As carefully planned summer and fall vacations begin to look more feasible, many are looking ahead to where to go first. Travelers looking for rental homes may want to glean some inspiration from fellow Airbnb users. The home-share giant released a list of Airbnb trending destinations for the spring and summer based on the growth in searches for trips taking place between March and August as compared to winter rental searches, specifically those booked for January and February of this year.
What’s in the mix? Several remote destinations, lesser-known beach towns, and areas in close proximity to national parks, from Whitefish, Montana, to Cape San Blas, Florida. The announcement also noted survey results collected in 2021, asking guests if they were interested in unique and remote lodgings for future trips: 84 percent of respondents said yes, with cabins (like these A-frame homes we love) at the top of travelers’ type-of-stay wishlist. Searches and saves for treehouse and barn rentals increased considerably in the last year, too, as people have looked for more spacious, secluded getaways.
Below, we’ve listed the spring and summer Airbnb trending destinations based on increase in interest, and found great rentals to consider in each locale, whether you’re looking to road trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks or tack on a night or two in Round Top, Texas, to an upcoming Austin visit. All of our recommended properties are run by Superhosts, who each have a rating of 4.8 or above, a record of zero cancellations, and at least a 90 percent response rate, ensuring a quick response time when you are ready to book.
While we have not stayed in every Airbnb featured, unless otherwise stated, these listings are vetted based on Superhost status, amenities, location, previous guest reviews, and decor. All listings featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
- ski slopes, mountain bike trails, Glacier National Park, and a main street that slightly resembles the set of an old Western, head to Whitefish. Space is of no concern: The Whale Bone Cottage has room for six inside the uniquely shaped home that lets in tons of natural light. It’s situated 25 miles outside the park and a 10-minute drive to downtown, and visitors just might spot a bear, moose, or mountain lion outside while there. At the Quarry, a residential community close to Whitefish Lake, there’s room for 10, a fully equipped kitchen, shared amenities like a hot tub and fire pit, an indoor fireplace, and a freestanding bath tub to warm up in.
- three-bedroom home set on a no-wake cove, with amenities like tandem kayaks, pedal boats, and a private dock slip at your disposal. (You can rent a boat at nearby vendors or bring your own.) And while many stays here are in condos, that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing space. This three-bedroom condo has tons of space for you to spread out in, including a balcony that looks out over the lake, and access to two pools.ADVERTISEMENT
- Wright Brothers National Memorial. Sugar fiends may be keen to stay in this cozy apartment for two, situated atop Mom’s Sweet Shop and a few blocks from the beach. (Don’t skip a stop at Duck Donuts, either.) For a bit more space, there’s the Tide Pool, a three-bedroom house that fits six, with a large backyard, pool to splash around in, sun loungers, and barbecue grill.
- Mammoth Cave National Park is a must when in the area, it’s far from the only thing to do. Visitors can wander hiking paths, rent and ride mountain bikes, or kayak down the Green River. Only nine miles from the national park, this enormous six-bedroom lodge sleeps 16, thanks to a separate bunk house for kids, and is set on 40 acres, with private dock access to Nolin Lake. (Note: It’s BYO boat.) About 30 minutes away, this five-bedroom house offers a more urban, industrial vibe, and is located near many of the city’s top museums, like the National Corvette Museum and the Baker Arboretum.
- state parks within a 1.5-hour drive. Use it as your home base to explore Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, aptly named for its coral-colored dunes; Zion National Park, just 20 minutes away; Bryce Canyon National Park, known for its hoodoos; and Kodachrome Basin State Park, so named for its vivid, natural colors. One of the best Airbnbs here is built into a shipping container, with a single bedroom, impressive kitchen, a spacious bathroom, and stunning views of the landscape. Families and groups of friends can head to this four-bedroom home, located about 15 minutes from the Zion park entrance, which features a bunk room for the kids and large living spaces and patios to spread out on.
- four-bedroom beach home; its screened-in back porch allows for dinners on the patio unimpeded by Florida rainstorms or mosquitos. Alternatively, book a stay at this newly built family-friendly home, with four bedrooms (three with queen or king bed, and one large bunk room for the kids), two large decks overlooking the beach, and a pool.
- serene three-bedroom home in Page, Arizona, sleeps eight, is perfect for a family, and puts you within 10 minutes of both the lake, Antelope Canyon, and the famed Horseshoe Bend. While water sports may be a main draw to the area, the stargazing in this area is also next level. The Kyo͞ob, a minimalist Airbnb built from a steel cube, sits just 30 minutes from the Wahweap Marina in Navajo Nation and offers stellar views of the night sky—so wonderful, in fact, that the stay was featured in the March 2021 issue of Conde Nast Traveler.
- Round Top is one of our favorite places to tack onto a trip to Austin. Besides the fair, which is ongoing during the pandemic, with dates in late March and October 2021, Royer’s Pie Haven—a must-visit for its apple and Texas Trash pies—and the concerts at the Round Top Festival Institute make Round Top a worthy destination year-round. If you’re visiting on a romantic getaway or solo trip, check out the Flophouze Shipping Container Hotel, which rents out one-bedroom tiny homes built into shipping containers, complete with enormous windows and modern kitchenettes. If you need more room, head to nearby Fayetteville, about 20 minutes south, to stay at the Bloom Inn, a restored, three-bedroom farmhouse from the 1800s with a bright white interior.
- three-bedroom home has plenty of space to kick back indoors and out, including a huge canal-facing backyard. For couples or small groups of friends, this carriage-style duplex (you’ll have the entire top level, accessible only by stairs) is close to the beach, coffee shops, and restaurants, and offers parking spots for two cars.
- in Maine sounds idyllic: fresh air, strolls along white sand beaches, and plenty of lobster rolls. And for the outdoorsy types, an endless list of activities from canoeing and fishing to whitewater rafting and hiking. Along the southern coast, stay in Portland for more of a city feel or retreat to smaller beach towns like Kittery and Ogunquit. In Wells, known for its beaches, antique stores, and the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, we’d make our home base this bright, sunny two-bedroom cottage, which overlooks both the beach and the Rachel Carson tidal marsh preserve. If Kennebunkport’s craft fairs and food, art, and wine festivals are calling your name, this modern three-bedroom retreat that has floor-to-ceiling windows and is surrounded by trees might be the ideal place to hole up.