Some American vacation hotspots are undoubtedly here to stay — think the sandy beaches of Hawaii or the bustling streets of New York City. Still, that isn't to say that some (smaller) contenders aren't prepared to take the reigns when it comes to welcoming throngs of tourists.
A from vacation rental site found that the top up-and-coming vacation destinations are in fact mostly small towns. The study determined five locales that have seen the largest percentage increase in demand for vacation rentals — and one Texas town may have HGTV's favorite couple to thank.
Read on for the full list, and get a'packing.
Don't sound like a tourist: The correct way to pronounce is Her-ah-kun, though according to local legend, it earned its name after a whirlwind blew off the top of a buggy a Mormon leader was driving in the 1860s. The town is situated next to (shown here), known for its sandstone cliffs that showcase shades of cream, red and pink. Other nearby attractions include the and the . These sites could be the major reason increasing numbers of visitors are looking for rentals in Hurricane; according to another , mountain vacations are more memorable than other kinds of vacations.
These two locales in northern Georgia are just about 13 minutes driving distance apart. Another mountainous destination, the small-town atmosphere of is marked by a 19th-century courthouse-turned-museum in the town square and plenty of antique stores. Go gold panning at the or try river paddling. Then, in , embrace your artistic side at the , which offers programs in music, dance and art. Don't forget to also check out the and the .
The most populous destination on this list, the Bay Area (San Francisco specifically) was dubbed the best American city for high quality of life last year. But if you're visiting, don't stop at walking the Golden Gate Bridge or visiting Fisherman's Wharf. Visit the "Full House" house, shop for vinyl at and drink afternoon tea at the .
Hmm, what HGTV stars could have had an affect on bringing this small Texas town to the map? Bingo: Chip and Joanna Gaines. The "Fixer Upper" couple has made their home in Crawford, Texas, which is a suburb of Waco, and their store Magnolia Market is in Waco as well. Besides getting your "Fixer Upper" fandom on, you can also visit giraffes at , see the historic buildings at (shown here) and witness the fossils at the .
Nestled along the Illinois River, this small town offers a bounty of experiences for nature lovers, including , where you can visit two American bison that make the park their home, and the nearby . The latter is a major attraction in Illinois, and offers sites such as waterfalls, trails and the largest two-sided fireplace in the state. At Starved Rock, you can also visit wineries, browse museums, ride horses, snowmobile and watch eagles.