As warm weather approaches, you might start thinking about your next vacation – and if you’re looking for an unexpected gem in the United States, you might not have to look far.
On Wednesday, international luggage delivery company MyBaggage released its list of the 10 most popular places in the United States to visit this spring, based on a potentially surprising methodology: TikTok views. And for the most part, the winners weren’t typical beach destinations in Florida, or tourist attractions in California or New York.
Instead, the list mostly featured locations near mountain ranges, national parks, and other natural attractions — mostly in the western and southern United States. Top of the list, for example, was the Oregon coast where whale watching is a major attraction: From March to June, people travel from around the world to spot whales migrating north to Alaska, according to the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation.
To get the list, MyBaggage ran a series of location-based hashtag searches through TikTok and sorted the results by total views. At the time the report was compiled, videos tagged with #oregoncoast had 254.4 million views on the app, according to MyBaggage. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the No. 2 location on the list, had 71.3 million views, by comparison.
Check out the top 10 for some great ideas on where to potentially travel this spring:
1. Oregon Coast, Oregon
TikTok views: 254.4 million
Average temperature in May 2021, according to Weather Underground: 59 F
In addition to whale watching, the Oregon Coast is an often windy coastline open to the public, with large sand dunes and bustling ship harbors.
2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
TikTok views: 71.3 million
Average temperature in May 2021: 46 F
Jackson Hole is an outdoor adventure destination for all seasons, from skiing in winter to hiking, biking and camping in warm weather. Travelers have nearby access to two national parks: Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
3. Macon, Georgia
TikTok views: 53.7 million
Average temperature in May 2021: 71 F
Located in the geographic center of Georgia, Macon is a convenient stopover for travelers traveling through the state. Macon’s Amerson River Park is a favorite spot for kayaking and tubing on sunny days, and the town is home to strawberry plants and peach orchards that begin to bloom each spring.
4.Texas Hill Country, Texas
TikTok views: 51.3 million
Average temperature in May 2021: 76 F
The Texas Hill Country – otherwise known as the central area of Southwest Texas, west of Austin and north of San Antonio – is a local hub for outdoor activities like tubing, kayaking and hiking. The area also has a variety of local breweries and a surprisingly high number of wineries.
TikTok views: 28.9 million
Average temperature in May 2021: 51 F
Sedona is also known as Red Rock Country, which, as the name suggests, is home to red rock formations and canyons among desert trails and cacti. Spring provides visitors with a mild temperature to enjoy these red rocks before the heat of summer sets in.
6. Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
TikTok views: 15.8 million
Average temperature in May 2021: 53 F
Located 30 miles off Cape Cod, Nantucket Island is known for its sand dunes along the beach. The island is just 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide, providing a scenic and tranquil getaway whether you’re staying at a local cottage or bed and breakfast. If you stay at one of the many resorts on the island, of course, you’ll have a much more elusive and luxurious experience.
7. Garden of the Gods, Colorado
TikTok views: 15.7 million
Average temperature in May 2021: 56 F
Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado is a National Registered Natural Landmark – a US National Park Service designation for sites with special biological and geological qualities. It is home to Pikes Peak, one of the highest points in the United States at 14,115 feet, from which you can see five different life zones including grassy foothills, mountain ranges and alpine tundra . The park also offers outdoor activities like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and guided tours through its massive rock formations.
8. Palm Springs, California
TikTok views: 14.8 million
Average temperature in May 2021: 79 F
Palm Springs might be the type of place you’d expect to find on a list like this: Located east of Los Angeles outside of the Coachella Valley region, the desert city is known for its shopping district, golf courses, spas and hot springs. . It is also close to a series of outdoor hiking and biking trails, for anyone wanting to escape luxury living for an afternoon.
9. The Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee
TikTok views: 5.2 million
Average temperature in May 2021: 67 F
The Great Smoky Mountains, also a U.S. National Park, are a range of mountains along the North Carolina-Tennessee border where visitors can hike, camp, raft, and see remnants of the mountain culture of the southern Appalachians. It is the most visited national park in the country, according to the National Park Service. The Appalachian Trail also traverses the Great Smoky Mountains, along its way to the East Coast.