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Travel to these four locales are on the rise.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 13, 2018

Looking ahead to 2019 to plan a vacation? If you're setting your sights on an amazing Southern getaway, there are a few trending cities to keep in mind, says HotelTonight, The popular travel booking app which has over 28 million downloads on iOs and Android devices

For Southern Living, HotelTonight, which recently expanded to desktop and introduced a new deal feature called "Daily Drop," combed through their revenue and growth data to see what cities in the South were on the rise. Read on for their predictions and where to stay. (Editor's Note: Of course, the looming Hurricane Florence may impact some of the areas below. Check travel advisories before booking your trip.)

New Orleans

“The Crescent City is one of the most popular destinations nationwide, with a rich history providing the backdrop for a mix of newer, sophisticated hotels alongside charming properties offering a traditional taste of NOLA," Leggat comments. "Early spring after Mardi Gras offers pleasant weather and less crowds, while the city enchants with the vibrant French Quarter, unbeatable music scene and world-famous cuisine.”

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Miami

“While it’s entering its high season you can find incredible deals and one of the most vibrant and exciting hotel scenes in America," offers Leggat. "The crowds descend upon Miami in early December for Art Basel but the months prior are far less crowded.”

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    Myrtle Beach

    “Inexpensive round-trip flights from major cities...and several newly opened and affordable hotels make the newly revitalized Myrtle Beach one of the top Southern hot spots this year," says Emma Leggat of HotelTonight. "Myrtle Beach offers the quintessential beach getaway from the nostalgic boardwalk experience complete with ferris wheel and hot dog stands to natural attractions like the Brookgreen botanical gardens"

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    Charleston

    “There are a host of up-and-coming boutique hotels in Charleston including the Restoration, a chic hotel of classic Southern style mixed with modern design elements," says Leggat. Her recs? Check out Folly Beach for a laid-back excursion or check out a ghost tour.

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