The biggest summer travel trend in 2021? The great outdoors
Airbnb cites northern Wisconsin, particularly the areas around Lake Superior and the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest, as one of their most popular summer reservation areas. It makes sense: the beautiful, rugged region is accessible from major cities like Minneapolis and Milwaukee. Relax at this family-friendly Airbnb in Ashland which is right by the lake. (In the opinion of many Midwesterners – including this writer’s mother – the Great Lakes rival any ocean.) While you’re there, a visit to Apostle Island National Lakeshore is a must. Do you feel more woody? Seek solace in the heart of the forest at this secluded and modern cabin in Comstock.
It can be stretching slightly– but this off-grid cabin, two hours south of the National Forest, is the most sought-after property in the state, according to Airbnb.
Oh, and wherever you are: don’t forget to order a scoop of Blue Moon ice cream.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
This writer will take any excuse to speak enthusiastically about Mackinac Island – the historic hamlet where cars have been banned since 1898 and whose most famous export is fudge. 80% of the island is a state park, known for its stunning rock formations. Rent this Victorian cottage built in 1891, perched on East Bluff.
Then there is the lakeside town of Marquette, although with a population of just over 20,000 it still retains a quaint atmosphere. Stay in this colorful bungalow overlooking Lake Superior and stop by one of the city’s many microbreweries.
Acadia National Park, Maine
It’s hard to pick a city on Mount Desert Island, Maine, the rock home of Acadia National Park. Fortunately, we’ve published a detailed guide to the area, which you can find here. (Quick tip: The author described the blueberry pancakes at Jordan’s as “euphoric”.)
A few Airbnbs we love: that soft and airy Seal Harbor cottage that describes itself as ‘seconds’ from the park entrance, that glamping tent in Bar Harbor, or that quaint cliffside mansion with over 50 reviews five stars. Also worth a visit? Under Canvas’s new luxurious campground, which spans 100 acres and includes 1,200 miles of coastline.
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