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Where the richest Americans go to vacation within the U.S.

  • Where the richest Americans go to vacation within the U.S.

    A big part of planning the perfect vacation is finding the right destination. While the budget-conscious may be aiming for places like Nashville or Yellowstone National Park, the wealthiest Americans are going on ski trips to Vail and beach vacations in Maui. For anyone with champagne wishes and caviar dreams, the idea of actually going on an one of these ultra-luxurious vacations may sound like a fantasy they’ve only seen on TV. For the richest Americans, though, lavish trips are just a part of their fabulous lives. 

    To find out where the richest Americans go to vacation within the U.S., Stacker crunched the numbers from the Fall 2017 Ipsos Affluent Survey on the behavior of affluent people (those making $125,000+ per year) who shared how likely they would be to visit specific vacation destinations. Read our list to discover how the highest-earning Americans spend their time off as they enjoy everything from outdoorsy Alaskan adventures in Juneau to the Magic Kingdom.

  • #41. Crested Butte, CO

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 0.4%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 0.4%

    This Rocky Mountain ski town is home to the Crested Butte Mountain Resort, with lifts taking snow bunnies 11,875 feet into the sky. Crested Butte isn’t just for skiing, though. It’s also been designated the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado,” with a stunning array of blooms all summer long.

  • #40. Telluride, CO

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 0.6%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 0.5%

    There’s a laid-back, hippie vibe to Telluride, the ski town known for way more than just skiing. Visit in June for the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival or hit Allred’s at the top of the Telluride Ski Resort gondola where you can enjoy Colorado fine dining at 10,551 feet.

  • #39. Nantucket, MA

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 0.8%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 0.8%

    In the summertime, the population of this New England island off the coast of Cape Cod swells to over five times its normal size. Nantucket is only accessible via ferry or airplane, which maintains the exclusive nature of the island that serves as home to some of the most expensive real estate in America.

  • #38. Park City, UT

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 0.8%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 0.9%

    Park City beckons the wealthy with two separate ski resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, the largest ski area in America; and Deer Valley, which offers ultra-luxury hotels like the St. Regis and the Montage. The small town in upstate Utah also happens to be home of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

  • #37. Jackson Hole, WY

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 0.9%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 0.8%

    This snowy respite in western Wyoming sits just outside of the National Elk Refuge and serves not only as a vacation destination for the ultra-rich, but also as a second home. In Teton County, 9% of households earn more than $200,000 a year. Visitors are drawn in by the ski resorts, impressive restaurants, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art where original works by Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol are on display.

  • #36. Martha's Vineyard, MA

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 1.3%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 0.9%

    In the tiniest of circles, Martha’s Vineyard is known solely as “The Vineyard.” Another charming island off of Cape Cod, more than half the homes on the Vineyard are occupied exclusively by seasonal vacationers and the list of frequent visitors is sure to impress, anchored by past Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

  • #35. Vail, CO

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 1.7%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 1.3%

    Vail is one of the most well-known towns in Colorado, thanks to the fact that Vail Ski Resort is the most visited ski resort in the entire nation and one of the largest in the U.S. as well. Visitors can spend time on the slopes and then unwind at one of the high-end restaurants in town, including spots by Top Chef contestant Kelly Liken and Japanese culinary icon Nobu Matsuhisa.

  • #34. The Hamptons, NY

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 1.7%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 1.5%

    Summering in the Hamptons isn’t just an activity for the rich and famous in New York. It’s a lifestyle. Situated on the east end of Long Island, the Hamptons is comprised of multiple cities along the Atlantic where white sand beaches offer tranquility far away from the bustle of Manhattan.

  • #33. Santa Fe, NM

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 1.9%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 1.5%

    Art lovers from all over the world head to New Mexico’s capital city where they can visit the renowned Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and peruse the unique Pueblo Revival architecture that represents the city’s Native American and Spanish heritage. For relaxation in the lap of luxury, well-heeled vacationers head to the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado where guests stay in gorgeous casitas on 57 pristine acres of land.

  • #32. Newport, RI

    Household income $200,000+ who vacation here: 1.9%
    Household income $125,000+ who vacation here: 1.9%

    Just like the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard, Newport offers an East Coast beach getaway for Rhode Islanders with water surrounding three sides of the peninsula the town sits upon. Newport has long been a playground for the outrageously wealthy, with historic mansions dotting the town. The Vanderbilts built “The Breakers” in the late 19th Century and the 70-room palace still exists today as a National Historic Landmark open to the public.

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