One of the best ways to save money on travel is to rent a vacation home. A great alternative to the cookie-cutter hotel, home rentals offer affordable accommodations with local appeal and a more personal touch.
We partnered with our friends at HomeAway to give you a glimpse into the unique rental properties that exist in some of the best vacation spots in the U.S. If you're planning a getaway in any of the following cities, check out these rentals before you book one of these expensive hotels.
Cheap Rentals in Nashville, Tenn.: On the Lakefront
If you're to save money on your vacation by booking a cheap rental in Nashville, look no further. This lakefront home for rent is perfect for a family vacation, couple's retreat or girlfriend getaway. The two-bedroom, two-bath house sleeps six and costs an average of $221 per night. While it's an easy drive from all the Music City hot spots, the major selling point is the waterfront location. The rental even boasts its own dock, giving BYOB (bring your own boat) a whole new meaning.
Cheap Rentals in Nashville: In the Heart of Downtown
Named one of the best U.S. cities to visit, Music City is in the tourism spotlight right now. And this rental is in the heart of the action.
A Nashville gem that oozes charm, this restored historic cottage has the perfect porch for sipping sweet tea or moonshine. A two-bedroom, one-bath house that sleeps six for $133 per night on average, it offers a perfect location just five minutes from downtown. Decorated to the nines with cozy antiques and local art, it's ideal for a bachelorette party or anyone looking to explore Nashville's exploding music and food scene. As an added perk, this rental is pet-friendly, so you don't have to splurge for a dog sitter.
Cheap Rentals in Nashville: Away From the Hubbub
If you're traveling with the whole crew, check out this three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house, which sleeps eight comfortably and is ideal for entertaining. Out of the hustle and bustle of Nashville proper, this private rental property is still just a stone's throw from the action, making it a fun vacation spot.
Take advantage of the huge rooftop deck and pool or host a night in using the foosball table and private movie theater. The cost to rent is just $240 per night, on average.
Cheap Rentals in Denver: Amazing Skyline Views
With a perfect five-star rating, this three-bedroom, 3.5-bath property in downtown Denver is simply immaculate. Bright and modern with jaw-dropping skyline views, the rental features carefully chosen decor, from the linens to the wet bar in the master terrace. The location is steps from popular restaurants and bars and within walking distance of most major attractions. So, be sure to add the Broncos' stadium, aquarium and theme park to your itinerary. The property sleeps six and rents for an average of $267 per night.
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Cheap Rentals in Denver: Historic Charm
With a youthful, modern vibe and easy access to the Rocky Mountains, Denver is one of the hottest vacation spots in America. If you don't want to pay city prices, this refurbished, early 1900s home is situated just 20 minutes from downtown in an up-and-coming neighborhood with its own historic downtown.
If you're looking for a rental with historic appeal, this affordable, three-bedroom, two-bath property offers accommodations for five at just $171 per night on average. You can even bring Fido and Fluffy.
Cheap Rentals in Denver: Sleepy Suburbs
For larger groups visiting the Mile High City, this three-bedroom, 2.5-bath house has room for 10 guests. A fully furnished, well-appointed home with a two-car garage, it's a quiet suburban escape that's just a 30-minute drive from major Denver attractions. The cost to rent averages $208 a night, or less than $21 per person, per night.
Cheap Rentals in Seattle: Views Over the Water
If Seattle's on your travel plans, this $233-per-night rental is the ideal way to see the city in style. A Queen Anne period home, this Seattle gem boasts unbeatable views of Puget Sound, the Space Needle and the Cascade Mountains.
Eight people can sleep comfortably in this three-bed, 2.5-bath abode that boasts bright, airy rooms, soaking tubs and a deck perfect for taking in the views. Public transportation is plentiful and even includes a free shuttle stop to the nearby water taxi.
Cheap Rentals in Seattle: Convertible Convenience
Seattle is one of the best places to visit in country, and once you explore this charming city of cobblestone streets, historic mansions and old cable cars, you'll see why.
With a walk score of 90, Seattle is hard not to love. A convertible rental that can be booked as a standalone two-bedroom, one-bath unit or combined with the property next door for larger groups and added privacy, the single unit sleeps five for $228 per night. It's a true taste of the Pacific Northwest with stunning views of both the mountains and water.
Cheap Rentals in Seattle: Vibrant Neighborhood Cottage
An oasis in the city, this beautifully remodeled two-bedroom, two-bath cottage has easy access to most of Seattle's top sights. Located in the hip Fremont neighborhood, this rental is close to the zoo, sculpture garden and countless museums. A steal at $198 per night on average, it's an affordable rental for five guests traveling for business or pleasure.
Cheap Rentals in Panama City Beach: Pastel Haven
Want to go on an affordable beach getaway? Ideal for groups, this massive 2,400-square-foot beach house can accommodate 10 people, thanks to its three bedrooms, loft and 3.5 bathrooms. A pastel haven designed with the airy, open floor plan you'd expect from a beach rental, it's a short, 10-minute walk to the sand. If you'd prefer fresh water, there's also a pool and hot tub at your disposal. The cost to rent this paradise is just $225 per night on average.
Cheap Rentals in Panama City Beach: Group Getaway
The perfect Florida beach house for groups or families, this three-bedroom, 3.5-bath house sleeps 12 adults and four kids. Large windows with views of the ocean and Gulf will lull you to sleep, while the private pool and Jacuzzi allow guests to enjoy a relaxing vacation. With the shore a brief walk away, you can feel the sand between your toes for an average of $193 per night.
Cheap Rentals in Panama City Beach: Beachfront Break
A brand-new property fittingly named "Sea Glass," this beautiful but cheap house rental sleeps seven on prime beachfront real estate. The two-bedroom, 2.5-bath home is a 40-second walk from the shore and comes stocked with board games for those perfect, lazy summer days. The cost to rent averages $226 per night.
Cheap Rentals in Orange Beach: On the Dock or the Sand
If you're looking to rent a beach house for the crew, this Orange Beach spot is one of the best places to vacation — and it's a steal at $276 per night. A massive 4,000-square-foot home just steps from the Gulf Shore, this five-bedroom, 4.5-bath house sleeps 12 comfortably.
Standout amenities include access to the community pool and fishing docks, pet-friendly accommodations and multiple suite rooms. On select nights, you can even see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels practicing their flips and turns overhead.
Cheap Rentals in Orange Beach: Made in the Shade
Your own taste of Margaritaville, "Yellowfin" is one of the quintessential beach reprieves. Housed in a private, exclusive community shaded by magnolia and live oak trees, you'll have access to the gated boat launch and marina, swimming pool, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, game room and playground, all for just $5 a day. The house sleeps 10 in three bedrooms and two baths and rents for $121 per night on average.
Cheap Rentals in Orange Beach: Luxury Liaison
A newly listed rental home, this five-bedroom, 3.5-bath stunner comes with its own local concierge to ensure you have the time of your life. Just minutes from the bustling wharf, the rental puts you close to the very best dining, bars and entertainment in Alabama. The gorgeous property sleeps 12 and comes with private beach access for an average of $230 per night.
*All prices are average nightly figures sourced from HomeAway. Prices are accurate as of Aug. 4, 2017, and subject to change.