Americans love their summer escapes.
Packing up the family and heading out on a summer vacation is as American as, well, being American. But selecting where to travel is a deeply personal choice that often involves proximity to water, relatives and enough activities for everyone to enjoy.
These are the Top 5 selections of 24/7 Wall St., which drew on U.S. Census Bureau data to find the top towns based on rental occupancy (top areas listed show home vacancy as the result of seasonal or recreational use). Read their full Top 10 list here and see the additional benefits the towns boast.
#5: The Outdoorsy Getaway
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine
Vacancy for seasonal use: 70.3%
A hub in Maine that offers outdoors escapes, great food and a brewery culture that can’t be missed.
#4: Fun in the Sun
Vacancy for seasonal use: 75.3%
Close to Phoenix but without the city intensity, this stunning area is surrounded by red-rock desert and indulgent spas as far as the eye can see.
#3: Rustic Escape
Glens Falls, N.Y.
Vacancy for seasonal use: 78.0%
Nestled in the foothills of the mountains, this charming town beckons with amazing restaurants and an all-American town feel.
#2: Summer Time Warp
Barnstable Town, Mass.
Vacancy for seasonal use: 89.4%
The largest community on Cape Cod offers a taste of simpler times — with plenty of coastal activities for the family to enjoy.
#1: The Ocean Paradise
Ocean City, N.J.
Vacancy for seasonal use: 92.3%
What more can you want than great beaches and even better ocean views from your seaside rental.