Top 10 Presidents Day Weekend Destinations

Looking for a fun getaway destination for Presidents Day Weekend? For many families, the long holiday weekend kicks off a longer winter school break.

According to, the largest online vacation rental listing site, Americans are flocking to the mountains for the holiday weekend. Seven of the top 10 markets driving the most inquiries for vacation home rentals over Presidents Day Weekend are mountain resort towns where scenic views and ski slopes are often the main draws.

There's still time to snag a home away from home in these top 10 Presidents Day Weekend spots:

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    Poconos, PA

    HomeAway Listing in the Poconos

    The snow-covered wooded hills, valleys and lakes of the Pocono Mountains have long been a hinterland escape for folks from Philly and NYC. The region is stunning this time of year, when the combination of snowy woodlands and water makes for a winter-wonderland setting. While there is no main city in the region, popular hubs include Lake Harmony, Camelback, and Lake Wallenpaupack.Families looking for a vacation rental have plenty of choice here, with over 4,500 listings in this area.

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    South Lake Tahoe, CA


    Along with some of the best skiing in the country, Lake Tahoe offers a real-life winter wonderland setting.  With about 3,000 listings on the south shore (and another 3,000 on the north shore) there's still availability for the long Presidents Day Weekend.

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    Big Bear, CA


    One of California's most popular ski destinations, Big Bear draws families with its lovely village with its cobbled streets, coffee shops, restaurants, and oodles of small-town charm. Those hunting for the perfect long-weekend hideaway have plenty of choice, thanks to the more than 5,000 HomeAway listings in the town and lake area.

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    Gatlinburg, TN


    This gorgeous gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park draws families all year long, and it's another top destination for vacation rental inquiries this Presidents Day Weekend. Though Gatlinburg has only 4,000 year-round residents, HomeAway currently lists over 4,800 properties in this small resort town, from cozy cabins to mountain chalets that can accommodate extended family.

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    Mammoth Lakes, CA

    HomeAway Listing in Mammoth Lakes, California

    Looking for a family ski getaway? Consider heading to California's Sierra Nevadas and Mammoth Mountain, one of California's most popular ski resorts. Making it into HomeAway's top 10 most popular Presidents Day Weekend destinations is the mountainside community of Mammoth Lakes with 1,879 vacation home listings, many of which have ski in/ski out access to the slopes.

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    Killington, VT

    HomAway Listing in Killington, Vermont

    Another popular ski resort town—this time in Vermont—is the six-mountain behemoth that is Killington, with its myriad runs and excellent ski program for kids. Homeaway currently lists nearly 1,000 vacation home listings in Killington, some of which are slopeside, and note that Pico, another great Vermont ski resort, is just a few miles away.

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    Austin, TX

    HomeAway Listing in Austin, Texas

    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 about 2,000 listings on HomeAway, finding a well-situated basecamp is not a problem.

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    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. There are over 1,600 listings in Vegas on HomeAway.

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    Breckenridge, CO

    HomeAway Listing in Breckenridge, Colorado

    Yet another ski destination to make the top 10, Breckenridge is a winter playground that families really love. Thanks to over 6,500 HomeAway listings in Breckenridge, home renters have lots of options at different price points.

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    Orlando, FL

    The world's number one family destination is, not surprisingly, also a mega-popular destination during long weekends. With Disney World, Universal Orlando, and other theme parks, Orlando offers plenty of non-stop fun for a long weekend or weeklong school break. Vacation home renters are spoiled for choice, with over 5,000 HomeAway listings in downtown Orlando and over 45,000 listings in the greater Disney/Orlando area.

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