Memorial Day weekend, which begins on Friday, is the unofficial start of the summer travel season in the United States. And it’s a pleasant surprise. America is finally, finally available for warm-weather activities after a year and a half of lockdown, quarantines, and limitations. According to Airbnb, everyone is looking forward to a getaway in the great outdoors.
From Whitefish, Montana, to the seaside resorts in Acadia National Park, below you will find the three sought-after wilderness locations and mountain villages. Let the preparations for your summer trip begin.
#1. Whitefish, Montana, Full of Art Galleries and Boutiques
The quaint town of Whitefish, Montana, on the outskirts of Glacier National Park, is full of mom-and-pop businesses, art galleries, and a bevy of boutiques selling lovely oddities. A visit to Imagination Station, a vintage toy store, is a must. If you get hungry, you may always drop by Cafe Kandahar, a restaurant run by Andy Blanton, a James Beard Award-winning chef. After that, stop by Sweet Peaks for a delicious scoop of ice cream. There is also this magnificent log home with over 75 feet of private lakefront or this well-appointed condo close to town for overnight.
#2. Acadia National Park, Maine, a Great Place for Adventure Outdoors
On Maine’s Mount Desert Island, the rugged site of Acadia National Park, it’s difficult to pick just one town when going outdoors. Some of the people’s favorite Airbnbs include this charming, airy home in Seal Harbor that is “seconds” from the park entrance, this glamping tent in Bar Harbor, and this adorable cliffside property with over 50 five-star reviews. Is there anything else worth seeing? Under Canvas has opened a new, magnificent campground on 100 acres with 1,200 feet of shoreline.
#3. Northern Wisconsin, a Popular Summertime Booking Zone
Northern Wisconsin is one of Airbnb’s most popular summertime booking zones, particularly around Lake Superior and the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. It’s understandable: the stunning, rough landscape is easily accessible from large cities like Minneapolis and Milwaukee. In Ashland, relax in this family-friendly Airbnb that’s located on the water. A visit to the Apostle Island National Lakeshore is a must while you’re there. Do you want to feel more like you’re in the woods? This modern, rural cabin in Comstock is a great place outdoors to find peace deep in the woods. This may be a stretch, but according to Airbnb, this off-grid cabin, located two hours south of the National Forest, is the most wish-listed property in the entire state. Don’t forget to order a scoop of Blue Moon ice cream no matter where you are.