From Hawaii’s volcanoes to rugged Acadia, we found the best vacation rentals near national parks

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  • National parks make up some of the United States’ most striking landscapes.
  • Many parks are in remote areas, so if you’re planning a trip, consider a vacation rental.
  • We chose highly-rated vacation rentals near national parks, ranging from $65 to $275 per night.

From coast to coast (plus Hawaii and Alaska), the National Park Service protects over 50 million acres of land, all of which are open for public recreation.

Among these parks, you can find exceptional wonders from the world’s largest cave system in Kentucky to the world’s deepest lake in Oregon, and, of course, the Grand Canyon, the largest in the world. I know from experience that it can be tough to find a last-minute camping spot or home base near such popular parks, and as a full-time traveler, I’ve sifted through thousands of Airbnb listings.

With vacation rentals, you can find accommodations to suit any budget, which is especially ideal if you’re visiting national parks in remote locations, or when hotels near national parks are all booked up.

With that in mind, we rounded up highly-rated vacation rentals on Airbnb and Vrbo located right near some of the country’s most frequently visited national parks.

You can browse all listings below, or jump to a specific area here:

These are the best vacation rentals near national parks, sorted by price from low to high.

Vintage apartment near Everglades National Park

Vintage apartment near Everglades National Park

Book this Everglades home on Airbnb

You can see Everglades National Park on a day trip from Miami, but if you really want to embrace the croc life, make your home base in Everglades City.

This apartment feels ’70s chic with vintage furniture, palm tree decor, and soft green and blue accents. The house is within walking distance of local restaurants and boat tours, but the full kitchen is also equipped to cook your own meals.

From the screened-in porch — a true necessity when visiting the Everglades — you can watch the sunset at the end of a long day of air boating and reptile spotting. On less humid days, enjoy the patio seating area surrounded by the verdant landscape. 

Rustic western house near Badlands National Park

Rustic western house near Badlands National Park

Book this Badlands home on Airbnb

South Dakota’s Badlands National Park is one of the country’s most striking landscapes, filled with fossil beds and frequented by amazing wildlife like bison and prairie dogs.

In this sparsely-populated part of the country, you’ll find Airbnbs like “The Cow Camp” in the town of Wasta, which is 18 miles from the national park, and 40 miles away from the Black Hills, where you’ll also find Mount Rushmore. 

The interior decor is homey but comfortable, with a rock-laden fireplace and oak floors. Western decor like cow-print throw blankets and cowboy boot art provides the thematic backdrop for this wild frontier destination. Though best suited for couples, the space is large enough for a small family with an open floor plan that connects the kitchen and living area.

Cozy river cabin near Mammoth Cave National Park

Cozy river cabin near Mammoth Cave National Park

Book this Mammoth Cave home on Airbnb

Below the forested hills of Kentucky lies the world’s longest known cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park. The park is home to over 400 miles of winding underground passageways.

Half an hour away in the town of Bowling Green, this home keeps you close enough to civilization to stock up on necessities while still staying immersed in beautiful surroundings. 

Set on the Barren River, this cabin is an idyllic location with an interior that features beautiful white brickwork and unique tiling. The highlight, however, is the stunning dining area, which sits adjacent to the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into the forest.

Multiple seating areas offer plenty of room to spread out, and the living room features a stone fireplace for chilly evenings. Outside, a spacious front porch with rocking chairs makes for a lovely location to start or end the day. The lofted bed in the second bedroom is a fun feature for adventurous kids and teens.

Airy apartment near Hot Springs National Park

Remodeled two-bedroom apartment near Hot Springs National Park

Book this Hot Springs National Park home on Airbnb

Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park has a rich history in addition to a soak-worthy collection of hot springs. When visiting the park, you can stay in the historic town of Hot Springs in this former 1940s-era oil and lube shop that has been renovated into a modern apartment complex.

This particular apartment is large enough for a family of four with King and Queen beds and comes with air conditioning and two smart TVs. The apartment feels light and open thanks to white decor, midcentury modern furnishings, and industrial-style light fixtures. The bathroom follows suit, with modern and clean black-and-white tiling.

Be aware there is just a microwave and mini-fridge in a small sitting area, and no true kitchen, so this spot is not conducive to long stays or for those who like to cook.

In addition to the park, the home is a short walk or bike ride to downtown and a four-mile drive to Magic Springs.

Tiny cabin near Denali National Park

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Book this Denali home on Airbnb

In Alaska, you can see the tallest mountain in North America at Denali National Park. Talkeetna is one of the most convenient places to stay if you want to visit the park and there, you’ll find this adorable red-roofed cabin within walking distance of downtown. 

The cabin is surrounded by a forest of birch trees and lucky guests may get to see a moose or, in the right season, the stunning colors of the aurora borealis. Just 600 square feet, the cabin is small but smartly laid out, managing to fit a full kitchen, bathroom, two beds, and even a washer and dryer. With a Queen and a Twin-sized bed, this is a great choice for solo travelers, couples, or small families. The interiors also feature colorful walls, puffy throw pillows, and outdoorsy motifs.

The hosts are happy to help you arrange nearby park adventures like boating on the river or a sightseeing trip by plane. The cabin is also pet-friendly.

Bunkhouse near Crater Lake National Park

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Book this Crater Lake home on Airbnb

Home to the deepest lake in the country, Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is a remarkable sight formed by the collapse of a volcano over 7,000 years ago. There’s not much in the immediate vicinity of the park, so consider staying on this 100-acre ranch in a remodeled bunkhouse just 28 miles south of the lake instead. 

From the outside, this Airbnb has nice vintage touches and plenty of modern comforts, too. The open floor plan features a small kitchen and a deep, clawfoot bathtub, plus a spacious dining area and a spare bed with a privacy screen if you have a third person traveling with you. All wood interiors give it a rustic cabin feel.

When you’re not adventuring in Crater Lake or checking out the beautiful Pearsony Falls and other natural attractions in Southern Oregon, relax on the property amid horses, two large ponds, and hiking trails. Take in the beautiful surrounding meadows and mountain scenery from the red Adirondack chairs found right outside the home.

Dome house near Great Sand Dunes National Monument

Dome house near Great Sand Dunes National Monument

Book this Great Sand Dunes home on Airbnb

With national parks busier than ever, don’t forget about less-crowded national monuments like the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. The only difference between a national park and a national monument is that national monuments are preserved for historical, cultural, or scientific interest, while parks are preserved for scenic and inspirational purposes. 

This dome house offers a unique stay surrounded by wide-open views and the local wildlife. The circular design makes it feel open and spacious, and numerous windows ensure plenty of natural light.

A funky spiral staircase leads up to the loft with a workstation and meditation area. There is also a well-stocked kitchen, a full bath with a beautiful clawfoot tub, and a separate room with a Queen-sized bed.

Glamping yurt near Acadia National Park

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Book this Acadia National Park yurt on Vrbo

Not far from Bar Harbor, Maine, Acadia is the only national park in the Northeast. With a rocky ocean coastline and forested mountains, you’ll have access to a variety of cliffside trails. Or you could go for the summit of Cadillac Mountain, a perch made of pink granite, which happens to be the tallest mountain on the east coast and the very first place to see the sunrise between October and March.

This glamping option offered by Acadia Yurts is no average camping experience. With two bedrooms and a bathroom, a group of four can sleep on-site at Acadia National Park. With its own kitchen and bathroom, you can be independent without having to cook over the campfire.

The walls are made of heavy canvas material and the tent is temperature-controlled with both heating and A/C. The interior is incredibly spacious with a high-beam ceiling that draws your eyes to the skylight and unique lattice siding.

Moab apartment near Arches National Park

Moab casita near Arches National Park

Book this Arches National Park home on Airbnb

In downtown Moab, Utah, just 11 miles from Arches National Park and a 30-minute drive to Canyonlands National Park, this luxurious modern apartment is located on a quiet street that is still close to downtown attractions like restaurants and a local brewery. 

The building is new and the apartment has an open floor plan with high ceilings and cabinets that mimic the orange colors of the surrounding landscapes. The bathroom has a large shower with stone flooring and the bedroom is simple with a plush Queen mattress. Home cooks will love the huge kitchen with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, and a covered balcony patio makes for a nice place to take in the gorgeous setting.

Building common areas include a fire pit and a shared sauna, although these may have restrictions or limits due to the pandemic.

Cottage on the way to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone

Book this Yellowstone cabin on Airbnb

Just 40 miles east of Yellowstone’s eastern entrance in Wyoming, this cozy cottage can sleep up to four and includes a full kitchen and two bathrooms. It rests in front of a grand mountain view and there’s even a stream that runs directly through the property.

The interior amenities are basic but more than sufficient, and you can take in the view from the charming front porch with a morning cup of coffee in hand.

Yellowstone National Park is a thermal wonderland full of bubbling mud, exploding geysers, and the largest supervolcano in North America. Yellowstone is a huge park, so be prepared to spend a lot of time driving, especially if you want to see the Old Faithful geyser, which is about a three-hour drive away from this listing.

High-altitude cabin near Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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Book this Great Smoky Mountain cabin on Vrbo

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the most visited national park in 2020, with over 12 million visitors, which is more than twice as many as the Grand Canyon. If you’re ready to follow suit and explore this southern portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range and all its waterfalls, swimming lakes, and trails, consider this spot. 

This deluxe cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee sits on a high perch with panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. You can enjoy the scenery while soaking in the hot tub on the deck or cozied up around the gas fireplace in the large living room.

Be aware there’s currently a minimum of two nights.

New modern home near Zion National Park

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Book this Zion National Park home on Vrbo

A 25-minute drive down the road from Utah’s Zion National Park, this three-bedroom home is equipped with a modern kitchen, master bathroom with a jetted tub, an indoor fireplace, and an outdoor fire pit.

It also boasts magnificent views of Pine Valley Mountain and Black Ridge. This big house is great for groups, especially if you plan to drive since it’s equipped with a two-car garage. The decor is homey and inviting, with warm tones and pine cabinetry.

For those who want to explore the nearby majestic landscapes, but still enjoy the modern comforts of home, this is a great choice. Plus, it is located in the town of La Verkin, so you’ll be able to easily stock up on any supplies you need.

Chic chalet with hot tub near Joshua Tree National Park

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Book this Joshua Tree home on Airbnb

Probably the epicenter of the bohemian-chic aesthetic, you won’t have trouble finding an Instagram-ready house in Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. However, this Joshua Tree chalet is a special gem.

A modern kitchen with a fun mosaic tile backsplash and a bright living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, an egg chair, and a record player set the tone for a relaxed stay. The outdoor grill and private hot tub on the patio surrounded by the desert scenery take this rental to the next level.   

Only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is best known for its shrubby desert landscape namesake whimsical Joshua trees. There are some interesting hiking trails nearby, including one to a skull-shaped rock. But many people come to Joshua Tree specifically for stargazing, which you can easily do from the front patio of this listing in Adirondack chairs or on the cozy patio lounger.

Cedar cabin near Volcanoes National Park

Quiet cedar cabin minutes from the National Park

Book this Volcanoes National Park home on Airbnb

Hawaii is home to many expensive hotels, so vacation rentals can often be much more affordable, especially this home near Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. During the day, the park offers a chance to walk on cooled lava fields and even see an active lava flow. 

This cedar cabin, located in the small town of Volcano Village (just seven minutes from the park), is the ideal home base with a natural wood cabin aesthetic that still feels very Hawaiian thanks to the lush leaves right outside the windows and bright flowers adorning the tables. The centerpiece of the home is the living room with its two-story-high windows. The kitchen is compact but well-stocked so you’ll have all the tools you need to cook for yourself during your trip.

The cabin is surrounded by a native Hawaiian forest and because the home sits at 4,000 feet elevation, the weather is quite cool, which makes the cabin an unexpectedly cozy escape in the jungle. After a day of exploring, warm up by the potbelly stove. 

Alpenhaven cabin near Rocky Mountain National Park

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Book this Rocky Mountain cabin on Airbnb

Big enough for two, this cabin makes for a romantic Rocky Mountain getaway at the edge of Estes Park. With amenities inside like a Queen-size memory foam bed, a private hot tub, and an electric fireplace, this is a place to come home to and recharge after a long day of adventuring.

An abundance of incredible wildlife and hiking are outside the front door; the pride of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular park that protects some of the highest peaks of this famous mountain range and features plenty of easy and challenging trails and scenic drives. 

But you don’t have to leave the property to enjoy epic scenery. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views and lucky visitors might even spot mule deers coming right up to the door.

Authentic A-frame cabin near Glacier National Park

Glacier

Book this Glacier National Park cabin on Airbnb

Although this fully-renovated and climate-controlled cabin looks like the latest Instagram trend, it was actually built in the 1950s during the construction of a nearby dam. Inside, find stylish interiors decorated in succulents with a spiral staircase leading to a lofted bed.

The kitchen comes fully stocked with all the essentials and there is also a Queen-size pullout sofa bed in the living room.

Located in Martin City, Montana, you’ll be just 10 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, making this photo-ready cabin a great home base for your adventures.

Luxurious Lake Powell home near Grand Canyon National Park

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Book this Grand Canyon home on Airbnb

Just five minutes from Horseshoe Bend in the northernmost part of Grand Canyon park, this luxurious home in Page, Arizona is brand new and large enough for a big family or group.

The modern home is filled with local artwork and furnishings that reflect the area’s indigenous history and natural surroundings. The kitchen is well-equipped with appliances and the shaded back patio offers a great place to eat outside with a gas grill and a full patio set with rocking chairs.

The Grand Canyon is among the largest national parks, so you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to explore, even if you’re staying right nearby. 

Classic adobe home near Big Bend National Park

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Book this Big Bend National Park adobe home on Vrbo

In West Texas, Big Bend National Park sits next to the border of Mexico that is naturally defined by the Rio Grande. The park is full of canyons and trails worth hiking, but you can also take a dip in the hot springs on the edge of the river, or go for a pleasant ride along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

With thick adobe walls, stone floors, and phenomenal views of Big Bend National Park, this rental is tough to beat.

A good spot for multi-gen families, the home has two bedrooms, plus a separate guest house. The interior is simple but large and has everything you need for a relaxing stay in the desert from stone fireplaces and woven Native American rugs to an outdoor grill.

However, it’s the spacious patio with a fire pit and breathtaking valley views that really make this the place to stay.

Cabin on the bluffs near Olympic National Park

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Book this Olympic National Park cabin on Vrbo

With the water on one side and Olympic National Park on the other, this bluff-front cabin is ensconced in nature. You’ll have ample opportunity to spot deer, whales, and bald eagles without leaving the property.

Great for big groups or families, up to nine people can sleep in this sleek three-bedroom cabin with wood furnishings. But it’s the master bedroom’s enormous skylight, the bathroom’s curvaceous clawfoot tub, and a wood-burning fireplace in the center of the living room that will really ensure you never want to leave. 

A fire pit surrounded by picnic tables and wooden benches make for a picturesque spot to end a long day exploring the park with sunset views.

FAQ: National park vacation rentals

How many national parks are there?

There are over 400 national park sites overseen by the National Park Service in the United States, but only 63 official national parks. California has the most national parks with nine, followed by Alaska’s eight parks, and Utah’s five parks.

Does every state have a national park?

National parks are not spread out evenly across the country and there are 20 states that don’t have a national park.

However, these states are still home to national monuments and/or state parks. The states without an official national park are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Are national parks free to visit?

No, most national parks charge an entrance fee, but there are six days of the year where the entrance is free at all parks. For 2021, these days are January 18, April 17, August 4, August 25, September 25, and November 11.

Keep in mind these dates tend to attract bigger crowds, which will mean longer lines.

How do I get a National Park Pass?

A national park pass covers the entrance fee at over 2,00 parks in the U.S. An annual pass costs $80 and can be purchased at a recreation site that issues passes or online at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. Discounted passes are available for U.S. citizens and residents over 62 years old with an annual pass costing $20 and a lifetime pass costing $20. Free passes are available for people with disabilities.

What should I look for in a national park vacation rental?

Since the park will be the main attraction, you should look for a home that is in close proximity to the park of your choice.

Additionally, consider similar criteria to what we look for, such as high ratings, positive recent reviews, Superhost status, homes that specify enhanced cleaning procedures, and standout amenities like a private hot tub or pool.

You’ll want a place that’s comfortable and fits your entire group so you can get a good night’s rest between your days of outdoor adventure.

Is it safe to stay in a vacation rental right now?

The CDC has noted that travel in the US is safe for fully vaccinated people.

Additionally, private home rentals are considered safer than hotels, because you minimize interaction with others and hosts must follow strict cleaning procedures. However, we always recommend following CDC guidelines and continuing to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.

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Though vaccine rollouts are well underway, many international borders are still closed for tourism to US travelers. But there is some good news for Americans – we live in an exceptionally beautiful country. From coast to coast (plus Hawaii and Alaska), the National Park Service protects over 50 million acres of land, all of which are open for public recreation.

Among the parks, you can find exceptional wonders from the world’s largest cave system in Kentucky to the world’s deepest lake in Oregon, and, of course, the Grand Canyon, the largest in the world. I know from experience that it can be tough to find a last-minute camping spot or home base near popular parks, and as a full-time traveler, I’ve sifted through thousands of Airbnb listings.

The beauty of the site is that you can find accommodations to suit your budget almost anywhere, which is especially ideal if you’re visiting national parks in remote locations, or when hotels near national parks are all booked up. With that in mind, we rounded up highly-rated vacation rentals across Airbnb and Vrbo located right near some of the country’s most frequently visited national parks across the US.

You can browse all listings below, or jump to a specific area here:

These are the best vacation rentals near national parks, sorted by price from low to high.

Cedar cabin near Volcanoes National Park

Quiet cedar cabin minutes from the National Park

Book this Volcanoes National Park Airbnb

Hawaii is home to some surprisingly affordable accommodations, especially near Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. During the day, the park offers a chance to walk on cooled lava fields and even see an active lava flow. 

This cedar cabin, located in the small town of Volcano Village (just seven minutes from the park), is the ideal home base with a natural wood cabin aesthetic that still feels very Hawaiian thanks to the lush leaves right outside the windows and bright flowers adorning the tables. The centerpiece of the home is the living room with its two-story-high windows. The kitchen is compact but well-stocked so you’ll have all the tools you need to cook for yourself during your trip.

The cabin is surrounded by a native Hawaiian forest and because the home sits at 4,000 feet elevation, the weather is quite cool, which makes the cabin an unexpectedly cozy escape in the jungle. After a day of exploring, warm up by the potbelly stove. 

Airy apartment near Hot Springs National Park

Remodeled two-bedroom apartment near Hot Springs National Park

Book this Hot Springs National Park Airbnb

Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park has a rich history in addition to a soak-worthy collection of hot springs. When visiting the park, you can stay in the historic town of Hot Springs in this former 1940s-era oil and lube shop that has been renovated into a modern apartment complex.

This particular apartment is large enough for a family of four with King and Queen beds and comes equipped with air conditioning and two smart TVs. The apartment feels light and open thanks to the white decor scheme, while midcentury modern furnishings and industrial-style light fixtures add charm. The bathroom follows suit, with modern and clean with black-and-white tiling. Be aware there is just a microwave and mini-fridge in a small sitting area, and no true kitchen, so this spot is not conducive to long stays for those who like to cook.

In addition to the park, the home is a short walk or bike ride to downtown and a four-mile drive to Magic Springs.

Rustic western house near Badlands National Park

Rustic western house near Badlands National Park

Book this Badlands Airbnb

South Dakota’s Badlands National Park is one of the country’s most striking landscapes, filled with fossil beds and frequented by amazing wildlife like bison and prairie dogs. In this sparsely-populated part of the country, you’ll find Airbnbs like “The Cow Camp” in the town of Wasta, which is 18 miles from the national park and 40 miles away from the Black Hills, where you’ll also find Mount Rushmore. 

The interior decor is homey but comfortable, with a rock-laden fireplace and oak floors. Western decor like cow-print throw blankets and cowboy boot art provides the thematic backdrop for this wild frontier destination. Though best suited for couples, the space is large enough for a small family to settle in, with an open floor plan that connects the kitchen and living area, providing a kitchen island and a large cushioned sectional couch as the main gathering spaces. 

Cozy river cabin near Mammoth Cave National Park

Cozy river cabin near Mammoth Cave National Park

Book this Mammoth Cave Airbnb

Below the forested hills of Kentucky lies the world’s longest known cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park. The park is home to over 400 miles of winding underground passageways ready for exploration. Half an hour away from the park in the town of Bowling Green, this home keeps you close enough to civilization to stock up on necessities while still staying immersed in the beautiful surrounding landscape. 

Set on the Barren River, this cabin is an idyllic location to get some peace and quiet. The interior features beautiful white brickwork and unique tiling throughout the kitchen and bathrooms. The highlight, however, is the stunning dining area, which sits adjacent to the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into the forest.

Multiple seating areas offer plenty of room to spread out, and the living room features a stone fireplace for chilly evenings. Outside, a spacious front porch with rocking chairs makes for a lovely location to start or end the day. The lofted bed in the second bedroom is a fun feature for adventurous kids and teens.

Tiny cabin near Denali National Park

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Book this Denali Airbnb

In Alaska, you can see the tallest mountain in North America at Denali National Park. Talkeetna is one of the most convenient places to stay if you want to visit the park and there, you’ll find this adorable red-roofed cabin within walking distance from downtown. 

The cabin is surrounded by a lovely forest of birch trees and lucky guests may get to see a moose or, in the right season, the stunning colors of the aurora borealis. Just 600 square feet, the cabin is small but smartly laid out, managing to fit a full kitchen, bathroom, two beds, and even a washer and dryer. With a Queen and a Twin-sized bed, this is a great choice for solo travelers, couples, or small families. The interiors also feature colorfully painted walls, puffy throw pillows, and outdoorsy motifs from trees painted on the walls by the stairs to fish decorations by the front door.

The hosts are happy to help you arrange nearby park adventures like boating on the river or a sightseeing trip by plane. The cabin is also pet-friendly.

Bunkhouse near Crater Lake National Park

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Book this Crater Lake Airbnb

Home to the deepest lake in the country, Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is a remarkable sight formed by the collapse of a volcano over 7,000 years ago. There’s not much in the immediate vicinity of the park, so consider staying on this 100-acre ranch in a remodeled bunkhouse just 28 miles south of the lake instead. 

From the outside, this Airbnb still looks like a bunkhouse, and the interiors have kept some nice vintage touches, but there’s plenty of modern comforts too. The open floor plan features a small kitchen and a deep, clawfoot bathtub, plus a spacious dining area and a spare bed with a privacy screen if you have a third person traveling with you. All wood interiors give it a cabin feel.

When you’re not adventuring in Crater Lake or checking out the beautiful Pearsony Falls and other natural attractions in Southern Oregon, you can relax on the property where you’ll find horses and two large ponds in addition to hiking trails. Take in the beautiful surrounding meadows and mountain scenery from the red Adirondack chairs found right outside the home.

Dome house near Great Sand Dunes National Monument

Dome house near Great Sand Dunes National Monument

Book this Great Sand Dunes Airbnb

With national parks busier than ever, don’t forget about less-crowded national monuments like the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. The only difference between a national park and a national monument is that national monuments are preserved for historical, cultural, or scientific interest, while parks are preserved for scenic and inspirational purposes. 

This dome house offers the possibility of a unique stay surrounded by wide-open views and the local wildlife. The circular design of the home makes it feel open and spacious, and numerous windows ensure plenty of natural light. A funky spiral staircase leads up to the loft where there is a workstation and a meditation area. There is also a well-stocked kitchen with a dishwasher and gas range, plus a full bath with a beautiful clawfoot tub. While most of the dome is open-plan, there is a separate room with a Queen-sized bed for a peaceful night’s rest.

Vintage apartment near Everglades National Park

Vintage apartment near Everglades National Park

Book this Everglades Airbnb

You can see Everglades National Park on a day trip from Miami, but if you really want to embrace the croc life, make your home base in Everglades City.

This apartment feels ’70s chic with its vintage furniture pieces, palm tree decor, and soft green and blue accents. The house is within walking distance from local restaurants and boat-tour pick-ups, but the full kitchen is also equipped so you can cook your own meals.

From the screened-in porch — a true necessity when you’re visiting the Everglades — you can watch the sunset at the end of a long day of airboating and reptile spotting. On less humid days, you can also enjoy the patio seating area surrounded by the verdant landscape. 

Cottage on the way to Yellowstone National Park

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Just 40 miles east of Yellowstone’s eastern entrance in Wyoming, this cozy cottage can sleep up to four people and includes a full kitchen and two bathrooms. It rests in front of a grand mountain view and there’s even a stream that runs directly through the property.

The interior amenities are basic but more than sufficient, and you can take in the view from the charming front porch with a morning cup of coffee in hand.

Yellowstone National Park is a thermal wonderland full of bubbling mud, exploding geysers, and the largest supervolcano in North America. Yellowstone is a huge park, so be prepared to spend a lot of time driving, especially if you want to see the Old Faithful geyser, which is about a three-hour drive away from this listing.

Glamping yurt near Acadia National Park

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Book this Acadia National Park Vrbo

Not far from Bar Harbor, Maine, Acadia is the only national park in the Northeast. With a rocky ocean coastline and forested mountains, you’ll have access to a variety of cliffside trails to choose from here. Or you could go for the summit of Cadillac Mountain, a perch made of pink granite, which happens to be the tallest mountain on the east coast and the very first place to see the sunrise between October and March.

This glamping option offered by Acadia Yurts is no average camping experience. With two bedrooms and a bathroom, a group of four can sleep on-site at Acadia National Park. With its own kitchen and bathroom, you can be independent without having to cook over the campfire.

The walls are made of heavy canvas material and the tent is temperature-controlled with both heating and A/C. The interior is incredibly spacious with a high-beam ceiling that draws your eyes to the skylight and unique lattice siding.

Luxurious Lake Powell home near Grand Canyon National Park

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Book this Grand Canyon Airbnb

Just five minutes away from Horseshoe Bend in the northernmost part of Grand Canyon park, this luxurious home in Page, Arizona is brand new and large enough to sleep a big family or group of friends.

The modern home is filled with locally-made artwork and furnishings that reflect the indigenous history and natural surroundings of the area. The kitchen is well-equipped with appliances and the shaded back patio offers a great place for eating outside with a gas grill and a full patio set with rocking chairs.

The Grand Canyon is among the largest national parks, so you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to explore, even if you’re staying right nearby. 

Moab apartment near Arches National Park

Moab casita near Arches National Park

Book this Arches National Park Airbnb

In downtown Moab, Utah, just 11 miles from Arches National Park and a 30-minute drive to Canyonlands National Park, this luxurious modern apartment is located on a quiet street that is still close to downtown attractions like restaurants and a local brewery. 

The building is brand new and the apartment has an open floor plan with high ceilings and cabinets that mimic the orange colors of the surrounding landscapes. The bathroom has a large shower with stone flooring and the bedroom is simple but comfortable with a plush Queen mattress. Home cooks will especially love the huge kitchen with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. A covered balcony patio makes for a nice place to take in the gorgeous setting.

Building common areas include a fire pit and a shared sauna, although these may have restrictions or limits due to the pandemic.

Authentic A-frame cabin near Glacier National Park

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Although this fully-renovated and climate-controlled cabin looks like the latest Instagram trend, it was actually built in the 1950s during the construction of a nearby dam. Inside, you’ll find stylish interiors decorated in succulents, with a spiral staircase leading up to a lofted bed.

The kitchen comes fully stocked with all the essentials and there is also a queen-size pullout sofa bed in the living room.

Located in Martin City, Montana, you’ll be just 10 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, making this photo-ready cabin a great home base for your adventures.

Alpenhaven cabin near Rocky Mountain National Park

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Just big enough for two, this cabin is an idyllic backdrop for a romantic Rocky Mountain getaway right at the edge of Estes Park. With amenities inside like a queen-size memory foam bed, a private hot tub, and an electric fireplace, this is a place to come home and recharge after a long day of adventuring.

Not to mention an abundance of incredible wildlife and hiking right outside your door. The pride of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular park that protects some of the highest peaks of this famous mountain range and features plenty of easy and challenging trails and scenic drives. 

But you don’t have to leave the property to enjoy the epic scenery. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views and lucky visitors might even spot mule deers coming right up to the door.

High-altitude cabin near Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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Book this Great Smoky Mountain cabin Vrbo

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the most visited national park in 2020, with over 12 million visitors, which is more than twice as many as the Grand Canyon. If you’re ready to follow suit and explore this southern portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range and all its waterfalls, swimming lakes, and trails, consider this spot. 

This deluxe cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee sits on a high perch with panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. You can enjoy the scenery while soaking in the hot tub on the deck or cozied up around the gas fireplace in the large living room.

Be aware there’s currently a minimum of two nights.

New modern home near Zion National Park

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A 25-minute drive down the road from Utah’s Zion National Park, this three-bedroom home is equipped with a modern kitchen, master bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, an indoor fireplace, and an outdoor fire pit.

It also boasts magnificent views of Pine Valley Mountain and Black Ridge. This big house is great for bigger groups, especially if you plan to drive since its equipped with a two-car garage. The decor is homey and inviting, with warm tones and pine cabinetry.

For those who want to explore the nearby majestic landscapes, but still enjoy the modern comforts of home, this is a great choice. Plus, it is located in the town of La Verkin, so you’ll be able to easily stock up on any supplies you need.

Cabin on the bluffs near Olympic National Park

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With the water on one side and Olympic National Park on the other, this bluff-front cabin is ensconced in nature. You’ll have ample opportunity to spot deer, whales, and bald eagles without leaving the property.

Great for big groups or families, up to nine people can sleep in this sleek three-bedroom cabin filled with wood furnishings. But it’s the master bedroom’s enormous skylight, the bathroom’s curvaceous clawfoot tub, and a wood-burning fireplace in the center of the living room that will really ensure you never want to leave. 

A fire pit surrounded by picnic tables and wooden benches make for a picturesque place to end a long day exploring the park and take in the sunset view.

Chic chalet with hot tub near Joshua Tree National Park

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Probably the epicenter of the bohemian-chic aesthetic, you won’t have trouble finding an Instagram-ready house in Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. However, this Joshua Tree Chalet is a special gem.

A modern kitchen with a fun mosaic tile backsplash and a bright living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, an egg chair, and a record player set the tone for a bohemian chic stay. The outdoor grill and private hot tub on the patio surrounded by the desert scenery take this rental to the next level.   

Only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is best known for its shrubby desert landscape namesake whimsical Joshua trees. There are some interesting hiking trails nearby, including one to a skull-shaped rock. But many people come to Joshua Tree specifically for stargazing, which you can easily do from the front patio of this listing in Adirondack chairs or on the cozy patio lounger.

Classic adobe home near Big Bend National Park

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In West Texas, Big Bend National Park sits next to the border of Mexico that is naturally defined by the Rio Grande. The park is full of canyons and trails worth hiking, but you can also take a dip in the hot springs on the edge of the river or go for a pleasant ride along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

With thick adobe walls, stone floors, and phenomenal views of Big Bend National Park, this rental is tough to beat.

A good spot for multi-gen families, the home has two bedrooms, plus a separate guest house. The interior is simple but large and has everything you need for a relaxing stay in the desert from stone fireplaces and woven Native American rugs to an outdoor grill.

However, it’s the spacious patio with a fire pit and breathtaking valley views that really make this the place to stay.

FAQs

How many national parks are there?

There are over 400 national park sites overseen by the National Park Service, but only 63 official national parks. California has the most national parks with nine, followed by Alaska’s eight parks, and Utah’s five parks.

Does every state have a national park?

National parks are not spread out evenly across the country and there are 20 states that don’t have a national park. However, these states are still home to national monuments and/or state parks. The states without an official national park are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Are national parks free to visit?

No, most national parks charge an entrance fee, but there are six days of the year where entrance is free at all parks. For 2021, these days are January 18, April 17, August 4, August 25, September 25, and November 11. Keep in mind these dates tend to attract bigger crowds, which will mean longer lines.

How do I get a National Park Pass?

A national park pass covers the entrance fee at over 2,00 paks in the U.S. An annual pass costs $80 and can be purchased at a recreation site that issues passes or online at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. Discounted passes are available for U.S. citizens and residents over 62 years old with an annual pass costing $20 and a lifetime pass costing $20. Free passes are available for people with disabilities.

What should I look for in a national park vacation rental?

Since the park will be the main attraction, you should look for a home that is in close proximity to the park of your choice. Additionally, consider similar criteria to what we look for, such as high ratings, positive recent reviews, Superhost status, homes that specify enhanced cleaning procedures, and standout amenities like a private hot tub or pool. You’ll want a place that’s comfortable and fits your entire group so you can get a good night’s rest between your days of outdoor adventure.

Is it safe to stay in a vacation rental right now?

The CDC has noted that travel in the US is safe for fully vaccinated people.

Additionally, private home rentals are considered safer than hotels, because you minimize interaction with others and hosts must follow strict cleaning procedures. However, we always recommend following CDC guidelines and continuing to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.

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