30 of the Best Web Designs from the Travel Industry

While the quality of design and the visual appeal of any website can have an impact on its overall success, websites in the travel industry have a strong dependency on appearance. Whether it is a website for a hotel, resort, event, or a local or state tourism initiative, capturing the interest of visitors is important.

When you browse through websites in the travel industry you’ll see many that are well designed, and you’ll see a heavy use of large photos to make a strong visual impact. In this post we’ll showcase 30 different travel-related sites for your own design inspiration.

Experience Washington

A beautiful design for a site from the state of Washington. The site gives information for those who are interested in visiting Washington.

Experience Washington

Jacksonville Landing

A colorful website with a full size background image, Jacksonville Landing makes a great first impression.


Jacksonville Landing

MacAllan Ridge

MacAllan Ridge’s site features a nice, big background photo. The content area uses textures and a nature-inspired color scheme.

MacAllan Ridge

Trapp Family Lodge

The website for Trapp Family Lodge features a large photo of the lodge, and links to all relevant content.

Trapp Family Lodge

Monterey, CA

You can get info about top attractions in Monterey, find accommodations, and do it all on a site with a great design.

Monterey, CA

Lanyon Holiday Cottages

Lanyon Holiday Cottages uses a clean design with a heavy use of photos.

Lanyon Holiday Cottages

Visit Idaho

The Idaho tourism site makes heavy uses of textures throughout its design.

Visit Idaho

GoHawaii.com

GoHawaii uses a soft texture and elements from nature within the design.

GoHawaii.com

Visit Maine

Visit Maine uses a full-screen background photo and a nature-inspired feel.

Visit Maine

Visit San Antonio

The site of Visit San Antonio uses a clean design.

Visit San Antonio

Tennessee Vacation

Tennessee always has great websites for its travel initiatives. The Tennessee Vacation site uses a full-screen slider for maximum impact.

Tennessee Vacation

 

Fall for Tennessee

Fall for Tennessee is colorful and features a huge background photo.

Fall for Tennessee

Summertime in Tennessee

The Summertime in Tennessee uses a video to replicate a drive. You can plan a road trip from the site.

Summertime in Tennessee

Springtime in Tennessee

Springtime in Tennessee uses a lighter, spring-inspired color scheme and a large photo.

Springtime in Tennessee

Tennessee Winter

Tennessee Winter’s site makes extensive use of blue.

Tennessee Winter

Go Glamping

Go Glamping uses a clean design and layout with a large slider area.

Go Glamping

Alpine Meadows

Textures are an important part of the Alpine Meadows site design. A large home page photo is also featured.

Alpine Meadows

Live Africa

Live Africa gets you excited to visit Africa by featuring a slider with photos of animals in nature. Since safari’s are a major draw for visitors this is an appropriate strategy.

Live Africa

Design Hotels

Design Hotels has one of the cleaner designs showcased here. Its mostly a black and white color scheme with a large photo.

Design Hotels

Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel uses a clean layout with a light gray and dark blue color scheme.

Wythe Hotel

Exclusive Italian Tours

Exclusive Italian Tours gets you ready to visit Italy by showcasing many of the country’s most famous cities and landmarks in a full-screen slideshow.

Exclusive Italian Tours

Kentisbury Grange

Kentisbury Grange uses a very large slideshow to keep the homepage very visually oriented.

Kentisbury Grange

Kassandra Bay Hotel

The full-screen background photo on Kassandra Bay Hotel will have you ready to visit in no time.

Kassandra Bay Hotel

Gale South Beach

The Gale South Beach hotel website uses a large slideshow for a strong visual impact.

Gale South Beach

Travel Oregon

The homepage of Travel Oregon uses a collage of many different photos from around the state.

Travel Oregon

Markisches Landhaus

Markisches Landhaus uses a simple homepage layout that features a full-screen background slideshow.

Markisches Landhaus

Space Needle

The Space Needle website looks great, but to get the full effect you need to visit it and scroll.

Space Needle

Westin Finds

The homepage of Westin Finds is dominated by a full-screen slideshow.

Westin Finds

Corte Jago

Corte Jago has a nice, clean design with heavy use of large photos.

Corte Jago

The Bedford Hotel

The Bedford Hotel homepage features a full-screen background photo and a great color scheme.

The Bedford Hotel

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  • Evan Skuthorpe, August 10, 2009

    Some great inspiration here. I work in the travel industry myself as a web designer. If only my company wasn’t so damn corporate I’d be able to acheive things like this! Thanks for the post!

  • john chen, August 11, 2009

    I also liked this list of sites.

    Toursim Australia also have some pretty impressive designs for their web sites and portals.

  • Vandelay Website Design, August 11, 2009

    Daus,
    Looks good. I like that one too.

  • Bradley Davis, August 11, 2009

    Some great examples of tourism web design, fantastic to see some alpine sites getting a mention.

  • aledesign.it, August 11, 2009

    Villa Bianca Hotel, Lanikai Properties, are my preferite! Are agood examples of tourism webdesign. And sometimes help those who must choose. Thanks for the sharing! Is in my bookmart!

  • James, August 11, 2009

    Very nice, some great photography. American states have some awesome sites, wish English counties would follow their lead.

    I’m a big fan of Go Glamping and it’s illustrated style, our site uses a similar look.

  • Dzinepress, August 11, 2009

    i really like which looks as web 2.0 designs, hope you share more beautiful stuff in future thanks.

  • Dave Sparks, August 11, 2009

    Very nice – like the summertime in Tenesse site

  • Kai Brach, August 11, 2009

    Nice collection, thanks for including my site ausmag.de. Would have been nice to see my travel community http://www.globalzoo.de featured in here too ;-)
    keep it up!

  • Sarah Lynn, August 11, 2009

    Great collection! Here’s my smaller collection to add to that… http://shicksdesign.com/onlifeanddesign/index.php/19/top-10-designed-travel-websites/

  • Vandelay Website Design, August 11, 2009

    Thanks everyone for the feedback and the additional suggestions for inclusion. There are a lot of great sites that you have pointed out. Maybe they will be used in a follow up post at some point.

  • Manuel, August 11, 2009

    Nice collection!
    I think one of the best travel-sites is tuifly. A cheap airline.
    http://www.tuifly.com/

  • Andy, August 11, 2009

    The majority of these show just how much of a difference a single, strong image can make to a design. Thanks, will bookmark in case I ever get any travel-related design work!

  • Sean Hurley, August 11, 2009

    Great list, but is it just me or do you have the urge to travel now?

  • Noel Wiggins, August 11, 2009

    fantastic!

    once again…

  • Lucas Tadeu, August 11, 2009

    Pretty good list. That ‘Monterey’ website looks fantastic! I also liked the ‘Design Hotels’ website.

  • Peter, August 11, 2009

    Nice post, but the list is a little US-centric. Have a look at http://www.dopplr.com, http://www.joobili.com and http://www.tourdust.com for some cool european travel designs.

  • Nardyello, August 11, 2009

    Villa Bianca Hotel is by far the best model there. Not that the others aren’t good, they are all beautiful, but Villa Bianca Hotel has the perfect blend of colors to make the site seem calm, refreshing, and the place you HAVE to go to if you want to relax.

    But then again, that’s what good designs are supposed to do. They convince you that you’re at the right place even before you read anything.

    Great selections! :D

  • Vandelay Website Design, August 11, 2009

    Peter,
    Agreed, it is mostly US sites. Thanks for the additional suggestions.

  • Garrison, August 11, 2009

    Just want to say ‘thank you’ for including our Go Glamping site in your list, we’re really chuffed, especially given the fact our site originates from Europe ;-)

    I love the Summertime in Tennessee site!

  • Bobby Mington, August 12, 2009

    Killa web design bro, i’ll have to nick some ideas :)

  • Trevor Collins, August 12, 2009

    I really do like the Villa Bianca Hotel web sight, especially the birds that fly across the screen when you open the sight. Full marks to the designers and thank you for bringing all there sight together.

  • Erina, August 13, 2009

    how about A&K?? They have a gorgeous website, http://abercrombiekent.com

  • Shane, August 13, 2009

    I really like this article. Gives a nice overview of the quality of tourism sites out there. Getting a great Website Development. company to develop a website that looks as good as any of these is essential.

  • Angie Lantoo, August 13, 2009

    Shouldn’t Motel6 be on this list? =) Great job on putting together the list.

  • Kevin, August 13, 2009

    what about http://www.masocorniolo.it, simple but good enough.

  • Michael, August 19, 2009

    I’d like to add a new site we (the National Park Service) just launched about the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The url is http://www.smithtrail.net. Check it out. I feel like it’s as good as some of the sites listed here.

  • Vandelay Website Design, August 20, 2009

    Michael,
    Wow, I really like that site. Thanks for leaving the link.

  • Bayrak, August 21, 2009

    I agree with John Chen.

  • Teknoloji haberleri, August 21, 2009

    I really do like the Villa Bianca Hotel web sight, especially the birds that fly across the screen when you open the sight. Full marks to the designers and thank you for bringing all there sight together.

  • Max, August 28, 2009

    thanks for featuring our WestCity hotel website :-)

  • Jamie Vander Kooi, August 31, 2009

    Great to see Signature Attractions on there for Atlantic Canada Tourism Destinations, and Headspace Design as the design firm.

  • Giles Crouch, August 31, 2009

    These are great…in the same vain is the new Anne of Green Gables tourism website just launched:
    http://www.foreveranne.com for Anne fans, as PEI is perhaps best known for that!

  • Lui, September 6, 2009

    Hi Everyone
    Is there any designer out there with time to design a travel website for me, only one city. Very inspiring sites.

  • James Whitby, October 6, 2009

    Some excellent sites here, I particlarly like the http://www.campr.co.uk site – very clean, clear and easy to navigate. We are flying the flag for the UK in a small way right now – with our local tourist guides – offering comprehensive detailed info.

  • Olly, November 3, 2009

    Great article. Here’s one for your list:

    Visit Telluride: http://www.visittelluride.com

  • Max Ottignon, January 29, 2010

    In terms of pure design, http://www.themountaincompany.co.uk has to be up there. The site combines a custom typeface, designed specially for the brand, with stunning mountaineering imagery. Perhaps I’m biased though.

  • Goran, January 29, 2010

    Great examples! I work with travel industry and I know how hard it is to design a good travel website, especially when it comes to conversions. Cheers!

  • suffi, February 12, 2010

    I am looking for some full flash seite sample for my website ( http://www.irtouring.com )

  • James, February 16, 2010

    @James Whitby – Thanks for bigging up Campr! Good work on the Whitby Guide too.

  • Jigme Tsring, February 17, 2010

    Hi,

    Here is a nice website on the Kingdom of Bhutan. The website is http://www.lhayul.com

    I designed the website and would love to hear from you’ll on it.

    Cheers,

    Jigme

  • Ram Hari, February 21, 2010

    Very inspiring website designs.
    Full agrree that visual appeal is very important in travel websites.

  • stranger, March 22, 2010

    Really great collection! Especially I liked “Villa Bianca Hotel” and “Live Africa”

  • Luke, March 26, 2010

    I dig Campr as well, and Glamping too, I think that was it’s predecessor? I designed and built http://www.africanbudgetsafaris.com/ which I think may have something different to add to this list.

  • Lu, March 28, 2010

    Great collection I also like the Jordan Tourism Board website http://www.visitjordan.com it is a beautiful website for an amazingly magical country

  • Pat Vanden Bosche, May 7, 2010

    I am so proud of what Tennessee has done with its web design work. I was the Chamber of Commerce’s executive director for Perry County, before I decided to take the plunge and go fulltime with my own design business, and was heavily involved with tourism for our area. And enjoyed the privilege of learning a lot from the folks I got to know across the state. Look for some exciting websites coming from them as they open the websites for the new Trails that are being developed throughout the state for tourists! Here’s a little shameless plug for Perry County: http://perrycountytennessee.com

  • marion, May 28, 2010

    Hi,

    LUKE, I’d love to be in touch with you and see more of your work. could you sen me your email?
    thank you

  • Luke, May 31, 2010

    @Marion

    Hi, I have some portfolio bits up at my blog – http://newrelease.co.za/ – although to be honest I haven’t updated that in a while. Been super busy lately all kinds of development and UX design work.

    You can reach me on designer [at] newrelease [dot] co [dot] za

  • Andrew Barbara, June 3, 2010

    Great post once again, these sites make me want to put the extra effort into my own… as time consuming as that is!

  • Brooke, June 13, 2010

    Another wonderful post, and to have this information in one place sure makes it convenient. For anyone in travel they should be able to find something here that will be tremendously beneficial.

  • coco, June 16, 2010

    Really beautiful collection of designs, It’s interesting they all seem to have natural, light colours like blues, greens and nude tones. These colours must evoke the traveller’s “itchy feet” emotion. Essentially the front page must be captivating but depending on the main function of the site, must be user friendly and be clear what the purpose of the site is. I find http://en.escapio.com/ does this well with striking colours and enticing pictures.

  • Tess, July 2, 2010

    Some of the designs are really creative. They really make you wanna book a vacation now ;) but that’s the point anyways. It is really nice to have made a roundup with travel industry sites. Thanks for sharing these.

  • Nik, July 19, 2010

    Thanks for sharing this compilation of nice travel websites and, of course, your other categories!Truly it is very inpirational to browse through your sites. Great work!

  • Tigerchick, August 6, 2010

    How about some more UK sites?! Check out:

    http://www.yethouse.co.uk
    http://www.edinburghcottages.com
    http://www.eastsidecottages.co.uk

    All from Scotland :)

  • Jhonatan, August 10, 2010

    I invite you to visit the website of Tourism of Per
    http://www.pusaq.com/

    Blog Of Peru Travel
    http://www.pusaq.com/blog/

  • Serge, August 27, 2010

    Those are pretty amazing designs. I just recently got into the travel industry. I tried to focus more on the user interface design than pretty bells and whistles.
    http://www.savontravelonline.com

    What do you guys think?

  • Joel, August 27, 2010

    Great collection! I usually check out SiteInspire, but they don’t have much hospitality/travel stuff, so very happy I stumbled upon this one!

  • Mike Fox, August 27, 2010

    I’m a fan of the Nova Scotia site.

  • Fethiye, August 30, 2010

    Those are pretty amazing designs. I just recently got into the travel industry. I tried to focus more on the user interface design than pretty bells and whistles.

    http://www.fethiyede.com
    http://www.gezgingozuyle.com
    http://www.gezi.in

  • Shanes, September 2, 2010

    Great list and certainly enough to inspire me. I am designing a new layout for a hotel and hope to use some of these tips.

  • J Wilson, September 7, 2010

    We have started a website at http://www.bestfrenchcampsites.com with our experiences of camping in France. These websites listed here are lovely too though ! Well done everyone !

  • Brad @ Maleny Accommodation, September 16, 2010

    Some awesome travel sites! Has given me some inspiration for a few ideas. Thank you so much.

  • Dave, September 25, 2010

    Thanks for sharing these amazingly crafted sites! My favorites are the Nepal, and Villa Bianca sites.

  • Dareen, October 5, 2010

    Another wonderful post, and to have this information in one place sure makes it convenient. For anyone in travel they should be able to find something here that will be tremendously beneficial.

  • Düzce Haber, October 9, 2010

    They have some really cool designs and navigation! thank so much.

  • Anna, October 12, 2010

    Lovely small campsite on the Costa Brava with amazing De Waard tents for rent. Website is as cozy as the tent lodge.

  • Stephen Walker, October 17, 2010

    Thanks for collection of inspirational sites. The best of them use great quality images to grab your attention. I especially like the design of Club Manche Attractive.

    They have given me some great ideas to further improve my site.

  • John Miller, November 24, 2010

    Lovely! I specialize in tourism and travel websites Hope it won’t hurt to share a few of what I’ve made:
    http://www.traveler-to-kenyacom/
    – diwakasafaris.com/
    – penda-safaris.com/

    Never-the-less keep up the good work. Will check from time to time to see what’s new.

  • tuz, November 28, 2010

    Great list, but is it just me or do you have the urge to travel now?

  • levent işler, December 30, 2010

    Nice collection, some great inspiration here.

  • alisha amatya, January 9, 2011

    lovely collections. I would recommend http://www.tourismthamel.com, site on Nepal’s most sought after Tourist place called Thamel. Really cool one

  • bergamo, January 9, 2011

    definitely have to bring it to my friends via facebook and twitter.

  • Mike, January 27, 2011

    some great examples there,I would recommend http://paraiso-jardim.com

  • Varun, March 8, 2011

    Excellent designs… We also created one for our clients, please check – http://www.thinkatrip.com

  • mersin emlak, May 10, 2011

    Thanks for sharing these amazingly crafted sites! My favorites are the Nepal, and Villa Bianca sites..

  • John, May 20, 2011

    this site I saw I think I like it hotel paradiso good job, take a look at this other one here http://www.tourismpotential.com

  • Jonathan, August 24, 2011

    Great Designs, if you look at them well most of them are pretty similiar the diferences are in the photos and colors

  • Astoria, September 1, 2011

    These are just great looking sites. It is nice to see them all at one place and give idea of how a hotel website should be.

  • smilegirl, September 16, 2011

    Amazing design collection~ Thank you!

  • deepak, January 4, 2012

    wow amazingly brilliant sites… master piece collection

  • Sergey, February 10, 2012

    Immediately wanted to travel somewhere after seeing these sites and especially photos.

  • Stephane LePuy, March 18, 2012

    great list – as Sergey said you really want to travel after seeing one of these sites

    Has anyone come across this one? http://www.sunsetvisitor.com

    Clearly one of my favorite!

  • Luke, May 18, 2012

    Just to add to my comment above, we recently launched DiscoverAfrica.com which we’ve had great feedback on from a design point of view. The scope of the site is quite big, and it was a big challenge to get the interface right for such a content-rich interface.

    http://www.discoverafrica.com/

  • Richie @ Diversified, September 27, 2012

    Hi, great gallery of sites. We are looking at a complete revamp of our website and I’m looking for some kind of inspiration for a holiday / travel based website. Absolutely love the Italian Hotel Paradiso site.

  • Luke Hardiman, October 7, 2012

    I’ve just launched Southern Africa Travel which has a luxury safari spin on the above list. We’ve used the latest design frameworks and have big plans for the site.

    http://southernafricatravel.com

  • Marlena, February 1, 2013

    You all should check out http://www.cabq.gov. The City of Albuquerque website design features rich graphics and topical navigation. No more visitor, government, business, citizen navigation!

  • Surekha Chaudhari, May 19, 2013

    Great website designs, wanted to start bag packing after seeing this sites..

  • Craig Pavlus, June 4, 2013

    Like the websites but most only feature one destination. For tour and cruise deals with a complete listing and prices check out http://www.cheapertravel.com The site may not win awards but sure will save clients money.

  • kontopro, June 8, 2013

    have you ever checked any greek travel site ?
    my work is Lefkada Hotels
    waiting for your comments (my favorite is seemonterey.com)

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