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7 of TripAdvior’s 10 Hottest Destinations for Summer Are on the Coast (We’re Not Surprised!)

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Sun-filled days, warm temps, and long weekends can only mean one thing: the glorious time of year known as summer vacation has finally arrived. And right on schedule, TripAdvisor revealed its Summer Vacation Value Report, highlighting the top 10 domestic destinations for summertime travel.

A recent TripAdvisor survey also found that summer travel is on the rise, with 87 percent of surveyed U.S. travelers planning a summer vacation, up six percent from last year. The Northeast leads the pack as the most popular region for a summer trip (cue images of seafood dives and harbor hangouts). Almost half of Americans are planning a beach getaway, too. Lucky for them, we have all the inside tips on the best beaches, coastal cocktails, and beach-friendly bites to enjoy this summer.

These survey results are based on recent increases in hotel booking interest, and—no surprise here—the hotspot list includes some of our favorite rising coastal destinations. From Michigan’s pure Americana freshwater shores to the timeless charms of New England maritime towns, check out TripAdvisor’s summertime selections.

 
Mackinac Island, Michigan
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Mackinac Island, Michigan

A completely car-free island on Lake Huron replete with famous fudge shops, hiking trails in the island’s state park, and plenty of throwback charm, Mackinac Island has all the makings of a classic American retreat.

Least Expensive Summer Week: June 4

Related: This Michigan Great Lakes Road Trip Is Pure Summer

Bar Harbor, Maine
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Bar Harbor, Maine

At the base of ruggedly gorgeous Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor offers all the classic elements of a Maine vacation: boating, whale-watching, and plenty of lobster.

Least Expensive Summer Week: May 28

Related: Port Townsend, Washington, vs. Bar Harbor, Maine

 
Block Island, Rhode Island
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Block Island, Rhode Island

Also known as our Island Crush of the Month, Block Island’s maritime charms remain untouched by overdeveloped tourist trappings, meaning you can enjoy the historic lighthouses, tawny beaches, and wild dunes in blissful peace.

Least Expensive Summer Week: June 11

 
Lake George, New York
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Lake George, New York

Family-friendly Lake George—known as the “Queen of American Lakes”—boasts a 32-mile shoreline, crystal clear water, and lake cruises aboard classic steamboats.

Least Expensive Summer Week: June 11

 
West Yellowstone, Montana
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West Yellowstone, Montana

It’s the outdoorsman’s dream: fantastical geysers, fly fishing in blue-ribbon trout streams, and spotting the bison, bears, and elk of Yellowstone National Park.

Least Expensive Summer Week: August 27

 
Ocean City, Maryland
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Ocean City, Maryland

Boardwalk delights, from the country’s oldest continually operating carousel to the iconic Giant Ferris Wheel at the Pier, make Ocean City a delightful summer getaway filled with old-fashioned fun. Just don’t forget an order of the famous Thrasher’s vinegar fries, one of Ocean City’s most popular attractions.

Least Expensive Summer Week: May 28

 
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Adorable gingerbread houses, celebrity panache, glorious surf, picturesque lighthouses—Martha’s Vineyard is the New England hotspot that just can’t seem to go out of style.

Least Expensive Summer Week: May 28

Related: Where to Stay, Eat, Shop, and Play in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

 
Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska

Explore America’s last frontier—a pleasant 65 degrees in the summer—on arctic bike trips and fjord tours on Prince William Sound. In between wild outings, enjoy Anchorage’s top-notch coffee shops, distilleries, and oyster bars.

Least Expensive Summer Week: August 27

Related: A Weekend Getaway in Anchorage, Alaska

 
 
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Adventurous tourists, meet the bustling Jackson Hole basin. Fill your days with whitewater rafting, horseback riding, kayaking, hot air ballooning, and stagecoach rides amidst the immense beauty of Grand Teton National Park.

Least Expensive Summer Week: May 28

 
 
Nantucket, Massachusetts
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Nantucket, Massachusetts

When you’re not lounging on the shore or exploring the quaint lighthouses of New England’s most classical seaside destination, shop ‘til you drop in downtown Nantucket’s plentiful boutiques.

Least Expensive Summer Week and Savings: May 28