As COVID-19 travel restrictions gradually lift, demand for summer vacation is on the rise. Vacation rental site Vrbo reports that searches are soaring compared to a year ago and has revealed the 10 domestic destinations garnering the most interest for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Unsurprisingly, most Americans have their sights set on a trip to the beach this Independence Day.

Charleston, South Carolina

South Carolina’s famous port city has been voted America’s number one small city year after year and has something for every type of visitor, including a vibrant arts scene, access to world-class spas and golf courses, shopping and mouthwatering bars and restaurants.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

From Plymouth to Provincetown, Cape Cod offers Independence Day revelers countless beaches, rich history and loads of charm, making it a no-brainer for summer travelers hoping to get out of the house in the Northeast.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

While Gatlinburg’s seemingly endless list of family-friendly attractions will undoubtedly be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic this summer, this scenic mountain town is also a gateway to the country’s most-visited national park in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks is a beloved summer escape for those in search of peace and privacy so it makes sense that North Carolina’s barrier islands are an attractive destination in the time of coronavirus. The list of cozy villages and towns in the Outer Banks goes on forever and most vacation rentals are large enough to accommodate entire groups and families.

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