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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.

Sugar Hill, New Hampshire

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“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.

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Dawsonville, Georgia

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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.

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Estes Park, Colorado

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“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.

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Blowing Rock & Banner Elk, North Carolina

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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.

See all FlipKey rentals in the Blowing Rock/Banner Elk area!

June Lake, California

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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.

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Hunter, New York

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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.

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

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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.

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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“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.

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Luray, Virginia

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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.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina

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“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.

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Lake Almanor Area, California

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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.

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Blue Ridge, Georgia

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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.

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Cleveland, South Carolina

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“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.

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Stowe, Vermont

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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.

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Mystic, Connecticut

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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.

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With coffee consumption at an all-time high in the United States, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best coffee cities in the country worth visiting.

America’s Best Coffee Cities

From the historic streets of downtown Boston to the coastal neighborhoods of Santa Cruz, we’ve highlighted 12 of the best coffee cities well-known for their caffeinated brews. Each of these places boasts gourmet coffee shops on almost every corner, making it an impossible task to mention all of them. But we’ve featured our favorite in each city so you can sip more and search less! Whether you’re looking for coffee by the cup or beans by the bag, we think you’ll like these cities a whole latte.

After you decide which destination to visit, opt for a vacation rental from FlipKey to save money during your trip (we know how quickly those specialty coffees can add up!). Enjoy the benefits of extra space and full kitchens—many rentals even have coffeemakers, so you won’t have to leave the house without a cup of coffee to start your day. From modern city apartments to spacious vacation homes, FlipKey offers a variety of rentals to fit every budget and travel style.

Austin, Texas | Caffé Medici

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While you’d think that Austin’s roasting temperatures might curb visitors’ appetite for java, Austin’s coffee scene is booming. And, as new coffee shops are popping up all over town, one continues to stand out: Caffé Medici. Austin’s original specialty coffee shop, Caffé Medici has been perfecting the art of pouring a cup of joe for more than 10 years. From well-balanced, classic coffee to sweet and fruity espresso with a chocolaty finish, the menu here has something to please all palates.

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Boston, Massachusetts | Barrington Coffee Roasting Company

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With long, cold winters and a massive student population, Boston is a city that insists on high levels of coffee consumption. While there are plenty of places throughout the city to fuel up for the day, Barrington Coffee Roasting Company offers some of the best in Boston. It was founded in 1993 out of two friends’ mutual love for everything coffee. Today, the self-described “power-coffee duo” prepares some of the finest coffees from around the world at their Roastery in Lee, MA. The coffee is then delivered fresh to customers and served at their two cafes in downtown Boston.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota | Spyhouse Coffee

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Known for a different kind of brew, too, Minneapolis is happy to share its local coffees all across the country. Case in point: Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co., which supplies its Orion blend to Caffé Medici on our list. With four cafes throughout Minneapolis, Spyhouse Coffee is a hub for students, professionals, and people of all walks of life. This independent coffeehouse serves an exceptional cup of coffee while educating customers about the sourcing, roasting, and brewing processes, from origin to consumption. Looking for something unique? Try the Spygirl, a latte with lavender and honey.

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Houston, Texas | Siphon Coffee

Located in the Montrose neighborhood, Siphon Coffee has helped put Houston on the map as one of the best coffee cities. This unique coffee shop offers a precise and flavorful cup of coffee using halogen burners and a game-changing siphon brewing method. Working with local Houston roasters, they’ve created a selection of palate-pleasing brewed and espresso based drinks that will satisfy any taste!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Joe Coffee

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Philadelphia gets coffee fanatics’ stamp of approval—even Ben Franklin’s, a known coffee enthusiast and one of the city’s founding fathers. For some of the city’s finest brews, check out Joe Coffee, a family-owned shop with locations in Philadelphia and New York. The shop has both single-origin and blended offerings on the menu, which they roast in-house. Whether you take your cup on the go or lounge at the cafe, a flawless brew from Joe Coffee will perk you right up.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Commonplace Coffee Roasters

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Looking to try the local java in Pittsburgh? Then head to Commonplace Coffee Roasters in Pittsburgh. Since its founding in 2003, multiple locations have opened throughout Steel City, all of which offer a “hug in a mug” with their flavorful brews. Get a boost of energy from a cappuccino or indulge your sweet tooth with a chocolaty mocha. You can’t go wrong, no matter what you order!

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Portland, Maine | Coffee By Design

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A foodie city in its own right, Portland is also a hub for coffee drinkers with Coffee By Design adding buzz to this coastal destination’s downtown. This combined micro-roastery and coffee bar brews a selection of coffees from exotic grinds, single-origin coffees, and rich roasts. With the smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting in the air, you won’t be able to walk by without stopping in for some liquid joy in a cup.

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Providence, Rhode Island | Bolt Coffee Company

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With sweet “coffee milk” the state drink of Rhode Island, it’s no surprise that Providence makes the cut as one of the best coffee cities in the U.S. Get a quality cup of coffee—hot or iced—at Bolt Coffee Company in the heart of Providence’s historic district. This local purveyor of artisanal coffee expertly pours a precise and intense cup of coffee with each order. From unique carbonated coffees to double shots of espresso, the baristas here take great pride in their product and service, and it shows!

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Santa Cruz, California | Verve Coffee Roasters

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Santa Cruz made our list of the best coffee cities in America because of one-of-a-kind roasters like Verve. Whether you’re starting your day, searching for an afternoon pick-me-up, or need a caffeine fix before tackling the surf, this hot spot has something for everyone. While the shop’s roots remain in Santa Cruz, Verve can be found in cities across the world from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Can’t make it to one of those cities, but want to wake up to Verve coffee aromas every morning? Subscribe and have freshly roasted coffee delivered to your door!

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Seattle, Washington | Convoy Coffee

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What’s a list of the best coffee cities in America without Seattle? Home of the original Starbucks, there are also a multitude of lesser-known local coffee shops throughout the city. One such favorite is Convoy Coffee. For the perfect start to your morning, stop in for an espresso and a Salmonberry Goods pastry. Heading to Seattle for a weekend getaway? You won’t want to miss the weekend Ballard and University District Farmers Markets, where Convoy Coffee sets up a shop with bicycle carts. With its ever-growing rotation of single origin coffees, we recommend visiting often to try them all!

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Topeka, Kansas | PT’s Coffee Roasting Co.

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Home of PT’s Coffee Roasting Co.—the standard-bearer for small-batch specialty coffee—Topeka holds its own among the best coffee cities in the country. This local coffee shop’s mission is simple: roast and brew an amazing cup of coffee from the freshest of ingredients. It specializes in serving Direct Trade coffee and espresso, but its diverse menu features options that will satisfy all tastes. From an afternoon meeting over lattes to an evening study break for coffee with Baileys, PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. is a must-visit in Topeka.

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Washington, DC | Peregrine Espresso

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Washington, DC’s coffee culture continues to expand year after year. The city has more than 1,000 coffee shops and cafes—meaning a jolt of caffeine is never out of reach. One such spot with rave reviews is Peregrine Espresso, a neighborhood cafe that prides itself on offering quality coffee with friendly service. Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet mocha with a dollop of whipped cream or a bold, flash-brewed iced coffee, you can bet Peregrine Espresso has it on the menu. Want to learn about what’s in your cup? The owners—Ryan and Jill Jensen—also love sharing their coffee knowledge with customers through monthly classes about coffee brewing and espresso.

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12 Best Coffee Cities In The U.S. For A Vacation

  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Portland, Maine
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Santa Cruz, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Topeka, Kansas
  • Washington, DC

Family life. It can be wonderful and exhausting in equal measure. That’s why The Great Family Vacation is so importanta 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.

1. Anaheim, California

“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.

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2. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

American Civil War bronze cannon weathered with age to a pale greenish hue rests at at Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

“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.

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3. Boston, Massachusetts

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“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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4. Florida Space Coast

Thanks to the local experts at Apartment Guide for contributing the below information about Florida’s Space Coast.

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!

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5. Huntsville, Alabama

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.

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6. Long Beach, California

“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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7. Washington, DC

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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.

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8. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

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.

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9. Durham, New York

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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10. Winter Haven, Florida

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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.

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11. Indianapolis, Indiana

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.

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12. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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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13. Williamsburg, Virginia

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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.

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14. Sandusky, Ohio

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.

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15. Bloomington, Minnesota

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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16. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Thanks to the local experts at Apartment Guide for contributing the below information about Pigeon Forge.

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.

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17. Carolina Beach & Kure Beach, North Carolina

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Carolina Beach/Kure Beach!

18. St. Augustine, Florida

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in St. Augustine!

19. Charlotte, North Carolina

Thanks to the local experts at Apartment Guide for contributing the below information about Charlotte.

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.

See all Charlotte rentals from FlipKey!

20. Williams, Arizona

“We wanted to spend time at the Grand Canyon so I looked for a place that could accommodate all 9 of us (this included some children). Rather than rent numerous hotel rooms I decided it might be fun to all stay together in a house. The description of this house made it sound interesting and close to town so we chose it. Best decision ever!” — FlipKey Reviewer

Williams has all sorts of activities to make your vacation a memorable one. Watch a thrilling rodeo show, drive through graceful pine forests to spy on cute bear cubs and other fauna at Bearizona Wildlife Park, or take to the railroad and spend a day on the Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package.

See all FlipKey rentals in Williams!


This piece received some contributions from A.D. Thompson, Rachel Cooper and Libby McMillan—writers for Apartment Guide and local experts who know their way around the nation’s kid-friendly hot spots.

This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor rentals blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.

 Adventure towns for perfect fall vacations.

You don’t have to break the bank to have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure this autumn. With so many canyons, lakes, mountains, and more to explore right here in the US, you’ll find there’s a perfect fall vacation for every budget!

Top Adventure Towns You Can Afford

We looked into the cost of a week-long fall vacation to bring you 12 outdoorsy destinations where adventure knows no bounds. Whether you’re searching for a rock face to scale, a mountain to climb, or a river to cast your fishing line, these adventure vacation spots across the country have it all (and for an affordable price!).

Instead of roughing it in the woods during your trip, consider booking a vacation home with all the comforts and amenities you’re used to. By staying in a FlipKey rental, you can fuel up with a home-cooked meal prepared in your fully-stocked kitchen, or enjoy a comfy bed after a long day outdoors. From secluded mountain retreats to cozy cabins surrounded by trees, all that’s left to do is gather your friends and find the perfect rental in one of these amazing adventure towns.

Prices reflect the median cost for a week-long stay in a two-bedroom rental in that destination, between the months of September, October, and November. 

Pahoa, Hawaii: $795/Week

Discover Pahoa, Hawaii

The alternative to Hawaii’s glitzy, one-size-fits-all beach vacation, Pahoa is a sleepy town known for its abundant natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere. Wade into the waters of Ahalanui Beach Park, a spring-fed pool that’s volcanically heated to a balmy 90 degrees Fahrenheit. For spectacular snorkeling, plunge into the Kapoho Tide Pools. Need a day off from outdoor adventures? Walk along the raised wooden boardwalk, and admire the century-old buildings that give it a “Wild West” feel.

See all Pahoa vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Cody, Wyoming: $959/Week

Cody, Wyoming vacation rentals

Cody, named after its legendary founder, Buffalo Bill Cody, is a charming blend of old and new. It sits at the edge of Yellowstone National Park where buffalo roam (yes, really!), geysers gush, and the pristine wilderness awaits outdoor enthusiasts. Rent a cozy western cabin in Cody and see why travelers describe this one-of-a-kind adventure town as a “must-see!” Filled with natural wonders and a brilliant display of colorful foliage during the fall, choose Cody for your affordable fall getaway.

See all Cody vacation rentals on FlipKey!

McCall, Idaho: $990/Week

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This Idaho adventure town may be known for its renowned winter skiing, but plan a trip to McCall during the fall and witness the roadside explosion of color that starts to pop every October. For panoramic mountain views, slip a kayak into the water and paddle around Payette Lake. Prefer to stay on land? Wander through the forests of Ponderosa State Park—which covers a thousand-acre peninsula that juts into the lake, or make a tee time at McCall Golf Club. With its stunning scenery and exhilarating outdoor experiences, you can explore from sun up until sun down in McCall!

See all McCall vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Whitefish, Montana: $1,120/Week

Book a fall vacation in Whitefish, Montana

Once you arrive in Whitefish, however long you’re planning to stay just won’t be enough. Lace up your hiking boots, and head to Glacier National Park, the “Crown of the Continent.” At the park, gaze at the arresting fall foliage or choose a trail—long or short, easy or challenging—for panoramic views of the rugged Rockies. Other activities nearby include cycling, fishing, golfing, and even huckleberry picking. There’s no better time than fall to enjoy all Whitefish has to offer the adventurous vacationer.

See all Whitefish vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Ellijay, Georgia: $1,120/Week

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A hidden gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, Ellijay is a quiet town perfect for your fall getaway. Rent tubes and float down the Ellijay River for a unique view of the area, or tour the sprawling local vineyards. And what’s a trip to Ellijay without a stop at the apple orchard? Located in Gilmer County, the “Apple Capital of Georgia,” there are many farms nearby for apple picking. If you’re not feeling active, sit in a rocking chair on your vacation home’s porch and take in the blazing leaves and breathtaking mountain backdrop.

See all Ellijay vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Taos, New Mexico: $1,200/Week

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Searching for a place that balances thrilling outdoor activities with laid-back, low-key vibes? Then Taos is your answer! Whether you fill your days hiking through Taos Ski Valley (watch out for wildlife!), rafting down the Rio Grande, or marveling at the ancient ruins of Taos Pueblo, there’s never a dull moment here. Rent a private casita on the outskirts of town and escape the hubbub of everyday life.

See all Taos vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Lake Tahoe, California: $1,260/WeekLake-Tahoe-California-adventure-towns

 

What would a list of idyllic fall adventure towns be without Lake Tahoe? Set amidst the jaw-dropping Sierra Nevada Mountains, this city boasts the largest alpine lake in North America and is a hot spot for autumn excursions. Visit the Gondola at Heavenly and ascend the mountains for a bird’s eye view of the area, coast across the clear blue water in a pontoon boat, or hop on a mountain bike to explore. Just one trip to Lake Tahoe will convince you that this destination truly has it all!

See all Lake Tahoe vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Logan, Ohio: $1,266/Week

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Often overlooked, Logan packs lots of adventure within its borders. It’s tucked away in the Hocking Hills region, where you’ll find cascading waterfalls, towering gorges, and dense forest extending for miles—right in Ohio. Need a reward to motivate you along your hike? Make the trek to Ash Cave. This enormous, horseshoe-shaped cave is found at the end a tree-lined path and will take your breath away. Roam the wilderness by day, and cozy up around the fire in your Logan vacation home by night for the ultimate fall vacation.

See all Logan vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Durango, Colorado: $1,330/Week

Adventure towns, Durango, CO

Mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, horseback riders, rafters, fishermen, and more are drawn to Durango. Home to the two-million-acre San Juan National Forest, the roaring Animas River, and an interesting Old West heritage, this outdoorsy destination is one of the top adventure towns to visit, especially during the fall. Tour the scenic landscape on foot, or climb aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive and travel along the same tracks that early settlers used over a hundred years ago. No matter how you choose to explore, you’ll discover something new in Durango each time you visit.

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Sevierville, Tennessee: $1,374/Week

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Picturesque nature trails cut through the colorful foliage, leaves rustle with the wind, and rivers rush down the sides of mountains: Sevierville is at its best during autumn. The city is surrounded by wilderness, with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park only minutes away. At Foxfire Mountain, soar amidst the treetops on a zipline excursion or cross the river by walking the longest swinging bridge in the US, the Bridge to Prosperity. Adventure abounds in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, and you’ll quickly see this hidden gem is no exception.

See all Sevierville rentals on FlipKey!

Moab, Utah: $1,420/Week

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Moab’s dramatic landscape and extraordinary attractions beckon all types of outdoor adventurers—hikers, bikers, climbers, white water rafters… you name it! This fiery destination is situated at the edge of Arches National Park and Canyonlands, making it a popular base if you’re looking to explore the extensive network of trails—Balanced Rock and Slickrock—that snake through the sprawling red rock playground. Experience an unforgettable sunrise from 2,000 feet above the Colorado River at Dead Horse Point, or watch the sun dip below the horizon from the backyard of your vacation home.

See all Moab vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Lake Arrowhead, California: $1,551/Week

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Nestled in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest and known for its infinite recreational activities, Lake Arrowhead is widely referred to as “The Alps of Southern California.” Its mile-high location provides the ideal setting for hiking, biking, boating, and more. Explore the pine-scented trails that surround this adventure town, drift across the lake in a paddle boat, or browse the specialty shops in Lake Arrowhead Village. With so much to see and do here, you can be sure there’s a new adventure to be had every day of the week!

See all Lake Arrowhead vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Affordable Adventure Towns For Fall Vacations

  • Pahoa, Hawaii
  • Cody, Wyoming
  • McCall, Idaho
  • Whitefish, Montana
  • Ellijay, Georgia
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Lake Tahoe, California
  • Logan, Ohio
  • Durango, Colorado
  • Sevierville, Tennessee
  • Moab, Utah
  • Lake Arrowhead, California

Top-rated Southern cities for a vacation

With countless places to choose from in the region, we’re highlighting the best Southern vacation spots for renting a summer house. Travelers have spoken, and these destinations have the top-rated review scores for their rental accommodations on FlipKey.

Top-Rated Southern Vacations This Summer

Summer is a fabulous time to visit the South. Warm temperatures linger long into the evenings, allowing plenty of time for exploration, and the region’s cities buzz with activity. Not to mention, the area exudes Southern hospitality, making it a popular place to visit—any time of year.

Whether summer is just beginning or inching to a close, it’s never a bad time to plan that getaway down South! To help you choose your destination, we looked at the average vacation rental review scores for summer stays. The result? Nine of the best vacation spots down South receiving top praise from fellow FlipKey rental guests. From Tennessee to Texas, these Southern vacations (and their top attraction!) come highly recommended by travelers like you.

Consider booking a vacation home for your trip and you’ll be right in the middle of all the action. Not only do rentals provide an affordable home base during your stay, they let you experience the city like a local!

Ratings are based on the lifetime average vacation rental review score for that destination (for stays during summer months), according to reviewers on TripAdvisor. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company. 

9. Decatur, Georgia

Retreat to Decatur, Georgia

Average Vacation Rental Rating: 4.50/5.00

“Lots of heart and soul went into preserving this very special home—if you appreciate craftsmanship and cool old houses, it is worth a visit for that alone!” – FlipKey Traveler

A trip to Decatur reveals what makes this destination so special: beautiful historic homes, a range of unique attractions, and a friendly, small-town atmosphere that is truly one-of-a-kind. At just six miles east of Atlanta, getting to this city—which offers a variety of attractions for foodies, fashionistas, fun-lovers and beyond—is a breeze. Grab a bite to eat on-the-go at Your Dekalb Farmers Market, take a walking tour of the area, or perch yourself on a park bench in Decatur Square. Described as “four square miles of hometown hippiness,” this vibrant city is a hot spot for Southern vacations that can’t be missed.

Our Top Activity Pick: Michael C. Carlos Museum

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8. Chattanooga, Tennessee

Find your hideaway in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Average Vacation Rental Rating: 4.56/5.00

“We spent the majority of our time on one of the two decks when we weren’t out hiking. We watched birds fly, the clouds float by, and the hang gliders soar. What a wonderful, relaxing place to enjoy!” – FlipKey Traveler

Nicknamed the Scenic City, Chattanooga lives up to that claim with soaring mountains, extraordinary rock formations, roaring waterfalls, and lots of outdoor activities that let you enjoy it all. Explore the mysterious caverns of Ruby Falls, hike Lookout Mountain for jaw-dropping views, or familiarize yourself with the area on a train ride through the countryside. For an even more memorable stay, rent a cabin amidst towering trees or a private vacation home just steps from the river and make Chattanooga your home, if only for a weekend getaway.

Our Top Activity Pick: Hunter Museum of American Art

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7. New Orleans, Louisiana

Discover New Orleans, Louisiana.

Average Vacation Rental Rating: 4.60/5.00

“Perfect spot in the Marigny!! We could walk easily everywhere we wanted to go and experienced lots of great music and restaurants.” – FlipKey Traveler

Whether your plan is to soak up the local history or dance your way down Bourbon Street, New Orleans is no doubt one of the best vacation spots in the South. It’sa hub of activity from sunrise to sundown. Tour the Garden District—an elegant neighborhood full of Southern charm—where you’ll find pristine gardens and opulent, antebellum mansions. When you’re ready to party, head to Bourbon Street. You’ll find this carnival of sights and sounds in the historic French Quarter. Add to your New Orleans experience by booking a traditional, shotgun-style vacation home just blocks from your favorite attractions.

Our Top Activity Pick: New Orleans Museum of Art

See all New Orleans vacation rentals on FlipKey!

5. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

Average Vacation Rental Rating: 4.60/5.00

“Absolutely LOVED this home away from home!! We actually stayed in Friday night instead of going to downtown Nashville just because we loved the house so much!!” – FlipKey Traveler

If you’re looking for world-class music venues, hearty Southern fare, and the chance to spot celebrities both on the stage and in the street, then Nashville is the Southern vacation for you. Take a stroll along the Music City Walk of Fame, check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, or attend a show at the iconic Grand Ole Opry. At the end of a music-filled day, retreat to the quiet of your beautiful Victorian home rental in Germantown, Nashville’s oldest neighborhood.

Our Top Activity Pick: Adventure Science Center

See all Nashville vacation rentals on FlipKey!

6. Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg, TX is a hot spot for Southern vacations.

Average Vacation Rental Rating: 4.63/5.00

“This was a great location right in the middle of everything in historic Fredericksburg. A wonderful place to stay with hosts that make you feel like friends.” – FlipKey Traveler

Southern charm will sweep you off your feet in Fredericksburg. It’s located deep in the heart of Texas and is known for its hospitality, rich history, and thriving German traditions. A visit during August lends itself to lazy afternoons watching the grape harvest at a vineyard and warm evenings strolling at the county fair. If you can’t squeeze a trip to Fredericksburg in this summer, don’t fret! With bluebonnets blooming in the spring and Oktoberfest celebrations during the fall, this city is one of the best Southern vacations to take, no matter what time of year it is.

Our Top Activity Pick: National Museum of the Pacific War

See all Fredericksburg vacation rentals on FlipKey!

4. Louisville, Kentucky

Rent a vacation home in Louisville, Kentucky.

Average Vacation Rental Rating: 4.74/5.00

“All the comforts of home. This was much better than a hotel. It was great to have easy access to our events, then drive back into a quiet neighborhood (with deer) in the evenings.” – FlipKey Traveler

With the annual Kentucky Derby spectacle, tasty mint juleps, and a variety of exciting attractions, it’s no surprise that Louisville makes our list of top-rated Southern vacations. Follow the city-wide “Urban Bourbon Trail” to award-winning micro-distilleries, each with its own unique offering of the city’s signature spirit. If you’re a baseball fan, check out the Louisville Slugger Museum, a celebration of the sport’s legends. Choose an historic home within walking distance of downtown, and you’ll never want to leave Louisville!

Our Top Activity Pick: KMAC Museum

See all Louisville vacation rentals on FlipKey!

3. St. Petersburg, Florida

Hit the beach in St. Petersburg, FL.

Average Vacation Rental Rating: 4.84/5.00

“Paradise. This is the first time I ever stayed in a vacation rental—and I think I’ll never go back to hotels again. I felt the most not like a tourist on this vacation compared to others in the past.” – FlipKey Traveler

Known as the “Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg boasts an average of 361 days of sunny skies a year, making it a safe choice if you’re looking to spend your vacation days outdoors. Walk the waterfront for stunning views of Tampa Bay (and even a leaping dolphin or two!) or explore the century-old Sunken Gardens in the midst of this bustling city. One walk along the sugary-sand beaches, one dip in the crystal-clear waters, one stop at the Saturday Morning Market—that’s all it will take to fall in love with St. Petersburg.

Our Top Activity Pick: Great Explorations Children’s Museum

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2. Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, Arkansas Southern Vacations

Average Vacation Rental Rating: 4.85/5.00

“It was the most gorgeous scenic retreat I could’ve asked for. A beautiful hidden gem, just like Arkansas itself!” – FlipKey Traveler

Set among an array of naturally heated springs, Hot Springs bubbles with adventure. From hiking and biking to fishing and kayaking, this Southern city speaks to outdoor enthusiasts. Climb to the top of Hot Springs Mountain to take in the majestic views, discover the beauty of Lake Catherine State Park, or spend a relaxing day at the lake. Book a Hot Springs vacation rental as your base to make exploring even easier during your stay.

Our Top Activity Pick: A Narrow Escape

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1. Greenville, South Carolina

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Average Vacation Rental Rating: 5.00/5.00

“Cozy place, perfect for two. Perfect for peace and quiet and restful relaxation.” – FlipKey Traveler

When it comes to Southern charm, Greenville offers an unforgettable dose. From outdoor concerts to annual street festivals, the city hosts more than 300 events annually, guaranteeing a good time is had by all. Saunter around downtown Greenville—ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes magazine—taking in the sights and tasting a variety of palate-pleasing cuisines from the more than 600 restaurants in town. This charming destination gets FlipKey travelers’ vote as one of the best vacation spots in the South to rent a summer house. Book a vacation rental here and enjoy all the city has to offer with the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop.

Our Top Activity Pick: Roper Mountain Science Center

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9 Best Southern Vacations

  • Decatur, Georgia
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Greenville, South Carolina

Best road trip ideas from Boston

Calling all road trippers! If you’re searching for an exciting destination to look forward to on your next journey from Boston, look no further than these alluring Northeast cities. 

Best Road Trip Ideas From Boston

There’s nothing like the great American road trip. Trading wings for wheels gives you the freedom to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations at your own pace, and helps keep vacation costs down. And the best part? When you’re ready to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston, you’ll find much of the Northeast is right at your fingertips!

Consider booking a vacation home on FlipKey and save even more during your getaway. Whether you choose a secluded cabin, cozy beach cottage, or an urban apartment, rentals provide extra space to stretch your legs and all of the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, free laundry, and wireless Internet.

From the breezy beaches of the Jersey Shore to classic New England vacation spots like Portland, we’ve mapped out 13 great road trips from Boston. So hop in the car, hit the road, and explore the ribbons of highway that wind through the region.

Plymouth, Massachusetts (40 mi, <1hr)

Drive down to Plymouth from Boston.

Revel in American history and discover where the Pilgrims first landed almost 400 years ago: Plymouth. Visitors from near and far flock to this gorgeous seaside destination to see landmarks like Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship the Pilgrims sailed. Had your fill of history? Drink a Cape Codder cocktail while admiring Cape Cod Bay from the back deck of your rental or lounge on the sprawling, sandy beaches.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: CabbyShack

Our Top Activity Pick: Jenney House Museum

See all Plymouth vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Rockport, Massachusetts (45 mi, <1hr)

Rockport is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Boston at the tip of the Cape Ann peninsula.

If you’re searching for a road trip from Boston that won’t leave you cramped in the car for hours, Rockport is an ideal choice. Located on the rocky jut of land known as Cape Ann, this coastal town boasts award-winning dining and attractions, without the congestion of a big city. Sit in the sand as the waves wash over the shore, or hike along Halibut Point. Rockport is the picture of tranquility!

Our Top Restaurant Pick: My Place by the Sea

Our Top Activity Pick: Rockport Music

See all Rockport vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Hampton, New Hampshire (50 mi, 1 hr)

Book a rental in Hampton, NH.

Within an hour’s drive of Boston, Hampton is an easily accessible destination just over the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. Here, succulent seafood, eclectic shops, and picturesque beaches abound, and you’ll never run out of things to do! Take a dip in the ocean at Hampton’s eponymous beach, watch sand sculptors in action, or fly a kite high above the dunes—the area is bursting with possibilities.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: The Goat

Our Top Activity Pick: Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Co.

See all Hampton vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Providence, Rhode Island (50 mi, 1 hr)

Find your rental in Providence, RI.

A blend of historic sites, modern attractions, and big city conveniences make Providence worth a stop on your next road trip from Boston. Fill your days in the “Renaissance City” feeding giraffes at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, exploring the ins and outs of Brown University’s campus, or sipping an espresso in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood, also known as Little Italy. At sunset, hop aboard an authentic Venetian gondola for a romantic cruise down the Providence River.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: GraciesProv

Our Top Activity Pick: RISD Museum

See all Providence vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Ogunquit, Maine (75 mi, 1.5 hrs)

Drive up to Ogunquit, Maine from Boston, Massachusetts.

For easy access to beautiful Maine beaches and a bustling town center, follow New England’s spectacular coastline up to Ogunquit. Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River, there are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Set sail from Perkins Cove, climb Mount Agamenticus, or wander along Marginal Way, a scenic cliff walk that spans more than a mile. With fresh seafood, sheltered beaches, unique art galleries, and vacation homes for every budget, Ogunquit is the idyllic road trip destination from Boston.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: Northern Union

Our Top Activity Pick: Ogunquit Museum of American Art

See all Ogunquit vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Kennebunkport, Maine (90 mi, <2 hrs)

Coastline in Kennebunkport, Maine

This quintessential New England destination, nestled along the coast of southern Maine just 90 miles north of Boston, is best known for its fine white sand beaches, quaint historic districts, and remarkable art galleries. Enjoy the sea with a whale watch or charter a boat for a unique perspective of the local lighthouses. Prefer dry land? Bike, walk, or drive down scenic Ocean Avenue for jaw-dropping views and a glimpse of former President George Bush’s summer home.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: Bandaloop

Our Top Activity Pick: Seashore Trolley Museum

See all Kennebunkport vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Old Orchard Beach, Maine (100 mi, <2 hrs)

Visit the beach in Maine.

Just 30 minutes up the road from Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach sits along a 7-mile stretch of golden sand. Bask in the sun at the city’s namesake, Old Orchard Beach, or plan a day of family-friendly fun at Palace Playland, the only beachfront amusement park in New England. In the afternoon, cool off with an ice cream cone at the pier, or kick back on your rental’s balcony overlooking the water.

Our Top Restaurant PickJoseph’s by the Sea

Our Top Activity PickPalace Playland Amusement Park

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Saco, Maine (100 mi, <2 hrs)

Views in Saco, ME.

Take your pick of outdoor activities in this small town on the southern coast of Maine. There’s the Eastern Trail that winds through the woods of Maine, zip-lining adventures at Monkey Trunks, and fishing charters on the Atlantic. If you’ve got kids in tow, head to Funtown Splashtown to cool off without the hassle of loading the car with beach gear. Consider a vacation home near Saco Bay with a BBQ grill, beach views, and plenty of space to make your trip extra special!

Our Top Restaurant Pick: The Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery

Our Top Activity Pick: Funtown Splashtown

See all Saco vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Portland, Maine (110 mi, 2 hrs)

Find a rental in Portland, Maine

Known for its luscious lobster rolls, picturesque shoreline, and historic charm, Portland is a haven for vacationers in New England. At just two hours from Boston, it’s a convenient destination to get to, too. Stroll along the brick sidewalks, sip on a pint at a local brewery, or play skipper for a day exploring the open waters by boat. Spend a long weekend in Portland and you’ll leave Vacationland—Maine’s official slogan—feeling positively refreshed.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: Duckfat

Our Top Activity Pick: Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

See all Portland vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Provincetown, Massachusetts (115 mi, 2.5 hrs)

Rent Provincetown vacation rentals

Gorgeous beaches, charming lighthouses, unique art galleries, and an exuberant town center—there’s only one Provincetown. Situated at the very tip of Cape Cod just two and a half hours from Boston, this scenic spot is a popular road trip destination for those looking to escape the city. Head to Commercial Street for shopping and dining, or even book a beautiful, historic home right on this main drag. Prefer some fun in the sun? Visit the beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore—almost three quarters of Provincetown is preserved as a part of this park.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: Strangers & Saints

Our Top Activity Pick: Art’s Dune Tours

See all Provincetown vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Killington, Vermont (160 mi, 3 hrs)

Road trip ideas from Boston

Described by travelers as “an awesome mountain retreat!”, Killington boasts four seasons of non-stop adventure. Situated in the Green Mountains, Killington has some of the highest and most varied mountain terrain in the region. From hiking and biking during the summer to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, the area’s natural beauty will steal your breath away. With FlipKey, you can stay near Killington Resort to be near all of the action, or find yourself in a country house off the beaten path. Wherever you choose, nothing beats a trip to this woodsy Vermont destination 160 miles northwest of Boston.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: PastaPot

Our Top Activity Pick: New Life Hiking Spa

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Lake George, New York (225 mi, 4 hrs)

Road trip ideas from Boston

This 32-mile long “Queen of American Lakes” offers lots of activities, perfect for stretching your legs after a long car ride. Navigate the trails at Prospect Mountain, hit the links at Top of the World Golf Resort, or go parasailing over Lake George, legs dangling freely in the air. Rent a cozy cottage right on the lake for ultimate convenience, or choose an away-from-it-all log home for total relaxation. Whichever you pick, you’re sure to enjoy a weekend of outdoor recreation in New York’s scenic Adirondack region.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: Bistro LeRoux

Our Top Activity Pick: Parasailing Adventures

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Jersey Shore, New Jersey (295 mi, 5 hrs)

Rent a beach home along the Jersey Shore.

No matter which beach town or seaside village along the Jersey Shore you make home, New Jersey’s sweeping coastline is well worth the car journey. The region spans from Sandy Hook in the north to Cape May Point in the south, with about 140 miles of sandy beaches and swaying dunes in between. Want to win big in Atlantic City? No problem! Dreaming of warm waters and ocean breezes? It’s all here! Jersey Shore has something for everyone.

Our Top Restaurant Pick: The Shrimp Box

Our Top Activity Pick: Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

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Top Road Trip Destinations from Boston

  • Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Hampton, New Hampshire
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Ogunquit, Maine
  • Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • Saco, Maine
  • Portland, Maine
  • Provincetown, Massachusetts
  • Killington, Vermont
  • Lake George, New York
  • Jersey Shore, New Jersey

Plan a vacation to America's best beer cities.

Thirsting for your next vacation, but not sure where to go? Why not visit one of the best beer cities in the country!

Best Beer Cities in America

From the quaint side streets of Bar Harbor to the bustling neighborhoods of downtown Seattle, we’ve narrowed it down to eight amazing beer cities truly worth raising a glass to. Each spot has top-notch breweries with extensive lists of IPAs, pale ales, porters, pilsners, and more on tap. If you can name it, you can taste it in these destinations. While we can’t cover all the great craft breweries, we’re featuring our favorite in each city, so that you can spend more time tasting than planning.

Better yet, each of these destinations has a variety of vacation rentals from FlipKey to fit every budget and travel style. Whether you rent a luxurious condo in the heart of the city or an away-from-it-all cottage by the beach, we guarantee you’ll love having a comfortable home to retreat to after a fun-filled day at the brewery (and/or night at the bar!).

Plenty of fridge space for your take-home growlers, too!

Boston, Massachusetts | Trillium Brewing Company

Trillium Brewery in Boston, MA

Historic landmarks, fiercely loyal sports fans, and lots of craft beers to choose from—a trip to Boston offers something for everyone. While well-known breweries like Sam Adams and Harpoon have helped put Boston on the map as one of the best beer cities in the country, Trillium Brewing Company has emerged as a local favorite. It’s a unique New England farmhouse-style brewery offering a variety of beers that satisfy every palate. This family-run spot is just off the beaten path in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, so make sure not to miss it!

Before sampling the city’s thriving nightlife, take time to discover Boston’s famed attractions. Follow the Freedom Trail’s red-brick path through the city, catch a baseball game at the iconic Fenway Park, or find a park bench and watch the swan boats glide by in the Boston Public Garden. Your days are sure to fly by in this fast-paced city.

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Oakland Park, Florida | Funky Buddha Brewery

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida

What better way to cool down and quench your thirst than by ordering an ice-cold glass of beer at Funky Buddha Brewery! Located in Oakland Park, this hip spot features tours of its funky brewhouse, a wide variety of bold craft beers, and a fabulous menu. Sample a Floridian Hefeweizen in the taproom, or fill up a growler of Eternal Summer to take home to your Oakland Park vacation home.

During your trip, venture just 15 minutes down the road to Fort Lauderdale where blue-green waters and world-class beaches await. Whether you swim in the shimmering Atlantic Ocean or shop on Las Olas Boulevard, this part of southern Florida will keep you busy from sun up until sun down.

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Rapid City, South Dakota | Firehouse Brewing Company

Firehouse Brewing Company in Rapid City, South Dakota

Firehouse Brewing Company opened its doors in 1991 as South Dakota’s very first brew pub. The legendary spot, which is listed on the National Historic Register, has nine beers on tap at any given time, and there’s even an on-site winery for those who prefer a glass of red or white instead. Stay for a meal (and a live performance under the band-shell!), or pop into the taproom for a quick drink during your stay.

Beer fanatic or not, Rapid City is a fantastic destination to visit. It’s the ideal home base for travelers looking to tour the scenic Black Hills and the perfect spot if you’re simply looking to experience a taste of the Midwest.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota | Fulton Beer

Fulton Beer in Minneapolis, Minnesota

What started as a small brewing operation run out of a garage is today Fulton Beer, one of the best breweries in downtown Minneapolis. At the taproom, you can sip on a cold one just 38 feet from where it was brewed, or pick up a Sweet Child of Vine six pack to enjoy in the comfort of your rental. Whether you prefer hoppy IPAs or flavorful barleywines, there’s no shortage of bold brews to choose from at Fulton Beer.

It’d be impossible to talk about the best beer cities in the country without mentioning Minneapolis, but this Twin City is full of excitement. The Mall of America (just 15 minutes away) is an absolute must, while the city also boasts a thriving theater and arts scene. Perfect for weekend getaways or week-long vacations, Minneapolis is a superb destination to visit year-round.

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Seattle, Washington | Fremont Brewing

Fremont Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington

Fremont Brewing is a family-owned Seattle brewery that’s been producing first-rate artisan beers for nearly 10 years. Here, brewing is done in small batches only using the finest local ingredients—so it’s no surprise that this hot spot makes Seattle one of the best beer cities in America. Sample pale ales, IPAs, oatmeal stouts, and more while you’re at Fremont Brewing.

Besides beer, it wouldn’t be a trip to Seattle without a stop at the original Starbucks for a brew of a different type. For a snack, head to Pike Place Market, a hub of mouthwatering eats and delicious scents. Book a private retreat on the water or a central apartment in the city, and make the most of your time in Seattle.

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San Diego, California | Thorn Street Brewery

Thorn Street Brewery in San Diego, CA

As new breweries keep opening up, San Diego has quickly emerged as one of the best beer cities in America. But, one in particular continues to stand out among the rest: Thorn Street Brewery. This local watering hole is dog-friendly and boasts a lineup of rotating nightly food trucks that are the perfect complement to the vast selection of craft brews on tap. Stop in for a quick pint or kick back and relax with friends in the large, open taproom.

You can’t visit San Diego and spend all your time indoors, though. Swim in the Pacific at La Jolla Shores Park, wander around Balboa Park, or people watch from your rental’s beachfront patio—the possibilities are endless!

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Boulder, Colorado | Avery Brewing Company

Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO

While Boulder is undoubtedly an ideal destination for families, you ought to consider this sophisticated Colorado city for an adults-only getaway, too! It’s home to the award-winning Avery Brewing Company, which offers 30 “thoroughly American at heart” beers on tap—at all times! From year-round beers like the Belgian-style White Rascal to seasonal favorites such as the peach-flavored Perzik Saison, you’re sure to find something that will quench your thirst.

Of course, Boulder also has plenty to do to help you burn off those beer calories! Explore the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, bike along the river, or stroll around the University of Colorado’s flagship campus during your trip.

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Bar Harbor, Maine | Atlantic Brewing Company

Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor, ME

A quintessential New England beach town with some of the best beer in the region? You guessed it—we’re talking about Bar Harbor! It’s where you’ll find the Atlantic Brewing Company just minutes from the quaint cobblestone streets of downtown. Over the years, the brewery has grown from a small one-barrel operation to a 15 barrel-system that produces tasty pints of English-style beer.

Visit Bar Harbor for the beer, and stay for the salty air and pristine natural beauty. Sunbathing along the coast and strolling down the famous Shore Path are two or Bar Harbor’s simplest pleasures. Want to see more of the island? Head to Acadia National Park or hop in a kayak to discover this charming New England destination’s showstopping scenery.

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America’s Best Beer Cities for a Vacation

  • Oakland Park, Florida
  • Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Seattle, Washington
  • San Diego, California
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bar Harbor, Maine

Choose one of the best vacations for toddlers and plan your trip on FlipKey.

Best Vacations for Toddlers

The key to planning a worry-free vacation with toddlers is choosing the right destination. Whether it’s an exciting city brimming with hands-on activities, a peaceful beach, or a rural setting where kids can explore, it has to be a place where both the young and getting older can have fun (after all, it’s your vacation, too!).

To help you choose, we’ve hand-picked 10 of the best vacations for toddlers from coast to coast. From the action-packed streets of Washington, DC to the picturesque shores of San Diego, the places on our list make every curious toddler’s favorite question—”Why?”—easy to answer. We’ve even included our top pick for a kid-friendly attraction your little ones will love.

With more than 300,000 rentals to choose from on FlipKey, opt for a vacation home during your family getaway and benefit from extra space, free laundry, and a full kitchen to prepare meals for even the pickiest of eaters.

Captiva Island, Florida

Find the perfect rental for your family on FlipKey.

Captiva Island rests just off the coast of southwest Florida in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its shallow waters and gentle waves, which make it an ideal beach vacation spot for families with toddlers. With your little ones at your side, chase waves retreating into the ocean, build an enormous sandcastle, or comb the beach for colorful seashells—the possibilities are endless! Choose a beachfront condo with kid-friendly activities (think kite-making and coconut-painting) or book a vacation home with tons of space for a stress-free getaway in Captiva Island.

Top kid-friendly attraction: Sanibel Sea School

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Book a spacious cabin in Pigeon Forge.

With its small-town vibe and inviting atmosphere, one thing’s certain: you’re sure to feel at ease in Pigeon Forge (at least, while the kids aren’t testing your patience!). Situated in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, this outdoorsy destination is all about experiencing the Appalachian wilderness hands-on. In other words, it’s a toddler’s dream-come-true. Explore the dense forests on foot, bike along nature paths, or take a dip in the local swimming holes. If that’s not your thing, downtown Pigeon Forge boasts family-friendly theme parks, unique attractions, and the sounds of country music on almost every street corner, ensuring a good time is had by all.

Top kid-friendly attraction: The Coaster at Goats on the Roof

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Stowe, Vermont

Play outdoors during a vacation to Vermont.

Located just miles from Smugglers Notch, one of Vermont’s largest state parks, Stowe boasts countless kid-friendly hikes, scenic byways, and undiscovered attractions. Translation: Stowe is the ultimate natural playground for toddlers. Let your children run free, climbing over twisted roots, playing hide-and-go-seek among the trees, and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Once everyone’s all tired out, retreat to your spacious cabin rental, and spend the evening cuddled on the couch watching movies and reading bedtime stories. Sometimes the best vacation for toddlers is one that involves minimal plans and a place to let loose.

Top kid-friendly attraction: Stowe Bowl

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Orlando, Florida

Orlando best vacation for toddlers

It goes without saying that Orlando is one of the best vacations for toddlers. Home to the world-famous Disney theme parks, happiness fills the air here. Explore a lush, African savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, stay cool at the Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, or watch your children’s eyes light up while hugging Mickey Mouse. The fun doesn’t have to end when you exit the park’s gates, though! Many Orlando vacation rentals bring the magic home with Disney-themed rooms, fabulous pools, and lots of space to play. Visit Orlando and even adults will feel like kids again!

Top kid-friendly attraction: Crayola Experience Orlando

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Lake Ozark, Missouri

Lake Ozark, MO retreat

With miles of scenic lakefront, world-class boating, and a convenient location in the center of Missouri, Lake Ozark is a fabulous vacation spot for families, especially those with toddlers. Let the hours slip by swimming, strolling, or simply relaxing on the picturesque shores. For toddlers, there are endless things to do and no shortage of hiding spots for your inquisitive little one(s) to discover. At the end of the day, kick up your feet at your cabin rental, and watch the sunset over the water. Indoors and outdoors, your whole family will have fun in Lake Ozark!

Top kid-friendly attraction: Miner Mike’s Indoor Family Fun Center

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Washington, DC

With so much to do, Washington, DC is one of the best vacations for toddlers.

Washington, DC is loaded with captivating attractions your toddlers will love: the park-like National Zoo, several museums with interactive exhibits, and plenty of sprawling parks perfect for playing and picnicking, to name a few. Rent an apartment downtown or stay along the city’s outskirts—it’s easy to get around Washington, DC, even with toddlers in tow. Hop on the metro and breeze from destination to destination, or climb into a pedicab for an open-air ride through the city’s unique neighborhoods. Your wee ones will be awe-struck by the city’s massive monuments, historic buildings, and iconic landmarks looming in the skyline.

Top kid-friendly attraction: The International Spy Museum

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San Diego, California

Beachside in San Diego, California.

San Diego is a laid-back beach town that’s fun to visit, with or without kids! When you arrive, make your first stop Balboa Park. It’s home to a large playground, nearly 20 museums, the San Diego Zoo, and so much more that will keep your little ones entertained for hours. Along the coast, soak up sun at Mission Beach or visit La Jolla Cove where seals and sea lions perch on the rocks all day long (cuteness overload!). FlipKey has plenty of San Diego rentals just steps from the beach, so you won’t have to tote your toddlers and beach toys too far for fun in the sun.

Top kid-friendly attraction: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

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Lake Placid, New York

Boaters explore Lake Placid, NY

Travelers describe a vacation to Lake Placid as “a true Adirondack experience” and an “unbeatable, peaceful retreat.” Although it’s famous for being the site of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games and a hub for snow sports, this quiet city nestled in the mountains offers year-round activities the whole family will enjoy. During the summer, splash in the lake or sit by the fire pit as frogs croak and fireflies flit by. When winter rolls around, try skiing and ice skating, or climb Whiteface Mountain in the Cloudsplitter Gondola for sweeping views of Lake Placid. You’ll find this fabulous destination is as breathtakingly beautiful and full of adventure as it is toddler-friendly.

Top kid-friendly attraction: Whiteface Adventure Zone

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania skyline

If you’ve never been to Philadelphia, you’ll quickly see why it’s a fabulous city and one of the best vacations for toddlers. From the massive Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse to the Philadelphia Zoo, there’s plenty to keep your children amused for hours on end. With little ones constantly on the go, try not to miss the centuries of American history on display throughout the city—the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Reading Terminal Market to name a few. Need another reason to visit Philadelphia? Sesame Place is just across the city line in Langhorne!

Top kid-friendly attraction: Please Touch Museum

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Port Aransas, Texas

Port Aransas, TX is one of the best vacations for toddlers.

Fill your days in Port Aransas searching for seashells, fishing from the pier, and exploring the local nature reserves. The 18 miles of soft-sand beaches here provide a cushiony landing spot for toddlers still getting the hang of walking. Overhead, colorful Roseate Spoonbills and Reddish Egrets fly through the sky, while the sound of whooping cranes carries through the air delighting both young and young at heart. Make it easy on yourself by booking a rental right on the water so you won’t have to lug your beach gear too far. If you’re seeking an island retreat without a hefty price tag (you can rent a home for under $100 per night!) Port Aransas is the perfect place for you and your family.

Top kid-friendly attraction: Port Aransas Sandcastle Guy

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Best Vacations for Families With Toddlers

  • Captiva Island, Florida
  • Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  • Stowe, Vermont
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Lake Ozark, Missouri
  • Washington, DC
  • San Diego, California
  • Lake Placid, New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Port Aransas, Texas

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We’re spotlighting the best summer vacations for a perfect balance of affordability and fun. After analyzing the average cost of vacation homes across the country, here’s where to go to get the most bang for your buck.

Best Budget Summer Vacations

Ask your cousin or co-worker where to spend summer vacation, and they’ll likely mention a lively city or popular beach spot. We’re all for following trends, but with increased popularity comes inevitable price hikes during summertime in many traveler-favorite destinations.

Here’s the good news: the best summer vacations don’t have to a cost fortune—especially when you book a vacation rental from FlipKey. Whether your idea of an epic getaway is relaxing on the beach, exploring downtown, or hiking backcountry trails, there’s an affordable summer destination here for you.

Prices reflect the average cost of a two-bedroom vacation rental in that destination for a weeklong stay this summer, according to TripAdvisor Rental data. FlipKey is a subsidiary of TripAdvisor.

Delray Beach, Florida: $955/Week

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Best Summer Vacation For: Beach Vibes with City Sophistication

Florida is no stranger to top summer vacation spots, but choose your beach wisely. The more you save on accommodations, the more you can spend on food, water sports, and boat cruises. Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue offers gourmet dining, eccentric cafes, and live music, while the Pineapple Grove Arts District boasts more than 20 galleries. The city strip reaches all the way to the shore, which makes Delray one of the rare destinations where the beach and downtown area are truly connected. The cost of a two-bedroom rental here is as much as $1,500 less than other Florida hotspots we analyzed.

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Cudjoe Key, Florida: $1,145/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Appreciating Florida’s Scenery & Wildlife

If you’re set on a summer vacation in the Florida Keys, make it an affordable one. A two-bedroom rental in Cudjoe Key costs only $1,145 on average per week. You’ll be a half-hour drive from the colors of Key West (and save about $800 on your accommodation). Things are quieter in Cudjoe Key, where Mother Nature plays first fiddle. There are two national wildlife refuges and crystal-clear waters ideal for diving and snorkeling.

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Atlanta, Georgia: $1,149/Week

“I stayed here with a group of my girlfriends for a ‘mommy’ weekend…and it was the perfect getaway. […] We loved being close to restaurants and bars, and when we were too tired to hit the streets, we laid around in comfort all day. I would encourage all my friends to stay here.” – Traveler Review

Best Summer Vacation For: City Life with Southern Hospitality

A best summer vacation (and affordable)…in Atlanta? You bet. Yes, this major connecting hub is one of the biggest (and busiest!) cities in the region, but you can definitely enjoy it on a budget. Whether you want to sample soul food, tour iconic filming locations, or rollerblade along the BeltLine—a multi-use trail connecting 45 neighborhoods—Atlanta offers a host of activities that won’t break the bank. Rent a renovated bungalow or chic townhouse downtown for easy access to attractions like Centennial Olympic Park and Fox Theatre, a historic performing arts venue.

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Dennis, Massachusetts: $1,167/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: A Peaceful Cape Cod Getaway

Located in the heart of Cape Cod, Dennis is the perfect spot to enjoy the wind and waves while catching up on a little culture in between. Take a break from the surf with a scenic afternoon drive along Route 6A—a highway dotted with renowned art galleries—or cap off a sunny beach day with a theatrical performance at the Cape Playhouse. Watch for “Free Fun Fridays” at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, a summer event offering complimentary activities for kids including face-painting and pottery-making. The Cape is one of the best summer vacation spots in the country, and Dennis provides the perfect home base.

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Boulder, Colorado: $1,179/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Active Days & Lively Nights

Colorado isn’t just a good winter escape. With its vibrant mix of outdoor recreation and downtown activities, Boulder offers one of America’s best summer vacations. Go tubing and boating at the Boulder Reservoir, or just lay out a picnic and relax on the beach. You’ll find live music at local venues on any given night. Check out Monday’s “Meadow Music” series at Chautauqua Park, Wednesday’s “Beer on the Bricks” at Pearl Street, or Saturday night shows at Twenty Ninth Street. (Better yet, the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre is less than 30 miles away!) And we’d be remiss not to mention Boulder’s incredible breweries. Book this guided bike-and-brews tour to experience the local beer scene for yourself.

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Dallas, Texas: $1,181/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Barbecue & Brews

A summer vacation in Dallas revolves around one thing: food. When you’re spending as little as $1,181 for a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom rental, you’ll have extra cash to hit the city’s many food festivals, breweries, and steakhouses. This summer’s main event—the 31st Annual Taste of Dallas—features more than 80 restaurants, food trucks, and craft breweries, plus demonstrations from some of the country’s best pitmasters. It’s true everything is bigger in Texas… except the price tag on your vacation rental.

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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina: $1,200/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Laid-Back Beach Fun

This walkable town is your classic seaside escape, with a popular fishing pier, local bistros and pizza shops, and affordable beach houses for rent. Be sure to tour the historic Fort Macon State Park, TripAdvisor’s top-rated attraction in Atlantic Beach, followed by a sunset meal at the Oceanana Pier House Restaurant. June also brings the Crystal Coast Music Festival straight to the sand for a unique concert experience.

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Wells, Maine: $1,240/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Seafoodies

A clean, peaceful stretch of paradise one reviewer calls “the perfect New England beach,” Wells is known for its refreshing summer temperatures, great surf, and mouthwatering seafood joints. Take an early morning walk along the dunes and keep an eye out for seals and whales during the day. Don’t miss Spiller Farm, known for its excellent produce, fair prices, and summer berry picking. At mealtime, hit Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant. “Best clam chowder in all of New England!” writes one reviewer. “Try the lobster roll!” At just $1,240/week on average for two-bedroom rentals, Wells is a more affordable summer vacation spot than other Maine staples that can cost considerably more.

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Clearwater, Florida: $1,244/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: An Award-Winning Beach

Clearwater Beach ranked among the top five Travelers’ Choice Best Beaches in the United States in 2017. If it’s pristine sand you seek, Clearwater might be the best summer vacation spot. The city is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, which means extra entertainment and promotions all summer long. One deal you can enjoy before you even arrive? An affordable beach house from FlipKey, at just $1,244/week for a two-bedroom property. During your stay, you’ll have your pick of top-notch activities and attractions from sunset boat cruises and jet-ski rentals to craft breweries and wineries—not to mention the beach!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota: $1,248/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Sports & Entertainment

Shocked to see Minneapolis on our list of best summer vacation spots? You shouldn’t be—especially given the number of family-friendly activities in the Twin Cities. Start with the annual Minnesota State Fair (located next door in St. Paul), one of the largest of its kind in the US. From the end of August to early September, nearly two million visitors flock to experience a showcase of agriculture, livestock, art, and music featuring more than 1,000 vendors and 900 free shows. The local Major League Baseball team, the Minnesota Twins, are also in full-swing come summertime, and Target Field is considered one of the best baseball diamond experiences in the country. Our recommendation: grab a pint at Cowboy Jack’s or Freehouse before the game—or just stay there and watch it on the big screen! If it’s a light sports night, catch a performance at the famous Guthrie Theater. You’ll enjoy having a vacation rental to retreat to after a day of city adventures.

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West Palm Beach, Florida: $1,248/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Leisurely Pursuits

With sunny skies and a range of outdoor and cultural attractions, West Palm Beach is one of the best affordable summer vacation spots. Enjoy a game of golf at a number of pristine local courses, or hit the beach and catch up on your reading. You could spend an entire day on Peanut Island, a popular tourist attraction with a bunker built for President John F. Kennedy during the Cold War. The island also includes a museum and plenty of picnic areas, plus biking and walking paths. For those who prefer indoor endeavors, the Norton Museum boasts an exceptional collection of American, Chinese, and European art. Famous performers appear at “The Harriet” and the Kravis Center. Of course, there’s always shopping (one of the city’s favorite pastimes). From designer boutiques to big-name department stores, West Palm has it all.

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Memphis, Tennessee: $1,295/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Seeing the Real Music City (A Great Nashville Alternative)

While Nashville may be nicknamed “Music City,” Memphis is a pilgrimage for those who want to visit the birthplace of the blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. On Beale Street, W.C. Handy put blues music on paper for the first time. Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash all recorded at the historic Sun Records Studio, now a museum with great guided tours. Graceland, the second most-visited home in America (and another tour worth your while), welcomes visitors from around the world who yearn for a peek into the life of “the King.” Beyond the music, Tennessee’s largest city combines Southern tradition and hospitality with modern amenities. You’ll enjoy great dining (don’t miss the barbecued ribs at Marlowes or Corky’s), art galleries, and exciting nightlife.

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Orlando, Florida: $1,297/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Amusement Parks

Regardless of the season, it’s tough to exclude Orlando from “best of” lists. Put simply, it’s the premier vacation destination for families—and it’s becoming even more popular for adult couples looking to channel their inner child. When it comes to renting a home, Orlando can’t be beat. It’s okay to admit it: as fun as the theme parks are, spending a full day there can be quite exhausting! You’ll appreciate having a more secluded home base than an on-site resort, allowing for home-cooked meals (and more savings!) or relaxing on the patio.

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Williamsburg, Virginia: $1,331/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: American History

Perhaps the best-known point of Virginia’s Historic Triangle (along with nearby Jamestown and Yorktown), the area’s heart and soul is living-history museum Colonial Williamsburg, featuring actors, educational reenactments, and 18th-century shops. Williamsburg claims to be a summer vacation “filled with freedom, fireworks, theme parks, and thrills.” Indeed, there is plenty of fun to be had here by the whole family aside from Revolutionary War history. Spend one day at Busch Gardens riding roller coasters and the next on a kayaking tour of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: $1,398/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: The All-American Family Trip

Myrtle Beach is one of America’s top family vacation destinations, and for good reason. Book a summer beach house to save money on the front end and spend that extra cash on memorable experiences your kids will love. Ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, catch a baseball game at TicketReturn.com field, or compete in mini golf at one of 40 different courses. For top-notch amusement, check out the shops, restaurants, putt-putt, and paddle boats at Broadway at the Beach. One TripAdvisor reviewer writes, “[It has] something for everyone. There are jewelry stores, t-shirt shops, candle shops, fudge makers, and the list goes on. The kids can play in the amusement park or feed the fish in the pond. Broadway also has a movie theater and aquarium. You could really spend all day there and everyone would come away with something different.”

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Asheville, North Carolina: $1,400/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Local Produce & Microbrews

It’s fair to say Asheville is having a moment. The vibrant city has elevated itself into one of the best summer vacation spots around the country thanks to its numerous farmer’s markets, locally-sourced food scene, world-class breweries, and proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If Boulder is a laid-back session ale, Asheville is a hopped-up IPA. Start your summer stay with some outdoor recreation: a hiking tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding waterfalls or a guided stand-up paddleboard tour on the French Broad River. Next, experience downtown Asheville, known for a restaurant scene the community nicknamed “Foodtopia.” Organic, farm-to-table, and hormone-free are a few common adjectives used on local menus. The area boasts more breweries per capita than any city in the US—each with its own unique blends and atmosphere.

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Leavenworth, Washington: $1,401/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: A Cozy, Scenic Cabin Rental

Leavenworth has become a bustling tourist destination known for its Cascade Mountain scenery, Bavarian-style alpine village, and a packed calendar of festivals and performances. Don’t leave without catching an outdoor show at the Leavenworth Summer Theater. Other top activities include hiking, birding, and horseback riding, but it’s the mountain lakes and rivers of Wenatchee National Forest that really steal the show. The variety of trout and perch is a fisherman’s dream. As hunger strikes, get a true taste of Leavenworth’s German influence with a brat and beer at fan-favorite Munchen Haus.

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Ocean City, New Jersey: 1,509/Week

“The house was right down the street from the heart of the boardwalk, which was awesome! I would recommend this rental to anyone.” – Traveler Review

Best Summer Vacation For: Boardwalk Bliss

Hailed as “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” Ocean City has everything you’d want in an affordable summer escape. It’s safe (many beaches have lifeguard supervision), clean, and kid-friendly. During the summer, every Thursday is family night—think special activities and entertainment at venues all over town—and events like the annual boat parade are particularly great if you’ve got little ones in tow. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier offers rides like bumper boats, a carousel, Tilt-a-Whirl, and log flume, while the famous Ocean City Boardwalk is an all-time classic. Don’t leave without trying the salt water taffy at Shriver’s.

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Anaheim, California: $1,531/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: Disneyland (And More!)

Disneyland is the main event in Anaheim, but there’s plenty more to do if you’re not the fantastical type. Catch a baseball game at Angel Stadium or taste the incredible array of foods in the Packing District, an upscale food court with local vendors. Grab a bite at The Kroft, dessert at Han’s Homemade Ice Cream, or a drink at The Hammer Workshop. If you’re seeking a Disneyland alternative—less crowded, more low-key rides—buy a ticket to Adventure City, a kid-favorite.

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Cape May, New Jersey: $1,610/Week

Best Summer Vacation For: The Quaint Tip of the Jersey Shore

In 1976, the entire city of Cape May was declared a National Historic Landmark. That’s one reason why this peaceful seaside getaway is so pristine, from the beaches and natural beauty to its architectural achievements. You can bike almost anywhere, and pedaling across town is the perfect way to take in the stunning scenery. Make sure to get a picture of the Cape May Lighthouse, and the Naval Air Station Museum is great for kids. Willow Creek Winery appeases the grape-lovers, while Cape May Brewing Company is one of the East Coast’s best breweries. Many of the rental homes—from modern bayfront condos to classic Victorian cottages—are close to both the beaches and the charming downtown scene, making Cape May one of America’s best summer vacation spots for all travelers.

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This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. It has been repurposed here with permission.

A tray of luscious seafood.

Is there anything better than donning a plastic bib emblazoned with a bright red lobster and diving fork-first into a heaping plate of succulent seafood? We don’t think so!

From hole-in-the-wall shacks by the sea to bustling restaurants inland, there are countless places across the United States to indulge your seafood cravings. We’ve rounded up the best in each state (no, you don’t have to stay by the ocean to eat fresh-caught fish) where you can order luscious lobster rolls, delicate crab legs, shrimp, and so much more. Dine on the water, eat at the beach with a paper plate on your lap, or take your meal to go and enjoy it in the comfort of your vacation rental—it’s up to you!

While the seafood in these 50 spots is the main attraction, the destinations themselves are well-worth a weekend getaway—or longer! Deciding what to order might be tough, but decided where to stay shouldn’t be. A vacation rental from FlipKey provides the extra space you need, plus conveniences like a full kitchen, laundry, or barbecue (surf n’ turf, perhaps?).

Whether you’re visiting the rugged coast of Maine, the scenic shores of Alabama, or even the desert of Arizona, opt for a vacation rental near one of the spots on our list and enjoy an endless supply of fresh seafood.

Alabama (Orange Beach): Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar

Alaska (Juneau): Tracy’s King Crab Shack

Arizona (Tempe): King’s Fish House

Arkansas (Benton): Captain D’s

California (Del Mar): Brigantine Seafood Restaurants

Colorado (Boulder): Jax Fish House

Connecticut (Glastonbury): Max Fish

Delaware (Rehoboth Beach): Blackwall Hitch

Florida (St. Augustine): Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

Georgia (Atlanta): The Optimist

Hawaii (Kona): Da Poke Shack

Idaho (Boise): Lucky Fins Seafood Grill

Illinois (Wadsworth): The Shanty Wadsworth

Indiana (Newburgh): The Tin Fish

Iowa (Dubuque): Catfish Charlie’s

Kansas (Kansas City): Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos

Kentucky (Lexington): Smithtown Seafood

Louisiana (New Orleans): Peche Seafood Grill

Maine (Kennebunkport): The Clam Shack

Maryland (Annapolis): Boatyard Bar & Grill

Massachusetts (Provincetown): The Lobster Pot

Michigan (Royal Oak): Toms Oyster Bar Royal Oak

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Sea Change

Mississippi (Biloxi): Mary Mahoney’s

Rent a beach home near our favorite seafood shacks.

Missouri (St. Louis): The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

Montana (Whitefish): Stillwater Fish House

Nebraska (Omaha): Plank Seafood Provisions

Nevada (Las Vegas): AquaKnox

New Hampshire (Portsmouth): The Beach Plum

New Jersey (Princeton): Blue Point Grill

New Mexico (Albuquerque): Pelican’s

New York (Island Park): Jordan Lobster Farms

North Carolina (Wilmington): Cape Fear Seafood Company

North Dakota (Bismarck): 40 Steak + Seafood

Ohio (Toledo): Real Seafood Company Toledo

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Pearl’s Crabtown

Oregon (Portland): RingSide Fish House

Pennsylvania (Doylestown): Pennsylvania Soup and Seafood House

Rhode Island (South Kingston): TwoTen Oyster Bar & Grill

South Carolina (Hilton Head): The Crazy Crab Hilton Head

South Dakota (Custer): Sage Creek Grille

Tennessee (Pigeon Forge): Harpoon Harry’s Crab House

Texas (Austin): Uchi Austin

Utah (Lehi): Slapfish

Vermont (Burlington): Bleu Northeast Seafood

Virginia (Virginia Beach): Blue Seafood and Spirits

Washington (Seattle): The Walrus and the Carpenter

West Virginia (Charleston): Tricky Fish

Wisconsin (Appleton): Red-Ox Seafood Steakhouse

Wyoming (Afton): Rocky Mountain Seafood