Making Global Travel Easier With More Currencies

At VacationRenter, our team is committed to helping travelers conveniently book vacation rentals from anywhere around the globe. Our mission is to help you find the perfect vacation rental with the simplest experience. 

We recently shared our plans of expanding into international markets and over the last month we have already helped millions of international travelers find their perfect rentals. While they are still only a small percentage of our users, we expect international travelers to grow exponentially over the coming months as we roll out new international features.

To make searching easier for travelers overseas, our team is excited to announce that we have added additional currencies to our platform, allowing users to select a currency of their choice while searching through our millions of global properties. We started with adding the currencies that account for more than 50% of global transactions in vacation rentals including USD, GBP, EUR, CAD, AUD, and NZD. In addition, if a traveler is located in a market that uses one of our provided currencies, the currency will default to their location’s currency.

While we’re excited about this, it’s only the first of many international product updates that will make the VacationRenter search experience easier for travelers everywhere. Over the coming months, we will continue to add additional currencies, enable language localization, collaborate with international partners to bring our users more listings, and expand our localized content with travel guides and price trends for locations abroad. 

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How Automation is Tackling the Pain Points of Finding a Vacation Rental

Going on vacation is relaxing, but there’s a lot of planning that goes into leaving your cares behind. The Internet is a great help when it comes to buying a ticket, renting a car and learning all about your destination.

But unfortunately, finding the right vacation rentals is not the easy, frictionless experience that it should be. Internet searches do not quickly direct travelers to the perfect rental at the right price – they return pages and pages of results that range from the ideal to the not-even-close, in no particular order.

Finding the right rental on the Internet is time-consuming and frustrating, but automation is changing that. Artificial intelligence can now aggregate and personalize search results, so vacationers no longer have to jump from website to website looking for what they want at a price that fits the budget.

Finding a rental will soon be frictionless, because automation is tackling the three pain points that make it a difficult experience today:

Too Many Results. The rental you want is out there, but it could take hours to find it. Web searches bring a flood of results that must be sorted through manually. Artificial intelligence can narrow down the inventory of search results without losing any that might be attractive. One of the main benefits of automation is that it can cut away the dead wood, taking significant time out of the search process.

Irrelevant Results. Today, search engines have only a few criteria to match the searcher with the appropriate result. That means most results for any query are not relevant enough. This is another pain point AI can remedy, by discerning the real intent behind the search. Search results that are not relevant come from the lack of data segmentation in search engine results, as well an inability to identify user cohorts. Taking these concepts into account is what enables search results that are far more personalized.

Not Locating the Best Deal. People looking for a vacation rental today have to look at multiple websites—and narrow their searches by date and location on each site—before they can compare prices and find a good deal. After putting in significant time, searchers opt for what they hope is the best rental at the best price. Artificial intelligence enables a new kind of search, one where multiple results from multiple websites can be aggregated and displayed on a single page. This saves significant time in searching, and the user knows for sure he or she has found the best deal within their travel dates, destination and other parameters.

VacationRenter is the service that will make the entire vacation relaxing, including the planning. It will not just save significant time that used to be spent jumping from one website to another, but offer certainty that the traveler has found the perfect rental in the ideal place for the right price.

Every vacation is different. It’s going to be great to have an AI-enabled service that understands that.

Best Rentals for a Bachelor or Bachelorette Getaway in California

2020 is a monumental year for weddings. If you’re reading this, chances are high that you’re going to be a wedding guest this year, you’re an honorary member of the bride and groom’s entourage, or excitingly enough — you’re starting the decade right by planning your very own special day with that special someone!

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Before the bride and groom turn heads at the end of the isle and exchange tear-jerking vows, it’s time to celebrate with an all-star lineup of bachelors or bachelorettes. Why not consider a low-key getaway with your closest comrades? While Hollywood romanticizes wild bachelor and bachelorette parties in Vegas, we’re here to remind you that there are many other options that offer more privacy, exclusivity, and bang for your buck. Not to mention, you can use it as an excuse to travel somewhere you and your friends have never been before.

For starters, check out these four gorgeous Californian cities, perfect for a bachelor or bachelorette trip during any time of year. All four destinations offer a handful of things to do, and we even picked out one spacious vacation rental in each city where you can squeeze in a few more epic memories before the bride and groom tie the knot.

Palm Springs

Located in the Coachella Valley desert region, Palm Springs is a wonderful destination for a low-key vacation with your groomsmen or bridesmaids. You can attend a pool party at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, reserve a poolside cabana at The Saguaro, or treat yourselves to a relaxing spa day at one of the many resorts throughout Palm Springs.

One of the best things about Palm Springs is that the weather stays around the 70’s even in the winter, so you can take a dip in your vacation rental’s private pool all year-round. Take a peek at this delightful option for a desert getaway with your favorite wedding guests.

Where to Stay in Palm Springs: The Butterfly Home

Just a mile away from the center of the city, The Butterfly Home is a modern gem that sleeps up to eight people. It’s within walking distance from the Avalon Hotel, where you will find the lovely Estrella Spa.

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The property is gated and walled for privacy, with a hardwood deck to sunbathe on, an infinity edge pool, and a jacuzzi.

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Newly built in 2009, the home’s interior is stylish, clean, and very Instagram-worthy. The common area offers dining table seating and bar seating to accommodate everyone.

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This four bedroom home includes a detached casita with its own private entrance and bathroom, designed as a second master bedroom.

Ready to send off the bride or groom in Palm Springs? Find the right vacation rental for your trip.

Santa Barbara

Known as both a beach town and a college town, Santa Barbara is optimal for groups who want to spend all day at the beach, then get a taste of nightlife after sunset. Speaking of sunsets, the best place to watch the daylight fade into the ocean is Butterfly Beach. Other great beaches in the area include the dog-friendly Summerland Beach and Refugio State Beach, where you can camp under the stars.

Close to the beaches is the Funk Zone, where you’ll find a handful of tasting rooms, galleries, and restaurants. Bachelor(ette) bar crawl, anyone? Stop by Casa Blanca to enjoy tacos and margaritas on the outdoor patio during happy hour. Outpost also offers a special craft cocktail selection to quench your thirst. Then, plan a few festive DIY games to play inside this luxurious vacation rental.

Where to Stay in Santa Barbara: Beach Front View Home

If you’re looking for a coastal escape with incredible views, look no further. You’ll find this home in a quaint little neighborhood along the beach. It sleeps ten people comfortably with three spacious bedrooms.

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As you walk into the living room, you’ll notice that the space gives off major 1950’s vibes. Check out that incredible chimney!

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This Santa Barbara rental is propped right along Butterfly Beach, so catching sunset from the home’s wrap-around balcony gives you the best VIP seats in the house.

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With the entire property occupying almost half an acre, there’s plenty of space for activities!

Celebrate the single life in Santa Barbara with an extraordinary property from VacationRenter.

Napa Valley

Onto our next destination for the bride and groom squad: the world renowned Napa Valley. It’s no secret that Napa has an extensive list of tasting rooms to try, including the grand property known as Opus One and Hollywood mogul Francis Ford Coppola’s very own vineyard, so once you’ve found the right winery for your party, it’s time to plan the rest of your trip to Wine Country. Take your bachelor or bachelorette celebration to the next level — literally — with a private hot air balloon ride over the vineyards.

You’ll also want to make sure you have all your bases covered, meaning you’re going to need a designated driver. Consider renting a party bus with a professional chauffeur, or check out the Napa Valley Wine Train. At the end of the day, you can take home some bottles of wine and unwind in a palatial estate like this one below.

Where to Stay in Napa Valley: Opulent 7-Acre Estate

To get the complete Wine Country experience, check out this seven-acre property, surrounded by a private vineyard that supplies grapes for Scribe Winery less than ten minutes away. This home is also within close distance to the majestic Domaine Carneros, a winery inspired by Château de la Marquetterie in Champagne, France.

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This estate accommodates up to 14 guests, with a 60-foot private pool, an outdoor BBQ, and a sub zero refrigerator to keep your drinks at an optimal refreshing temperature.

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Inside, you’ll find plenty of space to lounge around, a pool table, and a fully equipped kitchen.

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The property also features outdoor seating, which would be perfect for a themed lunch or dinner to celebrate the bride or groom.

Looking for more amazing rentals in Napa Valley? Browse properties from all the top travel sites on VacationRenter now.

South Lake Tahoe

Last, but certainly not least, we’re headed all the way up north to the border of California and Nevada to find the perfect cabin in South Lake Tahoe. No matter what time of year you visit this region, you won’t fall short of activities that your whole party will enjoy. It is good to note, though, that Lake Tahoe in the summertime versus the winter months seem like two completely different, yet equally breathtaking places!

In the summer, you can buy matching swimming attire for all the bachelors or bachelorettes and enjoy a booze cruise on the lake, or take advantage of all the water sports activities under the sun. In the winter, everyone will love a ski trip to one of Tahoe’s many resorts, including Heavenly Ski Resort and Sierra-At-Tahoe. But during any time of year, you can always hit up the South Shore Brewery Tour or test your luck at the casinos. Above all, the most important part is to find a cabin with incredible amenities, and we’ve got you covered.

Where to Stay in South Lake Tahoe: 5 Bedroom with Indoor Heated Pool

This mountain retreat is about 10 minutes away from Heavenly Ski Resort and the big blue lake itself. 14 guests can get cozy in this spacious cabin, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

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There’s plenty of space to gather around, sip on the bride or groom’s favorite cocktails, and just hang out.

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No matter what season it is, you can enjoy the privacy of an indoor heated pool and an outdoor hot tub.

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The loft leads to a pool table up top, for some friendly competition and fun.

Find more affordable South Lake Tahoe rentals that can accommodate all your whole crew!

From Teddy Roosevelt to Wine Tours | Things to Do on Long Island

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Located just off the coast of busy Manhattan, Long Island, New York, has it all. You’ll find serene natural parks and fantastic beaches, as well as adventure park thrills. It’s a great destination for a vacation or day trip, whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or with kids. Below is a list 10 great things you can do on Long Island.

  1. Sagamore Hill, Teddy Roosevelt’s “Summer White House”

    President Teddy Roosevelt’s long-time home, Sagamore Hill, is a fascinating site filled with history that’s located in a beautiful natural setting. For enthusiasts of American and presidential history, it’s a necessary stop.

  2. Tour a Museum

    Long Island has several outstanding art and history museums. Its art museums include the Parrish Art Museum, The Heckscher Museum of Art and the Nassau County Museum of Art. History buffs love the Long Island Museum of American Art‘s The Carriage Museum, which has an exemplary collection of antique carriages.

  3. Plan a Beach Day

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    Delighting both surfers and families, there’s no shortage of fantastic beaches on Long Island. Some favorites include Cooper’s Beach in the town of Southampton, Long Beach, Jones Beach State Park and the renowned shorelines of Fire Island.

    The village of Montauk oozes with classic Long Island beach charm. Don’t miss the great restaurants and iconic Montauk Lighthouse.

  4. Attend a Wine Tasting

    Long Island’s very own “Wine Country” offers a selection of scenic wineries to explore. Beer enthusiasts, however, need not fear, as you’ll also find great breweries that create craft beers.

  5. Take a Tour of Long Island’s “Gold Coast”

    Transport yourself back to the glamour and glitz of the early 20th century with a tour of Long Island’s magnificent “Gold Coast” mansions and arboretums. In particular, don’t miss the dazzling beauty of the Old Westbury Gardens.

  6. Take the Ferry to Fire Island

    Fire Island is a charming barrier island where you’ll find all sorts of outdoor beach activities. Have fun taking a ferry to get there; the boats depart from three different locations. There’s also a must-visit lighthouse on Fire Island.

  7. Experience the Thrills of Adventureland

    Open since 1962, Adventureland offers a variety of fun rides and attractions to visitors. There are water rides, thrill rides and kid-friendly rides, as well as an arcade and other activities at this amusement park.

  8. Walk by a Coral Reef at the Long Island Aquarium

    Featuring a stunning 20,000-gallon coral reef exhibit that’s 30 feet long, the Long Island Aquarium has something for each member of your family. If you’re feeling brave, you can even sign up for a dive with tiger sharks.

  9. Take a Serene Nature Walk

    Rounding out this list of things to do on Long Island is visiting the area’s abundance of beautiful state parks that are perfect for long walks and peaceful hikes. These include the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Noyack and the Massapequa Preserve. You’ll feel like you’re a world away from the noise of New York City.

Ready to enjoy the incredible beaches and sights on Long Island? Book your stay on VacationRenter!

5 Places You Should Visit for Day Trips from Seattle, Washington

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Taking day trips from Seattle, Washington, is an easy way to get out of the city and enjoy the beauty of the area, and there’s a lot of beauty to check out because it’s surrounded by forests, mountains and waterways. Planning a Seattle vacation that takes you just outside the city can be a soothing way to relax and reconnect with nature.

Add a vacation rental to your plans, and spend a night or two to give yourself the comforts of home while exploring the area around Puget Sound. Be sure to pack your camera to get some pictures of the natural beauty of the forests and mountains or selfies in front of attractions like Snoqualmie Falls.

  1. Snoqualmie Valley and Waterfall

    Travel 45 minutes to an hour out of town to reach the Snoqualmie Valley. There are a variety of things to do while in the area, like hiking and exploring nature. Explore the area on your own, or arrange a guided tour, such as the Twin Peaks tour, to learn more about the rich history of the Snoqualmie Valley region.

  2. Olympic National Park

    Olympic National Park is about two hours outside of Seattle, and it spans over 900,000 acres. There are numerous things to do in and around the park, so you can make the trip as busy or slow-paced as you like. Explore the Hoh Rain Forest, go hiking on the trails or visit the beaches in the park. There are lodges that have restaurants and delis inside the park, or you may prefer to pack a lunch in the vacation rental kitchen to save some money.

  3. Mount Rainier

    Mount Rainier is about three hours away from Seattle, and the area offers both winter and summertime appeal. Visitors enjoy skiing, sledding and riding snowmobiles in winter. Summertime adventures include hiking, nature photography and visiting Mowich Lake.

  4. Bainbridge Island

    Bainbridge Island is about 35 minutes from Seattle, by boat. A ferry ride across Elliot Bay lets you catch an amazing view of the Seattle skyline. When you reach Bainbridge Island, you can explore the forest, relax on the beach or hit the downtown Winslow Way area for boutique shopping, dining and cultural experiences like visiting the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

  5. Leavenworth

    Feel like you traveled to Germany without leaving Washington State by heading to Leavenworth. This Bavarian town is about two hours from Seattle, and you can enjoy shopping, dining and some fun photo opportunities. Just outside of Leavenworth, tourists enjoy visiting local wineries, going to Waterfront Park and also skiing in winter months.

Ready to enjoy some exciting adventures in and around Seattle? Book your stay on VacationRenter!

Cities with the Most Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes

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While many couples gear up to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there’s a lot of singles out there pondering where they might be able to find love.

If you happen to be one of them, then there’s no need to fret because we’ve got a list of five major cities with the highest percentage of single-person households in the U.S. along with fun activities to do while you’re there.

  1. New Orleans, Louisiana

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    Coming in at a whopping 49.4% of the population, the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, tops our list of major locations where singles might be able to mingle the best. “The Big Easy” is known for its incredibly vibrant nightlife, music, food, and many cultural offerings.

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    From ultra hip spots like Bacchanal, where celebrities are known to enjoy a glass of fine wine from time to time, to relaxing, outdoor locations like the Audubon Zoo, where an array of exotic animals from around the world can be viewed, there are just so many exciting options for you to choose from when you decide to visit New Orleans.

  2. Cleveland, Ohio

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    With 47.4% of the population identifying as single-person households, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, comes in as the second highest population where you might be able to find a love connection. The “Rock and Roll Capital of the World” has a lot to offer up in terms of fun activities for those who might be looking to find a little romance in their future.

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    There’s almost no better way to take in the rock and roll culture behind Cleveland’s nickname while additionally meeting potential new romantic partners than a stop by Mahall’s. The former 1920’s bowling alley has been converted into a hot spot for live music, drinks and dancing, while still offering up the option to go bowling to boot.

  3. Atlanta, Georgia

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    Atlanta, Georgia, comes in tied for third place with 46.2% of the population listed as single-person households. Known to many as “The ATL,” this state capital also has plenty of other affectionate attractions to offer up any individuals who might be looking for potential love.

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    Two great places for meeting new people while also taking in the local Atlanta charm would be the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the Georgia Aquarium. Both venues have a regular stream of unique events occurring each month along with their everyday offerings of breathtaking strolls amongst flowers, flora, aquatic life, and more.

  4. St. Louis, Missouri

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    Also tied for third is the city of St. Louis, Missouri, with 46.2% of the population listed as single-person households. “The Gateway to the West” could very well become your gateway to love in the near future.

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    If you’re looking for an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy some wonderful culinary options, then there’s probably no better place to visit than The Hill. The colorful and eclectic St. Louis neighborhood is famous for its wide variety of Italian markets, restaurants and cafes.

  5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    Finally rounding out our top cities for many to increase their chances at love in the near future is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, coming in at fifth place with single-person households listed as 45.9% of the population.

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    The “Steel City” has a lot to offer up in terms of romantic options, but there’s almost no better way to try and find chemistry with someone else than The Carnegie Science Center’s regular “Science After Hours” events. Find out if sparks fly while you geek out with other grownups over stimulating conversations about science advances and more.

Are you ready to enjoy one or more of these incredible destinations where singles can best mingle? Book your stay on VacationRenter!

12 Fantastic Things to Do on Vacation in Louisville, Kentucky

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Louisville is situated on the Ohio River along the Indiana border. Kentucky’s largest city is home to the Kentucky Derby, a world-renowned horse race. The Kentucky Derby’s long history is explored at the Kentucky Derby Museum while baseball is celebrated at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Read on to learn about other fun things to do while you’re in Louisville, Kentucky.

  1. Farmington Historic Home

    Farmington Historic Home is a 14-room, Federal-style brick plantation house that has several Jeffersonian architectural features. Take a tour of the circa 1816 home, and you’ll learn about life on a 19th-century farm, including the 60 enslaved African Americans that lived in cabins on the property. Abraham Lincoln visited Farmington for three weeks in 1841.

  2. The Frazier History Museum

    The Frazier History Museum, located on Museum Row in the Bourbon District of Downtown Louisville presents interactive exhibits. The museum offers artifacts like Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick,” and Custer’s pistols, gallery talks and live, daily interpretations by costumed actors. The museum is the starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

  3. E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park

    When you visit E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, you can swim in the Olympic-sized swimming pool, play a round of tennis or let your pet romp in the dog park. The splash pad is a great place to cool off on a hot day. The rolling fields found in the park, farmland during an earlier era, are a great place to relax or have a picnic.

  4. Whitehall Mansion

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    Whitehall Mansion, situated in rolling farmland, was built in the late 1700s. The mansion was designed in Georgian and Italianate styles. You can tour the ornate mansion that contains period pieces, plus the ice house and stone kitchen.

  5. Kentucky Science Center

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    The Kentucky Science Center, located on Museum Row, is Kentucky’s largest hands-on science museum. The Science In Play exhibit allows young scientists to experiment, and the Discovery Gallery focuses on natural history. You can also see films that range from documentaries to Hollywood movies in the center’s 4-story 3D digital theater.

  6. Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve

    Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve is an urban forest that has a wildflower garden and pond, plus gardens that attract seasonal butterflies. Hiking trails run through the preserve. The Louisville Nature Center features wildlife exhibits, a Beargrass Creek watershed exhibit and a one-of-a-kind bird blind.

  7. The Speed Art Museum

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    The Speed Art Museum is the largest, oldest, and foremost museum of art in Kentucky. Collections include works of African Art, Native American Art and Contemporary Art, as well as Photography and Kentucky Collection 1800-1945. The museum’s cinema is equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

  8. Thomas Edison House

    Thomas Edison House, a shotgun duplex built around 1850, was home for 19-year-old Thomas Edison when he was a telegrapher for Western Union. The museum presents many of Edison’s inventions, including incandescent bulbs, motion picture artifacts and cylinder and disc phonographs. Guided tours are offered.

  9. Kentucky Kingdom

    A visit to Kentucky Kingdom is one of the best things to do with kids in Louisville. Some of the rides at the amusement park are Cyclos, Giant Wheel, FearFALL and Tin Lizzies. Sea Lion Splash and Avian Adventure are two fun shows. Hurricane Bay water park has slides, a wave pool and more.

  10. Old Louisville

    Old Louisville is known for its tree-lined streets that showcase restored Victorian mansions. There are many types of restaurants in the area like upscale places, farm-to-table eateries and breweries. Take a walk through the streets as well as Central Park, found in the heart of Old Louisville.

  11. Belle of Louisville

    The Belle of Louisville is anchored at its downtown wharf location near the Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere. The steamboat, built in 1914, is heated and air conditioned. The boat has a sound system, concession stand and bar, and offers sightseeing and dining cruises.

  12. Louisville Zoo

    Habitats at the Louisville Zoo include Glacier Run, Australia, Africa, Islands, South America and the HerpAquarium. Rides and attractions include Splash Park, Conservation Carousel, the African Petting Zoo, adventure ropes courses and camel rides.

Ready to enjoy all of the sites and history to be found in Louisville? Book your stay on VacationRenter!

Must-See Places for History Buffs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is an absolute playground for history buffs. The top places to visit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, date back to the Colonial Era and the early days of the United States. This is where to go if you want to catch a glimpse of the Revolutionary War era.

  1. The Betsy Ross House

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    The Betsy Ross House on Arch Street is the birthplace of the American flag. You can learn more about Betsy and the world she lived in through self-guided or audio tours that take you back to 18th-century Philadelphia.

  2. Christ Church

    The past members’ list of Christ Church is a who’s who of early American history. Built in 1744, the building is the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church and home to one of the first schools in the country that educated freed slaves.

  3. City Tavern

    It may not be one of the official Philadelphia historical sites, but City Tavern gives you a chance to dine like the Founding Fathers. The menu at this establishment features 18th-century food and drinks, including beer made from recipes developed by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton.

  4. Eastern State Penitentiary

    When Eastern State Penitentiary opened its doors in 1829, it introduced to the world a new philosophy for criminal justice: solitary confinement. Today, it’s a stunning example of grand architecture. You can go on a guided or self-guided tour of the facility or join a ghost tour to learn more about the facility and its most famous inmates.

  5. Independence Hall

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    No trip to Philadelphia is complete without a stop at Independence Hall. This is where the delegates met in 1776 to officially declare independence from England and where they returned to draft the U.S. Constitution. You’ll have to go on a tour to see the facility and artifacts like the inkstand used to sign the Declaration of Independence and an original draft of the Constitution.

  6. The Liberty Bell Center

    The Liberty Bell Center is home to the bell that used to hang in the tower at Independence Hall. It was used to announce meetings for lawmakers. At the center, you can get a close look at the bell — and its famous crack — and learn more about how it became a symbol of freedom.

  7. Mother Bethel AME Church

    Mother Bethel AME Church on 6th Street is built on the first piece of land African-Americans were allowed to own in the United States. It’s also the mother church of the first African-American Christian denomination in the country, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

  8. National Constitution Center

    Located on Arch Street, the National Constitution Center has an assortment of interactive exhibits designed to give people insight into the U.S. Constitution. You can check out original artifacts, watch movies and theatrical performances, and snap a picture of yourself signing the Constitution along with bronze statues of the original signers.

  9. The President’s House

    The President’s House on Market Street is the site of the first executive mansion, which was home to George Washington and John Adams. Built around the foundation of the original house, this open-air exhibit features a tribute to the slaves who lived in and contributed to the development of Philadelphia.

  10. Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Valley Forge never saw a battle, but it played an important role in the American Revolution. The Continental Army spent the winter at the site, which today features cannons, soldier’s huts and other structures commemorating the Revolutionary War.

Ready to enjoy all of the historical sites and monuments in Philadelphia? Book your stay on VacationRenter!

Mapping It Out | Places You Can’t Miss in Washington, D.C

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Visiting the nation’s capital is a unique experience filled with history, culture, imagination, and more. With so many museums, monuments, exhibits, and historical sites to visit, Washington, D.C. vacation planning can seem like a tedious task. When mapping out your visit, be sure to add these stops to your itinerary.

  1. The White House

    The White House is an impressive residence where every president, with the exception of George Washington, has resided. Schedule a tour in advance to see portions of the interior and learn more about the history of the home. At least walk by to take a look from outside the gates. The building and grounds are just as beautiful from the outside. It’s a can’t-miss at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

  2. The Washington Monument

    The Washington Monument is another iconic attraction from the nation’s capital that you don’t want to miss. Photographs really don’t do the 555-foot monument justice. Check out the 50 flags surrounding the base or ride the elevator to the top to get a view of the National Mall and other parts of the city. Stop by 15th and Constitution to check it out.

  3. Arlington National Cemetery

    Pay your respects and honor the soldiers fallen in combat at the Arlington National Cemetery. It’s the final resting place for more than 400,000 U.S. soldiers and other individuals. The cemetery has been in place since 1864, with headstones honoring those all the way back to the Civil War. It sits right outside the city in Arlington, VA.

  4. Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress is one of the top places to visit in Washington, D.C. for book lovers and readers of all ages. It is the largest library in the world with more than 161 million items cataloged on the shelves. Sign up for a free guided tour to get a closer look. You’ll find it located at 101 Independence Ave SE.

  5. National Air and Space Museum

    The National Air and Space Museum has a collection of aircraft, like the Wright Brothers plane and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of Saint Louis on display. Additionally, it features moon rocks and other space artifacts for people to explore. Check out the planetarium and IMAX theater when you make a stop at 600 Independence Ave SW.

  6. National Zoological Park

    If your Washington, D.C. vacation includes children or animal lovers, then don’t forget to add the National Zoological Park to your itinerary. It’s home to more than 2,000 animals, including a pair of Giant Pandas. The animal habitats closely replicate those seen in the wild, giving the animals a more comfortable living environment and giving visitors a chance to learn more about the beautiful creatures. The zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave NW.

  7. National Museum of American History

    What’s a Washington, D.C. vacation without seizing every opportunity to learn more about American history? Do this at the National Museum of American History where you’ll see the actual flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem, gowns worn by First Ladies, and many more exhibits and artifacts. Find the museum at 14th Ave NW and Constitution Ave.

  8. The Pentagon

    As the headquarters of the Department of Defense, the Pentagon is definitely a place not to miss. Tours take you through a small portion of the building — they have to protect military secrets after all — and include the crash site from September 11. Honor brave heroes and learn more about the history of the military on a Pentagon tour. You’ll find the massive building just across the Potomac River in Arlington, VA.

  9. Lincoln Memorial

    Just across the Reflecting Pool from the National Monument sits the 19-foot marble statue of Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial was completed in 1922 to honor the 16th president. However, the monument itself plays an important role in U.S. history, too. It’s the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” among other events.

  10. Georgetown Historic District

    The Georgetown neighborhood’s history goes back all the way to the 1700s. It’s home to beautiful architecture, unique boutiques and cafes, and the oldest Roman Catholic college — Georgetown University. Explore this old neighborhood between Rock Creek Park and K Street NW.

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National Pizza Day | Major Cities Vying to Be Top Pizza Style

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National Pizza Day is on February 9th, and there’s definitely no better way to celebrate the culinary occasion than to dig into some savory slices. But how do you decide which style of pizza to gnosh on?

No need to worry, because we’ve got a quick view of some old and new pizza styles hailing from cities across the country for you to consider.

  1. Detroit, Michigan

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    Detroit-style pizza has become quite the rage over the past few years. Its lightly fried crust provides a crisp texture on the outside, while still maintaining a lot of chewiness on the inside.

    Instead of a conventional “sauce, cheese, toppings” arrangement, the Detroit-style pizza is actually prepped largely in reverse order with the cheese directly touching the dough before it gets baked in the oven.

    It’s become such a popular choice these days that Detroit very well may need to add a new nickname to its list before it gets too long.

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  3. New York City, New York

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    New York-style pizza is one of the major stalwarts when it comes to pizza over a multitude of decades. Many will swear that this particular pizza can’t be emulated anywhere outside of New York City because its signature flavor comes from the local tap water used in the dough.

    While that may or may not be true, the distinctive elements of the New York-style pizza are a hand-tossed, thin crust with thick edge on the outside. Most often sold by the slice in many of the city’s pizzerias, the thin crust makes it perfect for folding, which is the recommended way to consume it if you happen to be in New York City.

    Often times its best to stick with the classics when it comes to pizza.

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  5. Chicago, Illinois

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    Speaking of classics, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is another one of the old school choices that never goes out of style. It’s also one that most appropriately fits the pizza slang term “pie” due to its appearance.

    Baked in a deep-dish pan that provides its distinctive high edge look and extreme thickness, it’s typically heartier and packed with a lot more cheese and tomato sauce than any of the other styles of pizza.

    Who wins in the age-old rivalry between Chicago and New York pizza? Definitely you if you decide to try them both.

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  7. St. Louis, Missouri

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    St. Louis-style has been a pizza choice on the rise in recent years with its thin, cracker-like crust made without using yeast, and typically square or rectangle appearance whenever it’s served by the slice.

    It’s also noted for its use of toppings that extend to the edge of the crust, and often involves the use of Provel processed cheese.

    Will it overtake ribs one day as the first thing to come to mind when the term “St. Louis-style” is used? Time and taste buds will tell.

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  9. Berkeley, California

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    California-style pizza heavily emphasizes toppings that are unique to California cuisine, and layers them on a crust that blends together elements of both the Italian thin crust and New York-style pizza.

    It’s often said to have originated at the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, and has grown more well-known over the decades with its wide variety of toppings to choose from.

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Incredibly Fun and Romantic Getaways near Guntersville, Alabama

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Guntersville, Alabama, sits on the banks of the Tennessee River where it meets Guntersville Lake. Surrounded by pristine waters on almost every side, Guntersville is brimming with amazing natural beauty and a pleasing assortment of activities for tourists.

As you plan a romantic getaway in Guntersville, you won’t be disappointed by the many fanciful options you have at your disposal. Your vacation itinerary can be nothing short of unforgettable.

  1. Lake Guntersville State Park

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    Lake Guntersville State Park sprawls over 6,000 acres of hills, valleys, and forests. The park features 36 miles of trails where cyclists, hikers, and horses share the path. Visitors can shoot through the woods on an aerial zip line tour with a variety of packages available.

    Fishing in Lake Guntersville is always an option, either from the shore or out on a boat rented within the park. Definitely keep an eye on the sky while you’re there in the hopes of catching a glimpse of a bald eagle, for a fair number of them live in the park.

  2. Monte Sano State Park

    Visiting Monte Sano State Park promises to be a spectacular experience, thanks to the more than 2,000 acres of forested mountains. The park has 59 improved campsites, a few rustic campsites, and 14 cabins for secluded and romantic overnight stays. With 20 miles of trails for hiking and 14 miles of bike trails, you’ll have no problem staying busily active at the park.

  3. Monsanto Tract

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    Get back to nature and nurture your relationship with a trek through Monsanto Tract. Secluded and quiet, this pristine piece of land covers 209 acres, featuring mountainous pines, hardwoods, and nesting habitats for Bald Eagles and plenty of fishing opportunities. This beautiful scenic peninsula will provide plenty of great photo opportunities to commemorate your trip.

  4. Old Town Stock House

    After you’ve worked up an appetite at one of the area’s state parks or nature preserves, do yourself a favor and stop in for dinner at the Old Town Stock House. The quaint surroundings for this restaurant date back to 1901, which give it distinctive old-world charm. The farm-to-table fare set the stage for a mouthwatering meal as you unwind at a quiet corner table.

Your romance will enjoy a measurable surge with a getaway to Guntersville, and the southern hospitality should put you immediately at ease as you tour the many beautiful attractions in this area.

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Spoil Your Loved One with a Romantic Trip to Orlando, Florida

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With tourist attractions and theme parks that are known worldwide, Orlando, Florida can cater to every age and taste. The city is also a wonderful place for a romantic couple’s getaway, whether you’re interested in a quiet stroll through beautiful botanical gardens or spectacular fireworks displays are more your style.

  1. Romance in the City

    The swaying palm trees and sultry warm weather set the stage for romance in the city. Take some time to shop in the boutiques, watch a sunset, and enjoy the Florida culture together.

  2. Admire Breathtaking Fireworks

    Create memories that will last a lifetime with an evening of breathtaking fireworks. There are several theme parks in Orlando where you can view fireworks with your love (note that some shows only happen during the summer). One of the most spectacular is the Happily Ever After Show at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, which is set against Cinderella Castle.

  3. Plan an Exclusive Spa Day

    Nothing says relaxation and romance like a little spa indulgence. Sharing a day at the spa is a quintessential activity for a relaxing time spent together. Schedule a couples’ massage ahead of time to ensure a carefree spa experience at one of the highly-recommended spas like The Woodhouse Day Spa or Senses Spa.

  4. Catch A Thrill At An Amusement Park

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    An Orlando vacation wouldn’t quite be complete without a stop at an amusement park; with world-class shows and rides, they aren’t just for families with kids. Some of the most iconic attraction parks include Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Discovery Cove.

  5. Stroll Through the Harry P. Leu Gardens

    Located in downtown Orlando, the Harry P. Leu Gardens are spread over 50 beautiful acres. The lush botanical gardens provide a peaceful respite from the fast-paced theme parks while offering a classically romantic backdrop.

  6. Soar Skyward with ICON Orlando 360

    With perhaps the best view of Orlando, the ICON Observation Wheel stands 400 feet tall and has comfortable, fully enclosed viewing gondolas. You can book a romantic package that includes a decorated private gondola and charming amenities such as candles, chocolates and drinks.

  7. Visit a Landmark Art House Cinema

    If you’re looking for a fun couple’s alternative to the crowds and high-octane energy of the amusement parks, look no further than the Enzian Theater, a whimsical, single-screen cinema. This Orlando icon also has a full-service bar and restaurant, making it the perfect destination for a quiet, but memorable, date night.

  8. Surprise Your Loved One with a Romantic Dinner

    Orlando offers award-winning romantic restaurants in a variety of tastes. Try Antonio’s for Italian. Le Coq au Vin has delicious French fare. Or skip the reservations and cook together at your rental home so you can intimately dine by candlelight.

  9. Enjoy Orlando Nightlife Together

    Wall Street Plaza is a popular spot to experience nightlife. Taverns and rooftop bars are hoppin’ with locals and visitors alike. Have a drink alfresco. Visit Hooch and The Monkey Bar, two popular pubs in this area.

  10. Enter the Magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Couples visiting Orlando who are J.K. Rowling fans cannot miss Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hand-in-hand, you can hop on board Hogwarts Express or experience The Nighttime Lights Hogwarts Castle. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the top attractions in Orlando.

  11. Rent Swan Boats at Lake Eola

    Couples can rent adorable swan-shaped paddle boats for a relaxing few hours on Lake Eola, which is located right in downtown Orlando. You’ll likely see some real swans, too.

  12. Wish Upon a Star

    Visit the Planetarium at Seminole State College for some interactive stargazing. Or put a blanket in the yard at your vacation home and watch the stars without a crowd.

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