The top 20 most popular summer destinations in America, based on TripAdvisor's hotel pricing report

Summer has a special meaning in everyone's heart.

For some, the best part of the season is loading up the car with beach chairs and driving to the shore. For others, its all about counting down the minutes to when it's warm enough to find a perfect clearing to camp.

But while certain places can feel distinctly your own, there are some U.S. hotspots that are just general crowd-pleasers when the temperatures start to soar.

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, released its 2017 Summer Vacation Value Report, highlighting the top 50 domestic destinations for U.S. travelers this summer based on the greatest spike in seasonal hotel booking interest and pricing.

With its proximity to both Philadelphia and New York City, it is no wonder that Jersey Shore beaches make up a large portion of popular summer hotspots in America. Three beach towns in the area landed in the top 10 -- pretty good for the fourth smallest state.

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20. South Lake Tahoe, California


Least expensive summer week to visit:
June 5 – 11

Value hotel and nightly rate:

Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly TripAdvisor pricing from $165

19. Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4

Value hotel and nightly rate:
Shutters On the Banks TripAdvisor pricing from $200

18. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4

Value hotel and nightly rate:
Black Hawk Motel & Suites TripAdvisor pricing from $70

17. North Conway, New Hampshire

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Golden Gables Inn TripAdvisor pricing from $90

16. Lake Placid, New York

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4

Value hotel and nightly rate:
Lake House TripAdvisor pricing from $151

15. Anchorage, Alaska

Least expensive summer week to visit:
August 28 – September 3


Value hotel and nightly rate:
The Lakefront Anchorage TripAdvisor pricing from $170

14. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4

Value hotel and nightly rate:
Belvedere Beach Resort TripAdvisor pricing from $185

13. Jackson, Wyoming

Least expensive summer week to visit:
June 5 – 11

Value hotel and nightly rate:
Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole TripAdvisor pricing from $268

12. Traverse City, Michigan

Least expensive summer week to visit:
June 5 – 11


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel TripAdvisor pricing from $126

11. Estes Park, Colorado

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Hotel Estes TripAdvisor pricing from $153

10. Cape May, New Jersey

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Buckingham Motel TripAdvisor pricing from $97

9. Montauk, New York

Least expensive summer week to visit:
June 5 – 11


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Aqualina Inn Montauk TripAdvisor pricing from $319

8. West Yellowstone, Montana

Least expensive summer week to visit:
August 28 – September 3


Value hotel and nightly rate:
The Historic Madison Hotel TripAdvisor pricing from $56

7. Ogunquit, Maine

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Gorges Grant Hotel TripAdvisor pricing from $122

6. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Atlantis Inn TripAdvisor pricing from $230

5. Ocean City, Maryland

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Safari Motel Boardwalk TripAdvisor pricing from $127

4. Bar Harbor, Maine

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4

Value hotel and nightly rate:
Atlantic Eyrie Lodge TripAdvisor pricing from $156

3. Lake George, New York

Least expensive summer week to visit:
June 12 – June 18


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Lake Motel TripAdvisor pricing from $92

2. Ocean City, New Jersey

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Harris House Motel TripAdvisor pricing from $128

1. Wildwood Crest, New Jersey

Least expensive summer week to visit:
May 29 – June 4


Value hotel and nightly rate:
Aqua Beach Resort TripAdvisor pricing from $115

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Wildwood Crest took the No. 1 spot on TripAdvisor's list this year, beating out more well-known haunts like Virginia Beach and Montauk.

Unlike many of its Jersey Shore counterparts, you don't need a costly beach pass to enjoy Wildwood Crest's coastline, allowing you to get the most out of your budget. Instead, you can spend the extra money at the legendary 38-block boardwalk that connects Wildwood Crest with its two sister towns, Wildwood and North Wildwood. Three amusement piers feature over 100 rides, including a wooden roller coaster and beachfront waterparks.

If you tire of the sensory overload, head back over to Wildwood Crest's chilled-out, squeaky-clean beaches for a classic day of fun in the sun. The plethora of activities guarantees a good time for even the pickiest of travelers.

Peek at the gallery above to see TripAdvisor's top 20 most popular summer hotspots, and to see if your favorite destination made the full list of 50, click here.

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