Top Five US Summer Travel Destinations

RelayRides blogger Amanda L. Grossman shares the top 5 US travel destinations as well as suggested RelayRides vehicles to get you around affordably.

I grew up on a family-run dairy farm. There was little money for extras, and time off for travel was a luxury. Each year I pined for Memorial Day because it marks the unofficial starting point of summer travel, which was when we took our annual family vacation. I knew that as soon as I smelled the first heavenly barbecue scent of the year, our annual family trip to OCMD (Ocean City, MD) was not far away.

If you are on a budget when you travel as well, then you probably feel constrained by what destinations you can travel to, as the more popular ones tend to be more expensive. One thing that can make your summer travels cheaper (and easier) no matter where you decide to go is by renting a vehicle through RelayRides, which offers P2P car rentals at 40% cheaper across the board than traditional car rental agencies.

Below, I’ve highlighted the top 5 US summer travel destinations, as well as rental vehicles that are conveniently located to the area airport (and some even offer pickups and dropoffs).

Washington, D.C.

Distance from Reagan International Airport (DCA): 4 miles

One of the best things about visiting our nation’s capitol is that many of the attractions are completely free to you and your family. You can literally walk around all day in some of the most fascinating museums in the United States at no cost to you. Do you want to see the Hope Diamond? Then check out the National Museum of Natural History. A stroll around the US Botanical Gardens will reveal some of the nation’s most beautiful orchids. There’s the National Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, and just about everything in between.

How to Get There: Rent this Saab 9-5 for a very reasonable rate, and you can also get airport pickup/dropoff.

Orlando, FL

Distance from Orlando International Airport (MCO): 13 miles

While most people book a trip to Orlando for one thing only (Disney World), there are several other reasons that you may want to check this place out. If you’re like me, then alligator spotting is a fun pastime! You’ll find plenty in this area. Or how about seeing the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, which are within a car trip? Whether it’s swimming with dolphins, eating brunch with princesses, or learning about space exploration, Orlando’s got you covered.

How to Get There: For an extra $10 surcharge, you can rent this Toyota Camry with airport pickup and dropoff.

New York City, NY

Distance from LaGuardia Airport (LGA): 12 miles

There are boundless ways to enjoy the summer in New York City. You might want to start by catching a Broadway show (search ahead of time for ways to buy discounted tickets), touring the Empire State Building, finding out if you have any ancestors that came in through Ellis Island, and getting lost in Times Square. Don’t forget to enjoy a slice of New York style pizza!

How to Get There: If you need to rent a car for your NYC adventure, this Honda Cr-V is available for pick up at Penn Station.

Ocean City, MD

Distance from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 125 miles

When I think of OCMD, I think of tubs of Fisher’s Popcorn on the Boardwalk, long days spent on the beach perfecting wave-jumping, and lots of miniature golf.

You’ll want to enjoy Maryland crab cakes, learn how to eat a crab from shell-on all the way to enjoying the sweet meat, and check out Assateague’s wild ponies just nine miles away.Feeling adventurous? Perhaps watch Jaws leading up to your big trip.

How to Get There: Looking to rent a vehicle to get you from BWI to the beach? Check out this Lexus ES 300. The owner will pick you up from an area metro station, making this a very convenient option.

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Distance from Jackson Hole (JAC): 49 miles

Adventure and nature are what you will find in Yellowstone. This National Park has over 10,000 geysers, mud pots, steam vents and hot springs, with about 250-300 geyser eruptions yearly! Passively take in these natural wonders on a hike, or go on a whitewater rafting trip to up the game. There’s also horseback riding, Native American demonstrations, beautiful waterfalls, and you can even soak in some natural hot springs.

How to Get There: You can rent this Suzuki Sidekick for a very affordable way to get to Yellowstone.

No matter where you choose to vacation this year, RelayRides has you covered. When you spend less on a vehicle rental, you can spend more on creating cherished memories for years to come.