Last week we wrote about staycations, which seems to be what many are being forced to do as we continue to struggle through the coronavirus pandemic. This week we’re going to be looking forward: What is the location of your dream vacation? (That is, of course, when people are again “free to move about the country,” to steal a line from an old Southwest Airlines ad.)

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Where is your dream vacation location? (Assuming money was no object.) Let us know in the Comments section toward the bottom of the page.

So where would you want to go? Obviously this is a very subjective question.

But to get a sense of what people around the country were interested in, RENTCafé.com—a nationwide apartment search website and research blog—recently analyzed travel-related Google searches for 960 destinations in the U.S. and then ranked the destinations, towns, beaches, and natural areas that saw the smallest drop in interest from people dreaming about a future escape.

Here are their results:

20 Top Destinations

  • Outer Banks, North Carolina
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Moab, Utah
  • Kauai, Hawaii
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • Bozeman, Montana
  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Ruidoso, New Mexico

10 Top Beach Destinations

  • Outer Banks, North Carolina
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Kauai, Hawaii
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • The Florida Keys
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Seaside, Oregon

10 Top Small Town Destinations

  • Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Moab, Utah
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Durango, Colorado
  • St. George, Utah
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Sedona, Arizona

10 Top Nature Travel Destinations

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Bozeman, Montana
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Ruidoso, New Mexico
  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • Vail, Colorado
  • Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • Boone, North Carolina

Now if time and money were not a factor, there are plenty of other places people would love to go for their dream vacation location.

Other Dream Vacation Locations

According to usnews.com, here are some of those highly ranked locations of the world’s best places to visit.

  • South Island, New Zealand
  • Paris
  • Bora Bora
  • Glacier National Park
  • London
  • Maui
  • Tahiti
  • Tokyo
  • Rome
  • Phuket
  • Barcelona
  • Bali
  • New York City
  • Grand Canyon
  • Dubai
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sydney
  • Banff
  • Florence
  • Yosemite
  • Santorini
  • Yellowstone
  • St. Lucia
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • San Francisco
  • Amsterdam
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Argentine Patagonia
  • Costa Rica
  • Niagara Falls

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Again, please tell us your dream vacation location. Is it someplace in the United States? Or is it someplace else in the world. Let us know!

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be spending time dreaming of my next vacation.

Hope you have a great weekend. Stay safe!

Best Regards,
Taylor