These under-the-radar picks are some of our faves.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
June 14, 2019

Summer is around the corner, but you may still be looking for inspiration on where to head. If you're looking to book a vacation rental, TripAdvisor Rentals Blog recently helped narrow down the decision-making process by sharing a piece titled "15 Idyllic Long Weekend Getaways Perfect for a Summer Trip."

Among the U.S. destinations were five amazing Southern locales: St. Michaels, Maryland; Fort Myers, Florida; Folly Beach, South Carolina; Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Galveston, Texas.

From amusement park fun in Galveston to hiking the Smokies in Gatlinburg, each of these destinations offers an array of unique adventures and activities.

This isn't the first time in recent memory that TripAdvisor has singled out Southern destinations for their vacation appeal. Earlier this year, Clearwater Beach, Florida topped TripAdvisor's 2019 list for the best American beaches for the third time in four years. In 2018, Key West, Florida was named TripAdvisor's "Most Excellent" place to travel worldwide.

Ready to head to Folly Beach or St. Michaels? When booking your vacation rental, be sure to consider the safety of your home-away-from-home and check to make sure your abode has working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors upon arrival. Now, as my summer camp director also used to say after every meal, "Make sure your tables are clean, go out there, and be careful!" Have fun and stay safe on your summer travels, everyone.

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