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Travel Trends 2021: 10 Top Vacation Spots in The U.S. For The Year

Discover the accommodations that offer the best value for money in the top trending destinations for the year ahead

If you are dreaming of pack your bags and escaping to the coast, the mountains, or the city, we are here to inspire you. We took a deep dive into trivago`s exclusive accommodation data to come up with the top vacation spots in the U.S for 2021. All these places have one thing in common: they`re destinations with the greatest increase in demand compared to 2020.

To make your trip even more special, we selected an accommodation with excellent value for money in each one of our top trending destinations. They offer plenty of bang for your buck with superb amenities and unique experiences for all. From a luxurious landmark hotel in the heart of Boston to an inviting family resort in south New Jersey, here is our exclusive list of the most trend vacations spots in the country:

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10. Unwind at a Cozy Pet-Friendly Beach House in North Wildwood, New Jersey

North Wildwood, located on the Jersey Shore, is tenth on our list of trending vacation spots in the U.S. in 2021. If you’re looking for somewhere for your family that’s close to the beach, the Modern Beach House is ideal. This charming, newly renovated beach house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, and a fenced yard where pets can roam free. It accommodates up to eight guests and is a short drive from North Wildwood.

What you`ll find in North Wildwood

This family-friendly beach vacation resort has a quintessential Old America vibe and is home to wide, white sand beaches and a boardwalk that stretches along the Wildwoods. You’ll find thrilling roller coasters, monster truck rides, waterslides, and endless other attractions. North Wildwood also provides many water-based activities such as surfing and dolphin-spotting cruises.

Modern Beach House Steps from Bay Beach, Pet Friendly

Lower Township
8.9 Excellent (90 reviews)

9. Enjoy a Private Speedboat Tour in Lake George, New York

Lake George in the Adirondacks is another of trivago’s top trending destinations in the U.S. in 2021. The Boathouse Bed & Breakfast is a stunning historic property in Bolton Landing, and it’s the only B&B located directly on Lake George.

If you’re looking for a unique and romantic year-round getaway where you can enjoy a slower pace of life, then this is the place to stay. Warm hospitality, a delicious full breakfast, and fabulous amenities make this hotel superb value for money. Relax on your balcony and enjoy the views, gather by the fire pit in the evening, or enjoy a private tour of Lake George on their speedboat.

What you`ll find in Lake George

Popular activities include swimming and kayaking on the lake and visiting Fort William Henry Museum and the Hyde Collection Art Museum & House. Lake George is a top hiking destination with multiple trails to suit all fitness levels, so don’t forget your walking boots.

Boathouse Bed & Breakfast

Lake George
8.8 Excellent (18 reviews)

8. Discover a Dizzying Array of Resort Amenities in Kennebunkport, Maine

The beautiful coastal town of Kennebunkport takes the eighth spot on trivago’s trending vacation spots in the U.S. in 2021. About ten miles from Kennebunkport, in Wells, you’ll find the Cottages at Summer Village, which is home to a cozy two-bedroom cottage with a kitchen, bunk beds, laundry facilities, and a porch.

The resort is a kid’s paradise with impressive resort amenities for the whole family to enjoy, including three swimming pools, two kids’ pools, a playground, and a fitness center. In the summer, enjoy their weekly events, including Friday evening movies and popcorn.

What you`ll find in Kennebunkport

The destination is known for being the summer home of former President George W. Bush and is famous for its lobster and whoopie pies. Kayak tours on the Kennebunk, visiting Goat Island Lighthouse, strolling around the Seashore Trolley Museum, and enjoying lobster roll are just a few of the highlights.

The Cottages At Summer Village

Wells
9.2 Excellent (49 reviews)

7. Soak Up the View in Asheville, North Carolina

Ashville in North Carolina is another of our top destinations to visit for 2021. The small southern city has something for everyone, whether you love the arts, outdoor adventures, or shopping at local boutiques. The Residences at Biltmore is an all-suite condo-hotel surrounded by woodland and ideally located for exploring Asheville.

It lies just outside the gates of Biltmore, two miles from the city center. Suites come with modern kitchens and balconies, and guests also have access to all the amenities, including a heated pool and hot tub, restaurant and bar, and fitness center.

What you`ll find in Ashville

The city is home to over 250 independent restaurants and a large number of craft breweries that you can tour. Ashville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and close to the Appalachian Trail, which means it’s a popular base for hiking for all ages.

The Residences at Biltmore

Top rated
Asheville
8.9 Excellent (3236 reviews)

6. Get VIP Treatment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, often called Philly, sits on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and is rich in history and culture. In the heart of Philadelphia, opposite the historic Rittenhouse Square, lies the Rittenhouse Hotel, a luxurious boutique hotel. Whether you’re a family, couple, or going for a girls’ weekend, you’ll get VIP treatment, and so will your pets.

Renovated rooms and suites are the largest in the city, and there are multiple restaurants and bars. Enjoy an indulgent Sunday brunch buffet at Lacroix or a decadent afternoon tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room, or why not do both? After a busy day exploring the city, be pampered at the spa, or go for a swim in the indoor pool. The hotel even offers complimentary Jaguar driver service.

What you`ll find in Philadelphia

Philly is considered one of the most walkable cities in the country, which makes it easy to explore. Take a selfie outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art in front of the Liberty Bell, visit the Franklin Institute or the African American Museum in Philadelphia, enjoy a horse carriage ride through Independence National Park, or see a show at the Helium Comedy Club. When you need to refuel head to Geno’s Steaks for an iconic Philly cheesesteak.

The Rittenhouse Hotel

Top rated
Philadelphia
9.5 Excellent (1761 reviews)

5. Relax in Spacious Surroundings in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Known as the waterpark capital of the world, Wisconsin Dells is one of our top trending places to travel in 2021. And if you’re looking for a budget-friendly family resort with outstanding amenities that gives you a lot of bang for your buck, Tamarack and Mirror Lake Resort, located four miles from Wisconsin Dells, checks all the boxes.

The apartments come with full kitchens and fireplaces, and on the days when you feel like relaxing, the resort has outdoor and indoor pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a playground.

What you`ll find in Wisconsin Dells

The destination has so much to offer whether you’re looking for high adrenaline adventures such as jet boating or ziplining or a more sedate horse-drawn wagon through its narrow canyons, or a leisurely take a scenic boat tour along the Wisconsin River. There’s also local wineries and breweries you can tour.

Tamarack and Mirror Lake Resort

Wisconsin Dells
8.3 Very good (31 reviews)

4. Bring Your Pets to Columbus, Ohio

The hotel Hilton Columbus Downtown is conveniently located in the Short North Arts District in Ohio’s hip state capital, Columbus, which is fourth on trivago’s trending places to visit in 2021. After a day of sight-seeing, it’s time to head back to the hotel and relax in luxury surroundings in your spacious room or suite.

Head for a swim in the indoor pool or do a workout at the fitness center. Other amenities include a restaurant, bar, and coffee bar. You’ll also find an impressive art collection with over 200 original works of art from local artists. You might be surprised to know that the hotel is pet-friendly too.

What you`ll find in Columbus

The city offers something for everyone, whether you’re a foodie, art enthusiast, or family with young kids. It is fun to rent bikes from the hotel and explore parks along the Scioto Mile. If any baseball fans are traveling with you, they can head to Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers.

Hilton Columbus Downtown

Top rated
Columbus
9.0 Excellent (1818 reviews)

3. Make the Most of The Kids' Camp in Newport, Rhode Island

Third place on trivago’s top vacation spots in 2021 is Newport, one of the oldest resort towns in the U.S., located in Rhode Island. Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina sits on the edge of the water on Goat Island. The family-friendly hotel features 257 spacious suites and an array of exceptional amenities to keep everyone happy, including four restaurants and two pools.

In summer, while your kids are in the kids’ camp, hit the spa or relax with a cocktail as you enjoy the views across Narragansett Bay. They also have live music and entertainment at certain times of the year.

What you`ll find in Newport

This coastal city is famous for its magnificent Gilded Age mansions that line Bellevue Avenue and regarded as the sailing capital of the world. You’ll find a never-ending list of things to do, from going for a morning stroll along the Cliff Walk to touring one of the mansions, which look even more beautiful during the holiday season.

Hotel Gurney'S Newport Resort & Marina

Newport
8.2 Very good (473 reviews)

2. Experience Indulgent Luxury in Boston, Massachusetts

It’s no surprise it is No. 2 on the top trending destinations in the U.S. in 2021 is Boston. And The Boston Park Plaza is a landmark hotel located in the city’s Back Bay. The grand hotel features luxurious rooms and suites and four restaurants and lounges, including STRIP by Strega. If you find any downtime, take advantage of the state-of-the-art health club, which has a huge fitness center and offers a program of fitness classes. For any golfers, it also has a Topgolf Swing Suite.

What you`ll find in Boston

The city is home to world-class museums, cool neighborhoods, national parks, and historical monuments. Walk the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that takes you past 16 historically significant locations or follow the Black Heritage Trail, which is shorter but equally fascinating. On a sunny day, head to the Skywalk Observatory at the top of the Prudential Tower for the best views across the city. If you are traveling with kids, they’ll love the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium.

Boston Park Plaza

Boston
8.0 Very good (13913 reviews)

1. Experience all the charm of a country inn in North Conway, New Hampshire

Taking the top spot on trivago’s top vacation spots in U.S. to visit in 2021 is North Conway, New Hampshire. Minutes from the village of North Conway is 3-star White Mountain Hotel and Resort, a secluded 80-room country inn that combines traditional décor with modern amenities and boasts mountain views from every room.

It features a restaurant and bar, spa, and fitness center. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, you’ll find plenty to do on the property, whether you feel like relaxing by the outdoor pool, hitting some balls on the golf course, or taking a walk to Echo Lake State Park.

What you`ll find in North Conway

This historic mountain town is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest and offers endless activities and adventures for every season from hiking to tubing down the Saco River and skiing to sleigh rides. You can also schedule a snow coach tour up Washington Mountain or hop on the cog railway that takes you up the mountain.

Hotel White Mountain and Resort

Top rated
North Conway
8.7 Excellent (1027 reviews)

All the data displayed on this article was checked in December, 2020, and can change at any time.