With summer coming to an end, we’ve pulled together a short list of some of the season’s most unexpectedly popular vacation rental destinations in the United States, compiled via VacationHomeRentals.com web traffic. These off-the-beaten path locations provide plenty of fun-in-the-sun for families and couples alike.
Typically known as a destination for romantic getaways and honeymoons, the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania are also a great place for a family vacation. The area provides an outdoor playground for hiking, biking, camping, and water sports – making it a wonderful choice for those looking to plan an affordable, active escape. Rent a lakeside chalet for the ideal Poconos experience and make sure to take advantage of the wide array of local attractions and activities.
The beautiful state of Maine offers a variety of vacation destinations perfect for those looking for a relaxing coastal retreat. Maine’s largest city, Portland, is a charming metropolis full of ocean views, cobblestone streets, fun restaurants, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Bar Harbor, home to Acadia National Park, offers an array of activities from kayaking to whale-watching and boasts a gorgeous rocky coast lined by granite cliffs. Beach-goers may also enjoy renting a seaside cottage in the picturesque town of Old Orchard Beach – a popular spot for family getaways, with over seven miles of sandy beaches.
Long been a popular destination for travelers from the Missouri area, the city of Branson is soon becoming a location visited by vacationers from all regions of the country. Known as the Live Music Show Capital of the World, the city hosts an impressive collection of entertainment theatres and entertainment industry-based attractions. After experiencing a magic or comedy show downtown, enjoy nature in the nearby Ozarks – a prime spot for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and boating.
The population of Southwest Michigan, in particular the town of Traverse City, swells incredibly in the summer months. While Lake Michigan’s beautiful lakeside beaches draw thousands of travelers, the biggest draw is the area’s National Cherry Festival. With Lake Michigan as its backdrop, the large festival offers parades, country-fair–style games, and unique area cuisine. Even with the large crowds, the area still retains its small-town feel, leading guests to return back year after year.
This Southwestern city offers the best of both worlds by providing visitors with a fine balance between nature and city culture. With convenient access to three lakes, two rivers, and a large selection of hiking trails – travelers will enjoy an abundance of outdoor recreational activities. After a day spent out in the sun, head to the city’s vibrant downtown area which boasts a variety of museums, art studios, restaurants, and shops. Experience the state’s capital by taking a short, 30 minute drive to Phoenix – a city full of more shopping, art, fine cuisine, and world-class golf courses.