From the national parks of Maine to the beaches of California, you can find excellent destinations just about everywhere you look in the US. Better yet, you won't have any trouble finding the perfect rental to serve as your base of operations while you're there—from low-cost cabin rentals surrounded by woodland to lavish mansions for rent in well-heeled neighborhoods. So whether you're on the East Coast, West Coast, or somewhere in between, prepare to get inspired with our top picks for great vacation spots.
Top vacation ideas on the East Coast
With its sandy beaches, verdant mountains, and bustling metropolises, the East Coast is positively brimming with great vacation spots that are easily accessible by car, bus, or train. For some summertime fun in the sun, look for rentals in places like South Carolina's Grand Strand or the sandy beaches of Florida hotspots like St. Pete, Miami, and Key West. In the north, you'll find major cities brimming with museums, restaurants, and live entertainment—snag a trendy loft in Manhattan, or save some some green and explore a smaller city like Boston or Philadelphia. Outdoorsy types can head to Maine's Acadia National Park, or conquer a stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia or North Carolina.
Check out these vacation places in the South
Home to lots small towns dripping with 19th-century charm, the southern US is a great place to visit for a one-of-a-kind escape. In Tennessee, you can immerse yourself in the country music of Nashville, sample that famous Memphis BBQ, or find all sorts of family fun in Pigeon Forge, a town in the Great Smoky Mountains that's home to the Dollywood amusement park. Eureka Springs, AR, boasts a historic district filled with preserved Victorian buildings built around the city's natural springs. In New Orleans, a lively city on the Mississippi River, you'll find a bustling dining and nightlife scene, as well as world-class museums and quirky sights proclaiming the city's colorful heritage, from jazz clubs and absinthe bars to above-ground cemeteries.
Head to the Midwest for a great break
With its ample rivers, lakes, and forests, as well as major cities and national parks, the Midwest is chock-full of great places to visit. For a big-city break, head to happening Chicago, where you can admire panoramic views from the observation deck at Willis Tower, enjoy old-school rides at Navy Pier, or catch a summer music festival in waterfront parks along Lake Michigan. Further north, fishing, swimming, and boating are the name of the game during summers in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, and if you're here in the winter, you'll find plenty of ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. In St. Louis, you can visit the interactive City Museum, made from repurposed architectural materials, or snap a selfie by the landmark Gateway Arch.
Our top picks for vacation ideas in the Southwest
If it's breathtaking natural scenery you're after, look no further than the Southwest. Home to the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest National Park, and the epic Carlsbad Caverns, your camera's sure to get a workout during your trip. For a laid-back escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city, look for getaway cabins within the pine forests of Flagstaff, AZ, or amid the striking rock formations of nearby Sedona. Taos, NM is home to historic adobe structures and cliff dwellings, while Santa Fe boasts a centuries-old historic district and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. You'll find eclectic arts enclaves in areas like Tucson and Albequerque, while sprawling Phoenix provides museums, a zoo, botanical gardens, and more.
Epic picks for the best vacations on the West Coast
Whether you want lush evergreen forests, sun-soaked beaches, or cosmopolitan cultural sights, the West Coast has you covered. Look for vacation home rentals in Washington cities like Seattle, Tacoma, or Olympia for hiking on the wooded slopes of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. In Portland, OR, you'll find ample bars, dining, and live music venues, while attractions like Cannon Beach and the striking Oneonta Gorge are just a short drive away. California, meanwhile, is nothing if not diverse—you can enjoy tiki drinks in a fog-shrouded hilltop bar in San Francisco, hit the slopes in ski areas like Tahoe and Big Bear, peruse the art and entertainment venues in Los Angeles, or hit the sandy, sun-baked beaches of San Diego.