to weigh your bag on a bathroom scale before you leave!) With the luggage rules wreaking havoc on everyone’s wardrobe, it’s best to pack smart— which also means packing a spare pair of clothes in your carry on. Purchase a portable charger or power bank to avoid having a dying phone throughout the day.

The Inspired Bride

Favorite destination wedding location:  Tagaytay Highlands, Philippines (see 80+ rentals in Tagaytay Highlands)! This place offers not only a beautiful place for a romantic wedding but also in an affordable price range that makes it more amazing! I have never been to Tagaytay but with all the things I have read about it and the reviews, the Highlands is surely on top of the places I consider as a destination wedding location.

For a more “Local Destination Wedding”, I would choose Palm Springs, California (see 1600+ rentals in Palm Springs). The beach, the city, and the gorgeous summer vibe just meet perfectly at this place.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: Enjoy the adventure! Know everything you need to know about the destination and carry only the essentials. Every destination has its own culture and novelties so soak it all in. After the wedding, it’s going to be you, the destination and a wonderful memory.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: I wouldn’t go without an “emergency kit. The kit includes:

  • Comb – to make sure every strand is in place
  • Makeup – for touch ups
  • Blotting Paper – to reduce the shine
  • Earring Backs – just a few extras to make sure they stay on
  • Lip Balm – to make sure your lips are moist throughout the day
  • Dental Floss – to get the food stuck between your teeth
  • Nail File – to smooth out your nails
  • Lighter / Matches – a backup to light candles
  • Hand Sanitizer / Wipes – this is more convenient instead of going to the bathroom
  • Scissors – to cut that loose thread
  • Double-sided Tape – to hold up that dress
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New Creations Weddings

Favorite destination wedding location: My favorite destination wedding location has to be Hawaii (see 8000+ rentals in Hawaii). Not just due to the reason that I used to live there and love going back for weddings; but also because no passport is required, it is easy to get to, bugs are at a minimum, there is no language barrier, gorgeous venues and views, and the vendors there care and know how to do weddings well. All of those reasons wrapped into one is why Hawaii is my top pick for destination weddings. It just has so many positives and feels a world away with just a short, easy plane ride.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: My top tip for attending a destination wedding is to plan early! Once you receive the invitation, get right on booking your [rental], flight and car if you need one. That way, you know you’re set, and the couple can have you counted in their head count.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: The one thing you can’t forget to pack is your patience. As some couples opt to have destination weddings outside the US, you may have to go through customs, or flights may be rerouted due to bad weather. Plan ahead, and be ready to encounter at least one thing that may not go right. Roll with the punches, don’t let the couple know, relax and enjoy the ride! You’re in a beautiful location ready to celebrate with the happy couple! Enjoy!

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Inspired by This

Favorite destination wedding location: Hawaii! If most of your guests are traveling from the U.S. odds are they would love an excuse to travel to Hawaii and it allows you a jump start on the honeymoon, especially if you’re continuing on to somewhere in Southeast Asia or even staying on the islands.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: Make a vacation out of it. If you can, stay a few days. The couple is probably planning plenty of activities to keep guests entertained so you will have plenty to do. Plus, you will enjoy the entire experience more knowing you are able to enjoy your time at the destination once you have already committed to lengthy travel time.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: The gift. We recommend bringing a cash gift and card or mailing the gift to the newlyweds’ residence ahead of time. Also, ensure your outfit (and shoes!) are weather appropriate.

The Budget Savvy Bride

Favorite destination wedding location: I personally love Cabo! It has everything you’d want in a wedding destination from delicious food, wonderful weather, and fun expeditions and nightlife. Plus, you won’t have to fight humidity in the dry heat of the area, so it’s much more comfortable for you and your guests.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: My best tips are all about saving money. If you’re looking to save money while attending a destination wedding, make sure to book your travel at the optimal time. 50-60 days before a trip is typically the best time to book your flights.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray. These items are typically way overpriced when sold at airports, so you’re better off bringing them in your bag if you can.

Wedding Chicks

Favorite destination wedding location: Italy (see 100,000+ rentals in Italy) is at the top of our list right now for destination weddings. The landscape, architecture, and food lend themselves to pure and absolute romance. We are lusting over Castello di Miramare as of late. If you want to stay domestic, we can’t get enough of Palm Springs. Palm Springs attracts the most stylish destination weddings from afar as well as right here in Southern California. This city is the epitome of cool and is always busy with pool parties and nightlife along with plenty of culinary delights.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: I highly encourage anyone attending a destination to add a few days on for their own post-wedding adventure. Destination weddings can be more intimate but are always still bustling with activities. It’s so amazing (and exhausting) to connect with the best of friends and family, so a few days to decompress is really valuable after the festivities.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Don’t forget sunscreen! It’s so simple, but nothing ruins an occasion like a sunburn. I’d also like to plan my outfits so I’m only packing what I need and don’t have to lug around a bunch of things I’m not going to wear.

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A Practical Wedding

Favorite destination wedding location: Anywhere that’s already on my bucket list because let’s face it, vacation time (and money) does not grow on trees. Regardless of location, the best kind of destination weddings involve a location and activities that enable guests to
meet each other and hang out, as well as opportunities to break away from the group and do their own thing. You want all your favorite people in one place for a reason, and guests want to be there for that, not to take a vacation to a predetermined location that happens to have a wedding on one night. But to really answer the question: Tulum, Morocco, Cartagena, Colombia or the French/Italian/English countryside. The common denominators? Killer villas perfect for bigger groups and poolside hangs, amazing food, and fun stuff to check out during the day.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: Do your research. In a perfect world you could just show up and read a welcome packet that’s filled with helpful details that are perfectly tailored to you, but alas, engaged couples are both very busy and human beings, so do your own search in advance for the closest place to get a late-night meal, or a nearby side trip related to your very specific set of interests.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: That elusive pair of shoes that can be worn to the wedding AND during the rest of the trip. And a card and/or gift. Or send it in advance. But don’t waste your precious vacation time trying to hunt down a wedding card.

Photo credit: @apracticalwedding on Instagram

Classic Bride

Favorite destination wedding location: I always adore featuring wedding weekends on Nantucket (see 1000+ Nantucket rentals) because the island epitomizes casual elegance. The perfect locale for a beautiful wedding and to kick back with your family and friends.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: My top tip would be to embrace the opportunity and plan a fun vacation around the wedding events, even if it’s only for a weekend. The bride and groom will probably be happy to share their favorite locations, activities, and restaurants which will make planning a breeze on your end.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Dancing shoes and a pair of super comfortable walking shoes!

DIY Bride

Favorite destination wedding location: PUERTO RICO! (See 2000+ Puerto Rico rentals) I absolutely love this destination location because if you have family that can’t travel far or don’t have a passport this is an easy trip. Also, it’s an easy location to turn into an amazing vacation! I planned a 3-day wedding weekend full of activities and relaxation. The Bride, Groom, and guest were in love with the details around that wedding!

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: My top tips for attending a destination wedding is pack light, convert your money and research the destination you are going to. You need to know what’s in the vicinity of where you are going and you don’t want to be broke or stuck with large bills…people may rip you off! 

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit (of course this was an easy one) and walking shoes! It’s always good to have an amazing pair of walking shoes if you love to learn and see about culture in different countries. Be a tourist! Take a tour!

Offbeat Bride

Favorite destination wedding location: Las Vegas (see 800+ Las Vegas rentals) is a very popular destination wedding location and for good reason. The photo opportunities are abundant at places like The Neon Museum, Red Rock Canyon, and anywhere on the strip. Plus, an Elvis impersonator officiant is always a hunk’a burning fun.

But one of our favorite trendy destination wedding spots has to be Iceland (see 800+ Iceland rentals) with its scenic views, caves, and waterfalls. We’ve heard amazing stories of picnics in the fjords and encountering Icelandic ponies on the journey.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: Make sure to bone up on TSA rules to make your flight easier. Pro tip: TSA Pre-Check is super helpful. We’ve also heard some great rules for shipping your wedding dress including choosing to insure the package.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Don’t forget to pack your emergency kit. This includes all of your emergency wedding weekend needs like bandages, stain remover, safety pins, and sunscreen.

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Once Wed

Favorite destination wedding location: There are so many wonderful locations to choose from for a destination wedding. From an editorial perspective, my favorite destinations are ones that have a sense of intimacy, old world charm, and stunning locations – Europe is just full of this type of location. Since a destination location usually means a smaller group of the people most important to you, a trip to Europe is one that will be enjoyed by all.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: My top tip for attending a destination wedding is to pack lightly but thoughtfully. No matter the destination, essential pieces allow you to layer, feel beautiful, mix basic pieces with a couple of special ones, and assure your comfort.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Of course, the one thing you have to remember to pack is a great pair of walking shoes to explore!

Love & Lavender

Favorite destination wedding location: Since my husband and I moved to the Emerald Isle a couple years ago, we have to say that our favorite destination wedding spot is Ireland (see 5000+ Ireland rentals). Not only can you play out your dream fairy tale romance in a castle, but your wedding budget can stretch so much further here in Ireland.

For example, an 8-hour venue only rental in North America can easily reach $8,000 or more. For that price you and your guests can stay a couple of nights at a real castle, host your wedding ceremony, and still have money left over for a grand reception feast with entertainment. Another benefit to getting married in a stunning castle is that you don’t need much in the way of extra decor – the ornate beauty and rustic nature of a castle venue does all the talking.

The weather in Ireland is not always ideal, but what it lacks in hours of sunshine it makes up for in beautiful scenery, stunning vistas, lush green rolling hills, and exceedingly warm Irish hospitality!

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: As a guest attending a destination wedding, my advice is to also make a holiday out of the trip. One of my best girlfriends recently attended her sister’s wedding in India. After a long flight to a country my friend had never visited before, the entire 7-day trip was spent attending pre-scheduled wedding activity fun. Talk about a quick turnaround, with a vacation that probably felt like a chore half the time.

While it is nice to spend time with friends and family at a destination wedding, it is also your vacation time! Don’t be pressured into thinking the wedding is the only thing that matters, or that you aren’t allowed to do your own thing.

My suggestion is to arrive ahead of the wedding to do some traveling, then catch up with the wedding party a couple days before the festivities begin. Or else, tack on alone time a couple days after the wedding and go do what you want. If you know emotions may get in the way, best to keep your extended travel plans on a need-to-know basis.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: One thing you should not forget to pack when attending a destination wedding is the invitation you received. A destination wedding is usually packed with pre-planned activities that are printed on the wedding invitation. Keep in mind that some activities may be for select guests only, and may not be listed on the couples’ wedding website. Best to bring your invite (or take a photo of it on your smartphone) so as not to miss out on any wedding activities!

Photo credit: Persimmon Images

The Broke-Ass Bride

Favorite destination wedding location: I love love love Hawaii. It’s just such a gorgeous, relaxing destination that feels like it’s a million miles away — but you don’t even need a passport or a visa to get there. It’s nearly impossible to not feel chill when you’re on the islands, which really makes for an easy experience leading up to your nuptials. The Big Island is especially wonderful, as there are so many things to do — which is great for guests who don’t want to just lounge by the pool all day. And the coffee is just everything.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: If you can, maximize the experience by turning it into your vacation as well. Show up a day or two before the wedding so that you’re there for the festivities, but stay a few days after to do some sight-seeing on your own, relax and take some time to unplug. That way you don’t have to fret about throwing down some serious skrilla just for a one-day event.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: I always pack my makeup in a clutch or wristlet so I have a smaller, chic purse option for dressy events without having to take up extra space in my luggage. I just empty it out when I get to the rental, put my cards, room key, and other necessities in it and voila!

Intimate Weddings

Favorite destination wedding location: The Southern California desert. We love the fun, modern vibe of Palm Springs and the sublime desert scenery of nearby Joshua Tree National Park. There’s a variety of fantastic wedding venues in Palm Springs, as well as spectacular locations for photo shoots, including Salvation Mountain, Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum, and of course Joshua Tree National Park. Plan to have your wedding sometime in November – April to avoid the extreme desert heat.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: Be open to new experiences. A destination wedding might just be the perfect opportunity to break outside of your comfort zone!

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: If you are going to the desert – or any sunny destination, bring sunscreen, lip balm- and a hat!

Photo credit: @abrideonabudget on Instagram

A Bride On A Budget

Favorite destination wedding location: The exact location of a destination wedding is less important than the venue itself. You can have a great or disastrous wedding on an international island or on a domestic beach. There’s no magical destination that will assure a perfect ceremony and reception. What will assure that, though, is the venue the couple chooses.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: My top tip for attending a destination wedding would be to be flexible. There are always potential delays with travel. Maybe it’s traffic on the road or a flight that’s canceled due to weather. You don’t want to miss the wedding because of travel delays, so make sure to plan accordingly. Add an extra day to the beginning of your travel plans, if possible.

Before you get there, be sure to check out the area online and find attractions or excursions that might interest you. The bridal party may be busy with the rehearsal and last minute wedding planning, so you can’t rely on them for entertainment or restaurant recommendations. If you can plan your own activities and turn they trip into a vacation for yourself (and your guest), you’ll have a better time.

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Don’t forget to pack sunscreen. The wedding is probably somewhere outdoors with lots of sun. Plan for it. This goes for the bride and the attendees. The last thing you want is to have irritated skin. It won’t photograph well either. And the thing about wedding photos is that after the wedding, they’re pretty much all you have. Years later, you don’t have the food or the cake or the playlist. But you do have your wedding photos. You don’t want to be bright red in them because you forgot to throw a bottle of sunscreen in your luggage.

Elegance & Simplicity

Favorite destination wedding location: My favorite destination is the Dominican Republic – I know the language and I used to live there. I have family there and local ties to a florist to make it easier for events in this country.  Ceremonies at private homes and resorts work well as most resorts have fantastic locations for ceremonies on the beach.  You can go rock climbing in the afternoon, and be back in time for a rehearsal dinner with fresh seafood and local produce bursting with Dominican pride and flavors!  Don’t forget the ice cream!  Go for Helados Bon.  Best ice cream in the country and perfect for a late night snack for your guests. La Romana and Punta Cana are the most popular cities for destination weddings in the Dominican Republic.

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: Try to go with the suggestions of the bride and groom for accommodations and activities – it is what they want to do and where they want you to be.  It will most likely be easier for them!  Try to pack as lightly as possible and have a backpack for last minute adventures.  Make the wedding like a vacation for yourself and invest in a few more days at the location either before or after – you won’t regret it. 

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: Don’t forget to pack a couple of outfits for each day for weather contingencies.  You will be upset if it’s raining and you don’t have the appropriate clothes!  Als, pack a portable cell phone battery so you don’t have to search for a place to plug in while you are out on your adventures!

The Wedding of Katrina Majkut of TheFeministBride.com at Willowdale Estate, Ipswich, MA. Photo: Randall Garnick Photography

The Feminist Bride

Favorite destination wedding location: I love traveling, so a new destination for me is always great whether it’s a vineyard, historic house, park or new state. For destination weddings, I’ve been marooned on top of a Michigan ski mountain, watched a Bermuda beach wedding get washed away, partied like The Great Gatsby in Newport, RI and tore upfem the shore on the Jersey Shore. Whatever the destination wedding, they’ve all been memorable and fun. 

Top tip for attending a destination wedding: Be self-sufficient. The soon-to-be newlyweds have a lot of their plate, if something is wrong with your stay, the travel or wedding logistics, don’t rely on them to fix the problem. Yes, you’ve probably spent a lot to get there, but as a second wedding present to them, manage it yourself so they can stay in their blissful bubble. The day is about them anyway. 

One thing you shouldn’t forget to pack: The most important items to bring to a destination wedding are a phone charger, comfy shoes, Excedrin and all the proper undergarments for your wedding attire. I had a destination wedding in Cape Cod and forgot 1/2 of my strapless, sticky bra; luckily, there was a Marshall’s across the street from the hotel and I managed to buy a second and affordable outfit 20 minutes before the ceremony started. And to boot, I got tons of compliments that night on my new dress!

After much anticipation, the grand prize stay for the ‘Eye Spy a Home in the Sky’ contest run by our sister company, TripAdvisor Rentals, is happening today!

Beatriz P. of Zaragoza, Spain won a once-in-a-lifetime experience, being the first person to ever stay aboard the famed Coca-Cola London Eye overnight. After nearly two decades—and over 60 million visitors—Beatriz will be the first to wake up above London as the sun rises over the Thames, in a luxury home created by TripAdvisor Rentals. After her stay on the Coca-Cola London Eye, she will be staying in a luxury rental in London for three additional nights.

Beatriz has chosen her 15-year-old son as her lucky companion on this money-can’t-buy experience. The pair has never traveled to London before, despite it being a long-term dream.

Stay tuned to this blog for exclusive video, images, and commentary from the event provided by the TripAdvisor team on the ground.

Update: 830am EST – The first ever images of the completed home on board this famous London landmark are in. The transformed capsule, designed by Wayfair, is a rainforest-inspired rooftop garden and offers a slice of serene paradise high above the bustling metropolis of London.

See the final, amazing look of the space!

Image courtesy of Wayfair

* All photo credits in this shoot to David Parry/PA Wire

Update: 230pm EST – See our Facebook Live video offering an exclusive tour of our beautiful home in the sky.

Coca-Cola London Eye Capsule Tour by TripAdvisor Rentals

Coca-Cola London Eye Capsule Tour by TripAdvisor Rentals

 

Update 330pm EST – Beatriz and her son, Mark Alexander, enter the capsule and get comfortable. See images from their “check in” below.

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Competition winner Beatriz Gaspar Pérez and her son Mark Alexander, aged 15, are the first to stay overnight in a capsule on the Coca-Cola London Eye, which has been transformed by TripAdvisor Rentals and Wayfair into a rainforest inspired rooftop garden to launch their #SkyHighStay campaign. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 17, 2017. Photo credit should read: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

* All photo credits in this shoot to Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Update 400pm EST: Get an exclusive, behind the scenes look at the Wayfair team putting the finishing touches on the capsule during early morning hours.

Nothing beats a summer in New England. From the scenic sands of Cape Cod Bay to the expansive, windswept beaches of southern Maine, New England comes alive from June through August.

Millions of visitors flock to the northeast for a lobster roll and a relaxing summer vacation week. But, due to high demand, prices for hotels and the major hot spots can be astounding.

Luckily, FlipKey has got you covered. We looked at our summer rate data to determine which New England beach locales are looking like a total steal this year.

Book a vacation rental in one of these eight towns and you’ll enjoy the space, privacy, and amenities of home for a fraction of the cost. Result!

Buzzards Bay, MA | Avg Summer Weekly Rate: $1001

Compare to Barnstable, MA | $4283

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In Massachusetts, Cape Cod is considered a slice of heaven on Earth. Demand for the towns along Route 6A creates a pricing level that many travelers struggle to meet. So what’s the secret to enjoying the Cape Cod experience while saving a few bucks? Booking a rental in Buzzards Bay, an area near the Bourne Bridge (the unofficial start of Cape Cod), of course! Here you can pay $3000 per week less than someone staying in Barnstable (a mid-Cape hotspot). Plus, you can drive and visit all the same Cape attractions and beaches while resting your head knowing you booked yourself an affordable New England beach vacation.

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Dennis Port, MA | Avg Summer Weekly Rate $1685

Compare to West Hyannisport, MA | $4678

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Despite its small scale, Dennis Port offers a variety of beaches on both its northern and southern borders. It’s easy to explore the Cape using Dennis Port as your home base. Two of the largest and most vibrant towns in the area, Hyannis and Provincetown, are less than 30 minutes away by car. A week in West Hyannisport, a similar oceanside Cape town, will cost you an eye-watering $3000 more.

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Newburyport, MA | Avg Summer Weekly Rate $2065

Compare to Rockport, MA | $3198

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The north shore of Massachusetts has its own don’t-miss charms, too. Take Newburyport, for example. Anchored on a rich Maritime heritage, this seaside town offers a lifestyle that is second-to-none. Stroll along the brick-lined downtown and watch the street performers ply their trade on colonial cobblestones. For your days at the beach, drive over to sandy, serene Plum Island at the northern tip of the town. If you plan to spend a week in historic Rockport instead, you’ll be coughing up an extra $1200.

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Hampton, NH | Avg Summer Weekly Rate $1777

Compare to Meredith, NH | $3830

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Travel northbound on the same stretch of sand as Plum Island and you’ll land in Hampton, New Hampshire. Hampton Beach State Park is the main attraction here as thousands of tourists enjoy the swimming, hiking, and picnic areas offered. For the non-beach crowd that still loves the sun, spend the day zooming down the slides at Water Country, New England’s largest water park. In Meredith, another New Hampshire summer hot spot, you’ll be forking over $2100 more for a rental.

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Narragansett, RI | Avg Summer Weekly Rate $2366

Compare to Newport, RI | $3295

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For an affordable New England vacation, you’ll want to head to Narragansett in little Rhode Island, where the town beach is the star. Don’t forget to get out of the sun for a while and tour one of the area’s famous lighthouses, Point Judith Lighthouse, which has been warning sailors since before the American Revolution. You’ll be saving a boatload choosing Narragansett over Newport, where you’d be spending $1000 more for a week’s stay.

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Old Saybrook, CT | Avg Summer Weekly Rate $2208

Compare to East Hampton, CT | $2717

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Bordered on two sides by the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound, Old Saybrook embodies the spirit of small town waterfront living. After a few days spent frolicking on Harvey’s Beach, you should explore the area on the Old Saybrook Walking Tour, a self-guided jaunt from the railroad station to the “millstone” highlighting 37 homes, churches and buildings. If driving is more your speed, the Old Saybrook Loop Ride is a 10-mile scenic circle to the Long Island Sound and back again. A week in East Hampton, CT will cost you $500 more than a week in Old Saybrook for a similar rental.

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Wells, ME | Avg Summer Weekly Rate $1838

Compare to Kennebunkport, ME | $3894

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Wells is a friendly Maine beach town without the pomp. You’ll find seven miles of oceanfront to explore, including Crescent Beach and Drake’s Island Beach. You can reconnect with nature in Wells, too. At the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, you can hike along the one-mile Carson Trail, which meanders through pine woods and offers views of tidal salt marshes. If you’d prefer a week in upscale Kennebunkport, be prepared to shell out $2000 extra clams.

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Swan’s Island, ME | Avg Summer Weekly Rate $1118

Compare to Mount Desert, ME | $2936

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For an unforgettable, affordable visit to Acadia National Park in the summer, avoid a rental in nearby Bar Harbor, and choose to take the ferry over to Swan’s Island, instead. The six-mile ocean crossing takes about 30 minutes. And when you get there? There’s a quarry for swimming on the island, as well as scenic places to visit on foot or bicycle. Staying on Mount Desert Island proper will cost you an extra $1800 for the week.

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We’ve done all the hard work and found all the hidden gems. The rest is up to you. Plan and book your best New England trip yet (at an affordable price) with FlipKey!

Want to expand your beach weekend beyond New England? Check out the best beach weekends in the Northeast from our friends at TripAdvisor!

Planning a trip to the Monterey Jazz Festival this year? We’ve got you covered!

Debuting in 1958, the Monterey Jazz Festival is one of the longest-running jazz festivals in the world. Featuring famous and soon-to-be-famous artists, musicians like Louis Armstrong, Herbie Hancock, and B.B. King all played here. But live music is just the beginning! Activities like movement workshops for kids, student jam sessions, and even tai chi workshops take place throughout the day.

From sipping rare wines to exploring the gorgeous coastline, we’ve uncovered some of the must-dos in the area. Consider booking one of the many vacation rentals near Monterey County Fairgrounds on FlipKey so you can check everything off our list.

Where to Find Monterey Jazz Festival Vacation Rentals

Monterey is the place to be in September each year when the Monterey Jazz Festival rolls into town. Reserve a nearby vacation rental in advance so you can have the weekend’s festivities at your fingertips. Whether you find a place within walking distance to the festival, or choose a beachfront bungalow on Monterey Bay, renting a home for the event is sure to be less expensive than booking multiple (and costly!) hotel rooms for you and your group.

If you’re searching for more budget-friendly options, the neighboring city of San Jose is also a popular place to find rentals. You can make it to the show in under an hour and enjoy more space for less money.

Where to Eat During Monterey Jazz Festival

Alvarado Street Brewery

Monterey County is a foodie paradise with a bounty of local agriculture, viticulture, and sustainable seafood. Visitors can explore this Mecca via fork and knife, and also tour farm and field to experience the roots of Monterey County. Here are some of our favorites:

Cannery Row Brewing Company | 95 Prescott Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940

Cin-Cin | 368 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

Jeninni | 542 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Alvarado Street Brewery | 426 Alvarado Street Monterey, CA 93940

Cantinetta Luca | Dolores Street between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Where to Drink During Monterey Jazz Festival

Folktale Winery & Vineyard

Monterey County was named as one of 2013’s “Top Ten Wine Travel Destinations” in the world by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and for good reason. The cold, deep waters of Monterey Bay bring fog and moderate temperatures to the area throughout the growing season, and infuse every drop of Monterey County’s wine with an impressive style, flavor, and structure. There are plenty of options in the area, so head to one of these top Monterey wine bars and tasting rooms to sip a flawless vintage:

Caraccioli Cellars | Dolores between Ocean and 7th Streets, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Manzoni Wines | Paseo Courtyard w/s of San Carlos between Ocean & 7th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Big Basin Vineyards | 14598 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

Folktale Winery & Vineyard | 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

Fogarty Winery | 19501 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside, CA 94062

What to Do During Monterey Jazz Festival

When you’re not recovering from jazz fest activities in the comfort of your vacation rental, there’s lots to see and do in Monterey. Tour the historic homes of Monterey State Park or take the kids for an afternoon of play at the Youth Museum. Have a need for speed after all that smooth jazz? Feel the thrill of a live race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. We recommend checking out the following attractions during your trip:

Monterey State Historic Park | 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Dali17 Museum | 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

MY Museum – Monterey County Youth Museum | 425 Washington Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History | 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca | 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA 93908

Now get out there and start booking your trip to the Monterey Jazz Festival today!

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer. The first chance to head to the beach, spend time with family, and work on your base tan.

On FlipKey, we have over 170,000 vacation rentals available in the USA for MDW. No matter where you choose to celebrate our military heroes, consider booking a rental which has the space, privacy, and amenities you’re used to at home.

To help with your decision-making process, we’ve picked 10 top destinations that are not only generating interest, but that all have a median nightly rate under $100 (2BR) over the long weekend. Here’s to your best Memorial Day yet!

Lewes, Delaware | Median Nightly Rate: $50

Rich in history, Lewes, DE is known as ‘The First Town In the First State”, and is one of Delaware’s top summer destinations for MDW and beyond. Situated where the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay converge, visitors flock to Lewes for the Maritime Festival on Sunday (featuring historical reenactments and ship tours) and the traditional Memorial Day parade on Monday.

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Washington, Utah | Median Nightly Rate: $60

Grab your hiking gear and your fishing pole and head to Washington, Utah for the long weekend. Located next to the beautiful Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park, southwestern Utah is an outdoorsy-type’s dream.

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Seminole, Florida | Median Nightly Rate: $67

All the sandy beaches, palm trees and flawless weather of Clearwater and Tampa, but none of the crowds. Seminole is an affordable alternative to some of the other major west Florida locales. The Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony in nearby Largo, featuring a color guard demonstration and live military music, is well-worth a visit.

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Stone Harbor, New Jersey | Median Nightly Rate: $71

A family-oriented alternative to nearby Atlantic City, Stone Harbor has resisted the development of high-rise buildings and large tourist numbers common in many other beach towns. Stone Harbor has a full slate of events for MDW including a touch football tournament right on the beach. Game on!

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Fayetteville, West Virginia | Median Nightly Rate: $80

Adventure in West Virginia starts in Fayetteville, a town right in the heart of the New River Gorge. Kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and the world’s best rock climbing are all outside your door. And speaking of the great outdoors, park movie showings and a spring trail run both top the Memorial Day weekend activities. When you’re feeling hungry from all the action, don’t miss out on a meal at Cathedral Cafe, a turn-of-the-century converted church with towering stained-glass windows.

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Nokomis, Florida | Median Nightly Rate: $80

Bordered by the cities of Sarasota and Venice, Nokomis is justifiably known for its beautiful seashore. Visitors to Nokomis enjoy friendly small-town living and a relaxed, beach-town atmosphere. Don’t leave after the long weekend without stopping at Nokomis Groves, a farm where families can fill a self-picked bag of oranges and try a cone of fruit-infused soft serve ice cream.

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Southport, North Carolina | Median Nightly Rate: $85

Southport is located on the North Carolina coast, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. This small, 2.2 square mile village is a stunning combination of historic residences, lush coastal landscaping, and miles of water in every direction. Take cover during MDW, though. Southport’s annual Memorial Day observance, Days of Remembrance, features a firing of the Historical Society’s cannon “Thor.”

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Yucca Valley, California | Median Nightly Rate: $88

Yucca Valley is the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, an incredible desert setting with rock formations and undiscovered trails that beg to be explored. Try not to spend all your time out in the park, though, because within the town limits there are plenty of fun activities for your holiday weekend. Known locally as the “Grubstake Events”, sign up for horseshoe tournament, a round of golf, and even a tug-of-war.

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Greenwood Village, Colorado | Median Nightly Rate: $90

With more than 300 acres of parks and 100 acres of undeveloped open space, Greenwood Village is a smart alternative to staying in downtown Denver. The trail system provides 40 miles of scenic walking and biking areas. Prefer a slower pace to your weekend? Check out the public art exhibits at Samson Park, or see a concert at The Curtis Arts & Humanities Center.

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Henderson, Nevada | Median Nightly Rate: $95

South of Las Vegas and west of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, Henderson comes alive over Memorial Day weekend. Golf any of eight championship courses or explore the Botanical Cactus Garden, the world’s largest cactus collection. Henderson lets you come up close and personal with wildlife, too. Take your binoculars to the Bird Viewing Preserve or spend the day among the big cats at the Lion Habitat Ranch.

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Struggling with summer FOMO? Fear not, because we’re letting you in on a pretty big secret: 2017’s most popular summer vacation spots.

We’ve included the list of our top 20 US summer vacation destinations for 2017, ranked by total bookings (stay dates between June 1 and August 31, 2017). Some are by the beach, some are full of history, and others offer one heck of a party.

Take a cue from your fellow travelers and book a rental on FlipKey in one of our top US summer vacation destinations for 2017.

#20 | Williamsburg, Virginia

A colonial town square in Williamsburg, VA

A blend of historical sites and family-friendly attractions make Williamsburg, Virginia a popular spot for FlipKey travelers this summer. Colonial era re-enactments offer a glimpse into times gone by, while major theme park Busch Gardens offers plenty of fun.

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#19 | Nashville, Tennessee

Downtown Nashville at night.

The country music capital of the world lives up to its reputation by day and by night. From the historic music venues to the world-class BBQ joints and never-ending nightlife, it’s no surprise Nashville appears on our list. Fans will be flocking to Nashville in June for the annual Country Music Awards, too.

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#18 | North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A girl on horseback riding on North Myrtle Beach oceanfront.

North Myrtle Beach hugs the South Carolina coast at the northern end of its famous Grand Strand strip. Property bookings are high in this specific section (Myrtle Beach proper ranks on our list at #5) thanks to miles of clean, uncrowded beachfront and thousands of available rentals to suit any need.

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#17 | Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

A rustic cabin in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Southern hospitality, beautiful terrain, and a lively, upbeat charm make Pigeon Forge a top summer destination. This Tennessee town stands as a gateway to 500,000 acres of Appalachian wilderness. If hiking over 800 miles of mountain trails and camping in dense ancient forests isn’t your thing, head over to Dollywood Amusement Park for a different sort of thrill.

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#16 | Orange Beach, Alabama

Gateway to the sand in Orange Beach, AL

A great family beach vacation spot, Orange Beach, Alabama, offers miles of pristine sand, dolphin-sighting cruises, championship golf courses, fishing charters and nature hikes. Kids love coming face-to-face with gators at nearby Alligator Alley or take a trip to the arcade at Adventure Island.

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#15 | South Lake Tahoe, California

A couple hiking, overlooking a vista in South Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe is full of seriously jaw-dropping scenery. Popular in all four seasons, this area has endless activities for the outdoorsy type. Enjoy paddle boarding and kayaking on the lake, then hike or bike to the Mount Tallac summit. FlipKey has amazing properties circling this massive lake.

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#14 | Las Vegas, Nevada

The iconic Las Vegas sign welcomes visitors to the city.

What else needs to be said about a summer trip to Sin City? Pool parties by day make way for the twinkling casino lights and electronic soundtrack of the slot machines at night. For an extra treat, see David Copperfield or Britney Spears in concert, two of the Las Vegas’ most famous resident entertainers.

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#13 | Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The gorgeous Smoky Mountains outside Gatlinburg, TN.

Near Pigeon Forge (#17 on our list), Gatlinburg sits alongside Smoky Mountain National Park. Miles of trails complete with stunning views, unique attractions, and a friendly, atmosphere make Gatlinburg a popular summertime destination for all ages. If you’re looking for an authentic log cabin escape in Tennessee, FlipKey has hundreds of options, no matter what you’re looking for.

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#12 | Hilton Head, South Carolina

A boardwalk leading to the beach in Hilton Head, SC

There’s plenty to see and do in Hilton Head, including six distinct marina shopping and dining villages. Get outdoors at the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, which offers a close-up look at a swamp without having to get dirty (thanks to raised boardwalks!). Sports enthusiasts keep coming back due to the world-class golf courses and pristine bike trails. And with views this pretty, who can blame them?

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#11 | Gulf Shores, Alabama

Relax on a deck chair next to the beach in Gulf Shores, AL.

The breathtaking white beaches and clear waters are just a few of the many luxuries at the Gulf Shores. Set sail on a chartered sunset dolphin dinner cruise, or jump into the Gulf and see the ocean like never before while snorkeling aboard a glass-bottom catamaran. Bring your fishing pole, too. The Orange Beach Red Snapper World Championships are held annually between June 1st and August 4th.

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#10 | Destin, Florida

Destin can be seen from above along Florida Panhandle.

Destin is a world-class beach and fishing resort community located in the Florida panhandle. A classic Florida beach destination, Destin welcomes millions of families every year for summer vacation. Looking for an oceanfront rental in Destin? FlipKey has a property for every budget and taste.

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#9  | Ocean City, Maryland

The boardwalk in Ocean City has a number of family-friendly attractions.

A beach party, an iconic boardwalk, and thousands of available rentals combine to make Ocean City one of the top US summer vacation destinations in 2017. Stroll the three-mile Boardwalk along the seafront while sampling salt water taffy and other old-fashioned treats. Here, the summer season explodes with special concerts, beach bonfires, and kids activities.

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#8 | Port Aransas, Texas

A jetty heads out into the ocean in Port Aransas, TX.

Port Aransas has become a fishing, beach, and resort destination, with summer populations swelling to 60,000. Come to Port Aransas for the warm Gulf waters, and stay for the incredible bird watching. The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center has several viewing scopes, including one at the top of an observation tower for sweeping vistas of whooping cranes and other rare birds.

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#7 | South Padre Island, Texas

A family plays on the beach while the sun sets in South Padre Island.

Situated at the tip of Texas, South Padre Island is known for its pristine coastlines. With 24 miles of uninterrupted beaches, it’s a firm favorite among summer travelers who like to hit the beach and be outdoors. Go horseback riding on the beach, swim in the clear, turquoise waters, or go birdwatching from one of the boardwalks along the coast.

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#6 | Galveston, Texas

A beautiful sunset over the beach in Galveston, Texas.

A wealth of cultural and historic institutions, paired with more than 30 miles of beaches make Galveston an ideal vacation destination. If you go, don’t forget your walking shoes. With several historic homes and mansions, plus14 museums and 20 art galleries, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Families will enjoy the many child-friendly attractions, including Moody Gardens, with its replica of a tropical rain forest.

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#5 | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

View of Myrtle Beach and the ferris wheel from the ocean.

After its stint as a spring break hot spot in March, Myrtle Beach transforms into the ultimate family getaway for summertime. Bring the kids to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk for a spin on the SkyWheel, classic carnival games, and sugary treats. Another must-see attraction is Broadway at the Beach — a shopping, dining, and entertainment venue in the heart of Myrtle Beach. For those who prefer sand and sea, try your hand at parasailing or jet skiing. Hey, you only live once, right?

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#4 | Davenport, Florida

Award-winning golf courses are everywhere in Davenport, FL.

Here begins a run of Disney-related popular destinations. Davenport ranks at #4, with the theme parks being the major reason families flock here every summer. Just 35 miles south of Orlando, Davenport offers easy access to the parks in a more affordable setting. Take advantage of the area’s other family theme parks, including Universal Studios and Busch Gardens.

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#3 | Orlando, Florida

Families flock to Orlando, FL to experience the wide world of Disney.

The theme park capital of the world, Orlando is home to Walt Disney World, Discovery Cove, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Universal Studios. Impressive, huh? For a less adrenaline-pumping afternoon, enjoy the quiet natural beauty of the Harry P. Leu Gardens, or enjoy a seaweed scrub at a luxury day spa.

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#2 | Kissimmee, Florida

A lone fisherman searches for supper in the waters outside Kissimmee.

Just a quick drive south of Orlando, Kissimmee, Florida is a popular place for families looking to experience the magic of Walt Disney World. Seeking more solitude? Retreat to the headwaters of the Everglades, where you’ll discover an ecosystem alive with birds, alligators, and exotic flora.

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#1 | Panama City Beach, Florida

PCB is the #1 US summer vacation destination in 2017.

Ranking at #1 on our list of top US summer vacation destinations in 2017 is Panama City Beach, FL. With its trademark white sand and warm Gulf waters, our top summer hot spot attracts everyone from spring breakers to retirees, singles to families. As a result, Panama City offers a range of activities for all ages and interests. From deep sea fishing excursions to a day out on Shell Island, there’s something for all tastes here which is why so many FlipKey travelers are heading to PCB this summer.

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Love hiking and being in nature, but hate the idea of “roughing it”? We’ve got you. Today, we’re highlighting eight of our most popular one-bedroom forest cabin rentals. Hikers, climbers, birdwatchers, honeymooners, solo travelers and weary city dwellers have all booked relaxing stays at these properties. So next time you head off to the woods, leave the tent at home and book a stay at a forest cabin rental on FlipKey.

Top Forest Cabin Rentals

Forest HouseEastsound, WA

“My stay here was a gift, and I did not know the destination until I arrived. Absolutely enchanting.” – FlipKey review

At Forest House, guests sleep in the canopy of the native Madrone trees on Orcas Island. The unique, round design was custom-built using only natural materials found in the Pacific Northwest.

$337 per night

At Forest House, guests sleep in the canopy of the native Madrone trees on Orcas Island. The unique, round design was custom-built using only natural materials found in the Pacific Northwest. Plus, the deck space and clear glass windows allow visitors to enjoy the panoramic forest and ocean views (for some serious Instagram opportunities)! Ready to explore? Nearby Moran State Park has over 35 miles of trails for hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and more.

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Art CabinGreeley, PA

“Unique experience, one of the coolest places I’ve stayed!” – FlipKey review

Surrounded by custom sculptures and a man-made pond, this forest rental offers high-end conveniences like a sauna and a bathroom with heated floors to cut through those frigid mountain mornings.

$150 per night

The solitude of nature combined with the luxuries of home are found at Art Cabin, one of our most popular Pennsylvania rentals. Surrounded by custom sculptures and a man-made pond, this forest rental offers high-end conveniences like a sauna and a bathroom with heated floors to cut through those frigid mountain mornings.

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Lover’s LookoutGatlinburg, TN

“Cozy, relaxing getaway in the middle of it all!” – FlipKey review

This forest cabin rental is perfect for couples or small families looking to explore the Smoky Mountains.

$130 per night

Nestled in an ideal location (between cabin rental meccas Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge), the Lover’s Lookout property has welcomed dozens of FlipKey guests already this year. This rental is perfect for couples or small families looking to explore the Smoky Mountains. Start your day with coffee on the porch while you take in the panoramic mountain views, then end your day in the same space with a soak in the hot tub.

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Jungle FeverPigeon Forge, TN

“One of the best vacations I’ve ever had.” – FlipKey review

Decorated with an African jungle theme, this cabin displays artwork, sculptures, and unique decor that will make you feel a long way from Tennessee.

$125 per night

Our Jungle Fever rental is another Smoky Mountains gem, located in picturesque Pigeon Forge. Decorated with an African jungle theme, this cabin displays artwork, sculptures, and unique decor that will make you feel a long way from Tennessee.

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Snuggle Bear CabinBig Bear Lake, CA

“Cozy cabin in a winter wonderland!” – FlipKey review

This adorably named forest cabin is located just outside Sugarloaf Mountain in southern California.

$160 per night

This adorably named forest cabin is located just outside Sugarloaf Mountain in southern California. Guests love the cathedral ceilings and windows that look upon the surrounding pines (and we can see why!). The paneled walls and knotty pine staircase also add just the right amount of woodsy mountain feel.

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The Enchanted CottageDugspur, VA

“The worst part was leaving…” – FlipKey review

$115 per night

If you’ve ever dreamt of small woodland creatures waking you, dressing you, and helping you start another beautiful day like Snow White, The Enchanted Cottage might be as close as you’ll get. For starters, there’s a four-tiered water garden complete with a koi pond to sooth you as you sit on the large front porch, surrounded by wildflowers, peonies, and hydrangeas. Nestled near the Virginia-North Carolina border, The Enchanted Cottage is close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, New River State Park, and all that Southwest Virginia has to offer.

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Marsh Hollow | Laurelville, OH

“In a word, Pinewood Cabin is perfect!” – FlipKey Review

Marsh Hollow is a 34-acre private retreat offering woods to explore, a shallow creek to splash through, and near 10,000 acres of adventures in Hocking Hills State Park.

$137 per night

Marsh Hollow is a 34-acre private retreat offering woods to explore, a shallow creek to splash through, and near 10,000 acres of adventures in Hocking Hills State Park. The owners take great care in adding personal touches for your stay like chopped wood for your campfire and personalized robes. If you’re visiting in the winter, a cheery wood stove will warm your stay.

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Bearly Naked Log CabinGatlinburg, TN

“Doesn’t get any better than this…” – FlipKey review

Bearly Naked is great for honeymoons, anniversaries or for that much-needed cabin getaway you've been dreaming of.

$145 per night

Serene mountain views surround this popular Smoky Mountain rental. Bearly Naked is great for honeymoons, anniversaries or for that much-needed cabin getaway you’ve been dreaming of. From the heart-shaped jacuzzi tub to the custom billiards table, you can’t beat the privacy and luxury that this vacation rental offers.

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After weeks of anticipation and thousands of entries, the winner of TripAdvisor Rental’s ‘Eye Spy a Home in the Sky’ contest was announced today – Beatriz P. of Zaragoza, Spain!

Meet Beatriz

Beatriz won a once-in-a-lifetime experience, being the first person to ever stay aboard the famed Coca-Cola London Eye overnight. After nearly two decadesand over 60 million visitorsBeatriz will be the first to wake up above London as the sun rises over the Thames. She could not be more thrilled at the opportunity. “I’ll be turning 41 in two days and this is the best birthday present ever!” said, Beatriz.

Image provided by Wayfair

The Coca-Cola London Eye capsule will be furnished by Wayfair, one of the largest online destinations for the home. Inspired by a five-star rain forest getaway, this enchanting glasshouse combines natural elements with urban style. Lush green foliage, trailing fairy lights, and tropical touches abound, while a posh bed, luxury linens, and boutique chic décor bring a whole new meaning to sleeping under the stars. It’s like a secret rooftop garden—only this one has views of one of the world’s iconic cities from every angle.

The overnight stay will take place on May 17. Beatriz is bringing her teenage son along as her guest. She says, “He is the love of my life and the best company that I can have there. Also, he will really enjoy the trip.”

Surrounded by a panorama of the city’s most famous landmarks, this sky-high sleepover promises a night like no other.

Afterwards, Beatriz and her son will spend three additional nights at a London rental. She has not been to London before and is looking forward to visiting the whole city, the British Museum and Madame Tussauds. In Zaragoza, Beatriz works as a stylist and is looking forward to going on this adventure with her son.

Stay tuned to our blog as we’ll have a full recap of her stay aboard the Coca-Cola London Eye next month – and follow along on social media using the hashtag #SkyHighStay!

London Eye Experiences

Missed out on the #SkyHighStay? Not to worry, TripAdvisor provides VIP London Eye experiences for travelers every day. Get the royal treatment by booking the “Skip the Line” package on TripAdvisor—you’ll bypass the queue with priority boarding for your rotation in a shared capsule—or the “Champagne Experience” for a special toast while you take in the view.

Travelers looking to take it to the next level can even book a private capsule on TripAdvisor. Capsules fit up to 24 guests, making it perfect for an event or special occasion.

No matter where you’re heading, experience the best your destination has to offer—in addition to rentals, you can book thousands of tours and attractions on TripAdvisor.