4 New England spots are among the U.S.’s most popular summer destinations, says TripAdvisor

Where are you vacationing this summer?

Bar Harbor, Maine
Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Join the fifth annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Island Run powered by Boston.com on Sept. 22. Choose from a 5-miler and a 5k. Then enjoy lunch, beer (must be 21-plus), and an award ceremony before a cruise home through the Boston Harbor.

If you’re looking to book a trip to one of the hottest summer destinations in America, look no further than Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, according to TripAdvisor.

On Tuesday, the travel website revealed its list of the 10 hottest U.S. destinations for summer, and four of the 10 locales are right here in New England.


Bar Harbor, Maine, the top-ranking New England destination, came in at No. 2 on the list, second only to Michigan’s Mackinac Island. The coastal town’s mansions and “majestic” hotels remind visitors of its once popular place in 19th-century high society, according to TripAdvisor.

“Today, travelers enjoy active vacations kayaking, bird- and whale-watching and enjoying the salty sea air and sandy beaches,” wrote the site.

TripAdvisor’s No. 3 destination can also be found in New England: Rhode Island’s Block Island is located 12 miles south of the mainland.

TripAdvisor called Block Island “pure old-school New England charm,” writing, “travelers can take a ferry to bask in the slowed-down world of pristine seashore, wild dunes, and antique lighthouses.”

Block Island in Rhode Island.
Block Island in Rhode Island. —TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor referred to No. 7 Martha’s Vineyard as “popular and picturesque,” with its “stately Greek revival houses, seaside villages, ‘beach town’ feel and true retreats.”

Visitors can also forego their cars and explore the island by bike, scooter, or public bus, the site pointed out.

Nantucket, the world’s former top whaling port, rounded out the list at No. 10. The National Historic District offers old whaling captains’ mansions and historic harbors, quaint inns, boutiques, and food options that range from chowder shacks to upscale restaurants, according to the site.


“Windswept beaches, sand dunes, blinking lighthouses and a charming pace of life await on this 50-square mile island,” TripAdvisor wrote.

The travel website ranked the destinations using hotel booking data from its site. The top 10 locations had the greatest increase in hotel booking interest from spring to summer 2018. View the entire list of top 10 hottest U.S. destinations for summer.