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Looking to plan the perfect Christmas vacation in the United States without breaking the bank? Then you’re in luck, as FlipKey has rounded up 20 affordable destinations in America where the nightly cost of a two-bedroom vacation rental is under $150. Rental homes in these top Christmas getaways range from $89 – $149 per night for the holiday break (December 22-26).

Best Christmas Vacations On A Budget

Whether you prefer a tropical escape in Hawaii, an outdoor adventure in Alaska, or a sunny retreat in Texas, FlipKey is committed to making your Christmas vacation as affordable as it is enjoyable.

Expenses can add up quickly around the holidays, but booking a vacation rental for your Christmas getaway is a great way to plan an affordable trip. Whether you’re visiting family or taking a personal vacation, rental amenities like a full kitchen and access to laundry facilities can make your trip more convenient and cost effective. Book a home with multiple bedrooms and plenty of living space for a comfortable holiday stay.

Spend less on your Christmas vacation and you’ll have more money for gifts—or treating yourself! With median nightly rental rates under $150, these 20 destinations are definitely on the “nice” list when it comes to the best Christmas vacations.

US Christmas Vacation DestinationsMedian Nightly Rate, 2BR Rental (December 22- 26)
Arcadian Shores, South Carolina$89
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas$90
Garden City Beach, South Carolina$106
Osage Beach, Missouri$120
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina$120
Cherry Log, Georgia$124
Lake Ozark, Missouri$125
Edisto Island, South Carolina$133
Chincoteague Island, Virginia$133
Branson, Missouri$135
Townsend, Tennessee$135
Hilo, Hawaii$135
Anchorage, Alaska$135
Gulf Shores, Alabama$138
Outer Banks, North Carolina$139
Port Isabel, Texas$140
Tucson, Arizona$140
Saint Simons Island, Georgia$144
Pahoa, Hawaii$145
Orange Beach, Alabama$149


Methodology: Median nightly rates are for all two-bedroom properties on FlipKey in each destination for a stay occurring from Friday, December 22 – Tuesday, December 26, 2017.


When To Book Your Christmas Vacation

A survey of FlipKey travelers revealed that while most travelers book their stay in a vacation rental 6-12 months in advance (40%), a combined 54% of travelers book 3-5 months out (34%), or 1-3 months out (20%). The holiday season is popular for travel, so book now to secure your perfect rental.

Stunning properties in all 20 of our affordable Christmas vacation spots are available to book on FlipKey, where travelers can search, compare, and book hundreds of thousands of rentals worldwide, including cabins, apartments, beach houses, desert hideaways, and more. Feel confident in your decision with our Payment Protection.

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


Looking for an excuse to use up those last few vacation days before the end of the year? To help you break your daily routine—without breaking your budget—FlipKey has rounded up 15 of the most affordable hidden gem destinations in Europe, where the average nightly cost of a two-bedroom property is under $90 (€80) this November. 

Affordable Europe Trips

Take a step back in time to the historic and idyllic French town of Dinan or stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Bronte sisters’ Haworth, England. If you’re searching for somewhere closer to home, explore the picturesque Azores island of São Miguel (a direct flight from Boston is under five hours), or float along the colorful canals that earn Comacchio its nickname, “Little Venice.” Whether you prefer the tranquil alpine ski slopes of Bansko, Bulgaria, the sandy white beaches of Croatia or the breathtaking cliffs of County Clare, Ireland, a rental is an affordable option for your unexpected European getaway.

Check out the full list below and average nightly rates for each European gem!

DestinationAverage Nightly Rate, 2BR Rentals (November 2017)Average Nightly Rate Per Person (Based On Four-Person Occupancy)
Bansko, Bulgaria$55$14
Llafranc, Spain$55$14
Haworth, England$58$15
Comacchio, Italy$61$15
Sarandë, Albania$61$15
County Clare, Ireland$64$16
Chianni, Italy$72$18
Bucharest, Romania$80$20
Dugi Island, Croatia$80$20
São Miguel Island, Portugal$83$21
Faro, Portugal$83$21
Dinan, France$84$21
Lochaber, Scotland$85$21
La Oliva, Canary Islands, Spain$86$22
Lower Bavaria, Germany $87$22


Methodology: Average nightly rates are for all two-bedroom properties on FlipKey in each destination during the month of November 2017.

No matter where you’re planning your next trip, use FlipKey to find the best deals in Europe, and closer to home in the US, for an affordable getaway you’ll never forget.

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


Thanks to crisp air, fewer crowds, and several long holiday weekends where kids are out of school, fall is the perfect time to plan a family getaway. 

Affordable Family Vacations Across America

Whether you want to admire the vibrant foliage in Laconia or hit the beaches of Hawaii, we’ve rounded up 12 idyllic vacation spots to take your family this fall. Each is full of kid-friendly fun and boasts budget-friendly rental prices all parents will love. Need more reasons to book a fall getaway? We’ve also included our favorite family activity in each city, so you’re sure to spend more time making memories than planning.

Once you’ve chosen your family vacation destination, opt for a vacation rental from FlipKey and enjoy having everyone together under one roof. Secure a place with an open concept floor plan to keep an eye on your little ones while they run free, or rent a home with a fully-loaded rec room where your teenagers can unwind. With more than 300,000 rentals to choose from on FlipKey, there’s a space to fit every family’s needs.

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.

Gulf Shores, Alabama | $852/Week


Pristine beaches, soothing waters, and plenty of kid-friendly activities are what draw families to Alabama’s Gulf Shores. Whether you let your teenagers hit the beach on their own while you relax at the spa, or you channel your inner child at The Track—a thrilling recreation center with go-karts, mini golf, and more—there’s never a dull moment here. Book an oceanfront condo and be at the heart of it all in Gulf Shores.

Our Top Family Activity: USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

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Branson, Missouri | $878/Week


Branson boasts everything needed for a fun, family getaway: a world class theme park, mysterious caverns, limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and spacious accommodations that don’t break the bank. It’s a true gem in the heart of the Ozarks where families can go to let loose and spend some quality time together. From taking in the beauty of the Ozark Mountains to discovering the region’s rich history and culture, you’ll find something that captures everyone’s interest in Branson.

Our Top Family Activity: Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure

See all Branson rentals on FlipKey!

Laconia, New Hampshire | $944/Week


Nestled within New Hampshire’s scenic lakes region and just a short drive from the picturesque White Mountains lies Laconia, a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Watch the sunset over Lake Winnipesaukee, picnic at Ahern State Park, or look for wildlife along the surrounding nature trails. In Laconia, you’ll fill your days with fun adventures and one-of-a-kind memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Our Top Family Activity: Funspot

See all Laconia rentals on FlipKey!

Depoe Bay, Oregon | $1,147/Week


Searching for a new city to discover as a family? Look no further than Depoe Bay. The picturesque destination sits along the coast of Oregon and combines jaw-dropping natural scenery with the restaurants and activities you’d expect from a major city. Rent a spacious vacation home overlooking the ocean, and enjoy the city’s main attractions right outside your door. Often overlooked when it comes to affordable family vacations, Depoe Bay is a must-visit in the fall!

Our Top Family Activity: Cape Foulweather

See all Depoe Bay rentals on FlipKey!

Waikoloa, Hawaii | $1,190/Week


Located on the South Kohala coast of the island of Hawaii, Waikoloa is much more than just a picture-perfect beach town. It’s an ideal base for exploring the awe-inspiring beauty of nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and a home to ancient Hawaiian history. Whether you opt for the beach or choose to tackle a new outdoor adventure each day, Waikoloa is an unforgettable family vacation destination everyone will love.

Our Top Family Activity: Essential Hawaii Tours

See all Waikoloa rentals on FlipKey!

Orlando, Florida | $1,200/Week


World-famous theme parks, thrilling performances, fabulous shopping—you name it! Orlando provides endless entertainment for the entire family. Spend your days embracing the magic of Disney World, screaming from a Universal Studios roller coaster, and sampling international cuisine at Epcot. Need a break from the theme parks? Continue the family fun in the comfort of your Orlando vacation home.

Our Top Family Activity: Madame Tussauds

See all Orlando rentals on FlipKey!

Blowing Rock, North Carolina | $1,200/Week


Situated along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock is a blank canvas for kid-approved outdoor activities. Hike the Glen Burney Trail, climb to the top of Blowing Rock, or take a leisurely horseback ride through the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park—the sky’s the limit! Choose a rustic cabin in the mountains, so your little ones can explore the wonders of nature during your stay.

Our Top Family Activity: Tweetsie Railroad

See all Blowing Rock rentals on FlipKey!

Lake Havasu City, Arizona | $1,260/Week


Lake Havasu City was made for families in search of fun in the sun. With warm temperatures that linger well into the fall, vacationers can indulge in a variety of water sports on the lake or hit the hiking trails that cut through the nearby desert. Choose from a variety of affordable rentals in Lake Havasu City, and see for yourself why travelers describe it as “a great family getaway” and the perfect place for a “hassle-free vacation.”

Our Top Family Activity: Lake Havasu Museum of History

See all Lake Havasu City rentals on FlipKey!

Bozeman, Montana | $1,345/Week


Autumn brings colorful foliage, crisp temperatures, and an abundance of family-friendly adventures to Bozeman. Drive through Gallatin National Forest, hike to Palisade Falls, or make the drive to Yellowstone and discover the area’s dramatic landscape. For ultimate access to nature in Bozeman, rent a spacious farmhouse or cozy log home, and enjoy the land all to yourself.

Our Top Family Activity: American Computer & Robotics Museum

See all Bozeman rentals on FlipKey!

Denver, Colorado | $1,422/Week


For a family vacation that doesn’t break the bank, consider Denver. With loads of free museums, countless hiking trails, and a charming downtown area that buzzes with life, you’ll never run out of things to do here. Visit during the fall when the mountains are ablaze with color and pleasant temperatures invite vacationers to explore the great outdoors.

Our Top Family Activity: Forney Museum of Transportation

See all Denver rentals on FlipKey!

Santa Fe, New Mexico | $1,575/Week


Whether you rent a casita surrounded by the splendor of the Southwest, or book a condo in the center of the city, Santa Fe is easy to explore with (or without!) kids. Venture into the rugged foothills of the Sangre Cristo Mountains, discover decades of history and culture at local museums, or feast on the city’s legendary Southwestern cuisine. With its fiery landscape and unique attractions, Santa Fe is a popular destination for affordable family vacations, especially during the fall.

Our Top Family Activity: Meow Wolf

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San Diego, California | $1,642/Week


With the beach as its backdrop and the magic of Disneyland just a car ride away, San Diego rounds out our list of budget-friendly family vacations. It’s known for year-round 70-degree temperatures that make exploring the dazzling Pacific Coast a possibility during any season. Stroll around Balboa Park, come face-to-face with giraffes at the San Diego Zoo, or pack a picnic to eat at the beach—there’s something to delight visitors of all ages here.

Our Top Family Activity: Birch Aquarium at Scripps

See all San Diego rentals on FlipKey!

12 Affordable Family Vacations To Take This Fall

  • Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • Branson, Missouri
  • Laconia, New Hampshire
  • Depoe Bay, Oregon
  • Waikoloa, Hawaii
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Blowing Rock, North Carolina
  • Lake Havasu City, Arizona
  • Bozeman, Montana
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • San Diego, California

 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


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


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


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


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.

See all Durango vacation rentals on FlipKey!

Sevierville, Tennessee: $1,374/Week


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


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


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

Affordable Labor Day Weekend Getaways

Want to plan one last summer getaway this Labor Day Weekend without breaking the bank? FlipKey has taken the work out of planning your trip, rounding up 15 destinations where the cost of a two-bedroom rental can be as low as $25 per person per night for Labor Day Weekend (based on a two-bedroom rental with four person occupancy).

Whether you’re heading to a beach house in Hawaii or a mountain cabin in Salt Lake City, your getaway will be no work and all play thanks to these Labor Day Weekend deals.

DestinationMedian nightly rate, two bedroom properties for Labor Day WeekendCost per person per night. Based on a two-bedroom rental with four-person occupancy.
Tuscon, Arizona$100$25
Hilo, Hawaii$109$27
St. Petersburg, Florida$110$28
Pahoa, Hawaii$129$32
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina$142$36
Salt Lake City, Utah$149$37
Chincoteague Island, Virginia$150$38
Big Bear City, California$155$39
Orlando, Florida$159$40
Memphis, Tennessee$167$42
Las Vegas, Nevada$170$43
Colorado Springs, Colorado$175$44
Dallas, Texas$187$47
Finger Lakes, New York$190$48
Anaheim, California$200$50

Methodology: Median nightly rates are for all two-bedroom properties in each destination and are based on the median nightly rates from Friday, September 3 – Tuesday, September 5, according to TripAdvisor Rentals data. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company. Per person, per night cost is based on a two-bedroom rental with four-person occupancy.

Labor Day Weekend Vacation Rentals

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Booking an affordable rental is a great way to kick off a budget friendly trip—but don’t forget that rentals help travelers save beyond the nightly rates by offering a broad range of amenities.

“Even on peak weekends like Labor Day, luxury homes can be affordable when you fill up the bedrooms share the cost across the group,” said Laurel Greatrix, spokesperson for TripAdvisor Rentals, the parent company of FlipKey.  “If you’re trying to keep costs down, staying in a rental is the way to go—you’ll have the freedom to cook at home, and oftentimes you’ll get great perks like free parking, and amenities like bikes, barbecues, and beach accessories, at no additional cost.  Check the listing to see what’s included and you might be surprised!”

Properties are available on FlipKey, where travelers can search, compare, and book hundreds of thousands of properties worldwide, including cabins, beach houses, desert hideaways, and more! Feel confident in your decision with our Payment Protection.


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


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.

See all Delray Beach rentals from FlipKey!

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.

See all Cudjoe Key rentals from FlipKey!

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.

See all Atlanta rentals from FlipKey!

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.

See all Dennis rentals from FlipKey!

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.

See all Boulder rentals from FlipKey!

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.

See all Atlantic Beach rentals from FlipKey!

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.

See all Wells rentals from FlipKey!

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.


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

City Honeymoon Destinations In Your Budget

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

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

Atlanta, Georgia | $856 per week

atlanta georgia is the top affordable honeymoon destination

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

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

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

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Denver, Colorado | $974 per week

downtown denver colorado with american flags

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

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

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

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Houston, Texas | $936 per week

A custom, colorful mural in Houston

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

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

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

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Tampa, Florida | $753 per week

Book an affordable vacation rental for your honeymoon in Tampa.

Book an affordable vacation rental for your honeymoon in Tampa.

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

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

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

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Phoenix, Arizona | $653 per week

Downtown Phoenix, Arizona skyline - affordable honeymoon destinations

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

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

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

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Calgary, Alberta | $596 per week

Downtown Calgary at sunset with a river and concert

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

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

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

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Vancouver, British Columbia | $861 per week

Vancouver skyline with boats and forest

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

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

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

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Prague, Czech Republic | $781 per week

downtown prague with lights - city square - affordable honeymoon destinations

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

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

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

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Madrid, Spain | $717 per week

Madrid capital building with fountains - affordable city honeymoon

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

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

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

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Mexico City, Mexico | $573 per week

Old Basilica of Guadalupe with Mexico City skyline behind it

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

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

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

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Montreal, Quebec | $511 per week

Montreal city skyline at night

Montreal is a perfect choice for your affordable city honeymoon.

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

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

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

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Berlin, Germany | $699 per week

berlin germany affordable city honeymoon destination

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

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

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

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Affordable City Honeymoon Destinations

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

Sunset view at a vacation rental in Whidbey Island, Washington.

They say all you need is love… but we like to think a spectacular island honeymoon never hurt anyone!

Island Honeymoon Destinations In Your Budget

While it might be tempting to spend big bucks on a post-nuptial trip to Bali or Fiji, you don’t have to break the bank to have the honeymoon of your dreams. In fact, some of the most beautiful (and affordable!) island honeymoon spots are right here in the US!

Whether you’re ready to book or still adding inspiration to your Pinterest boards, our list can help you decide where to kick off your married life together. From coastal towns just a hop, skip and a jump away from the mainland to lush Hawaiian villages in the middle of the Pacific, we’ve highlighted some of the most affordable island destinations and the can’t-miss restaurants nearby. Honeymoon bliss found!

Hatteras Island, North Carolina | Avg. Weekly Rate: $846

A lighthouse stands on Hatteras Island, North Carolina.

For many honeymooners, Hatteras is just right—offering a quintessential Outer Banks experience, from endless beaches and historic lighthouses to romantic waterfront dining! Plant yourself in the sand and take in panoramic views of the Atlantic as far as the eye can see. Feeling adventurous? Try your luck kiteboarding through the waters of Pamlico Sound, or cast your fishing line into the water right from the beach. At the end of the day, retreat to your vacation home to listen to the waves wash over the shore. You’ll leave your stresses of planning on the mainland when you escape to Hatteras Island for your honeymoon!

Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: The Open Water Grill keeps things “simple and delicious” with a menu that features fresh Outer Banks seafood and a long list of cocktails. Dine on the deck overlooking the water or enjoy the colorful decor inside—you can’t go wrong here!

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Marco Island, Florida | Avg. Weekly Rate: $849

Marco Island, Florida

You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a Marco Island sunset. The sky becomes a dazzling watercolor of pastels and serves as the perfect backdrop for a cozy dinner for two on the water. In addition to its breathtaking setting, Marco Island offers plenty of adventure! Tour Everglades National Park in a swamp buggy, rent stand-up paddleboards to explore the surrounding waterways, or simply lie on the beach, Piña Colada in hand.

Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Cafe de Marco Restaurant is where visitors and locals alike go for succulent Gulf seafood in Marco Island. Specialties include Shrimp Aubergine, Tilapia and Snapper Almondine and it’s diverse menu offers something for even the pickiest of eaters. Call ahead for a reservation and enjoy your meal in the outdoor courtyard.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii | Avg. Weekly Rate: $895

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii vacation rentals

If wide swaths of golden beaches, privacy and an endless supply of tropical drinks are what honeymoon dreams are made of, Kailua-Kona definitely delivers! Wake up each morning to the smell of Kona coffee brewing and enjoy breakfast on your balcony. In the afternoon, head to the beach for swimming and snorkeling, or hike the local trails until you reach a secluded waterfall. The fun doesn’t end once the sun goes down either! Make your way downtown for a Mai Tai or kick up the romance stargazing at the summit of Mauna Kea.

Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Known for its award-winning food and exceptional dining experience, Roy’s is a staple in Waikoloa. The cuisine is island-inspired and rooted in freshness and flavors that are totally worth the splurge.

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Mount Desert Island, Maine | Avg. Weekly Rate: $1,227

Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain can't be missed in Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Home to the majestic Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island is where honeymooners go to escape the crowds and unwind amidst nature. Stroll along scenic Shore Path, which wraps around a portion of the island, or wake up early and hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain for a jaw-dropping sunrise. If you’re just as happy sunbathing on the beach, pack up your cooler and spend the day at Sand Beach. Whether you’re looking for a spot along the rugged coastline or a rental right downtown, this affordable island destination has plenty to choose from for your honeymoon.

Our Romantic Restaurant PickRed Sky is the perfect place to celebrate your nuptials. From fresh seafood caught off the coast of Maine to locally grown produce, there’s something to please all palates here.

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Whidbey Island, Washington | Avg. Weekly Rate: $1,137

Sunset view at a vacation rental in Whidbey Island, Washington.

You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate Whidbey Island (but it won’t hurt!). This picturesque island in Puget Sound is known for its critically acclaimed wines, craft beers and world-class spirits. Enjoy a tasting at one of the island’s two distilleries or sample the region’s unique wines over a romantic dinner for two. In addition to its culinary scene, Whidbey Island boasts a number of secret beaches, beautiful state parks and scenic hiking trails, which make it an unmatched setting for your honeymoon.

Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Treat your taste buds to a delightful meal at Christopher’s on Whidbey during your honeymoon. This island favorite has been serving fresh Northwest cuisine and distinctive local wines for more than 30 years.

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Sanibel Island, Florida | Avg. Weekly Rate: $1,211

A couple sits on the beach in Sanibel Island, Florida.

Surround yourself with swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches on Sanibel Island. Located just off Florida’s Gulf Coast and accessible via car, it’s an affordable island honeymoon spot with serious appeal. Rent bicycles and cruise along the coastline, browse the local art galleries, or comb the beaches for seashell souvenirs. Just want to relax? Sanibel Island boasts 15 miles of unspoiled beaches, warm water and abundant sunshine. Whether you’re all about the romance or looking to experience the area like a native, it won’t disappoint!

Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Sweet Melissa’s Cafe features impeccable service and an inviting atmosphere all honeymooners will enjoy. Choose a specialty cocktail, share a small plate or order an entree—there’s plenty to choose from on the menu at this Sanibel Island treasure!

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Lahaina, Hawaii | Avg. Weekly Rate: $1,589

Sunset in Lahaina, Hawaii.

For easy access to some of the world’s best beaches, look no further than Lahaina. This historic waterfront town sits on the coast of Maui and draws millions of travelers each year. When you arrive, make your way straight to the beach. Whether you’re swimming, surfing or sunbathing, any stress from wedding planning will vanish as soon as you hit the sand. Once the sun sets, stroll down bustling Front Street to shop and dine at your leisure. The possibilities for fun and romance are endless in this tropical paradise.

Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Owned by Mick Fleetwood of the rock band Fleetwood Mac, the award-winning restaurant Fleetwood’s on Front St. is well-known for its live entertainment and top-notch food. Stroll around downtown Lahaina and let the music drifting from the rooftop  lure you inside for happy hour or dinner.

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Fire Island, New York | Avg. Weekly Rate: $1,750

A boardwalk leads to the beach on Fire Island in New York.

It’s unlikely you’ve ever experienced a place quite like Fire Island. With car-free streets and small-town vibes, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time when you step off the ferry. Explore the quaint island via bicycle or walk hand-in-hand along the wooden boardwalks, taking in 360-degree views of nature. Whether you prefer romantic picnics on the beach or lively happy hours where cocktails are never far from reach, this affordable island honeymoon destination has a bit of everything.

Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: Famed for its refreshing “Rocket Fuel” cocktail and waterfront location, CJ’s Restaurant & Bar is the place to go on Fire Island.. Stop in for the mouthwatering food and stay for the lively beach party atmosphere.

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Avg. Weekly Rate: $1,836

Kiawah Island is a wonderful and affordable island honeymoon destination.

Pop the champagne and settle into a cozy waterfront cottage during your honeymoon on Kiawah Island. This destination is famous for its wind-swept beaches, championship-level golf courses and tasty Lowcountry fare, and it continues to be a fabulous source for honeymoon bliss. After a round of 18 holes, pamper yourself at the spa with a couples massage or drift to sleep in a hammock at your rental. From its pristine natural landscape to its laid-back atmosphere, Kiawah Island is an ideal island honeymoon destination that doesn’t break the bank.

Our Romantic Restaurant Pick: For those who enjoy tender filet mignon and fine wine, The Ocean Room at Kiawah Island is a must. Its signature dishes and unparalleled steakhouse experience keep visitors coming back time and again.

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*Weekly rates reflect the median rates for a one-bedroom rental in that destination from June-August 2017, according to FlipKey data.

US Island Honeymoon Destinations

  • Hatteras Island, North Carolina
  • Marco Island, Florida
  • Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  • Mount Desert Island, Maine
  • Whidbey Island, Washington
  • Sanibel Island, Florida
  • Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Fire Island, New York
  • Kiawah Island, South Carolina


This family is gassed up and ready for their affordable road trip.

If you love a road trip but your budget isn’t as endless as the horizon, don’t worry, you can still keep your vacation dreams on track. Use these 8 tips for planning an affordable road trip that won’t break the bank.

Choose affordable activities.

Find activities that don’t empty your wallet – most destinations have local diversions you can enjoy for free or at little cost.

City and regional parks offer free concerts, summer theater, hiking and biking trails, and kid-friendly spaces such as splash pads. Be sure to check your destination’s online visitor guide for free activities around town.

Lower your transportation costs.

Thanks to traveler-friendly apps like GasBuddy and Google Maps, it’s possible to cut the cost of driving substantially. GasBuddy will alert you to the lowest gas prices available based on your GPS location, while the “Avoid Tolls” route option on apps like Google Maps helps you find the cheapest route.

Skip the hotel.

If you’ve never tried renting a vacation home, you’re missing a whole world of affordable vacation comfort. A stay in a rental can save you 50% or more on a traditional hotel. Plus, you’ll be getting much-needed privacy and space after being cramped in a car for hours. Look for online vacation rental listings direct from homeowners, allowing you to choose the location and price range that works for you. Many rentals come with amenities you won’t get at a hotel like a full kitchen, free Wifi or washer/dryer combo (key to freshening up your road trip outfits).

Dine for less.

Eating out three meals a day can be pricey, but it’s easier than you think to cut the cost of dining while on your road trip. Since most vacation rentals include a kitchen, shop local for fresh ingredients for at least some of your meals. Likewise, premade picnics eaten at a roadside park are sure to be less expensive than fast food. Save your dining dollars for a few special restaurant meals built into your budget.

Visit lesser-known cities.

It’s wonderful to visit NYC or San Francisco, but it can also be a budget breaker. Exploring smaller, lesser-known cities could save you hundreds in vacation dollars. Decide what you’d like to see, do and experience on your trip and then search for cities with those attractions. If they’re popular vacation sites, cross them off the list and see what’s left.

Instead of exploring Florida’s Route 1 all the way to Key West ($2642 for an average week’s vacation rental stay), stop off a bit earlier in Key Largo ($1641/week). A great example on the west coast is choosing charming San Clemente ($1591/week) over hot spot San Diego ($2003/week).

Travel off-season.

It’s no surprise that you can save big by traveling to popular destinations off-season. That doesn’t mean a beach trip in the dead of winter, but it does mean doing a little research about peak-season prices. Going a couple of weeks before or after peak season can help you save considerably.  Home rentals in hotspots like Cape Cod, the Gulf Shores and Panama City Beach can be up to one-third cheaper in September and October versus peak summer. 

Ask for the gift of travel.

Do your friends or relatives always give gift cards for special occasions? Ask for Visa gift cards you can spend anywhere. Shopping, eating or filling the gas tank with gift cards can pad your vacation budget, big-time.

Split the costs.

Do you have a friend on a limited budget who also loves to travel? Consider sharing the cost of vacation rentals, rental cars, fuel and other vacation expenses.


Split the cost of this Austin, TX rental for major savings.

Take, for instance, this hip Austin house on FlipKey. It’s newly renovated, sleeps up to six people, and is two miles from downtown.

You’ll be paying $250 per night to stay solo. Split between six friends, though? That’s only $42 per person to live in luxury. That’s ashtray money.

Just remember that sharing the costs doesn’t have to mean sharing every minute together. You’ll stay saner on your road trip if you build in time apart.

Joe Laing is the marketing director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company. Laing has been on the road working within the travel industry for more than 20 years and greatly enjoys exploring the outdoors.

Tacking on an extra day to the weekend can make a world of difference after a long week in the office. And what better way to take advantage of some much-needed time off than to book a quick trip?

Whether you prefer lazy days at the beach or a history-filled excursion, we’ve highlighted seven of the best destinations for an affordable long weekend getaway along the Eastern Seaboard. Each place offers a variety of vacation rentals to choose from and endless East Coast appeal—all for less than $500!

Beaufort, South Carolina | Median Long Weekend Rate: $495

Beaufort is a budget-friendly vacation destination.

“If one is looking for a step into the past of Lowcountry South Carolina, it is right here.”—FlipKey Traveler

Situated on Port Royal Island, in the heart of South Carolina’s Sea Islands, Beaufort is an idyllic choice for an affordable long weekend getaway. It’s the second oldest city in the state, with gorgeous antebellum mansions, centuries-old oak trees, and period architecture epitomizing its historic charm. When you’re not strolling down Main Street, or browsing at one of the local art galleries (Beaufort has close to 20!), retreat to the comfort of your rental. No matter where you stay, you’ll never be more than minutes from the waterfront!

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Panama City, Florida | Median Long Weekend Rate: $450

Escape for a long weekend in Panama City.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Ocean was gorgeous, soft sand, more shells than I could ever imagine and plenty to do.”—FlipKey Traveler

Panama City is so much more than just a spring break destination. With year-round sunshine and a slew of family-friendly activities, it’s a wonderful place to visit—even for a few days. Book an oceanfront home and roll out of bed onto the beach each morning, or choose a high-rise condo and enjoy loads of amenities at your fingertips. When you’re not chilling at your rental, take advantage of the abundant water-sports around St. Andrews Bay. Water-skiing, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing are always popular.

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts | Median Long Weekend Rate: $450

Retreat to Wellfleet for a relaxing Cape Cod getaway.

“I can honestly say that I don’t remember ever staying in a place that was so beautiful and peaceful—something we all treasure in our hectic lives, even for just a little while.”—FlipKey Traveler

Climb aboard a ferry from Boston and cruise across the bay to the tip of Cape Cod. You’ll dock just down the road from your final destination: Wellfleet. This town is situated on a narrow strip of land hugged by the sea on both sides. It’s renowned for its stunning seashore, world-famous oysters, and eclectic culture. Make the most of your long weekend here by exploring the area via bicycle or hopping from art gallery to art gallery on Main Street. Not in a rush? Let time stand still as you watch fishing boats, trawlers, and yachts come and go out of Wellfleet Harbor.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina | Median Long Weekend Rate: $450

Stay steps from the beach in Emerald Isle, without breaking the bank.

“The sound is peaceful, and we loved watching the wildlife—we even saw a river otter swim by early one morning. A really great trip to Emeriald Isle as always!”—FlipKey Traveler

A slice of paradise along North Carolina’s coast, Emerald Isle boasts 29 miles of blissful beachscape and outdoor activities galore. The best part about this destination, though? You can stay steps from the beach, without breaking the bank! Even if you don’t choose an oceanfront home, it’s easy to find a wooden boardwalk that will lead you through the swaying dunes and down to the ocean. Whether you’re swimming in the Atlantic Ocean or flying kites along the water’s edge, the whole family will be happy on vacation in Emerald Isle.

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Ogunquit, Maine | Median Long Weekend Rate: $435

Plan a long weekend in Ogunquit this summer.

“Couldn’t have asked for a better place for our 20th Girls’ Weekend. A great time in Ogunquit, Maine!”—FlipKey Traveler

Ogunquit is the picture of New England charm: boats bobbing in the harbor, luscious seafood fresh off the boat, and quaint cottages right near the beach. The town’s name even translates to mean “beautiful place by the sea.” It features over three miles of sandy beaches and coastline, making it the ultimate place to relax and unwind after a busy week. From sunbathing and strolling, to sailing and deep sea fishing, there’s plenty to do in Ogunquit!

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Newburyport, Massachusetts | Median Long Weekend Rate: $387

If you like the beach then you ought to book an affordable long weekend getaway in Newburyport.

“Family members explored the quaint seaport and enjoyed fine seafood restaurants. Plum Island’s beaches and natural areas were explored by others.”—FlipKey Traveler

Get your dose of the beach in Newburyport, a charming East Coast town just 35 miles north of Boston. It sits along the water, where the Merrimack River and Atlantic Ocean meet, and features a vibrant town center with local restaurants and shops. During your stay, slip into routine grabbing coffee on your way out to Plum Island each morning. Use your afternoons to discover the area’s rich maritime history or to laze about on your rental’s back deck. Newburyport is an affordable long weekend getaway spot you don’t want to miss this summer.

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Fenwick Island, Delaware | Median Long Weekend Rate: $375

Book an affordable long weekend getaway in Fenwick Island, Delaware.

“Perfect in every way!! I loved taking my coffee outside every morning and looking at the water. Fenwick is such a wonderful place to vacay.”—FlipKey Traveler

If you enjoy the beach, you’ll love Fenwick Island! Tucked along the Delaware-Maryland border, this affordable long weekend getaway spot is a coastal gem offering picturesque state parks, family-friendly amusements and more. Decide between a round of putt-putt, a boat ride through the bay, or a lazy day at the beach—you can’t go wrong, no matter what you decide! If you tire of the laid-back beach vibes, the excitement of Ocean City, Maryland is just down the road.

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*Weekly rates reflect the median rates for a two-bedroom rental in that destination from June-August 2017, according to FlipKey data.