Top 10 Labor Day Weekend Vacation Rental Destinations

Looking for an awesome getaway for Labor Day weekend? According to HomeAway.com, the largest online vacation rental listing site, Americans are saying goodbye to summer at America's beaches, mountains, and cities.

Four of the top 10 markets driving the most inquiries for vacation home rentals for Labor Day weekend are popular beach towns on the East Coast and Gulf Coast. Four are cities and the remaining two destinations are mountain spots.

There's still time to snag a home away from home in these top 10 end-of-summer vacation spots:

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    Destin, FL

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    With sand like powdered sugar and the brilliant turquoise Gulf of Mexico, Destin is a gem on the panhandle's Emerald Coast. There's plenty of fun for families here, and the 1.5-mile Henderson Beach State Park is a singularly impeccable waterfront paradise where you might spy dolphins, sea turtles, or migratory birds.

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    Ocean City, MD

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    One of the East Coast's most beloved summer playgrounds, Ocean City promises 10 miles of beach, a world-famous boardwalk, kite-filled skies, softshell crabs, and the wafting scent of sugar-dusted funnel cakes. HomeAway listings run the gamut from modern condos to charming townhouses.

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    Panama City Beach, FL

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    Another panhandle hot spot, Panama City Beach is famous as a rowdy spring break magnet for college kids. Families are likely to prefer this town during the long summer months.

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    Austin, TX

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    A hip, happening hub in Texas Hill Country, Austin not only offers plenty of kid-friendly activities for families, but there's also a lot of free fun to be had. With over 1,600 listings on HomeAway, finding a well-situated basecamp is not a problem.

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    Las Vegas, NV

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    Before you dismiss Vegas as a family vacation spot, consider all the kid-friendly fun to be had. From indoor skydiving, amusement park-style attractions, and a zip line high above downtown Las Vegas to Blue Man Group and the Shark Reef Aquarium, there's never a dull moment. There are over 1,100 listings in Vegas on HomeAway.

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    Gulf Shores, AL

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    Just west of Florida's panhandle beaches, the Alabama Gulf Coast's most popular beach town also made the top 10 list for Easter weekend. Family-friendly Gulf Shores offers a ton of ways to have fun with kids, from hanging out at the beach and nature walks at Gulf State Park to zooming down waterslides at Waterville U.S.A. 

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    Pocono Mountains, PA

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    The wooded hills, valleys, and lakes of the Poconos have long been a hinterland escape for folks from Philly and NYC. The region is a summer playground when the combination of woodland and water makes for myriad postcard-worthy vistas. While there is no main city in the region, popular hubs include Lake Harmony and Lake Wallenpaupack.

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    Orlando, FL

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    Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. Vacation home renters are spoiled for choice, with over 1,300 HomeAway listings in downtown Orlando and over 19,000 listings in the greater Disney/Orlando area.

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    Gatlinburg, TN

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    This gorgeous gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park draws families all summer long. Though Gatlinburg has only 4,000 year-round residents, HomeAway currently lists more than 2,000 properties in this small resort town, from cozy cabins to mountain chalets that can accommodate extended family

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    Nashville, TN

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    The top 10 rounds out with another Tennessee destination—this time a music mecca. Country is king here, and you can catch live shows at everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to neighborhood venues. And even if you're not a fan, the charm and hospitality of this Southern hot spot will win you over.