Check out these cool places to go, from near to far

Check out these cool places to go, from near to far

Planning a fun-filled road trip with a few of your besties? Or looking to jet off in search of some of the world’s best hidden gems? No matter what sort of trip you’ve got in mind, you can find cool places to visit on vacation everywhere you look. From light-filled craftsman-style bungalows in Portland, Oregon to the brownstones of Brooklyn and artists’ lofts in Berlin—as well as plenty of low-key lodgings in backpacker-friendly locales like Prague—you can find the perfect home base for your next getaway.

Cool vacations abound in the USA

You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to find cool places to visit—there are plenty of unique vacation ideas right here in the USA. Bustling big cities are filled with vibrant, trendy enclaves where you can sample cocktails while watching up-and-coming live music acts, while plenty of the country’s smaller towns boast funky independent shops, cool art galleries, and buzzy bars and cafes. Check out our top picks and secure your stylish vacation rental today.

Stylish weekly rentals in NYC

If you’re looking for cool vacation spots, you can’t do much better than New York City. With its long-standing history as an art and culture hub, you can find live music venues hosting under-the-radar acts, innovative restaurants and cocktail bars, and underground art and poetry events just about everywhere you look. Book a loft in trendy SoHo or Williamsburg for easy access to bustling food halls and late-night cocktailing or stay in hipster enclaves like Bushwick and Ridgewood to catch quirky local music, art shows, and pop-up eateries.

New York City has long been a haven for artists and iconoclasts.

Unique vacation ideas in Austin, TX

A perennial favorite for travelers seeking cool places to visit, Austin in Texas is home to plenty of excellent international cuisine, cozy cafes, and more live entertainment than you can shake a stick at. Score a vacation home rental during the spring to catch the city’s annual South by Southwest music, film, and media festival, or book a summertime getaway cabin and explore the natural beauty of the surrounding Texas Hill Country. Whenever you visit, Austin has more than enough to keep you entertained—whether you’re in town for a long weekend or a weeks-long stay.

Nighttime view of boats from the Pennybacker Bridge in Austin, Texas

Cool vacation spots in and around Portland, OR

Don’t let the IFC series “Portlandia” lead you astray—Portland in Oregon is so much more than urban farmers and hipster taxidermy shops (although it’s got a few of those, too). This mid-sized city on the Willamette River packs plenty of punch—whether you’re strolling among flowers at the sprawling International Rose Test Garden, getting lost in the stacks of the iconic Powell’s City of Books, or snacking on Korean tacos or vegan fare in the trendy Pearl District. From your vacation home in the city center, you can make easy day trips to the stunning Oneonta Gorge, the Tillamook State Forest, and the summertime puffin colonies at Cannon Beach.

Cool places to visit all around the world

Of course, there’s no reason to limit yourself to the great destinations that you’ll find stateside. From street art and late-night music in Berlin to the ossuaries of the Czech Republic and countercultural landmarks in Kathmandu, you can find all sorts of cool vacation spots all over the world. And whether you’re looking for lavish villa rentals, laid-back artists’ lofts, or straightforward vacation homes, you can find great accommodations everywhere you look.

Trendy digs in bustling Berlin

With its lively arts and music scene, Berlin regularly tops lists of the coolest places to visit in the world. Look for rentals in neighborhoods like Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg for great bars, clubs, and low-cost street food on streets marked with vibrant murals and outdoor sculptures. You’ll also be close to the East Side Gallery, set near the River Spree, where you can view a piece of the former Berlin Wall that features graffiti from more than 100 street artists. Or you can stay in the central Mitte district to check out major sights like the Reichstag Building and the grand Brandenburg Gate.

Berlin cityscape at night, with the River Spree in the foreground

Prague has history, culture, and beer galore

Known as the City of A Hundred Spires, the Czech capital of Prague is as storied as it is vibrant. Gothic, baroque, and medieval buildings surround the city’s central Old Town Square, while the lively Wenceslas Square is lined with cafes and shops. All throughout the city, you’ll find pubs and beer halls, as well as low-key eateries and carts serving up tasty fare. From your vacation rental in the city center, you can make easy day trips to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Pilsen, or the Sedlec Ossuary, a Gothic chapel filled with human bones and skulls, just an hour’s drive east.

Urban adventures are on the table in Seoul

For a totally different take on city living, head to the busy urban center of Seoul. Apartments and condos in the South Korean capital boast perks like full kitchens, and some have floor-to-ceiling windows or balconies with panoramic city views. Check out major sights like the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace and the sleek, contemporary Dongdaemun Design Plaza. The vibrant Myeongdong Market is a great place to sample traditional Korean snacks, while lively districts like Gangnam and Hongdae are shopping and nightlife hubs.