RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites, announced America’s top vacation rental hot spots for 2011, based on TripAdvisor search data and site editors. These outstanding destinations offer a wealth of fun family activities and natural beauty, as well as plentiful vacation rental options for travelers looking to save money on their trips.
“Vacation rentals can offer families and groups of travelers significant savings over other accommodation options,” said Hank Hudepohl, director of vacation rentals at TripAdvisor. “Our list shows off some of the best vacation rental destinations in the U.S. where travelers can save big—ranging from prime summer beach spots to areas with first-rate ski resorts.”
1. Kissimmee, Florida
With balmy weather and family-friendly activities spanning everything from hot air balloon rides to bass fishing, Kissimmee is at the heart of Florida’s famous amusement park country and neighbors Orlando, another great vacation rental destination for families.
2. Big Bear Lake, California
Offering year-round activities including skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking and fishing in the summer, this beautiful destination to the northeast of Los Angeles is perfect for travelers looking to explore the great outdoors.
3. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Situated in the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a scenic spot for outdoor adventures, from hiking and horseback riding to fishing and whitewater rafting.
4. Kihei, Hawaii
Located on the island of Maui, Kihei features six miles of sunny beaches that, beyond sunbathing, offer travelers a number of aquatic activities including swimming, snorkeling, surfing and kayaking.
5. Destin, Florida
A perfect place for a relaxing vacation on the beach, this destination on the Florida panhandle boasts warm weather fun for the whole family, from top-rated golf courses to a free exhibit featuring 100 live alligators.
6. Palm Springs, California
Resting at the base of the Mount San Jacinto Mountains, Palm Springs is a gorgeous resort town where travelers can get their fill of adventure or relaxation, with attractions ranging from an aerial tramway and hiking trails to downtown shopping and spas.
7. Outer Banks, North Carolina
A narrow strip of land just off the Atlantic Coast, the Outer Banks boasts miles of picturesque beaches and a wide array of wildlife, including herds of wild horses that roam the beaches in the northern portion of the islands.
8. Lahaina, Hawaii
At one time the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Lahaina is still a royal place to get away from it all and enjoy spectacular beaches, as well as a wealth of activities from whale watching tours to hiking through the nearby West Maui Forest Reserve.
9. Hilton Head, South Carolina
A fabulous beach destination for the entire family, Hilton Head offers a relaxing place to escape with miles of pristine sand, 24 top-notch golf courses, upscale shopping and outdoor activities galore.
10. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Bursting with old-fashioned New England charm, Cape Cod is a fantastic summer destination for the family with outstanding beaches, historic lighthouses, miles of bike trails and plenty of options for shopping and dining.
For more information, visit www.tripadvisor.com.