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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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After a long winter inside, treat yourself to a vacation at a rental property that gets you outdoors. On FlipKey, there are thousands of rentals with porches, patios, and wrap-around decks that feature unparalleled amenities (think grills, pools, and hot tubs). Even better, many of these outdoor spaces come equipped with world-class views. Leave the dark, cold, and miserable winter behind and book your escape on FlipKey!

Cruzan Sands Villa | Saint Croix, USVI

3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8.

At the Cruzan Sands Villa, you can relax on the spacious wrap-around porch and watch the tropical birds fly by. Sunbathers have a spacious deck on which to lounge by the freshwater swimming pool and enjoy the views of the Caribbean Sea. With over 1800 square feet of outdoor entertainment space, a stay at this villa in Saint Croix will start your summer off right.

FlipKey favorites near this rental…

Eat: Ziggy’s Island Market | 5088 Estate Solitude, Christiansted, USVI 00820

Play: Cruzan Cowgirls Horseback Riding | Rhythms at Rainbow Beach, Frederiksted, USVI 00840

SeeSt. George Village Botanical Garden | 127 Estate St. George Frederiksted, USVI 00840

Stay: Check out Cruzan Sands Villa on FlipKey!

Nature’s Dream | Sevierville, TN

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10.

Take in the fresh forest air at Nature’s Dream, a vacation rental nestled beside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home accommodates up to 10 and features cozy, cabin-themed decor. When you’re ready for some fresh air, step out onto two levels of a wrap-around porch to enjoy the forest views from the hot tub, rocking chairs, or porch swings.

FlipKey favorites near this rental…

Eat: Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant | 240 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN 37862

PlayTennessee Museum of Aviation | 135 Air Museum Way, Sevierville, TN 37862

See: The Apple Barn Winery | 240 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN 37862

Stay: Check out Nature’s Dream on FlipKey!

Borrego Springs Home | Borrego Springs, CA

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4.

Start your mornings off with breathtaking mountain views and a refreshing cup of coffee on the patio of this Southwestern-style Borrego Springs Home. Take advantage of the phenomenal climate by dining ‘al fresco’ in the stunning outdoor space then, when darkness falls, roast marshmallows around the gas fire pit under a starry Californian sky.

FlipKey favorites near this rental…

Eat: Carlee’s | 660 Palm Canyon Dr., Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Play: California Overland Desert Excursions1233 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

See: Borrego Night Sky Tours | Christmas Cir, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Stay: Check out Borrego Springs Home on FlipKey!

Sapphire Deck Cabin | Sapphire, NC

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8.

Experience the beauty of North Carolina’s countryside from this cozy log cabin. Surrounded by fragrant pines, the rental offers panoramic views that visitors can enjoy from the wood-trimmed deck. Fire up the gas grill and prepare some juicy burgers as you watch the changing colors of a Carolina sunset.

FlipKey favorites near this rental…

Eat: Canyon Kitchen | 94 Lonesome Valley Rd, Sapphire, NC 28774

Play: Sapphire Valley Ski Resort | 4000 HWY 64 West, Sapphire, NC 28774

See: Gorges State Park | 976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire, NC 28774

Stay: Check out Sapphire Deck Cabin on FlipKey!

La Quinta House | La Quinta, CA

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6.

Double glass-paneled doors lead to a beautiful back patio at this La Quinta House. Lounge under a shade umbrella and fall asleep to the elegant fountain’s running water and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Need more sunshine? Take your drink to the roof seating-equipped roof deck to enjoy panoramic views of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

FlipKey favorites near this rental…

Eat: Lavender Bistro | 78-073 Calle Barcelona, La Quinta, CA 92253

Play: Desert Adventures | 60151 Trilogy Pkwy #2, La Quinta, CA 92253

See: HAVNFUN hot air ballooning | 78710 Avenida Naranja, La Quinta, CA 92253

Stay: Check out La Quinta House on FlipKey!

Heart of Texas Ranch | Marble Falls, TX

11 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 30.

With room for 30 of your nearest and dearest, this 55-acre vacation rental is ideal for family celebrations. The Heart of Texas Ranch comes complete with a private hot tub and a 6,000 square foot (not a misprint) wrap-around covered porch. You can see hill country for miles as you serve up a BBQ to your entire family on the front porch—with much room to spare!

FlipKey favorites near this rental…

Eat: Blue Bonnet Cafe | 281 Hwy 281, Marble Falls, TX 78654

Play: Jolly Rodgers Paddle Co. | 120 S Main St Marble Falls, TX 78654

See: Save The World Brewing Co. | 1510 Resource Pkwy, Marble Falls TX 78654

Stay: Check out Heart of Texas Ranch on FlipKey!

Calistoga House | Napa Valley, CA

7 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14.

Boasting over 5,000 square feet of living space, Calistoga House combines a contrast of victorian farmhouse architecture and contemporary decor. Gaze out at stunning California views while sitting at the chic dining patio or love seats. Further explore the home’s charming landscape by venturing to the rosemary or rose lavender gardens, located just steps from the terrace.

FlipKey favorites near this rental…

Eat: Bosko’s Trattoria | 1364 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515

Play: Sharpsteen Museum | 1311 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515

See: Old Faithful Geyser of California | 1299 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515

Stay: Check out Calistoga House on FlipKey!

Guadalupe River Lodge | Seguin, TX

7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 32.

This lodge-style vacation rental is situated on tree-lined waterfront property. Visitors rave about the large deck for entertaining with a firepit, patio furniture and river access from the attached pier. There’s also a secret garden on the property, providing a peaceful outdoor haven. Additionally, two of the home’s eight bedrooms feature French doors leading to private decks overlooking the river.

FlipKey favorites near this rental…

Eat: Davila’s BBQ | 418 W Kingsbury St, Seguin, TX 78155

Play: ZDT’s Amusement Park | 301 W Kingsbury St, Seguin, TX 78155

See: Blue Lotus Winery | 5151 FM 20, Seguin, TX 78155

Stay: Check out Guadalupe River Lodge on FlipKey!

Turtle House | Leeward, Turks & Caicos

7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14.

Located on a private cove, Turtle House incorporates classic Caribbean tropes with Asian elements. Crafted as a series of pavilions, it offers the utmost in comfort. Dotting the terrace (located just steps to the sea) are porticos, outdoor lounging areas, a sunbed, and hammocks.

FlipKey favorites near this rental…

Eat: Coco Bistro | Grace Bay Rd, Turks And Caicos Islands

Play: Provo Golf Club | Grace Bay Providenciales, Turks And Caicos Islands

See: Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation | Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands

StayCheck out Turtle House on FlipKey!

Millions of travelers visit Destin each year for family-friendly activities, warm Gulf waters, and soft, white sand beaches. Make your next stay in Florida unforgettable with these handpicked rentals available on FlipKey. From incredible ocean views to unparalleled amenities, we’ve selected luxurious oceanfront properties that prove Destin is one of the top vacation rental destinations in the world.

Lune Lac

5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12.

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Lune Lac is a beachfront home you have to see to believe. Visitors enjoy panoramic views of the ocean from most points in the house, but the view from the dining room table is jaw-dropping (pictured above). The wine fridge, heated pool, and lounge chairs available on the private deck might make walks on the beach an afterthought.

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As Sweet As Possible

8 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 32.

Speaking of space, As Sweet As Possible can accommodate up to 32 guests inside its tastefully decorated walls. Take the party outside where a 80,000-gallon resort-style swimming pool, complete with a dry bar and twelve swim-up bar stools, awaits. A little too sunburnt from all that glorious weather? Head into the game room just off the deck, complete with a pool table and foosball.

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Villa Princessa

8 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 26.

Villa Princessa is 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms of pure opulence on the Destin waterfront. Once you tire of the jacuzzi jets in the splash pool (if that’s even possible), choose one of the ten flat screen TVs (yes, you read that correctly!) and pick out a movie from the game room. The complimentary bicycles are quite handy considering Villa Princess offers direct access to one of Destin’s busiest beaches.

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Serenity Shores

5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16.

At Serenity Shores you won’t have to worry about racing to choose the best bedroom. With 84 total windows, this rental offers unforgettable views of the Gulf from all three floors. There’s also a 349 square foot pool with splash down fountains. Off the back deck, you can watch the dolphins play in the surf and catch a glimpse of the sun as it sets beyond the horizon.

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Sea Breeze

7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14.

Sea Breeze is a Destin oceanfront dream home with a modern style. Guests love the contemporary touches, from the bathroom fixtures to the coffee tables. The sitting room by the patio doors (pictured above) welcomes in a gorgeous Gulf breeze.

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Bella Costa

5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16.

The immaculate Bella Costa rental offers amenities for all interests. A custom gourmet kitchen beckons the chef of the family. For sun worshipers, the spacious patio includes plenty of lounge chairs, while an outdoor spiral staircase leads to a covered balcony with alfresco dining. If you’re an activity aficionado, you’ll love the beach cruiser bikes included with this rental. If you’re not, you’ll love the Netflix subscription and smart TVs!

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The Emerald

7 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 22.

It doesn’t get much more “oceanfront” than The Emerald rental in Destin. After a short 50 yard trip to your private boardwalk, your feet will hit perfect white sand. And the best part? With space for 22 guests, you’ll be able to invite all of your favorite people on this trip!

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Tuscany at Destin-by-the-Sea

7 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 22.

It may not be the Italian countryside, but the Tuscany rental at Destin-by-the-Sea is just as glamorous as a European getaway. You have everything you need right here! From a jacuzzi tub to granite counters and plenty of room for multiple families, Tuscany is an ideal choice for your trip to Destin.

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Most travelers can recite the top New England tourist attractions pretty easily – walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, drive through Vermont during fall foliage season, go hiking in Maine, etc. But you’d be surprised at how many five-star New England tourist attractions are just off the beaten path. We’ve mentioned our favorite hidden gems below to create the ultimate list of New England attractions that deserve more hype.

30 New England Tourist Attractions That Deserve More Hype

Connecticut

The Essex Steam Train is a top New England tourist attraction in Connecticut.

Pictured: Essex Steam Train

Essex Steam Train (Essex)

Vintage Pullman locomotive trolleys take riders through the Connecticut landscape, ending with a riverboat cruise. Themed rides like the Polar Express and Thomas the Tank Engine are a major hit with children.

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Music Mountain (Falls Village)

This country-located venue offers chamber music concerts on Sunday afternoons, and a range of popular music on Saturday evenings. Concerts take place in an intimate, church-like setting.

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Keeler Tavern Museum (Ridgefield)

The Keeler Tavern Museum has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, and post office. Today, visitors can take a tour of the home to marvel at its history, including the errant cannonball lodged in the side during the Battle of Ridgefield.

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The Barnum Museum (Bridgeport)

The Barnum Museum is full of local history and unusual exhibits showcasing the famous circus and its eccentric owner. Come for the accurate 19th-century furnishings, stay for the homages to the freaks who made the circus such a spectacle.

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Earthplace (Westport)

At Earthplace, Connecticut’s nature and scientific research center, visitors can enjoy public trails for exercise, or head indoors to interact with the current science exhibits. Travelers love the birds of prey rehabilitated here – including owls, bats, and hawks.

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Maine

The Old Fort Western in August, ME is a New England tourist attraction everyone should visit.

Pictured: Old Fort Western

Common Ground Country Fair (Unity)

Celebrate the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine at the Common Ground Country Fair. Thousands from the farming community attend, and thousands more come from near and far to experience one of central Maine’s biggest fall events. Some of the favorite events at the fair include the Sheep Dog Demonstration and Draft Horse Show.

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Maine Maritime Museum (Bath)

Located in the “City of Ships”, the Maine Maritime Museum is a look back at the state’s seafaring heritage. Thousands of visitors annually experience the culture through gallery exhibits, the historic shipyard, educational programs, and tours.

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Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville)

This free museum is a must-see for any art lover visiting Waterville. A large collection of works by Alex Katz, along with traditional fine art pieces from around the world are presented in an attractive, modern building.

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Old Fort Western (Augusta)

Old Fort Western, built in 1754, is New England’s oldest surviving wooden fort. It’s a reminder of the great contest of cultures that dominated New England life 250 years ago. Take a tour of the fort led by guides in period costumes, and see the original pieces and documents within.

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Penobscot Theatre Company (Bangor)

Performing at the grand, yet intimate Bangor Opera House, Penobscot Theater Company performs both original and famous plays and musicals. Recent hits have been “Lumberjacks in Love”, “Rock of Ages”, and a Janis Joplin tribute.

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Massachusetts

White water rafting with Zoar Outdoor is a key New England tourist attraction.

Pictured: Zoar Outdoor

Zoar Outdoor (Charlemont)

From zip lining to whitewater rafting, if you want some excitement out of your vacation in Mass, book a trip with Zoar Outdoor. They offer fun outings during all four seasons, even in those harsh New England winters.

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The Mary Baker Eddy Library (Boston)

The Mary Baker Eddy Library is housed in an 11-story structure originally built in 1932 for The Christian Science Publishing Society. Today, the highlight of the structure is known as the Mapparium. The Mapparium room features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to showcase the global exchange of ideas. The acoustics of the room allow one person to stand and whisper on one end, while being heard clearly by another in a separate corner!

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Angkor Dance Troupe, Inc. (Lowell)

For 30 years the Angkor Dance Troupe has been entertaining the Lowell community with traditional Cambodian dance. The Angkor Dance Troupe is recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced Cambodian dance groups in the U.S.

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The Zeiterion Theatre (New Bedford)

Located in downtown New Bedford, the Zeiterion Theater has a reputation of booking big name performers. Among some of the top acts recently include William Shatner, Jay Leno, Melissa Etheridge and the late Joan Rivers.

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Ten Thousand Villages (North Hampton)

Ten Thousand Villages in Northampton, MA, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. They offer products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries.

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New Hampshire

A top New England tourist attraction is the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

Pictured: Mount Washington Cog Railway

Mt. Washington Auto Road (Gorham)

The Mount Washington Auto Road is not for the squeamish. This narrow, two-way road traverses gigantic Mount Washington, and gives way to breathtaking views of the valley. Drive yourself or buy a ticket for the SnowCoach, the all-terrain truck that takes riders over 4200 feet up, to the top of the treeline.

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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center (Laconia)

Unplug, relax, and connect with nature at Prescott Farm. Open to the public year-round, Prescott Farm is a designated  ‘wildlife viewing’ area with 160 acres of conservation land. Visitors can play in their natural Playscape, learn about native plant and wildlife species, and explore at their own pace in the heritage gardens. Explore more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails with views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains.

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Derry-Londonderry Beer & Mead Tour (Derry)

Did you know that between them, the towns of Derry and Londonderry boast five craft breweries and one meadery? To help visitors enjoy this abundance of locally made libations, the Great Derry Chamber of Commerce created a Derry-Londonderry Beer & Mead Tour rack card to show the locations and operating hours of these establishments, which are all conveniently located within a few miles of each other.

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The American Classic Arcade Museum (Laconia)

Classic games come to life at the American Classic Arcade Museum, located within Funspot in Laconia. Play all of your favorites: from Atari to Pac-Man to the original Pinball. Read the history of these coin-operated games and the men and women who created them.

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Mount Washington Cog Railway (Bretton Woods)

Passengers will experience a sense of adventure and history on the Mount Washington Cog Railway’s 3-hour guided train tour to the highest peak in the Northeast. At the 6,288 foot summit, visitors can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Rhode Island

New England tourist attractions as beautiful as the Providence Athenaeum are hard to come by!

Pictured: Providence Athenaeum

Save The Bay Seal Watch & Nature Cruises (Multiple)

When you live in an area that offers 400 miles of natural coastline, you’re bound to want to explore. Save The Bay provides the chance to better understand the Narragansett Bay ecosystem through hands-on educational activities and cruises.

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Norman Bird Sanctuary (Middletown)

Over 300 acres of a wide variety of habitats provide a tranquil setting for walking, bird watching, or just communing with nature. There are miles of trails through woods, fields, marshes and ridge lines here – offering an almost never-ending change of scene and experiences.

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Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center (Newport)

The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center is an art-house cinema located in Washington Square in the historic center of Newport, Rhode Island.The JPT Newport is housed in a historic building that was built in 1834 as a church, and has shown films since the silent days of the 1920s.

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Paint and Vino (Pawtucket)

Painting and drinking wine simultaneously – what could go wrong? Rhode Islanders and visitors alike love the Paint and Vino Studio in Pawtucket where your group can enjoy art instruction and some fine vintages during a fun night out.

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The Providence Athenæum (Providence)

The Providence Athenæum is library and cultural center located on Providence’s historic Benefit Street. For 200 years of existence, the library has welcomed writers, thinkers, and community members through its doors. Beautifully maintained, this library is a restful and inviting place to curl up and read a book.

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Vermont

New England tourist attractions involving animals, like the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Vermont, are always well attended.

Pictured: UVM Morgan Horse Farm

UVM Morgan Horse Farm (Weybridge)

The home of the famous Vermont “Morgan” horse, this family farm in Weybridge welcomes visitors between May and October. Stop in and see the new foals trotting around the yard. For a couple dollars, your family gets a guided tour detailing the history and current uses of these grand thoroughbreds. Be sure to enter the foal naming contest and the horse giveaway (for real!)

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Brattleboro Farmers’ Market (Brattleboro)

The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market features over 50 vendors with agricultural products, crafts, live music and ethnic foods from around the world. Whether you are local or a tourist, you can stop by to get your weekly produce and grab a quick lunch, or come with your family and stay for the day!

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Citizen Cider (Burlington)

A fun tasting room and surprisingly excellent fare make Citizen Cider a must-see in Vermont. Sample one of their famous ciders, or try a flight of five. The laid-back vibe of the place will make you want to stay all day.

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Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (Brattleboro)

Brattleboro’s railroad station was converted in 1972 to this interesting museum. With no permanent collection, the museum is constantly updating its exhibits, so repeat visitors will always see something new. Vermonters flock here during the annual domino display (it takes two full days to set up, and three minutes to fall down!) and the LEGO competition.

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Sandglass Theater (Putney)

Sandglass Theater specializes in combining puppets with music, actors and visual imagery. Since 1982, the company’s productions have toured 24 countries, performing in theaters, festivals and cultural institutions and winning numerous international prizes. Sandglass Theater produces works for both adult audiences and young audiences. They also perform and teach in their own 60-seat renovated barn theater in Putney, Vermont.

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Wouldn’t you love to dance on the same stage as Napoleon Dynamite, catch a pass on the same field as the Dillon Panthers, or escape from a headless horseman under the same covered bridge as Ichabod Crane?

Here, we’ve compiled a list of small town movie sets that offer not only the chance to recreate photos from your favourite movies, but top attractions, sightseeing and eateries!

Start planning your next Hollywood-inspired trip, and don’t forget to book a rental on FlipKey for your stay!

The Notebook | Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina

The Plot: Star-crossed teens overcome life’s roadblocks and dementia to find everlasting love.

The Setting: Noah and Allie spend quiet, humid nights falling in love on a country cottage’s front porch as crickets buzz. From the carnival scene to the swan-flanked rowboat rides, Wadmalaw Island comes off as nothing short of picturesque.

Visit The Real Town: You’ll find an overwhelming sense of peace, and a lot of fine Southern hospitality in Wadmalaw Island. For those who love an afternoon tea, take a trolley tour around the Charleston Tea Plantation, which offers free admission. Prefer something stronger? Take a tour at Firefly Distillery and try the sweet tea vodka. Once you’ve drank your fill, stop in to Ambrose Family Farm for lunch or dinner.

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Twilight | Forks, Washington

The Plot: A shy high school girl tries to choose between two supernatural suitors: a werewolf and a vampire.

The Setting: The dramatic seascapes and towering forests found in the coastal Northwest set a larger-than-life scene in Twilight.

Visit The Real Town: For a more natural trip, come visit Forks. A visit to the “Tree of Life”, a suspended roots-visible tree, is more magic than nature. How has it survived for hundreds of years with no soil? It’s a mystery! After your pilgrimage to the tree, keep your hiking boots on and visit Bogachiel State Park. Locals say, “it isn’t the end of the world, but you can see it from there.” Lastly, if you want to spend time inside, learning about outside, see the newly built Rainforest Arts Center.

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The Goonies | Astoria, Oregon

The Plot: A ragtag group of youths embark on a treasure hunt while finding themselves and outsmarting bad guys.

The Setting: A small town neighborhood setting gives way to more natural backdrops as the movie’s grand adventure takes the characters underground and out into the Oregon unknown.

Visit The Real Town: Blue collar people and an interesting frontier history shine in Astoria. Visit the Flavel House Museum to see how one of the wealthiest early settlers in Astoria lived.Discover the stories of the legendary Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world, at the nationally renowned Columbia River Maritime Museum. And , after a long day of exploring, stop in to Buoy Beer Company for a tall beer brewed by real, hard-working Oregonians.

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Wayne’s World | Aurora, Illinois

The Plot: Two guys need to save their basement TV show and their girlfriends from becoming too corporate when a network executive tries to steal both.

The Setting: From Wayne’s basement to cruising around the streets singing Bohemian Rhapsody in an iconic film moment, Aurora adds the perfect small town touch to these loveable losers.

Visit The Real Town: Aurora is a kid-friendly destination with lots to see and do for all the family. Head to Blackberry Farm, where pioneer life is re-created through educational demonstrations and hands-on fun. Admission to Blackberry Farm includes unlimited rides on the train, hay wagon, pedal tractors, paddle boats, carousel and ponies. Travel through time and see how our everyday heroes used to put out dangerous flames at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Observe mammals, reptiles, and birds at the Phillips Park Zoo, one of the top-rated attractions in Aurora on TripAdvisor.

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Sleepy Hollow | Sleepy Hollow, New York

The Plot: Big city detective is hired by spooky small town folk to find out why people are being decapitated by a ghoul on horseback.

The Setting: This story takes place in 1799 in a cursed town called Sleepy Hollow. The only thing more frightening than the blackened storefronts is the haunted woods and those who dwell within.

Visit The Real Town: Once the sun comes up in Sleepy Hollow, you’ll realize the history here is not all doom and gloom. At Philipsburg Manor, travelers can tour a 300-year-old home, where period artifacts and touchable reproductions give you an understanding of the people who once lived and worked here. For a more active walk through history, walk around the Old Croton Aqueduct, where visitors and locals alike have worn down a path for 165 years.

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Manchester by the Sea | Manchester, Massachusetts

The Plot: After his brother’s death, a man returns to his hometown to raise his nephew and tie up emotional loose ends.

The Setting: This Massachusetts coastal town serves as the setting for this moving film. You can feel the salt air and the New England winter sorrow permeate every scene.

Visit The Real Town: Despite the lousy weather half the year, Manchester-by-the-Sea has options for those who prefer an active vacation. At Coolidge Reservation, hikers head past a scenic pond and through a small forest of pine and oak to reach a spectacular seaside lawn offering memorable views of Massachusetts Bay and the North Shore. During the warmer months, throw on your wetsuit and dive into the Atlantic with Surfari Stand Up Paddle and Surf. And once you’ve worked up an appetite, refuel at Superfine Food, one of the top-rated restaurants in Manchester-by-the-Sea on TripAdvisor.

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Fargo | Fargo, North Dakota

The Plot: A cop investigates a series of grisly murders, that turn out to be more complicated than imagined, ordered by a slippery car salesman.

The Setting: The frozen tundra of Fargo, North Dakota takes center stage in this offbeat, dark comedy. Beyond the aching cold, the unceasing midwestern accents create a memorable setting.

Visit The Real Town: Drinking to stay warm is an old pastime in Fargo, and there’s no better place than the Blarney Stone Irish Pub in West Fargo. For those seeking more of midwestern culture, you’ll love what’s on exhibit at the Plains Art Museum. At the Red River Zoo, visitors can see cold-climate animals like the grey wolf or red panda, making winter in Fargo the perfect season to come see them.

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Fight Club | Wilmington, Delaware

The Plot: Through an unorthodox support group, a new best friend, and an anarchist scheme, a soft-spoken man finds himself. Or does he?

The Setting: Although not overt, enough clues are sprinkled throughout the film—business cards, license plates—to know Fight Club is set in Wilmington.

Visit The Real Town: Before you start a fight with strangers in a basement, you’ll need a hearty meal. You can find one at Chelsea Tavern in Wilmington. If you’re here for a normal trip with the kids though, try the Brandywine Zoo or Delaware Children’s Museum for a puppet show – both are highly rated attractions.

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The Fighter | Lowell, Massachusetts

The Plot: An underdog boxer fights his way through debilitating family issues to his one big shot at the title.

The Setting: Another Massachusetts town makes our list, this time in working-class Lowell. The citizens are fiercely loyal and just plain fierce.

Visit The Real Town: To start the day off right in Lowell, stop in to Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe for your breakfast and a cup of coffee. Use that coffee buzz to make record time biking on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Lowell was the birthplace of famous artist James Whistler and his childhood home has been turned into an art museum.

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The Big Chill | Beaufort, South Carolina

The Plot: The gathering of old college friends for a funeral brings out their real personalities.

The Setting: In The Big Chill, and in Beaufort, Southern hospitality shines on the screen. Eight college friends reunite, fight, and find themselves in a stately antebellum vacation home.

Visit The Real Town: Visitors can learn about historic Beaufort at the aptly named Beaufort History Museum. After all, the seeds of Civil War were planted here. Beaufort also boasts many untold stories, such as the account of the first European capital established in the New World on nearby Parris Island, which you can learn about at the Santa Elena History Center. Want to enjoy the South Carolina weather? Head to  Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.  This multi-acre park provides a breathtaking view of the Beaufort River and the northern tip of Parris Island.

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Napoleon Dynamite | Preston, Idaho

The Plot: An awkward loner learns to dance, perfects upper lip shading, and earns the respect of his peers.

The Setting: The dry, rolling hills and the endless bus rides to school (not to mention the rural farm Napoleon lives on raising Alpacas) set the small town vibe.

Visit The Real Town: The almost 6,000 residents of Preston have a fierce love of their fair city. In July of each year, they flock out to the Preston Night Rodeo (the first of its kind) to see bucking broncos and battered clowns. They fish for rainbow trout at the Glendale Reservoir (almost 5,000 feet above sea level), and they pay their respects to fallen Native Americans at the Bear River Massacre site.

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Our sister company, TripAdvisor Rentals is offering the chance to be the first person ever to spend a night in the Coca-Cola London Eye. On May 17th, one winner and their chosen guest will climb aboard an exclusive sky-high home from TripAdvisor Rentals.

Image courtesy of Wayfair

TripAdvisor Rentals and Wayfair have teamed up to transform the attraction into a dreamy home in the sky. Wayfair will furnish and decorate a single capsule overnight to create a secret rooftop garden with 360-degree views of one of the world’s most iconic cities. Inspired by a five-star rain forest retreat, this enchanting glasshouse combines natural elements with urban style. Lush green foliage and tropical touches abound, while a beautifully-crafted 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 most iconic cities from every angle.

“At Wayfair, we offer millions of home products across all styles and budgets, which makes it possible for anyone to bring their unique vision of home to life. We are delighted to partner with TripAdvisor Rentals to create a first-of-its-kind space in the sky,” said Nadia McCowan Hill, Style Expert, Wayfair UK.

“Our design team at Wayfair forecasted that tropical greenery would be a big trend for home décor in 2017, so it made perfect sense to transform one of the London Eye capsules into an exotic getaway inspired by this lush style. For the lucky winners, it will truly be a slice of serene paradise high above the bustling metropolis of London.”

Here are a few tips on how to recreate this jungle paradise in your own home, from Wayfair UK’s resident style expert, Nadia McCowan Hill:

  • A beautifully crafted solid wood bed and plush, white bed linen make the perfect base in a jungle-inspired bedroom, creating a luxurious foundation while allowing bold accents to do the talking. Try adding pillows emblazoned with palm leaves and parrots to bring a touch of the tropics home!
  • To create a tropical corner, position a rattan or wicker accent chair over a natural jute rug. Then bring a sense of the outdoors in, with potted palms and jungle-themed cushions.
  • Colorful woven baskets make great vessels for potted greenery and have a subtle, natural finish that suits the tropical trend perfectly.
  • Macramé plant hangers and wire birdcages filled with lush foliage look stunning suspended from the ceiling. They also have the added benefit of being relatively inexpensive accents that make a scorching style statement without straining the purse.

More about Wayfair:
Wayfair Inc. offers an extensive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points. The Wayfair family of brands includes:

  • Wayfair, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful furniture and finds meet irresistible savings
  • AllModern, a go-to online source for modern design
  • DwellStudio, a design house for fashion-forward modern furnishings
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor

Wayfair generated $3.4 billion in net revenue for the twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe, the company employs more than 5,600 people.

The packing list is simple (swimsuit and flip-flops, check!) and the itinerary is a no-brainer (lay on the beach, check!). While there shouldn’t be anything difficult about a beach getaway, sometimes finding the right beach to visit is a challenge.

Luckily, TripAdvisor travelers have done the legwork for you, reviewing and rating countless beaches across the world over the past year. The results are our 2017 Travelers’ Choice Best Beaches In The US.

But visiting these amazing destinations isn’t always affordable. Enter TripAdvisor Rentals. Consider a rental in one of these locales and get an authentic experience, plus enjoy big savings.

Below are 9 stunning rental properties—each located in one of the United States’ award-winning beach spots.

Siesta Beach (Siesta Key, Florida)

“Lots of room for everyone, a laid-back vibe and great shelling at low tide… Sunsets are spectacular and on Sunday evenings there is a drum circle concert between 5 and 7 p.m.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

The Shells Villa

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10.

Head out your door and you’ll find Siesta Beach a short 230 feet from The Shells Villa. The proximity to the soft sand is only one feature of this top-rated rental. Three flat screen TVs, a gated driveway for privacy, and a one-block walk to top restaurants make this villa a must-book.

Check out The Shells Villa on FlipKey!

Ka’anapali Beach (Lahaina, Hawaii)

“Ka’anapali Beach is a great stretch of beach with many exciting attractions. You can go snorkeling down by Blackrock, walk the entire beach, power-walk the boardwalk, canoe, or just build sandcastles.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

Mahana 1009 House

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6.

At Mahana 1099, guests enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows displaying Maui magic on three sides. After a long day in the surf, dine on the balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounding beaches. This is one rental where the pictures simply do not do it justice.

Check out the Mahana 1009 house on FlipKey!

St. Pete Beach (Florida)

“Beautiful white sand beaches, great restaurants, local attractions, and daily dolphin sightings in the Gulf of Mexico. What else could you ask for?!” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

St. Pete Beach House

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6.

Cherrywood cabinets highlight a kitchen that has it all for aspiring chefs. Step outside onto the private patio and fire up the grill to cook up the day’s catch. But with St. Pete Beach just a half mile away, save the cooking for nighttime, after the sun has set on another flawless day in Florida.

Check out the St. Pete Beach House on FlipKey!

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (Honolulu, Hawaii)

“Whether you are a beginner, experienced snorkeler, or just want to visit a beautiful beach and bay, I highly recommend visiting here… If you’re snorkeling, the abundance of sea life is amazing. Turtles, seals, fish; they’re all here.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

Lumahai Hale Villa

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10.

Perched just above the famous “Spitting Caves” in Honolulu, this beautifully crafted redwood home was designed for the 180˚ panoramic views. It takes your breath away! Spend your days on the Hanauma Bay beaches, and enjoy the native Hawaiian plants surrounding Lumahai Hale, which feels like your own private piece of the rainforest.

Check out Lumahai Hale on FlipKey!

Ocean City Beach (Maryland)

“Clean beaches. Soft. Not many shells. Small waves, but enough to boogie board. Plenty of room. Lots of shops to get last minute items or food and drinks. Everyone was pleasant, lots of kids playing in the surf.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

Acropolis 1 Beach House

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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8.

Guests at the Acropolis beach house enjoy exquisite finishes at every turn, including “Old World-style” stone work, tumbled-travertine floor tiles, and custom lighting. Renters enjoy private beach access as well as incredible sunset views from the patio.

Check out Acropolis I on FlipKey!

Ogunquit Beach (Maine)

“I get a special feeling when I visit Ogunquit beach that is indescribable. … I’ve been to many other beaches, in Florida and other places, and they just don’t compare. Even in the summer, when the beach is busy, you still feel at peace here. I just can’t describe it, but it’s why I keep coming back. This is also the cleanest beach I’ve ever seen.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

Beachwoods House

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 15.

Close to Ogunquit’s award winning beaches, the spacious Beachwoods house is ideal for a large group trip to Maine. With space for up to 15, and a huge backyard for entertaining, this rental has all the touches your party will love. Kids can play billiards in the basement game room while the adults cook breakfast in the Viking kitchen.

Check out the Beachwoods house on FlipKey!

Virginia Beach (Virginia)

“This beach is huge, lined with a boardwalk. The sand is kept clean and you can walk til you’re tired, it never seems to end. Loved it and would go back again if we got the chance.” – TripAdvisor Reviewer

Shining Star House

10 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 26.

Are 8 bathrooms excessive? Not if you’re staying right on Virginia Beach in the Shining Star house with 25 of your closest friends. This spacious house gives your family over 7500 square feet of living area and decks, complete with a hot tub and renovated pool. All this luxury sits right on the beachfront!

Check out the Shining Star house on FlipKey!

Santa Monica Beach (California)

“Santa Monica beach is one of the best in the country. The wide expanse of sand and pretty boardwalk are awesome. It has a pier that extends quite a distance out into the Pacific with rides and other kitschy stores. The walking path goes on and on. Take a moment to step down onto this beach and then make your way across the street to the great Santa Monica shopping district. It is a great place to be. Highly recommended.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

Santa Monica Luxury Condo

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6.

This rental on Santa Monica Beach is the ultimate in California decadence. Almost 3500 square feet await your arrival, and the hanging crystal chandelier will certainly draw your eye. Steps to bustling Santa Monica Pier, you’re in the heart of action, but you probably won’t want to leave. After a long day sunbathing, soak in the jacuzzi and watch the sunset on the private rooftop deck.

Check out this Santa Monica Luxury Condo on FlipKey!

Race Point Beach (Provincetown, Massachusetts)

“No other sunset takes my breath away like Race Point. No place revives my soul like Race Point. I traveled a bit over 300 miles solo just to see it.” — TripAdvisor Reviewer

West End Water View Rental

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8.

Don’t worry about fighting for bedrooms—every space in this house has an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean and Race Point Beach. Located on a private road, this rental is perfect for large families or groups of friends traveling to Cape Cod together.

Check out the West End Water View Landmark on FlipKey!

Our sister company, TripAdvisor Rentals wants you to have the first EVER sleepover on the Coca-Cola London Eye.

If you’ve ever dreamed of soaring over London at night, with a bird’s eye view of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, then get ready to pinch yourself.

TripAdvisor Rentals is offering the chance to be the first person ever to spend a night in the Coca-Cola London Eye. On May 17th, one winner and their chosen guest will climb aboard an exclusive sky-high home from TripAdvisor Rentals, decorated by Wayfair.

That’s right: we’re turning a capsule on the famous Coca-Cola London Eye into what’s sure to be the coolest rental home ever. And considering the number of properties available for rent on our site—835,000 and counting—that’s a big statement.

Surrounded by a panorama of the city’s most famous landmarks, this sky-high sleepover promises a night like no other. If you think a champagne toast in a London penthouse sounds like a dream come true, imagine cracking open the bubbly 443 feet above the city streets with a 360° view.

Decorated by Wayfair, one of the largest online destinations for the home, penthouse luxe meets jungle cool in this dazzling pad in the sky. 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 Coca-Cola London Eye took its first rotation in 2000. But after nearly two decades—and over 60 million visitors—you could be the first to wake up above London as the sun rises over the Thames, the Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. You might have seen London from high up, but no one has experienced it like this.

 

Booking your own London getaway? 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to enter:

Go to our Coca-Cola London Eye contest page and submit the required entry information.

When does the contest take place?

The contest is open from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 19.

How will the winner be chosen and when?

One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 20.

Who is eligible?

Legal residents of the United States, the District of Columbia and the countries of Canada, France, Germany, Spain and The United Kingdom, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, or at least the legal age of majority in the state/country in which they reside at the time of entry.

Be sure that you’re available to travel to London, England between May 17 and May 22!

What is the Grand Prize?

Winner and one guest will receive round-trip transportation to London, England, one night stay on the Coca-Cola London Eye on May 17th, followed by 3 night’s stay at a TripAdvisor Rental in Central London.

Accommodation and air transportation are all subject to availability. Winner and guest must travel on the same itinerary and on the same dates.

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We all deserve a spring break after a long winter indoors. While some of us like wild days at the beach, others prefer something more subdued. However you choose to spend this all-too-brief respite from work or school, spring break offers a great chance to explore a new destination.

On FlipKey, we have hundreds of thousands of rentals across the US bookable for spring break. Most revelers focus on a handful of popular areas, but we’re suggesting overlooked spots that should be on your radar in 2017.

From beachside retreats to urban locales, here are six spring break options to book this year.

Love Malibu? Try Monterey, CA.

Known for its natural beauty, Monterey is a true NorCal oceanside escape. Daytime activities abound from an afternoon shopping at Fisherman’s Wharf to playing a round of golf at famous Pebble Beach. Stroll through Cannery Row, a boutique entertainment area made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel. For breathtaking ocean views and impressive cliffside mansions, why not rent a speedy convertible for the famous 17-Mile Drive along the picturesque Monterey peninsula. Wildlife lovers won’t want to miss a whale watch, where you’ll see a variety of species.

Eat: Restaurant 1833

Play: Monterey Bay Whale Watch

See: Fisherman’s Wharf

See all Monterey rentals on FlipKey

Love Charlotte? Try Atlanta, GA.

Charlotte’s charm is well-known, but nearby Atlanta is a bustling city with just as much to see and do. For sports fans, cheer on the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA arena downtown. Visit midtown, known as “The Heart of the Arts”, for a theater show or musical. If you need a respite from the urban energy, enjoy a walk or picnic at Piedmont Park. Looking to tie one on? Party the night away in Buckhead, where the bars and clubs are endless.

Eat: Cooks and Soldiers

Play: Atlanta Movie Tours

See: Piedmont Park

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Love Lexington? Try Louisville, KY.

Louisville, Kentucky is most famous for the legendary Kentucky Derby. But its attractions don’t end there: every year visitors come from all over the country during spring break to explore Louisville museums and art galleries, relax in the city’s green parks, and wander through its charming historic neighborhoods. Louisville is only a short 90 minute drive from Lexington, a popular college town.

Eat: Against the Grain Brewery

Play: Copper and Kings American Brandy Company

See: Kentucky Derby Museum

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Love Atlantic Beach? Try Asheville, NC.

The North Carolina coast is famous for its beachside spring break retreats, but consider heading inland this year. Asheville has earned a reputation as one of America’s most cultured cities, with the funky stores and art galleries of its River Arts District capturing the spirit of the city. If you love live music, you’re in luck—between the Altamont Theater, Moog Music Factory and Store, and the Symphony Orchestra, you’ll find world-class acts in settings ranging from intimate to grand.

Eat: Rhubarb

Play: No Taste Like Home Tours

See: New Belgium Brewing Company

See all Asheville rentals on FlipKey

Love Portland? Try Hood River, OR.

If you’re itching to get outdoors during spring break (who isn’t?), spend time in Hood River, Oregon—the less crowded alternative to Portland. Rent a car and take the scenic drive known as the “Fruit Loop”. This 35-mile trek will take you on a journey past beautiful vineyards, miles of fields of flowers, and spectacular views. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is tops for hiking, kayaking, and backpacking. Take a shot at kitesurfing on the Columbia River, where winds along the gorge create perfect conditions.

Eat: Celilo Restaurant and Bar

Play: Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

See: Maryhill Museum of Art

See all Hood River rentals on FlipKey

Love Nashville? Try Chattanooga, TN.

Chattanooga, nicknamed the “Scenic City”, offers a worthy alternative to a spring break in Nashville. Nestled on the border of Georgia, Chattanooga has all the elements of a big city—such as a burgeoning theater and nightlife scene—yet still retains a welcoming, small town feel. Chattanooga lives up to its nickname with soaring mountains, mysterious caverns, and the beautiful Tennessee River to explore. Hike the 4,100-foot walking trail in Rock City Gardens, and you’ll find a 90-foot waterfall and the Lover’s Leap lookout where you can spot seven states.

Eat: Public House Chattanooga

Play: Ice on the Landing

See: International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame

See all Chattanooga rentals on FlipKey

 

With brighter, lighter days on the horizon, we’re keeping a close eye on the calendar in anticipation of spring. Whether you’re looking forward to planting and gardening or dreading end-of-winter yard work, you don’t need a green thumb to appreciate the vibrant blooms cropping up across the country.

We’re making it easy to embrace the scenery with a list of great gardens and nature attractions in every state. Selected by the travel experts at FlipKey, these venues are the perfect spots to see buds and blossoms come alive. Whether you’re planning spring break or just have a case of spring fever, consider visiting one of the recommended gardens or conservation areas on our list!

Alaska Wildlife and Conservation Center

Alabama (Theodore): Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Alaska (Portage): Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Arizona (Phoenix): Desert Botanical Garden

Arkansas (Hot Springs): Garvan Woodland Gardens

California (Goleta): Fairview Gardens Center for Urban Agriculture

Colorado (Vail): Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Connecticut (Morris): White Flower Farm

Delaware (Winterthur): Winterthur Garden

Florida (Sarasota): Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Georgia (Athens): State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Lyon Arboretum

Hawaii (Honolulu): Lyon Arboretum

Idaho (Boise): Idaho Botanical Garden

Illinois (Lisle): The Morton Arboretum

Indiana (Indianapolis): Artsgarden

Iowa (Dallas Center): The Brenton Arboretum

Kansas (Wichita): Great Plains Nature Center

Kentucky (Lexington): University of Kentucky Arboretum

Louisiana (St. Francisville): Afton Villa Gardens

Maine (Boothbay): Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Maryland (Cambridge): Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Massachusetts (Boylston): Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Michigan (Grand Rapids): Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Mississippi (Jackson): Mynelle Gardens

Missouri (St. Louis): Forest Park

Montana (West Yellowstone): Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Nebraska (Wood River): Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center

Nevada (Las Vegas): Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

New Hampshire (North Hampton): Fuller Gardens

New Jersey (Short Hills): Greenwood Gardens

New York Botanical Garden

New Mexico (Las Cruces): Fabian Garcia Botanical Gardens

New York (Bronx): New York Botanical Garden

North Carolina (Chapel Hill): North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Dakota (Dunseith): International Peace Garden

Ohio (Kirkland): The Holden Arboretum

Oklahoma (Tulsa): Tulsa Botanic Garden

Oregon (Portland): Portland Japanese Garden

Pennsylvania (Kennett Square): Longwood Gardens

Rhode Island (Bristol): Blithewold Mansion, Garden, & Arboretum

South Carolina (Charleston): Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

San Antonio Botanical Garden

South Dakota (Brookings): McCrory Gardens

Tennessee (Memphis): Memphis Botanic Garden

Texas (San Antonio): San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Utah (Spanish Fork): Nebo Loop Scenic Byway

Vermont (Middlebury): Middlebury College Organic Farm

Virginia (Newport News): The Mariners’ Museum Park

Washington (Seattle): UW Botanic Gardens

West Virginia (Morgantown): WVU Core Arboretum

Wisconsin (Madison): University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

Wyoming (Cheyenne): Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

You know how it is: winter’s here, the temperature’s low and everyone’s stuck indoors. You need a break—without breaking the bank.

Here are the warmest, most affordable destinations in the States and beyond. We’ve based the prices on a week in an average two-bed rental for the area. Don’t get caught out by peak season pricing—be inspired to escape the snow and plan your sizzling vacation now!

In the United States

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas: $546

A waterfall plunges over rocks in Hot Springs Village, AR.

Hot Springs National Park draws thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. The 143-degree natural thermal springs in the park have made this place a classic winter vacation destination for more than a century. Why not see it for yourself?

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Davenport, Florida: $567

Davenport is a little town in Florida’s popular Orlando region. Disney World is the number one reason that families flock here each year in the winter. Plus, the award-winning golf courses draw visitors seeking out a day in the sun.

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia: $596

Horses run along the beach in Chincoteague Island.

The beautiful shoreline is Chincoteague Island’s greatest attraction. The beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and building sandcastles. Another popular activity is renting bicycles and touring the island’s country roads. As you ride, keep an eye out for the famous wild ponies of Chincoteague.

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Murphy, North Carolina: $626

Murphy is an excellent starting point for adventures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore beautiful overlooks and waterfall sites here like Benton Falls. Rent a convertible and take the famous Cherohala Skyway drive as it winds through Cherokee and the Nantahala Forests.

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Surfside Beach, South Carolina: $643

Surrounded by wildlife and miles of amazing beaches, the community of Surfside Beach has everything you need for a relaxing vacation in the sun. Cheer on the runners taking part in the Myrtle Beach Marathon in February, and take a walk around Brookgreen Gardens, which features a Low Country Trail with native wildlife exhibits.

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Winter Sun Abroad

Cape Verde, Africa: $396

A scenic shot of Cape Verde from above.

Cape Verde is a collection of islands in West Africa where exquisite views and water sports are everywhere. Some of the most popular activities here are fishing, kite surfing, and jet skiing. The island of Fogo showcases Pico de Fogo, an active volcano. It’san adventure to tour the surroundings and many travelers enjoy doing so on horseback or foot.

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Mindanao, Philippines: $304

A boat sits on the beach in Mindanao.

As the Philippines’ second largest island, Mindanao is truly breathtaking Explore the tropical rainforest and connect with the indigenous mountain tribes living nearby. Tourists soak up the sun on the beach while watching children grab the daily catch in their nets. Consider taking a guided trip up Mount Apo, an inactive volcano that’s perfect for explorers.

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Essaouira, Morocco: $366

Camels walk through the desert in Essaouira.

Travelers come to Essaouria to relax in spectacular surroundings that feature dramatic sunsets and windswept beaches. The city showcases French and Portuguese architecture and provides a wealth of culture, arts, and history for visitors to enjoy. Outdoor enthusiasts can go swimming and boating, while nature lovers appreciate the unique hikes around the area.

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Salcette, India: $382

Visit the Salcette District in Goa, India, for world-class beaches, amazing architecture and relaxing spas. According to TripAdvisor reviews, Benaluim, Betalbatim, and Mobor are three of the top beaches in the area. Since January and February are quite dry, you’re all but guaranteed time in the sun to escape the winter blues.

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