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9 Most Popular Summer Destinations on Jetsetter

Got some saved-up PTO to burn this summer and not a clue where to spend it? We're no psychics, but we do know a seasonal trend when we see one, and these hot destinations—with their budget-friendly modern sleeps and bohemian summer colony stays—are attracting Jetsetters in droves.

A Brooklyn-based writer and editor, Chelsea's work has appeared in Matador Network, The Huffington Post, the TripAdvisor blog, and more. When not planning her next trip, you'll usually find her drinking way too much iced coffee (always iced—she’s from New England) or bingeing a Netflix original series.

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If we know anything at all, it’s that NYC is a hot spot no matter the season. Thanks to an unrivaled combination of Michelin-starred restaurants, world-class art and history museums, game-changing Broadway shows (Bette Middler's Hello, Dolly! is this year's answer to Hamilton-mania), and five-star stays, there’s always something to see in the city. This summer Jetsetters can’t get enough of the timeless Warwick New York with its classic interiors and prime Midtown locale; the boutique and budget-friendly Avalon Hotel just over a block away from the Empire State Building; and the Iberostar 70 Park Avenue—just minutes from Grand Central Station—which opts for a trendy, purposefully mismatched decor scheme.

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Way out on the far-eastern tip of Long Island, Montauk is home to only a couple thousand year-round residents. But come summer, the bohemian Hamptons hamlet swells with city slickers in search of chic stays, white sandy beaches, and quaint lighthouses (you can find practically anything in Manhattan, but not these). Planning your own rendezvous? Get your reservations in stat—favorites like the fuss-free, surprisingly wallet-friendly Haven Montauk and the hipster-meets-mod Montauk Beach House—just one block from the Atlantic—are already getting quite the attention.

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Year in and year out London comes out on top as Europe’s most-visited destination (see record-setting 31.5 million visitors in 2015)—helped certainly by an extra-busy summer season. With spellbinding Gothic, Baroque and Elizabethan buildings, some of the best free museums and art galleries, lush sculpted gardens, and a highly metamorphose food scene— we understand the appeal. Those headed over the pond in the coming months are most likely to drop their bags at the posh May Fair (think: Fendi sofas and Baccarat chandeliers) or the ultra-youthful but exceedingly sleek citizenM London Bankside.

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There’s no denying that Rome in summertime is hot, hot, hot—both in terms of temperature and popularity. Must-see attractions like the Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain pull in millions interested in living la dolce vita (with copious gelato and pasta intake) if only for a week. Whether you’re touching down in Italy for the Baroque churches and archaeological sites or the haute couture boutiques and midday Aperol spritzes, a comfortable home base is essential. Looking for something airing on the side of aristocratic? Gigli d’Oro Suite—just behind Piazza Navona and within walking distance of everything worth seeing—delivers with a centuries-old staircase, gilt mirrors, stone fireplaces, and exposed beam ceilings. On the contemporary end of the design spectrum lies the Rome Times Hotel with clean-cut white and gray interiors, marble bathrooms, and calm ambient lighting.

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Las Vegas

Ostentatious high-rise hotels, celebrity-hosted nightclub parties, an LED-lit entertainment haven known as the Strip...Sin City takes an over-the-top approach to everything it does. While hotels pack a competitive punch when it comes to location, amenities, and in-your-face decor, the most-lusted over this summer include the The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with its hip Hollywood Regency-style digs, rage-hosting Marquee Dayclub Pool, and cavernous spa hammam (for necessary detoxifying), and The Venetian Las Vegas which throws some marble, all-suite Italian glitz into the mix complete with gondola rides along its own canals.

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Miami Beach

With white sand beaches, more-than-ideal weather, hip nightlife, a vibrant art scene, and a highly photographable collection of Art Deco architecture, Miami Beach isn’t a favorite stateside destination for nothin’. While summer’s sun may bump up the heat up a notch, that doesn't deter anyone from heading down south (quite the opposite, actually). Hit the see-and-be-seen Confidante with Golden Era-meets-mid-century-Modern decor from A-list designer Martin Brudnizki, the Mondrian South Beach with its incomparable sunset views (it’s the only SoBe spot that faces west), or the Hotel Breakwater South Beach, an artsy boutique in the midst of the neighborhood’s hottest nightlife.

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San Francisco

This hilly NorCal spot rakes in countless visitors (tourists and long won-over locals) with a winning mix of iconic sites—the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Painted Ladies—and boundary-busting innovators who constantly reinvent the city’s food, drink, and shopping scenes. This summer, it seems funky maritime digs are San Fran's main calling card as Hotel Zephyr and the Argonaut Hotel—two nautically-themed boutiques on Fisherman’s Wharf—are among the most sought-after stays. Between them, you’ll find a whole lot of whimsy in the form of porthole windows, astronomer’s clocks, wooden plank floors, steamer trunks, and roped buoy light fixtures.

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The popularity of Paris is kind of a no-brainer, right? The city’s landmarks span every architectural and artistic movement from the Middle Ages to now; patisseries, boulangeries, and charcuteries practically beg you to step in for a fresh bite; locals are exceedingly stylish as they roam the romantic streets—we could go on...forever. As millions flock to the chic capital each summer it’s tough to pinpoint the best of stays, but the Haussmann-style all-white interiors of Hotel R de Paris—in the 9th arrondissement, and Hotel Dupond-Smith—a five-story mansion in the heart of the Marais have made big waves thus far.

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A spellbinding skyline built on postmodern skyscrapers, an ever-evolving culinary landscape, and a cutting-edge collection of modern art galleries and museums propelled Chicago into the ranks of America’s best cities long ago. Hosting some of the country’s top music festivals each summer—Lollapalooza and Pitchfork among them— and free events in Millennium Park, the lakefront giant bursts with sunny season visitors. In Chi-Town’s buzzy North River neighborhood, the youthful ACME Hotel Company Chicago wows with post-industrial-meets-playful design (think: lava lamps, graffiti-style canvases, and Pop art prints) while the Thompson Chicago goes for mid-century luxe on the edge of Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile.

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