Looking for a staycation? These are the 10 best U.S. cities to work remotely from this summer

The coronavirus pandemic upended the world of work when it took hold of life in the U.S. back in March. While the pandemic continues to be a threat, some companies have returned to the office, even in New York City, which was once the epicenter of the virus outbreak.

On the other hand, companies like Twitter and Quora have said that their employees will enjoy the remote work life from here on out, while some like Amazon have pushed back their return-to-office date to as far as July 2021, according to Bloomberg.

As you adjusted to “work from home life” over the past four months, and the summer months brought us nicer weather, you probably have begun to think about the phrase “remote work.” Working remotely means that you can work from pretty much anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. You might never get the chance to work remotely full time ever again, so is now the time to try out the “staycation” trend?

If you’ve been thinking about heading to another city for the summer you should check out the 10 cities below that Rent Café rated the best destinations for professionals looking to work remotely somewhere new, and see why these cities are so attractive for remote workers.

1. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe has both a high share of short-term leases and great internet speed, making it a location to consider for someone who wants to work remotely in a new city for a few months.

Most public events in the city are still canceled due to the virus, but hikes on Canyon Road can still get you out of the house after you’re finished with work.

Santa Fe also has the second-lowest coronavirus infection rate of all the cities on this list, making it a safer option for those looking to explore a new city.

2. Colorado Springs, Colorado

If you are looking for a nature getaway for your staycation, Colorado Springs is the place for you. The city, which will allow you to enjoy the best that the Rocky Mountains have to offer, has the third-lowest infection rate and the third-best internet speed on the list.

On the weekends, you can check out the Garden of the Gods, take a trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the only mountain zoo in the U.S., or hike the many, many trails in the area.

3. Vancouver, Washington

Another city for nature lovers, Vancouver, Washington is also a great destination to work remotely from with a great share of short term leases and the fourth highest internet speed out of all the cities on the list.

Top attractions include Vancouver Lake, Esther Short Park, Clark County Historical Museum, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Silver Star Mountain, and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

4. Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is a bohemian city in North Carolina that is perfect for those trying to escape overcrowded cities this summer. The city has the third highest share of short term leases compared to the other cities on the list.

The city is surrounded by mountains and water, so there are plenty outdoor summer activities to do when you need to step away from your laptop screen. The Biltmore Estate, which was built by George Vanderbilt, is America’s largest home. You can explore the 8,000-acre estate when you need help hitting your step count goal.

5. Honolulu, Hawaii

This island city not only has the lowest rate of coronavirus infection out of all the cities on the list, but also great internet speed and the highest percentage of short term leases out of all the cities on the list.

If you want a dream-like beach getaway that also has great options for activities for hiking and fishing, it might be time to pack it up and head to the U.S.’s 50th state.

The bucket list for Honolulu is endless, but it’s best to avoid popular tourist destinations right now, like Pearl Harbor. Luckily there are great can’t-miss outside views like Diamond Head peak, Makapu’u Point Lighthouse and the Honolulu Botanical Gardens.

6. St. Louis, Missouri

Depending on where you are located now in the U.S., this midwestern city might not be the first to come to mind when you think of where you should spend the next few months, but St. Louis is actually the most-searched-for city on the entire list.

With the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the zoo and the Gateway Arch, there’s plenty outside activities for St. Louis staycationers.

7. Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa is another city that might not jump to your mind first thing when brainstorming where to go, but with the second-highest percentage of short term leases, it should be a destination you consider.

The city has a rich history, one that is particularly relevant right now as the topic of race relations in the U.S. is so common. The Greenwood Cultural Center, located right in Tulsa, has exhibits and events to educate about what was known as Black Wall Street and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.

8. Santa Cruz, California

If you’ve been wanting to get into surfing, but never had the time, now might be the perfect time for you to head to Santa Cruz, California, which has picture-perfect beaches and a Surfing Museum.

The good news is that this Surf City also has the second-lowest coronavirus infection rate out of all the cities on this list, so you can head there with peace of mind.

9. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Another midwestern city on the list, Milwaukee might just be the perfect staycation city for you. The city’s summer festivals may be canceled this year, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have nothing to do once you power down your laptop on Friday afternoon.

If you’re into architecture, you can check out the Allen-Bradley Clock Tower and the Basilica of St. Josapha, plus take a look at the city’s many street murals along the way. If you’re looking to escape the city for the day, you can also hit the shores of  Lake Michigan or bike on the Oak Leaf Trail.

10. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Last but certainly not least on the list of where you should go to work remotely this summer is Virginia Beach, Virginia. Virginia Beach has the fastest internet speed of any city on the list, which is very important when you’re trying to stay connected to your coworkers.

The area is the perfect beach destination, with outdoor activities, plenty of sun, and fresh seafood. When you’re finished with work for the day, you can head to the beach, or even check out one of the museums that’s open in the city, like the Museum of Contemporary Art.

There are also plenty of outdoor destinations like  First Landing State Park, Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, and the Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve.

Jennifer Fabiano is an SEO reporter at Ladders.