With more people working from home these days, cravings for a change of scenery may be in order. Real estate website RENTCafé recently released a study of the best vacation destinations for remote work, based on criteria including the availability and cost of short-term leases and strong internet speed. Using their findings as a jumping-off point, here’s a guide to some of the best domestic destinations for remote work.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Experience a healthy blend of outdoor adventure and Southwestern culture. Hike or mountain bike within the 25-mile Dale Ball Trail system, close to downtown, or browse some of the reopened art galleries along Canyon Road. Renting among the traditional adobe houses of the East Side will put you closer to downtown’s shops and galleries, while Tesuque, five miles outside of town, offers tranquility in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Just 30 minutes from Denver and one of America’s fastest-growing tech hubs, Boulder is also a haven for outdoor adventurers. Hike the Flatirons, or try your hand at the whitewater kayaking course that runs through the center of town. Staying in Central Boulder makes it easy to enjoy everything from the new drive-in theater at the Dairy Arts Center to some of the best spots for locally roasted coffee. For a tranquil work environment, South Boulder is a quiet residential neighborhood with easy trail access.
This funky college town on the shore of Lake Champlain is close to the Green Mountains, is extremely bike- and pedestrian-friendly, and hosts one of the best local beer scenes in America. The South End offers easy access to downtown and the perks of suburban living, including spacious yards. Downtown, you can find condos with lake views, as well as the city’s acclaimed farmer’s market, which is now allowing pre-orders.
Less than a 15-minute drive north of Portland, Oregon, on the banks of the Columbia River, Vancouver offers small-town charms coupled with outdoor adventures. Fish or kayak on Vancouver Lake, or take advantage of the many hiking trails and campsites near Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens. For a central location, stay in the Shumway neighborhood, just 10 blocks north of downtown. For something more remote, try Salmon Creek, which is known for its scenic trails.
If you prefer waterfront views, look no further than Honolulu. Hike to Oahu’s many breathtaking hidden waterfalls, and ditch the sad desk lunch for a quintessential Hawaiian plate lunch. For a more removed home base, Hawaii Kai, on the eastern tip of the island, is a largely residential area with access to great beaches, bodysurfing and snorkeling. On your off time, experience the buzzing Waikiki neighborhood and its world-famous surfing beach.