Fall Vacation Rental Travel Trends for 2017

September 22nd marks the first day of fall, and the mountains are calling! After a summer of record-breaking heat, the refreshing temperatures and picturesque views of America’s mountain ranges and foliage changes make up 8 of the top 10 destinations for vacation home rentals this year. New York City and New Orleans are the only sea-level cities in the top 10 where Americans are booking vacation homes, and Colorado is the only state to appear twice on the list.

Top 10 Fall Destinations for Vacation Home Rentals

  • Winter Park, CO
  • Leavenworth, WA
  • Big Bear, CA
  • Central Oregon
  • Breckenridge, CO
  • Sedona, AZ
  • Park City, UT
  • Smoky Mountains, TN
  • New York City, NY
  • New Orleans, LA

At the state level, Americans want to get away rather than stay close to home this fall, with travelers in 44 states searching for vacation homes outside of their home state. Breckenridge, CO, New Orleans and New York City are the top 3 destinations travelers are searching for at the state-by-state level. Only one Florida destination – Vero Beach – makes the list of top fall travel destinations by state this year. To see top destinations in your state go here.

Top 10 Fall Activities in the US

Fall is also a season of new activities for you or your family to participate in, whether or not you’re traveling. The favorite activity we found for the fall was pumpkin carving, followed by visiting a haunted house and watching Halloween movies.

  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Haunted House
  • Halloween Movies
  • Trick-or-Treating
  • Leaf Peeping
  • Apple Picking
  • Tailgating
  • Bonfire
  • Fall Festival
  • Hayride

Top Fall Activities


State-by-State Fall Travel Destinations for Vacation Rental Homes

State #1 Destination #2 Destination # 3 Destination Favorite Fall Activity
Alabama Mentone, AL Smoky Mountains, TN Los Angeles, CA Haunted House
Alaska Fairbanks, AK Anchorage, AK Seattle, WA Pumpkin Carving
Arizona Estes Park, CO Hilton Head, SC Aspen, CO Pumpkin Carving
Arkansas New York City, NY Breckenridge, CO Little Rock, AK Haunted House
California Snowmass Village, CO Crested Butte, CO Smoky Mountains, TN Haunted House
Colorado Yosemite, CA New Orleans, LA Aspen, CO Halloween Movies
Connecticut New York City, NY Lake Tahoe, CA Santa Barbara, CA Apple Picking
Delaware San Diego, CA New Orleans, LA Adirondacks, NY Pumpkin Carving
Florida Winter Park, CO Philadelphia, PA Flagstaff, AZ Trick-or-Treating
Georgia Ellijay, GA Santa Barbara, CA Sedona, AZ Haunted House
Hawaii San Francisco, CA Bend, OR New Orleans, LA Pumpkin Carving
Idaho Palm Springs, CA Park City, UT Phoenix, AZ Leaf Peeping
Illinois Winter Park, CO Salt Lake City, UT Crested Butte, CO Haunted House
Indiana Breckenridge, CO Asheville, NC Santa Barbara, CA Pumpkin Carving
Iowa Phoenix, AZ Denver, CO Sedona, AZ Haunted House
Kansas Los Angeles, CA San Francisco, CA San Diego, CA Pumpkin Carving
Kentucky Smoky Mountains, TN Nashville, TN New York City, NY Haunted House
Louisiana Lake Tahoe, CA Aspen, CO San Francisco, CA Pumpkin Carving
Maine Lake Winnipesaukee, NH Adirondacks,  NY New Orleans, LA Apple Picking
Maryland Breckenridge, CO Berkeley, CA Taos, NM Apple Picking
Massachusetts Park City, UT Santa Barbara, CA Breckenridge, CO Apple Picking
Michigan Galveston, TX Park City, UT Jackson Hole, WY Apple Picking
Minnesota Santa Barbara, CA Disney World, FL Sarasota, FL Apple Picking
Mississippi Smoky Mountains, TN New York City, NY New Orleans, LA Haunted House
Missouri Black Hills, SD New York City, NY Frisco, CA Pumpkin Carving
Montana Yellowstone Phoenix, AZ Palm Springs, CA Pumpkin Carving
Nebraska Summit County, CO Breckenridge, CO Philadelphia, PA Pumpkin Carving
Nevada New York City, NY Breckenridge, CO Flagstaff, AZ Pumpkin Carving
New Hampshire Sedona, AZ Napa Valley, CA Bethany Beach, DE Apple Picking
New Jersey Vero Beach, FL Breckenridge, CO Napa Valley, CA Pumpkin Carving
New Mexico Sedona, AZ Lake Tahoe, CA Santa Barbara, CA Pumpkin Carving
New York Breckenridge, CO Taos, NM Asheville, NC Apple Picking
North Carolina Sedona, AZ Vero Beach, FL Austin, TX Pumpkin Carving
North Dakota New Orleans, LA Lake Tahoe, CA Phoenix, AZ Pumpkin Carving
Ohio Breckenridge, CO Park City, UT Napa Valley, CA Haunted House
Oklahoma Nashville, TN New York City, NY Breckenridge, CO Pumpkin Carving
Oregon Breckenridge, CO Big Bear, CA La Quinta, CA Pumpkin Carving
Pennsylvania Snowmass Village, CO Sedona, AZ San Diego, CA Pumpkin Carving
Rhode Island Vero Beach, FL New Orleans, LA Stowe, VT Apple Picking
South Carolina Sedona, AZ Smoky Mountains, TN Flagler Beach, FL Haunted House
South Dakota Key West, FL San Diego, CA Breckenridge, CO Pumpkin Carving
Tennessee Smoky Mountains, TN Estes Park, CO Boston, MA Haunted House
Texas Big Sur, CA Winter Park, CO Aspen, CO Haunted House
Utah New Orleans, LA Breckenridge, CO Park City, UT Haunted House
Vermont Green Mountain, VT Charleston, SC Ocean City, NJ Pumpkin Carving
Virginia Yosemite, CA Park City, UT Vero Beach, FL Pumpkin Carving
Washington Jackson Hole, WY New Orleans, LA New York City, NY Pumpkin Carving
West Virginia Bethany Beach, DE Berkeley, CA New Orleans, LA Pumpkin Carving
Wisconsin Lake Tahoe, CA Corpus Christi, TX Sarasota, FL Apple Picking
Wyoming Salt Lake City, UT Park City, UT San Diego, CA Pumpkin Carving

Research Methodology

We analyzed Google Search Data from September 11, 2016 to  September 11, 2017 to find average vacation home rental search values for each destination over the time period. We then analyzed search trends specifically for the August-September time period. After comparing the percentage difference in annual average traffic vs labor day traffic, we can conclude these are the top vacation home rental destinations according to Google Search trends for each specific state and nationwide.

2017 Fall Foliage Heat Map of United States

Fall is the time of year where leaves are changing nearly everywhere. Here’s a map of where you’ll catch the best leaf views starting in October.


2017 Fall Foliage Map of United States

TurnKey’s Top Vacation Rental Destinations for 2017 Overall

  • Austin, TX
  • Port Aransas, TX
  • South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Park City, UT
  • Truckee, CA
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA


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