10 hotels in South Florida with gorgeous rooftop pools and lively bars

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  • South Florida’s warm, tropical climate makes it a top vacation destination.
  • From West Palm Beach to Miami, South Florida hotels have incredible rooftops to soak up the sun.
  • Some hotel rooftop bars, restaurants, and pools are open to the public in addition to guests.

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South Florida is known for its dazzling beaches but also its lively nightlife. And because the region stays warm when the sun goes down, many hotels have in-demand rooftops with outdoor restaurants, bars, and pools that draw visitors day and night.

Few things top an afternoon laying out by a pool perched in the sky, enjoying happy hour with views of the Atlantic Ocean in the background, or watching a sunset while savoring a delicious meal.

Living in South Florida has given me the opportunity to frequent some of the best hotels, and the following list of hotels all have incredible rooftops that make it easy to savor all the best parts of visiting the Sunshine State.

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These are the best hotel rooftops with pools and restaurants in South Florida, sorted by price from low to high.

Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown

Rooftop with pool at Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown
The Easton rooftop combines a pool, restaurant, bar, and nightclub.

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The Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown recently opened in March 2021, nestled in the hip Fort Lauderdale Arts District, just a few miles from Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Boulevard, the main dining and entertainment strip. 

Rooms start under $200, which is well priced for a new hotel in such a great location. Most of the 137 guest rooms and suites have views of the Fort Lauderdale city skyline and are outfitted with modern wallpaper, soft carpeting, orange leather armchairs, and sofa beds in some rooms. 

The hotel is also home to The Easton, a ninth-story rooftop with a restaurant, bar, pool, and plush outdoor seating.  The Easton fills up quickly, especially during weekday Golden Happy Hour, and on the weekends, the rooftop transforms into a nightclub from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. with visitors lining up for live music and bottle service. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown

The pool at Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown
Ban.ter Treehouse, the 13th-floor rooftop bar and restaurant has seating spread around a sparkling infinity pool.

Book Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown

Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach opened in 2020 and is the only Hilton Canopy in Florida, a new boutique lifestyle concept from the brand. Canopy hotels pride themselves on creating a locally-driven by connecting guests to events, music, and restaurants in the surrounding area. 

The 150 room hotel is less than three miles from Palm Beach International Airport and about a mile from the beach. Rooms are brand new and have been outfitted with gray bedding, oversized artwork, and a dedicated workspace. Standard rooms are spacious at almost 400 square feet, and Deluxe Rooms have city and ocean views. 

Ban.ter, the lobby restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Ban.ter Treehouse, the 13th-floor rooftop bar and restaurant serves small plates and cocktails. The indoor/outdoor flow of the latter rooftop restaurant is lush with lots of plants and palm trees and seating is a mix of bartop and four-person tables spread around a sparkling infinity pool. On weekends, a poolside DJ plays high-energy music. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Kimpton Angler’s South Beach

The swimming pool rooftop deck at Kimpton Angler's Hotel in Miami
The hotel is just two blocks from the beach.

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Kimpton hotels are known for their well-designed boutique properties, the Kimpton Angler’s South Beach is no exception. Located on the south end of Miami Beach, it’s also minutes from the nightlife on Ocean Drive

There’s a cohesive nautical theme carried throughout, with sand-colored loveseats, wicker lamps, and navy patterned lounge chairs and curtains in the 132 guest rooms and suites. Standard rooms are 400 square feet with King or Queen sized beds, ample closet space, and oversized walk-in showers with separate tubs. Most rooms also have balconies that overlook either Washington Ave or the hotel’s courtyard Mermaid Pool. 

The sixth-floor rooftop pool and sun deck is a standout feature, with chic black and white lounge chairs framed by panoramic views of the Miami skyline. Large potted plants add privacy to lounge areas, and the pool deck is quiet enough for those who want to catch up on reading. After a dip, order drinks like the photogenic watermelon margarita from the Minnow Bar

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Conrad Miami

Rooftop pool at Conrad Miami hotel
The sleek pool terrace is one of multiple rooftop lounge areas at the Conrad Miami.

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Conrad Miami is in the heart of Brickell, Miami’s business district near upscale, art, and dining. 

This hotel has multiple great outdoor spaces, but chief among them is Nativo Kitchen and Bar on the 25th floor with views of Virginia Key Beach, Key Biscayne, and Biscayne Bay.

There is also the 13th-floor rooftop pool with sleek cabanas and the adjacent Sky Pool Bar, serving a casual menu of burgers and chicken wings, local and imported beers, and frozen cocktails.  

When not sunning yourself on one of these terraces, retreat to guest rooms with a clean, minimalist style and light wood furniture, gold fixtures, and baby blue accent chairs. Standard rooms have a separate bathtub and shower, complimentary bathrobes, and 50-inch televisions, and all rooms come with wide windows that offer city or ocean views.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Dalmar, Tribute Portfolio

The rooftop pool and and bar at the Dalmar Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
A saltwater pool is flanked by a sleek bar.

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The Dalmar is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, only two miles from Fort Lauderdale beach. From framed art by the Lobby Bar restaurant to the living plant wall adorning Rose’s Coffee shop near the hotel’s entrance, fun design features prominently.

There are two great rooftop venues on the 6th floor of the hotel. Sparrow is an indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar, and after 9 p.m., the venue turns into a 21+ lounge. There’s a strict dress code (no athletic gear or beachwear) and a DJ that spins late into the night.

The other rooftop venue is the saltwater pool reserved for hotel guests, but the poolside bar and grill, Sip and Dip, is open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Inside, guest rooms have midcentury flair with pastel furniture, pleated curtains, and brass lamps. The rooms also have premium Sferra sheets, spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers, and tablets for ordering in-room services. Most rooms have floor-to-ceiling views of either Fort Lauderdale or the Intracoastal and select rooms have balconies. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Ben, Autograph Collection

Spruzzo rooftop restaurant at The Ben hotel
Spruzzo serves coastal Italian cuisine on the rooftop.

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One of the newest additions to downtown West Palm Beach is the waterfront hotel, The Ben. The Marriott-owned luxury boutique hotel commands a great location within walking distance of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach’s lively district filled with restaurants and bars, and Rosemary Square, an upscale shopping and dining destination. 

Guest rooms are polished, with sleek wood floors, leather pleated headboards, and luxe Turkish linens. A standard Interior Double Queen is a comfortable 343 square feet, and many guest rooms have views of Palm Harbor Marina or Palm Beach Island. 

The hotel’s 7th-floor rooftop restaurant and bar, Spruzzo, is quite popular, especially on weekends, serving coastal Italian cuisine. It’s quickly become a local hangout for young professionals. 

During the day, hotel guests may reserve one of the cabanas next to the heated saltwater pool, and at night, enjoy watching the sunset over the Palm Beach Intracoastal from the fire pit with a cocktail in hand. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Moxy Miami South Beach

The Upside rooftop lounge at night
There are six different hotel restaurants including a swanky rooftop lounge.

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Newly opened Moxy Miami South Beach is the first resort-style property for the Moxy brand.

Only two blocks from the bustling nightlife of South Beach, the hotel gets lively, especially on the weekends and caters to a young crowd. The purposeful design features lots of Instagrammable details like neon wall signs and fun pool floats.

Standard guestrooms are a cozy 224 square feet but maximize the space with retro details like rotary phones and custom artwork by local Miami artists. Walk-in rain showers and Egyptian cotton linens add a sumptuous touch.

There are six different hotel restaurants including a lobby bar, Bar Moxy, and Serena, an elevated Mexican restaurant in a lush garden setting adjacent to the hotel’s main 72-foot pool. The hotel’s 8th story rooftop, The Upside is reserved for hotel guests and has a shallow pool, lounge chairs, and plenty of daybeds. The Upside has great views of South Beach, and a DJ spins house and hip-hop tunes throughout the afternoon and evening. 

The hotel also offers complimentary bikes (helmets included) to explore the neighborhood. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Betsy South Beach

A terrace with views of the ocean at the Betsy South Beach hotel.
The oceanfront deck offers a front-row view of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Betsy Hotel is a landmark hotel on South Beach located on Miami’s main strip, Ocean Drive, but is tucked away from the noise of the nightclubs and late-night revelry. 

Arts programming features heavily here, drawing a sophisticated crowd of well-heeled creative types who book posh, albeit sometimes small, rooms with walnut floors, velvet armchairs, and cream-colored curtains that frame floor-to-ceiling windows. The 250-square-foot standard Classic King is cozy but comes with a marble bathroom, a large walk-in shower, luxe Sferra linens, and is pet-friendly, welcoming dogs under 40 pounds. 

There are two pools: a courtyard pool and a fourth-floor rooftop infinity pool with chaise lounges and 360-degree views of Miami. The bar serves poolside drinks, and food may be brought up from the hotel’s restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood. After a swim, catch a sunset from the rooftop’s Skyline Deck, a patio overlooking the ocean with unobstructed water views.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

East Miami

A huge pool deck at East Miami Hotel
An expansive rooftop pool deck has stellar views over the city and multiple areas to swim.

Book East Miami

East Miami is centrally located in downtown Brickell and Sugar, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar on the 40th floor has arguably the best view of the entire Miami skyline.

The restaurant is 21+ after 6 p.m. and there’s a strict dress code (nightlife attire is enforced after sunset). Equally impressive are the four pools (a lap pool, spa pool, plunge pool, and hot tub) on the hotel’s fifth-floor deck. So many offerings mean you won’t have to worry about waiting for a sun lounger.

Standard guest rooms start at 300 square feet, though there are also has large one, two, and three-bedroom residences. All 352 rooms come with a private balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, and contemporary decor that includes cream-colored furniture, teal wallpaper, and orange throw pillows. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

1 Hotel South Beach

1 hotel south beach
Four distinct pool decks offer incredible views.

Book 1 Hotel South Beach

Considered one of the best hotels on South Beach, 1 Hotel South Beach takes up an entire block and sits on 600 feet of Miami’s prime beachfront. The hotel is pricey but worth the splurge for its sophisticated boho beach vibes, impeccable service, outstanding food, and airy rooms.

The lobby makes a remarkable first impression with soaring ceilings and crisp seating around glass-topped wooden coffee tables, but it’s the multiple pool decks that really dazzle.

There are four different pools: the beachfront South pool, the third floor Cabana Pool, the enormous 30,000 square foot Center Pool, and the gorgeous 18th-story rooftop pool, Watr at the 1 Hotel Rooftop, which is Miami’s largest rooftop pool and lounge. 

Inside, the 426 guest rooms are a celebration of nature and sustainability, sourcing most items from reclaimed materials. A coastal-inspired color palette and large windows make them feel airy and light alongside beachy accents featuring driftwood, tree stumps, and custom wood plank headboards. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: South Florida hotels

When is the best time to visit South Florida?

While South Florida experiences nearly year-round sunshine, the best time to visit is from February to May. During those months, temperatures are cooler, and crowds tend to taper off, although there is a spike of visitors during spring break.

During the summer months, the temperature and humidity soar, and daily afternoon thunderstorms are common. Florida’s hurricane season starts June 1 and lasts until the end of November with August and September being the most active hurricane months.

Weather-wise, November through January is also a good time to visit. The temperatures hover around 75 degrees, although it’s not uncommon to experience a few sub 50 degree days when a cold front comes through. But keep in mind that hotel prices tend to peak during the November to January holiday months. 

Do I have to book a room to visit a hotel rooftop?

Many of the hotels included in this list have rooftop bars and restaurants open to the public that do not require an overnight hotel reservation, but most of the rooftop pools are reserved for hotel guests. Some hotels offer daytime cabana rentals or a day pass through Resort Pass that includes access to the hotel’s pool, spa, or other amenities. Availability changes often, so always call ahead and ask. 

How do I get around South Florida?

South Florida is a large area that encompasses three counties: Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe, though most locals consider southern cities in Palm Beach County like West Palm Beach as part of South Florida.

Touring South Florida requires a car and some planning as traffic can get congested, especially during morning and evening rush hours. While the public transportation system is mostly reliable in downtown areas, renting a car is the best way to explore all of South Florida. If you’re flying into Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach and staying close to your hotel, you can use taxis or rideshare apps to get around. 

How do I find a hotel with a rooftop?

Most hotels with a rooftop will list it on their hotel website, and third-party booking sites like Booking.com and Hotels.com will usually include a  rooftop in the hotel description or on the list of hotel amenities. Also, the third-party booking site Kayak has a search filter to only pull up properties with rooftops. 

Do hotel guests receive priority on rooftops?

It depends on the property. Most of the hotels restrict the pool areas to hotel guests or guests with day passes. Rooftops with a combined pool and restaurant area do take outside reservations, so it’s advised to make restaurant reservations when checking in.

How we selected the best South Florida hotels with rooftops

  1. I’m a South Florida-based travel writer and have personally visited almost every hotel on this list. All of the hotel rooftops have an excellent bar or restaurant, a picturesque pool, and sensational city or ocean views.
  2. Every hotel is located in a popular neighborhood in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami. Some of the hotels have downtown locations close to shopping, museums, and restaurants. Others are beachfront or within walking distance to the beach.
  3. Besides the great rooftops, many of the properties include perks like a nightly hosted wine hour, complimentary bicycles, and pet-friendly guest rooms.
  4. All of the properties have excellent recent reviews on third-party travel sites like Tripadvisor or Booking.com.
  5. Because of the location and amenities of the properties, most of the hotels are in the luxury category, but booking during low season can lock in reasonable rates.
  6. We’ve indicated which hotels are ideal for couples, friends, families, or solo travelers, and have included a mix of all kinds of properties.
  7. Each hotel promotes COVID safe practices and has updated its COVID practices to include enhanced cleaning procedures.

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26 of the best beach houses on Airbnb in the US where the sand is just steps away

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  • Beach vacations are always top of mind for a relaxing, warm-weather getaway.
  • Many Airbnbs are found along the best beaches in the US, with direct beachfront or private access.
  • From Malibu to Cape Cod, these are the best beach homes on Airbnb, from $100 to $650 per night.

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Airbnbs with beachfront access continue to rank among the most searched for filters on the vacation rental platform.

After all, who doesn’t want to wake up to the sound of waves crashing right outside their back porch, or take a moonlit stroll along the sand after the sun goes down? Though, if you’d prefer to cool off in an Airbnb with a private pool instead, we have plenty of options for that, too. And if hotels are more your thing, here are the best beach hotels in the US.

If a beach vacation is on your mind, from sea to shining blue sea there’s no shortage of beautiful Airbnb beach houses across the US.

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These are the best Airbnb beach houses, sorted by region and price from low to high.

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Charming beachfront cottage on the Jersey Shore

Cape May, New Jersey  Charming Beachfront Tranquility
This cottage’s private back deck leads straight to the beach.

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Set along one of the Jersey Shore’s most charming seaside towns, Cape May, this cozy bayfront cottage with one bedroom is best suited for couples and solo travelers, though it is also pet-friendly.

It’s important to note, this is a two-family home and while this space is completely private and uses a separate entrance, the other side of the house is occupied, which might not work for some guests. You are also required to bring your own linens to fit the Queen-sized bed.

The location, however, is unparalleled and you’ll love spending time on the private back deck, which includes a hammock and leads directly out to the beach. The front porch with chairs and an umbrella adds additional space for enjoying the sea breeze.

Inside, the decor is simple but includes a red leather couch, an all-white kitchen with a dining table for two, and ocean photos in the bedroom.

 

Beach suite in Massachusetts

7. Gloucester Cottage
This lovely beachfront suite includes beach passes and options for in-house massages and whale watching excursions.

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The charming seaside town of Gloucester, pronounced Glah-Sta, in coastal New England comes alive in the summertime. From long walks on a private beach to romantic dinners on the deck, this one-bedroom beachside retreat will make a great getaway for couples. 

Not only does the property come with a beachfront location, but beach passes are included, which would otherwise run between $25 to $30 per day. You may also book add-ons like in-house massages and whale watching expeditions directly with the host.

While this is a separate guest suite with its own private entrance, the entire cottage consists of three units that are each rented separately. Though, you can combine listings to book the entire property. 

Home by the sea in Maine

York, Maine  Little Sea Star Castle
Take in over 175 feet of mesmerizing oceanfront views from the roof deck.

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Just one hour north of Boston and one hour south of Portland, Maine, the Little Sea Star Castle is tucked away along Nubble Point in York Beach, Maine. One of 12 oceanside cottages within the LightHouse Village Colony, the house is set on nearly two acres with over 175 feet of oceanfront splendor with sunny, southern exposure and rugged rocky coastlines.

The cottage offers plenty of space to lounge. A roof deck has panoramic views over the ocean, and the lawn has Adirondack chairs and a picnic table for outdoor dining. The kitchen has everything needed to make yourself at home, and beachy accents like starfish pillows and mini sailboats on the dressers keep the home on theme.

The location is stellar, among scenic walking trails along the water.

Bayfront oasis in Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland  Ocean City Oasis
Bayfront views are a captivating sight, and available throughout the home.

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Offering uninterrupted bayfront views, this cozy townhome in Ocean City, Maryland is the ideal locale for your beach vacation. Sip morning coffee on the private balcony, enjoy steamed crabs on the large bayfront deck, or kick back with a cocktail and watch the sunset from the living room. 

The layout is an open-living concept with a master bedroom upstairs with a private balcony and a King-size bed. The second bedroom has a Queen bed and there’s also a beige striped sectional couch that converts to a bed in the living room. Wicker furniture and deep blue quilts give this home a subtle beach vibe.

Located on a corner lot of the bay, the owner is explicit that this is not meant for partiers or large group gatherings. If you’re looking for a chill and relaxing beach getaway, this is the place for you.

Beachfront home with bay views in Delaware

10. Beachfront Home in Milton, Delawarejpg
Each room in this coastal home features scenic water views.

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Featuring both beachfront and bay views, this spacious four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the quiet community of Broadkill Beach in Milton, Delaware offers unobstructed water views from almost every room. 

The home features a coastal design with plenty of natural light and soft tones. The well-equipped kitchen has unique tiling, a large island, and turquoise bar stools for grabbing a quick bite or enjoying a cup of coffee.

One room includes bunk beds decked out in comforters with a cute whale pattern for kids. The location is peacefully quiet and primed to enjoy beautiful sunrises over the bay.

Large oceanfront house with great views in Maine

11. The Beachhouse in Saco, Maine
Luxury finishes couple with panoramic ocean views at this delightful property.

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If luxury finishes and panoramic views of the ocean sounds like your kind of vibe, then consider this oceanfront haunt in Saco, Maine. Enjoy coffee or wine from the upstairs balcony before taking a walk along Ferry Beach or Camp Ellis Pier.

Ideal for bigger groups, the listing has two bedrooms and common spaces that sleep up to eight people. Though, the standout draw is no doubt the beachfront location and gorgeous water views, along with the surrounding quiet community. The home offers the chance to catch particularly stunning sunrises and sunsets.

Other perks include a Smart TV with Netflix, beach chairs, and free parking included in the stay, as well as a digital guidebook handy for helping guests explore the area.

Chic beachfront cottage in New York’s North Fork of Long Island

16. lazing Ocean Sunsets in North Fork, NY
A minimalist interior style creates a tranquil ambiance.

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Set on a secluded stretch of Long Island’s illustrious North Fork, this two-bedroom beachfront cottage is a great place to hang by the beach or go wine tasting at one of the area’s many charming vineyards.

Wander along the private beach path or open up the floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that lead to a picturesque deck to dine at the picnic-style outdoor table, or relax on the plush lounger. An Airbnb Plus listing, the cottage’s chic palette features crisp, minimalist whites and neutrals, creating a sense of serene seaside solitude for a quiet getaway. After a walk on the sand, rinse off in the outdoor shower while savoring water views.

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Cozy home on the North Carolina shore

1. North Topsail Beach
The nautical-themed living room has a picturesque balcony overlooking the ocean.

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A cute condo directly on North Topsail Beach in North Carolina, this is a great option for couples or small families looking for a low-key beach getaway. The bedroom has a Queen bed and there are also Twin bunk beds built directly into the hallway.

Completely renovated in 2020, the apartment has a nautical-beach theme with soft blue and yellow hues, and big living room windows frame beach views. You can also head out to the balcony for a closer look. 

Bright colors and floral decor give this home a warm, welcoming vibe, and a seashell bed quilt and striped bar stools at the eating nook add additional beach flair.

Oceanfront condo with a pool in Florida

Cape Canaveral, Florida  Casual Oceanfront Condo With a Pool
Beachy accents like a mermaid statue and marine-inspired colors set a scene that creates a real sense of place.

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Serenity awaits at this casual oceanfront condo in Florida’s Cape Canaveral. Set on a beautiful private beach, this Airbnb Plus stands out for its whimsical decor and thoughtful amenities, which include blues of every hue from the turquoise velvet armchair to the robin’s egg backsplash in the kitchen. A mirror made out of oars, a mermaid statue, and an octopus painting over the couch are all fun touches for a beach home.

This is also a great place to spend your time kayaking, paddle boarding, or enjoying some much-needed downtime just lounging on the beach or pool, which are both just a few steps away. Within minutes of downtown Port Canaveral and the iconic Cocoa Beach Pier, there’s plenty to do right nearby.

Ocean and bay view beach house in Texas

Bolivar Peninsula, Texas  Ocean and Bay View Beach House
The Bolivar Flats, Anahuac national wildlife refuge, and the Smith Oak sanctuary are all nearby and great for birdwatching.

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Located on the bayside of the Bolivar Peninsula on Texas’ Gulf Coast, this home offers one bedroom and a lofted room, plus plenty of views of both the Gulf of Mexico and East Bay. It’s also just a few miles away from popular bird-watching areas including Bolivar Flats, Anahuac national wildlife refuge, and the Smith Oak sanctuary.

Bright and airy, this house is perched on stilts, and underneath, you’ll have a grill and a private sitting area. However, the wraparound porch is likely where you’ll spend the bulk of your time, soaking in the view from the wooden Adirondack chairs.

Inside isn’t bad either, with soaring pitched ceilings, a big blue sectional sofa, and marble countertops and bar stools in the kitchen.

Waterfront beach bungalow in North Carolina

Jarvisburg, North Carolina, Waterfront beach bungalow
This homey bungalow has its own private beach.

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Relax on your own private beach or hop in a kayak and explore miles of pristine, undeveloped beaches and cypress tree-filled coves from this bungalow in Jarvisburg, North Carolina set at the confluence of the North River and the Albemarle Sound.

The home is pet-friendly, and the bedroom offers a Queen sized bed as well as a futon for extra guests if you don’t mind the squeeze.

While not exactly modern, the bungalow has a homey vibe with string lights along the ceiling, a bright desk and bookcase, and purple cushions on the futon. The location is tranquil and fun amenities include a charcoal grill and outdoor fire pit. The house is only 15-minutes away from unspoiled shorelines and the beaches of the Outer Banks.

Home overlooking the sound in North Carolina

Hertford, North Carolina  Sunrise over the sound
The spacious home’s dock makes it easy to get out on the water.

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Step into the backyard of this spacious home on the Albemarle Sound and you’ll find nothing but peace and tranquility. Located in a quiet neighborhood in Hertford, North Carolina, the house is nice for bigger families or groups of friends.

Start and end your day on the dock, which comes with a bench to sit and watch the sunrise. Apart from the views directly overlooking the sound, highlights include the coffee bar in the kitchen, a gas log fireplace in the living room, and a fully covered and screened-in porch for enjoying home-cooked barbecue from the grill.

The house also comes with a washer/dryer and high-speed Wi-Fi.

Chesapeake Bay beach cabin in Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia  Chesapeake Bay Beach Cabin
The decor is simple with a subtle ocean theme.

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A brand new beach cabin on the Chesapeake Bay, this spacious home is steps from the beach.

During the warm months, watch the sailing regattas from the balcony on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, or walk to nearby Ocean View Beach Park to listen to live music.

The decor is simple but useful, with wicker furniture accents, ocean-themed artwork, wood floors, and a big kitchen. A plaid couch and floral armchair are comfy spots to relax, though they may feel a bit dated. A patio out back adds additional hangout space.

A rustic cottage in Florida

St. Augustine Rustic Cottage
This cottage has a large outdoor deck with a fire pit and access to a secluded beach.

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The pinewood interior and absence of electronic appliances bring an old-fashioned feel to this cottage. The cottage was originally built in 1946, but each room has been remodeled since except for the corner kitchen. The master bedroom has a plush Queen-size bed where you can fall asleep to the sounds of nearby waves crashing. 

Although you won’t find a TV or phone, there are various ways to indulge in this home’s rustic charm. A large outdoor deck overlooks an uncrowded beach and has a fire pit for chilly nights. Visit in summer and you may catch a glimpse of the sea turtles that dwell by the deck.

Waterfront nest cottage in Mississippi

9. The Nest in Long Beach Mississippi
Lounge on the spacious front porch for stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on ever-popular Long Beach, this waterfront cottage features breathtaking views over the Gulf of Mexico from its spacious front porch and has direct beach access.

The two bedrooms can easily accommodate up to six people and inviting outdoor wicker furniture is framed by idyllic views.

Inside, modern interiors include a spacious kitchen with marble countertops, soaking tubs in the bathrooms, and living room couches that face the water. 

Pet-friendly oceanfront condo with pool access in South Carolina

Fripp Island, South Carolina  Pet Friendly Oceanfront Condo
Staying here comes with access to a community pool, beaches, and bike rentals.

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Watch dolphins from the private balcony, walk to the beach, or laze the day away by the pool —  this oceanfront condo in South Carolina offers it all.

Located in a private community just a stone’s throw from one of the state’s most beguiling beaches at Hunting Island State Park, the area offers miles of unspoiled beaches and is frequented by birders and nature lovers for some of the best animal sightings in the area.

This second-floor condo offers one Queen bedroom and a second bedroom with a Twin bed. Guests have access to the community pool, beach, and two bikes. The unit also comes with a washer and dryer and is great for families with pets looking for a low-country getaway.

Oceanfront condo in South Carolina

Isle of Palms, South Carolina Oceanfront Condo
Enjoy access to a private fishing pier, a community pool, and a pretty South Carolina beach.

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Watch the waves roll in as you enjoy your morning coffee on the private terrace from this modern Isle of Palms condo in South Carolina. 

Newly renovated, this third-floor condo is especially nice for families with young children since it offers a King-size bed in the master and a bunk bed in the hallway. The decor is tasteful but beachy with coral pillows, a gray sofa, velvet armchairs, and a modern kitchen has a funky blue stone backsplash.

The building has easy access to the beach and a private fishing pier, as well as a community pool and coin laundry facility. 

Spacious beach house in South Carolina

15. Private Beach House Hilton Head
This expansive home is perched on half an acre on Port Royal Sound with private beach access.

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Located on half an acre along Port Royal Sound, this three-bed, four-bath manse is capable of sleeping up to 10 people. Adjacent to a 40-acre nature preserve, staying here comes with direct views over the sound, plus private access to the beach. 

With an expansive, well-groomed yard for playing or relaxing under large oak trees covered in Spanish Moss, the house is also open to those looking to host a small, picture-perfect wedding or retreat with the beach and ocean as the backdrop.

If this home is booked up, consider our other picks for the best vacation homes on Hilton Head Island.

Beach house on a private island in South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina  The Private Islands of Old House Cay
Escape to your very own private island off of Hilton Head with a beach all to yourself.

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Instead of renting a regular old cottage on the beach, opt to claim your own private island here on Old House Cay. Accessible only by boat, this is as secluded and off-the-grid as it gets.

Just a 10-minute ride away from neighboring Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, the home is part of a series of private islands that you’ll have all to yourself over your stay. Experience everything from boating, fishing, and kayaking to simply lounging around the island and going for long beach walks. As far as getting around, the owners will take you and your guests back and forth from Hilton Head on their private boat as needed.

Accommodations include a large, multi-story home with gorgeous wood floors, high ceilings, a modern kitchen, and a big blue dining table with room for the whole crew. All wood walls give it a hint of a cabin feel, while bright pillows and quilts add pops of color. A wooden deck with a fire pit out front is a lovely place to relax or make s’mores into the evening. 

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Beachfront condo in Southern California

Carlsbad, California  Charming Beachfront Condo
The beach is only a few steps away from this quaint second-floor condo.

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Open your door and step directly onto the sand at this charming beachfront condo in Carlsbad, California, near San Diego. 

Within walking distance to Carlsbad Village, this home is close to restaurants and boutiques, with a cozy set-up that is best suited to solo travelers and couples. The two-story condo unit is on the ground floor and features a brick fireplace, a small dining table and kitchen, a blue sofa with colorful pillows, and a private balcony with a table and chairs that overlook the ocean, which is just a few feet away.

Beach house on a cove in Oregon

Port Orford, Oregon  The beach house at Shelter Cove
A backyard trail leads to Shelter Cove where orcas often reside.

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Set on a cul-de-sac in the quiet neighborhood of Port Orford along the Oregon coast, this three-bedroom beach house is protected by old-growth forest and faces a cove where orcas are known to stay and take shelter.

With gorgeous bay windows and total privacy within the neighborhood, along with private beach access and unobstructed views of the Lighthouse at Cape Blanco, it’s tough to beat the spectacular setting. A private trail off the backyard takes you directly to Shelter Cove.

The house itself offers big windows for a light and airy feel, with neutral colors of grays and creams, huge bedrooms, and a porch with a dining table, as well as a small fire pit in the yard.

Cozy ocean view cabin in Northern California

4. A cozy ocean view cabin in northern California
Breathe in the ocean air and spend time whale watching from this cliffside cabin.

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Tucked away in verdant Patrick Point State Park in northern California, this rustic two-bedroom cabin has incredible ocean views amid a lush forest. 

Top-rated features include the oversized hot tub, a picnic area overlooking the ocean, and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows after a long day. The yard offers ample space and lucky guests might even spot whales from the Adirondack chairs perched atop the lawn.

The house is set on steep cliffs, which means you’ll have phenomenal views, but won’t be able to walk right out onto the beach. Instead, you will have to wind your way down to the shores below.

Oceanview apartment in Northern California

Whitehorn  California  Ocean View Apartment at Shelter Cove in Northern California
This cliffside home offers romantic views of the Pacific Ocean and Black Sands Beach.

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Overlooking the Pacific and Black Sands Beach, this one-bedroom cliffside home is lovely for a romantic trip.

Inside, you’ll find a private entrance and a wrap-around deck. The bedroom has a California King bed, plus a modern kitchen, bathroom, and a living room with a fireplace. There is even a private hot tub that directly faces the ocean.

Take the trail from the home leading to the beach or walk or bike to any of the nearby beaches, restaurants, cafes, bars, and golf courses. The owner notes that you will need a car to get around and this home has a strict no pets policy and isn’t suitable for young children.

Posh beachfront apartment in Malibu

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This charming home has a sun-drenched interior, airy open-plan layout.

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This sweet one-bedroom Airbnb Plus listing is well-placed on the iconic shores of Malibu for sweeping, dramatic views that feel plucked from a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Light and airy, this seaside haven is impeccably decorated with pristine white fixtures that stand out against natural wood floors and beams. Unique details like a small, wire Eiffel Tower perched on an antique desk and old framed letters and clippings add whimsical charm.

Fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves after enjoying drinks on the deck as you catch a sunset. Just know that this home is incredibly popular and tends to book almost a year in advance.

Pacific Ocean beachfront home in Encinitas, California

Encinitas Oceanfront home
Pacific Ocean views abound from every room.

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This beach home wows right away with its stunning panoramic ocean views, available throughout the house. However, they’re especially impressive from the open plan living room thanks to its arched beam ceilings that make the space feel airy and breezy.

The unobstructed views are also sure to dazzle from the multiple patios, which come with a grill, lounge chairs, an outdoor shower, and a private stairway leading to the sand.

The amenities are also nicely appointed, with a  fireplace, full kitchen with a wine fridge, and multiple bedrooms, some of which lead directly to the terrace. 

Pet-friendly beach cottage with amazing views in Oregon

best oregon airbnb beach house
This contemporary home has an outdoor shower, a gas fireplace, and a great balcony.

Book this Oregon beach cottage on Airbnb

This modern beachfront home in beautiful, iconic Cannon Beach, Oregon has easy beach access just 100 feet from the front door. 

Inside, large picture windows offer unobstructed ocean views and a gas fireplace makes for a cozy spot. The outdoor shower is a nice way to rinse away sand after a beach day and the outdoor balcony is a great place to savor the sweeping views. At night, have a bonfire with s’mores in the yard.

The pet-friendly home is located on a quiet residential street with free street parking and is within easy access of plenty of shops, grocery stores, and restaurants.

FAQ: Airbnb beach houses

Where is the best place to rent a beach house?

The best place to rent a beach house depends on the type of beach and vacation you prefer. For year-round warm weather, look to places like Florida or Southern California.

For the classic New England look of windswept beach grass, large dunes, and shingled cottages, you’ll find great homes in places like Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the Jersey Shore. For something posh, try the Hamptons.

Bluer waters and warmer temps of course will be found within the South or West Coast, and the West Coast offers stunning scenery from California up to Oregon and Washington.

How do I search for a beach house on Airbnb?

You can specifically search for a beach house on Airbnb. First, input your preferred location and dates, then select More Filters, and refine results to only show beachfront homes by selecting the box that says Beachfront under Amenities.

What should I look for in an Airbnb?

Sorting through the vast array of homes available on Airbnb can be tough. Consider using criteria similar to what we use, which includes looking at the average rating, as well as reading up on recent reviews to ensure the home is still in top shape. Look for Superhosts and consider sorting by Airbnb Plus or Airbnb Luxe if you want a higher-end stay that’s been vetted for exceptional amenities, decor, and hosting. 

Of course, for a beach getaway, location will be key. Be sure to look on the map and ensure before booking that the home is actually close to the beach. You don’t want to arrive only to find out you actually need to take a 30-minute car ride before your toes can hit the sand. 

Is Airbnb safe?

We strongly encourage following guidelines and advice from leading health organizations including the CDC and following local and state laws before planning a vacation of any kind. You should also be proactive when it comes to wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing no matter where you go.

However, the CDC now recommends domestic travel as safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

Experts also say that booking an entire home rental is one of the safest options for travelers right now because they eliminate encounters with others outside your traveling party, and because Airbnb mandates Enhanced Clean protocols that all hosts must now follow. 

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ from home to home and are set by each individual host. You can find a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies here.

How we selected the best beach houses on Airbnb

  1. Every Airbnb listing is for the entire home, per current expert recommendation.
  2. All Airbnb homes are highly-rated listings with a rating of 4.7 or higher.
  3. All beach houses are located right on, or next to the beach.
  4. All take part in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean protocol program for added peace of mind.
  5. The homes offer strong value in terms of price, offerings, amenities, and location and are priced between $100 and $650 per night to start.
  6. Homes are available to book in the coming weeks and months, as of publishing. However, some homes are quite popular and book fast. Consider booking for a future vacation in a few months or next year.

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28 fun gift ideas that will keep toddlers entertained

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  • Finding gifts that toddlers will love more than the boxes they come in can be a challenge.
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Toddlers can be picky little humans. You know this if you’ve ever seen how long they’re entertained by a cardboard box or bubbles, only to leave a pricey toy sitting by the wayside day after day.

I would know – my 3-year-old has a big personality. But I’ve become a pro at buying gifts that she plays with longer than the packages they come in. Buying gifts for toddlers becomes even more complicated when you account for their rapid development. A 1-year-old might be enthralled by a toy that a 3-year-old finds boring.

That’s why I’ve rounded up 28 gifts that will be a hit with any toddler. Many of the gifts on this list have also been tried, tested, and well-loved by my own child.

Here are 28 of the best gifts for toddlers:

A developmentally appropriate puzzle

toddler playing with spike hedgehog puzzle

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog Puzzle Playmate, available on Fat Brain Toys, $16.95

This is a toy that can really span the toddler age ranges. Younger toddlers will delight in the challenge of matching shapes, while older toddlers can work on numbers and counting with the spikes. I’ve seen this toy meet my daughter at various stages of development since we started testing it over four months ago. 

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

A working vacuum

a toy vacuum with ryan’s world decals

Ryan’s World Children’s Toy Vacuum Cleaner, available at Walmart, $24.56

Toddlers love to imitate their favorite grown-ups. They also love their favorite characters, like Ryan from Ryan’s World. If Ryan’s World is a hit for your toddler, everyone will be happy with this vacuum that actually picks up dirt

Recommended ages: 2 years and up

A themed sensory bin

a bin full of sand and sea-themed toys

Creativity for Kids Sensory Bin, available on Amazon, from $15

Sensory bins allow toddlers to create their own little worlds, and this one requires very minimal setup from grown-ups. Choose from six different themes: construction zone, dinosaur dig, garden and critters, ice cream shop, ocean and sand, and outer space. My daughter got the ocean & sand bin for her 3rd birthday, and it has been a huge hit. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Holiday-themed magnetic blocks

child assembling grinch maga-tiles

Dr. Seuss The Grinch Magna-Tiles Structure Set, available on Amazon, $44.95

Magnetic tiles are very much a tried-and-tested favorite in our house. When I tested this set, I wasn’t sure that the Grinch theme would be enough to make these any better than plain-colored tiles. But I was pleasantly surprised. This 19-piece set lets kids build the Grinch himself, a Whoville home, or a cozy holiday scene.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Their first toolbox

child playing with hape wooden toolbox

Hape Fix It Kid’s Wooden Tool Box and Accessory Play Set, available at Amazon, $21.99

Toddlers can fix things up around the house with this 17-piece toolbox. The small set is just the right size for toddler hands and includes a hammer, nails, screwdriver, screws, and more.  

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Educational place mats

little tikes educational placemats

Little Likes Kids Educational Two-Sided Place Mat Variety Pack, available at Amazon, $15.99

Even as they refine their eating skills, toddlers still often make a mess. Keep your table clean and your toddlers entertained with these three double-sided place mats.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Books to build their library

baby goes to market

“Baby Goes to Market,” available at Amazon, $14.56

“The Rainbow Fish,” available at Amazon, $9.95

“The Snowy Day,” available at Amazon, $6.11

“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” available at Amazon, $4.59

“I Like It When . . . /Me gusta cuando . . .” available at Amazon, $6.08

There’s nothing quite like cuddling up with a good book at bedtime. From simple board books to narratives that encourage kindness, toddlers will ask to read these books again and again.

Animal-themed bingo

banana panda bingo

Banana Panda Let’s Play Animal Bingo, available at Amazon, $16.15

Toddlers can get in on the action with this simplified version of bingo. Each bingo card features animals in a different habitat, and the boards and tokens are made of thick cardboard that will hold up to rough play.

Recommended ages: 2 years and up

A World of Eric Carle puzzle

mudpuppy eric carle puzzles for toddlers

Mudpuppy World of Eric Carle Brown Bear 4-in-A-Box Puzzles, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, $14.99

Four-piece puzzles are a step up from peg puzzles, another toddler favorite. This set of four puzzles is inspired by the popular book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” As a former English teacher, I can’t resist a toy that encourages reading. Even if you don’t have the book at home, these puzzles will still be engaging and challenging while simultaneously exposing toddlers to color matching.  

Recommended ages: 2 years and up

The ultimate racetrack

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower, available at Walmart and Target, from $29.82

This quickly became our family’s favorite Go! Go! Smart Wheels track after the company sent us a review sample a few months ago. It can be configured into one tall spiral or two smaller spirals for racing. You’ll get one race car, and the track includes a switch track, hazards, and a trap door. Five different locations along the track prompt the car to play various sounds, songs, and phrases. If you already have other Go! Go! Smart Wheels tracks, you can connect them to the tower.

Recommended ages: 1 to 5 years

An interactive thinking chair

blues clues chair

Blues Clues and You! Play and Learn Thinking Chair, available at Walmart, $49.44

If you have a Blues Clues fan, this real-life thinking chair will be a big hit. It comes with a mailbox, letters, and an interactive handy dandy notebook. The chair can detect when kids sit down or get up, and there is even a storage space under the seat. We’ve been testing it for a few months, and my daughter hasn’t let it leave our living room since. 

Recommended ages: 2 to 5 years

A color-changing bath book

Color Me: Who's in the Water? (Wee Gallery Bath Books)

“Color Me: Who’s in the Water?” available at Amazon, $11.99

Toddlers will think this book is magic when it changes color in their bathwater. The illustrations are the central focus with just a few words on each page. This creates an ideal environment for reluctant readers to pick up a book. Use it for some water painting fun out of the bath, too. 

Recommended ages: 1 to 3 years

A dump truck made of recycled plastic

Green Toys Dump Truck

Green Toys Dump Truck, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $19.14

Whether you have a sandbox, a dirt pile in the backyard, or a bunch of toys that need to be moved around the house, toddlers will enjoy loading this truck and dumping things out. The brightly colored toy is made of 100% recycled plastic. An added bonus: After this truck spends a long day hauling materials for your child, you can throw it in the dishwasher. 

Recommended ages: 12 months and up

Reusable mess-free coloring pads

Water Wow! 3 Pack - Dinosaurs, Adventure and Space

Melissa & Doug Water Wow! 3-Pack, available at Amazon and Kohl’s, from $16.99

If you have a toddler living in your house and you haven’t yet discovered the magic that is Water Wow, you’re missing out. Each pad comes with four reusable boards that change color when they make contact with the water pen. They make absolutely no mess and are some of our favorite travel toys for toddlers. We keep one in the car and always bring them along to places like the doctor’s office and restaurants. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A picnic play set and shape sorter all in one

LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket, available at Walmart and Buy Buy Baby, from $19.99

 This picnic play set is one of our favorite toys for 1-year-olds. It teaches toddlers concepts like shapes, colors, manners, and sharing. The basket includes a shape sorter, two cups, two forks, two plates, six food items, and a picnic blanket. 

Recommended ages: 6 months to 3 years

A doll to love and care for

wee baby stella

Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella, available at Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Amazon, from $19.99

This doll can grow with children as they move through different developmental stages. Toddlers can practice caring skills and strengthen their fine motor skills by removing and replacing the doll’s binky as well as changing its clothes. At 12 inches tall, Wee Baby Stella is also a great size for toddlers. 

Recommended ages: 1 year and up

A starter dollhouse

child playing with melissa and doug wooden dollhouse
The Melissa and Doug Fold and Go Dollhouse includes furniture and dolls.

Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Wooden Dollhouse, available at Amazon, $59

Dollhouses can keep toddlers entertained for hours as they imagine new scenarios and practice everyday skills. The set comes with 11 pieces of wooden furniture and two dolls, which is a big plus as many dollhouses don’t come with dolls. 

Recommended ages: 3 to 6 years

Toddler-size crayons and coloring books

My First Toddler Coloring Book

My First Toddler Coloring Book, available at Amazon, $3.99

Crayola Jumbo Crayons, available at Walmart, $2.97

Crayola Multicultural Large Crayons, available at Staples, $3.79

This is a simple yet exciting gift for young toddlers who are just learning how to color and develop their fine motor skills. The large pictures, numbers, letters, and shapes have thick lines, and the pages are durable. These are all characteristics that make coloring easier for toddlers. Thicker jumbo and large crayons are designed for toddlers to have success coloring. This book was one of the first coloring books I bought my toddler over a year ago, and it’s still going strong. 

Recommended ages: 1 to 3 years (coloring book); 3 years and up (crayons)

A push car with all the bells and whistles

step 2 whisper ride on car

Step2 Whisper Ride II Ride-On Push Car, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $74.99

My neighbors can’t help but smile when they see my toddler roll by in this push car. Step2 sent a review sample that we’ve been testing since the beginning of the summer. It’s still in great shape and handles hills and bumpy roads well. Some standout features include a storage trunk, a working horn, cup holders (for you and your toddler!), and a seat belt. 

Recommended ages: 18 months to 4 years

A cuddly version of everyone’s favorite Star Wars character

Star Wars Mandalorian The Child

Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child aka Baby Yoda Plush, available at Target and Kohl’s, from $19.89

Toddlers can cuddle up with quite possibly the cutest Star Wars character ever. Toys based on characters like this one give kids just enough inspiration for imaginative play scenarios without doing all the work for them. Even if you haven’t seen “The Mandalorian,” it’s hard to resist this endearing little creature.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A cleaning set so they can ‘help’ around the house

Melissa & Doug Let's Play House! Dust, Sweep & Mop Set

Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House! Dust, Sweep & Mop Set, available at Buy Buy Baby, Kohl’s, and Amazon, from $23.98

My daughter loves to “help” me clean around the house and this set is the perfect size for her. It comes with a pint-sized broom, mop, duster, brush, dustpan, and even a storage rack. My toddler has consistently used it for more than a year, and it’s still in excellent shape. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A doctor’s play set

B. Dr. Doctor Toy

B. Toys Toy Doctor Kit, available at Target and Amazon, from $19.99

Doctor visits can be scary, but role-playing with a play doctor kit makes them more approachable and even fun. This 10-piece kit comes with a stethoscope, otoscope, blood pressure cuff, syringe, scissors, thermometer, mirror, a pair of tweezers, a beeper, and a carry case to keep it all organized. The pager beeps and lights up, and the stethoscope makes a heartbeat sound. 

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

A Lego set for learning the alphabet

lego duplo alphabet truck

Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck, available at Amazon, from $19.99

This Lego Duplo set encourages hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as toddlers stack blocks and move the truck around. It comes with 36 Duplo pieces, including 26 letter bricks, a truck, and 10 other bricks and figures. 

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

A customized tricycle

Radio Flyer Trike

Radio Flyer Custom Build-A-Trike, available at Radio Flyer, from $70

There’s nothing quite like a classic red tricycle. Radio Flyer sent this tricycle for me to test, and I’m impressed by its quality. Depending on how you customize it, this tricycle can grow with your child from 9 months to 5 years old. Available customization options include a classic bell, a canopy, and a footrest. What I appreciate most about it is the push handle — I use it to help my daughter learn to steer and make sure she is safe while learning to ride. 

Recommended ages: 9 months to 5 years

A set of musical instruments

B. Toys Drumroll Please Instrument Set

B. Toys Drumroll Please Instrument Set, available at Target, $22.99

This musical set inspires imagination and creativity. It includes a drum, two drumsticks, castanets, a whistle, a tambourine, and a shaker egg. All of the instruments fit neatly inside the drum so toddlers can take it anywhere.

Recommended ages: 18 to 36 months

A cash register with play food and money

LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register

LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register, available at Target, $19.99

My daughter and I have played many hours of “grocery store” with this set. It comes with a working cash register, eight pieces of play food, 10 coins, and a credit card. Prompts encourage kids to count coins, and buttons on the display correspond with the play food.  

Recommended ages: 2 to 4 years

A stylish play mixer for the budding chef

KidKraft Wooden Baking Set

KidKraft Wooden Baking Set, available at Kohl’s, $19.99

This stylish mixer can be an addition to an existing play kitchen, but it’s also ideal if you have limited space. The set comes with a mixer, a bowl, eggs, flour, sugar, milk, a baking sheet, cookies, and a working rolling pin. Toddlers can’t help but imitate daily life, and this set let my daughter “make” cookies without making a mess. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Everything they need to complete rescue missions

Paw Patrol Rescue Rev Up Vehicle with Mystery Dinosaur Figure

Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Rev Up Vehicle with Mystery Dinosaur Figure, available at Amazon, $11.90

For less than $15, this toy comes with a figurine, a vehicle, and a surprise dinosaur egg. Choose from six different Paw Patrol characters: Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Skye, and Zuma. Each vehicle has a rev-up motor and a working tool.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

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51 gifts dog lovers and their canine companions will love

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  • We rounded up the most unique and thoughtful gifts for dog lovers and their dogs.
  • Show them you care with a monthly subscription box, canine home decor, and all sorts of dog books.
  • Here are 51 useful, entertaining, and adorable gifts dogs and their humans will love.

As one of the most magical and amusing creatures on earth, dogs are more than deserving of a gift every now and again. And their human guardians? Yeah, they deserve a little something too.

In this list, we’ve curated 52 of our favorite gifts for dogs and the people who love them, including a stylish dog crate, a monthly subscription box filled with toys and treats, and custom pet stickers. Whether you want to add a little doggy decor to your home or give your favorite pet something new to play with, these gifts evoke pure joy of the canine kind.

Here are 51 of the best gifts for dogs lovers and their dogs:

Dog stickers that are (almost) as cute as the real thing

black and brown dog’s face printed on stickers

My Sticker Face Sampler Sticker Face Sheet, available on Amazon, $15.99

Give the gift of sticky immortality with these customizable pet stickers. Just upload a photo of their dog and My Sticker Face will create a spot-on version made from vinyl that they can affix to anything that needs a puppy pick-me-up.

A monthly box of canine surprises

dog toys and treats in Bark Box

Bark Box Monthly Subscription, available on Bark Box, from $23

Don’t bother trying to figure out exactly what the dog or dog lover in your life wants. Bark Box has done the work for you. Its monthly subscription boxes contain curated collections of toys, treats, and chews based on fun themes like summer camp, magic, and spa days. Send Bark Box as a gift or, better yet, get your own.

A pack of dogs to protect their smartphone

iphone case with dog print

Pet Friendly Dog Pattern Phone Case, available on Society6 for both iPhone and Android, from $20.99

No more scrolling their social media feeds to find cute dogs. With this smartphone case, there will already be dozens of pups at their fingertips. The pack, which includes corgis, shiba inus, and poodles, can be customized as a slim or tough case for almost any iPhone or Android model.

Flannel pants for cold-weather canine snuggling

navy blue flannel pants with plaid dog print

L.L. Bean Flannel Pants, Dog Print, available on L.L. Bean, $49.95

These extra soft flannel pants will keep them warm and cozy on crisp nights. They’ve been designed for maximum comfort with a drawstring waist and pockets. Choose from three dog-tastic colors and prints and 13 sizes.

A stress-relieving coloring book full of dogs

coloring book with picture of dog wearing hat on cover

Dog Lover: Adult Coloring Book, by Gina Trowler, available on Amazon, $6.99

This charming adult coloring book is packed with 64 pages of intricately drawn black-and-white canines. Go ahead, make your great dane blue and your chihuahua pink. The book’s pages are nice and thick so the colors won’t bleed through.

A mind-blowing book about a dog who ‘talks’

how stella learned to talk book

“How Stella Learned to Talk by Christina Hunger,” available at Amazon and Target, $13.99

In this fascinating book, speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger chronicles her journey teaching her dog Stella to communicate using programmable buttons. This book not only details Stella’s education but breaks down Hunger’s techniques so that you, too, can teach your dog to “talk.”

A pack of doggy chip clips

six chip clips with dog faces

Kikkerland Doggie Bag Clips, available at World Market and Amazon, from $4.99

Reseal your goodie bags with an assortment of canine faces. This posse of chip clips includes a corgi, Boston terrier, bulldog, collie, dalmatian, and shiba inu, each of whom are very good dogs. The clips are made from extra-strong plastic with steel springs.

A handsome dog crate to dress up your decor

diggs revol dog crate

Diggs Revol Dog Crate, available at Diggs and Amazon, $245

Down with ugly dog crates that mess up your decor! Diggs Revol isn’t just stylishly designed, it folds flat in seconds and has wheels for rolling out of sight. The crate is available in three colors and comes with a puppy divider and removable, easy-to-clean floor.

Fresh pet food to fill their dog’s belly

just food for dogs turkey macaroni

Just Food for Dogs, available at Just Food for Dogs, from $5.95

Just Food for Dogs uses fresh, human-grade meats and veggies to produce nutritious canine meals across six different recipes. The food is flash frozen and delivered right to their door. Read more about the best fresh dog food in our buying guide.

A food puzzle to work the canine brain

Nina Ottosson Dog Twister Dog Puzzle under $25

Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Twister Dog Puzzle, available at Chewy and Amazon, from $12.50

For smarty pants dogs that need a job to do, these food puzzles are a great way to both entertain and work the brain. Pop treats or kibble into the compartments and tap into their dog’s under-utilized scavenging instincts. 

A book to decode your dog’s star sign

dog astrology book

“Dog Astrology” by Stella Andromeda, available at Amazon and Urban Outfitters, $14.99

The astrological sun sign under which your dog was born matters, according to this playful book by Stella Andromeda. Find out what an Aries or Leo looks like among the canine set, your dog’s luckiest days ,and whether you and your pup are a match written in the stars.

Puppy throw pillows to dress up their decor

dog face pillow

Dog Face Pillow, available at Uncommon Goods, $25

Accent their home with the friendly faces of adorable dogs. Hook-sewn by hand in the form of three different breeds — golden retriever, pug and Boston terrier — these 8-by-12-inch wool pillows will never shed, drool, or leave muddy paw prints on their sofa.

A pack of dogs to keep them dry in rainy weather

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Reed Evins Art Umbrella, available at AKC.org and Reed Evins Art, $29.99

Artist Reed Evins hand-cuts paper to create spot on collage portraits of his canine clients. He’s selected a couple dozen of his favorites — droopy eared basset hounds, friendly schnauzers, and half-smiling fluffs among them — for his wind-resistant 42-inch umbrella. The water-blocking parasol has a black rubber handle with an automatic opener and comes with a dog-patterned sleeve for storage.

A pair of icy bulldogs to keep their highball cool

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Novelty Bulldog Ice Molds, available at Williams Sonoma, $21.95

Bring a little canine class to their next cocktail with Williams Sonoma’s bulldog-shaped ice cubes. Made from flexible silicone, just fill the two molds with water, freeze, then run under warm water to release the hounds. The long-lasting cubes will keep their shape sip after sip.

A pet camera that lets them interact with their pup

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Furbo Treat-Tossing Dog Camera, available at Chewy and Furbo, $161.99

For those who can’t stand to be away from their dog, it’s the Furbo dog camera to the rescue. With the free Furbo app, they can monitor their pet from afar with a 160-degree wide-angle view, speak to them through voice chat, and toss them a treat anytime they want. 

Rubber boots to wear when it’s raining cats and dogs

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Joules Raining Cats and Dogs Rain Boot, available at Zappos and Joules, from $29.95

Puddles are no match for these rubber wellies by Joules. Covered in hand-drawn pups, umbrellas, and a couple water-loving cats, the mid-calf rain boots have an adjustable side buckle, a dog bone-patterned interior, and thick grippy soles for traversing slippery sidewalks.

A pair of Bernie’s viral mittens to squeak and tug

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Bernie’s Paw Warmers, available at Bark Shop, $10

Bernie Sanders’ mittens, one of the standout stars of the 2021 presidential inauguration, are now available in doggy form. Even if they have no upcoming political events to attend, playtime with these wooly squeakers on a rope will warm up your pup with practical, no-nonsense Vermont style. All proceeds go to the state’s PAWsitive Pantry, which provides families in need with food for their beloved pets.

A way to finally remember if the dog actually got fed

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The Original “Did You Feed The Dog?” available at Amazon, $9.95

Did you feed the dog? Can’t quite remember, can you? But this simple little device, it knows. Just move the button at feeding time and they’ll never get taken by their pup’s second-dinner-desiring hungry eyes again.

Sweet long johns for a winter full of pajama parties

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Toy Story “To Infinity and Beyond” Dog & Cat Jersey PJs, available at Chewy, from $13.35

Dress up their pup for the world’s cutest pajama party in these “Toy Story” themed PJ’s from Chewy’s Disney collection. The outfit comes in six sizes so that even the big boys can let their snuggle flag fly.

A homemade dog treat maker

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Dash Express Dog Treat Maker, available at Amazon and Target, $29.49

Treat your favorite chef to a pup-approved kitchen addition. Fill the waffle iron-like Dash with one of the recipes from the included cookbook (think: peanut butter pumpkin or cheddar bacon) for fresh bone-shaped treats hot out of the oven. 

A squeezable dog water bottle for instant hydration

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Dog Bowl Water Bottle, available at Chewy, $14.99

Offer the dog a drink single-handedly with this unique dog water bottle. Just squeeze the leak-proof canister to fill the attached dish with water. When they’ve had their fill, the leftover liquid drains back into the bottle for the next time they’re thirsty.

A hoodie with a kangaroo pouch to keep their pup close

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Roodie Pet Pouch Hoodie, available at Amazon, $99

Cuddly pups and the humans who love them never have to be apart with this soft cotton-polyester hoodie. The zip-up 14-inch by 9-inch by 4-inch pocket supports pets up to 15 pounds and comes in six colors.

A ball launcher for supercharged games of fetch

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Chuckit! Launcher, available at Chewy and Amazon, $4.71

It’s almost impossible to tire out a fetch-loving high-energy dog before tiring out your throwing arm, that is, unless you have the Chuckit! With just a flick of the wrist, this simple plastic launcher sends the ball farther than puny human muscles alone and is guaranteed not to quit halfway through the game.

A matching bandana and face mask for twinning with their dog

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Goodboy x Sock Fancy Bandana & Mask, available at Goodboy, $24

Social distance in style with this dog bandana and face mask duo. The pair comes in four machine-washable custom cotton prints and the triple-layer mask has adjustable ear loops and a 3D chin design.

A pair of fur-sonalized silver cufflinks

Custom Pet Portrait Cufflinks

Custom Pet Portrait Cufflinks, available at Uncommon Goods, $260

They’ll wear their heart on their sleeve with these pet portrait cufflinks by designer Erin Harris. The engraved sterling silver accessories arrive with a bonus gift, too: a rubber stamp of their dog to use on anything that needs a bit of puppy love.

A collar for tracking their dog’s location and activity

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Fi Series 2 GPS Tracker Smart Dog Collar, available at Chewy, $149

Like a FitBit for the canine set, this smart collar will not only help them keep tabs on their dog’s daily activity (and compare it to other pups in the neighborhood) but on their location, too. Using GPS tracking technology, this little device sends alerts anytime a door-dashing escape artist is on the move.

Their dog in sock form

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Tribe Socks Personalized Pet Face Socks, available at Tribe Socks, $24

Wrap their barking dogs in puppy love with a pair of customizable socks. Chewy will pattern a pair with the face of their furry friend using just a photo. Choose from four styles: holiday, tie-dye, mosaic, and dog paw.

The one toy every dog needs

Kong Classic under $25

Kong Classic, available at Chewy, from $7.99

Whether they’ve got a puppy who’s learning the ropes, an adult dog who loves a good game, or a slow-moving senior, the Kong Classic is a must for busting boredom and tapping into a dog’s scavenging instincts. Just pack the heavy-duty rubber cone with treats, kibble, or peanut butter (among other things) and that big, slobbery tongue will do the rest.

An elevated bed to keep their dog cool in the heat

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K&H Products Elevated Dog Bed, available at Chewy, from $40.99

Make the dog days of summer a little more bearable for their pooch with this elevated cot. Made from waterproof nylon with a mesh center, the raised design promotes airflow that helps keep dogs from overheating when the mercury rises.

A sleepy puppy hamper to snuggle their dirty clothes

Fankang Dog Hamper under $25

Fankang Dog Hamper, available at Amazon, $10.99

Add a dose of cute to laundry day with this dog hamper. The folding, pop-up basket made of waterproof-coated cotton fabric with handles for ears also makes a great storage bin for toys, whether they belong to a dog or to a dog-loving kid.

A bucket list activity journal for dog lovers and their canine compatriots

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“Chew This Journal” by Sassafras Lowrey, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $13.99

Drawing from 20 years of experience, certified trick dog trainer and doggy writer extraordinaire Sassafras Lowrey’s “Chew This Journal” is jam-packed with fun activities for both dog and human. From urban agility and tips on setting training goals to dog-friendly crafts like DIY treat puzzles and tug-toy-making, this book will encourage them to never stop seeking out new adventures.

A bag of delicious treats with a minimal carbon paw print

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Jiminy’s Chewy Cricket Treats, available at Chewy and Amazon, from $9.95

Maybe dog treats can’t save the world, but Jiminy’s cricket treats are doing their part to help our pups live more sustainably. These tasty morsels are hypoallergenic, probiotic, and produce 740% fewer greenhouse gasses than those made with beef. Choose from two chewy flavors, sweet potato and peas or pumpkin and carrot, or crunchy peanut butter and blueberry cookies.

A people-approved mattress made just for dogs

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Dog Mattress, available at Casper, from $129

Mattress company Casper takes dog bed comfort next level with a memory foam model that rivals those they make for humans. The result of 110 prototypes and 460 hours of lab testing, with this dog bed they’ll rest assured their best friend will be getting a good night’s sleep

A dog-splattered dish towel that really sees them

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Dogs Tea Towel, available at Blue Q, $12.99

Anyone who’s ever loved a dog knows the best people are the fluffy, four-legged kind. And this canine-covered tea towel, it’s not afraid to speak the truth. Short-haired, curly-haired, little-legged, and big, they’ll be ready to go anytime a dish needs drying. 

A custom cookie cutter for making edible puppy portraits

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Custom Pet Portrait Cookie Cutter, available at Etsy, from $30

If they think their dog couldn’t get any sweeter, Bakers Street Cutters begs to differ. Send in a photo and they’ll 3D print a custom cookie cutter that makes a perfect impression of their pup every time.

A blueprint of their favorite breed’s best qualities

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Dog Blueprints, available at Etsy, $29.99

These vintage-inspired blueprints by canine architects Wet Nose Wiggly Butts break down the characteristics that make different dog breeds unique. Each 16-by-20-inch print features picture-perfect representations of 54 of the most popular pups, from chihuahuas to Newfoundlands. Choose to add their dog’s name to the drawing for a personalized touch.

A yoga mat covered in stretching Frenchies

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Huebucket Frenchie Yoga Mat, available at Society6, $33

Flexible Frenchies show off their yoga skills on this adorable yoga mat. Their favorite pose? Downward-facing dog, of course.

An honest mug that works as hard as they do

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“I work hard so my dog can have a better life” mug, available at Etsy, from $14.45

For anyone with lingering doubts about where a dog parent’s disposable income goes, this fully customizable mug spells it out in plain English. No one needs to know that dogs work hard to keep us happy, too. Sloppy kisses and dog hair may not pay the bills but they’re worth their weight in gold.

A lickable mat for anxiety-reducing enrichment

Gifts for dog lovers Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mat

Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mat 2-pack, available at Chewy and Amazon, $14.95

Licking a flavor-filled surface doesn’t just release calming endorphins in a dog’s brain, it gives them something to focus on when their stress levels become elevated. Spread these dishwasher-safe rubber mats with a soft-and-creamy favorite like yogurt, pumpkin, or peanut butter for a snack that will last and last. Read our full review of the Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mats.

A flirt pole for tough tugging thrills

Outward Hound's Tail Teaser Dog Flirt Pole under $25

Outward Hound Tail Teaser, available at Chewy and Amazon, $16.99

Release the hounds — or their energy, at least — with a doggy flirt pole. Like a beefed-up cat wand, this canine version features a squeaking, rattling faux-fur tail strung with durable nylon cord to a long, flexible pole that can be swung around for a high-speed game of chase, jump, and tug. 

A collar from a company that supports and empowers Kenyan artisans

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Triangle Dog Collar in lavender, pink, or cobalt blue, available at Ubuntu Life, $59

Yes, this fashion-forward collar produced by Maasai women in Kenya’s Ngong Hills looks good, but it does good, too. Ubuntu Life is a public benefit corporation that provides sustainable employment, education, and healthcare to its workers and artisans, as well as pediatric health and special needs education throughout the region. The carefully crafted, highly resilient collar is made from leather and glass beads and comes in three sizes and four colors.

A playful seat cover to brighten up the car

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Molly Mutt Multi-Use Seat Cover, available at Chewy and Amazon, $59

Protect their car from doggy dirt and slobber with a fun toile-like dog patterned seat cover. The versatile cotton canvas can be draped over the back seat (the design features seatbelt slots, nonskid backing and adjustable headrest straps), converted into a car hammock or layered over the cargo hold.

A 2-in-1 tool to make bath time less stressful

Gifts for dog lovers Aquapaw

Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool, available at Chewy and Amazon, $24.95

Speed up bath time with this flexible water sprayer and massaging scrubber. The tool slips over the palm, leaving their fingers free to reassure their pup or toggle the built-in on-and-off switch.

A smiling bouncy ball that doubles as a puzzle toy

Gifts for dog lovers Rogz Grinz Treat Ball

Rogz Grinz Treat Ball, available at Amazon, from $10.95

This durable ball will put a maniacal grin on their pup’s face. Bounce it on the ground, float it in the water, or fill it with treats or kibble for extended play. It comes in four bright, impossible to lose colors and three sizes.

A vet play set to inspire young animal lovers

Gifts for dog lovers Melissa & Doug Vet Play Set

Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set, available at Amazon, $24.43

Encourage the little animal lover in your life with a play set that lets them practice pet care and the empathy and compassion that comes along with it. This kit comes packed with all they’ll need to make a house call, including a stethoscope, syringe, bandages, and a cone of shame, as well as two plush pets to practice on.

A gallery-worthy portrait of their beloved pet

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Custom Pet Portrait, available at West & Willow, from $65

Immortalize their fur baby with a custom portrait they’ll cherish for years to come. Choose from a handful of backgrounds and hardwood frames. Each gallery-quality image can include up to three pets.

A cashmere turtleneck for cold weather walks

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Fido Turtleneck, available at The Barkers, $89

The beatnik vibes are on point with this cable-knit turtleneck from The Barkers. Made from 100% cashmere, this luxurious dog sweater will have them wishing for a human-sized version all their own.

A pack of dogs who love a relaxing bath

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Dog Shower Curtain, available at Society 6, $45.49

Add a touch of canine couture to their bathroom with a dog print shower curtain patterned in artistically arranged pups. The polyester 71-by-74-inch curtain comes with 12 buttonholes for easy hanging.

A combination backpack and airline approved carrier for versatile adventures

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Sherpa 2-in-1 Travel Backpack, available at Petco, $52.99

Up in the air or on the trail, their dog can go anywhere they do with Sherpa’s 2-in-1 travel backpack. The cozy, well-ventilated go bag has removable straps that convert it from a backpack to a traditional airline approved pet carrier that fits under the seat in the cabin.

A boho bed cover to rest their weary head

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Amani Sea Dog Bed, available at The Foggy Dog, from $65

Upgrade their naps with a mud-cloth inspired, upholstery-grade cotton bed cover. The durable, zip-up doggy duvet can be fitted over an old bed, pillow, or pile of blankets, or you can purchase a new memory foam or “Sustainafill” insert for maximum comfort. It’s machine washable and sold in three colors.

A book for youngsters about a dog’s most valuable superpower

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“What the Dog Knows Young Readers Edition” by Cat Warren, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, $7.99

In the young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller “What the Dog Knows,” Cat Warren uncovers the science behind the amazing canine nose. If you know a kiddo with a love of dogs, this book full of photos and illustrations is sure to intrigue, surprise, and delight.

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Some of the best hotels in Las Vegas aren’t on the Strip – here’s where to find a great stay starting at $30

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  • The Las Vegas Strip draws millions, but locals know that’s not the real heart of the city.
  • Downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street, and suburbs are more authentic with cheaper casinos and hotels.
  • Some of the best Las Vegas hotels are off-Strip, from retro motels to luxury amid the Red Rocks.

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The Las Vegas Strip is the city’s glitzy, showy draw, luring millions of tourists each year. But it’s hardly the sole attraction.

As a Las Vegas local, I want you to know there’s much more to this wonderful city than just what you’ll find along Las Vegas Boulevard. And while you can (and should) enjoy time on the Strip, going off-Strip will show you a part of the city you’ve never experienced, one that’s neighborhood-centric, artsy, outdoorsy, and filled with character.

As such, the next time you’re looking for a Las Vegas hotel, consider an off-Strip hotel. From historic Fremont Street hotels that lean into a vintage Vegas aesthetic to luxurious desert escapes with spas and pools, these off-Strip hotels also boast lower prices and gaming minimums than their Las Vegas Boulevard counterparts.

Browse all the best off-Strip Las Vegas hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:

These are the best off-Strip hotels in Las Vegas, sorted by price from low to high.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino

A guest room at El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
This property dating back to 1941 is the longest continuously-running casino in Las Vegas.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the El Cortez and its pink neon cursive sign harken back to the early days of Las Vegas. The Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture stands out in a city increasingly defined by steel and glass.

Step inside and find a dimly lit casino, a lobby bar with a live piano, and no-frills rooms. Amenities are limited. There’s no pool and the retail space is just a small general store.

Most people who appreciate the El Cortez do so because they either like the history or the low prices. For something more modern, book a room at the El Cortez Cabana Suites, the 64-room sister property across the street with tufted white headboards, green walls, marble bathrooms, and a fitness center.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

The citrus pool deck at Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Vibrant, bright colors create a tropical look on the aptly named Citrus Pool Deck.

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Can’t decide between the raucous Fremont Street Experience and the slightly more chill East Fremont District? Then try the Downtown Grand, which expertly straddles that line.

The recently expanded property (the hotel’s 495-room Gallery Tower opened in September 2020) still feels boutique despite the budget price tag. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with white walls, geometric accents, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The real highlight is the Citrus Grand Pool Deck, which was voted the best of Las Vegas’ best Downtown hotel pool in 2020. When I first moved to Vegas, I whiled away many a desert afternoon at this rooftop oasis; I love the cocktail program and the city views. 

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Oasis at Gold Spike

Oasis at Gold Spike
Known for its party scene, the pool at Gold Spike is a lively one.

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Like a lot of things in Downtown Las Vegas, the Oasis at Gold Spike (formerly the Gold Spike Hotel & Casino) used to be a little bit seedy. Now, it’s a millennial/Gen Z hangout with a vinyl soundtrack, a coworking space that turns into a house party at night, and 130 hotel rooms. Notably absent: a casino.

Staying here is like staying at a deliberately cool hostel, minus the bunk beds. You’ll have your own room, but it’ll be small and basic, simply a place to crash after staying out all night. Then you’ll wake up, grab a cocktail from the 24-hour bar, and hit the pool.

The Oasis at Gold Spike is also steps from all of the bars and restaurants on Fremont Street, so there’s much to explore within walking distance, although to be honest, on most nights, the best party is right here.

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The Plaza Hotel & Casino

The pool at Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
An iconic mural keeps watch over the pool at this equally iconic hotel.

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Nearly every Las Vegas local (and many a visitor) has taken a photo beneath the twinkling gold lights at the entrance to The Plaza. This backdrop, like the hotel itself, is classic Las Vegas.

The 995-room property excels by leaning into the 70’s vintage vibe hard. From the banana-leaf wallpaper at the coffee shop to the retro Palm Springs-inspired rooftop pool lounge, The Plaza will feel like a Killers music video if you’re a young traveler (Spoiler: It was actually in a Killers music video) and you will unironically enjoy the bingo, smoky casino, and showgirl-bespeckled carpet.

In some places, The Plaza feels retro in all the right ways — the steakhouse overlooking Fremont Street, the colorful pool area — in other places, such as the 325-square-foot Deluxe rooms, it feels dated and spartan. Spring for a renovated room (especially one of the Pool Patio rooms which includes a private covered patio) or request one of the newer Luxe rooms, which come with voice-activated Amazon Echoes.

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M Resort Spa & Casino

The exterior and pool area at M Resort Las Vegas.
The 100,000 square-foot pool complex has two infinity pools including a family-friendly pool and a separate day club pool that hosts parties.

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A staycation favorite among locals, M Resort has a 100,000 square-foot pool complex with two infinity pools. There’s a family-friendly pool and a separate day club pool that hosts parties that allow guests to have the option of both a party environment and a more mellow one.

Because the property is located south of the Strip in the Henderson area, rooms feature unique views. They’re modern and luxe, outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, power blinds, and raw wooden decor. 

On-site restaurants are also a bright spot; find everything from a deli to a steakhouse, and a Raiders-themed bar and grill, which is a popular recent addition.

The M Resort is not a place to stay if you want to be close to the action of the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, but odds are if you’re choosing this hotel, a respite from the mayhem is what you’re seeking.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

The hideout pool at Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
The pool complex here is expansive, with restaurants, bars, and even a 200,000-gallon shark tank.

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Before Circa, the Golden Nugget was the correct answer to, “where can I stay Downtown if I like the vibe of the Strip?” The property, which is in the center of the Fremont Street Experience, has marble floors, upscale restaurants, and a large casino.

A large number of the rooms were recently renovated (the Carson Tower and Gold Tower rooms were renovated in 2018 and 2015 respectively) and feature neutral decor, comfortable mattresses, and lots of space. The Rush Tower rooms with California King beds and 439-square feet of space are an excellent value (expect to pay $109-$229 approximately). 

The pool complex is huge, and even has a shark tank with an adjacent water slide.

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The Signature at MGM Grand

A signature deluxe suite at MGM Signature in Las Vegas
Every room here is a suite with apartment-like features.

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If you want to be near the Strip without being directly on the Strip, the Signature at MGM Grand is one of the best options you’ll find. This non-gaming property, which is less than a mile from the Strip, is connected to the massive playground that is the MGM Grand (you won’t even have to go outside to walk to it) but still feels completely separate.

The lobby is tranquil and elegant, and rooms come with kitchenettes, separate living room areas, and in some cases, balconies. Upgrade to a Deluxe Balcony Suite to secure one. They also have spacious spa bathrooms with a rainfall shower, a deep soaking tub, and a TV.

While sunning on your balcony, don’t be surprised if the view is of a rowdy pool party at the nearby Wet Republic Ultra Pool.

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Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino

The pool and exterior of Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino in Las Vegas.
This family-friendly resort is located in one of Las Vegas’ most desirable suburbs.

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The Las Vegas neighborhood of Green Valley is attractive with locals due to its safety, proximity to the Strip (about a 15-20 minute drive), and The District at Green Valley Ranch, an open-air shopping and dining area. Travelers staying at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino, which is just a five-minute walk from The District at Green Valley Ranch, will appreciate these same things.

The well-manicured property feels as big as some Strip resorts and has a similar scope of amenities too, including high-end restaurants. Italian restaurant Bottiglia offers a lively brunch with bottomless mimosas, Borracha Mexican Cantina has fresh fish tacos, and Tides Oyster Bar has an outstanding fresh seafood selection.

The rooms at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino are nothing out of the ordinary, with beige and chocolate brown accents and flat-screen televisions, but they’re a good value. Just expect to pay more on weekends.

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Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Bright, bold rooms are stylish and new and suites are especially spacious.

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The brand new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas emerged on former the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino site in 2021 and has made a strong case for a pilgrimage away from the Strip. Though, it is a solid mile away from Las Vegas Boulevard.

The hotel is colorful and inviting with jewel-toned furniture and bold accent walls. Rooms are white with pops of color and interesting, modern light fixtures. The property also scores major points for embracing its desert location. You’ll be greeted with cacti at the entrance, and once inside, you’re met with an infusion of color.

Dining and drinking feature venues from Todd English and Nobu Matsuhisa, and as long as you aren’t counting on an easy stroll to the Strip, this property will impress. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Circa Resort & Casino

Stadium Swim at Circa Resort & Casino in Las Vegas
The epic pool complex dubbed Stadium Swim is a sight to behold.

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Located on the former site of the Las Vegas Club, Circa dominates the Downtown Las Vegas skyline with an angular design that looks distinctly modern compared to neighboring hotels.

The property, owned by locally famous Derek Stevens who also runs the nearby The D Casino and Hotel, is flashy and upscale. For example, there’s a display case containing 1,000 ounces of gold on the rooftop lounge and suites come with Balmain products in the bathroom.

Instead of one rooftop pool, there are six spread across three levels. Dubbed Stadium Swim, it features six temperature-controlled pools, two swim-up bars, and a 143-foot diagonal, 14-million-megapixel LED screen, always playing the day’s biggest sports games and events. 

Like most Vegas locals, I am partial to Vegas Vickie’s, the casino bar that features Vegas Vickie herself, a beloved neon cowgirl who stood watch over Fremont Street for more than three decades. In a hotel that’s so intensely modern, it’s nice to see this nod to the neighborhood’s past. 

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Red Rock Casino Resort Spa

Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa
Red Rock’s pool complex is serene and lush, lined with palms for ample shade.

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Red Rock Resort and Hotel is a true desert escape, located on the western edge of the city near the soaring cliffs of Red Rock Canyon. One could easily spend a day hiking, rock climbing, or mountain biking in the desert and then return to Red Rock for a spa treatment, a margarita by the palm-shaded pool, or fresh pasta from Osteria Fiorella.

Conversely, this is also the kind of upscale hotel that makes it easy to spend an entire weekend without leaving the property. It has everything: great room service, cloud-like beds, views of the desert and the Strip, a nice selection of restaurants, and even a bowling alley and movie theater.

The pool, in particular, is one of the best in the city and if you’re looking for the opposite of a wild Strip pool party, this tranquil oasis is it. Should you feel inclined to wander, shops, restaurants, and even a weekly farmers market are steps away in Downtown Summerlin. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa offers a respite from the desert landscape with abundant greenery.

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Every time I set foot in the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, it’s an immediate escape from the harsh desert landscape. The greenery and water features are abundant, making the resort feel like a haven.

I also love the restaurants, especially Jade Asian Kitchen which is great for sushi and cocktails, and Hawthorn Grill, which has an amazing waterside patio shrouded with trees.

The rooms are simple and elegant with jetted tubs and large workspace areas, making this a good hotel for business travelers. The concierge can help arrange golf reservations and the surrounding Summerlin area is similarly upscale. The nearby Italian-inspired Tivoli Village offers open-air shopping and dining. Red Rock Canyon is also close. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Las Vegas hotels

What is the best time of year to visit Las Vegas?

The shoulder seasons — fall and spring — bring perfect desert weather and are the best time to visit Las Vegas. Expect pleasant, sunny days with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Of these two seasons, fall tends to be quieter, with spring bringing spring break crowds.

Despite the very hot weather, summer is very busy and you may see higher room rates during this time. Winter is the least busy season in Las Vegas (except for New Year’s Eve) and it can also be surprisingly chilly, so you might not get that pool day.

Which off-Strip neighborhood should I choose?

Stay Downtown or near the Strip if you want to still experience the casinos, restaurants, bars, and delightful mayhem that makes the city so special. Or choose Downtown if you want to experience historic Las Vegas, Fremont Street, and go where the locals go. Choose near-Strip if you want access to Las Vegas Boulevard without the noise and traffic.

If you are traveling for business or with young children (or are sensitive to loud noise) consider the suburbs of Henderson or Summerlin. Henderson has outdoor shopping malls, big box stores, quiet neighborhoods, and nice city parks where families picnic. Summerlin will speak to you if you’re the outdoorsy type, as Red Rock Canyon is just a stone’s throw away. 

What is there to do off-Strip in Las Vegas?

There’s a whole world outside of the Las Vegas Strip (not to mention a couple of million people who call Clark County home). You can browse the shops at the Downtown Container Park, catch an intimate live concert at an East Fremont Street bar, or check out First Friday in the Arts District.

Dine at a neighborhood restaurant that rivals the ones on the Strip and hit the trails at Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, Lake Mead, or Valley of Fire. From art galleries, museums, boutiques and craft cocktail bars to hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking, there’s much to explore in Southern Nevada.

Why should I stay off-Strip?

If you’ve visited Las Vegas a million times and only ever experience one street, you owe it yourself to see another part of the city at least once. You might also find lower rates, though not at every property. Don’t expect to pay less for a room at Red Rock Casino than you would for a room at a budget Strip property like Excalibur.

You may also find fewer crowds, less vehicle traffic, less noise, and less price-gouging when you shop, eat, and drink. Whether it’s your first or tenth time to Vegas, if any of that appeals to you, consider going off the beaten path.

Staying off Strip also balances the experience of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Hike through the stark, wild beauty of the desert complemented by a fancy dinner at a sleek steakhouse. An intimate cocktail bar in the Arts District can serve as a prelude to a crowded evening at a nightclub. 

Is it worth staying off-Strip in Las Vegas?

You can still find all of the classic Las Vegas amenities you love such as pools and poolside bars, spas, casinos, buffets, and sportsbooks, plus other surprising extras, like movie theaters, bowling alleys, kid-focused amenities, and community events.

And if you miss the Strip, it’s not hard to get there. You can be as close as a half-mile away if you stay near Strip, or as far as 12-15 miles away if you stay in Henderson or Summerlin.

Do off-Strip hotels have resort fees?

Sadly, you would be hard-pressed to find a hotel in Las Vegas without a resort fee. Every hotel on this list with the exception of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas charges one. Some properties may waive these fees for special promotions (M Resorts is currently offering a no resort fee stay to locals on staycation), but for the most part, you can expect to shell out an extra $20 to $40 on average per night. 

What are current Las Vegas COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols? 

Las Vegas is open, without restrictions involving capacity limits and large gatherings.

However, the State of Nevada has mandated that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings, including resorts and casinos, restaurants, bars, showrooms, and meeting spaces. Masks are also required on public transportation.

Large indoor events also have masks, testing, and vaccination requirements so check before arriving both with local Las Vegas mandates, the Nevada Health Response updates, as well as your individual hotel and destination.

How we selected the best off-Strip hotels in Las Vegas

  1. As a Las Vegas local travel writer, I’m personally familiar with every hotel on this list and stand behind all of these hotels. I have either stayed at the hotel or have spent significant time exploring the property and the surrounding neighborhood. 
  2. Hotels are located in desirable Las Vegas neighborhoods, including near-Strip, Downtown, Summerlin, and Henderson. 
  3. Each hotel holds a TripAdvisor rating of between 3 to 4.5 (the average rating on this list is 4 out of 5) with a high volume of recent honest, unbiased reviews.
  4. Rates range between $30 and $163 to start and do not include resort fees. Las Vegas room rates fluctuate based on the season and major events usually drive up prices. 
  5. Las Vegas room rates tend to fluctuate wildly. On one night a room might be below a hundred dollars, on another night it might be approaching a thousand. This is why value is so key.
  6. Standard hotel rooms at each property are known to be comfortable with classic or unique Vegas views.    
  7. The hotel features must-have Vegas amenities, such as a pool, great on-site restaurants and bars, a casino, spa, fitness center, plus entertainment offerings, and events.
  8. You don’t want to stay in a quiet, spa-like environment if you’ve come to Vegas to party, and you don’t want to stay in the middle of a party if you’re traveling with small kids. We’ve noted who we think would enjoy each hotel, such as solo travelers, groups of friends, couples, families, business travelers, and locals on staycations.
  9. The hotel keeps guests safe by instituting COVID-19 policies in accordance with the most recent CDC guidelines.

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The 15 best online marketing courses and certificate programs in 2021

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Sites like edX, Coursera, and LinkedIn Learning offer free or affordable online marketing courses and certificate programs.

  • Understanding marketing, social media, and SEO can help you move up in your career or business.
  • Sites like edX, Coursera, and LinkedIn Learning offer free or affordable online marketing courses.
  • Below, we outlined the best online marketing courses and certificate programs.

Online marketing is all around us, from social media ads to our Google search results and even sponsored blog posts. If you’re a business owner, are contemplating a change of careers, or simply want to learn new in-demand skills, understanding the ins and outs of online marketing can be a game-changer.

There are different types of marketing professionals. Some may dedicate their time to creating print or digital advertisements, while others focus on social media channels or work with content writers to find the best keywords to boost their SEO ranking and Google search results.

As with many professions, there are a lot of learning opportunities available online, from free introductory courses to in-depth certificate programs from platforms like edX, Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, and Skillshare. Whether you want to expand your knowledge (or even just see if a marketing career seems interesting enough to commit yourself to), taking an online marketing course can help take your career or business to new heights.

The 15 best online marketing courses and certificate programs:

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Introduction to Marketing

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Available on edX

This University of British Columbia course is designed for beginners and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of all marketing jargon as well as strategies and techniques. Students learn a range of topics including market research, how to gain customers, and how to use social media.  

Digital Marketing Foundations

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Available on Linkedin Learning

Whether you’re a novice or have some experience with online marketing, this relatively short class teaches you how to figure out your audience and target customers by using SEO, digital ads, and social media to meet your goals.

The Complete Digital Marketing Course

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Available on Udemy

Whether you’re considering a new career, want to expand your professional skillsets, or want to get your business off the ground, this intensive and immersive course can help. Topics range from market research, Google Adwords, and using WordPress for copywriting.

Digital Marketing Analytics: Tools and Techniques

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Available on edX

If you want to learn how to analyze marketing data, consider this self-paced course from the University of Maryland that covers what you need to know and the tools to use for a positive marketing presence that actually gets results. Topics include search engine optimization (SEO), web analytics, Big Data applications, and more.

Digital Marketing | The Complete Google Ads Masterclass

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Available on Skillshare

One of the many aspects of online marketing is creating advertisements on Google. This class is geared for anyone who wants to grow their business or wants to expand their skills, where you quickly learn how to use ads to increase traffic to your website, convert your target audience into customers, analyze ad campaigns, and more.

Digital Marketing Strategy: Profitable Sales Funnel Fundamentals

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Instructor Maggie Stara provides tips and tricks to commerce on social media in this course.

Available on Skillshare

Designed for marketing novices, this course teaches different strategies on how to turn your target audience into customers and increase your sales by understanding metrics and using different pricing scales. 

SEO Foundations

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Available on Linkedin Learning

If you’re interested in honing your SEO skills for your job or your own business, this course is designed with that in mind. The class focuses on using the principles of SEO, such as using keyword search, internal and external links, as well as implementing an SEO strategy to achieve notable results.

Online Advertising & Social Media

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Available on edX

Knowing how to use social media as a marketing tool is a skill in its own right. This University of Maryland course covers everything you need to know, including the importance of SEO, lead generation, video advertisements, and content marketing.

Social Media Marketing

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Available on Udemy

This course is specifically designed for business owners who want to finetune their social media marketing skills. It teaches students how to use different types of social media and create a social media strategy, while also covering the risks involved.

The Strategy of Content Marketing

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Available on Coursera

This University of California, Davis course highlights the importance of content writing and how to use it to attract customers, create a strategy that you can measure, and write engaging copy. This course also features assignments for hands-on learning.

Google Universal Analytics Essential Training

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Available on Linkedin Learning

Digital marketing is complex, but if you want to understand all the happenings behind the scenes of how your business comes up in search engines and how people interact with your website, this class is for you.

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Digital Marketing Fundamentals Professional Certificate

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Available on edX

Curious about all the marketing jargon and different strategies that are used to target customers? This fundamentals certificate program from the University of Edinburgh explains everything you need to know to conduct a competitor audit as well as create your own marketing strategy.

Digital Marketing Strategy and Planning Specialization

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Available on Coursera

A series of three courses, this Specialization from the Digital Marketing Institute is designed for beginners who want to learn about various aspects of marketing, including social media and content writing, as well as how to design and implement a marketing strategy that effectively converts your target audience into customers.

Digital Marketing Specialization

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Available on Coursera

Part of the University of Illinois’s online MBA degree, this Coursera Specialization covers the data analysis and web tools needed to identify a core audience before diving into the principles of digital marketing.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialization

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Available on Coursera

Understanding how SEO works is crucial for any business or organization. This four-course Specialization from the University of California, Davis teaches you the basics of SEO, from conducting a keyword search to optimizing a website and analyzing web reports. Upon completion of the certificate program, you’ll be able to identify and recommend SEO best practices to future clients. 

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Blow up your Instagram with these 10 over-the-top hotels in the US

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  • When choosing a hotel, social media-minded travelers place a high value on a visual appeal.
  • Many hotels design with Instagram in mind, with decor ranging from highly curated to eccentric.
  • We found the most photogenic hotels across the US with options for all budgets and travelers.

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The saying goes, “pics or it didn’t happen,” and when it comes to travel, that is especially true. After all, vacation visuals that get posted to social media serve as photogenic proof that you had an incredible time away, inspiring others’ travel decisions, and perhaps even a bit of travel envy.

Whether or not you’re an influencer commanding a major social media presence, it’s nice to visit somewhere that is visually appealing, both on and off the ‘Gram. That’s why we rounded up some of the most Instagram-worthy hotels across the United States, each catering to a variety of aesthetics.

You can be sure that each and every hotel on this list has gorgeous decor that’ll photograph perfectly, even if you’re relatively inexperienced behind the camera.

Browse all the most Instagrammable hotels in the US below, or jump directly to a specific area here.

These are the most Instagrammable hotels in the US, sorted by price from low to high.

The Roxbury

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This suite is inspired by the tale of “Cinderella” with a bathroom entrance fashioned out of her pumpkin carriage.

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When it comes to themed hotel rooms, no one does them quite like The Roxbury in New York’s Catskills region.

Made up of two hotels, the Roxbury Motel and the Roxbury at Stratton Falls, there are 28 whimsical rooms and suites. Entry-level rooms are fairly traditional, though still bold in colors, but it’s the suites and cottages that really dazzle.

Themes range from Maryann’s Coconut Cream Pie, where the ceiling looks as if it’s coated in undulating meringue; and The Wizard’s Emeralds, a riff on “The Wizard of Oz” complete with a yellow brick (or, in this case, yellow tile) road and a glittering green bedspread worthy of the Emerald City. Additionally, the Tower Cottages are standalone duplex suites with themes like the Faerie Forest, where interiors resemble whimsical woods plucked out of a fairy tale, with flowers, ferns, mushrooms, and gnarled tree branches adorning every inch.

The Roxbury also has a pool with a spa that appears warped to create the illusion that it’s defying gravity, alongside a hot tub, dry sauna, and treatment rooms. There are also hiking trails, one of which leads to a 50-foot waterfall.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Saguaro Palm Springs

The exterior and pool area at Saguaro Palm Springs
The colorful Saguaro is one of Palm Springs’ most recognizable hotels.

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Palm Springs is a desert oasis primarily known for two things: amazing midcentury architecture and a raucous party scene, particularly at its hotels. The Saguaro Palm Springs is no exception to either.

The hotel was built in 1971 but underwent a major renovation in 2012 by the same group behind the ultra-hip Ace Hotels. That refurbishment brought about the brightly painted exterior with a gradient rainbow effect for which the hotel is best known. These vibrant, cheerful colors carry throughout the entire property, most notably in the courtyard pool area. Paired with swaying palm trees, bright yellow umbrellas, and the cool blue of the pool, and it’s positively photogenic.  

That pool area, by the way, is one of the hotel’s biggest draws. Lively parties are thrown regularly and often spill over into the Saguaro’s restaurants and bars. Be sure to reserve a cabana in advance for the best spot for photos.

Inside, guest rooms are similarly colorful with lemon yellow walls, royal purple carpets, and furniture done up in lime green, hot pink, or electric orange alongside technicolor striped bedspreads.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

TWA Hotel

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Built into an old airline terminal, the TWA hotel offers a retro feel infused with heavy doses of ’60s glam and nostalgia.

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As the only hotel within John F. Kennedy International Airport, the TWA Hotel is, of course, a place for those who need a place to rest pre- or post-flight. But it’s also so much more, as a design-forward gem that feels like a slice of preserved history with front-row views of airplanes taking off and landing.

Designed by midcentury architecture icon Eero Saarinen in 1962 (originally as a flight center for Trans World Airlines), the TWA hotel has jaw-dropping interiors. The main building, which houses the front desk, restaurants, and bars, features soaring, curved white ceilings that are not unlike a Jetsonsstyle spaceship with bright red carpets, classic midcentury furniture, and an old-school departures/arrivals board.

Throughout the hotel and in some guest rooms, enjoy iconic views of the runway as planes land and depart, a boon for aviation enthusiasts. Rooms are small, but feel like you’ve stumbled onto the set of “Mad Men” with bright red Saarinen-designed Womb chairs, retro TWA travel posters, dark wood paneling, and brass accents on furniture, including a martini bar.

Visiting this hotel is a lot like, walking into a time capsule, especially when you enter the hotel’s cocktail bar housed within an actual 1958 Constellation airplane.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Madonna Inn

The Floral Fantasy Guest Room at Madonna Inn in California.
The Floral Fantasy is one of 110 over-the-top themed rooms.

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When it opened in 1958, the Madonna Inn in the midst of San Luis Obispo’s wine country, had just 12 rooms. Today, it has 110, from economy kings to three-bedroom suites, and each one has its own absolutely one-of-a-kind, at times tacky, but highly memorable decor.

In the Fabulous 50s room, teal walls are framed by pink trim, while gilded mirrors form a focal point in the bathroom. In the Victorian Gardens room, a four-post bed is matched with floral wallpaper, pink walls, and pink-velvet chairs and sofas. And in the Caveman room, the ceiling, walls, and floors are all made with rough-hewn rock, while furnishings are upholstered with animal print to complete the prehistoric theme.

The rooms are spread across a 1,000-acre resort, which includes basketball and tennis courts, a pool, a retro gas station (a nod to the hotel’s roots as a classic road trip stop, though today you’ll find Tesla Superchargers there), a spa, a bakery, and several restaurants and bars.

The eclectic decor doesn’t stop in the rooms, either. Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House is decked out in topsy-turvy pink and gold colors that recall either the Mad Hatter’s tea party or the “Be Our Guest” scene in Beauty and the Beast.” Hot pink circular banquettes are trimmed with gold, while a pink floral carpet provides punchy patterns. An organic, tree-like candelabra rises in the center of the room, its golden tendrils supporting dozens of electric candles. 

COVID-19 procedures are available by phone at 805-543-3000.

The Greenbrier

The Windsor Club room at The Greenbrier Resort.
Bright colors mix heavily with punchy prints.

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Opened in 1778, the Greenbrier is an iconic American resort in West Virginia, having hosted 27 presidents throughout its history. Naturally, there have been many changes to the property over the centuries, but perhaps the most dramatic was a 1946 redecoration by lauded interior designer Dorothy Draper, who introduced lurid colors and punchy patterns into the historic buildings.

Take the Greenbriar Avenue lobby, where black-and-white houndstooth club chairs sit atop bright red carpet, surrounded by teal-and-white striped columns, tropical-print wallpaper, and black-and-white checkered floors. Then in the Victorian Writing Room, rainbow-colored floral armchairs and drapes contrast with forest green walls and a bright red carpet.

The guest rooms feature similar idiosyncratic decor, though perhaps not as in-your-face. Entry-level rooms all feature floral wallpaper with floral drapes to match, while higher room tiers have slightly more vibrant approaches to interior design. In the Windsor Club Rooms, you’ll likely find brighter pink wallpaper, whole beds are covered by canopies, and furniture and carpets feature gingham or plaid patterns. 

The Greenbrier is also known for its many on-site activities, ranging from sports facilities, studios, and workshops for creative types to a casino, more than a dozen dining options, and plenty of shopping on the 11,000-acre grounds. But its most unusual amenity is a formerly secret Cold War-era bunker designed to house Congress. It’s now declassified and open for tours.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Urban Cowboy Catskills

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Room designs are a feast for the eyes.

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In New York’s Catskills region, a popular weekend trip for city dwellers, the Urban Cowboy sits on 68 forested acres with plenty of outdoor recreation, but we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to spend your entire stay indoors.

That’s because the hotel’s 28 accommodations feature super cool decor that focuses on quintessential rustic elements like deer antlers, live-wood furniture, rough-hewn wood beams, and outdoorsy accent pieces like snowshoes or oars. Colorful Native American pattern work covers the ceilings, beds, chairs, and rugs, creating a visual cacophony that feels high-design. And then there’s the matter of the absolutely gorgeous copper soaking tubs set in front of big picture windows.

This rugged-chic mountain style continues in public spaces, especially in the bar with a massive stone fireplace and columns that look like trees. The vibrant patterns make an appearance, too, from the walls to the sofas to the rugs.

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Faena Hotel Miami Beach

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An attractive pool scene sets a sleek tone.

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If it feels like Faena Hotel Miami Beach is some sort of phantasmagoric movie set, that’s because it basically is. Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and production and costume designer Catherine Martin, a husband-wife team, spearheaded the design of this Mid-Beach property, and they went all out.

Public spaces are filled with sumptuous colors, dazzling metallics, and all manners of prints and patterns, from leopard spots to Art Deco geometry. Even the spa, a typically soothing space, is filled with bright colors, a neon-colored pom-pom chandelier, and bird-filled, floral landscape wallpaper.

In fact, public areas are absolutely buzzing with visual elements, with a gold-covered woolly mammoth skeleton by the pool (a Damien Hirst artwork) that takes center stage.

Guest rooms, however, are a bit more subdued, with white walls and wood floors to keep things grounded, accented by red and turquoise furnishings. Bits of animal print are thrown in for good measure and as subtle reminders of your larger surroundings. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Inn of the Five Graces

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Guest rooms, spaces, and even bathrooms are bursts of colors, prints, and international influences.

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From the outside, the Inn of the Five Graces is just another (450-year-old) adobe dwelling in Santa Fe. But inside, it’s a global journey along the Silk Road.

Public spaces and all 24 rooms burst with colors and patterns, whether from mosaic tiles, Central Asian textiles, or South Asian works of art. The look is definitely maximalist, but the blend of international styles is somehow never overwhelming thanks to the smooth and soothing adobe walls that serve as a calming backdrop. Natural elements like wood-beamed ceilings and stone hearths also provide simple contrast.

The boutique property is limited on amenities, though it has an exceptional spa treatment room inspired by Tibetan tradition (both in decor and in therapies), a gym, and in-room dining provided by a neighboring restaurant.

The Inn of the Five Graces is a five-minute walk from downtown Santa Fe, but thanks to its global influences, it seems to transport you to the other side of the world.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Villa Casa Casuarina

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Gianni Versace’s former mansion is now a luxury hotel showcasing his ostentatious style.

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Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was tragically murdered in 1997, but his lavish Miami Beach mansion was preserved to pay homage to his life, and now, operates as a luxury hotel. 

Today it’s called the Villa Casa Casuarina, and was inspired by the Alcázar de Cólon in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Spanish-style mansion, built in 1930, captivated Versace, who bought it in 1992 and renovated it to suit his extravagant taste. It’s still exquisitely over the top.

The hotel’s suites feature ostentatious decor in various themes. In the Azure Suite, blue-and-white decor abounds with Roman-inspired architectural details, like the medallion-inlaid pediments above the windows in the bedroom and the tromp l’oeil “plasterwork” in the bathroom. In the Signature Suite, however, there’s a far more sultry vibe, with animal print upholstery, a sumptuous warm-tone marble bathroom, and gilded furnishings.

But the visual highlight of the entire property is the Million Mosaic Pool, which is comprised of thousands of 24-karat gold tiles. 

COVID-19 procedures are available by phone at 305-908-1462​​.

Amangiri

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Utah’s luxury Amangiri resort is a favorite with celebrities.

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Arguably one of the most exclusive resorts in the US, Amangiri is a lesson in understated elegance. Architecturally, the sleek hotel is designed to blend in with the stark, rocky landscape surrounding its 600 desert acres in Utah, with color palettes that match near perfectly.

Despite the indulgent luxury price tag, everything here is understated. Furnishings are made of sinuous wood or matte concrete with white upholstery to maximize the natural surroundings, which are often framed by views so beautiful, they appear like a work of art. With so many clean lines, use the sky for color and take pictures at different times of day to create variation. 

Though it’d be easy to rest in your luxurious suite all day long, you’ll want to spend time in the dramatic Aman Spa, which covers 25,000 square feet. With looming concrete walls, it can at times feel cavernous, akin to the deep canyons found just a few miles away. 

While expensive, the rate covers all meals (sans alcohol), some activities, and some spa treatments, too. Stunning nature, hiking, horseback riding, or climbing, are all activities that await. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Instagrammable hotels

What are other unique hotels in the US?

For unusual hotels, consider the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho, where the main building is shaped like a beagle; ​​The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where Christmas is celebrated year-round; and the Railroad Park Resort in Dunsmuir, California, where guests sleep in converted train cars.

How do I find cool hotels to stay in?

If you’re looking for an Instagrammable hotel, head to Instagram to get inspired by other travelers. Search hashtags like #beautifulhotels or #coolhotels. Or trust the experts, like us!

What makes a hotel Instagrammable?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Styles that some might consider Instagram-worthy might not be quite right for the aesthetic of your feed. But in general, bold interior design is key or a stunning setting. And bold doesn’t necessarily mean maximalist. A stark, minimalist interior can be visually dynamic in photographs, too.

What are some of the most photogenic hotels in the world?

There’s no shortage of beautiful hotels in the world, whether you’re looking for the classic Italian style of Villa d’Este on Lake Como, the over-the-top safari lodge Ol Jogi in Kenya’s Laikipia region, or the futuristic ME by Meliá Dubai, designed by Zaha Hadid.

How we selected the most Instagrammable hotels in the US

  1. As a travel writer who focuses on architecture and design, I determined that every hotel has photo-worthy design elements, whether in the guest rooms, public spaces, or exterior areas.
  2. Each property on the list is highly rated on traveler review sites like TripAdvisor, Booking.com, and Expedia.
  3. High-design hotels range greatly in budget. We’ve selected properties from each end of the spectrum; they cost anywhere from $95 to $$3,500 per night.
  4. Tastes vary, so we’ve picked a selection of decor styles. There’s everything from kitschy-themed suites to magazine-worthy interior design.
  5. While COVID-19 policies vary from state to state, these hotels still have strict health and safety policies in place to protect both guests and staff.

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11 Denver hotels you’ll love whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast, design aficionado, or traveling on a budget

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  • Denver is a year-round destination for outdoor activities and great restaurants, museums, and more.
  • Denver is an especially convenient base for mountain vacations all over Colorado.
  • These are the best Denver hotels for all travelers, from $165 to $319 per night.

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While many travelers might consider Denver as simply a stopover on the way to visit some of the Rockies’ most iconic mountain towns, there’s plenty of reason to stay put. World-class art museums, award-winning dining, and easy access to hiking or bike riding are all on offer in this sunny city.

And while there are plenty of great Denver Airbnbs to consider, there is also a fantastic local hotel scene. While based in Denver for the past few months, I had the chance to check out many of the best hotels in Denver; here’s where you should stay for your next visit.

Browse all of the best Denver hotels below, or jump to a specific category here:

These are the best hotels in Denver, sorted by price from low to high

The Curtis – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

A guest room themed after video games at The Curtis Denver, a Doubletree Hilton Hotel
Hyper-themed rooms feature over-the-top design; this video game-inspired room even has a Donkey Kong arcade console.

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While check-in comes with a free cookie, The Curtis takes a good first impression and makes it great with a pop-culture-infused approach to hospitality.

From an entrance fashioned to look like a trailer to bold art, quirky design accents, and whimsically themed rooms and suites, everything about The Curtis is incredibly unique.

In fact, the playful approach is so one-of-a-kind, it’s hard to believe this is a Doubletree Hilton Hotel rather than a one-off, boutique property. There are 336 guest rooms that range from standard to hyper-themed. The former is more traditional but is still well-designed and appointed with retro-feeling midcentury furnishings, a mini-fridge, coffee maker, HDTV, and other comforts.

To fully immerse yourself in the eclectic atmosphere, book a hyper-themed room or suite, which ranges from a Ghostbusters room with slime green flooring to a video game-focused room with actual arcade games like Donkey Kong. Suites are larger and come with sitting areas and rock n’ roll themes that pay homage to The Rolling Stones and Kiss.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Art Hotel Denver, Curio Collection by Hilton

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The striking, contemporary exterior is a nod to art-infused surroundings.

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Located in Denver’s Golden Triangle, known for its many art destinations, this aptly named hotel is a prime choice for travelers who are interested in exploring the city’s robust art scene. The hotel is steps away from the Denver Art Museum, which regularly hosts fantastic exhibits.

In keeping with this theme, the hotel is brightly decorated and features striking paintings and sculptures from the owner’s private collection. The sculptural, glass building is a great complement to the architectural landscape of the neighborhood.

Rooms are more subdued, with soft woods and subtly bright accents. Furnishings are scaled back to minimize high-touch surfaces, but the comfy bedding, LCD TVs, and luxurious bath products from Gilchrist and Soames all remain. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Moxy Denver Cherry Creek

The beer garden at Moxy Denver Cherry Creek.
Hip, well-curated common spaces like this beer garden are a highlight of this design-forward hotel.

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This playful, colorful micro-hotel in Cherry Creek is geared towards hip, millennial travelers. Checking in, for example, happens at the hotel bar and your room key comes with a complimentary drink.

Modernly designed rooms are on the smaller side but feature clever storage solutions as well as wall fixtures for hanging clothing and personal items. The bathrooms come with walk-in showers but no tubs.

If the modest guest rooms seem pared-down, know that the public-facing amenities and social spaces are more exciting. There are complimentary bikes for guests to use during their stay, the bar has a shuffleboard setup, there’s a separate ironing room, the gym is full of top-of-the-line equipment, and an adjacent outdoor beer garden is frequented by both locals and guests.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Kimpton Hotel Born

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Kimpton hotels boast well-appointed rooms and fun perks.

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Kimpton’s design-forward hotel is located steps away from Union Station and pays homage to the Rockies with a mountain-inspired aesthetic.

Pinewood surfaces, including beautiful wraparound headboards, and flannel-like upholstery deliver a wintertime vibe no matter when you visit. Every room boasts soaring, floor-to-ceiling windows, and art by Denver artists is found throughout this hotel. Pricier room categories come with massive soaking tubs, and depending on which floor you end up on, you might receive mountain views.

There are two restaurants: Citizen Rail, which focuses on wood-fire-prepared meals, and Tavernetta, considered one of Denver’s best Italian dining rooms. Join Kimpton’s signature social hour for drinks and snacks, which may also be enjoyed in your room. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Life House, Lower Highlands

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Guest rooms are contemporary and come with Le Labo bath amenities, rain showers, and wellness programming.

Book Life House, Lower Highlands

The Denver location of the Life House hotel brand is one of the newest hotels in town, and this design-forward property features a ton of cool elements that are quite unique to the local market, including a wine program that’s entirely natural.

Tucked away in the Lower Highlands (or LoHi), a hip residential neighborhood with buzzy restaurants, bars, and shops, the hotel is not very close to the main tourist sights of Denver, but it is just on the other side of Union Station.

Inside, the interior decor, inspired by Victorian Industrialism, is all about Victorian-era meets Wild West drama. A medley of floral upholstery and heavy plush drapes mixes with lots of leather (of course), potted cacti, and mountainscape murals, presenting an intriguing visual narrative. Guestrooms are split between bunk-bed rooms and spacious suites, but both come with Le Labo bath amenities, rain showers, and wellness programming on the TVs. The hotel even filmed yoga classes in actual guest rooms to ensure you’ll have enough space to comfortably follow along.

While there are many local-approved restaurants near the hotel, Life House’s on-property dining concept Wildflower is a hit with potent cocktails and a vegetable-driven menu of shared plates.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block

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Book The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block

The Maven mixes an industrial-chic aesthetic with hundreds of Instagram-ready art pieces. Case in point, the first thing you might notice upon arrival is the giant hand suspended from the lobby ceiling or the splashy Airstream coffee/bar.

The vibe in the guest rooms is similar, with concrete walls and steel furniture punched up by colorful murals, floor-to-ceiling windows, and spacious bathrooms.

For fitness enthusiasts, the hotel has a fully equipped 4,500-square-foot gym. The location in the Dairy Block, an artsy micro-neighborhood that was completed in 2018, is a fantastic way to experience the recent revitalization of the LoDo neighborhood.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Oxford Hotel

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Traditional hospitality shines at this historic hotel.

Book The Oxford Hotel

The Oxford Hotel is Denver’s most historic hotel, dating back to 1891, though rooms feel current thanks to a recent refresh. Located in the popular Lower Downtown neighborhood, staying here places you within arm’s reach of Denver’s top attractions.

No two rooms are totally alike at this independent hotel. Furnishings are simple and traditional with antique wood headboards and thick draperies, while bathrooms lean vintage-inspired with tiled floors and clawfoot tubs. Some come with spacious sitting areas and all have fast free Wi-Fi and HDTVs.

Common spaces feel regal thanks to soaring ceilings, marble walls, and interior balconies. A well-equipped fitness center is convenient, while a plus restaurant and bar area invites guests to linger on-site. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Ramble Hotel

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Stylish rooms complement a swanky aesthetic where mixologist-inspired cocktails feature heavily.

Book The Ramble Hotel

Located in the heart of River North Art District, Denver’s hippest enclave, The Ramble is a cocktail-obsessed hotel that calls Death & Co, the iconic NYC drinking den, its dining partner.  Mixologists actually managed many of the property’s food and beverage offerings, from the various dining venues around the hotel as well as the contents of the minibar. 

But this 50-room boutique hotel is more than just a bar with bedrooms. The interiors were modeled after the intrigue of centuries-old French salons. Guest rooms exude a moody but sexy aesthetic with velvet headboards, dramatic crystal chandeliers, whimsical wallpaper, and, in some rooms, soaking clawfoot tubs. For friends who don’t mind sharing space, Bunkhouse rooms offer a nice value.

The location within one of Denver’s thriving new neighborhoods is a particularly big draw for traveling creatives who want to be near new restaurants, buzzing food markets, local distilleries, and indie boutiques.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Crawford Hotel

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The lobby of this hotel doubles as the waiting area of Denver’s main train station terminal.

Book The Crawford Hotel

Located inside the historic Union Station terminal, just steps away from the train platforms, The Crawford Hotel could not be more accessible to all forms of transportation. The transformation of Union Station, which included the opening of this 112-room hotel in 2014, is part of the revitalization of Denver’s LoDo neighborhood.

The hotel combines old-world elements with modern perks. For instance, many guest rooms feature historic architectural details like exposed bricks, wood beams, and elaborate crown moldings that date back to the 19th century.

Staying here also places guests smack in the middle of a fast-changing neighborhood with bars, restaurants, and cultural attractions right at their fingertips. While pets are allowed, there is a steep $50 per night fee.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Jacquard, Autograph Collection

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The rooftop pool and bar boasts sprawling views of Denver.

Book The Jacquard, Autograph Collection

Located in Denver’s ritzy Cherry Creek neighborhood, The Jacquard projects both an upscale and boutique vibe, though it’s actually under the Marriott Bonvoy umbrella.

The hotel’s 201 rooms are known for spacious blueprints, as well as glistening custom furniture and stunning mountain and sunset views. Design-wise, there’s a modern but minimalist style to interiors, with warm wooden headboards and desk areas that may appeal to business travelers. 

The walkable surrounding neighborhood means there’s plenty to do outside the hotel’s doors, whether it’s shopping, dining, art-hopping, or biking along a river trail. But guests should make sure to visit The Jacquard’s rooftop pool and bar, which boasts sprawling vistas of Denver. Similarly, the on-property restaurant Narrative, from award-winning chef Paul Nagan, is one of Denver’s best with a wine menu that is over 750-labels strong.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Halcyon, A hotel in Cherry Creek

The rooftop pool at Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek in Denver.
A sleek rooftop pool is framed by lush views.

Book the Halcyon

This good-looking, 154-room hotel in Cherry Creek offers up a contemporary take on the luxury experience. The check-in desk is called the Kitchen Counter, where guests might be offered a CBD drip coffee upon arrival. 

Rooms are spacious and bright with high ceilings, minimalist decor, shiny subway tiles in the bathroom mixed with gilded fixtures, a yoga mat, and Jonathan Adler bath amenities. 

Make reservations at the public venues ahead of your trip as they are often booked up by local Denver tastemakers. Local Jones is a great restaurant serving elevated comfort dishes and the basement-level speakeasy whips up some of the best cocktails in town.

The rooftop pool is also quite a draw. In the winter, the space is transformed into a wonderland with a curling floor and telescopes for sky viewing. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Denver hotels

When is the best time to visit Denver?

Denver is a year-round destination thanks to roughly 300 days of sunshine, plus being an excellent home base for enjoying all the nearby Rocky Mountains have to offer.

Thanks to its high elevation and semi-arid climate, even in the summer Denver offers enjoyable weather, with highs in the low 90s and lows in the 60s at night. April, May, September, and October offer some of the best weather and fewer crowds. Of course, many like to explore Denver during the winter months and use it as a jumping-off point for Colorado’s best ski resorts.

Keep in mind that prices tend to jump during popular summer weekends in July and August, as well as during peak ski season in winter.

What are the best areas to stay in Denver?

Some of the best neighborhoods to stay in Denver are popular areas like Union Station, LoDo, and RiNo. Cherry Creek is also an upscale area that many visitors enjoy. Art lovers will also enjoy the Golden Triangle.

What are the best activities in Denver?

From hiking Mountain Evans to strolling the Botanic Gardens, there’s no shortage of great outdoor options in Denver. Sports fans may want to catch a baseball game at Coors Field when the season is right.

There are also numerous museums and cultural attractions to consider, including the Denver Art Museum, Molly Brown House Museum, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Be on the lookout for the trippy and interactive exhibits that will soon debut at Meow Wolf Denver, too.

There’s also plenty of top-notch restaurants, breweries, local coffee shops to keep foodies happy. You can also opt for a tour and tasting at Stranahan’s Whiskey Distillery.

Are hotels safe?

The CDC said that fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically.

Most hotels have also implemented new COVID-19 safety procedures. While you’re more likely to encounter other people than in a private vacation rental, experts say that with added caution, hotels are safe.

How we selected the best Denver hotels

  1. The properties here appeal to a wide range of travelers. Whether you’re on a budget, seeking out luxury, or someone who won’t travel without your beloved pet, there’s something for everyone. 
  2. We also kept affordability in mind and hotels average $165 to $319 per night, though prices can jump during peak seasons.
  3. These hotels come with desirable amenities from impeccable decor and rooftop pools to top-notch on-site restaurants. 
  4. The hotels were also selected for their prime location in some of Denver’s most exciting districts, from the shopping-friendly streets of Cherry Creek to the central neighborhood of LoDo.
  5. In addition to my own experiences, I also ensured all hotels have excellent recent reviews and high ratings on trusted sites like Trip Advisor, and Booking.com.
  6. In Denver, it’s important to note that many hotels feature resort fees to cover the cost of various amenities, from Wi-Fi to complimentary happy hours and even discounts at neighborhood businesses. We’ve outline additional fees to consider below.
  7. All hotels have strict new COVID-19 policies in place so you can rest easy.

More of the best places to stay in Colorado

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  • For wide-open spaces, outdoor activities, and plenty of nature, consider a dude ranch vacation.
  • A dude ranch is a western-style resort with horseback riding, fishing, campfires, BBQs, and more.
  • The best US dude ranches include options for families, couples, seniors, and those on a budget.

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For a western-themed adventure that doesn’t sit on its high horse, consider a dude ranch vacation. Some ranches are quite luxurious, with guests dressing for dinner and indulging in local wines. Others are more simplistic affairs, offering a down home way to unplug and reconnect with nature.

As travelers continue to lean towards remote, domestic trips, dude ranches make for a particularly compelling choice. They are often secluded with wide-open spaces and plenty of fresh air.

Though horseback riding is the main attraction at our favorite dude ranches, you’ll also enjoy a wide slate of additional activities to keep non-equestrians busy, from fishing to hiking to roasting marshmallows around the campfire. These are the best places to saddle up, or not.

Browse all of the best dude ranches below, or jump to a specific category here:

These are the best dude ranches in the US, sorted by category and price.

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320 Guest Ranch

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In addition to horseback riding, this resort is a mecca for fly fishing.

Book 320 Guest Ranch

At 320 Guest Ranch, the bluebird skies, high mountain meadows, and ebb and flow of the river feel infinite. Once a historic homestead, the property was transformed into a guest ranch that oozes low-key western hospitality.

The ranch offers a variety of accommodations, from intimate log cabins with homespun decor to elaborate mountain chalets with glass-enclosed living rooms providing spectacular views. Wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and wrap-around porches grace many cabins. Every cabin is standalone and there’s no main lodge, making this an especially attractive choice for social distancing. 

The remote beauty of Big Sky country is easy to appreciate from the back of a horse. Expert wranglers maintain over 2,000 miles of trails and excel at helping riders find their hidden inner cowboy. Rides are as short as one hour and as long as a full day with lunch served lakeshore. 

A filling breakfast is including in the rate, and dinner at on-site McGill’s leans local, with just-caught trout and bison on the menu.

COVID-19 policies can be found here.

Tanque Verde Ranch

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Tanque Verde Ranch has the authentic feel of an old-time cattle ranch.

Book Tanque Verde Ranch

Located on 60,000 acres of starkly beautiful desert terrain with the Rincon Mountains as a backdrop, Tanque Verde Ranch has the authentic feel of an old-time cattle ranch. 

Guest rooms feature adobe walls and time-honored Southwestern accents such as beehive fireplaces. Private patios provide a peaceful place to listen to the morning birdsong. 

Mount your horse for the popular lunchtime ride to Cottonwood Grove and soak in the majesty of the desert horizon. Beginning riders may enjoy a leisurely walking ride while experienced riders walk, trot, and lope. Everyone enjoys a BBQ lunch before heading back to the corral. 

Additional horsemanship activities include team penning and lessons on equine behavior.

COVID-19 policies can be found here

Pine Ridge Dude Ranch

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Pine Ridge Dude Ranch is an affordable getaway located only 90 miles from New York City.

Book Pine Ridge Dude Ranch

The Catskill Mountains in New York State have long been a playground for urbanites seeking a rural escape. To get in touch with your inner buckaroo without making a big dent in your wallet, Pine Ridge Dude Ranch is an affordable getaway located only 90 miles from Manhattan. 

No-frills guest rooms are uncluttered with cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, and large screen LED TVs, and some have fireplaces and private patios. 

One horseback ride per stay is included in the rate, as are free daily pony rides for young children. The popular Barn Buddies program gives up-close access to the horses while teaching grooming and saddling skills, while tractor rides, a petting zoo, horseshoe pit, and s’mores by the campfire offer nostalgic fun. Additionally, take a swim in the pool, swing a tennis racquet, and play a round of mini-golf.  

Meals are laidback in tune with the casual feel of the ranch. The kitchen takes pride in utilizing produce sourced from nearby farms and hearty main courses are served with freshly baked bread and retro desserts like Jell-O and chocolate pudding. 

COVID-19 policies can be found here

White Stallion Ranch

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Guests are paired with one horse for the duration of their stay.

Book White Stallion Ranch

This 3,000-acre Sonoran Desert oasis has been owned and operated by the same family for generations. They take pride in offering personalized service, a welcoming atmosphere, and excellent value.

Guest rooms have tiled floors, solid wood furniture, and private patios. Local artwork adds panache, and the sprawling five-bedroom hacienda is a good choice for groups. 

The ranch owns one of the largest private herds of horses in Arizona and guests are paired with one horse for the duration of their stay. A variety of guided rides are scheduled, from fast-paced trots to gentle walks where riders and wranglers have time to appreciate the flora and fauna. Nightly entertainment includes moonlight bonfires, whip-cracking demos, and a cowboy chorus. 

COVID-19 policies can be found here.

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Rocking Horse Ranch Resort

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Rooms have faux-log furnishings and cowboy-themed bedding.

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Located in the wooded foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains a few hours from New York City, Rocking Horse Ranch is tailor-made for families. 

Guest rooms are in either the Main Lodge or the adjacent motel-style Oklahoma Building. Rooms have faux-log furnishings, cowboy-themed bedding, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen cable TVs. Larger rooms with two Queen beds and bunks sleep six comfortably, and three homestyle meals per day and all snacks are included in the price. 

Over 100 horses call the ranch home and an extensive year-round riding program is at its core. A network of interlocking trails provides ample room to walk, trot, or canter and wranglers arrange rides to suit first-timers and seasoned regulars. 

The supervised children’s program is also top-notch. Infants and toddlers have their own age-appropriate nursery while older siblings may attend day camp. Finally, a water park, nightly entertainment, and arcade ensure kids are never bored.

COVID-19 policies can be found here.

C Lazy U Ranch

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While dude ranches might seem rustic, this one serves an upscale dinner that is an elegant four-course affair.

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C Lazy U Ranch has been introducing families to the traditions of the American West for over 100 years. While not for those watching their wallets, the all-inclusive model and high-end accommodations and meals still mean it offers strong value.

Locally owned, this classic dude ranch sits on 8,500 pristine acres within an unspoiled landscape that supports a wealth of plant life and colorful wildflowers. As such, keep an eye out for moose, black bears, elks, and eagles. 

Upscale guest rooms and remodeled cabins feature stone fireplaces, exposed beams, and reclaimed timber trim that serve as characteristic complements to the Continental Divide surroundings. All are equipped with refrigerators, heated bathroom floors, and Keurig coffee machines. Roomy cabins with bunk beds work especially well for families. 

Programming is anchored by extensive year-round horsemanship and horseback riding opportunities along with a patchwork of trails. However, if inclement weather hits, there’s also a heated indoor riding arena. 

Yoga, fly fishing, trap shooting, hatchet throwing, and a zip line course are popular pastimes in addition to equestrian sports, and in cold weather, snow tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing round out the offerings. Each winter morning, guests may join the wranglers on the feed wagon and watch the herd of horses eat their breakfast. 

You’ll build up an appetite as well and three full meals are included in the daily rate. Dinner is an elegant four-course affair with an award-winning wine program, led by an on-site sommelier.

COVID-19 policies can be found here.

4UR Ranch

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Explore your inner cowboy with a taste of the Wild West along the banks of the Rio Grande River.

Book 4UR Ranch

Nestled in a wisp of a valley in the San Juan Mountains, explore your inner cowboy and a taste of the Wild West along the banks of the Rio Grande River.

Guest rooms are divided between four cottages and rooms have sturdy wood paneling, simple Shaker-style furniture, and plush bathrobes. Porches present panoramic views from the perch of comfy rocking chairs.

Horseback riding and an extensive horsemanship program anchor the resort. Novices gain confidence in the arena before heading onto wilderness trails while savvy riders can book an all-day ride through the Rio Grande Forest. Fly-fishing, hiking, a dip in the soothing natural hot springs, and evening campfires are also all on the daily schedule.

Additionally, a stellar children’s program includes riding, a weekly rodeo, hayrides, and lots of opportunities to play with barn animals. 

COVID-19 policies can be found here.

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Wildcatter Ranch

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With 25 miles of riding trails, you may have a trail all to yourself.

Book Wildcatter Ranch

For a dude ranch vacation with ample charm, pack your Stetson hat and escape to Wildcatter Ranch Resort in North Texas Hill Country ranch, just 90 miles from Dallas.  

Cabin suites and main building hotel rooms utilize natural materials like wooden bed frames and stone fireplaces, and in spite of mounted taxidermy, the look is genuine gaucho over kitschy. High ceilings and porches with panoramic views accentuate the sense of space. 

With 25 miles of lightly-tread riding trails rambling across the ranch, couples may have a trail all to themselves. Learn additional cowboy skills such as ranch roping, or if you prefer to kick-back, enjoy the scenery on an escorted Jeep tour. The infinity-edge pool is the perfect place to watch the sunset while sipping a glass of local wine. 

COVID-19 policies can be found here.

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

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Situated on 10,000 rugged acres in California’s Santa Ynez Valley, Alisal offers upscale luxury in a ranch setting.

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Gracious Alisal Ranch is situated on 10,000 rugged acres in California’s Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of Santa Barbara County’s wine region. The ranch is surrounded by dozens of wineries, which is convenient for sampling top vintages once you’re out of the saddle. 

Rooms and suites feature cozy wood-burning fireplaces, plus tasteful accents like reclaimed barn wood paneling, and fine linens covering the pillow-soft beds.  

The extensive riding program is led by experienced wranglers and there are 50 miles of trails dipping through verdant glens, grass-covered hills, and riverbanks. Book the popular breakfast ride to start your day with an easy trail ride before indulging in a Chuckwagon breakfast served by a crackling campfire.

Room rates are for two and include breakfast and dinner daily, which adds value to the expensive rate. The evening meal is a traditional affair, with men asked to wear collared shirts and sport jackets.

COVID-19 policies can be found here.

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Conestoga Ranch

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Sleep in glamping tents or Conestoga wagons after a day of guided horseback rides.

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This remote Utah ranch is a bucolic retreat on the shores of Bear Lake. Surrounded by rolling hills and mountain peaks, the area is home to numerous caves filled with otherworldly stalagmite formations. 

Guests sleep in glamping tents outfitted with electricity, luxurious bathrooms, claw foot soaking tubs with room for two, and cushy beds. Or, dive into the pioneer experience and stay in one of the Conestoga wagons, based on the authentic 19th-century design. 

Guided horseback rides showcase the area’s beauty and the wranglers are so genuinely friendly, you’ll feel like they’re your country cousins by the end of your stay. In summer, the sparkling waters of Bear Lake are a wonderland for fishing, kayaking, and swimming. If you prefer your fun on dry land, hiking, biking, and sunrise yoga are also enticing possibilities.

COVID-19 policies can be found here.

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo

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Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is located on 1,700 acres overlooking the Kissimmee River and is one hour south of Orlando

Book Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo

If you thought Florida was nothing but spring breakers, early-bird dinner specials, and a certain black-eared mouse, welcome to one of the state’s last wide-open tracks of wilderness. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is located on 1,700 acres overlooking the Kissimmee River, and is one hour south of Orlando, making it an appealing add-on to a theme park vacation. 

The ranch offers a variety of comfortable accommodations including lodge rooms, cabins, glamping tents, and decked-out tipis. Each tipi provides luxurious linens, a fireplace, a cast iron soaking tub, and a private patio. 

Saddle up and go for a guided 45-minute trail ride or try not to get thrown from the mechanical bull. If horseback riding isn’t your thing, there’s also skeet shooting, tennis, fishing, swimming, line dancing, and archery. Our pick is the weekly Saturday rodeo, where experienced contestants fight to hold onto a wild bull. 

When you’re ready to dine, know that the menu leans towards meat and potatoes, with few options for vegetarians or those who favor clean eating. 

COVID-19 policies can be found here.

FAQ: Dude ranch vacations

What is a dude ranch?

A dude ranch is a Western-style resort typically featuring rustic-chic accommodations and a wide range of outdoor-centric activities, including horseback riding, fishing, hiking, roping, roasting marshmallows, chuckwagon dinners, and more. 

Dude ranches are often set on hundreds (or thousands!) of acres of land offering plenty of wide-open spaces and on-site trails, ponds, lakes, and more. Many dude ranches are all-inclusive resorts where all meals, drinks, and activities are included. However, other guest ranch stays have a la carte options. Some dude ranches require minimum stays of anywhere from two nights to a week, but others allow you to book just one night.

How much does a dude ranch vacation cost?

Dude ranch vacation costs can vary quite a bit. It depends heavily on the season (peak summer dates will be the most expensive), as well as whether it’s all-inclusive or not.

Though all-inclusive options can come with an initial sticker shock, it pays off to do the math on how much meals and activities will cost at other dude ranches since sometimes the all-inclusive route can actually come out cheaper in the end.

Dude ranches span a wide range and there are budget options available for under $200 per night all the way up to decadent luxury stays packed with amenities and perks that can start from over $1,000 per night. 

What do you do at a dude ranch?

Horseback riding is the main attraction at most dude ranches, but there are plenty of additional activities, including fishing, swimming, archery, and even lounging at on-site pools to keep non-equestrians busy.

Expect wholesome entertainment like toasting marshmallows under a starry sky, or listening to a chorus of cowboys singing country music hits by the campfire at night. Food options can also range from casual barbecues to gourmet meals depending on the ranch. 

Are ranch vacations safe?

The CDC has stated that travel within the US is safe for fully vaccinated travelers, and experts say hotels are safe with the proper precautions taken. 

Dude ranches also often present an even safer and more attractive vacation option right now since many offer standalone cabins and most ranches feature plenty of space for social distancing and focus on spending time outdoors. 

How we selected the best dude ranches

  1. We looked for options to suit a wide range of adventurers. We’ve broken our list into categories, with options for travelers on a budget, as well as families, couples seeking a romantic getaway, and active seniors.
  2. Our top picks are based on our own travel experiences, as well as incorporating feedback from trusted review sites like Trip Advisor and Booking.com.
  3. Every dude ranch offers plenty of activities and outdoor fun to keep you busy, whether you want to head out on a trail ride or lounge poolside back at camp.
  4. We included a variety of locations across the US, but all offer wide-open spaces and stunning scenery.
  5. All the ranches have strict COVID-19 policies in place, which we’ve highlighted.

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Casper Mattresses

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Choosing a mattress is one of the most important buying decisions you will make. Not only is it an expensive item, but you’ll also spend a third of your life on it. It used to be that the only way to pick the right bed was to spend 15 minutes on it in a showroom. Today, online retailers like Casper let you test their mattresses risk-free for months in the comfort of your own home.

As Insider Review’s mattress expert, I sleep on more than 20 mattresses each year, including direct-to-consumer online brands and traditional beds. In addition to sleeping on each mattress for two weeks, I put each bed through objective tests for edge support, breathability, motion isolation, and more. In each test, Casper mattresses have performed well earning spots in several of our buying guides.

What is Casper?

Casper launched in 2014 with an all-foam bed in a box. It was an instant success that contributed to a disruption to the mattress industry. Today, Casper has eight mattresses: Seven are sold at Casper, and one (the all-foam Nova) is exclusive to Zola. We have tested all of the mattresses except the all-foam Nova.

Casper makes all of its mattresses using CertiPUR-US certified foams, which means they are made without ozone depleters, heavy metals, or other harmful substances. They also have low volatile organic compound emissions. The company uses recycled plastic bottles to make its mattress covers, though you can’t tell by their feel.

All Casper mattresses are available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king.

Casper lets you try its mattresses for up to 100 nights, risk free. If you decide the mattress isn’t right for you, they’ll pick it up, and you will receive a full refund. If you decide to keep the mattress, it’s backed by a 10-year warranty.

If you want to try out a Casper in the showroom, mattresses are available across the nation, including in several Target locations.

If you don’t want to set up your mattress on your own, Casper offers white glove delivery for $149. Included in this charge is removal of your old mattress and foundation.

Below you will find short reviews of all of the Casper products we’ve tested and links to our full reviews. We also compare Casper to other brands and highlight current deals. We are always testing Casper’s latest products and will update this page as we complete our assessments.

We have a variety of guides to help you as you research your next mattress or bedding purchase:

Casper Element

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Element Mattress (Queen) (small)

Category Product
Best for Back and stomach sleepers, couples
Mattress type Foam
Firmness (1 softest to 10 firmest) 6
Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best) 8
Heat dissipation (1 traps heat to 10 stays cool) 3
Edge support (1 awful to 10 best) 8
Weight (queen) 68 lbs.
Thickness 10 in.

At under $600 for a queen, the Element is the most affordable Casper mattress. We also think it’s a good buy for back and stomach sleepers thanks to its firmer-than-average support. Couples will appreciate the great motion dampening and edge support.

The Element is made of two layers of foam: a base layer for support and durability and a top layer for pressure relief and breathability. However, the top layer wasn’t effective at cooling in my tests and had a stiff feel that offered little pressure relief. Still, if you’re on a budget and aren’t too picky, the Element is a solid choice. 

Read our full review of the Casper Element Mattress.

Casper Original

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Original Mattress (Queen) (small)

Category Product
Best for All sleeping styles, hot sleepers
Mattress type Foam
Firmness (1 softest to 10 firmest) 6
Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best) 7
Heat dissipation (1 traps heat to 10 stays cool) 8
Edge support (1 awful to 10 best) 3
Weight (queen) 79 lbs.
Thickness 11 in.

While the Nova Hybrid is my favorite Casper mattress, that’s based on my side-sleeping, hot-sleeping preferences. I think the Casper Original will appeal to a broader audience because of its medium-firm feel and much lower price.

The Casper Original is made of three layers of foam for breathability, support, and durability. Unlike most all-foam mattresses, the Casper Original stayed cool and didn’t trap heat in my tests.

I also liked that the mattress had great motion-dampening properties, which is a must if you or your partner tend to toss and turn in the night. However, the edges sag significantly, causing you to feel like you might fall out of bed when lying on the periphery.

Read our full review of the Casper Original Mattress.

Casper Original Hybrid

An overhead shot of the Casper Original Hybrid mattress

Original Hybrid Mattress (Queen) (small)

Category Product
Best for All sleeping styles
Mattress type Hybrid
Firmness (1 softest to 10 firmest) 5
Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best) 3
Heat dissipation (1 traps heat to 10 stays cool) 6
Edge support (1 awful to 10 best) 8
Weight (queen) 91 lb.
Thickness 11 in.

The Original Hybrid has the same foam layers as the Casper Original, but it has the added benefit of individually wrapped springs that make it more durable. Springs usually increase airflow for cooler sleep, and the Original Hybrid does a good job of dissipating heat, but it’s not as good as the Casper Original.

The Casper Original Hybrid has an average firmness that will appeal to a broad range of sleepers. The edge support is also the best of Casper’s mattresses. However, it failed our motion isolation tests, and it took several days for the initial odors to dissipate.

Read our full review of the Casper Original Hybrid Mattress.

Casper Nova Hybrid

An overhead shot of the Casper Nova Hybrid mattress

Nova Hybrid Mattress (Queen) (small)

Category Product
Best for Side sleepers, hot sleepers
Mattress type Hybrid
Firmness (1 softest to 10 firmest) 4
Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best) 3
Heat dissipation (1 traps heat to 10 stays cool) 8
Edge support (1 awful to 10 best) 6
Weight (queen) 89 lbs.
Thickness 12 in.

The Casper Nova Hybrid is my favorite Casper mattress, the best soft mattress in our buying guide, and the top pick in our guide to the best mattresses for side sleepers. I like that it offers support alongside its cushiony, “sinking-in” feel.

The combination of individually wrapped coils and CertiPUR-US certified foams contribute to excellent heat dissipation. 

Setup took less than 10 minutes but wasn’t without some effort due to its hefty weight. Also, it had a “new bed smell” that lasted for a few days, so you may want to air it out if possible.

The bounciness of the Casper Nova Hybrid translated to poor motion isolation in our tests, but couples may appreciate the bounce for intimate activities. The bed also offers good edge support when seated or lying down.

Read our full review of the Casper Nova Hybrid Mattress.

Casper Nova Hybrid Snow

A closeup of the side of the Casper Nova Hybrid Snow

Nova Hybrid Snow (Queen) (small)

Category Product
Best for Side sleepers, hot sleepers
Mattress type Hybrid
Firmness (1 softest to 10 firmest) 4
Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best) 3
Heat dissipation (1 traps heat to 10 stays cool) 8
Edge support (1 awful to 10 best) 5
Weight (queen) 89 lbs.
Thickness 12 in.

In 2021, Casper introduced a cooling option to its Nova Hybrid. For $500 more, the Nova Hybrid Snow upgrade adds a cooling cover, more breathable foam, and internal bands that pull excess heat from the body.

However, if the Nova Hybrid Snow does a better job of cooling than the Nova Hybrid, I didn’t notice in my tests. The Snow and original Nova Hybrid were also nearly identical in the other tests. Consequently, I recommend buying the cheaper of the two, which is currently the Nova Hybrid.

Casper Wave Hybrid

A closeup of the side of the Casper Wave Hybrid

Wave Hybrid Mattress (Queen) (small)

Category Product
Best for Back and stomach sleepers, cold sleepers
Mattress type Hybrid
Firmness (1 softest to 10 firmest) 6
Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best) 5
Heat dissipation (1 traps heat to 10 stays cool) 2
Edge support (1 awful to 10 best) 3
Weight (queen) 111 lbs.
Thickness 13 in.

One of Casper’s most expensive mattresses is also the model I like the least. The Wave Hybrid is made up of individually wrapped spring coils that offer support and durability and five layers of foam for cooling, zoned support, and pressure relief.

It slept the hottest of the Casper mattresses I tested, the edge support was terrible, it’s heavy and hard to move, the motion isolation was so-so, and it was a little too firm for my side sleeping.

I’m hesitant to slap a “do not recommend” label on any mattress because personal preferences could make it ideal for someone. In this instance, I think the Wave Hybrid is best for back or stomach sleepers who sleep alone, tend to get cold at night, and have the budget for a luxury mattress.

Read our full review of the Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress.

Casper Wave Hybrid Snow

An overhead shot of the Casper Wave Hybrid Snow Mattress

Wave Hybrid Snow (Queen) (small)

Category Product
Best for Back and stomach sleepers, cold sleepers
Mattress type Hybrid
Firmness (1 softest to 10 firmest) 6
Motion isolation (1 awful to 10 best) 5
Heat dissipation (1 traps heat to 10 stays cool) 2
Edge support (1 awful to 10 best) 3
Weight (queen) 111 lbs.
Thickness 13 in.

The Wave Hybrid Snow is an update to the Wave Hybrid, featuring the same cooling upgrades as the Nova Hybrid Snow and the same $500 jump in price. The Snow technology didn’t offer any appreciable improvements on cooling in my tests.

The Wave Hybrid Snow still didn’t dissipate heat well, and it had the same pitfalls as the Wave Hybrid: So-so motion isolation and poor edge support, and it was hard to move. Consequently, I’d only recommend it for hot-sleeping back or stomach sleepers who don’t share a bed and have a large budget — though I think you should save the $500 and go with the Wave Hybrid.

Casper Original Pillow

Best pillow Casper

Original Pillow (small)

The Casper Original Pillow features a soft, fluffy polyester microfiber fill covered by a hypoallergenic cotton percale fabric. It’s available in a mid-loft, generally better for side sleepers, and low-loft, usually ideal for stomach and back sleepers. Inside is a removable inner pillow that offers firm support.

The Casper Original Pillow is machine washable and comes with the same 100-night trial period available with the mattresses.

Several members of the Insider Reviews team swear by it because the pillow sleeps cool, provides a firm but fluffy comfort, and is easy to clean. 

Read our full review of the Casper Original Pillow.

Casper Hyperlite Sheets

A set of blue Casper Hyperlite sheets on a mattress in a bedroom

Hyperlite Sheet Set (Queen) (small)

Over the years, we’ve tested several Casper sheet sets and loved them all. Our current favorite is the Casper Hyperlite Sheet Set, which we recommend in our guide to the best sheets. These Tencel lyocell sheets are made from sustainably sourced wood pulp. 

With its thin, gauzy construction, the material is soft and lightweight, which makes for a cool sleep. We were concerned that it might not be durable because it’s so thin it’s see-through, but it doesn’t show any wear after several washes.

Casper Rise Max Adjustable Base

The Casper Rise Max Adjustable Base on a hardwood floor

Rise Max Adjustable Base (Queen) (small)

Head and foot tilts are standard in the adjustable-bed-frame space. It’s much rarer to find a frame that offers a neck tilt that can help you achieve your ideal head support. The Casper Rise Max Adjustable Base has all the above, including programmable buttons that remember your favorite positions.

The priciest of Casper’s three adjustable base options, the Rise Max has several other popular features, including a strong four-zone massage system, under-bed lighting, wireless remote, and USB ports on either side of the bed. Plus, it’s backed by a 30-night sleep trial, which is pretty good for an adjustable bed frame.

I’ve tested the Rise Max for a month, and I’m impressed with how quietly it adjusts positions. My favorite position is the “zero gravity” preset, which is supposed to make you feel weightless. I wouldn’t say I feel like an astronaut, but it’s comfy.

Casper Mattress Protectors

The Casper Waterproof mattress protector on a mattress

I don’t recommend either of Casper’s mattress protectors. First, the Casper Waterproof Mattress Protector lives up to its name — it passed my leakage tests. Yet, it’s hard to put on your mattress thanks to the small elastic ring designed to keep it snug. It only got worse after washing it.

The Casper Breathable Mattress Protector was the only protector I tested that failed my leakage tests. That’s because it’s water-resistant rather than waterproof. It also only protects the top of your mattress, and that protection area shrank after five trips through the wash.

Casper Glow Lights

Casper Glow Lights review 2021

The Glow Light (small)

The Casper Glow Light is much more than just a reading light. Free of blue light, it helps you wind down at night and wake up easily as the brightness gradually grows in the morning. 

The Glow Light pairs with the Casper Glow app (available for iOS and Android) via Bluetooth for expanded features, including syncing Glow Lights and adjusting the brightness. 

Insider Reviews’ Suzy Hernandez, a sleep researcher, recommends the Glow Light because of its beautiful, warm illumination; portability; and ease of use. She liked that with a simple flip, she can use it as a night light to make her way to the bathroom in the dark.

Read our full review of the Casper Glow Lights.

Casper Dog Bed

Casper Dog Bed

Dog Bed (small)

Casper’s product line expands beyond humans with the Dog Bed. With three colors and three size options for dogs up to 90 pounds, the Casper Dog Bed features a durable support foam and comfortable memory foam to keep your furry friend happy. 

Insider’s David Slotnick’s 18-pound pup, Murray, has enjoyed the Dog Bed for two years, and it’s showing minimal wear despite Murray’s less-than-gentle treatment of it. He continues to gravitate to it whenever he needs a snooze.

Read our full review of the Casper Dog Bed.

How Casper compares to other mattress brands

A pile of mattresses from Purple

It seems like new direct-to-consumer online mattress makers are popping up every day. Casper uses some of the most eco-friendly materials and has one of the largest selections of mattresses over a broad price range. Here are more details on how Casper stacks up to other big names like Leesa, Purple, and more. Also, we compared the Casper Original Hybrid to the Allswell Supreme Hybrid and the Leesa Hybrid.

The best Casper deals

Four Casper mattresses still in their boxes in the front hall of a house

Find the best Casper deals here.

Once you figure out which Casper mattress you want to buy, you’ll likely want to find the best deal available. We have you covered. With our exclusive “INSIDER” discount code, you can save $100 to $200 on almost any mattress at checkout. 

Casper also offers regular sales throughout the year. Historically, Casper’s biggest sales happen around Labor Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, but we’ve also seen good deals at other times.

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