After a memorably icy winter, a summer getaway is naturally topping people’s to-do list this year. If you’re looking to plan a hot American summer vacation this year but need a few ideas to get you started, we’re here to help.
Where to go this summer? We compared bookings between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2013 with those for 2014 (through April 2014) to see where the fastest increase in bookings is occurring. The results? A mix of old favorites and a few surprises. We’ve included some of our favorite (and most unique) listings from each destination—but, as always, follow your tastes and hunt for the perfect American getaway of your dreams, because there’s something for everyone.
America’s home of country music and a bustling local food scene—there’s a reason Nashville has been buzzing in travel top destination lists over the past few years. Bookings in this increasingly popular destination jumped 365% over last year.
Luxe historic East Nashville home. Search Airbnb listings in Nashville.
2. New Orleans
Known for its great food and jazz, New Orleans isn’t just about Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest—it’s good fun all year. Interest in the Big Easy is up 340% for summer getaways this year.
Quiet French Quarter gem, near Bourbon Street. Search Airbnb listings in New Orleans.
3. Palm Springs
Up 334%, Palm Springs has transitioned from a winter escape to a year-round destination. Love the mid-century modern look? Palm Springs is loaded with great mid-century homes with pools and desert vistas.
Mid-century gem with pool. Search Airbnb listings in Palm Springs.
4. Portland, Maine
Long a popular New England destination, travel to Portland is up 328 percent. Stay in a treehouse on Peaks Island, or choose from among the many historic homes in this seaside getaway.
Waterfront views near the light-filled artist’s space. Search Airbnb listings in Portland.
5. Santa Barbara
Travelers are exploring a wider range of coastal locales on the west coast this year from Mendocino to Monterey and further south. Santa Barbara has long been a favorite escape for Californians, and this gem has risen 320% this year.
Bright modern family beach house. Search Airbnb listings in Santa Barbara.
6. Oregon Coast
Sand-boarders, dune buggy enthusiasts, golfers, and anyone that enjoys endless jaw-dropping scenery will find a reason to love the Oregon coast, helping boost its popularity 316% this summer. Stay in the unique Tugboat House on the Columbia River, a Japanese forest house made from storm-blown cedar trees and milled on site, or beach houses up and down the hundreds of miles of dramatic coastline.
Japanese forest house. Search Airbnb listings on the Oregon coast.
7. The Adirondacks
Whether it’s the region’s mountains, forests and wild landscapes, or just finding the right chair by the water (perhaps an Adirondack chair?), New York State’s mountain playground was up 316% this year.
Cottage near Saratoga. Search Airbnb listings in the Adirondacks.
Beers, baseball, and Rocky Mountain backdrops—what’s not to like about Denver? Travelers agree. The Mile High City saw bookings rise 306%.
Historic loft in LoDo. Search Airbnb listings in Denver.
9. Coastal Orange County
Home of some of the most storied beaches in the States, the long stretches of sand and easy living boosted the OC’s coastal spots up 306%.
Balboa cottage, just steps to the beach. Search Airbnb listings in Orange County.
Colorado snags a second spot on the list. At the base of the Rocky Mountains, sporty Boulder’s summer bookings are up 291 percent.
Unique retro castle in the hills. Search Airbnb listings in Boulder.
Bucking the trends and striking out on your own? Where are you heading this summer?