The 25 best places to buy a vacation home in the US, ranked
- A vacation home can be a great investment if you buy one in the right location.
- Vacation rental management company Vacasa recently looked at the top places to buy a vacation home.
- Vacation homes in the Great Smoky Mountains and on Florida beaches are the most popular.
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A vacation home not only serves as a perfect getaway, but as a great investment - especially if you buy one in the right place.Property management company Vacasa recently released their 2019 report on the top places to buy a vacation home. To determine its rankings, Vacasa looked at home sales data in vacation destinations across the US and overlaid it with actual performance data for thousands of vacation rental properties.Advertisement
Turns out, the mountains and the beach are battling it out for top spots. Vacation home buyers are loving both the Great Smoky Mountains and Florida beaches - but they're also buying everywhere from Oregon and Hawaii to Vermont.
25. Destin, Florida, is located along the state's Emerald Coast on a peninsula separating Choctawhatchee Bay from the Gulf of Mexico.
24. Cocoa Beach, Florida, is located along the state's Space Coast and is near several state parks.Advertisement
23. Waikoloa, Hawaii, on the state's Big Island, is home to several luxury resorts and a few golf courses.
22. Seaside, Oregon, located an hour and a half northwest of Portland, has plenty of cottages and condos on the beach, in town, or along an estuary.Advertisement
21. Ellijay, Georgia, an hour-and-a-half north of Atlanta, is known as the state's Mountain Biking Capital — and it's home to plenty of log cabins.
20. Rhododendron, Oregon, in the Cascade Mountains, isn't far from Mt. Hood and five ski resorts.Advertisement
19. Harbor Springs, Michigan, situated along Lake Michigan's shores, is a summertime hot spot.
18. Orange Beach, Alabama, located along the Gulf of Mexico, has beachfront condos and attracts water-sports enthusiasts.Advertisement
17. Scottsdale, Arizona, located just outside of Phoenix in the heart of the state, has desert-style homes near prime hiking spot Pinnacle Peak.
16. Kihei, Hawaii, is the most populous town in South Maui and offers plenty of water activities.Advertisement
15. Marathon, Florida, one of the most popular vacation spots in the Florida Keys, is known for its fishing, seafood, and coral reefs.
14. Warren, Vermont, encompasses Sugarbush Resort, one of New England's largest ski resorts.Advertisement
13. Panama City Beach, Florida, located in the state's panhandle, stretches along the Gulf Coast for 27 miles.
12. Gulf Shores, Alabama, located right at the state's southern tip, is filled with stilted condo buildings.Advertisement
11. Blue Ridge, Georgia, in the mountains of the northern part of the state, boasts the Toccoa River — perfect for tubing and kayaking.
10. Big Sky, Montana, is a small-town resort community in the mountains that stretches across 5,800 acres.Advertisement
9. Fort Bragg, California, located in the northern part of the state on the Mendocino Coast, sits between the Pacific Ocean and Jackson State Forest.
8. Key West, Florida, is a small island featuring Cuban-style homes and no shortage of attractions, from historical sites to good restaurants and outdoor activities.Advertisement
7. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a popular Southeast vacation rental destination along the Atlantic Coast.
6. Dauphin, Island, Alabama, is an affordable and tiny island with plenty of adventurous activities and bird watching.Advertisement
5. Kissimmee, Florida, just over half an hour south of Orlando, is in close proximity to outdoor shopping malls and world-famous amusement parks, like Disney World.
4. Whittier, North Carolina, is a small town in the Smoky Mountains near the Tuckasegee River with numerous whitewater rafting tours.Advertisement
3. Davenport, Florida, situated in between Tampa and Orlando, is located amid a network of lakes.
2. Killington, Vermont, located in the central part of the state, has world-class skiing and snowboarding.Advertisement
1. Sevierville, Tennessee, just north of Pigeon Forge, is located in the Smoky Mountains near Dolly Parton's Dollywood. The city also has underground caverns.
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