The FlipKey Blog https://www.flipkey.com/blog vacation rentals, travel, and a world of awesome getaways Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:10:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 19 Best Kid-Friendly Family Vacations In America https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2019/04/15/19-best-kid-friendly-family-vacations-in-america/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:16:58 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=23103 Family life. It can be wonderful and exhausting in equal measure. That’s why The Great Family Vacation is so important—a time to make memories and celebrate your loved ones away from the pressures of daily life. Whether you’ve got a family of ten or two, here are the best family vacation ideas your kids will love, where boredom is banned and fun is king. Best Vacation Ideas For Families With so many great family-friendly destinations in the USA, it’s hard to narrow down to the cream of the crop. 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. 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 19 of the best family vacation ideas in America for happy kids and even happier grown-ups. 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. See all FlipKey rentals in Anaheim! Gettysburg, Pennsylvania “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. See all FlipKey rentals in Gettysburg! Boston, Massachusetts “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. See all FlipKey rentals in Boston! Florida 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! See all FlipKey rentals on Florida’s Space Coast! 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. See all FlipKey rentals in Long Beach! Washington, DC 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. See all FlipKey rentals in Washington, DC! 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. See all FlipKey rentals in Wisconsin Dells! 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. See all FlipKey rentals in Durham! Winter Haven, Florida 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. 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. See all Winter Haven rentals from FlipKey! 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. See all FlipKey rentals in Indianapolis! 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. See all FlipKey rentals in Rehoboth Beach! Williamsburg, Virginia 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. See all Williamsburg rentals from FlipKey! 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. See all FlipKey rentals in Sandusky! 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. See all FlipKey rentals in the Bloomington/Minneapolis area! Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 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. See all Pigeon Forge cabin rentals from FlipKey! 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! 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! Charlotte, North Carolina 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! 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 post was originally published on the TripAdvisor rentals blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.

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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 down to the cream of the crop. 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.

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 19 of the best family vacation ideas in America for happy kids and even happier grown-ups.

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Anaheim!

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Gettysburg!

Boston, Massachusetts

Sailboats float down the Charles River in front of the Boston, MA skyline

“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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Boston!

Florida 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!

See all FlipKey rentals on Florida’s Space Coast!

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Long Beach!

Washington, DC

The Washington Monument is framed by flowering trees.

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Washington, DC!

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Wisconsin Dells!

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Durham!

Winter Haven, Florida

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. 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.

See all Winter Haven rentals from FlipKey!

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Indianapolis!

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Rehoboth Beach!

Williamsburg, Virginia

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.

See all Williamsburg rentals from FlipKey!

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in Sandusky!

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.

See all FlipKey rentals in the Bloomington/Minneapolis area!

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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.

See all Pigeon Forge cabin rentals from FlipKey!

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!

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!

Charlotte, North Carolina

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!

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

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Great Adult Getaways For Grown-Ups Avoiding The Party Scene https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2019/04/08/great-adult-spring-break-trips-for-grown-ups-avoiding-the-college-scene/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:26:00 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=23087 We’ve hand-picked some of the best adult getaways across America, featuring luxe spas, golf courses, and charming beaches where the vibe is a little more, shall we say, low-key. Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends, family, or just your significant other, each of these destinations is home to amazing FlipKey rental properties that are a real step up from the party-hearty hotel rooms of your youth. Pour yourself a cocktail by the private pool and raise a glass to how far you’ve come. Amelia Island, Florida “While there are plenty of restaurants and rentals, the beach here is not a typical ‘teenager beach,’” one reviewer writes. “It’s more of a family-oriented place with a lot of history.” Take a trolley or carriage tour of the downtown district to see local landmarks and learn more about this barrier island’s backstory, then tee up for a round of golf along the Atlantic Ocean. Find a great place to stay on Amelia Island! Hilton Head, South Carolina Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean from a condo or villa in Hilton Head, a destination known for its Lowcountry cuisine, coastal-chic resort vibe, and award-winning golf courses. With 12 miles of beautiful beaches and 60+ miles of pathways perfect for long walks and bike rides, this classic Southern destination is always worth a visit. Find a great place to stay in Hilton Head! Lafayette, Louisiana Welcome to the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole Country, where bold art and big flavors are a nod to the city’s creative spirit. Visit Vermilionville to learn about the cultures that have shaped this vibrant destination, then rub shoulders with the locals at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market or the monthly ArtWalk downtown. Find a great place to stay in Lafayette! Gulfport, Mississippi If your version of an ideal vacation is dozing on the beach or casting a line at sunrise, book a roomy vacation home on the Mississippi Coast and fall in love with Gulfport. Whether you kick back on the wraparound porch or rent kayaks to paddle up and down the scenic shore, the Gulf Coast is a peaceful place for a getaway by the water. Find a great place to stay in Gulfport! Port Aransas, Texas Tired of traditional party-hearty destinations? Steer clear of the party scene and book a rental nestled in the dunes of Mustang Island. As the only established town on the island, Port Aransas strikes a balance between natural beauty and a fun-filled beach escape. Fishing charters are easy to come by—this is the fishing capital of Texas, after all—and birdwatching, windsurfing, and kite sailing are popular pastimes. Find a great place to stay in Port Aransas! Branson, Missouri Given its central location—within a day’s drive of a third of the population—this southwest Missouri town is one of the most accessible trips in the country. Take in a show at one of 50 theaters, enjoy some retail therapy at Branson Landing, or climb aboard the Showboat Branson Belle for a two-hour riverboat cruise on Table Rock Lake. Find a great place to stay in Branson! Kansas City, Missouri Thanks in part to a revitalized downtown, dotted with galleries and performance venues, there’s never been a more exciting time to visit Kansas City. This buzzworthy destination is exactly where to go if you’re passionate about good food and great music. With 100+ barbecue joints and live jazz clubs across the city, you won’t be disappointed. Find a great place to stay in Kansas City! Henderson, Nevada For small-town atmosphere and big outdoor adventures, escape to Henderson, located 20 minutes from Las Vegas. You’ll have easy access to the bright lights of Sin City—minus the “what-happens-here-stays-here” chaos that comes with staying on the Strip. Bike along the River Mountain Loop Trail or polish your swing at Rio Secco Golf Club. Find a great place to stay in Henderson! Savannah, Georgia Romantic architecture, airy galleries, canopies of live oak—if any Southern city can charm its way into your heart, it’s Savannah. You’ll find a wealth of activities here, from walking tours in the dreamy historic district to shopping on River Street, fishing on Tybee Island, and teeing off at one of the area’s legendary golf courses. Find a great place to stay in Savannah! Charlottesville, Virginia For wine lovers, history buffs, and anyone who appreciates stunning scenery, Charlottesville is the place to be. This classy mountain town offers a wealth of attractions, from the Monticello Wine Trail to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia). Find a great place to stay in Charlottesville! Nashville, Tennessee With quirky shops, hidden gem restaurants, and exciting nightlife options cropping up all over the city, Nashville has so much to explore beyond the Honky Tonk Highway. Yes, you should see a show at Ryman Auditorium, but you should also eat at a few off-the-beaten-path restaurants and shop at the amazing vintage boutiques in East Nashville. Find a great place to stay in Nashville! Portland, Oregon Whatever words you’ve heard used to describe Portland—trendy, creative, hipster, weird—flavorful is one adjective that definitely applies. March is Portland Dining Month, and that makes PDX one of the top adult getaways for foodies. While you’re in town, take the opportunity to grab a bite at one of 600 local food trucks. Find a great place to stay in Portland! Healdsburg, California Located less than two hours from San Francisco, Healdsburg is surrounded by three winegrowing regions and more than 100 wineries. This charming small town makes the perfect home base for exploring Sonoma County, and the array of farm-to-table restaurants complement those incredible Zinfandels and Pinots. We’re all for ocean views and mountain vistas, but this adult-friendly destination is as scenic as they come. Find a great place to stay in Healdsburg! Mammoth Lakes, California Rent a rustic mountain chalet on TripAdvisor and make Mammoth Lakes the headquarters for your next adult group trip. Home to postcard-worthy ridges, valleys, and sparkling lakes, this mountain town offers scenic hiking trails like McGee Pass, challenging terrain for road bikers, and paved trails in town for novice cyclists. Find a great place to stay in Mammoth Lakes! Houston, Texas Why is Houston on our list of top adult getaways? Aside from having one of the largest museum districts in the country (featuring 20 museums within easy walking distance) and 10,000 local restaurants, there’s a packed calendar of exciting events happening here in March, from the Bassmaster Classic Expo to the Shell Houston Open. Find a great place to stay in Houston! Hollywood, Florida What’s better than watching the sunset from your hotel balcony? Taking in the view from the covered veranda as you fire up the grill to make dinner. The waterfront rentals in Hollywood boast luxe amenities like heated pools and private docks, all within walking distance of the best bars, boutiques, and restaurants. Add in seven miles of designated Blue Wave beaches. Find a great place to stay in Hollywood! Jacksonville, Florida “This is a great little beach town that has just gotten better over the years,” one reviewer writes. With 22 miles of white sand beaches, a top-notch urban park system, and ample opportunities to go fishing, surfing, and paddle boarding, we can’t help but agree. Find a great place to stay in Jacksonville! Memphis, Tennessee Memphis is famous for barbecue and rock ‘n’ roll, but great ribs and Graceland aren’t the only reasons you should pack your bags for this top destination for adults. Memphis Black Restaurant Week, Memphis Comedy Fest, and the Midtown Opera Festival are just three of the exciting events happening here in March. Find a great place to stay in Memphis! This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.

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We’ve hand-picked some of the best adult getaways across America, featuring luxe spas, golf courses, and charming beaches where the vibe is a little more, shall we say, low-key.

Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends, family, or just your significant other, each of these destinations is home to amazing FlipKey rental properties that are a real step up from the party-hearty hotel rooms of your youth. Pour yourself a cocktail by the private pool and raise a glass to how far you’ve come.

Amelia Island, Florida

“While there are plenty of restaurants and rentals, the beach here is not a typical ‘teenager beach,’” one reviewer writes. “It’s more of a family-oriented place with a lot of history.” Take a trolley or carriage tour of the downtown district to see local landmarks and learn more about this barrier island’s backstory, then tee up for a round of golf along the Atlantic Ocean.

Find a great place to stay on Amelia Island!

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean from a condo or villa in Hilton Head, a destination known for its Lowcountry cuisine, coastal-chic resort vibe, and award-winning golf courses. With 12 miles of beautiful beaches and 60+ miles of pathways perfect for long walks and bike rides, this classic Southern destination is always worth a visit.

Find a great place to stay in Hilton Head!

Lafayette, Louisiana

Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.

Welcome to the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole Country, where bold art and big flavors are a nod to the city’s creative spirit. Visit Vermilionville to learn about the cultures that have shaped this vibrant destination, then rub shoulders with the locals at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market or the monthly ArtWalk downtown.

Find a great place to stay in Lafayette!

Gulfport, Mississippi

If your version of an ideal vacation is dozing on the beach or casting a line at sunrise, book a roomy vacation home on the Mississippi Coast and fall in love with Gulfport. Whether you kick back on the wraparound porch or rent kayaks to paddle up and down the scenic shore, the Gulf Coast is a peaceful place for a getaway by the water.

Find a great place to stay in Gulfport!

Port Aransas, Texas

Beachfront vacation rental in Port Aransas, TX

Tired of traditional party-hearty destinations? Steer clear of the party scene and book a rental nestled in the dunes of Mustang Island. As the only established town on the island, Port Aransas strikes a balance between natural beauty and a fun-filled beach escape. Fishing charters are easy to come by—this is the fishing capital of Texas, after all—and birdwatching, windsurfing, and kite sailing are popular pastimes.

Find a great place to stay in Port Aransas!

Branson, Missouri

Given its central location—within a day’s drive of a third of the population—this southwest Missouri town is one of the most accessible trips in the country. Take in a show at one of 50 theaters, enjoy some retail therapy at Branson Landing, or climb aboard the Showboat Branson Belle for a two-hour riverboat cruise on Table Rock Lake.

Find a great place to stay in Branson!

Kansas City, Missouri

Downtown-Kansas-City

Thanks in part to a revitalized downtown, dotted with galleries and performance venues, there’s never been a more exciting time to visit Kansas City. This buzzworthy destination is exactly where to go if you’re passionate about good food and great music. With 100+ barbecue joints and live jazz clubs across the city, you won’t be disappointed.

Find a great place to stay in Kansas City!

Henderson, Nevada

For small-town atmosphere and big outdoor adventures, escape to Henderson, located 20 minutes from Las Vegas. You’ll have easy access to the bright lights of Sin City—minus the “what-happens-here-stays-here” chaos that comes with staying on the Strip. Bike along the River Mountain Loop Trail or polish your swing at Rio Secco Golf Club.

Find a great place to stay in Henderson!

Savannah, Georgia

Romantic architecture, airy galleries, canopies of live oak—if any Southern city can charm its way into your heart, it’s Savannah. You’ll find a wealth of activities here, from walking tours in the dreamy historic district to shopping on River Street, fishing on Tybee Island, and teeing off at one of the area’s legendary golf courses.

Find a great place to stay in Savannah!

Charlottesville, Virginia

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For wine lovers, history buffs, and anyone who appreciates stunning scenery, Charlottesville is the place to be. This classy mountain town offers a wealth of attractions, from the Monticello Wine Trail to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia).

Find a great place to stay in Charlottesville!

Nashville, Tennessee

With quirky shops, hidden gem restaurants, and exciting nightlife options cropping up all over the city, Nashville has so much to explore beyond the Honky Tonk Highway. Yes, you should see a show at Ryman Auditorium, but you should also eat at a few off-the-beaten-path restaurants and shop at the amazing vintage boutiques in East Nashville.

Find a great place to stay in Nashville!

Portland, Oregon

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Whatever words you’ve heard used to describe Portland—trendy, creative, hipster, weird—flavorful is one adjective that definitely applies. March is Portland Dining Month, and that makes PDX one of the top adult getaways for foodies. While you’re in town, take the opportunity to grab a bite at one of 600 local food trucks.

Find a great place to stay in Portland!

Healdsburg, California

Located less than two hours from San Francisco, Healdsburg is surrounded by three winegrowing regions and more than 100 wineries. This charming small town makes the perfect home base for exploring Sonoma County, and the array of farm-to-table restaurants complement those incredible Zinfandels and Pinots. We’re all for ocean views and mountain vistas, but this adult-friendly destination is as scenic as they come.

Find a great place to stay in Healdsburg!

Mammoth Lakes, California

Rent a rustic mountain chalet on TripAdvisor and make Mammoth Lakes the headquarters for your next adult group trip. Home to postcard-worthy ridges, valleys, and sparkling lakes, this mountain town offers scenic hiking trails like McGee Pass, challenging terrain for road bikers, and paved trails in town for novice cyclists.

Find a great place to stay in Mammoth Lakes!

Houston, Texas

Why is Houston on our list of top adult getaways? Aside from having one of the largest museum districts in the country (featuring 20 museums within easy walking distance) and 10,000 local restaurants, there’s a packed calendar of exciting events happening here in March, from the Bassmaster Classic Expo to the Shell Houston Open.

Find a great place to stay in Houston!

Hollywood, Florida

What’s better than watching the sunset from your hotel balcony? Taking in the view from the covered veranda as you fire up the grill to make dinner. The waterfront rentals in Hollywood boast luxe amenities like heated pools and private docks, all within walking distance of the best bars, boutiques, and restaurants. Add in seven miles of designated Blue Wave beaches.

Find a great place to stay in Hollywood!

Jacksonville, Florida

“This is a great little beach town that has just gotten better over the years,” one reviewer writes. With 22 miles of white sand beaches, a top-notch urban park system, and ample opportunities to go fishing, surfing, and paddle boarding, we can’t help but agree.

Find a great place to stay in Jacksonville!

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is famous for barbecue and rock ‘n’ roll, but great ribs and Graceland aren’t the only reasons you should pack your bags for this top destination for adults. Memphis Black Restaurant Week, Memphis Comedy Fest, and the Midtown Opera Festival are just three of the exciting events happening here in March.

Find a great place to stay in Memphis!


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10 Affordable Spring Vacation Spots You Don’t Have To Leave The Country To Visit https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2019/03/13/10-affordable-spring-vacation-spots-you-dont-have-to-leave-the-country-to-visit/ Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:05:32 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=23081 Whether your heart’s set on a dreamy beach vacay or an exciting urban getaway, you don’t have to break the bank—or leave the country—to enjoy an amazing spring vacation. We’re highlighting destinations across America that will fit within your budget. And when it comes to deciding on an affordable accommodation option, opt for a rental home or apartment from FlipKey. You’ll get more bang for your buck, with extra living space, full kitchen, laundry, or even an outdoor patio with BBQ grill! From the shores of Cape Cod to the desert landscape of Palm Springs, here are some great places to celebrate the arrival of spring. Boise, Idaho With the majestic Rocky Mountains looming beyond the city limits and over 190 miles of trails to explore, Boise packs lots of punch for the nature-loving traveler. Climb the hill at Camel’s Back Park for great views of Southern Boise or take it easy on a stroll through the Idaho Botanical Garden. Had your fill of the outdoors? Boise’s varied museums and plentiful attractions will captivate all interests. However you choose to spend your time, Spring is the perfect season to enjoy all the city has to offer—before the dry summer heat sets in! Find a great place to stay in Boise Albuquerque, New Mexico There are few places to experience the authentic Southwest quite like Albuquerque. With its fiery desert landscape, mouthwatering New Mexican cuisine, and unique multicultural heritage, this city is a magical escape for travelers of all ages. The city’s streets are lined with historic adobe homes and brick paths, while its clear, blue skies are dotted with colorful hot air balloons. Plentiful sunshine and mild temperatures add to this city’s appeal, making it one of the best affordable spring vacation spots on our list. Find a great place to stay in New Mexico Chincoteague Island, Virginia Chincoteague Island’s resident wild ponies have helped put this small Virginia town on the map. During the summer, they can be seen thundering down the golden beaches. But horses aren’t the only wildlife to be admired—the unspoiled beaches and lack of high-rises on Chincoteague Island make it a great place for bird watching, too. Escape to this affordable spring vacation destination for a breath of fresh air and a slower pace of life. Find a great place to stay in Chincoteague Island Tacoma, Washington Situated in the Puget Sound area and easily accessible from Seattle, Tacoma is ideal for travelers who like to have lots of options. Ready to explore? Hop in the car and head to Mount Rainier National Park just a short drive away. Want to see what the downtown area has to offer? Tacoma is home to a vibrant community of artists and boasts many world-renowned museums and exhibits. Still, you might prefer to take in the scenic landscape from the comfort of your FlipKey rental like one reviewer who raved “being able to sit on the decking while you watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountain was beautiful.” Find a great place to stay in Tacoma Tampa, Florida Whether you decide to book a modern condo downtown or a beach home nearby, Tampa is a popular spring vacation spot that won’t break the bank. Traveling with the entire family? Busch Gardens and The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay offer something exciting for every person in your group. Sports enthusiasts can catch a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game at the start of the season, while art lovers will be impressed by the city’s world-class museums. No matter what you do though, soak up some sun and enjoy Tampa’s waterfront location. Find a great place to stay in Tampa Palm Springs, California Thanks to its year-round pleasant climate and abundance of golf courses, a spring vacation in Palm Springs never disappoints. Soak up sun by the pool at your FlipKey rental, hop on a bike to explore, or discover the beauty of the surrounding desert on foot. Rather stay cool? Relax at one of the many award-winning spas in Palm Springs or hit some of the nearby museums. Whatever you decide to do, don’t miss out on the chance to spend a week here during the spring months. Find a great place to stay in Palm Springs Dennis Port, Massachusetts Visit Dennis Port during the spring before tourists flock here for the peak summer season. This charming Cape Cod town oozes charm with its cozy cottages, wooden boardwalks, and photographic beach views. From skipping stones on the glassy waters to shopping at the local general store, Dennis Port has everything you need (and more!) for a delightful vacation, without the stress of going over-budget. Find a great place to stay in Dennis Port Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania Tucked away in the Pocono Mountains, Lake Harmony is the perfect spot to welcome spring. The season brings the arrival of blooming daffodils and laurel blossoms, along with endless possibilities for outdoor recreation. Book a lakefront vacation home and wake up to sunrise over the water, or rent a cabin in the middle of the woods and truly escape it all. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, boater or botanist, we bet you’ll love this budget-friendly destination! Find a great place to stay in Lake Harmony Scottsdale, Arizona In Scottsdale, you can be touring the beautiful desert one minute, and wrapped in a cozy bathrobe at one of the many spas the next. Explore the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which offers trails for hikers of all skill levels. If it’s been a rainy spring, you might even get lucky and see the desert in bloom! Head to Old Town Scottsdale for shopping or skip straight to the downtown area where you’ll find a buzzing restaurant and party scene.  This spirited Southwest city is full of possibilities, especially during the spring! Find a great place to stay in Scottsdale Lake Ozark, Missouri Nestled in the heart of Missouri, Lake Ozark is a premier lake town offering world-class boating, fishing, and shopping. Cast your line from the shore and hook a fish, hike the surrounding landscape, or take the boat over to Party Cove during your stay. Whether you’re planning a family getaway or booking a couple’s retreat, choose a FlipKey rental for an affordable spring vacation you’ll always remember. Find a great place to stay in Lake Ozark

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Whether your heart’s set on a dreamy beach vacay or an exciting urban getaway, you don’t have to break the bank—or leave the country—to enjoy an amazing spring vacation. We’re highlighting destinations across America that will fit within your budget. And when it comes to deciding on an affordable accommodation option, opt for a rental home or apartment from FlipKey. You’ll get more bang for your buck, with extra living space, full kitchen, laundry, or even an outdoor patio with BBQ grill!

From the shores of Cape Cod to the desert landscape of Palm Springs, here are some great places to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Boise, Idaho

With the majestic Rocky Mountains looming beyond the city limits and over 190 miles of trails to explore, Boise packs lots of punch for the nature-loving traveler. Climb the hill at Camel’s Back Park for great views of Southern Boise or take it easy on a stroll through the Idaho Botanical Garden. Had your fill of the outdoors? Boise’s varied museums and plentiful attractions will captivate all interests. However you choose to spend your time, Spring is the perfect season to enjoy all the city has to offer—before the dry summer heat sets in!

Find a great place to stay in Boise

Albuquerque, New Mexico

There are few places to experience the authentic Southwest quite like Albuquerque. With its fiery desert landscape, mouthwatering New Mexican cuisine, and unique multicultural heritage, this city is a magical escape for travelers of all ages. The city’s streets are lined with historic adobe homes and brick paths, while its clear, blue skies are dotted with colorful hot air balloons. Plentiful sunshine and mild temperatures add to this city’s appeal, making it one of the best affordable spring vacation spots on our list.

Find a great place to stay in New Mexico

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

A welcoming home in Chincoteague Island.

Chincoteague Island’s resident wild ponies have helped put this small Virginia town on the map. During the summer, they can be seen thundering down the golden beaches. But horses aren’t the only wildlife to be admired—the unspoiled beaches and lack of high-rises on Chincoteague Island make it a great place for bird watching, too. Escape to this affordable spring vacation destination for a breath of fresh air and a slower pace of life.

Find a great place to stay in Chincoteague Island

Tacoma, Washington

Downtown Tacoma, Washington is seen from above.

Situated in the Puget Sound area and easily accessible from Seattle, Tacoma is ideal for travelers who like to have lots of options. Ready to explore? Hop in the car and head to Mount Rainier National Park just a short drive away. Want to see what the downtown area has to offer? Tacoma is home to a vibrant community of artists and boasts many world-renowned museums and exhibits. Still, you might prefer to take in the scenic landscape from the comfort of your FlipKey rental like one reviewer who raved “being able to sit on the decking while you watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountain was beautiful.”

Find a great place to stay in Tacoma

Tampa, Florida

Book an affordable vacation rental for your stay in Tampa.

Whether you decide to book a modern condo downtown or a beach home nearby, Tampa is a popular spring vacation spot that won’t break the bank. Traveling with the entire family? Busch Gardens and The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay offer something exciting for every person in your group. Sports enthusiasts can catch a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game at the start of the season, while art lovers will be impressed by the city’s world-class museums. No matter what you do though, soak up some sun and enjoy Tampa’s waterfront location.

Find a great place to stay in Tampa

Palm Springs, California

Enjoy views of palm trees from your bedroom in Palm Springs.

Thanks to its year-round pleasant climate and abundance of golf courses, a spring vacation in Palm Springs never disappoints. Soak up sun by the pool at your FlipKey rental, hop on a bike to explore, or discover the beauty of the surrounding desert on foot. Rather stay cool? Relax at one of the many award-winning spas in Palm Springs or hit some of the nearby museums. Whatever you decide to do, don’t miss out on the chance to spend a week here during the spring months.

Find a great place to stay in Palm Springs

Dennis Port, Massachusetts

A charming Dennis Port vacation rental awaits guests.

Visit Dennis Port during the spring before tourists flock here for the peak summer season. This charming Cape Cod town oozes charm with its cozy cottages, wooden boardwalks, and photographic beach views. From skipping stones on the glassy waters to shopping at the local general store, Dennis Port has everything you need (and more!) for a delightful vacation, without the stress of going over-budget.

Find a great place to stay in Dennis Port

Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania

Boats are docked along Lake Harmony.

Tucked away in the Pocono Mountains, Lake Harmony is the perfect spot to welcome spring. The season brings the arrival of blooming daffodils and laurel blossoms, along with endless possibilities for outdoor recreation. Book a lakefront vacation home and wake up to sunrise over the water, or rent a cabin in the middle of the woods and truly escape it all. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, boater or botanist, we bet you’ll love this budget-friendly destination!

Find a great place to stay in Lake Harmony

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale is an affordable spring vacation destinations for US travelers.

In Scottsdale, you can be touring the beautiful desert one minute, and wrapped in a cozy bathrobe at one of the many spas the next. Explore the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which offers trails for hikers of all skill levels. If it’s been a rainy spring, you might even get lucky and see the desert in bloom! Head to Old Town Scottsdale for shopping or skip straight to the downtown area where you’ll find a buzzing restaurant and party scene.  This spirited Southwest city is full of possibilities, especially during the spring!

Find a great place to stay in Scottsdale

Lake Ozark, Missouri

Book a Lake Ozark vacation rental and enjoy dinner overlooking the water.

Nestled in the heart of Missouri, Lake Ozark is a premier lake town offering world-class boating, fishing, and shopping. Cast your line from the shore and hook a fish, hike the surrounding landscape, or take the boat over to Party Cove during your stay. Whether you’re planning a family getaway or booking a couple’s retreat, choose a FlipKey rental for an affordable spring vacation you’ll always remember.

Find a great place to stay in Lake Ozark

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20 Of The Top Places To Visit In The US In 2019 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2019/02/25/20-of-the-top-places-to-visit-in-the-us-in-2019/ Mon, 25 Feb 2019 13:35:25 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=23064 A new year means opportunities to make new, unforgettable travel memories. This year, consider a visit to a US destination you may not have thought of before (or alternatively, see if the hype for some of America’s up-and-coming hotspots is justified). Each location on our list of where to travel in 2019 is growing in popularity for its own unique reasons. Many have annual events and festivals well worth the trip, and some are experiencing (or have already experienced) a resurgence of culture and entertainment. Whether you’re seeking a new culinary adventure, thriving art scenes, historic architecture, or sandy beaches, this year is the perfect time to plan a visit to one of these trending destinations. Your trip will be busy with plenty of fun activities, so you’ll want a comfortable place to relax and unwind during your downtime. Booking a vacation rental from FlipKey offers exactly that, along with many of the amenities you’re used to at home—total privacy, a full kitchen, laundry, and more. It’s time to make a New Year’s resolution: get out and explore! Here’s our list of the top places to visit in the US in 2019. Asheville, NC Asheville’s vibrant art scene, unique food culture, historic architecture, and gorgeous mountain scenery have earned it a spot on our list of the best places to travel in 2019—that is, if you haven’t already been! Craft beer in Asheville isn’t hard to find, and this Small-Group Downtown Brewery Walking Tour will give you an inside look at three breweries. Visit the sprawling 250-room Biltmore chateau, once home of the Vanderbilt family, for a fascinating look at Asheville’s past. For a nighttime thrill,embark on an Asheville Ghost Walking Tour for a unique evening of haunted history followed by exclusive access to the Asheville Mystery Museum. Find a great place to stay in Asheville! Baltimore, MD Baltimore makes our list of best US destinations for all the history lovers and foodies among you! Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood is a culinary utopia, and booking a Fells Point Food Tour will take all of the guesswork out of choosing where to eat. Check out some of Baltimore’s oldest and most historic sights, as well as several television show locations, on a History & Culture Tour. Embark on a Baltimore Inner Harbor Sightseeing Tour to see this impressive city from a whole new perspective. Find a great place to stay in Baltimore! Portland, ME A quintessential New England city by the sea, Portland is chalk full of culture, cuisine, and natural beauty. New Englanders are serious about their beer, and Portland has no shortage of breweries. Try a Friday Evening Brewery Tour or a Portland Brewery Brunch Tour to sample some of the city’s local beer. Gorgeous natural gems are plentiful in Portland, like Diamond Cove or the Casco Bay Islands, just a brief ferry ride away. Restaurant Week runs during the first two weeks of March, so plan your visit then for awesome deals and special menus at the mouth-watering restaurants all over the city. Find a great place to stay in Portland! Santa Fe, NM Boasting world-renowned cuisine, vibrant cultural attractions, and one of the country’s largest art scenes, Santa Fe has earned its title as one of the top places to travel in the US. From November through February, Santa Fe hosts “Artists in Residence,” where you can watch and interact with artists as they create jewelry, painting, and pottery. Eat and drink your way through the city on a Taste of Canyon Road Food Tour. Explore some of the stunning natural beauty of Santa Fe while hiking on Atalaya Mountain Trail or strolling through Hyde Memorial State Park. Find a great place to stay in Santa Fe! Kansas City, MO Smooth sounds of jazz fill the air in Kansas City. In a city with such a musical legacy, it’s a great idea to visit during the annual Blues and Jazz Festival held every July. A visit to the famous jazz club the Blue Room is a must-do during your stay. Kansas City is equally famous for its world-renowned barbecue, which you can sample on an Original KC Barbecue Tour. Interestingly, Kansas City has been nicknamed “The City of Fountains,” boasting over 40 public fountains that will make for some awesome photo-ops during your visit. Find a great place to stay in Kansas City! Fort Lauderdale, FL When looking for places to travel in 2019, consider a warm beach escape to sunny Fort Lauderdale. Spend a day lounging by the shore at Las Olas Beach or the larger Fort Lauderdale Beach, where thrill seekers can soak up the sun while soaring above the blue waters during a parasailing adventure. Consider booking a Walking Food Tour of Las Olas Boulevard to experience some of the city’s most popular cuisine. A memorable way to spend the afternoon is on a Venice of America Tour, a relaxing cruise along the riverfront past Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful marinas and piers. Find a great place to stay in Fort Lauderdale! Long Beach, CA Another great 2019 destination for beach bums is Long Beach, a seaside city outside of Los Angeles with so much to see and do. Check out the Aquarium of the Pacific, an exciting destination full of diverse marine life that is fun for all ages. Stunning Catalina Island is just a short and scenic ferry ride away, and well worth the trip. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales along the way! As far as cuisine goes, Long Beach is a seafood devotee’s paradise. Head out on a Beach City Food Tour to sample a variety of the city’s best cuisine. For true fanatics, the annual Long Beach Seafood Festival, held every May, is a can’t-miss. Find a great place to stay in Long Beach! Columbus, OH Columbus is a trendy destination that earned a spot on our list of the best places to travel in 2019 for its vibrant downtown, lush gardens, and beautiful parks. Head to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens or the Topiary Garden for a relaxing and beautiful stroll among flowers and lush plant life. Explore downtown with a local expert on a Columbus Short North Walking Tour, learning history, touring art galleries, and stopping by other local hotspots. If you can, catch a show at the historic and elegant Ohio Theater, where you can see anything from Broadway shows to live concerts. Find a great place to stay in Columbus! Healdsburg, CA In the heart of Wine Country, Healdsburg is a destination for the ultimate foodie. This beautiful town full of sprawling vineyards and beautiful parks boasts more than a few Michelin star restaurants! There’s Single Thread, Madrona Manor, Chalkboard, and Bravas Bar de Tapas, and you can try them all during your stay. Experience some of Healdsburg’s premium wines paired with delectable cuisines on a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Guided Walking Tour. There’s much to do when you’re not eating or drinking, too, like an afternoon spent at scenic Lake Sonoma. For a memorable outing, consider booking a Sonoma Horseback-Riding Tour, a relaxing ride complete with unforgettable views of Wine Country. Find a great place to stay in Healdsburg! Louisville, KY Louisville, home of the world famous Kentucky Derby, is a colorful Southern city that’s only growing better with time, earning its place as one of the top places to travel in the US this year. If you can’t make it here to see the historic horse race in person, the Kentucky Derby Museum is the next best thing. Plan a visit to the Louisville Mega Cavern, the world’s only underground zipline tour, for a super fun and unique experience. This city’s booming craft beer scene is not to be missed, and you can sample a wide range of local beers from several breweries on a Derby City Beer Tour. Find a great place to stay in Louisville! Bend, OR Beautiful Bend is the ideal destination for travelers looking to get outdoors and explore one of the US’s natural gems. Because there is so much beauty to behold here, photography tours are popular attractions. Explore and photograph some of the most stunning spots in the Oregon high desert by day or night with a local guide from the Cascade Center of Photography in tow. Visit Newberry National Volcanic Monument to gaze in awe at perfectly preserved volcanic material and an enormous lava cave you can trek through. If you can make it to Bend in mid-July, you’ll get to experience the annual Bend Summer Festival, a city-wide celebration with artists, live performers, craftsmen, and an enormous international marketplace. Find a great place to stay in Bend! Buffalo, NY Buffalo is evolving into an exciting hotspot for art, cuisine, history, and culture. During your visit, try a Greatest Hits Bike Tour to see some of the city’s most fascinating architecture and learn some of Buffalo’s underground history. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time upon entering the Ellicott Square Building, another incredible architectural attraction. Buffalo is just under a half hour drive from Niagara Falls, and well worth the trip. On a Niagara Falls USA Fireworks Tour, you’ll get to experience the beauty of the falls at night and watch as a fireworks display explodes overhead. Find a great place to stay in Buffalo! Greenville, SC A thriving city flanked by the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville is a worthy addition to our list of the top places to visit in the US this year. It boasts a colorful art scene, diverse cuisine, great shopping, and dozens of museums and landmarks. The heart of the city was named one of America’s Best Downtowns by Forbes Magazine, and for good reason. Be sure to visit Liberty Bridge, an incredible pedestrian suspension bridge with an unparalleled view of the Reedy River Falls, a waterfall that flows right through the center of town. Visit Greenville in mid-July to experience the Hot Air Balloon Festival, just minutes from downtown! Find a great place to stay in Greenville! St. Petersburg, FL Nicknamed the “Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg is a warm and pleasant beach town on Florida’s Gulf Coast with much to see and do. Springtime visitors won’t want to miss the St. Petersburg Mainsail Arts Festival, a joyful celebration with artists, food, live music, and entertainment. There’s a lot to do out on the water in St. Petersburg, like this Mangrove Kayak Tour, or a Stand up Pedalboard Tour where you’re likely to spot dolphins and manatees. On a St. Petersburg Speedboat Adventure, you’ll take the wheel of your very own speedboat, exploring the coastline in style. Find a great place to stay in St. Petersburg! Birmingham, AL A staple of the South full of history, music, culture, and soul food, Birmingham is a charming Southern escape. Birmingham played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement and is home to several sites on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail including the 16th Street Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park. Regardless of when you visit, you won’t want to miss out on Birmingham’s incredible cuisine, and a Best of Bham Food and Drink Tour will take the guesswork out of finding the city’s greatest eats. On a Historical Highlights Tour, you’ll spend a memorable afternoon learning about Birmingham’s rich history, including local secrets you won’t find in the guidebooks. Find a great place to stay in Birmingham! Flagstaff, AZ Flagstaff is the ideal getaway for those seeking stunning natural surroundings and fascinating cultural attractions. Visit the Wupatki National Monument, an ancient pueblo located near the San Francisco Peaks that is a must-see for history lovers. Embark on an unforgettable hike through Flagstaff’s Lava River Cave; just be sure to bring a flashlight! Book a Monument Valley Tour and spend the day marveling at stunning red rock formations like the Painted Desert Cliffs or the Elephant Feet rock pillars. Find a great place to stay in Flagstaff! Fort Collins, CO Surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks, Fort Collins is a charming town full of local pubs and dining spots, boutiques, and endless natural beauty. Visit Cache La Poudre River for a simple photo-op, a hike, or even a whitewater rafting adventure! Fort Collins has been affectionately nicknamed “the Napa Valley of beer,” and for good reason. Head out on a Fort Collins Bike and Brewery Tour to explore the town as locals do and sample some of Colorado’s best beers at three breweries. Or, if you plan to visit in June, you could attend the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, AKA the craft beer lover’s paradise! Find a great place to stay in Fort Collins! Lancaster, PA Much of the historic farm town of Lancaster looks like it may have been plucked right out of the 1800s. It’s the home of 15th President James Buchanan’s mansion, Wheatland, which you can explore during your visit. Attend the Lancaster Central Market for a colorful display of fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and more from local farmers. Try to catch a show at the Fulton Theatre during your stay—this 165-year-old premier theater produces can’t-miss Broadway plays and musicals. Find a great place to stay in Lancaster! Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque is a truly unique destination with a wide range of attractions, from its rich history and culture to its gorgeous red rock surroundings. Every October, the International Balloon Fiesta sees over 500 hot air balloons rising up at dawn, with spectators watching below and attending fun evening celebrations like the “glowdeo.” To get in on your own hot air balloon experience, book a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight to watch the sun rise along the Rio Grande from high above, making for a special and totally unforgettable outing. Back on solid ground, don’t miss the mind-blowing Petroglyph National Monument, where you can view up to 15,000 prehistoric rock art images preserved along a canyon just outside the city. Find a great place to stay in Albuquerque! Madison, WI Madison has earned its place on our list of the top places to visit in the US for its charming downtown full of cafes, bookstores, pubs, and restaurants. In fact, this college town has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the US! Visiting foodies will enjoy a Capital City Food Tour, where you’ll explore the city through its food while learning about its history and culture. One of Madison’s most popular attractions is the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, an oasis of lush plant life, herbs, perennials, and roses. During the summer months, you can join in a Historic Architecture Tour, a very popular attraction for locals and visitors alike, to learn some of the rich history of Madison’s neighborhoods. Find a great place to stay near Madison! This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.

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A new year means opportunities to make new, unforgettable travel memories. This year, consider a visit to a US destination you may not have thought of before (or alternatively, see if the hype for some of America’s up-and-coming hotspots is justified). Each location on our list of where to travel in 2019 is growing in popularity for its own unique reasons. Many have annual events and festivals well worth the trip, and some are experiencing (or have already experienced) a resurgence of culture and entertainment. Whether you’re seeking a new culinary adventure, thriving art scenes, historic architecture, or sandy beaches, this year is the perfect time to plan a visit to one of these trending destinations.

Your trip will be busy with plenty of fun activities, so you’ll want a comfortable place to relax and unwind during your downtime. Booking a vacation rental from FlipKey offers exactly that, along with many of the amenities you’re used to at home—total privacy, a full kitchen, laundry, and more.

It’s time to make a New Year’s resolution: get out and explore! Here’s our list of the top places to visit in the US in 2019.

Asheville, NC

Asheville’s vibrant art scene, unique food culture, historic architecture, and gorgeous mountain scenery have earned it a spot on our list of the best places to travel in 2019—that is, if you haven’t already been! Craft beer in Asheville isn’t hard to find, and this Small-Group Downtown Brewery Walking Tour will give you an inside look at three breweries. Visit the sprawling 250-room Biltmore chateau, once home of the Vanderbilt family, for a fascinating look at Asheville’s past. For a nighttime thrill,embark on an Asheville Ghost Walking Tour for a unique evening of haunted history followed by exclusive access to the Asheville Mystery Museum.

Find a great place to stay in Asheville!

Baltimore, MD

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Baltimore makes our list of best US destinations for all the history lovers and foodies among you! Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood is a culinary utopia, and booking a Fells Point Food Tour will take all of the guesswork out of choosing where to eat. Check out some of Baltimore’s oldest and most historic sights, as well as several television show locations, on a History & Culture Tour. Embark on a Baltimore Inner Harbor Sightseeing Tour to see this impressive city from a whole new perspective.

Find a great place to stay in Baltimore!

Portland, ME

A quintessential New England city by the sea, Portland is chalk full of culture, cuisine, and natural beauty. New Englanders are serious about their beer, and Portland has no shortage of breweries. Try a Friday Evening Brewery Tour or a Portland Brewery Brunch Tour to sample some of the city’s local beer. Gorgeous natural gems are plentiful in Portland, like Diamond Cove or the Casco Bay Islands, just a brief ferry ride away. Restaurant Week runs during the first two weeks of March, so plan your visit then for awesome deals and special menus at the mouth-watering restaurants all over the city.

Find a great place to stay in Portland!

Santa Fe, NM

Hillside houses and trees in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with clouds in the background.

Boasting world-renowned cuisine, vibrant cultural attractions, and one of the country’s largest art scenes, Santa Fe has earned its title as one of the top places to travel in the US. From November through February, Santa Fe hosts “Artists in Residence,” where you can watch and interact with artists as they create jewelry, painting, and pottery. Eat and drink your way through the city on a Taste of Canyon Road Food Tour. Explore some of the stunning natural beauty of Santa Fe while hiking on Atalaya Mountain Trail or strolling through Hyde Memorial State Park.

Find a great place to stay in Santa Fe!

Kansas City, MO

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Smooth sounds of jazz fill the air in Kansas City. In a city with such a musical legacy, it’s a great idea to visit during the annual Blues and Jazz Festival held every July. A visit to the famous jazz club the Blue Room is a must-do during your stay. Kansas City is equally famous for its world-renowned barbecue, which you can sample on an Original KC Barbecue Tour. Interestingly, Kansas City has been nicknamed “The City of Fountains,” boasting over 40 public fountains that will make for some awesome photo-ops during your visit.

Find a great place to stay in Kansas City!

Fort Lauderdale, FL

When looking for places to travel in 2019, consider a warm beach escape to sunny Fort Lauderdale. Spend a day lounging by the shore at Las Olas Beach or the larger Fort Lauderdale Beach, where thrill seekers can soak up the sun while soaring above the blue waters during a parasailing adventure. Consider booking a Walking Food Tour of Las Olas Boulevard to experience some of the city’s most popular cuisine. A memorable way to spend the afternoon is on a Venice of America Tour, a relaxing cruise along the riverfront past Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful marinas and piers.

Find a great place to stay in Fort Lauderdale!

Long Beach, CA

Another great 2019 destination for beach bums is Long Beach, a seaside city outside of Los Angeles with so much to see and do. Check out the Aquarium of the Pacific, an exciting destination full of diverse marine life that is fun for all ages. Stunning Catalina Island is just a short and scenic ferry ride away, and well worth the trip. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales along the way! As far as cuisine goes, Long Beach is a seafood devotee’s paradise. Head out on a Beach City Food Tour to sample a variety of the city’s best cuisine. For true fanatics, the annual Long Beach Seafood Festival, held every May, is a can’t-miss.

Find a great place to stay in Long Beach!

Columbus, OH

Columbus is a trendy destination that earned a spot on our list of the best places to travel in 2019 for its vibrant downtown, lush gardens, and beautiful parks. Head to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens or the Topiary Garden for a relaxing and beautiful stroll among flowers and lush plant life. Explore downtown with a local expert on a Columbus Short North Walking Tour, learning history, touring art galleries, and stopping by other local hotspots. If you can, catch a show at the historic and elegant Ohio Theater, where you can see anything from Broadway shows to live concerts.

Find a great place to stay in Columbus!

Healdsburg, CA

In the heart of Wine Country, Healdsburg is a destination for the ultimate foodie. This beautiful town full of sprawling vineyards and beautiful parks boasts more than a few Michelin star restaurants! There’s Single Thread, Madrona Manor, Chalkboard, and Bravas Bar de Tapas, and you can try them all during your stay. Experience some of Healdsburg’s premium wines paired with delectable cuisines on a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Guided Walking Tour. There’s much to do when you’re not eating or drinking, too, like an afternoon spent at scenic Lake Sonoma. For a memorable outing, consider booking a Sonoma Horseback-Riding Tour, a relaxing ride complete with unforgettable views of Wine Country.

Find a great place to stay in Healdsburg!

Louisville, KY

Louisville, home of the world famous Kentucky Derby, is a colorful Southern city that’s only growing better with time, earning its place as one of the top places to travel in the US this year. If you can’t make it here to see the historic horse race in person, the Kentucky Derby Museum is the next best thing. Plan a visit to the Louisville Mega Cavern, the world’s only underground zipline tour, for a super fun and unique experience. This city’s booming craft beer scene is not to be missed, and you can sample a wide range of local beers from several breweries on a Derby City Beer Tour.

Find a great place to stay in Louisville!

Bend, OR

Beautiful Bend is the ideal destination for travelers looking to get outdoors and explore one of the US’s natural gems. Because there is so much beauty to behold here, photography tours are popular attractions. Explore and photograph some of the most stunning spots in the Oregon high desert by day or night with a local guide from the Cascade Center of Photography in tow. Visit Newberry National Volcanic Monument to gaze in awe at perfectly preserved volcanic material and an enormous lava cave you can trek through. If you can make it to Bend in mid-July, you’ll get to experience the annual Bend Summer Festival, a city-wide celebration with artists, live performers, craftsmen, and an enormous international marketplace.

Find a great place to stay in Bend!

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo is evolving into an exciting hotspot for art, cuisine, history, and culture. During your visit, try a Greatest Hits Bike Tour to see some of the city’s most fascinating architecture and learn some of Buffalo’s underground history. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time upon entering the Ellicott Square Building, another incredible architectural attraction. Buffalo is just under a half hour drive from Niagara Falls, and well worth the trip. On a Niagara Falls USA Fireworks Tour, you’ll get to experience the beauty of the falls at night and watch as a fireworks display explodes overhead.

Find a great place to stay in Buffalo!

Greenville, SC

A thriving city flanked by the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville is a worthy addition to our list of the top places to visit in the US this year. It boasts a colorful art scene, diverse cuisine, great shopping, and dozens of museums and landmarks. The heart of the city was named one of America’s Best Downtowns by Forbes Magazine, and for good reason. Be sure to visit Liberty Bridge, an incredible pedestrian suspension bridge with an unparalleled view of the Reedy River Falls, a waterfall that flows right through the center of town. Visit Greenville in mid-July to experience the Hot Air Balloon Festival, just minutes from downtown!

Find a great place to stay in Greenville!

St. Petersburg, FL

Nicknamed the “Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg is a warm and pleasant beach town on Florida’s Gulf Coast with much to see and do. Springtime visitors won’t want to miss the St. Petersburg Mainsail Arts Festival, a joyful celebration with artists, food, live music, and entertainment. There’s a lot to do out on the water in St. Petersburg, like this Mangrove Kayak Tour, or a Stand up Pedalboard Tour where you’re likely to spot dolphins and manatees. On a St. Petersburg Speedboat Adventure, you’ll take the wheel of your very own speedboat, exploring the coastline in style.

Find a great place to stay in St. Petersburg!

Birmingham, AL

A staple of the South full of history, music, culture, and soul food, Birmingham is a charming Southern escape. Birmingham played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement and is home to several sites on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail including the 16th Street Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park. Regardless of when you visit, you won’t want to miss out on Birmingham’s incredible cuisine, and a Best of Bham Food and Drink Tour will take the guesswork out of finding the city’s greatest eats. On a Historical Highlights Tour, you’ll spend a memorable afternoon learning about Birmingham’s rich history, including local secrets you won’t find in the guidebooks.

Find a great place to stay in Birmingham!

Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff is the ideal getaway for those seeking stunning natural surroundings and fascinating cultural attractions. Visit the Wupatki National Monument, an ancient pueblo located near the San Francisco Peaks that is a must-see for history lovers. Embark on an unforgettable hike through Flagstaff’s Lava River Cave; just be sure to bring a flashlight! Book a Monument Valley Tour and spend the day marveling at stunning red rock formations like the Painted Desert Cliffs or the Elephant Feet rock pillars.

Find a great place to stay in Flagstaff!

Fort Collins, CO

Surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks, Fort Collins is a charming town full of local pubs and dining spots, boutiques, and endless natural beauty. Visit Cache La Poudre River for a simple photo-op, a hike, or even a whitewater rafting adventure! Fort Collins has been affectionately nicknamed “the Napa Valley of beer,” and for good reason. Head out on a Fort Collins Bike and Brewery Tour to explore the town as locals do and sample some of Colorado’s best beers at three breweries. Or, if you plan to visit in June, you could attend the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, AKA the craft beer lover’s paradise!

Find a great place to stay in Fort Collins!

Lancaster, PA

Much of the historic farm town of Lancaster looks like it may have been plucked right out of the 1800s. It’s the home of 15th President James Buchanan’s mansion, Wheatland, which you can explore during your visit. Attend the Lancaster Central Market for a colorful display of fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and more from local farmers. Try to catch a show at the Fulton Theatre during your stay—this 165-year-old premier theater produces can’t-miss Broadway plays and musicals.

Find a great place to stay in Lancaster!

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque is a truly unique destination with a wide range of attractions, from its rich history and culture to its gorgeous red rock surroundings. Every October, the International Balloon Fiesta sees over 500 hot air balloons rising up at dawn, with spectators watching below and attending fun evening celebrations like the “glowdeo.” To get in on your own hot air balloon experience, book a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight to watch the sun rise along the Rio Grande from high above, making for a special and totally unforgettable outing. Back on solid ground, don’t miss the mind-blowing Petroglyph National Monument, where you can view up to 15,000 prehistoric rock art images preserved along a canyon just outside the city.

Find a great place to stay in Albuquerque!

Madison, WI

Madison has earned its place on our list of the top places to visit in the US for its charming downtown full of cafes, bookstores, pubs, and restaurants. In fact, this college town has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the US! Visiting foodies will enjoy a Capital City Food Tour, where you’ll explore the city through its food while learning about its history and culture. One of Madison’s most popular attractions is the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, an oasis of lush plant life, herbs, perennials, and roses. During the summer months, you can join in a Historic Architecture Tour, a very popular attraction for locals and visitors alike, to learn some of the rich history of Madison’s neighborhoods.

Find a great place to stay near Madison!


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25 Best Family Beach Vacations To Take With Kids In The USA https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2019/02/15/25-best-family-beach-vacations-to-take-with-kids-in-the-usa/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:36:10 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=23043 When you hear the words “best family beach vacations,” what do you picture? For some families, it might be a tranquil spot of sand without any crowds. For others, it might be an action-packed destination with rides and never-ending entertainment. No matter what you decide, these 25 top family beach getaways will please everyone in your group, from the young to the young at heart. When it comes to comfortably accommodating the whole family, a vacation rental is tough to beat. You’ll have extra space to fit everyone, plus handy amenities such as a full kitchen, laundry, and perhaps even a private pool! Whether you prefer a spacious luxury rental or a cozy beachfront cottage, you’ll find that the destinations below offer all types of properties available to book right on FlipKey. From the rugged coast of Maine to the sandy shores of San Diego, here are the 25 best family beach vacations in America! Wellfleet, MA The peaceful and rugged seashore of Marconi Beach is a kid-friendly staple for a family beach vacation in Wellfleet. Bring your own entertainment, too—and no, that doesn’t include anything with a screen. Sand-castle building and shallow-water swimming will keep everyone happily occupied on this beautiful stretch of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Find a place to stay in Wellfleet! Ocean City, MD Ocean City is an ideal spot for a family beach vacation. Famous for its salt water taffy, three-mile boardwalk, and seemingly endless opportunities for kid-friendly fun, Ocean City Beach is undoubtedly one of the best beaches to spend your time with the kids. The large, local beach and action-packed Jolly Roger Amusement Park give you and your family plenty to enjoy. Find a place to stay in Ocean City! Wildwood, NJ Stretching for five miles across New Jersey’s calming shores is the city of Wildwood—and its great namesake: Wildwood Beach. This family-friendly seaside destination is one of the best spots to vacation with kids in the United States. With miles and miles of boardwalk fun, a huge stretch of sand, and a lively family-owned amusement park, you can never get bored! There really is something for everyone in Wildwood, no matter your age. Find a place to stay in Wildwood! Myrtle Beach, SC Great beaches, family-friendly dining, and lots of oceanfront rentals make Myrtle Beach a hotspot for beach vacations with kids. When the little ones grow tired of playing in the sand, there are plenty of amusement parks and water sports to keep them entertained. Just don’t forget to make a stop on the promenade for an added dose of family fun! Find a place to stay in Myrtle Beach! Corolla, NC If you’re looking for a slow-paced family beach vacation, look no further than the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This beautiful, charming stretch of peaceful sand is ideal for relaxing by the sea with the kids. Currituck Beach is one spot where the whole family will love to get some peace and quiet, and maybe even watch wild horses roaming. Of course, there are still plenty of other ways to keep busy with surfing, jet ski rentals, and other water sport activities readily available. Find a place to stay in Corolla! Barnstable, MA If you like long walks on the beach, look no further than Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable. At six miles long, it’s the longest beach on Cape Cod—and one of the most peaceful, too. As you pass by the shoreline, all you’ll see is a snack bar, sea birds, and tide pools, making it the perfect place for a tranquil beach vacation with the kids. Find a place to stay in Barnstable! Seaside, FL Seaside Beach is an idyllic spot for a fun family beach vacation in Florida. It’s situated away from the crowds, with beautiful blue waters and plenty of shops and dining. Put the kids in surf school or lounge around together in the ocean all day for the perfect family vacation. Find a place to stay in Seaside! Old Orchard Beach, ME Palace Playland is top kid-friendly draw on Old Orchard Beach, the only beach in all of New England with an oceanfront amusement park. While your kids aren’t laughing with delight on the merry-go-rounds and thrill rides, they can check out games and sample snacks on the 500-foot pier, take easy hikes through the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, or play in the gentle surf and sand that make Old Orchard Beach a long-standing family favorite. Find a place to stay in Old Orchard Beach! Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach is an iconic and classic seaside getaway with stunning beaches, a vibrant boardwalk, and lots of amusement rides that will tire the kids out by sundown. If you want to get away from the crowds for a bit, head to the quaint Sandbridge Beach for some untouched sand. Or, you can try out some exciting water sports together as a family. Whatever it is that you choose, Virginia Beach is one of the best family beach vacations out there. Find a place to stay in Virginia Beach! Rockaway Beach, OR At Rockaway Beach, crabbing is the name of the game. Come during peak crabbing season (starting in mid-December) to enjoy the full bounty of Dungeness crab that the area is known for—Kelly’s Brighton Marina is a top pick for freshly-prepared catch. If you’re not into crabbing, you can still enjoy long walks and beautiful views at Rockaway Beach Wayside. Find a place to stay in Rockaway Beach! Edmonds, WA Located just 18 miles north of Seattle, Edmonds is the perfect family weekend getaway for a taste of coastal Washington charm. Stroll past locally-owned boutiques and scrumptious restaurants and cafes in the picturesque downtown—grown-ups will especially love the grain-to-glass pours at Scratch Distillery. Don’t miss the views at Stamm Overlook Park, or any of the half-dozen beaches lining the shores (Marina Beach Park is a favorite). If you’re visiting on a rainy day, the kids will love the small-but-mighty exhibits at the Cascadia Art Museum. Find a place to stay in Edmonds! Captiva Island, FL Captiva Island is tiny and idyllic, and sometimes it seems too good to be true. It’s the perfect place for a family beach vacation—no stress, no worries, and plenty to do. Families with kids of all ages can take to the seas after attending Offshore Sailing School, then regain your land-legs while shelling on Captiva Pass. Find a place to stay in Captiva Island! Honolulu, HI Honolulu has everything, from boogie boarding and surfing to swimming, sunbathing and diving. Bring the kids along for a walk down Waikiki Beach and dip your toes into the crystal clear waters after they have a taste of Oahu’s watersports—try snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. Between the perfect weather, beautiful views, and all that there is to experience, Honolulu makes for one dreamy family beach vacation. Find a place to stay in Honolulu! Hollywood, FL Hollywood is regularly rated as one of the best family beach vacation destinations not just in Florida, but in the whole country. It makes the most of its prime real estate between Fort Lauderdale and Miami with its Broadwalk, a 2½-mile-long stretch of wide, brick-paved, multi-purpose path filled with cyclers, joggers, skaters, and even Segwayers. You and the kids can join in on the fun, or sit back and watch from one of the many restaurants, shops, and breweries lining the way. And don’t forget to visit Hollywood Beach, too! Find a place to stay in Hollywood! Coronado, CA Drive down the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge from San Diego to reach this idyllic island, just minutes from downtown San Diego. Coronado makes a great San Diego day trip—or even a jumping off point for a more adventurous option such as a deep-sea fishing charter. When it comes to beaches, Coronado takes the crown. From dog-friendly North Beach to the views and picnic tables that make Silver Strand State Beach a popular option to hang out, Coronado Island has some of the best family beach spots in Southern California. Find a place to stay in Coronado! Hampton, VA Hampton, Virginia—with its pint-sized-but-stunning Buckroe Beach—is an ideal location for a beach vacation with kids. At only ¾ of a mile long, the beach is small enough for you to easily keep an eye on the little ones while enjoying the waves. Look out for special events like live music and movie nights during warm months, or take advantage of its prime location in historic Hampton to enjoy all sorts of family-friendly attractions like the Virginia Air and Space Center and Fort Monroe National Monument. Find a place to stay in Hampton! Rehoboth Beach, DE Rehoboth Beach can be summed up in one word: Funland. This iconic amusement park has been providing beachfront thrills for generations—head to the boardwalk to enjoy a wide variety of games, rides, and kid-friendly amusements that are fun for the whole family. Afterward, stroll down the boardwalk to pick up Dolle’s famous salt water taffy or jump into the waves. Find a place to stay in Rehoboth Beach! Tybee Island, GA For families looking for a calming beachside retreat, Tybee Island has everything you could think of. The kids will have a blast, from paddleboarding and surf lessons to exploring along the pier that stretches out into the Atlantic. Wander around North Beach or swim along the beautiful South Beach, a local favorite. No matter what you choose to do, it’s one of the best family beach vacations to take with kids in all of the USA. Find a place to stay in Tybee Island! Santa Monica, CA Santa Monica is a vibrant California hotspot for families in search of a kid-friendly beach. With more than three miles of white sand, a 26-mile bike path and the iconic Santa Monica Pier, there is endless fun to be had. Take the kids on an electric bike tour along the beach or spend the day sunbathing and snacking at one of the many beachside food shacks. Find a place to stay in Santa Monica! Empire, MI For a family beach vacation with a twist, try Empire. It’s the only spot on our list that sits on a lake—Lake Michigan—rather than an ocean. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less of a fun family destination. Be sure to check out Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, where the kids can tire themselves out climbing over the dunes and you can take in the stunning natural beauty.. Take the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive for a quick overview of the area’s gorgeous sights and views, or bring your teens along for an overnight camping trip on the shores of the Great Lakes. Find a place to stay in Empire! Orange Beach, AL If you want a family beach vacation on the Gulf of Mexico, look no further than Alabama’s Orange Beach. This picturesque destination has everything you’d expect of a gorgeous Gulf Shore destination, from sugary-white sand to sunset cruises and fishing charters. You might even see a gator in the wild if you brave the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Find a place to stay in Orange Beach! Port Saint Lucie, FL For an unforgettable family beach vacation with the kids, Port Saint Lucie won’t disappoint. This thriving community on Florida’s Treasure Coast is not only a bona fide beach destination – it’s also a go-to destination for hiking (try Savanna Preserves State Park or Paleo Hammock Preserve), as well as catching professional-level baseball games at First Data Field. Nearby Jensen Beach is always a hit with families, especially when you go to check out the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. Find a place to stay in Port Saint Lucie! Surfside Beach, SC South Carolina’s Surfside Beach is a beautiful, off-the-beaten-path beach destination that’s ideal for family vacations. Whether the kids want to spend the afternoon in the sparkling ocean, sliding around at the local waterpark, or walking along the beachside pier—there is something for every mood. They can even have some fun with their very own Mermaid Lesson! With the well-earned nickname of “Family Beach,” you and your tribe will adore how kid-friendly this vacation destination truly is. Find a place to stay in Surfside Beach! San Diego, CA Laidback, full of sunshine, and home to beautiful spots like Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, San Diego is known for being one of the country’s best beach destinations—and especially great for a family getaway. Unwind and give yourself time to take in everything this California gem has to offer while the kids try out one of the areas many surf schools. Top attractions include the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway Museum, while this San Diego Seal Tour or Whale Watching Cruise are both kid-favorites. Find a place to stay in San Diego! Corpus Christi, TX Lining the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi is a terrific family beach vacation. Go camping on the beautiful Malaquite Beach, bike riding along White Beach, or bodysurfing at Whitecap Beach. There’s tons to do and plenty to keep everyone satisfied. It’s the ultimate kid-friendly spot, perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying some old-fashioned family fun! Find a place to stay in Corpus Christi! This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.

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When you hear the words “best family beach vacations,” what do you picture? For some families, it might be a tranquil spot of sand without any crowds. For others, it might be an action-packed destination with rides and never-ending entertainment. No matter what you decide, these 25 top family beach getaways will please everyone in your group, from the young to the young at heart.

When it comes to comfortably accommodating the whole family, a vacation rental is tough to beat. You’ll have extra space to fit everyone, plus handy amenities such as a full kitchen, laundry, and perhaps even a private pool! Whether you prefer a spacious luxury rental or a cozy beachfront cottage, you’ll find that the destinations below offer all types of properties available to book right on FlipKey.

From the rugged coast of Maine to the sandy shores of San Diego, here are the 25 best family beach vacations in America!

Wellfleet, MA

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The peaceful and rugged seashore of Marconi Beach is a kid-friendly staple for a family beach vacation in Wellfleet. Bring your own entertainment, too—and no, that doesn’t include anything with a screen. Sand-castle building and shallow-water swimming will keep everyone happily occupied on this beautiful stretch of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

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Ocean City, MD

Ocean City is an ideal spot for a family beach vacation. Famous for its salt water taffy, three-mile boardwalk, and seemingly endless opportunities for kid-friendly fun, Ocean City Beach is undoubtedly one of the best beaches to spend your time with the kids. The large, local beach and action-packed Jolly Roger Amusement Park give you and your family plenty to enjoy.

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Wildwood, NJ

Stretching for five miles across New Jersey’s calming shores is the city of Wildwood—and its great namesake: Wildwood Beach. This family-friendly seaside destination is one of the best spots to vacation with kids in the United States. With miles and miles of boardwalk fun, a huge stretch of sand, and a lively family-owned amusement park, you can never get bored! There really is something for everyone in Wildwood, no matter your age.

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Myrtle Beach, SC

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

Great beaches, family-friendly dining, and lots of oceanfront rentals make Myrtle Beach a hotspot for beach vacations with kids. When the little ones grow tired of playing in the sand, there are plenty of amusement parks and water sports to keep them entertained. Just don’t forget to make a stop on the promenade for an added dose of family fun!

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Corolla, NC

Wild horses on Corolla Beach, North Carolina

If you’re looking for a slow-paced family beach vacation, look no further than the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This beautiful, charming stretch of peaceful sand is ideal for relaxing by the sea with the kids. Currituck Beach is one spot where the whole family will love to get some peace and quiet, and maybe even watch wild horses roaming. Of course, there are still plenty of other ways to keep busy with surfing, jet ski rentals, and other water sport activities readily available.

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Barnstable, MA

If you like long walks on the beach, look no further than Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable. At six miles long, it’s the longest beach on Cape Cod—and one of the most peaceful, too. As you pass by the shoreline, all you’ll see is a snack bar, sea birds, and tide pools, making it the perfect place for a tranquil beach vacation with the kids.

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Seaside, FL

Seaside Beach is an idyllic spot for a fun family beach vacation in Florida. It’s situated away from the crowds, with beautiful blue waters and plenty of shops and dining. Put the kids in surf school or lounge around together in the ocean all day for the perfect family vacation.

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Old Orchard Beach, ME

Visit the beach in Maine.

Palace Playland is top kid-friendly draw on Old Orchard Beach, the only beach in all of New England with an oceanfront amusement park. While your kids aren’t laughing with delight on the merry-go-rounds and thrill rides, they can check out games and sample snacks on the 500-foot pier, take easy hikes through the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, or play in the gentle surf and sand that make Old Orchard Beach a long-standing family favorite.

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Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach is an iconic and classic seaside getaway with stunning beaches, a vibrant boardwalk, and lots of amusement rides that will tire the kids out by sundown. If you want to get away from the crowds for a bit, head to the quaint Sandbridge Beach for some untouched sand. Or, you can try out some exciting water sports together as a family. Whatever it is that you choose, Virginia Beach is one of the best family beach vacations out there.

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Rockaway Beach, OR

At Rockaway Beach, crabbing is the name of the game. Come during peak crabbing season (starting in mid-December) to enjoy the full bounty of Dungeness crab that the area is known for—Kelly’s Brighton Marina is a top pick for freshly-prepared catch. If you’re not into crabbing, you can still enjoy long walks and beautiful views at Rockaway Beach Wayside.

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Edmonds, WA

Located just 18 miles north of Seattle, Edmonds is the perfect family weekend getaway for a taste of coastal Washington charm. Stroll past locally-owned boutiques and scrumptious restaurants and cafes in the picturesque downtown—grown-ups will especially love the grain-to-glass pours at Scratch Distillery. Don’t miss the views at Stamm Overlook Park, or any of the half-dozen beaches lining the shores (Marina Beach Park is a favorite). If you’re visiting on a rainy day, the kids will love the small-but-mighty exhibits at the Cascadia Art Museum.

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Captiva Island, FL

Captiva Island is tiny and idyllic, and sometimes it seems too good to be true. It’s the perfect place for a family beach vacation—no stress, no worries, and plenty to do. Families with kids of all ages can take to the seas after attending Offshore Sailing School, then regain your land-legs while shelling on Captiva Pass.

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Honolulu, HI

Honolulu has everything, from boogie boarding and surfing to swimming, sunbathing and diving. Bring the kids along for a walk down Waikiki Beach and dip your toes into the crystal clear waters after they have a taste of Oahu’s watersports—try snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. Between the perfect weather, beautiful views, and all that there is to experience, Honolulu makes for one dreamy family beach vacation.

Find a place to stay in Honolulu!

Hollywood, FL

Hollywood is regularly rated as one of the best family beach vacation destinations not just in Florida, but in the whole country. It makes the most of its prime real estate between Fort Lauderdale and Miami with its Broadwalk, a 2½-mile-long stretch of wide, brick-paved, multi-purpose path filled with cyclers, joggers, skaters, and even Segwayers. You and the kids can join in on the fun, or sit back and watch from one of the many restaurants, shops, and breweries lining the way. And don’t forget to visit Hollywood Beach, too!

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Coronado, CA

Drive down the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge from San Diego to reach this idyllic island, just minutes from downtown San Diego. Coronado makes a great San Diego day trip—or even a jumping off point for a more adventurous option such as a deep-sea fishing charter. When it comes to beaches, Coronado takes the crown. From dog-friendly North Beach to the views and picnic tables that make Silver Strand State Beach a popular option to hang out, Coronado Island has some of the best family beach spots in Southern California.

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Hampton, VA

Hampton, Virginia—with its pint-sized-but-stunning Buckroe Beach—is an ideal location for a beach vacation with kids. At only ¾ of a mile long, the beach is small enough for you to easily keep an eye on the little ones while enjoying the waves. Look out for special events like live music and movie nights during warm months, or take advantage of its prime location in historic Hampton to enjoy all sorts of family-friendly attractions like the Virginia Air and Space Center and Fort Monroe National Monument.

Find a place to stay in Hampton!

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Rehoboth Beach can be summed up in one word: Funland. This iconic amusement park has been providing beachfront thrills for generations—head to the boardwalk to enjoy a wide variety of games, rides, and kid-friendly amusements that are fun for the whole family. Afterward, stroll down the boardwalk to pick up Dolle’s famous salt water taffy or jump into the waves.

Find a place to stay in Rehoboth Beach!

Tybee Island, GA

For families looking for a calming beachside retreat, Tybee Island has everything you could think of. The kids will have a blast, from paddleboarding and surf lessons to exploring along the pier that stretches out into the Atlantic. Wander around North Beach or swim along the beautiful South Beach, a local favorite. No matter what you choose to do, it’s one of the best family beach vacations to take with kids in all of the USA.

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Santa Monica, CA

Locals and visitors alike have fun spending the afternoon at the Santa Monica Pier, a famous Los Angeles tourist attraction.

Santa Monica is a vibrant California hotspot for families in search of a kid-friendly beach. With more than three miles of white sand, a 26-mile bike path and the iconic Santa Monica Pier, there is endless fun to be had. Take the kids on an electric bike tour along the beach or spend the day sunbathing and snacking at one of the many beachside food shacks.

Find a place to stay in Santa Monica!

Empire, MI

For a family beach vacation with a twist, try Empire. It’s the only spot on our list that sits on a lake—Lake Michigan—rather than an ocean. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less of a fun family destination. Be sure to check out Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, where the kids can tire themselves out climbing over the dunes and you can take in the stunning natural beauty.. Take the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive for a quick overview of the area’s gorgeous sights and views, or bring your teens along for an overnight camping trip on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Find a place to stay in Empire!

Orange Beach, AL

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If you want a family beach vacation on the Gulf of Mexico, look no further than Alabama’s Orange Beach. This picturesque destination has everything you’d expect of a gorgeous Gulf Shore destination, from sugary-white sand to sunset cruises and fishing charters. You might even see a gator in the wild if you brave the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail.

Find a place to stay in Orange Beach!

Port Saint Lucie, FL

For an unforgettable family beach vacation with the kids, Port Saint Lucie won’t disappoint. This thriving community on Florida’s Treasure Coast is not only a bona fide beach destination – it’s also a go-to destination for hiking (try Savanna Preserves State Park or Paleo Hammock Preserve), as well as catching professional-level baseball games at First Data Field. Nearby Jensen Beach is always a hit with families, especially when you go to check out the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast.

Find a place to stay in Port Saint Lucie!

Surfside Beach, SC

South Carolina’s Surfside Beach is a beautiful, off-the-beaten-path beach destination that’s ideal for family vacations. Whether the kids want to spend the afternoon in the sparkling ocean, sliding around at the local waterpark, or walking along the beachside pier—there is something for every mood. They can even have some fun with their very own Mermaid Lesson! With the well-earned nickname of “Family Beach,” you and your tribe will adore how kid-friendly this vacation destination truly is.

Find a place to stay in Surfside Beach!

San Diego, CA

Laidback, full of sunshine, and home to beautiful spots like Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, San Diego is known for being one of the country’s best beach destinations—and especially great for a family getaway. Unwind and give yourself time to take in everything this California gem has to offer while the kids try out one of the areas many surf schools. Top attractions include the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway Museum, while this San Diego Seal Tour or Whale Watching Cruise are both kid-favorites.

Find a place to stay in San Diego!

Corpus Christi, TX

Lining the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi is a terrific family beach vacation. Go camping on the beautiful Malaquite Beach, bike riding along White Beach, or bodysurfing at Whitecap Beach. There’s tons to do and plenty to keep everyone satisfied. It’s the ultimate kid-friendly spot, perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying some old-fashioned family fun!

Find a place to stay in Corpus Christi!


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The World’s 15 Most Romantic Island Getaways For Couples https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2019/02/05/the-worlds-15-most-romantic-island-getaways-for-couples/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 17:37:09 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=23023 Romance. They say you can find it anywhere if you’re with the right person. But to see it truly flourish, it helps to be in the right place—whether near or far, celebrating a special occasion, or simply escaping the bustle of everyday life. Enter the world’s most romantic island getaways. You can thank us later… Best Islands For Romance We’ve rounded up 15 islands we think are just right for a romantic vacation, and there are some pretty dreamy destinations to choose from! Some offer a slower pace of life ideal for tranquility and relaxation, others are exciting playgrounds abuzz with adventurous activities. All of them have the benefits of good weather, pristine water views, and the warm, warm welcome that islanders are famous for. When it comes to finding a great place to stay, FlipKey has you covered with an array of bookable rental properties. A Palawan bamboo cabin on the beach, a luxury villa in St. Lucia, or a historic house on Mackinac Island, perhaps? With a private rental, you have the luxury of extra space (always a plus, even when it’s just the two of you). You’ll be able to come and go as you please, enjoy amenities such as a pool or a patio, and even prepare candlelit meals if that’s your thing—all in the blissful seclusion of your own rental. Rental homes can offer great value for money, even in the more upscale destinations mentioned below, so a taste of the high life might be closer to your budget than you think. That could leave you more to spend on that sunset cruise, waterfall tour, or a soak in the hot springs. Ready to dive in? Here are some of the most romantic islands in the world for a perfect couples getaway. Palawan, Philippines The unspoiled archipelago of Palawan is a real treat, with its white beaches, karst outcrops, and pristine waters waiting to be explored. Try this underground tour of the Puerto Princesa Underground River and marvel at its stalactites on an unhurried, small-group excursion. And what could be more romantic than an evening gliding by boat while fireflies light the way? The area is famed for its food, although you may have to step outside your comfort zone for certain dishes—minced crocodile, anyone? Find a great place to stay in Palawan Capri, Italy Capri is all about the good life, with stunning views, lovely coves, and decidedly upscale shopping all making it worthy among the world’s most romantic island getaways. Don’t miss the Blue Grotto and a taste of the local limoncello. For a special treat for your significant other, you could book a private couples’ boat tour of the island, including lunch, wine, and time to stop and snorkel. The best part: it’s reserved for just the two of you and your guide. Find a great place to stay in Capri Catalina Island, California, USA This sunny Californian isle offers beaches, diving, and wildlife spotting, as well as the popular Art Deco Catalina Casino. You could start your visit with a small-group guided trip around Avalon city, a relaxed food and walking tour, or spend the day diving, swimming, and snorkeling, just the two of you. If your idea of romance comes with a bit more energy, try swinging 600 feet above sea level on this fantastic ziplining eco tour. Find a great place to stay in Catalina St. Lucia, Caribbean With its gorgeous rainforest, volcanic beaches, and fine dining, St. Lucia is an obvious choice for a romantic island getaway. You can spend a day exploring your surroundings by catamaran, stopping for a romantic walk through the tropical greenery of the Diamond Botanical Gardens. Or you could opt for champagne and hors d’oeuvres on a sunset cruise. Get closer to some of St. Lucia’s most fascinating residents, such as the jacquot parrot, on this small-group aerial tram tour. Find a great place to stay in St. Lucia Tahiti, French Polynesia Tahiti’s gorgeous landscape—made up of two joined islands—has beaches of black sand, volcanoes, lagoons, and homes perfectly perched above the blue waters. Get your bearings, along with some awesome views, on a Tahiti island tour, which includes the lovely waterfalls and tropical flowers of the Vaipahi Gardens. There’s even an excursion for watching the huge waves break at Teahupoo—maybe with a glimpse a surfer or two taking on the challenge. Find a great place to stay in Tahiti Maui, Hawaii, USA Maui is no doubt one of the most romantic islands in the world, with its famous sunrises and sunsets, and its magnificent beaches. You can catch one of those sunsets on a dinner cruise with evening views to die for, or you could snorkel around the Turtle Arches reef on this boating and snorkelling excursion. To see the island views from the sky, book a helicopter tour and soar over Molokai and Maui. Find a great place to stay in Maui Moorea, French Polynesia West of Tahiti is the smaller island of Moorea, with its lovely lagoon and white-sand beaches. There’s plenty to see here: follow hiking trails up into the lush hillsides for views across the water, try a twin jet ski tour with a guide, including the chance to swim with sharks and stingrays, or take a tour on a transparent kayak over the warm waters of the Moorea lagoon. Find a great place to stay in Moorea Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands It’s easy to dial up the romance when you’re visiting beautiful Virgin Gorda. Book a sunset catamaran cruise, including some leisurely snorkelling, or for bigger budgets there’s this private sunset sail. Don’t miss The Baths, the island’s most famous natural landmark, made up of smoothed granite boulders forming pools, arches, and atmospheric tunnels. Find a great place to stay in Virgin Gorda Santorini, Greece Santorini, famous for its bright white and blue houses stacked up into the hillsides, is another incredible (albeit quite well-known!) spot for a romantic island getaway. You can combine a volcanic hike and romantic dip in the hot springs on this three-hour tour. The hot springs are also on the agenda as part of this sunset catamaran cruise, which sets aside time for swimming or snorkelling along the coastline, a Greek barbecue, and breathtaking views at sunset. For something a little different, escape the beaten track on this tour of the locality’s hidden gems. Find a great place to stay in Santorini St. Barthelemy, Caribbean This world-class romantic island getaway attracts the rich and famous to its soft sands, cliffs and coves, and fragrant gardens. You’ll see more than a few exclusive yachts bobbing in Gustavia’s harbor and maybe a few famous faces, too. You’ll undoubtedly be drawn to the island’s beaches (22 in all)—keep an eye out for humpback whales and sea turtles. Shell Beach is recommended for romantic wanderings and beachcombing for sea-polished treasures. Find a great place to stay in St. Barthelemy Bali, Indonesia One of the most romantic islands on our list is Bali, with its fantastic food, historic temples, and idyllic beaches, not to mention its inquisitive monkey residents. See them on this private Ubud tour, complete with romantic tumbling waterfalls and hot springs. You can also swim with moray eels and butterfly fish on this snorkelling experience. Find a great place to stay in Bali Mauritius, Africa Coral reefs, sandy beaches, unforgettable food—welcome to Mauritius! There’s plenty for romantic souls to get up to here: join a day trip to Bénitiers Island and see dolphins swimming about, enjoy a full-day catamaran cruise, or book a day excursion around southern Mauritius, taking in wildlife, traditional Mauritian fare, and the Saint Aubin sugar estate. Find a great place to stay in Mauritius Seychelles, Africa This is a famously upscale destination for honeymooners, but there are deals to be had when you sidestep the pricier accommodation and book a private home instead. You can learn about the marine life of this Indian Ocean idyll on a boat trip to St Anne Marine Park, which includes time for lounging on the beach, swimming, and snorkelling. Or you could hop on a half-day tour of Victoria’s landmarks. Find a great place to stay in the Seychelles Bonaire, Caribbean The peaceful island of Bonaire is another top choice for a romantic island getaway. It’s particularly favored by divers, and you can also try adventurous activities such as kitesurfing and windsurfing. Check out Bonaire National Marine Park and snorkel around its stunning coral reefs. First-time visitors will love this three-hour tour of Bonaire taking in its main villages, Lake Gotomeer with its resident flamingos, and the salt flats in the south. Find a great place to stay in Bonaire Islamorada, Florida, USA This is the place for tranquil fishing sessions and eco reef adventures, or soaring up, up, and away to grab some amazing aerial views on a parasailing tour over the Keys. Head out to Indian Key State Historic Site to hike, snorkel, and see wading birds paddling about. Find a great place to stay in Islamorada Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA We round out our most romantic island getaways with arguably the biggest “hidden gem” destination on the list. But don’t sleep on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, a true American treasure. This blissfully car-free zone on Lake Huron is best explored on two wheels, so hire a couple of bikes or electric scooters and get pedaling. Or why not increase the romance factor with a horse-drawn carriage tour? There are plenty of activities to enjoy: take advantage of the boat tours and water sports, or stay inland for a few peaceful rounds of golf. Find a great place to stay in Mackinac Island This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.

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Romance. They say you can find it anywhere if you’re with the right person. But to see it truly flourish, it helps to be in the right place—whether near or far, celebrating a special occasion, or simply escaping the bustle of everyday life. Enter the world’s most romantic island getaways. You can thank us later…

Best Islands For Romance

We’ve rounded up 15 islands we think are just right for a romantic vacation, and there are some pretty dreamy destinations to choose from! Some offer a slower pace of life ideal for tranquility and relaxation, others are exciting playgrounds abuzz with adventurous activities. All of them have the benefits of good weather, pristine water views, and the warm, warm welcome that islanders are famous for.

When it comes to finding a great place to stay, FlipKey has you covered with an array of bookable rental properties. A Palawan bamboo cabin on the beach, a luxury villa in St. Lucia, or a historic house on Mackinac Island, perhaps? With a private rental, you have the luxury of extra space (always a plus, even when it’s just the two of you). You’ll be able to come and go as you please, enjoy amenities such as a pool or a patio, and even prepare candlelit meals if that’s your thing—all in the blissful seclusion of your own rental. Rental homes can offer great value for money, even in the more upscale destinations mentioned below, so a taste of the high life might be closer to your budget than you think. That could leave you more to spend on that sunset cruise, waterfall tour, or a soak in the hot springs.

Ready to dive in? Here are some of the most romantic islands in the world for a perfect couples getaway.

Palawan, Philippines

The unspoiled archipelago of Palawan is a real treat, with its white beaches, karst outcrops, and pristine waters waiting to be explored. Try this underground tour of the Puerto Princesa Underground River and marvel at its stalactites on an unhurried, small-group excursion. And what could be more romantic than an evening gliding by boat while fireflies light the way? The area is famed for its food, although you may have to step outside your comfort zone for certain dishes—minced crocodile, anyone?

Find a great place to stay in Palawan

Capri, Italy

Capri is all about the good life, with stunning views, lovely coves, and decidedly upscale shopping all making it worthy among the world’s most romantic island getaways. Don’t miss the Blue Grotto and a taste of the local limoncello. For a special treat for your significant other, you could book a private couples’ boat tour of the island, including lunch, wine, and time to stop and snorkel. The best part: it’s reserved for just the two of you and your guide.

Find a great place to stay in Capri

Catalina Island, California, USA

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This sunny Californian isle offers beaches, diving, and wildlife spotting, as well as the popular Art Deco Catalina Casino. You could start your visit with a small-group guided trip around Avalon city, a relaxed food and walking tour, or spend the day diving, swimming, and snorkeling, just the two of you. If your idea of romance comes with a bit more energy, try swinging 600 feet above sea level on this fantastic ziplining eco tour.

Find a great place to stay in Catalina

St. Lucia, Caribbean

Sit on the balcony overlooking Marigot Bay in St. Lucia.

With its gorgeous rainforest, volcanic beaches, and fine dining, St. Lucia is an obvious choice for a romantic island getaway. You can spend a day exploring your surroundings by catamaran, stopping for a romantic walk through the tropical greenery of the Diamond Botanical Gardens. Or you could opt for champagne and hors d’oeuvres on a sunset cruise. Get closer to some of St. Lucia’s most fascinating residents, such as the jacquot parrot, on this small-group aerial tram tour.

Find a great place to stay in St. Lucia

Tahiti, French Polynesia

Tahiti’s gorgeous landscape—made up of two joined islands—has beaches of black sand, volcanoes, lagoons, and homes perfectly perched above the blue waters. Get your bearings, along with some awesome views, on a Tahiti island tour, which includes the lovely waterfalls and tropical flowers of the Vaipahi Gardens. There’s even an excursion for watching the huge waves break at Teahupoo—maybe with a glimpse a surfer or two taking on the challenge.

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Maui, Hawaii, USA

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Maui is no doubt one of the most romantic islands in the world, with its famous sunrises and sunsets, and its magnificent beaches. You can catch one of those sunsets on a dinner cruise with evening views to die for, or you could snorkel around the Turtle Arches reef on this boating and snorkelling excursion. To see the island views from the sky, book a helicopter tour and soar over Molokai and Maui.

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Moorea, French Polynesia

West of Tahiti is the smaller island of Moorea, with its lovely lagoon and white-sand beaches. There’s plenty to see here: follow hiking trails up into the lush hillsides for views across the water, try a twin jet ski tour with a guide, including the chance to swim with sharks and stingrays, or take a tour on a transparent kayak over the warm waters of the Moorea lagoon.

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Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

It’s easy to dial up the romance when you’re visiting beautiful Virgin Gorda. Book a sunset catamaran cruise, including some leisurely snorkelling, or for bigger budgets there’s this private sunset sail. Don’t miss The Baths, the island’s most famous natural landmark, made up of smoothed granite boulders forming pools, arches, and atmospheric tunnels.

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Santorini, Greece

Santorini, famous for its bright white and blue houses stacked up into the hillsides, is another incredible (albeit quite well-known!) spot for a romantic island getaway. You can combine a volcanic hike and romantic dip in the hot springs on this three-hour tour. The hot springs are also on the agenda as part of this sunset catamaran cruise, which sets aside time for swimming or snorkelling along the coastline, a Greek barbecue, and breathtaking views at sunset. For something a little different, escape the beaten track on this tour of the locality’s hidden gems.

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St. Barthelemy, Caribbean

This world-class romantic island getaway attracts the rich and famous to its soft sands, cliffs and coves, and fragrant gardens. You’ll see more than a few exclusive yachts bobbing in Gustavia’s harbor and maybe a few famous faces, too. You’ll undoubtedly be drawn to the island’s beaches (22 in all)—keep an eye out for humpback whales and sea turtles. Shell Beach is recommended for romantic wanderings and beachcombing for sea-polished treasures.

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Bali, Indonesia

One of the most romantic islands on our list is Bali, with its fantastic food, historic temples, and idyllic beaches, not to mention its inquisitive monkey residents. See them on this private Ubud tour, complete with romantic tumbling waterfalls and hot springs. You can also swim with moray eels and butterfly fish on this snorkelling experience.

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Mauritius, Africa

Coral reefs, sandy beaches, unforgettable food—welcome to Mauritius! There’s plenty for romantic souls to get up to here: join a day trip to Bénitiers Island and see dolphins swimming about, enjoy a full-day catamaran cruise, or book a day excursion around southern Mauritius, taking in wildlife, traditional Mauritian fare, and the Saint Aubin sugar estate.

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Seychelles, Africa

This is a famously upscale destination for honeymooners, but there are deals to be had when you sidestep the pricier accommodation and book a private home instead. You can learn about the marine life of this Indian Ocean idyll on a boat trip to St Anne Marine Park, which includes time for lounging on the beach, swimming, and snorkelling. Or you could hop on a half-day tour of Victoria’s landmarks.

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Bonaire, Caribbean

The peaceful island of Bonaire is another top choice for a romantic island getaway. It’s particularly favored by divers, and you can also try adventurous activities such as kitesurfing and windsurfing. Check out Bonaire National Marine Park and snorkel around its stunning coral reefs. First-time visitors will love this three-hour tour of Bonaire taking in its main villages, Lake Gotomeer with its resident flamingos, and the salt flats in the south.

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Islamorada, Florida, USA

This is the place for tranquil fishing sessions and eco reef adventures, or soaring up, up, and away to grab some amazing aerial views on a parasailing tour over the Keys. Head out to Indian Key State Historic Site to hike, snorkel, and see wading birds paddling about.

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Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

We round out our most romantic island getaways with arguably the biggest “hidden gem” destination on the list. But don’t sleep on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, a true American treasure. This blissfully car-free zone on Lake Huron is best explored on two wheels, so hire a couple of bikes or electric scooters and get pedaling. Or why not increase the romance factor with a horse-drawn carriage tour? There are plenty of activities to enjoy: take advantage of the boat tours and water sports, or stay inland for a few peaceful rounds of golf.

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9 Top Caribbean Destinations Your Family Will Love https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2019/01/23/9-top-caribbean-destinations-your-family-will-love/ Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:22:54 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=23018 From sugar-white sands and cerulean seas to thrilling adventures and fruity rum punches, the Caribbean is a tried-and-tested destination for relaxation. It’s a perfect place to treat your family to the ultimate island getaway. To make your trip even more enjoyable, consider staying in a FlipKey vacation rental. It’s no surprise that vacation homes are ideal for families—the extra living space, a full kitchen, and private outdoor area, plus amenities like laundry or a grill. We’ve rounded up nine Caribbean destinations your family will love, each boasting great vacation rental options and stellar guest reviews. From the mountains of St. Lucia to the sun-kissed shores of Turks & Caicos, choose a rental in one of these tropical hot spots and enjoy an authentic island experience. 1. Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands “Peace and tranquility by the sea. Everything you need, and some things you didn’t know you needed, are available in this cottage.” – FlipKey Traveler Ringed by silky sands and blue-green waters, Cayman Brac is an island paradise situated in the Caribbean Sea. Here, you can slip into relaxation mode while lounging along the 12 miles of golden beaches, or explore the rocky bluffs and pockets of caves lining the shore. Venture off the beaten path to discover the island’s natural beauty, or plunge into the surrounding sea for spectacular diving. Known for its stunning scenery and laid-back beach vibes, one thing’s certain: chilling with your family in Cayman Brac will never get old. See all rentals in Cayman Brac from FlipKey! 2. Marigot Bay, St. Lucia “Perfect place in Marigot Bay. We kept pinching ourselves as we stayed in this clean, light, beautiful apartment overlooking the bay.” – FlipKey Traveler Home to the legendary Pitons and lush Pigeon Island National Park, St. Lucia is one of the most beautiful and mountainous islands in the Caribbean. Wake to the sound of birds chirping outside your window and ease into your day on the balcony of your Marigot Bay rental. When you’re ready for an adventure, drive into the depths of the La Soufrière volcano past steaming hot springs and therapeutic mud baths, or hop in a water taxi to explore the island’s secrets. Marigot Bay is perfect for families looking to add an unforgettable excursion (or two!) to their Caribbean getaway. See all rentals in Marigot Bay from FlipKey! 3. East End, St. Thomas “Everything was perfect! We are beach sloths and seafood piggies and this was the best condo for our family at an unbelievably affordable price.” – FlipKey Traveler Dig your toes into the sand and let your worries wash away while on vacation in St. Thomas’s picturesque East End. This part of the island is where you’ll find Red Hook—a delightful community characterized by its red-tiled roof homes—as well as a bustling port that makes island hopping a cinch. Prefer to relax? Unfurl your towel at Sapphire Beach and enjoy a day of sunbathing and snorkeling with your family. No matter how you choose to spend your time, East End is a top-rated Caribbean destination that won’t disappoint! See all rentals in East End from FlipKey! 4. Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines “The lovely environment of the villa with its lovely pool and outdoor areas provided a welcome respite and gathering place for our family.” – FlipKey Traveler Wide, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and dazzling coral reefs grace the shores of Bequia, a lush island in the Grenadines. At only seven square miles, everyone knows everyone here, and it’s the perfect destination for travelers searching for a friendly atmosphere and inviting, small-town feel. Lounge in the sun at Princess Margaret Beach or Lower Bay Beach, or go for a stroll around the village of Port Elizabeth—just don’t be startled by friendly chickens strutting at your feet. As the sun starts to fade on the horizon, head home to your waterfront rental, and pass the time guessing which celebrities are aboard the massive yachts anchored out your window in Admiralty Bay. See all rentals in Bequia from FlipKey! 5. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos “Perfect piece of paradise on Chalk Sound. Our 3-generation family was so happy… Every night was perfect in its own way.” – FlipKey Traveler In Providenciales (“Provo” to the locals), enjoy a breathtaking panorama of blue skies and turquoise surf, right from your seat in the sand. This sun-drenched destination is home to the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award-winning beach, Grace Bay, and is the ultimate place to escape the day-to-day. Dive into the crystal clear waters and explore the miles of coral reef just offshore, or start happy hour early and indulge in some of the island’s signature Rum Punch. See all rentals in Providenciales from FlipKey! 6. Willemstad, Curaçao “Loved it!!!!! The whole trip was awesome. Right from the booking to the day we went home!” – FlipKey Traveler The capital of Curaçao, Willemstad boasts a lively downtown that bursts with colorful colonial architecture, Dutch-inspired landmarks, and a vast array of beach attractions. Float down the city’s winding waterways or stroll down the streets of the Punda and Otrobanda neighborhoods, taking in all that makes Willemstad a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you’re not browsing the packed art galleries or sampling cocktails mixed with the island’s famed Blue Curaçao, retreat to your pastel-colored condo to relax on your balcony. From its historic charm and beautiful beaches to its year-round flawless weather, it’s no surprise that Willemstad ranks on our list of top-rated Caribbean destinations. See all rentals in Willemstad from FlipKey! 7. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic “Sooo AMAZING that we requested to book a second stay <24 hours after returning home!!!” – FlipKey Traveler As soon as you set foot in Punta Cana, you’ll be on island time. Experience the thrill of zip-lining through the jungle, discover the hidden lagoons of Hoyo Azul, or dive into a colorful new world under the water. Up for a challenge? Punta Cana has several world-class golf courses with rolling fairways and contoured greens that are sure to provide a golf outing unlike any other. Whether you spend your days rocking in the hammock at your rental or playing in the surf, you’ll leave Punta Cana absolutely rejuvenated. See all rentals in Punta Cana from FlipKey! 8. Ocho Rios, Jamaica “The best time ever!!! Maurice (the caretaker) had that reggae music pumping for us and we loved it…dancing and singing around the villa! Yea Mon!” – FlipKey Traveler Leaping from Blue Hole waterfall, floating down the White River, and swimming at Bamboo Beach… there are so many ways to make a splash in Ocho Rios. From thrilling adventures to laid-back happy hours, this island oasis will keep you busy for days on end. After a day of fun in the sun, let your mind wander as the breeze carries the rhythmic sound of steel drums through the air. Book a sprawling beach villa right on the water and start counting down the days until your blissful beach getaway. See all rentals in Ocho Rios from FlipKey! 9. Nassau, Bahamas “Our experience was A+! We absolutely LOVED the property, the town and the people we worked with.” – FlipKey Traveler Among the top beach spots in the world, Nassau is the picture of tranquility. Here you’ll find calm, turquoise waters lapping the pristine shores, refreshing Sky Juice (a local favorite) flowing freely, and delectable conch fritters always available. In other words, Nassau offers the ultimate recipe for vacation perfection. Cut through the waves in a catamaran, snorkel with a school of fish, or laze under the sun—the possibilities are endless at this top-rated Caribbean destination! See all rentals in Nassau from FlipKey!

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From sugar-white sands and cerulean seas to thrilling adventures and fruity rum punches, the Caribbean is a tried-and-tested destination for relaxation. It’s a perfect place to treat your family to the ultimate island getaway.

To make your trip even more enjoyable, consider staying in a FlipKey vacation rental. It’s no surprise that vacation homes are ideal for families—the extra living space, a full kitchen, and private outdoor area, plus amenities like laundry or a grill.

We’ve rounded up nine Caribbean destinations your family will love, each boasting great vacation rental options and stellar guest reviews. From the mountains of St. Lucia to the sun-kissed shores of Turks & Caicos, choose a rental in one of these tropical hot spots and enjoy an authentic island experience.

1. Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

A pool overlooks the beach in Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands.

“Peace and tranquility by the sea. Everything you need, and some things you didn’t know you needed, are available in this cottage.” – FlipKey Traveler

Ringed by silky sands and blue-green waters, Cayman Brac is an island paradise situated in the Caribbean Sea. Here, you can slip into relaxation mode while lounging along the 12 miles of golden beaches, or explore the rocky bluffs and pockets of caves lining the shore. Venture off the beaten path to discover the island’s natural beauty, or plunge into the surrounding sea for spectacular diving. Known for its stunning scenery and laid-back beach vibes, one thing’s certain: chilling with your family in Cayman Brac will never get old.

See all rentals in Cayman Brac from FlipKey!

2. Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

Sit on the balcony overlooking Marigot Bay in St. Lucia.

“Perfect place in Marigot Bay. We kept pinching ourselves as we stayed in this clean, light, beautiful apartment overlooking the bay.” – FlipKey Traveler

Home to the legendary Pitons and lush Pigeon Island National Park, St. Lucia is one of the most beautiful and mountainous islands in the Caribbean. Wake to the sound of birds chirping outside your window and ease into your day on the balcony of your Marigot Bay rental. When you’re ready for an adventure, drive into the depths of the La Soufrière volcano past steaming hot springs and therapeutic mud baths, or hop in a water taxi to explore the island’s secrets. Marigot Bay is perfect for families looking to add an unforgettable excursion (or two!) to their Caribbean getaway.

See all rentals in Marigot Bay from FlipKey!

3. East End, St. Thomas

Kayaks sit on the beach in East End, St. Thomas.

“Everything was perfect! We are beach sloths and seafood piggies and this was the best condo for our family at an unbelievably affordable price.” – FlipKey Traveler

Dig your toes into the sand and let your worries wash away while on vacation in St. Thomas’s picturesque East End. This part of the island is where you’ll find Red Hook—a delightful community characterized by its red-tiled roof homes—as well as a bustling port that makes island hopping a cinch. Prefer to relax? Unfurl your towel at Sapphire Beach and enjoy a day of sunbathing and snorkeling with your family. No matter how you choose to spend your time, East End is a top-rated Caribbean destination that won’t disappoint!

See all rentals in East End from FlipKey!

4. Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The view from a vacation rental in Bequia.

“The lovely environment of the villa with its lovely pool and outdoor areas provided a welcome respite and gathering place for our family.” – FlipKey Traveler

Wide, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and dazzling coral reefs grace the shores of Bequia, a lush island in the Grenadines. At only seven square miles, everyone knows everyone here, and it’s the perfect destination for travelers searching for a friendly atmosphere and inviting, small-town feel. Lounge in the sun at Princess Margaret Beach or Lower Bay Beach, or go for a stroll around the village of Port Elizabeth—just don’t be startled by friendly chickens strutting at your feet. As the sun starts to fade on the horizon, head home to your waterfront rental, and pass the time guessing which celebrities are aboard the massive yachts anchored out your window in Admiralty Bay.

See all rentals in Bequia from FlipKey!

5. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Hammock in Turks and Caicos.

“Perfect piece of paradise on Chalk Sound. Our 3-generation family was so happy… Every night was perfect in its own way.” – FlipKey Traveler

In Providenciales (“Provo” to the locals), enjoy a breathtaking panorama of blue skies and turquoise surf, right from your seat in the sand. This sun-drenched destination is home to the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award-winning beach, Grace Bay, and is the ultimate place to escape the day-to-day. Dive into the crystal clear waters and explore the miles of coral reef just offshore, or start happy hour early and indulge in some of the island’s signature Rum Punch.

See all rentals in Providenciales from FlipKey!

6. Willemstad, Curaçao

Plan a trip to Willemstad, Curacao.

“Loved it!!!!! The whole trip was awesome. Right from the booking to the day we went home!” – FlipKey Traveler

The capital of Curaçao, Willemstad boasts a lively downtown that bursts with colorful colonial architecture, Dutch-inspired landmarks, and a vast array of beach attractions. Float down the city’s winding waterways or stroll down the streets of the Punda and Otrobanda neighborhoods, taking in all that makes Willemstad a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you’re not browsing the packed art galleries or sampling cocktails mixed with the island’s famed Blue Curaçao, retreat to your pastel-colored condo to relax on your balcony. From its historic charm and beautiful beaches to its year-round flawless weather, it’s no surprise that Willemstad ranks on our list of top-rated Caribbean destinations.

See all rentals in Willemstad from FlipKey!

7. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Book a villa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

“Sooo AMAZING that we requested to book a second stay <24 hours after returning home!!!” – FlipKey Traveler

As soon as you set foot in Punta Cana, you’ll be on island time. Experience the thrill of zip-lining through the jungle, discover the hidden lagoons of Hoyo Azul, or dive into a colorful new world under the water. Up for a challenge? Punta Cana has several world-class golf courses with rolling fairways and contoured greens that are sure to provide a golf outing unlike any other. Whether you spend your days rocking in the hammock at your rental or playing in the surf, you’ll leave Punta Cana absolutely rejuvenated.

See all rentals in Punta Cana from FlipKey!

8. Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Stay near the beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

“The best time ever!!! Maurice (the caretaker) had that reggae music pumping for us and we loved it…dancing and singing around the villa! Yea Mon!” – FlipKey Traveler

Leaping from Blue Hole waterfall, floating down the White River, and swimming at Bamboo Beach… there are so many ways to make a splash in Ocho Rios. From thrilling adventures to laid-back happy hours, this island oasis will keep you busy for days on end. After a day of fun in the sun, let your mind wander as the breeze carries the rhythmic sound of steel drums through the air. Book a sprawling beach villa right on the water and start counting down the days until your blissful beach getaway.

See all rentals in Ocho Rios from FlipKey!

9. Nassau, Bahamas

“Our experience was A+! We absolutely LOVED the property, the town and the people we worked with.” – FlipKey Traveler

Among the top beach spots in the world, Nassau is the picture of tranquility. Here you’ll find calm, turquoise waters lapping the pristine shores, refreshing Sky Juice (a local favorite) flowing freely, and delectable conch fritters always available. In other words, Nassau offers the ultimate recipe for vacation perfection. Cut through the waves in a catamaran, snorkel with a school of fish, or laze under the sun—the possibilities are endless at this top-rated Caribbean destination!

See all rentals in Nassau from FlipKey!

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The 12 Best Alternative Ski Destinations https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2019/01/10/12-alternative-ski-destinations/ Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:49:24 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=19490 The promise of fresh powder. The thrill of swooping down snow-covered slopes. The refreshing taste of a well-deserved apres-ski beer. What’s not to love about ski season? That’s why we’ve rounded up the best alternatives to some of the most well-known ski resorts in North America, so you know exactly where to go to make the most of the snow. These winter wonderlands boast affordable lift tickets, fewer crowds and a seemingly endless array of trails to choose from, without compromising on quality. Find cozy cabins, ski-in/ski-out condos and affordable vacation homes right here on FlipKey. Love Jackson Hole? Try Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Tucked into the Teton Range, Grand Targhee is renowned for its deep powder and frequent snowfall. Unlike the ritzy vibe of Jackson Hole Mountain, this ski resort is ideal for those looking for a low-key ski trip. After a day on the slopes, retreat to a rental in Alta and rest up for another day of world-class skiing. What travelers are saying: “A hidden gem in the Tetons. Great off trail skiing as well as groomers for all levels of skiing. This is one of my new favorite places to ski.” See all Alta, Wyoming rentals! Love Sugarloaf Mountain? Try Sunday River. Sunday River boasts more than 125 open trails spanning nearly 800 acres of skiable terrain. Although it’s a bit smaller than Sugarloaf Mountain, it’s more manageable for amateur skiers and ideal for a leisurely day on the slopes. Once your skis are off, indulge in an apres-ski drink at Sunday River or continue the fun in the nearby mountain town of Bethel. What travelers are saying: “This is a winter wonderland. Skiing is fabulous with many peaks and all levels of skiing. Lots of snowmobile trails and winter adventures.” See all Newry, Maine rentals! Love Stowe Mountain? Try Killington Ski Resort. Killington Ski Resort is the largest ski area in the eastern United States extending across seven mountains. Skiers of all abilities flock to this New England spot for its wide-open slopes, steep moguls and tree-lined trails. Whether you’re admiring the view from the summit or you’re gliding past snow-covered branches, the area’s natural beauty will steal your breath away. Lift tickets are typically more affordable than Stowe’s when you buy online, so there’s no excuse not to spend a day at Killington. What travelers are saying: “The mountain remains the beast of the east. Huge variety of terrain for all abilities. The experience and smiles from the family were priceless.” See all Killington, Vermont rentals! Love Gore Mountain? Try Peek’n Peak Resort. Pack up the car and head to Peek’n Peak Resort for winter fun in the foothills of Clymer. Situated in the southwestern corner of New York, this resort is an easy drive from major cities like Cleveland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, and a more convenient choice than Gore Mountain for many travelers. Enjoy a bit of everything here: Alpine and Nordic skiing, terrain parks, snow tubing and more. It’s the perfect place for a worry-free weekend with your family. What travelers are saying: “Our family was able to rent equipment and get on the slopes and in for a lesson right away. The kids, ages 9 and 12, went from apprehensive to confident within the 1-hour timeframe – our instructor was wonderful! I have recommended Peek’n Peak to others already.” See all Clymer, New York rentals! Love Mammoth Mountain? Try Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Over 6,000 skiable acres make up the snowy wonderland of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow in North Lake Tahoe. With an average of 300 sunny days per year and no shortage of snowfall, this destination offers a longer ski season than most, typically lasting well into the spring months. Although it has fewer trails than Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows shouldn’t be underestimated because it has countless hidden ski areas to discover and spectacular head-turning views of Lake Tahoe. What travelers are saying: “The best ski resort out in Tahoe as far as I know. Love the trail runs and I love that there’s plenty of Ski Patrol scattered around! Very decent place and the village is pretty nice!” See all Olympic Valley, California rentals! Love Waterville Valley Resort? Try Loon Mountain Resort. Often overlooked because of its proximity to Waterville Valley Resort, Loon Mountain Resort is an ideal alternative for travelers planning a New Hampshire ski vacation. It features over 300 skiable acres within the White Mountain National Forest, so there’s always a new run to conquer. Save money by purchasing a lift ticket in advance and you’ll save money that you can put toward an extra apres-ski beer at the lodge. What travelers are saying: “The trails were well-groomed and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The indoor areas were clean and they have free wifi. Helpful tip: plan to ski early if you want to avoid the rush of kids.” See all Lincoln, New Hampshire rentals! Love Aspen? Try Silverton Mountain. Known for being a high-end ski resort, there’s no denying Aspen’s prestige. But large crowds and exorbitant prices can mean this popular ski destination is out of reach for many. Enter Silverton Mountain. Just a few hours south, this ski spot offers untouched trails, thrilling ski excursions and a true mountain experience. Explore Silverton Mountain at your own pace or choose a guided adventure around the area. What travelers are saying: “What a special place. The town is small and charming, and we found both comfy accommodations and food. The one lift takes you up the mountain, and the different groups go different places. We booked a guide in advance, and he took us all over the mountain. Great skiing and terrific scenery!” See all Silverton, Colorado rentals! Love Crystal Mountain? Try Mission Ridge For fifty years, Mission Ridge has offered the runs, trails, chutes, screamers and bowls of big mountain terrain while maintaining a small mountain vibe. Light, dry powder carpets the ground here, making it more manageable than the deep powder at Crystal Mountain. Visitors to Mission Ridge can also count on abundant sunshine, amazing views and affordable lift tickets at this jewel in the Cascade Mountains. What travelers are saying: “Mission Ridge earns praise as an old-fashioned, family-oriented ski area, while also offering some great runs for advanced and expert skiers, modern snow-making and slope grooming, and easy access from Wenatchee.” See all Wenatchee, Washington rentals! Love Alta Ski Area? Try Deer Valley. Like Alta Ski Area, Deer Valley is one of only a handful of resorts open exclusively to skiers. Nestled within Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Deer Valley offers “The Greatest Snow on Earth” and thrilling adventures spread out across six mountains. If you’re new to the sport, take a ski lesson at the mountain’s ski school. If you’re an expert, challenge yourself on a black diamond or try one of the very runs skied by Olympians at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Whether your group splits up or sticks together, there’s a trail for all abilities at Deer Valley. What travelers are saying: “Luxury skiing, great service, great lodges, great foods. Ski rails were groomed to perfection, consistent champagne-snow, very little to no line, and just overall amazing skiing.” See all Park City, Utah rentals! Love Whistler Blackcomb? Try Big White Ski Resort. Skiers are often quick to look to Whister Blackcomb when planning a winter trip to Canada, but families ought to consider Big White Ski Resort instead. Simply known as Big White to most, this ski resort is situated in British Columbia’s breathtaking Okanagan Valley and is blanketed by snow all winter long. Choose an Alpine or Nordic trail, hop on a lift and explore Big White Mountain. In addition to skiing, Big White offers an array of family-friendly activities such as dog sledding, snow tubing and horse-drawn sleigh rides. What travelers are saying: “This was our second Christmas ski trip to Big White and we loved it again. The resort is fantastic for families with great runs, amazing snow, really kid-friendly ski school staff and awesome accommodations to choose from.” See all Kelowna, British Columbia rentals! Love Wachusett Mountain? Try Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. Open year-round, Jiminy Peak is particularly popular among families during the winter months. The resort offers several children’s programs designed to teach children how to ski and feel confident on the slopes. Children ages 5 and under ski for free on Toddler Lower Mountain, and lighted twilight skiing extends the family fun well into the evening. In addition to its scenic Berkshire setting, friendly and helpful staff make Jiminy Peak one of the best mid-sized ski resorts in southern New England. What travelers are saying: “Great base lodge area. Loved the fast lift ticket scanning system they have in place. In all my runs did not have to wait more than 5 mins to get on the lift. Nice wide trails.” See all Hancock, Massachusetts rentals! Love Whitefish Mountain? Try Big Sky Resort. With 30 lifts and more than 250 runs, Big Sky Resort is a skier’s dream. This ski destination offers access to more skiing than most resorts in the U.S., including a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain so, everyone in the family can participate. When it’s time to call it quits on the slopes, families can take a free shuttle to the nearby Meadow Village for more dining, shopping and entertainment options. What travelers are saying: “One of those ‘last, best’ places. Our renewal of familiarity at Big Sky at Christmas was a reminder of how monstrously huge this place is, how singular the downhills, and lack of congestion in the lifts. There are places to ski for all experience levels and if you leave here without a shriek of delight it will be a surprise.” See all Big Sky, Montana rentals!

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Skis and ski poles on top of slope against sun.

The promise of fresh powder. The thrill of swooping down snow-covered slopes. The refreshing taste of a well-deserved apres-ski beer. What’s not to love about ski season?

That’s why we’ve rounded up the best alternatives to some of the most well-known ski resorts in North America, so you know exactly where to go to make the most of the snow. These winter wonderlands boast affordable lift tickets, fewer crowds and a seemingly endless array of trails to choose from, without compromising on quality.

Find cozy cabins, ski-in/ski-out condos and affordable vacation homes right here on FlipKey.

Love Jackson Hole? Try Grand Targhee Ski Resort.

Tucked into the Teton Range, Grand Targhee is renowned for its deep powder and frequent snowfall. Unlike the ritzy vibe of Jackson Hole Mountain, this ski resort is ideal for those looking for a low-key ski trip. After a day on the slopes, retreat to a rental in Alta and rest up for another day of world-class skiing.

What travelers are saying: “A hidden gem in the Tetons. Great off trail skiing as well as groomers for all levels of skiing. This is one of my new favorite places to ski.”

See all Alta, Wyoming rentals!

Love Sugarloaf Mountain? Try Sunday River.

Sunday River boasts more than 125 open trails spanning nearly 800 acres of skiable terrain. Although it’s a bit smaller than Sugarloaf Mountain, it’s more manageable for amateur skiers and ideal for a leisurely day on the slopes. Once your skis are off, indulge in an apres-ski drink at Sunday River or continue the fun in the nearby mountain town of Bethel.

What travelers are saying: “This is a winter wonderland. Skiing is fabulous with many peaks and all levels of skiing. Lots of snowmobile trails and winter adventures.”

See all Newry, Maine rentals!

Love Stowe Mountain? Try Killington Ski Resort.

View of a lonely skier going down a mountain in Killington, state of Vermont, USA.

Killington Ski Resort is the largest ski area in the eastern United States extending across seven mountains. Skiers of all abilities flock to this New England spot for its wide-open slopes, steep moguls and tree-lined trails. Whether you’re admiring the view from the summit or you’re gliding past snow-covered branches, the area’s natural beauty will steal your breath away. Lift tickets are typically more affordable than Stowe’s when you buy online, so there’s no excuse not to spend a day at Killington.

What travelers are saying: “The mountain remains the beast of the east. Huge variety of terrain for all abilities. The experience and smiles from the family were priceless.”

See all Killington, Vermont rentals!

Love Gore Mountain? Try Peek’n Peak Resort.

Pack up the car and head to Peek’n Peak Resort for winter fun in the foothills of Clymer. Situated in the southwestern corner of New York, this resort is an easy drive from major cities like Cleveland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, and a more convenient choice than Gore Mountain for many travelers. Enjoy a bit of everything here: Alpine and Nordic skiing, terrain parks, snow tubing and more. It’s the perfect place for a worry-free weekend with your family.

What travelers are saying: “Our family was able to rent equipment and get on the slopes and in for a lesson right away. The kids, ages 9 and 12, went from apprehensive to confident within the 1-hour timeframe – our instructor was wonderful! I have recommended Peek’n Peak to others already.”

See all Clymer, New York rentals!

Love Mammoth Mountain? Try Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.

Over 6,000 skiable acres make up the snowy wonderland of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow in North Lake Tahoe. With an average of 300 sunny days per year and no shortage of snowfall, this destination offers a longer ski season than most, typically lasting well into the spring months. Although it has fewer trails than Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows shouldn’t be underestimated because it has countless hidden ski areas to discover and spectacular head-turning views of Lake Tahoe.

What travelers are saying: “The best ski resort out in Tahoe as far as I know. Love the trail runs and I love that there’s plenty of Ski Patrol scattered around! Very decent place and the village is pretty nice!”

See all Olympic Valley, California rentals!

Love Waterville Valley Resort? Try Loon Mountain Resort.

Often overlooked because of its proximity to Waterville Valley Resort, Loon Mountain Resort is an ideal alternative for travelers planning a New Hampshire ski vacation. It features over 300 skiable acres within the White Mountain National Forest, so there’s always a new run to conquer. Save money by purchasing a lift ticket in advance and you’ll save money that you can put toward an extra apres-ski beer at the lodge.

What travelers are saying: “The trails were well-groomed and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The indoor areas were clean and they have free wifi. Helpful tip: plan to ski early if you want to avoid the rush of kids.”

See all Lincoln, New Hampshire rentals!

Love Aspen? Try Silverton Mountain.

Winter Mountain View Silverton Colorado - Large mountains and avalanche chutes in Silverton, Colorado USA. Scenic mountain view with frosted trees and fresh snow.

Known for being a high-end ski resort, there’s no denying Aspen’s prestige. But large crowds and exorbitant prices can mean this popular ski destination is out of reach for many. Enter Silverton Mountain. Just a few hours south, this ski spot offers untouched trails, thrilling ski excursions and a true mountain experience. Explore Silverton Mountain at your own pace or choose a guided adventure around the area.

What travelers are saying: “What a special place. The town is small and charming, and we found both comfy accommodations and food. The one lift takes you up the mountain, and the different groups go different places. We booked a guide in advance, and he took us all over the mountain. Great skiing and terrific scenery!”

See all Silverton, Colorado rentals!

Love Crystal Mountain? Try Mission Ridge

For fifty years, Mission Ridge has offered the runs, trails, chutes, screamers and bowls of big mountain terrain while maintaining a small mountain vibe. Light, dry powder carpets the ground here, making it more manageable than the deep powder at Crystal Mountain. Visitors to Mission Ridge can also count on abundant sunshine, amazing views and affordable lift tickets at this jewel in the Cascade Mountains.

What travelers are saying: “Mission Ridge earns praise as an old-fashioned, family-oriented ski area, while also offering some great runs for advanced and expert skiers, modern snow-making and slope grooming, and easy access from Wenatchee.”

See all Wenatchee, Washington rentals!

Love Alta Ski Area? Try Deer Valley.

Like Alta Ski Area, Deer Valley is one of only a handful of resorts open exclusively to skiers. Nestled within Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Deer Valley offers “The Greatest Snow on Earth” and thrilling adventures spread out across six mountains. If you’re new to the sport, take a ski lesson at the mountain’s ski school. If you’re an expert, challenge yourself on a black diamond or try one of the very runs skied by Olympians at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Whether your group splits up or sticks together, there’s a trail for all abilities at Deer Valley.

What travelers are saying: “Luxury skiing, great service, great lodges, great foods. Ski rails were groomed to perfection, consistent champagne-snow, very little to no line, and just overall amazing skiing.”

See all Park City, Utah rentals!

Love Whistler Blackcomb? Try Big White Ski Resort.

Father and son skiing on a family ski vacation

Skiers are often quick to look to Whister Blackcomb when planning a winter trip to Canada, but families ought to consider Big White Ski Resort instead. Simply known as Big White to most, this ski resort is situated in British Columbia’s breathtaking Okanagan Valley and is blanketed by snow all winter long. Choose an Alpine or Nordic trail, hop on a lift and explore Big White Mountain. In addition to skiing, Big White offers an array of family-friendly activities such as dog sledding, snow tubing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

What travelers are saying: “This was our second Christmas ski trip to Big White and we loved it again. The resort is fantastic for families with great runs, amazing snow, really kid-friendly ski school staff and awesome accommodations to choose from.”

See all Kelowna, British Columbia rentals!

Love Wachusett Mountain? Try Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort.

Open year-round, Jiminy Peak is particularly popular among families during the winter months. The resort offers several children’s programs designed to teach children how to ski and feel confident on the slopes. Children ages 5 and under ski for free on Toddler Lower Mountain, and lighted twilight skiing extends the family fun well into the evening. In addition to its scenic Berkshire setting, friendly and helpful staff make Jiminy Peak one of the best mid-sized ski resorts in southern New England.

What travelers are saying: “Great base lodge area. Loved the fast lift ticket scanning system they have in place. In all my runs did not have to wait more than 5 mins to get on the lift. Nice wide trails.”

See all Hancock, Massachusetts rentals!

Love Whitefish Mountain? Try Big Sky Resort.

With 30 lifts and more than 250 runs, Big Sky Resort is a skier’s dream. This ski destination offers access to more skiing than most resorts in the U.S., including a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain so, everyone in the family can participate. When it’s time to call it quits on the slopes, families can take a free shuttle to the nearby Meadow Village for more dining, shopping and entertainment options.

What travelers are saying: “One of those ‘last, best’ places. Our renewal of familiarity at Big Sky at Christmas was a reminder of how monstrously huge this place is, how singular the downhills, and lack of congestion in the lifts. There are places to ski for all experience levels and if you leave here without a shriek of delight it will be a surprise.”

See all Big Sky, Montana rentals!

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10 Best Vacations for Families With Toddlers https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2018/12/20/10-best-vacations-for-families-with-toddlers/ Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:22:42 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=23010 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!). And as January is the start of peak booking season, now’s the time to choose a rental in one of these top destinations. 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 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 See all Captiva Island vacation rentals from FlipKey! Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 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 See all Pigeon Forge vacation rentals from FlipKey! Stowe, 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 See all Stowe vacation rentals from FlipKey! Orlando, Florida 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 See all Orlando vacation rentals from FlipKey! Lake Ozark, Missouri 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 See all Lake Ozark vacation rentals from FlipKey! Washington, DC 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 See all Washington, DC vacation rentals from FlipKey! 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 See all San Diego vacation rentals from FlipKey! Lake Placid, New York 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 See all Lake Placid vacation rentals from FlipKey! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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 See all Philadelphia vacation rentals from FlipKey! Port Aransas, Texas 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 See all Port Aransas vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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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!). And as January is the start of peak booking season, now’s the time to choose a rental in one of these top destinations.

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

See all Captiva Island vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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

See all Pigeon Forge vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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

See all Stowe vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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

See all Orlando vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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

See all Lake Ozark vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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

See all Washington, DC vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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

See all San Diego vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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

See all Lake Placid vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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

See all Philadelphia vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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

See all Port Aransas vacation rentals from FlipKey!

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6 Epic Trips To Check Off Your Travel Bucket List—And 5 New Ideas To Add Right Now https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2018/12/12/travel-bucket-list-trip-ideas-vacations/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:50:09 +0000 https://www.flipkey.com/blog/?p=22435 What better way to get excited for 2019 than by checking off one of those epic vacation ideas on your travel bucket list? Whether it’s a classic destination, or something off the beaten track to make you the envy of all your Instagram followers, FlipKey has drummed up 11 can’t-miss destinations to throw your wanderlust into high gear! From classic bucket list trips like catching the Northern Lights in Iceland or swimming along the Great Barrier Reef, to new experiences like eating your way through Japan’s culinary hotspot and whale-watching on the edge of the world, FlipKey has incredible rental properties that’ll be the perfect base for your bucket list vacation, without breaking the bank!  6 Classic Travel Bucket List Trips 1. Witness the Northern Lights in Iceland or Norway The Northern Lights are on many travelers’ bucket lists and during the winter months, from Norway to Iceland, there are many incredible destinations to catch the Aurora’s mesmerizing colors. Where To Stay: Explore Iceland’s raw beauty with a stay at this charming 3-bedroom cottage. Its remote location, with views of the ocean and mountains, is perfect for spotting the elusive Auroras. See all our Iceland rentals here! Where To Stay: For equally spectacular views, this coastal 5-bedroom lodge in Norway’s Lofoten Islands offers the best of both worlds with a completely modern interior, while its picture windows are perfect for cozying up to watch the spectacular light shows at night. See all our Norway rentals here! 2. Walk Along the Great Wall of China Walk along one of the world’s most impressive architectural feats—the Great Wall of China. Located just outside Beijing, stay at modern apartment in the city for a dose of excitement from the Chinese cultural capital and a day trip to this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 7th century. Where To Stay: Enjoy the historical Chinese capital from your own private apartment near the Old City’s east gate. For as little as $21 per person, per night, this modern 1-bedroom apartment, which sleeps three, has easy access to the metropolis’ many sights and is a perfect base for your trip to the Great Wall nearby. See all our Beijing rentals here! 3. Unwind in a Balinese Paradise With its unique culture, stunning scenery, and plethora of activities, it’s no surprise Bali was the top TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Destination for 2017. To experience the best of this Indonesian paradise, a modern villa in trendy Seminyak is the perfect base for this bucket list destination! Where To Stay: Despite its central location, Villa Kailysa offers a relaxing private retreat in the Balinese hotspot. Just minutes from the beach, this beautiful open-concept villa lets guests make the most of Bali’s incredible weather, with a spacious veranda containing its dining, lounge and kitchen, leading to an inviting pool. For adventurous types, this villa is a great base to explore the beaches and nearby rice paddies, or for planning an early morning trek up Mount Batur. See all our Bali rentals here! 4. Gaze At A Natural Wonder: The Grand Canyon With its sheer size and majestic beauty, it’s no surprise the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Stay at a cozy vacation rental in nearby national parks to really explore and marvel at the rock formations of this expansive gorge, which date back billions of years! Where To Stay: Relax at this charming, romantic, and secluded two-bedroom cabin near the Coconino National Forest. Just a few hours from the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon, it’s the perfect base for day trips to explore the Grand Canyon. After a busy day exploring, head home and relax among nature on the large wraparound terrace and cozy porch swing. See all our Arizona rentals here! 5. Head on a Wild South African Safari Always wanted to spot a lion in the wild? What about a rhinoceros? If any of the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos) are on your bucket list, then pack your bags for a South African safari stay near Kruger National Park! Where To Stay: This stunning modern 3-bedroom property sits in the heart of South Africa’s wildlife region. With its location on a secure private wildlife estate, you’ll get to know your four-legged neighbors from the expansive terrace, or find yourself sharing the pool with some unexpected furry visitors. Dining and shopping options are only minutes away in nearby Hoedspruit and, of course, don’t miss out on one of Africa’s largest game reserves, Kruger National Park, which is less than an hour away. See all our South Africa rentals! 6. See An Underwater World: The Great Barrier Reef There’s no doubt exploring the underwater world is on many bucket lists, but while there’s many places in the world to grab the scuba gear, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the ultimate destination! Exploring this stunning aquatic wonder with a stay at a vacation home in nearby Port Douglas. Where To Stay: Base yourself only 300 feet away from the famous Four Mile Beach at this modern 3-bedroom Port Douglas villa. The gated property offers guests plenty of privacy and entertaining options with its outdoor swimming pool, lush gardens, and al fresco dining. Located in a quiet residential area of Port Douglas, this villa is a perfect base for vacationers keen to explore an incredible underwater world at the Great Barrier Reef. See all our Port Douglas rentals! 5 Fresh Travel Bucket List Ideas To Add 7. Immerse Yourself In Argentina’s Cultural Mecca Latin passion and classic European glamour converge in electrifying Argentina. With its dual-heritage, the city’s public squares  could easily be mistaken for European piazzas, while its cobblestone streets and vibrant colors ooze Latin charm. Stay near the city’s historical Recoleta Village and watch as the two worlds collide. Where To Stay: Immerse yourself in Buenos Aires’ rich history with a stay at this stunning 19th century apartment within minutes of Recoleta Village. The 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom property exudes old world charm, with its 15-foot ceilings, exposed beams, and brick walls. See all our Buenos Aires rentals! 8. Explore Chinese & French Influences In Vietnam Small, chaotic, yet utterly charming, Hanoi is a full-on sensory experience. The city’s old quarter exudes energy, as mopeds whiz through the narrow roads, street hawkers sell their wares, and crowds spill into the streets. Explore the city’s dynamic fusion of Chinese and French influences, insanely cool local culture, and raw charm from a bright Vietnamese vacation rental. Where To Stay: This stunning zen apartment offers travelers a quintessential fusion of Vietnam’s Chinese and French influences, with an added modern touch. The one-bedroom rental sits a short walk away from the city’s Old Quarter, making it the perfect retreat from Hanoi’s energy. Soothing whites and neutrals in the apartment complement the greenery and florals throughout, while exposed brick and a heritage clawfoot bathtub add to the magic. See all our Hanoi rentals! 9. Escape To Fogo Island Explore nature from one of the world’s four corners. Fogo Island’s intimate and profound entanglement with the sea and forces of nature have helped create the island’s unique culture. From striking landscapes and incredible wildlife, to a much-buzzed about art-scene and delightful gastronomic experiences, a charming rental property along the Atlantic is a great way to see why this small island draws visitors worldwide to its shores. Where To Stay: Enjoy Fogo Island from this charming colorful Newfie cottage perched along the Atlantic Ocean. Hike along the nearby towering cliffs, watching majestic whales swim along the shores below. If you’re spent after a busy day exploring this historical island, cozy up in front of the cottage’s large picture windows and watch as icebergs float by your living room window. See all our Fogo Island rentals! 10. Eat Your Way Through Japan’s Foodie City: Osaka From sushi, to yakitori and Okonomiyaki—arguably the region’s most famous export—Japan’s second largest city offers an unparalleled culinary experience making it a must-visit bucket list destination for any foodie! Base yourself in a comfortable Osaka rental to eat your way through this culinary region. Where To Stay: Live like the Japanese in a traditionally styled apartment. Neutral colors and minimalist aesthetic adorn the apartment, creating a spacious feel. Located near the historical Osaka Castle, this property boasts wonderful Japanese features, like calligraphy on the walls, a traditional Japanese dining table, as well as Japanese double futons, sleeping up to eight people. See all our Osaka rentals! 11. Combine Culture & Beaches in the Indian Ocean If you can’t decide between stunning coastlines and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, why not combine the two and tick Zanzibar off your bucket list? Stay at your own stunning beachside villa to explore the island archipelago’s miles of unspoiled beaches, impressive cultural mélange, awe-inspiring architecture, and delectable aromas. Where To Stay: Located on the opposite side of the island from bustling and historical Stone Town—yet still within an hour’s drive—this gorgeous private villa puts the warm waters of the Indian Ocean right at your doorstep. This fantastic coastal property features two masters, each with its own en-suite. Both bedrooms have balconies leading to the terrace, with incredible 180-degree views of the beach. The property also boasts an infinity pool, perfect for a night swim. See all our Zanzibar rentals! This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.

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What better way to get excited for 2019 than by checking off one of those epic vacation ideas on your travel bucket list? Whether it’s a classic destination, or something off the beaten track to make you the envy of all your Instagram followers, FlipKey has drummed up 11 can’t-miss destinations to throw your wanderlust into high gear!

From classic bucket list trips like catching the Northern Lights in Iceland or swimming along the Great Barrier Reef, to new experiences like eating your way through Japan’s culinary hotspot and whale-watching on the edge of the world, FlipKey has incredible rental properties that’ll be the perfect base for your bucket list vacation, without breaking the bank! 

6 Classic Travel Bucket List Trips

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1. Witness the Northern Lights in Iceland or Norway

The Northern Lights are on many travelers’ bucket lists and during the winter months, from Norway to Iceland, there are many incredible destinations to catch the Aurora’s mesmerizing colors.

Where To Stay: Explore Iceland’s raw beauty with a stay at this charming 3-bedroom cottage. Its remote location, with views of the ocean and mountains, is perfect for spotting the elusive Auroras.

See all our Iceland rentals here!

Where To Stay: For equally spectacular views, this coastal 5-bedroom lodge in Norway’s Lofoten Islands offers the best of both worlds with a completely modern interior, while its picture windows are perfect for cozying up to watch the spectacular light shows at night.

See all our Norway rentals here!

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2. Walk Along the Great Wall of China

Walk along one of the world’s most impressive architectural feats—the Great Wall of China. Located just outside Beijing, stay at modern apartment in the city for a dose of excitement from the Chinese cultural capital and a day trip to this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 7th century.

Where To Stay: Enjoy the historical Chinese capital from your own private apartment near the Old City’s east gate. For as little as $21 per person, per night, this modern 1-bedroom apartment, which sleeps three, has easy access to the metropolis’ many sights and is a perfect base for your trip to the Great Wall nearby.

See all our Beijing rentals here!

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3. Unwind in a Balinese Paradise

With its unique culture, stunning scenery, and plethora of activities, it’s no surprise Bali was the top TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Destination for 2017. To experience the best of this Indonesian paradise, a modern villa in trendy Seminyak is the perfect base for this bucket list destination!

Where To Stay: Despite its central location, Villa Kailysa offers a relaxing private retreat in the Balinese hotspot. Just minutes from the beach, this beautiful open-concept villa lets guests make the most of Bali’s incredible weather, with a spacious veranda containing its dining, lounge and kitchen, leading to an inviting pool. For adventurous types, this villa is a great base to explore the beaches and nearby rice paddies, or for planning an early morning trek up Mount Batur.

See all our Bali rentals here!

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4. Gaze At A Natural Wonder: The Grand Canyon

With its sheer size and majestic beauty, it’s no surprise the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Stay at a cozy vacation rental in nearby national parks to really explore and marvel at the rock formations of this expansive gorge, which date back billions of years!

Where To Stay: Relax at this charming, romantic, and secluded two-bedroom cabin near the Coconino National Forest. Just a few hours from the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon, it’s the perfect base for day trips to explore the Grand Canyon. After a busy day exploring, head home and relax among nature on the large wraparound terrace and cozy porch swing.

See all our Arizona rentals here!

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5. Head on a Wild South African Safari

Always wanted to spot a lion in the wild? What about a rhinoceros? If any of the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos) are on your bucket list, then pack your bags for a South African safari stay near Kruger National Park!

Where To Stay: This stunning modern 3-bedroom property sits in the heart of South Africa’s wildlife region. With its location on a secure private wildlife estate, you’ll get to know your four-legged neighbors from the expansive terrace, or find yourself sharing the pool with some unexpected furry visitors. Dining and shopping options are only minutes away in nearby Hoedspruit and, of course, don’t miss out on one of Africa’s largest game reserves, Kruger National Park, which is less than an hour away.

See all our South Africa rentals!

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6. See An Underwater World: The Great Barrier Reef

There’s no doubt exploring the underwater world is on many bucket lists, but while there’s many places in the world to grab the scuba gear, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the ultimate destination! Exploring this stunning aquatic wonder with a stay at a vacation home in nearby Port Douglas.

Where To Stay: Base yourself only 300 feet away from the famous Four Mile Beach at this modern 3-bedroom Port Douglas villa. The gated property offers guests plenty of privacy and entertaining options with its outdoor swimming pool, lush gardens, and al fresco dining. Located in a quiet residential area of Port Douglas, this villa is a perfect base for vacationers keen to explore an incredible underwater world at the Great Barrier Reef.

See all our Port Douglas rentals!

5 Fresh Travel Bucket List Ideas To Add

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7. Immerse Yourself In Argentina’s Cultural Mecca

Latin passion and classic European glamour converge in electrifying Argentina. With its dual-heritage, the city’s public squares  could easily be mistaken for European piazzas, while its cobblestone streets and vibrant colors ooze Latin charm. Stay near the city’s historical Recoleta Village and watch as the two worlds collide.

Where To Stay: Immerse yourself in Buenos Aires’ rich history with a stay at this stunning 19th century apartment within minutes of Recoleta Village. The 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom property exudes old world charm, with its 15-foot ceilings, exposed beams, and brick walls.

See all our Buenos Aires rentals!

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8. Explore Chinese & French Influences In Vietnam

Small, chaotic, yet utterly charming, Hanoi is a full-on sensory experience. The city’s old quarter exudes energy, as mopeds whiz through the narrow roads, street hawkers sell their wares, and crowds spill into the streets. Explore the city’s dynamic fusion of Chinese and French influences, insanely cool local culture, and raw charm from a bright Vietnamese vacation rental.

Where To Stay: This stunning zen apartment offers travelers a quintessential fusion of Vietnam’s Chinese and French influences, with an added modern touch. The one-bedroom rental sits a short walk away from the city’s Old Quarter, making it the perfect retreat from Hanoi’s energy. Soothing whites and neutrals in the apartment complement the greenery and florals throughout, while exposed brick and a heritage clawfoot bathtub add to the magic.

See all our Hanoi rentals!

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9. Escape To Fogo Island

Explore nature from one of the world’s four corners. Fogo Island’s intimate and profound entanglement with the sea and forces of nature have helped create the island’s unique culture. From striking landscapes and incredible wildlife, to a much-buzzed about art-scene and delightful gastronomic experiences, a charming rental property along the Atlantic is a great way to see why this small island draws visitors worldwide to its shores.

Where To Stay: Enjoy Fogo Island from this charming colorful Newfie cottage perched along the Atlantic Ocean. Hike along the nearby towering cliffs, watching majestic whales swim along the shores below. If you’re spent after a busy day exploring this historical island, cozy up in front of the cottage’s large picture windows and watch as icebergs float by your living room window.

See all our Fogo Island rentals!

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10. Eat Your Way Through Japan’s Foodie City: Osaka

From sushi, to yakitori and Okonomiyaki—arguably the region’s most famous export—Japan’s second largest city offers an unparalleled culinary experience making it a must-visit bucket list destination for any foodie! Base yourself in a comfortable Osaka rental to eat your way through this culinary region.

Where To Stay: Live like the Japanese in a traditionally styled apartment. Neutral colors and minimalist aesthetic adorn the apartment, creating a spacious feel. Located near the historical Osaka Castle, this property boasts wonderful Japanese features, like calligraphy on the walls, a traditional Japanese dining table, as well as Japanese double futons, sleeping up to eight people.

See all our Osaka rentals!

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11. Combine Culture & Beaches in the Indian Ocean

If you can’t decide between stunning coastlines and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, why not combine the two and tick Zanzibar off your bucket list? Stay at your own stunning beachside villa to explore the island archipelago’s miles of unspoiled beaches, impressive cultural mélange, awe-inspiring architecture, and delectable aromas.

Where To Stay: Located on the opposite side of the island from bustling and historical Stone Town—yet still within an hour’s drive—this gorgeous private villa puts the warm waters of the Indian Ocean right at your doorstep. This fantastic coastal property features two masters, each with its own en-suite. Both bedrooms have balconies leading to the terrace, with incredible 180-degree views of the beach. The property also boasts an infinity pool, perfect for a night swim.

See all our Zanzibar rentals!


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

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