It's officially the time of year when summer vacations are on everyone's mind. If Google is any indication, the general population has been busy searching for the ideal summer travel destination. Early May is precisely the time when searches for summer vacation spike on Google, Travel + Leisure reports, meaning peak travel season is on the horizon. With all of this searching, Google has been able to pinpoint which destinations will be the most popular this summer.
You can be sure that warm, tropical locations will dominate summer travel yet again. According to Google's list of trending summer travel destinations, everyone is heading to Hawaii for some much-needed sunshine and relaxation—among the top five most-searched locations, three are in Hawaii. While it's no surprise that travelers will flock to Hawaii this summer, it seems as though people are also headed to some unexpected locations on the East Coast and in the Southwest. Here are the five summer travel destinations people are flocking to this year, according to Google.
Nicknamed The Garden Isle, Kauai is known for being one of the least commercially developed Hawaiian islands. It's covered in tropical rainforest, cliffs, and waterfalls. While you're there, enjoy calming beaches, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and surfing. Stay at the Hanalei Colony Resort for a luxurious oceanside experience, and head to Red Salt for fresh seafood.
Located on the island of Maui, it's no wonder Kahului is one of the most popular summer travel destinations this year. However, it's really more of a local spot thanks to its central location. While you're there, you'll want to visit the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, dine at local favorites like Poi by the Pound and Bistro Casanova, and stop in for dessert at Tasaka Guri-Guri.
Providence, Rhode Island
Providence, the capital city of Rhode Island, is one of the oldest cities in America, so this is one summer travel destination that comes with a lot of history. It's home to Brown University, eclectic art installations, and a historic downtown. Experience the walkable city by foot, and stop in at one of the many restaurants in the downtown area like Cafe Nuovo.
Kona is an expansive area on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island. There, you'll find historic landmarks like Kealakekua Bay, plenty of opportunities to scuba or fish, and all the coffee you can imagine. The land is famous for producing Kona coffee, which for some may be reason enough to travel to this destination. Book your stay at Keauhou Resort, and be sure to visit the Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park while you're there.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Visit New Mexico's capital city, Santa Fe, for a desert vacation. Visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, or spend time in nature at the Santa Fe National Forest. It's a city with a rich history in arts and crafts, with much remaining architecture from the past, including iconic adobe landmarks. For a luxurious experience, stay at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, where you can enjoy spa treatments inspired by the surroundings and have easy access to the beautiful nature around you.
Head to Travel + Leisure for more trending travel destinations to inspire your next adventure.
This post was originally published on April 25, 2018, and has since been updated.