The 25 best getaways in the US for millennials, where airfare is cheap and the cities are Instagrammable

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Vacation spots for millennials are all about the ‘gram. George Rose / Contributor / Getty Images

Planning a getaway can be hard for millennials on a budget – especially when they’re looking for a good experience to flaunt on their Instagram.

That’s why HomeToGo took a look at the hottest destinations in America for millennials to visit. It surveyed 1,000 HomeToGo users born between 1981 and 1996 to find out their top priorities when planning a vacation. Turns out, millennials are looking for affordable flights, unforgettable experiences, Instagrammability, affordable food and drink, vibrant nightlife, and affordable accommodation.


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HomeToGo then examined how strongly these factors played into the 500 most-searched US locations on its website. Using data from the US Department of Transportation, an online travel agent, Yelp, Google Maps, Instagram and tourist boards, and HomeToGo, the company ranked each city in each category on a scale of five to 10. The cities with the highest overall rankings were narrowed down to the top 50.

Below, see the 25 best places in the US for millennials to take a vacation this year.


25. Sarasota, Florida

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Airfare score: 8.36

Experiences score: 5.06

Instagram score: 6.42

Food & drink score: 7.51

Nightlife score: 5.52


24. Richmond, Virginia

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Airfare score: 6.06

Experiences score: 5.1

Instagram score: 5.1

Food & drink score: 8.75

Nightlife score: 6.3


23. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Airfare score: 7.85

Experiences score: 5.12

Instagram score: 5.11

Food & drink score: 8.13

Nightlife score: 6.37


22. Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Airfare score: 7.5

Experiences score: 5.06

Instagram score: 5.26

Food & drink score: 8.02

Nightlife score: 5.89


21. Salt Lake City, Utah

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Airfare score: 7.26

Experiences score: 5.26

Instagram score: 5.55

Food & drink score: 9.27

Nightlife score: 5.85


20. San Antonio, Texas

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Airfare score: 7.04

Experiences score: 5.25

Instagram score: 5.19

Food & drink score: 7.5

Nightlife score: 7.89


19. Columbus, Ohio

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Airfare score: 7.3

Experiences score: 5.05

Instagram score: 5.35

Food & drink score: 8.02

Nightlife score: 6.78


18. Houston, Texas

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Airfare score: 6.54

Experiences score: 5.33

Instagram score: 6.07

Food & drink score: 7.71

Nightlife score: 8.67


17. Oakland, California

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Airfare score: 8.9

Experiences score: 5.19

Instagram score: 6.81

Food & drink score: 8.54

Nightlife score: 5.78


16. Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Airfare score: 10

Experiences score: 5

Instagram score: 5.24

Food & drink score: 9.06

Nightlife score: 5.19


15. Memphis, Tennessee

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Airfare score: 6.32

Experiences score: 5.19

Instagram score: 5.42

Food & drink score: 10

Nightlife score: 6.59


14. Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Airfare score: 6.43

Experiences score: 5

Instagram score: 6.44

Food & drink score: 9.58

Nightlife score: 5.56


13. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Airfare score: 6.95

Experiences score: 5.47

Instagram score: 5.6

Food & drink score: 8.33

Nightlife score: 8.04


12. New York City, NY

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Airfare score: 7.12

Experiences score: 10.00

Instagram score: 7.87

Food & drink score: 5.00

Nightlife score: 7.56


11. Dallas, Texas

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Airfare score: 7.32

Experiences score: 5.41

Instagram score: 5.72

Food & drink score: 7.21

Nightlife score: 8.52


10. Baltimore, Maryland

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Airfare score: 8.25

Experiences score: 5.28

Instagram score: 5.30

Food & drink score: 8.23

Nightlife score: 6.56


9. Atlanta, Georgia

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Airfare score: 7.31

Experiences score: 5.50

Instagram score: 5.57

Food & drink score: 8.15

Nightlife score: 8.37


8. Jacksonville, Florida

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Airfare score: 7.04

Experiences score: 5.08

Instagram score: 6.38

Food & drink score: 9.38

Nightlife score: 6.70


7. New Orleans, Louisiana

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Airfare score: 8.45

Experiences score: 6.56

Instagram score: 5.60

Food & drink score: 9.79

Nightlife score: 6.59


6. Chicago, Illinois

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Airfare score: 8.13

Experiences score: 6.17

Instagram score: 6.05

Food & drink score: 7.92

Nightlife score: 8.37


5. Los Angeles, California

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Airfare score: 7.71

Experiences score: 6.90

Instagram score: 7.79

Food & drink score: 6.56

Nightlife score: 10.00


4. Portland, Oregon

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Airfare score: 7.95

Experiences score: 5.55

Instagram score: 6.46

Food & drink score: 8.33

Nightlife score: 7.19


3. Tampa, Florida

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Airfare score: 8.36

Experiences score: 5.23

Instagram score: 5.84

Food & drink score: 9.58

Nightlife score: 6.74


2. Detroit, Michigan

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Airfare score: 10.00

Experiences score: 5.15

Instagram score: 5.89

Food & drink score: 8.33

Nightlife score: 7.04


1. Miami, Florida

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Airfare score: 8.22

Experiences score: 6.49

Instagram score: 10.00

Food & drink score: 7.26

Nightlife score: 9.30