Surprise, Surprise: 12 of the 15 Most Popular Labor Day Destinations Are Coastal
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Surprise, Surprise: 12 of the 15 Most Popular Labor Day Destinations Are Coastal

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Surprise, Surprise: 12 of the 15 Most Popular Labor Day Destinations Are Coastal
© David P. Hall/Corbis

Summer is quickly coming to an end (*cue collective sigh*), making Labor Day weekend the perfect time to seize the last remaining beach days of 2015. TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals has pulled together user data (specifically the number of vacation rental bookings and enquiries) to come up with a list of the 15 most popular U.S. destinations for Labor Day travelers. The data comes in handy if you're looking to plan any last-minute excursions—now you know where the hot spots are (or which cities to avoid if you're looking for a bit of solitude).

A majority of Americans are hitting the road (or skies!) this year. According to a TripAdvisor survey, 59 percent of U.S. travelers are planning on spending their long weekend in a vacation rental (up from 52 percent in 2014). Their reasonings: Extra living space, low rates, and improved amenities. Without further ado, the findings alongside the average cost for a one-week stay in the area and its traveler rating on a 5-point scale:

15. South Lake Tahoe, California

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,211.22

• Average 2-Bedroom Traveler Rating: 4.2

14. Kissimmee, Florida

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $900.82

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.5

13. Orlando, Florida

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,022.99

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.7

12. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,097.04

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.3

11. Orange Beach, Alabama

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,087.63

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.1

10. San Diego, California

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $2,232.09

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.5

9. MIami Beach, Florida

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $2,332.69

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.0

8. Tybee Island, Georgia

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,269.13

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.3

7. Virginia Beach, Virginia

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,266.97

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.2

6. Gulf Shores, Alabama

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $905.55

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.3

5. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,216.13

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.3

4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $819.06

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.0

3. Ocean City, Maryland

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,097.88

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.0

2. Panama City Beach, Florida

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,105.45

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.4

1. Destin, Florida

• Average Weekly 2-Bedroom Rate: $1,202.76

• Average 2-Bedroom Taveler Rating: 4.2

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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