It may still feel like the dog days of summer, but Labor Day is right around the corner, and travelers are already planning their holiday weekend getaways. And small cities across the country are getting a lot of play this September.
Columbus, Ohio, is the top trending destination for a long holiday weekend getaway, according to data from Airbnb that was shared with Travel + Leisure today. The data, which was based on the most nights booked for Labor Day weekend, found Raleigh, North Carolina, was the second-most popular city for Labor Day, followed by Tampa, Florida, and North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Other popular cities for the unofficial end of summer included destinations like Reno, Nevada, which took the No. 8 spot on the list, and Saint Petersburg, Florida, which came in at No. 9.
This coming Labor Day weekend, Airbnb found a surge in solo trips, which increased more than 20 percent compared to the same time period in 2021.
When it comes to fall travel, Airbnb found vacationers are gravitating toward beach getaways; Ocean City, New Jersey, which sits on the southern part of the Jersey Shore, ranked as the most popular destination this fall.
But fall football reigns, and college towns made up the bulk of the most popular fall destinations, including Oxford, Mississippi, where the University of Mississippi is located; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where LSU is located; Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the University of Michigan is located; Lubbock, Texas, where Texas Tech University is located; and Lexington, KY, where the University of Kentucky is located.
To learn more about Airbnb’s findings ahead of Labor Day Weekend, find the full survey here.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
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