If names like Cherry Log (Ga.), Bella Vista (Ark.) and Terlingua (Texas) don’t ring a bell, they may well soon. These destinations make up the top up-and-coming spots for travelers in 2020 based on average annual demand growth for Vrbo travelers.
What do they all have in common? The great outdoors. Each destination is near outdoor attractions like Big Bend National Park in Texas, Lake of the Ozarks in Arkansas and the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia.
Check out Vrbo’s best tips for planning your next getaway to one of these hidden gems and for inspirational stays you can book below.
1. Terlingua, Texas
Terlingua is a small “ghost town” in West Texas just outside of Big Bend National Park. The former mining town was abandoned years ago after the mine closed, leaving behind decaying buildings and mine shafts. Today you’ll find a quaint small town centered around the Terlingua Trading company, right next to the Starlight Theatre serving up live music and good eats.
After enjoying some of the best hikes and sights in Big Bend National Park like the Lost Mine Trail, Window Trail and Santa Elena Canyon, kick back at a charming vacation rental, like this converted container home. Terlingua tops Vrbo’s list of up-and-coming destinations with a 75% increase in average annual demand growth.
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2. Bella Vista, Arkansas
Bella Vista is situated in the mountains of northwest Arkansas with an abundance of outdoor adventures, from hiking and mountain biking on the “Back 40” trails through the mountains to golfing on one of the six 18-hole courses and one nine-hole course. The most popular trail for visitors is the Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, where you can swim in the summer or hike to the main waterfall year-round.
When you’re not exploring the outdoors, visit Cooper Memorial Chapel, with beautiful Gothic arches similar to churches from the 14th century. Bella Vista had an impressive average annual demand growth increase of 70%, putting it second on the list. This spacious vacation home has room to sleep 11 guests.
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3. Westport, Washington
Westport is a great destination for families. Whether you’re taking a beach trip in the summer, clamming and whale watching in the winter or kite flying in the spring, the Pacific Northwest beach town has many exciting activities for kids.
Visit Westport Light State Park for hiking and beautiful beaches with tall dune grasses, and stop by the Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Washington’s tallest lighthouse. Climb 135 steps to the top for 360-degree views of the harbor. This A-frame beach house is dog-friendly with beautiful views from your own private deck. Westport increased 60% in average annual demand growth for vacation homes.
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4. Cherry Log, Georgia
In the heart of the North Georgia mountains, Cherry Log is a great destination to escape the daily grind and to relax in nature. One of the biggest attractions is Fall Branch Falls, just a quick half-mile round trip hike on the Benton MacKaye Trail — great for families with kids of all ages and sizes. This waterfall is worth chasing.
Make sure to stop at The Pink Pig for some of the best barbecue in North Georgia. Add Cherry Log to your travel plans in 2020, because this secret won’t be safe. The average annual demand growth has increased 50%, and it won’t be a hidden gem for long. You can find many beautiful vacation homes in the area like this rustic treehouse overlooking the Chattahoochee National Forest.
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5. Edisto Island, South Carolina
One of South Carolina’s “sea islands,” Edisto Island is a great place for fun in the sun. The island offers five miles of beach plus the beautiful beach at Edisto Beach State Park (an additional 1.5 miles), where you can hike and bike.
The average annual demand growth increased 45% for vacation homes, which might be because you’ll find zero hotels on Edisto Island. Enjoy the family-oriented lifestyle implemented by local residents and beautiful, pristine views of the Atlantic Ocean.
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For the full 2020 Vrbo Trend Report and methodology, visit: https://www.vrbo.com/l/trend-report.