When the weather outside is frightful, book a warm winter vacation to get away from the cold—without breaking the bank. From coastal villages to desert oases, forgo international travel with a winter sun getaway right here in the US. These spots boast some of the most affordable vacation rentals in the country.
Great Winter Getaways For Warmer Temps
As temperatures drop, prices can rise in popular warm winter vacation spots like Orlando, Miami, and San Diego—but a high price tag need not deter you from taking that perfect affordable winter trip. From Florida to California, we’ve rounded up 15 affordable warm winter getaways, featuring mild daytime highs perfect for hiking and urban adventures, and lows that make nightlife more appealing. Prices are based off the average weekly rate for a two-bedroom rental property from FlipKey, for a stay between December-February.*
Bring the whole family along for off-season roomy beachfront rentals, or cozy up in chic townhouses perfect for two with close proximity to bars and restaurants. No matter what destination you choose, Flipkey will help you find the right vacation rental at the right price.
Florida vacations may conjure glamorous images of Orlando and Miami, but the oft-overlooked city of Davenport offers equally enticing attractions—and equally warm temperatures—without the big-city price tag. Mild daytime highs make for pleasant afternoons walking down the nature trails at Lake Kissimmee State Park or playing a round of golf on Davenport’s two large golf courses. Or, use the city as a base for day trips to nearby attractions like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando while avoiding the high costs and 24/7 bustle of the city.
Located just an hour outside of Charleston, Edisto Island combines the easy-going vibes of a beach destination with ample opportunity for outdoor adventure for an ideal warm winter vacation. Look out for dolphins as you kayak or cruise through sweetgrass marshes, walk past driftwood forests at Botany Bay, or learn about the Barrier Islands’ unique Gullah culture on an island tour. Plus, an off-season visit promises fewer crowds and a better chance at scoring choice rentals right by the beach.
A historic downtown and boutique shopping district lend Punta Gorda an air of luxury, but this mid-sized city rings up as an affordable winter vacation. Walk along the 2.5-mile Harborwalk on the Gasparilla Sound-Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve, kayak through mangrove forests, snap photos under palm trees, and sip cocktails at waterfront bars and restaurants—then return to a house big enough for the whole family or a beachside cottage perfect for two.
Come to Mexico Beach to experience ultimate tranquility on Florida’s Undiscovered Gulf Coast. Mexico Beach provides a warm winter getaway during the quiet off-season, ideal for solitary sunset strolls or quality time with friends and family. Close proximity to Panama City Beach means that a classic beach boardwalk and nightlife are never too far away.
Sandwiched between Phoenix and Scottsdale, the small city of Tempe holds its own with concerts and exhibitions at the Tempe Center for the Arts, a historic downtown brimming with local restaurants, and plenty of outdoor activities that take advantage of year-round warm temperatures. Although it’s home to the University of Arizona’s main campus, the housing rental options are far from elementary: luxury furnishings, backyard pools, and lakeside views offer visitors premium accommodation at basic pricing.
Port Isabel is as close as you can get to a Mexican vacation without shelling out for international airfare. Situated just north of the US-Mexican border and right on the Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel combines classic beach activities with historical tours and attractions that let visitors explore the area’s rich culture. Not only was the town voted “Most Beautiful Place to Visit in Texas” by Culture Trip, but it is also the most affordable warm winter vacation in all of Texas, according to FlipKey’s average two-bedroom rental rates.
Less expensive than Phoenix and quieter than Tempe, Mesa is an ideal choice for that affordable winter vacation with the whole family. With well over 50 public parks, four museums, and a large amphitheater and event center to boot, a trip to Mesa melts away any lingering winter blues.
Book your Bradenton rental and set out to discover all this Florida city has to offer. A high ropes course, niche history museums, and the 487-acre Robinson Nature Preserve guarantee that everyone in your group will find something that suits their fancy. Located on the southern tip of Tampa Bay, Bradenton also offers close access to the posh city of Sarasota at a fraction of the cost.
Get four-for-one value on a warm winter vacation to Georgia’s Golden Isles, which include the islands of St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea Island, all interconnected by highways and boats. Experience classic Southern hospitality and coastal charm, leaving your vacation rental to stroll along Driftwood Beach, visit historical monuments, or learn about sea turtle conservation.
A little town on the Big Island, Pahoa packs in the best of Hawaiian vacations—minus the touristy vibes, overpriced excursions, or over-the-top vacation packages. Find your piece of paradise in an oceanfront beach home or chic eco-lodge; all offer the same unbeatable access to world-class snorkeling and rainforest hikes that don’t break the bank.
Opt for a luxe vacation in a high rise condo or book a simple cottage right on the beach—either choice lets you take advantage of Cocoa Beach’s eco-tours, scenic pier, and close access to the Kennedy Space Science Center. Located just an hour drive from Orlando and Kissimmee, Cocoa Beach is the perfect place to post up for a relaxing warm winter getaway while remaining close to exciting attractions.
Situated just south of Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, Cathedral City offers many of the same types of attractions as its ritzy neighbor. A trip to nearby hot springs will banish any remaining winter chills, while a number of parks, golf courses, and cultural attractions keep both kids and adults well entertained. Cathedral City is also famously the site of Frank Sinatra’s grave.
Though named for the shimmering Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City is probably best known for its bridge, not its water. The original London Bridge was relocated to Lake Havasu City from England to link the mainland to marinas just shy of the California border. This warm winter vacation spot also makes an ideal jumping off point for hikes, horse trails, and water sports, many of which are available year-round thanks to the city’s mild climate.
Kick back with a good book or enjoy quality time with loved ones on a trip to Saint Augustine Beach. The perfect vacation rental is key to enjoying your time at this quiet beach town; look for beachfront property, ocean views, and an outdoor space that lets you take advantage of the warm weather.
Year-round sunshine pairs with premium wines in Paso Robles, a city known for its wineries and olive groves. Stay downtown for close access to restaurants, parks, and boutiques, or opt for a country estate that feels leagues away from the city bustle.
Planning your next ski getaway? Whether you’re an avid skier or you prefer the après-ski lifestyle, a luxe hot tub is the perfect amenity for every mountain vacation. To make planning easy, FlipKey has rounded up nine chalets in top ski destinations around the world with stunning hot tubs. From a hot tub in a French cave to one set outside a 16,000 square foot castle in Park City, these relaxing spots are perfect for your next group ski trip.
Soak in the hot tub under the stars at this stunning Jackson Hole home. With mountain and lake views, Lake Vista is the perfect place to relax after a long day on the slopes. Inside, guests will find multiple fireplaces, including fireplaces in the master suites, game room, theater room, gym and wine cellar. Glass walls and massive picture windows throughout the house allow for plenty of sunlight during the day, and spectacular views around the clock.
This Vail home is the definition of mountain luxury, located at the top of Forest Road for some of the best views of Vail Valley. Guests will love the A-lister experience, including an elevator and 20-foot windows for plenty of sunlight and stunning sunset views. Relax in the state-of-the-art media room, or arrange for a massage with the professional massage table inside. Outside, the driveway and patio are heated, so no need to worry about ice and snow removal, and the hot tub and outdoor sound system are both operated by a touch screen for easy adjustments. The home offers ski-in/ski-out access to the Born Free catwalk, and features personal ski lockers and glove and boot warmers for the ultimate ski experience.
Enjoy all of Mont Tremblant’s charm from this luxury waterfront cottage. Guests will love the home’s rustic architecture, stunning views, beach access and relaxing atmosphere. After a long day of skiing, settle into the hot tub with breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains and valley. While Mont Tremblant is best-known for its skiing, this home is a favorite year-round. Head out for a hike in the spring, hit the beach in the summer, or watch the leaves change from the hot tub in the fall.
Chalet Devlin in Lech, Austria offers a premier chalet experience in a world class ski destination. The home can sleep 10 adults and 4 children over four luxurious floors. The house is ski in/ski out above the Schlosskopf lift, and offers easy access to the exclusive enclave of Oberlech. The elevated location offers unbeatable views of the surrounding mountains, which guests can enjoy from the cozy outdoor hottub. In addition to the spectacular location and beautiful outdoor space, the home includes a cinema room, wine cave, sauna, hammam, fitness area, bar, library, ski room, dining room, luxe sitting area, and fully-equipped kitchen.
Plan your Big Sky escape in style at this striking private home, which includes access to the resort’s fully staffed private lodge with ski-in/ski-out access. The lodge offers equipment lockers and glove and boot dryers, so guests can leave their gear and relax at home. After a long day of skiing, relax in the indoor-outdoor pool or the luxe hot tub at this hilltop escape. The location allows guests to enjoy views of three different mountain ranges in the Big Sky valley. Love your ski trip? Return in the summer for plenty more outdoor activities, like mountain biking and hiking, and enjoy the proximity to Yellowstone National Park, which is under an hour away.
Contemporary isn’t usually the first adjective to come to mind when you think of chalets—but it will be after a stay at Chalet Valentina. Designed by acclaimed Swiss designer and architect Heinz Julen, this cutting edge home will make you rethink chalets with its use of clear glass walls, a glass-enclosed hot tub with spectacular views, and custom made furnishings. The most amazing feature? A unique architectural system in the open plan dining room allows guests to raise the table up to the ceiling to create more space for pre-dinner drinks or dancing! Guests will also have access to a professional chef, concierge, ski instructor, and hosting staff during their stay.
For an authentic Alpine experience, head to Chalet Anchorage in Courchevel. Guests are greeted with champagne and fresh flowers, and will immediately feel welcome and cozy in the great room, made from old wood and local materials, and centered around a corner fireplace. The most picturesuqe area of the home, however, is the wellness area in the lower level, with a stone plunge pool, shower, hammam, and sauna. Added bonus: if your group is larger than ten, consider booking its companion chalet, Chalet Alaska, for additional space.
Whistler is consistently ranked as one of the top ski resorts in North America, making it the perfect place for your next ski getaway. The Villa is perched on the side of Whistler Mountain with ski-in/ski-out access, and offers unparalleled southwest views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The Villa offers guests a top notch experience, with a billiards room, steam room, exercise space, indoor resistance pool with waterfall, in-floor heating, and of course an outdoor hot tub with mountain views.
This contemporary, single floor home was remodeled in 2014, and offers the perfect homebase for an Aspen getaway. The home’s original wood-burning fireplaces are perfect for après-ski plans, and floor-to-ceiling windows make it easy to enjoy 180-degree mountain views of Aspen and Snowmass. The living, dining and kitchen areas are open plan, and extend out onto a private patio that runs the length of the home. Outside, guests will find a built-in barbeque, fire pit and a private hot tub, perfect for soaking in the beautiful surroundings.
This rental is truly fit for royalty. Styled as a grand chateau and set in a gated community, guests will be greeted by a luxe porte cochere and an arched entry hall with carved limestone fireplace and marble floors. The home sits on 5.8 acres and offers ski-in, ski-out access to the Quicksilver Gondola, six bedrooms, and 16,000 square feet of space that sleeps up to 22 guests. The home features about every amenity guests could imagine (pool table, steam shower, wine room, fireplace, boot warmers, three laundry rooms, fully-equipped kitchen plus prep kitchen, library, media room) but after long days of skiing, the luxe private hot tub on the home’s lower deck will be the most appealing.
Picture it: sea grass swaying in the breeze, the sun beating down on your face, and everything you need right at your fingertips. Plan a trip to one of the best winter beach vacation spots, and make your travel daydreams come true this season.
America’s Hottest Winter Sun Beach Spots
As if you didn’t need another excuse to escape the cold weather, we’ve highlighted 15 top destinations for winter sun. From undiscovered gems off the coast of Louisiana to tried-and-true Florida hot spots, these places are bringing the heat.
Beautiful beaches pair with Southern hospitality to create the ideal setting for a winter sun vacation in Saint Simons Island. Unwind on your rental’s screened-in porch or unfurl your towel at the beach—you can’t go wrong in Georgia’s Golden Isles. While you’re here, explore the salt marshes in a kayak, tour the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, and dine on succulent seafood straight from the Gulf.
Located along a beautiful string of Gulf Coast beaches, Orange Beach offers thrilling fishing charters, dolphin-sighting cruises, breathtaking nature hikes, and lots of seaside fun. Choose from waterfront condos and apartments, or rent a spacious beach house, so your whole family can join. Don’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy winter sun in Orange Beach.
Gather your whole family and head to Galveston for a blissful winter beach vacation. Here, you’ll find sprawling beach parks and a wealth of kid-friendly attractions, like Moody Gardens, plus plenty of waterfront homes that sleep more than 10 guests—the perfect combination for any getaway. Whether you’re looking to sunbathe or discover nature, Galveston is sure to satisfy your winter wanderlust.
When it comes to winter beach vacations, Kapolei is as inviting as it gets! Situated on the coast of Oahu, Kapolei serves as a giant playground for its visitors. From snorkeling in Paradise Cove to golfing at Ko Olina Golf Club, there’s an adventure for everyone. Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen, and see for yourself why travelers describe it as “paradise found!”
Myrtle Beach is one of those winter beach vacations everyone in your family can appreciate. It boasts a vibrant boardwalk brimming with games and entertainment for the kids, stellar nightlife for the adults, and plenty of family-friendly activities everyone can enjoy together. Rent a condo overlooking the water and wake up every morning to the sound of waves washing over the sand.
Sprawling beaches, idyllic nature preserves, and pristine golf courses: what’s not to love about Sunset Beach? Situated on the southeast coast of North Carolina, halfway between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, this winter sun vacation spot offers something to suit every interest. Mornings here are for leisurely beach strolls, while afternoons ought to be spent casting your fishing line from the Sunset Beach fishing pier. Rent a home right on the water and enjoy panoramic beach views around the clock.
Located in the heart of Southern California, Long Beach offers everything from upscale shopping and state-of-the-art museums to waterfront trails and laid-back beach parks. While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific and legendary Queen Mary, don’t forget to spend some downtime soaking up sun at the beach. A beautiful beach house will provide the perfect starting point for new adventures and lasting memories.
Whether it’s a morning at the beach or an afternoon relaxing on your waterfront rental’s balcony, strawberry daiquiri in hand, Marco Island provides the perfect place for a winter sun escape. Cruise through the sparkling seas to nearby Keewaydin Island, or relax in the white sands of Tigertail Beach. Besides its breathtaking beaches, Marco Island boasts beautiful bike paths, soothing spas, and plenty of options for entertainment. If you’re seeking winter sun, head south to Marco Island!
With its nickname the “Sunshine City,” it’s easy to see why St. Petersburg ranks among the best winter beach vacations. When you need a break from the sun, check out the colorful exhibits of the Chihuly Collection or explore the Dali Museum. Have kids in tow? Watch your little ones light up with glee at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum.
Drive just 45 minutes south of San Francisco and you’ll find Half Moon Bay, a charming coastal town that offers a true escape from the big city. Horseback ride in the sand at sunset, stroll around Pillar Point Harbor, or toast to a fabulous trip at Half Moon Bay Distillery. Need a break from the beach? Head inland to explore the awe-inspiring redwood forests. With something to satisfy all interests, this sunny enclave in Northern California is the perfect setting for winter beach vacations.
Whether it’s a romantic getaway you’re after or a fun-filled trip with your friends, Catalina Island is an obvious choice. The scenic island lies southwest of Los Angeles and is known for its jaw-dropping coastline, abundant wildlife, and friendly atmosphere. Whether you cruise around the island in a golf cart, soar through the treetops on a zip line tour, or just plant yourself in the sand, you won’t be disappointed. Rent a home carved into the cliffs or an apartment right near the water, and make the most of your time here.
Pack your sunscreen and snorkel gear—Paia’s calling! Known for its epic waves, iconic beaches, and frequent sea turtle sightings, Paia is a dream for warm weather seekers. Get a bird’s eye view of the island’s stunning coastline on a helicopter tour, take a private surfing lesson, or simply bask in the sun outside. Whether you choose a beach condo just steps from Ho’okipa Beach Park or a secluded home surrounded by palm trees, there’s no better way to experience Paia’s natural beauty than with a stay in your own private rental.
While Chincoteague Island’s wild ponies have helped put this charming beach town on the map, it’s unspoiled beaches, lack of high-rises, and slower pace of life are what continue to make it a great place for winter beach vacations. Explore the uncrowded Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, follow the bike trails around the island, or birdwatch from your rental’s back deck. Chincoteague Island is full of off-the-map treasures that will make your getaway unforgettable.
Saint Augustine is one of the best winter beach vacations because it blends oceanside bliss with rich history and small-town charm. Step outside your vacation rental and explore the cobblestone streets downtown or grab a boogie board and play in the surf. You’re sure to feel at ease in St. Augustine!
Although it’s just a two-hour drive from New Orleans, when you arrive in Grand Isle, you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This destination is known for its deep sea fishing, so hit the open waters on a private fishing charter. Prefer to stay on land? Pack a picnic for the beach and enjoy lunch with a view. Choose from a variety of beach rentals, and book a winter beach vacation your whole family will love this season.
Secluded cabin rental for two? Step right this way for tried and tested romantic destinations where love is most definitely in the air.
Romantic Cabin Getaways Loved By Travelers
Reviews tell us a lot about the kind of vacations a destination is good for. So when we were looking for some of the best places for romantic cabin getaways, we checked what travelers had to say. At FlipKey (part of the TripAdvisor family), we used a special algorithm to analyze every single TripAdvisor review, identifying which locations across America had the highest percentage of reviews mentioning romance. What’s left are some of the top romantic cabin getaways that travelers rave about—each boasting secluded cabin rentals available to book on FlipKey. No matter the season, these inviting destinations make excellent retreats for couples in need of some time away together.
There’s no doubt that a cabin makes a pretty romantic setting, whether it’s nestled high up in the mountains or perched on a cliff by the sea. When you book a secluded cabin rental with FlipKey, you get the whole property and its amenities to yourselves, so you can take your morning coffee on a private porch, in a scenic garden, or tucked up in bed with a jaw-dropping view.
Here are 15 traveler favorites for romantic cabin getaways, from red-rocked desert towns to pretty lakeside villages.
A couple of hours’ drive away from the throng of San Francisco on a rugged stretch of Cali coast is where you’ll find lovely Jenner. This coastal village is ripe for seal-spotting, beach-combing, and uninterrupted ocean-gazing, and it’s one of the quieter spots featured in this list. Peace at last.
“This home exceeded our high expectations. First, the view took my breath away; it never got old. The elevation and combination of door walls, windows and screened porch off the back and side of the home provide a treehouse atmosphere, while cozy woodwork and furnishings convey warmth. We spent many hours sitting in the screen porch enjoying the sounds of birds and crickets chirping.” — FlipKey Reviewer
On the shores of Lake Michigan stands the small town of Saugatuck. Leave your stresses at the door of your rental—it’s time to relax. You can chill out on Oval Beach, hike across Saugatuck Dunes State Park, or browse the little art galleries in town. Alternatively, you could simply go from cabin to beach to cabin every day, making the most of your time out together.
Here’s another beautifully quiet place to hole up in a secluded cabin hideaway. When you’re ready to venture out, try a gentle forest walk in Lake Logan State Park or go boating on a lake full of catfish. At nearby Hocking Hills State Park, don’t miss the atmospheric Rock House, Ash Cave, and Cedar Falls.
“The house is perfect for a family or a couple looking for a centrally located place to stay with gorgeous views of the Gorge. It’s comfy and walking distance to eateries and local grocery stores. Can’t really ask for more than that. Nicely equipped for our needs along with a garage spot and laundry. We’re already looking at dates for a summer visit so we can enjoy the deck and a wonderful glass of wine.” — FlipKey Reviewer
Hood River ticks all the boxes for romantic cabin getaways, with the scenic Columbia River flowing by, plenty of hiking trails for long walks, and picnic stops for undisturbed lunches for two. There are also plenty of good places to eat here, with farm-fresh food lending a truly local touch.
People used to come to Manitou Springs to drink the naturally carbonated mineral water, thought to have healing powers. You can still taste it today, but if you’re here for romance, you’ll probably want to chug along taking in the views from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Here, the highest cog train in the world will take you up through a romantic landscape of rocky terrain and pine forest, finishing with gorgeous views over the Great Plains. Don’t miss the amazing Manitou Cliff Dwellings, preserved Anasazi homes full of artifacts to explore.
Not many people, plenty of space, and uninterrupted Pacific views. Sounds pretty romantic to us. Just book your private cabin and you’re all set for the couple’s trip of a lifetime. Driving the coastal road along this breathtaking stretch of California is up there with our all-time favorite activities—do make a stop to snap the famous Bixby Bridge in all its glory.
“Very gracious family home. We had a wonderful time. This home had everything for amenities.” — FlipKey Reviewer
It’s easy to see why so many couples choose Aspen for their romantic cabin getaways. Take a horse and carriage ride, ascend the mountain on the Silver Queen Gondola for awe-inspiring views, or book your places on the Aspen Cooking School’s culinary course for couples. We’re sure your first visit won’t be your last.
Discover the towering Redwoods, ocean views, and Victorian seaside homes of pretty Mendocino. There are beaches and walking paths to wander at Mendocino Headlands State Park, plus some charming villages to visit in the surrounding area. Just up the road is Fort Bragg, with its glistening Glass Beach and the Skunk Train chugging gently through the forest.
This is gold-rush territory, so you may want to start your visit at the fascinating Dahlonega Gold Museum, before wading into the river to pan for some of the sparkly stuff yourselves. After that, explore the pleasant historic center, which welcomes you in for romantic wanderings among its 19th-century structures.
“We love it. The yard is huge with 2 types of grills and a fire pit. The view is phenomenal. The interior is beautiful. The owner is very nice and easy to work with.” — FlipKey Reviewer
This is the cabin capital of Virginia, so you’re in the right place for a romantic cabin retreat. Luray is set in the spectacular Shenandoah Valley, so you can set off to fish and hike in Shenandoah National Park or paddle on the river. A visit to the atmospheric Luray Caverns is a must, with its lofty caverns and huge natural rock formations, all beautifully lit for visitors.
This area is rich in cozy cabins with glorious views. From spelunking to spa days, there’s plenty to keep couples entertained. Be sure to motor along the Blue Ridge Parkway with the top down for the ultimate romantic drive. Stop off along the way at the curious Blowing Rock itself, which directs the mountain winds upwards.
The mountain resort of Stowe is stunning throughout the seasons, whether you’re here to ski, leaf-peep, or simply escape the daily grind. This is one for the outdoorsy types, so peel yourselves out of your secluded cabin rental and get involved in the season’s activities. Finish up the day with an intimate meal, accompanied by remarkable alpine views, at the Austrian-style Cliff House Restaurant.
The lake is the focal point of romantic cabin getaways in Lake George, so be sure to board a traditional steamboat for a daytime tour of the shore, or, even better, a romantic dinner cruise when the sun goes down. Take a drive or hike up Prospect Mountain for unbeatable views of the surrounding area, or set off to the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves to see the largest marble cave in the east.
Leavenworth is utterly charming all year round, with its Bavarian character and warm welcome. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through town in the spring, sleigh rides through the snow in the winter, and wine-tasting sessions whatever the weather. Simply heaven.
“We had everything we needed here for a comfy stay and we loved the location just minutes from Bell Rock trail and convenient to attractions, food and whatever you want to do in Sedona. The beds were comfy, the home was stocked with pots and pans and dishes, coffee and tea, plenty of towels, bedding and wifi.” — FlipKey Reviewer
Ok, ok, you won’t actually find a wealth of cabin rentals here in sunny Sedona. But this place scored way too highly on the travelers’ romance scale to be left out of this list. Whatever kind of rental you choose, expect a scenic desert town bordered with pine forests and imposing red rock. You can enjoy this striking landscape on a jeep tour, or head out just the two of you to catch some sun and slip down the natural water slide at Slide Rock State Park.
According to travel reviewers on FlipKey, these US spots have the top-rated vacation rentals for hosting a girls’ weekend getaway.
USA’s Top Girls’ Weekend Getaway Ideas
Millions of travelers have written about their bachelorette weekends and annual girlfriend getaways, so we dove into their reviews to identify the most popular girls’ trip ideas in the country. Put simply, our algorithm analyzed every property review on FlipKey* to identify the destinations with the highest-rated rental homes for hosting a girls’ trip. Whether you’re looking to head to the beach, visit a spa, or dance the night away in the city, we’ve spotlighted 15 of our favorite places (and their must-visit spas!) that are sure to offer an unforgettable girls’ weekend.
Once you’ve chosen your destination, use FlipKey to find the right rental for the right price. Booking a vacation home will score you extra bedrooms and bathrooms, while many also offer fun extras like private hot tubs, fire pits, beach gear, and more. Whether you’re searching for an urban oasis or waterfront condo, you’ll find plenty to choose from for your girls’ weekend getaway.
So, what are you waiting for? Call up your girlfriends and pack your weekend bag—we bet it won’t take much convincing once they see our list of top spots for a girls’ trip.
“This house is beautiful and impeccably kept! We will be returning next year for another girlfriends weekend—hopefully for many more birthday celebrations!” – FlipKey Traveler
Relaxing on vast verandas, sipping mint juleps, and touring historic antebellum mansions—Savannah is the picture of the ultimate girls’ weekend getaway. Known for its Southern charm and abundant hospitality, it’s one of the oldest cities in Georgia and a popular spot for travelers, young and old. Explore Savannah on foot, pose for a photo in Forsyth Park, or dine on fresh seafood and creamy grits. No matter what you choose to do during your stay, everyone in your group will agree that Savannah is the ideal spot for your next girls’ trip!
Grand old Victorians, natural springs spas, spirited nightlife, and thrilling horse races: Saratoga Springs has everything a girl needs for a one-of-a-kind weekend with the girls. The Upstate New York destination’s bubbling mineral springs put it on the map, and today city’s the waters are still touted for their healing powers. Spoil yourself at the Roosevelt Baths and Spa after the adrenaline rush of betting on horses at the Saratoga Race Course. Use your down time to sweat it out on a jog around Congress Park or unwind in the comfort of your vacation rental. With so many things to do in Saratoga Springs, you might need two trips!
There’s no better way to relax and recharge than by spending 48 hours at the beach in Wilmington with your best girlfriends. Tucked away on the picturesque coast of North Carolina, this spot offers countless things to do. When you arrive, head to the Riverwalk, a central location for checking out the local shops and restaurants, and explore this scenic mile of boardwalk. Later, pamper yourself at the spa or acquaint yourself with the local history at Bellamy Mansion. Whether you choose to rent a spacious home in the historic district or a coastal retreat on the water, you’re sure to enjoy a carefree weekend getaway in Wilmington!
“Myself and a few of my girlfriends rented The Painted Buffalo for my bachelorette party in Fredericksburg, and it was over the top spectacular!” – FlipKey Traveler
Situated in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is a small city with big-time charm. It’s known for its authentic German heritage, which is celebrated by the town’s music, architecture, festivals, and more. Kick off your girls’ weekend getaway with a stroll down Main Street, browsing the boutiques and sampling German pastries at bakeries along the way. The surrounding region is home to renowned vineyards where you and your girlfriends can tour wineries and taste the local blends. Wrap up your trip with a visit to the spa for luxurious treatments that will leave you positively refreshed.
Planning a girls-only weekend in West Palm Beach? You’re in for a treat! With nearly perfect year-round weather, trips to the beach are a must during your girls weekend here. Lather on the sunscreen and bask in the Florida warmth. When you need a break from the sun, saunter down the palm-lined streets of downtown West Palm Beach where you’ll find a treasure trove of designer stores and unique boutiques. Make sure you save some energy for a night out on the town, thought—the nightlife in West Palm Beach is unrivalled!
“Perfect place for a weekend with friends. Would love to come back again.” – FlipKey Traveler
Whether you live in New England or it’s been on your travel bucket list for years, Newport is an idyllic setting for your next girls’ trip. From touring the town’s opulent mansions nestled along the Rhode Island coastline to wine tasting at a local vineyard, there’s no shortage of things to do. Rent an apartment near the cobblestone streets of downtown Newport to be close to restaurants and shopping, or book a home near the ocean and fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping the shore—you can’t go wrong!
“It was the perfect location for a weekend with the girls and wine tasting!” – FlipKey Traveler
Sip, relax, repeat: experience the most perfect weekend getaway with your girlfriends in Paso Robles. Located just north of San Luis Obispo, this destination is known for its exquisite wineries and thriving olive groves. Whether you spend the weekend exploring the local vineyards or soaking up the California sun from your rental’s backyard patio, Paso Robles doesn’t disappoint. This burgeoning new wine country is just the place for your next girls’ trip!
Located on beautiful Long Island and nestled within the prestigious Hamptons, Sag Harbor should be on everyone’s list for a girls’ trip. The area is legendary for its wealthy enclaves and celebrity sightings, but you don’t have to be a superstar to vacation here. Plan your trip for the summertime and experience the town bustling with activity, or visit during the offseason when the crowds are gone and vacation rental prices drop.
“I pulled into the driveway and just said ‘WOW!’ We spent hours on the back porch and enjoyed the very inviting pool area. My high school girlfriends and I enjoyed this lovely home!” – FlipKey Traveler
It’s no surprise that Charleston makes our list of the best girlfriend getaways in the U.S. Bursting with Southern charm and home to a flourishing food scene, historic landmarks, and much more, girls and guys alike flock to this coastal city from all over the country. Snap a group photo in front of Rainbow Row, shop the stalls at Charleston City Market, or relax along the water’s edge at Riley Waterfront Park. Your trip to Charleston can be as relaxing or action-packed as you and your girlfriends want it to be!
Looking to let loose with the girls? Then consider San Antonio, a vibrant city in central Texas. Famous for being home of the Alamo (it’s a must-visit while you’re in town!), San Antonio also boasts award-winning chili (its signature dish), historic landmarks, and thrilling nightlife. When you’re not exploring the city, relax at a spacious home just minutes away. Book a girls’ weekend getaway in San Antonio, and you might end up staying longer than planned!
“Pictures live up to the real thing!! Will definitely return in the near future, this time with family, so that they can get the great experience the girls and I had!” – FlipKey Traveler
Plan a girls weekend getaway like never before—from spirited honky tonks and historic music venues to five-star dining, Nashville offers non-stop fun for everyone. Tap your toes to live music at the Bluebird Cafe or explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to learn about country music’s greatest artists. When you get hungry, hop from barbecue joint to barbecue joint along Broadway downtown. Now all you need to do is find the perfect Nashville rental for your girls’ weekend.
With your besties by your side, step onto the sandy beaches of York, and let your worries wash away during your girls weekend getaway. Grab coffee at a cafe downtown then explore the beautiful coastline on foot. Scenic cliff walks and beachfront paths provide spectacular views of rippling waves, endless blues skies, and Cape Neddick Light, an authentic Maine lighthouse still in use today. If that’s not relaxing enough, head home for a lobster feast (Maine is famous for its lobster!), and unwind in the comfort of your cozy beach cottage.
No matter what brings you to Aspen—whether it’s the scenic mountain setting, thrilling outdoor adventures, or the cozy taverns—this destination is the ideal place for girls’ weekend getaways. Often thought of as a winter wonderland, Aspen has plenty to do all year long. Visit before the snow arrives and take a horseback tour of the iconic Maroon Bells, a favorite spot for wildlife-watchers. Planning a winter escape? Rent a lodge near the slopes and take advantage of fresh powder daily.
“Relaxation and fun all in one place! I stayed at this cabin with five of my BEST girlfriends and we had the BEST time ever!” – FlipKey Traveler
From hiking and mountain biking to shopping and dining, Asheville boasts something for everyone in your group. When planning the itinerary for your girls’ trip, leave time to visit the city’s thriving microbreweries (New Belgium Brewing Company is a must!). You’ll also want to climb Black Balsam Knob and watch the sunset while sipping a glass of wine at the Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt’s historic country estate. Whether you choose a cabin with a view near the Blue Ridge Parkway or a hip apartment downtown, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime during your Asheville stay.
With its beautiful beaches and laid-back vibe, Laguna Beach serves as a fabulous girls’ trip idea for those seeking fun in the sun. Take a dip in the dazzling Pacific Ocean then enjoy a picnic lunch at Heisler Park. The town’s spectacular clifftop setting provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor exploration and ample group photo-ops. When you’re not basking in the California sun, pamper yourself at the spa or unwind by the firepit at your rental for a sweet dose of relaxation!
Don’t think you can afford a picture-perfect fall getaway? Take a look at these options—perfect for a wallet-friendly weekend (or even weeklong) escape. Bye, bye budget woes. Hello gorgeous New England fall foliage.
Budget Breaks For New England Foliage
At this time of year, we’re surrounded by tempting images of iconic New England foliage ablaze with red, orange, gold, and yellow. But you don’t need to empty your bank account to get those views in person. The following locations make fantastic fall weekend getaways for travelers on tighter budgets.
How are they so affordable? Well, once you’ve picked your prime New England fall foliage trip, pair it with a comfortable FlipKey rental. Vacation rentals can bring your costs down dramatically, giving you a better deal on your accommodation, not to mention more space and the freedom to choose a home that suits your personal style. Having a full kitchen saves money on meals out, and the laundry means you can pack less. Here are 10 affordable New England vacation spots where you can see breathtaking fall foliage without overspending.
Prices reflect the median cost for a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom rental in that destination, between the months of September, October, and November.
Image from TripAdvisor.com courtesy of RideAway Kayak in Sandiwch, MA.
Cape Cod Bay location, historic center, village-esque charm: that’s already three bonus points for Sandwich as a top New England foliage getaway. Enjoy uninterrupted autumnal views from the Sandwich Boardwalk, watch traditional glassblowers in action, or cycle the Cape Cod Canal Bike Path.
This cozy town offers a spectacular array of oranges, reds, golds, and lingering evergreens in the fall. Pack up a lunch in your private rental kitchen and head off for a day of walking, picnics, and moose-spotting, served with majestic views of Rangeley Lake encircled in a riot of leafy color.
“Great condo. Right behind the Tin Lizzy Trail with easy access to everything. Perfect for families.” — FlipKey Reviewer
Dover is located in the Mount Snow Valley, and is well known for its summertime and snowbound appeal. But it’s just as spectacular in the fall. Try a scenic ride on a chairlift for soaring leafy views from Mount Snow, or see the changing foliage on a drive culminating in a hearty meal at the West Dover Inn.
Bartlett offers up classic New England fall foliage views in several exhilarating ways. At the Attitash Mountain Resort you can choose from chairlift rides, speedy ziplines, and the Alpine Slide, where two chutes zoom you down the mountainside. Alternatively, take in the colors at a slower pace aboard a vintage train on the Conway Scenic Railroad.
There are plenty of leafy trails to explore in Camden Hills State Park, where you can look down from Mount Battie onto the harbor and bay below. You can see some more New England foliage by driving the Mount Battie Auto Road, camera at the ready.
Here’s a good New England fall getaway for those who prefer the quiet life. Walk the Warren Path through the hardwood forest for sublime views of the area and don’t miss pretty Warren Falls, with its pools, waterfalls, and natural rock formations.
“There is so much to do in the Lincoln area that keeping a large group entertained was not a problem. Strenuous hikes on the Appalachian Trail for some; sitting poolside in lounge chairs for others. This unit was especially nice for family gatherings, with the open kitchen connected to a family room and deck, with a small sitting room in a loft above.” — FlipKey Reviewer
This understated little town of clapboard frontages is blessed with soaring natural mountain views all around it. Now’s a beautiful time of year to hike the Flume Gorge, let a gondola lift you up the mountainside, walk along the Pemigewasset River, or join a Pemi Valley Moose Tour.
Bar Harbor’s town is charming and has fantastic water views, but autumn’s leaves will no doubt tempt you up for a hike through neighboring Acadia National Park. The colors are apparently at their finest in mid-October, so what are you waiting for?
This seaside village is just lovely in the autumn. Set out to discover Halibut Point State Park, with its granite quarries and tide pools, crunch along the stones on Pebble Beach, or take a picnic to Millbrook Meadow.
This magically scenic area boasts a handful of terrific towns that make for a great New England foliage getaway. Get back to nature in Beartown State Forest or October Mountain State Forest, then sit down to a farm-to-table meal and enjoy the fruits of this glorious rural setting.
These 10 vacation rentals from FlipKey offer some of the best views of the world’s most notable landmarks—right from your window.
Iconic Vacation Views Right From Your Window
Day dream of waking up to the sunrise over the Eiffel Tower? While sightseeing is on nearly every traveler’s itinerary, there’s no need to limit the best sites in the world to scheduled excursions. From towering skylines and ancient ruins, to modern feats of engineering and otherworldly mountain ranges, FlipKey has rounded up 10 rentals around the world where travelers can take in the most iconic surroundings. All from the comfort of their own living rooms, bedrooms, and balconies.
Vacation rentals provide unparalleled accessibility and ease, putting travelers even closer to the attractions on their list. Whether you’re taking it all in from the window of your private suite or enjoying a night cap on the outdoor terrace, these stunning rentals offer views you need to see (or stay in) to believe.
History buffs heading to Rome, look no further. This rental is located in the Ancient Rome area, and the private roofdeck terrace offers views of the Colosseum, the Vatican Dome, and the Vittoriano, to name a few.
Wake up to one of the most iconic views in the world at this luxe 16th arrondissement apartment. The balcony offers stunning Eiffel Tower views, and the central location means easy access to some of the city’s most popular attractions.
The Northern Lights are one of the most popular bucket list views in the world—and if you’re lucky, you just might spot them from the geothermal tub outside of Brekka Cottage. Regardless of whether you catch the Aurora Borealis, you won’t be disappointed by the views of Sulur Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean from the privacy of the cottage.
Relax in the heart of downtown Toronto in a boutique building with unobstructed views of the CN Tower from a chic 600-square-foot wraparound terrace. The central location offers easy access to nightlife, restaurants, galleries, and shops.
Don’t want to choose between lake, city, or mountain views? Head to The Views in Queensland to soak in all the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-plan living room and the master bedroom.
Make your next ski trip unforgettable by staying in this cozy two-bedroom with views of the Matterhorn. The sunny apartment is walking distance from the ski bus, and includes a jacuzzi bathtub and steam shower so you can unwind after a long day on the mountains.
We doubt you’ll get tired of the ocean views from this infinity edge pool surrounded by lush forest, but if you do, don’t worry. The five-bedroom Tropical Villa also includes a spa with vertical garden and waterfall shower, a home theater, and barbeque area in its luxurious 8,500 square feet.
This opulent suite is located in Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens, at the foot of the Acropolis. After a long day of exploring, travelers looking to continue their cultural experience can relax on the terrace with views of the ancient city.
The only thing that might distract you from these views of Port Douglas is the contemporary architecture of the home itself. With a concrete exterior, sleek balcony with cinematic views of the horizon, and an infinity lap pool, you’re guaranteed a great view no matter where you are in the house.
Need to book some one-on-one time? FlipKey has rounded up our top one-bedroom rentals for you and your bae to relax, refresh, and recharge in total privacy and ease.
Romantic Vacation Rentals For You And Bae
From classic romantic getaways like Savannah, Georgia, and Paris, France, to secluded beachside spots in Jamaica, Bali, and the US Virgin Islands—vacation rentals make for the ideal accommodation when planning your next couples getaway. Enjoy stunning features from these top picks like outdoor showers, private pools, dreamy views, breakfast service, and tropical weather. No matter your perfect idea of romance, FlipKey will make your next bae-cation unforgettable at every turn.
Bask in the classic Parisian apartment located alongside the river with sweeping views of the Louvre Museum. With ultra-chic French décor, roaring fireplace, baroque fresco ceilings and 24k gold mosaic floors, this cozy, yet decadent property will wow you and your loved one at every turn.
Take romance to new heights in this tropical rental specifically intended for couples. Located on private Coral Bay, this treehouse escape is tucked away along the Caribbean hillside with panoramic sea views, an outdoor shower and spectacular terrace.
With complimentary daily breakfast, flower petal decorations and romantic décor upon your arrival, this secluded villa has an ultra-private pool, yet is just steps away from Bali’s tropical beaches and famous shopping areas.
Located just one mile from the center of town, this tropical rental will feel a world away from everyday life, offering a quiet and dreamy haven designed for two. Soak up the amazing location with an open-air shower, ocean views from the bedroom balcony and quaint touches in this coastal cottage.
If you and your partner in crime are up for an Icelandic adventure, look no further. This historical house is steps away from the city center, but bursts with charm and privacy. Sit outside and dine al fresco in the back garden, retreat up to your cozy bedroom loft or even take the complimentary car out for a spin.
Elegance knows no limit in this modern villa. Built in 2017, this retreat is in the picturesque village of Panormo, but has access to a variety of surrounding excursions. If your heart desires a true Grecian experience, look no further and soak in your private pool and world-famous sunsets over the ocean.
Enjoy everything Cape Town has to offer from this central apartment in a trendy, walkable neighborhood. Spend the day exploring downtown Cape Town or take a day trip to the exclusive wine estates, and relax in the rooftop hot tub with views of Table Mountain in the evening. For an extra special experience, your host will arrange for a meal prepared in-house by a private chef.
This romantic one-bedroom apartment is located in the heart of the historic district. The property was originally built in 1900 and faces the St. John’s Cathedral. The building was renovated in 2015 to include luxe furnishings and romantic décor, making it the perfect spot for a romantic Savannah trip.
It can be sad to say goodbye to summer. But dry your eyes, because we know you’re secretly excited about what the next season has in store. A kaleidoscope of natural color. Cool, crisp air that marks a fresh beginning. And all the plaid and wool you’ve been dying to fish out of the closet. Admit it. Fall’s fantastic.
Best Fall Vacations For Small-Town Color
Rugged peaks, glistening lakes, tumbling falls, and woodland hideaways that make the daily grind seem a million miles away. That’s what we look for in the ultimate fall vacation. Tiny mountain towns don’t generally provide a lot of hotel accommodation, so a rental is often the best option. And what avid leaf peeper wouldn’t want to stay in a cozy log cabin in the woods, anyway?
We’ve rounded up some of the best fall vacations this season in America’s most charming small towns, each offering a range of vacation rentals to book from FlipKey. Choose a spacious home for friends and family, or an intimate retreat for a couples getaway. You’ll enjoy a fully stocked kitchen and peaceful surroundings that’ll have you destressed and refreshed in no time—not to mention an incredible display of fall foliage right out your window.
Now layer up, grab a hot drink, and read about these 15 best fall vacations in Small Town, USA.
“The cabin was immaculate, with plenty of space for the whole family. The view from the balcony is truly breathtaking—we got some awesome pictures of the moon between the trees! ” — FlipKey Reviewer
Sugar Hill is one of the best fall vacations in New England: a teeny tiny town with front-row views of the White Mountain National Forest. It’s small, it’s off the beaten path, and its fall foliage really is a sight to be seen. Quaint Sugar Hill offers one of the most picture-perfect backdrops for ushering in the new season.
Dawsonville is situated right by the magnificent Amicalola Falls State Park, a terrific leaf peeping spot known for its thundering 729-foot waterfall. This is also great birdwatching territory and you’ve got the Etowa and Amicalola Rivers to paddle about in. While you’re here, you might as well try a tour and a tasting at the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, too.
“This cabin was absolutely charming and everything we were hoping for in a mountain retreat. The location was spectacular, yet easy to get into town or up to the park.” — FlipKey Reviewer
Estes Park is a great place for a cabin vacation, and one of the best fall vacations out West. It’s a traveler-preferred starting point for exploring the stunning Rocky Mountain National Park. Tackle early-morning hikes to get breathtaking sunsets over rocky peaks as your reward. Breathe in the crisp mountain air, watching bighorn sheep and elks roam free, and see the golden leaves do their thing as far as the eyes can see.
Blowing Rock is known as the ‘Crown of the Blue Ridge’, and attracts hikers, skiers, spelunkers, and spa fans alike. It has cozy cabins galore with views to die for. If you’re planning a fall vacation to this area, there’s also nearby Banner Elk, where the splendid reds and golds are vivid enough to render spectators speechless.
This is a small, friendly community in the eastern Sierra Nevada region, where you can enjoy the peace of sparkling June Lake and its smaller neighbor, Gull Lake. People come here for the excellent watersports facilities, the hiking trails, the inspiring mountain views—and, of course, the spectacular fall colors. June Lake might be the best fall vacation you don’t know about.
You can see why New Yorkers love having Hunter within easy reach. This charming mountain resort in the Northern Catskills has plenty of small-town appeal, and draws cyclists and zip-lining fans to enjoy the scenery in its autumnal glory. A tour on the Scenic Skyride Chairlift provides thrills and unforgettable views of the fall foliage.
East Stroudsburg has some historic buildings and a thriving arts and crafts scene, providing plenty of mementoes to take home. It’s also a handy base for viewing the forested peaks of the Pocono Mountains, walking the rugged hiking trails of Worthington State Forest, and watching the rushing waters of Bushkill Falls, also known as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania.” To see the beautiful colors from above, opt for a thrilling skydive…if you dare.
“Breathtaking sights, beautiful cabin, relaxation to the fullest. Our first time to stay in the mountains. Amazing views! The cabin was awesome with everything you needed to set up house!” — FlipKey Reviewer
Strap on your hiking boots and don your woolen hat. You’re going leaf-crunching in the Great Smoky Mountains. Driving tours are particularly recommended here and there are some excellent routes for taking in the seasonal colors and the odd glimpse of the local wildlife. Hmm, but what else makes Pigeon Forge one of the best fall vacations? Dollywood, of course! It just wouldn’t be right to come here without visiting the theme park masterminded by the country-singing icon who grew up in a tiny cabin in nearby Locust Ridge.
Luray sits in the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Massanutten Mountains. The best way to appreciate the fall foliage here is to take the Skyline Drive, a 105-mile stretch of road through this scenic area. You can also tour the famous Luray Caverns, which shelter a jaw-dropping array of huge rock formations.
“So quiet and secluded, which is what we love. Made s’mores out in the fire pit, barbecued on the grill, and ate outside on the deck, felt like we were in a tree house.” — FlipKey Reviewer
Hospitable Hendersonville is another picturesque mountain town where people can leave the rest of the world behind. It’s not far from here to Dupont State Recreational Forest, where you can follow scenic trails and see tumbling waterfalls. This stunning natural landscape is so beautiful and vast it was chosen as a backdrop for The Last of the Mohicans and the 2012 Hunger Games movie.
The Lake Almanor reservoir in Plumas County is a peaceful spot, perfect for those who want to be by the water to fish, hike, and sail. Enjoy serene forest walks or explore the welcoming little towns dotted around the lake’s shore, where there’s always something fun going on.
The mountain town of Blue Ridge is rich in cozy hideaways offering gorgeous vistas. You’ll love the relaxed pace of this gentle town, where you can ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, try a bit of trout fishing, or shop for antiques and artworks to take home.
“Perfect retreat for a cozy getaway… This cabin was the perfect getaway where we could turn down the noise of the city and listen to the peaceful sounds of country life. The cabin is beautifully and thoughtfully built with every amenity.” — FlipKey Reviewer
Maybe not your first guess of the best fall vacations in America, but Cleveland is a great base for some truly breathtaking fall scenery. Follow the steep road to the top of Caesars Head State Park for the best views of the changing colors and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. There are some excellent hiking trails around here too, some of them pretty challenging, so do your research before you set off.
Who likes their leaf peeping with a side of adrenaline? If you’re in Stowe, sign up for a Ziptour Adventure and see the local fall foliage from above, whizzing high above all the reds, browns, and golds. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, try the hiking trails and take in that mountain scenery in a more sedate fashion. While Stowe is renowned for its winter skiing, this Green Mountain State gem is also one of the best fall vacations you can take.
Some say Connecticut looks its most beautiful in the fall. There’s no better place to find out for yourself than this little destination on the banks of the Mystic River. Explore the town with Mystic Bike Rentals, take to the trees (in a safety harness) at the Fields of Fire Adventure Park, go walking at Haley Farm State Park, and see all colors of fall at Pequot Woods.
Family life. It can be wonderful and exhausting in equal measure. That’s why The Great Family Vacation is so important—a time to make memories and celebrate your loved ones away from the pressures of daily life. Whether you’ve got a family of ten or two, here are the best family vacation ideas your kids will love, where boredom is banned and fun is king.
Best Vacation Ideas For Families
With so many great family-friendly destinations in the USA, it’s hard to narrow it down to just 20. While we’ve left out a few of the obvious big-hitters like Orlando, Virginia Beach, San Diego, and Myrtle Beach, we’re featuring equally amazing spots, where the amenities for children are just as great and the welcome just as warm. With a little help from the local city experts at Apartment Guide, we’ve also highlighted some of the best kid-friendly attractions you won’t want to miss.
An added benefit? These top family vacation spots boast plenty of local rentals from FlipKey. Choose an entire house or apartment where you can all be together (while still having your own space). Swap the hotel mini-bar for a fully stocked kitchen and the communal lobby for a family living area—and maybe even a garden. Imagine an evening barbecue on the outdoor patio, a family movie night in the theater room, or a morning swim in your own private pool.
Ready for a fun-fueled family trip? Pack your sunblock, swimwear, and those all-important traveling snacks. Here are 20 of the best family vacation ideas in America for happy kids and even happier grown-ups.
“This home was perfect for young and old. Very close to Disneyland and shopping. The pool was the favorite for relaxing and cooling off. Very friendly owners.” — FlipKey Reviewer
The most obvious pull for children in sunny Anaheim is the mighty Disneyland Park—and who could blame them for begging to come here? Rides for all ages, well-known characters to meet, and all the color and excitement you’d expect from a larger-than-life Disney experience. If you’re looking for something on a smaller scale, book a pass to Adventure City. With rides, shows, and a mini train, it’s especially suited to younger children.
“We came to Gettysburg to visit history and were not disappointed. The house just made things very simple for us. Everything we needed was there. Great literature to assist us on our history tour. The house was clean and well kept. It was located very conveniently for touring all of Gettysburg.” — FlipKey Reviewer
Steeped in Civil War history, the picturesque town of Gettysburg makes a pleasant and educational base for families. Tour the Gettysburg Battlefield, the National Military Park, and the Shriver House Museum at your leisure, or hop on a guided bus tour of the town to get the expert lowdown on all the key sights. From historical re-enactments to ghostly tours, there’s so much here to keep the whole family entertained.
“We regularly stay in rented accommodation rather than hotels when we go on holiday, and this is one of the best we’ve experienced. The house is very comfortable, and well furnished and equipped.” — FlipKey Reviewer
Boston has it all—the culture, the fantastic city parks, and a relaxed pace you might not expect in a city of its size. Baseball fanatics, young and not so young, will love Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. You can take a guided tour, watch a game, and soak up some sporting history. Also check out the giant ocean tank at the New England Aquarium and board a Boston Duck Tour to be transported around this beautiful city on land and water.
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The vibe on the Florida Space Coast is, overall, beachy and relaxed, but a vacationer’s experience depends largely on the activity you choose. Of course, they don’t call it the “Space Coast” for nothing. The thrill of watching rockets launch from Cape Canaveral, whether up close or miles away, never gets old. In fact, launches still occur (SpaceX rockets are on the launch calendar for 2017). Kennedy Space Center unpacks space-centric surprises, from the earliest days of space exploration to the exciting Shuttle Launch Experience and behind-the-gates tours.
As for terra firma, beautiful Atlantic beaches await, along with wildlife at the Canaveral National Seashore, a beautiful barrier island National Park. And even if you’re not shipping out for a cruise, you and your family can marvel at large luxurious ships from Grills Seafood Deck, a family-friendly and casual venue.
Over in Cocoa Beach, you can sink your toes into the sand—but if you have teens, be sure to pop in for a ubiquitous (free!) sticker at Ron Jon’s massive surf shop. You may want to pick up a bikini or t-shirt while you’re at it, too.
Satellite Beach is a lesser-known but equally lovely section of the Atlantic coast. If you’re planning on visiting in June or July, you can enjoy sea turtle nesting season. Check in with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society for a guided tour. Once booked, you’ll be led out by expert guides equipped with the knowledge (and turtle-friendly lighting) to find mama turtles as they venture onshore to lay their eggs. Truly amazing!
The most well-known family attraction in Huntsville is the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, where you’ll find an awe-inspiring collection of rockets (including a rare Saturn V), a space shuttle, and plenty of NASA memorabilia. This is an understandably popular attraction, so it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. If your kids are more interested in natural phenomena, they’ll be enchanted by the 1,000s of butterflies, along with turtles and frogs, in the Purdy Butterfly House at Huntsville Botanical Garden.
“This adorable house was very comfortable and had every amenity needed for a family vacation. Everything was close by, from amazing restaurants to cute shops, and of course the beach. I was impressed at how quickly we were able to get to Disneyland and down the coast to Newport Beach.” — FlipKey Reviewer
Locals refer to Long Beach as one giant playground, so families are certainly welcome here. And there’s one place you really can’t miss. More than 11,000 creatures await you at the Aquarium of the Pacific—you can even touch and feed some of them. Learn about who lives in and around the oceans and the importance of conserving their environment. Long Beach also has lots of family-oriented places to eat and plenty of fun watery activities, including boat tours.
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Washington, DC is a vibrant city with dozens of free attractions and events that make it an ideal destination for a family vacation. Once you’re near the Mall, major landmarks and iconic government buildings are everywhere you look: the Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and many more. Have your kids pull out their coins and dollar bills to see replicas of the very buildings they’re standing in front of. Book a line-skipping VIP tour and check them all off your list.
The internationally-renowned collections of the Smithsonian range from a 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton to the original “Star-Spangled Banner” to the space shuttle Discovery. The Einstein Planetarium at the Air and Space Museum offers a constant flow of illuminating, family-friendly entertainment. The airplane buffs in your family will be happy they made the trek to Dulles Airport for the Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It’s so large that the actual planes dangling from its ceiling look like toys.
The riverfront Nationals Park is a wholesome itinerary option for families who like major league baseball. Its neighborhood goes by many names at this point—Navy Yard, Ballpark District and Capitol Riverfront—but is easy to reach from any area of the city.
Billed as the Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells is an obvious choice for fun-seeking families. It’s hard to experience all the great attractions and activities here. Take your pick of indoor and outdoor adventures, such as Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park, Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Timber Falls Adventure Park, Circus World, Timbavati Wildlife Park…the list goes on and on.
Set in the Northern Catskills, where there’s lots of fresh air and space to run around, Durham makes a top family vacation base. Show your brood the best of the rural life on a tour with Farmer Frank of Hull-O Farms, where you’ll meet all sorts of friendly animals, including bunnies, piglets, and chicks. For something completely different, try the Zoom Flume Water Park, where you can rent a cabana and spend the day crashing into the water via various high-speed slides.
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Your child may be on his or her way to being a master builder—or not—but either way, few Florida destinations are as child-friendly as Winter Haven. That’s because of the incredible LEGOLAND, where single- or multi-day passes are available to purchase. This child-centric haven is practically overflowing with Lego bricks. What’s more, every ride in the elevator is a strobe-infused opportunity to do a happy dance, and every room is themed—from pirates to knights to adventurers.
Steps away are Legoland’s theme park and waterpark. The theme park’s coasters, rides and Lego-centric sites keep the entertainment going nonstop. The waterpark’s lazy rivers, wave pools, slides, and other cooling spots offer a fun respite from the Florida heat.
Parents should note that although the LEGOLAND attractions are decidedly for youngsters, the ease with which you’ll be able to move from one to the next make it appealing for parents looking for recreation that’s a little more self-contained. As a bonus, you can also enjoy a tropical cocktail by the pool while watching your kiddos.
Indy’s a pretty hospitable place. And if you’re visiting with children, there’s no better starting point than the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest of its kind in the world. We challenge anyone to be bored in this place, where kids are encouraged to explore arts and culture through exhibits, workshops, and live performances—there’s even a steam engine. You might also like to see the animals and plant life at Indianapolis Zoo.
This friendly place on the Atlantic Coast has a boardwalk packed with lively eateries. Families tend to favor Funland for its arcade games and vintage rides and Jungle Jim’s Water Park for water slides, go-karting and mini-golf. For a bit of calm before bedtime, you could head slightly north and take a Broadkill River cruise with Caper Water Tours and Taxi, taking in the peaceful views of the shoreline and its birdlife before the sun sets.
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Colonial Williamsburg, the 301-acre, restored 18th-century capital city, is America’s largest interactive history museum. Its interpretive characters transport visiting families back in time, to the sound of beating drums and trilling fifes.
Virginia’s Historic Triangle extends to nearby Jamestown and Yorktown, where innovative exhibits and educational experiences depict America’s first permanent English colony and guide visitors through the battlefield where American independence was won. Merchants Square, an 18th-century-style village, includes more than 40 shops and restaurants ranging from family-style to fine dining.
The family-friendly Williamsburg area is also home to Busch Gardens, an action-packed, European-themed adventure park; Water Country USA, Virginia’s largest water park; and the York and James Rivers, where you can enjoy beautiful scenery and outdoor activities such as fishing, boating and swimming.
Located on the southern edge of Lake Erie is chilled-out Sandusky. This place is home to the Cedar Point amusement park, which draws rollercoaster-crazy visitors each year. It’s mostly for the thrill-seekers, but there are also gentler options available for younger children. Alternatively, you can take jet skis out on the lake or enjoy a stroll with stunning views along the Sandusky Bay Pathway.
Book a comfortable family rental as your base for exploring the child-friendly delights of Bloomington. We recommend starting with Nickelodeon Universe, a fun-packed indoor park in the Mall of America, with everything from the tamest of rides to zip-lining adventures. If your children are on the younger side, this is a great place to spend a day. The Mall of America also provides all the shopping and eating opportunities you could hope for, plus an aquarium and adventure golf.
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Affordable and wholesome Pigeon Forge is adjacent to American’s favorite national park, Great Smoky Mountains. Most known for the Dollywood theme park, Pigeon Forge now also gets rave reviews for its Titanic Museum, an interactive walk through the doomed cruise ship. Teens will like assuming the persona of a historic passenger, only to find out their fate after visiting the eye-popping captain’s bridge.
Nighttime is perfect for The Island in Pigeon Forge, an entertainment hub with lighted water shows. Pleasant evenings also draw families to the area’s multiple mini-golf courses, including one in nearby Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg is also home to a surprisingly wonderful aquarium given its mountain location; penguins typically steal the show at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
Your most difficult task will be choosing which of the dozens of family attractions to try, from a wax museum to a world records hall to dinner theaters, roller coasters and even “Goats on the Roof.” Nature will also be luring you to Smoky Mountain trails and overlooks, so no matter how many days you can spend in Pigeon Forge, they will all be full.
Carolina Beach offers an old-style boardwalk, a laid-back atmosphere and absolutely tons of activities for families to enjoy together. Take advantage of the water sports and seaside amusement rides (and grab some donuts from Britt’s). A few minutes down the coastline is Kure Beach, where you’ll find Ocean Front Park, with its boardwalk, gardens and beach—there’s even a giant pirate ship to play on. Continue down to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which has some interactive exhibits and even an albino alligator.
St. Augustine’s picturesque and historic center appeals to all sorts of visitors. Many families come here for the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, a fabulous swashbuckling resource offering interactive exhibits, treasure hunting, and more. For some outdoor fun, you could see the town on one of Ripley’s Red Trains, hit the play areas at Davenport Park or Project Swing Park, or turn towards the beach for a kids’ surf session.
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Charlotte’s Carowinds, a combination amusement park and waterpark, is a big hit with families. Weekdays offer shorter lines than weekends, and themed events are scheduled near year’s end. Young park-goers will discover mini-rides just for them, while teens will be thrilled with the likes of Intimidator and Fury 325. The park offers free water at multiple stations, but parents consistently recommend purchasing cups with free refills for the day. Count on $20 for parking, and budget extra for food, or consider at least one combo ticket, which includes food throughout the day.
Does your family thrive on challenges? Multiple escape rooms now pepper Charlotte, and near the intersection of the city’s two interstates, you’ll find Escape Kings. This family-friendly attraction lets those over 10 years of age test their collective wits by escaping from Aztec Ruins and Kings Quest rooms. The puzzle clues are for all ages, and escape is neither too hard for kids nor too easy for adults.
DefyGravity trampoline park is an appealing setting for energy-filled kids. Depending on their age, they can bounce their way through the KidJump, Ninja Obstacle Course, extreme dodgeball, foam pits, and even a trapeze.
Teens who like golf will love hanging out at Topgolf. Fun music adds to the excitement of golfing with a variety of provided clubs on a three-level driving range. Servers keep the food and drinks coming, while you rack up the points and have a few laughs. Charlotte—a major metroplex—has no shortage of other family-friendly restaurants at all price points.
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