Travel might have been fraught in 2020, but one thing we could all agree on is the pleasure of clicking through pretty photos of the places we wish we were riding out the pandemic. Vrbo recently shared which of its properties got the most love on Instagram last year. They all have several things in common – they're pretty indoors and out, with nice amenities like swimming pools, and they all have access to the great outdoors. 

If they look a little familiar, you might have seen one or two of these vacation rentals whizz by on your Instagram feed last year while taking a break from doom-scrolling to play the "anywhere-but-here" game. And if you get that FOMO feeling looking at Vrbo's most popular properties, don't worry, you're in good company. For many, the visual break of some digital eye candy was as close as they got to a vacation last year.

There's certainly no harm in planning your next big trip down to the last detail while we all count down to our vaccine slots. These beauts will still be waiting in dreamy destinations like Florida, Arizona, Washington and Michigan for when you're ready to hit the "book now" button. 

Coopers Creek Cabin in Bryson City, North Carolina

A classic cabin right on the edge of both Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest, it's no wonder this retreat has Instagrammers smashing the heart button. The cabin includes a fire pit, a big deck, access to Coopers Creek, and even private waterfalls. Nearby, the Tsali Recreation Area is highly rated for mountain biking, and also has nearly 50 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians. The Lakeshore Trail, Thomas Divide Trail, or Noland Divide Trail are other area spots favored by hikers, while trout fishing is another way to soak up the mountain scenery.

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The Leland Lake House in Quilcene, Washington

The Leland House is totally the stuff Instagram dreams are made of – it's a pretty timber-sided cabin in a circle of emerald lawn right on a lake of the same name. With a wood stove, a big outdoor hot tub, huge windows overlooking the water, SMEG appliances, a clawfoot tub, and even two SUP-kayak combos for guests to use, there are a lot of nice features here. Add in easy access to Port TownsendFort Worden State Park, and Olympic National Park, and you won't want to leave. Be sure to browse the crates of vinyl at Quimper Sound, grab a farmhouse ale at Propolis Brewing, and go ghost hunting while you're in the neighborhood.

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Pet-friendly retreat in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Rosemary Beach has earned a reputation as one of the most charming corners of Florida's Gulf Coast in recent years, and it's easy to see why from this pretty vacation rental. A beachy blend of seaside style and minimalist chic, this home boasts a white and teal color palette, an open floor plan, and a private heated pool. The pet-friendly policy means Fido can come along, and there are four bikes included so you can explore the surrounding community and pristine beaches.  

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Luxury adobe home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

A gorgeous modern adobe home built into the desert landscape of Lake Havasu City, this spacious charmer has all kinds of amenities. From the bar hut to the waterfall, the pool to the hot tub, the sunken back patio to the garage stocked with foosball, ping pong, and pool, there's plenty of fun to be had on-site. But the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is close by, as is the actual London Bridge of nursery rhyme fame, packed up and reassembled in the Arizona desert by Robert McCulloch in 1971. You can even book a floating bar cruise under the bridge – one of the quirkier attractions you'll find in this Sun Belt paradise. 

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Beachfront cottage in New Buffalo, Michigan

If you want a chill beach vacation off the beaten path, this is just the ticket. Overlooking Lake Michigan in Harbor County this picturesque cottage is about 45 nautical miles directly across from Chicago, Illinois, but feels a world away from anywhere else. The bright colors, eclectic decor, wood-burning fire pit, outdoor hot tub, cozy hammock, two fireplaces, and three-level deck give you a great setting to unwind. Nearby, try some Scandi-cool treats at Harbert Swedish Bakery, grab a beer at the local garden center (it's the Michigan way), and hike or bike the sandy hills at Warren Dunes State Park.

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Bluff Haven in Port Angeles, Washington

Situated on a 100-ft-tall bluff with panoramic views of the jaw-dropping Strait of Juan De Fuca, this Olympic Peninsula retreat is ideal for peeping marine wildlife as well as exploring the sprawling, verdant Olympic National Park nearby. There's a pet-friendly policy, so it's no trouble if you're traveling with your dog. But if you want to cozy up at home, it's hard to beat the ocean views from the clawfoot tub in the master bath, the wood-burning stove, and the rock collection on display in the kitchen.

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Villa de Lago in Glenbrook, Nevada

A giant stone fireplace and a two-story wall of windows overlooking Lake Tahoe anchor this grand gem in Glenbrook, Nevada. Villa de Lago features a private wooden dock, a huge deck with lounge seating, a dry sauna in the master bath, and kayaks and paddleboards for guest use, on top of the luxury accommodations. There are even two fireplaces to cozy up in the evenings when you're done exploring the lake, and you're free to bring a pet with owner approval. With Lake Tahoe East Shore Forest and Slaughterhouse Canyon close at hand, not to mention Genoa Peak, Heavenly Mountain Resort, and the casinos that ring Lake Tahoe's south shore, you won't run out of activities indoors or out, either.

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Classic Hudson Valley craftsman in Greenwood Lake, New York

With its white clapboard siding, green gables, and vast herringbone deck, this is one classic craftsman that just feels like childhood and summer vacations, with popsicles and the Ronettes on the radio. Pinch yourself, though, because this lakefront cottage is real with a wood-burning fireplace, handsome antique furniture, a hammock in sight of the water (and fall colors in season), a private dock, and even a tree house. Nearby, the Appalachian Trail, Mt Peter ski slopes, Sterling Forest, and the beach at Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park are there to tempt you outside. But there's plenty of classic Main Street entertainment, too, like paying a visit to the Warwick Drive-in, exploring the small villages that make up the Hudson Valley, and seeing the sculptures at the Storm King Art Center.

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Seacrest Beach house in Panama City, Florida

One of Florida's best-known beach destinations, Panama City has been drawing visitors for over 110 years with its white sands and mellow waters. Thanks to MTV's 1990s programming, Panama City was a popular spring break destination for decades, but the atmosphere here has gotten much more chill in recent years, especially around Seacrest. This community is as much about bird-watching and golfing as it is about sun and sand – and this beautiful new construction home is an ideal base. There's an indoor and outdoor kitchen, huge day-bed porch swing, private heated pool, five bikes for guest use, and an array of board games to keep everyone entertained. 

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Secluded pool house overlooking Lake Chelan, Washington

Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the United States, surrounded by wine country, swaths of scenic mountains, and the entrance to North Cascades National Park. This perennially popular pool house directly overlooks Lake Chelan itself, as well as a heated infinity pool and a gorgeous custom hot tub. Set on a ten acre piece of property nestled in central Washington's dramatic landscape, it's completely understandable if you don't stray too far from your home-away-from-home. But it's well worth slipping into the town of Chelan for some treats from Bear Foods & Creperie, a natural-food market that also specializes in sweet treats.

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