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FlipKey’s Travel Insights series highlights travel trends for 25 popular vacation destinations in the United States.  Based on the travel plans of millions of FlipKey vacationers over a three-year period, Travel Insights reveals where travelers are going, when they are traveling and what they’re spending on their vacations.


BayArea-ThumbBay Area Travel Insights 2013
The San Francisco Bay Area has it all: from a vibrant city to beautiful outdoors spaces in the hills and along the coast. Plan a visit for late fall to avoid the crowds.


BlueRidgeMtns-ThumbBlue Ridge Mountains Travel Insights 2013
Escape to North Carolina’s tucked-away towns in the Blue ridge mountains. 30.2% of visitors head to Asheaville to enjoy the city’s laid-back vibe and proximity to nature.


CalDesert-ThumbCalifornia Desert Travel Insights 2013
Palm Springs is known for movie stars and modern homes, but you don’t have to be a Hollywood big shot to chill out in the desert. About 20% of visitors come for Coachella Music and Arts Festival in April.


CalWineCountry-ThumbCalifornia Wine Country Travel Insights 2013
From vine to bottle, California wines are enchanting. Visit Napa, Sonoma, and the other towns where wine is a way of life. 45% of travelers plan to stay for two nights or fewer, so don’t hesitate to book a weekend getaway.


CapeCod-ThumbCape Cod Travel Insights 2013
With its iconic shingled homes and quaint seaside villages, Cape Cod has delighted summer tourists for generations. Stay for a weekend or for the summer – either way you won’t want to leave.


Colorado-ThumbColorado Travel Insights 2013
Known for its huge mountains and annual snowfall, there’s no doubt that Colorado is a ski destination. Visit the rockies in the summer to find great off-season savings in a beautiful mountain setting.


Delaware-ThumbDelaware Travel Inights 2013
The premier beach destination in the Mid-Atlantic, Delaware attracts visitors from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Visit during September and October for the best prices.


Orlando-ThumbDisney/Orlando Travel Insights 2013
Vacation rental prices are consistently low year-round in the Orlando area. Meaning, it’s always a good time for Disney. And with 50% of inquiries coming from groups of 4-6 people, Disney is a favorite among families.


FlAtlCoast-ThumbFlorida Atlantic Coast Travel Insights 2013
From St. Augustine to Miami, Florida’s Atlantic Coast offers vacation options for all. The area is a family favorite, with 44% of reservation requests made for parties of 4-6.


FlGulfCoast-ThumbFlorida Gulf Coast Travel Insights 2013
Anglers, golfers, beach bums, and snowbirds can all agree that Florida’s Gulf Coast is a great place to take a break.  The area is so appealing that the average stay lasts 11 nights.


FloridaKeys-ThumbFlorida Keys Travel Insights 2013
The southernmost point in the United States is a perennial vacation favorite. Key West is particularly popular around Christmas and New Year, when the town plays host to an epic New Year’s Eve party.


FloridaPanhandle-ThumbFlorida Panhandle Travel Insights 2013
With miles of coastline and the Gulf of Mexico on the horizon, beach lovers can’t stay away from the Florida Panhandle. Peak season picks up around Memorial Day, so plan a spring break or fall getaway for savings.


Hawaii-ThumbHawaii Travel Insights 2013
Hawaii vacation rentals offer great value for groups of all sizes, but we discovered that Hawaii truly sparkles as a top spot for romantic rendezvous…


JerseyShore-ThumbJersey Shore Travel Insights 2013
When it’s not the setting for reality TV, the Jersey Shore is a beautiful and popular vacation destination. Most Shore visitors prefer week long stays in July and August.


LakeTahoe-ThumbLake Tahoe Travel Insights 2013
Planning a wedding? Having a family reunion? Or just getting away with friends for a week? Lake Tahoe is your best bet: more than 1/3 of all reservations were made for parties of eight or more.


MaineCoast-ThumbMaine Coast Travel Insights 2013
Go for the lobster and stay for the incredible serenity. Maine’s rocky coast helps the state earn its reputation as “Vacationland.” If you don’t want to swim in the icy Atlantic, come in October for fall foliage.


NCCoast-ThumbNorth Carolina Coast Travel Insights 2013
All along the North Carolina Coast, happy vacationers enjoy expansive Atlantic beaches. The coast is a local favorite, with one out of every four visitors coming from North Carolina.


OregonCoast-ThumbOregon Coast Travel Insights 2013
Want an inexpensive family vacation along the Oregon Coast? The average cost per guest on the Oregon Coast is just $37.75 per night. The beautiful rocky beaches are perfect for family outings.


OuterBanks-ThumbOuter Banks Travel Insights 2013
With its history as the birthplace of flight, the Outer Banks continues to attract visitors who explore the sand dunes on this long, beautiful island. The region is a family favorite, where over 79% of visitors come in groups of four or more.


PugetSound-ThumbPuget Sound Travel Insights 2013
Looking for a romantic getaway in the Pacific Northwest? We found that Puget Sound is a favorite for couples seeking a short getaway. Approximately 30% of reservation requests are made for parties of two.


SmokyMtns-ThumbSmoky Mountains Travel Insights 2013
The Smoky Mountains are home to one of the most popular national parks, as well as some fun attractions like Dollywood and Ober Gatlinburg ski resort. At just $29.62 per guest per night, it’s also a great bargain destination.


SoCalifornia-ThumbSouthern California Travel Insights 2013
From Orange County beaches to San Diego’s gaslamp district, Southern California will satisfy any traveler. Prices are highest during the summer, but interest peaks around Christmas, when prices are below average.


SWUtah-ThumbSouthwestern Utah Travel Insights 2013
Southern Utah is home to a unique desert environment and a unique concentration of national parks. The region is a popular holiday destination, with about 30% of reservation requests made for the last two weeks in December.


TexasGulfCoast-ThumbTexas Gulf Coast Travel Insights 2013
An ever-popular Spring Break Destination, the Texas Gulf Coast offers fun in the sun for much of the year. Come in April to take advantage of savings during the brief off-season between March spring break and summer vacation.


Vermont-ThumbVermont Travel Insights 2013
The Green Mountain State offers New England charm in a beautiful mountain setting year round. Prices peak when there’s snow on the ground, so come to Vermont during the summer for lower prices and gorgeous scenery.


Pirates of the Caribbean Vacation RentalsCaribbean Travel Trends
Watch out for pirates – you’ll want to make the most of your time in this tropical hotspot. We found that 79% of travelers to the Caribbean spend a week in paradise. You’ll find the best rates in the islands in late October.