With the summer season kicking into full gear, now's an opportune time to start securing your travel plans for the rest of the year. When coordinating trips in the US and beyond, I always start with lodging: Do I want to stay in a hotel or rental? How close (or far) do I want to be from a major city? And what amenities are on my must-have list? I tend to gravitate more toward rentals than hotels so I can take advantage of the creature comforts associated with home, from a fully stocked kitchen to a private pool I can enjoy at any time. So Vrbo's newly released list of the top vacation homes of the year is a go-to guide when I'm choosing the best rentals — and destinations — to have on my radar.
From a desert oasis in Palm Springs to an oceanside paradise in Rosemary Beach, FL, there's no shortage of places to explore in 2023. And we're not just talking warm-weather getaways, either. You can just as easily head to Winter Park, CO, for a lavish ski trip or Victor, ID, for a trendy cowboy-cation.
And about those previously mentioned amenities: infinity pools, private saunas, steam rooms, outdoor bathtubs, mini-golf courses, sunken jacuzzis, art studios, and movie theaters are only some of the luxuries you can indulge in at these destinations. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, or a month in the desert in Phoenix, AZ, keep scrolling for the best places to travel this year, according to Vrbo.