The Most Popular Labor Day Destinations This Year, According to Airbnb

published Aug 22, 2022
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In anticipation of Labor Day weekend — and the many last-minute travelers who have yet to decide on where to go — Airbnb has a new report revealing the holiday’s most popular destinations in 2022.

According to the online rental service, this year’s top places for travelers, based on most nights booked between September 2 through 5, are small cities. For instance, the most popular destination is Columbus, Ohio. In the second and third spots are Raleigh, North Carolina, and Tampa, Florida, respectively.

  1. Columbus, Ohio
  2. Raleigh, North Carolina
  3. Tampa, Florida
  4. North Kingstown, Rhode island
  5. Jacksonville, Florida
  6. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  7. San Francisco, California
  8. Reno, Nevada
  9. Saint Petersburg, Florida
  10. North Charleston, South Carolina

If you’re anxious about vacationing alone, don’t worry, Airbnb says that more travelers are going solo this year — up by more than 20 percent compared to the same period in 2021.

“Labor Day marks the transition to the beginning of fall, with many using the long weekend to travel and squeeze in some final summer memories,” the company said. “For some guests, this Labor Day is an opportunity for a final summer solo adventure…”

As for the top trending destinations for the fall season, many seem to be wanting one last trip to the beach, as Ocean City in New Jersey topped the list. 

In addition, the data found that many are traveling this autumn to watch their favorite sports teams. For example, in second place is Bella Vista, Arkansas, which isn’t far from the University of Arkansas. The college towns where the University of Mississippi, LSU, and the University of Michigan are respectively located have also been trending.

  1. Ocean City, New Jersey
  2. Bella Vista, Arkansas
  3. Oxford, Mississippi
  4. Santa Ana, California
  5. La Mesa, California
  6. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  7. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  8. Lubbock, Texas
  9. Lexington, Kentucky
  10. Wheat Ridge, Colorado

You can read more about Airbnb’s report on the upcoming Labor Day weekend here.