Wondering where to escape for Memorial Day weekend? According to HomeAway.com, the largest online vacation rental listing site, Americans are spending the unofficial kickoff to summer at America's beaches.
Eight of the 10 markets driving the most inquiries for vacation home rentals for the Memorial Day weekend are popular beach towns on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
There's still time to snag a home away from home in these top 10 spots for Memorial Day weekend:
Ocean City, MD
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.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Next on the list is Myrtle Beach, another iconic seaside resort town beloved for its affordability, miles of beach, and myriad kid-friendly attractions. With over 4,100 vacation rental listings on HomeAway, families are spoiled for choice.
South Beach, FL
Miami's famed South Beach neighborhood is always a draw for its chic restaurants and shops fronting miles of sand. There are over a thousand listings in this neighborhood alone, including many condos and apartments with rooftop pools.
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.
Miami Beach, FL
Talk about eye candy. One of the world's most famous stretches of sand, Miami Beach's iconic pastels and Art Deco architecture put the destination on the map in the 1930s. Choose from among 1,900 listings on HomeAway.
One of two non-beach towns to make the top 10, Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. At Easter time, Disney World is hosting two popular springtime events at Epcot: the Epcot Eggs-travaganza and Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. Vacation home renters are spoiled for choice, with over 1,300 HomeAway listings in downtown Orlando and over 18,000 listings in the greater Disney/Orlando area.
Panama City Beach, FL
A popular panhandle hot spot, Panama City Beach is famous as a college spring break magnet but families may well prefer it over Memorial Day weekend.
Las Vegas, NV
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.
Gulf Shores, AL
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.
Outer Banks, NC
Three razor-thin barrier islands oozing laid-back coastal charm, the Outer Banks are home to miles and miles of unspoiled beaches, the windy dunes of Jockey's Ridge, herds of wild horses, and family-friendly rentals of all sizes. HomeAway offers nearly 3,000 listings ranging from adorable beach bungalows to palatial properties perfect for a multi-family gathering or reunion.