NEW YORK (MainStreet) – If your grand summer vacation plan was to get out and discover your nation's history, get in line.
We realize the kids are out of school, there's vacation time to blow and the weather is (in most cases) warm and sunny. We also realize that all of the above makes it an ideal time to visit some of the nation's historic sites and combine your vacation with a little bit of education. Just know that you're far from the only one with that plan this summer.
You're going to be competing with much of the vacationing world for roads, plane tickets, rental cars and other amenities. Chances are, that world is going to need a hotel room as well. If remaining hotel rooms are pricey or nonexistent, you may want to consider a vacation rental.
“Many of America’s historical towns have beautiful rental homes — charming properties with original features that are themselves a part of the history,” says Laurel Greatrix, TripAdvisor vacation rentals spokeswoman. “These properties are a great way to live like a local and feel a little more immersed in the town’s culture.”
Since they're often viewed as an option of last resort, vacation rentals tend to be incredibly affordable as well, especially for families or groups taking an extended vacation. As TripAdvisor points out, the average two-bed vacation rental near Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., is $1,453 a week, compared with $3,821 for two bedrooms in a three-star hotel. That's a 60% difference that you can cut a bit by downgrading hotel rooms, but vacation home owners and their rental partners are doing all they can to make vacation rentals more enticing. Vacation rental site HomeAway, for example, has added city guides, Uber car sharing services and Instacart grocery delivery to its app to make renters feel a bit more at home.
“Even though traveler demand for urban vacation rentals is growing, a lot of people still don’t realize it’s even possible to rent an entire home for an extended stay in a city,” says Brian Sharples, HomeAway co-founder and CEO. “We’re launching new specialized 'Cities' experience pages to help our millions of loyal vacation rental travelers discover the benefits of whole house rentals wherever they like to travel, not just in our traditional vacation destinations.”
With the help of TripAdvisor and HomeAway, we put together this list of 10 historical destinations just teeming with vacation rentals. In many cases, the accommodations have nearly as much history behind them as the sites themselves: