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

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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

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This contemporary home has an outdoor shower, a gas fireplace, and a great balcony.

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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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We tried Scott’s Cheap Flights Elite for deals on first class fares – here’s why we think it’s worth the $199 subscription

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They say once you fly first class, you can never go back to coach. There’s nothing like going past the first class curtain to plush, and in some cases, lie-flat seats, while tucking into chef-prepared meals and sipping champagne.

I know personally that the saying is true. But unfortunately, I’ve made the long walk back to economy many times after experiencing the indulgent front of the plane.

That’s because for most fliers, business or first class is often prohibitively expensive and a rarity saved for special occasions or occasional upgrades.

However, Scott’s Cheap Flights, a newsletter and website for finding the best flight deals, has an Elite tier specifically for cheap premium economy, business class, and first class flights. It’s not free like their basic newsletter, but if you like to stretch out in style, it’s worth checking out.

I tried out an Elite subscription, comped for review purposes, and for just under $17 per month, think it’s one of the best ways to find good deals on upgraded cabins. Here’s how it works, how it compares to the free service, and some of the best deals I spotted.

What is Scott’s Cheap Flights?

Scott’s Cheap Flights is a newsletter and website that shares incredible flight deals, in some cases, even 90% off a typical flight price.

They have a team of researchers who religiously research flights and if you opt in to email subscriptions, you’ll be alerted when airlines have sales or mistake fares.

Basic membership is free, but for tailored and exclusive deals, you’ll have to upgrade to Premium, while Elite (which includes Premium) is exclusively for premium economy, business class, and first class flight deals. Here’s a full breakdown of how it works.

What is Scott’s Cheap Flights Elite?

While a standard membership shares limited deals, and Premium alerts you to significantly more deals on international and domestic economy flights, mistake fares, and some of the most popular destinations, Elite focuses specifically on premium economy, business class, and first class flights.

However, because it also includes Premium membership, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds – in other words, all the best deals without limitations.

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Deals are available based on membership levels.

Deals arrive daily in your inbox or can be found on the website. Online, you’ll see deals reserved only for Premium or Elite members.

To find the best cheap flights for you, you’ll want to “follow” airports where you typically depart. Free members may select up to five airports, premium members can follow up to 10, and Elite members have unlimited choices.

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Tailor your search results by setting “home” airports.

How much does an Elite subscription cost?

Elite is $199 per year, which is significantly more than Scott’s Cheap Flights’ Premium service that costs $49 for an annual subscription. Regular memberships are free.

But if you travel often, love to jump on good deals, and specifically want to fly in upgraded cabins, that’s just under $17 a month, which is pretty cheap.

You may also try it for free for 14 days at no cost if you decide it isn’t for you.

How do I sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights’ Elite subscription?

Signing up for a Scott’s Cheap Flights Elite account is easy:

  1. First, create an account, by going to their homepage where you’ll submit your name, email, and create a password. You’ll also answer prompts to make sure you see the best deals.
  2. For Elite, you’ll then be prompted to input your credit card information.

That’s it.

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Signing up for Elite, or any membership, takes only a few minutes.

Is Elite better than Premium or Free?

That depends on how often you fly or plan to jump on deals, and how important elevated cabins are to you.

However, to see how many more deals an Elite member receives (which, again, includes Premium), I also signed up for a free account on another email to track how many I received for each tier. Over a five-week period, here’s how they compared:

Free service:

  • 30 email deals for economy domestic and international flights
  • 16 emails with destination-related content, travel tips, and offers for discounts on paid memberships

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Premium service:

  • 121 email deals for economy domestic and international flights
  • 16 emails with destination-related content, travel tips, and offers for discounts on paid memberships

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Elite service:

  • 9 email deals for domestic and international premium economy class flights
  • 26 email deals for domestic and international business and first class flights
  • 126 email deals for economy domestic and international flights
  • 16 emails with destination-related content, travel tips, and offers for discounts on paid memberships

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So, looking at deals specifically, since all members receive similar promotional emails, being a Premium member earned significantly more deals than a basic membership.

Elite included all the same Premium emails, with the addition of upgraded cabin deals, which were mostly for business class over any other.

While I didn’t receive nearly as many premium or business class deals as I did for economy flights through Premium, the number of premium/business/first class sales totaled just about the same as all the emails I received in entirety as a free member, which is a pretty good showing.

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Flying first, business, or premium economy comes with lots of plush perks.

What are some of the best deals Elite members receive?

While I received a lot of great deals as an Elite member, these offered some of the most significant savings to popular destinations. Do note that these were tailored to my residence on the East Coast:

  • New York City to Quito, Ecuador in premium economy: $505
  • New York City to Barcelona, Spain in premium economy: $778
  • Boston to Copenhagen, Denmark in premium economy, $990
  • New York to Bangkok, Thailand in premium economy, $1,186
  • New York City to Nassau, Bahamas in business class, $623
  • New York City to Quito, Ecuador in business class: $755
  • Boston to Seattle in business class, $997
  • Boston to Rome, Italy in business class, $1,568
  • Hartford to Madrid, Spain in business class, $2,210
  • New York, to Cape Town, South Africa, $2,704

The bottom line

Most major travel requires a flight, which can be a long, uncomfortable journey. Flying business or first class is an indulgence that removes many pain points, but is also expensive and discounts are hard to come by.

However, Scott’s Cheap Flights Elite service hones in specifically on them, offering major savings.

If you fly often and are open to paying more for premium economy, business class, and first class, then Scott’s Cheap Flights Elite service is one of the best ways to find cheap airfare on these cabins. And at roughly $17 per month for a year, this price is cheaper than buying dinner.

While I didn’t purchase airfare during my testing period (I have a baby and we’re trying to limit travel with her during the pandemic), I would definitely sign up for Elite if I were flying at pre-pandemic levels, or knew I’d be traveling on long haul routes.

However, if you don’t fly much or are perfectly comfortable in coach, you’re better off trying Premium, which still nets great deals for about $4 per month. Or, start with the free version and upgrade if you like what you see.

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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

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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.

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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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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  • 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.

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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

A guest bath with vibrant colors at The Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block

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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

A guest room at The Oxford Hotel in downtown Denver.
Traditional hospitality shines at this historic hotel.

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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

A guest room at the Ramble Hotel in Denver.
Stylish rooms complement a swanky aesthetic where mixologist-inspired cocktails feature heavily.

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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

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

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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.

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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

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A sleek rooftop pool is framed by lush views.

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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.

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11 dude ranches where you can ride horses, go skeet shooting, or try fly fishing – and most meals are included

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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.

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320 Guest Ranch

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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13 best cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, Tennessee with luxe perks like gourmet kitchens, hot tubs, and screening rooms

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  • Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the gateways to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • For your next visit, we rounded up the best Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabins on Airbnb and Vrbo.
  • Our picks have the makings of a cozy cabin stay with woodsy accents, ample views, and hot tubs.

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Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the gateways to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a stunning area that straddles North Carolina and Tennessee and is defined by picturesque views, fresh mountain air, and winding hiking trails.

The rugged beauty of the mountain and river landscapes makes for an enchanting getaway, particularly while socially distant getaways and outdoor activities continue to reign supreme.

While there are many hotels in the area, these mountain towns are particularly known for their cozy cabin rentals, which boast alluring amenities ranging from hot tubs with views to plush screening rooms. These are the best Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rentals you can book on Airbnb or Vrbo when visiting the Great Smoky Mountains.

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A light-filled studio cabin

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A two-person hot tub and corner fireplace ensure a cozy stay in this Airbnb Plus listing.

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This standalone cabin is located on a lush resort, offering guests easy access to activities like horseback riding and whitewater rafting.  

Inside, tall ceilings and an abundance of large windows allow for plenty of natural light, helping the cabin feel spacious and airy despite its diminutive size. A two-person hot tub and corner fireplace ensure a cozy stay, while accents like a vintage trunk and bright flowers add character. 

There is also a back porch with rocking chairs and a grill in this Airbnb Plus listing, which means it’s been vetted and recognized for outstanding quality, design, and upkeep.

A romantic cabin with a heart-shaped tub

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A heart-shaped jetted tub sets the scene for a romantic getaway.

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This cabin isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to creating a romantic atmosphere. A heart-shaped jetted tub is the star of the design, and it faces a small fireplace surrounded by tiered candles, a lantern, and houseplants, for the ultimate calming soak.

Couple that romance with the surrounding scenery, best enjoyed from the abundance of outdoor seating options including adorable rocking chairs with little bear cutouts in the backrests. There’s also an air hockey table, board games, and plenty of nearby hiking trails to keep you entertained. 

Mountaintop cabin with a hot tub and game room

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A wide deck has multiple seating areas, a grill, and great views.

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Nestled in the hills between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, this cabin stuns from the first glance of its dramatic porches with rocking chairs that beg you to slow down and savor the view.

There’s one King-sized bedroom with a bed crafted from real logs with a fireplace and an adjoining full bathroom. A lofty living area is airy and bright with high cathedral ceilings and an adjacent kitchen area with a cute table for enjoying breakfast alongside dramatic views.

End your day with a dip in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the mountains or spend time in the upstairs loft with a full-size pool table, high-top game table, and an upright retro arcade.

While there’s only one bedroom, this is a family friendly-space with extra foldaway beds, a pack n play, and a baby gate provided.

A two-story cabin with a spacious porch

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Spa-inspired amenities include a steam shower and whirlpool tub.

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When you arrive at this two-story cabin, you’ll be greeted by bear decals adorning the pine siding in true homage to the Smoky Mountains surroundings.

One of this home’s most notable features is the spacious and well-curated outdoor hangout space. There is a multi-level patio setup akin to an entire living room with cushioned seating, curtains, a fireplace, and a hot tub. 

The indoor living area is just as decked out with a fireplace, record player, and vintage arcade game systems like a pinball machine, multicade, and classic Nintendo mini. With a steam shower and whirlpool tub, this cabin also comes heavy with rejuvenating spa-inspired amenities. 

A mountain cabin that caters to couples

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With a setting perched amid so many trees, staying here feels kind of like staying in a luxe treehouse.

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Perched amid lush greenery, this charming cabin feels like a luxury lodge that caters to couples. A large deck offers front-row views to stunning views of the Smoky Mountains, best enjoyed in the private hot tub.

Inside, things are equally well-suited to an intimate getaway with a King-size bed, a stone fireplace, and a whirlpool tub adjacent to a mounted TV so you can watch your favorite movie while enjoying a soak. There’s also a full kitchen, a walk-in shower, a pool table, fast Wi-Fi, and plenty of attractive wood for a real sense of place.

Downtown Gatlinburg is just four miles away while Pigeon Forge is nine.

Contemporary cabin with a designer feel

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Sleek furnishings and killer views combine at this contemporary cabin.

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Unlike many cabin rentals that are heavy on antlers and heavy logs, this sleek home feels like a contemporary oasis with light timber wood, recessed lighting, and minimal furnishings in neutral, soothing hues.

The master suite is super spacious with a King-size bed and a spa-like, oversized walk-in shower. An inviting living room focuses around a centerpiece fireplace and a stainless steel kitchen comes ready with everything you need. Additional bedrooms including a sleeping loft provide room for families or groups, and two-tiered decks provide impressive views of the surrounding landscape. Sink into the outdoor couch, grab a chair around the fire pit, or slip into the hot tub — this isn’t the kind of place you’ll want to leave anytime soon.

Family and pet-friendly cabin with large decks

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Wood and stone finishes make this home feel especially rustic, but with luxe touches.

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This roomy abode is a great find for families or groups, impressing with both size and substance. Double-decker wraparound porches provide ample space to take in sweeping views of Mt. LeConte, while inside feels rustic with lots of wood and stone finishes.

Make a meal in the chef’s kitchen with an adjacent living area and fireplace or settle into the couch in the unique octagon-shaped living room.

The master bedroom includes a deep soaking jetted tub right next to a King-sized bed for a touch of romance, while kids will love the bunk beds tucked into a cozy alcove in the game room, which also includes an old school multicade and collection of board games. 

Dramatic A-frame cabin with hot tub

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The ethereal decor makes this cabin feel like a modern fairy tale.

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There’s a dramatic ambiance to this A-frame cabin with a dark gothic color palette contrasted against blond timber walls, a spiral staircase, and a bed canopy. With a freestanding soaking tub, an abundance of houseplants, and an ethereal feel to the lofted King-sized bed, this cabin could easily be the setting for a modern fairy tale. 

Tucked into the mountains, this cabin offers incredible privacy. Head onto either of the two covered balconies, relax in the hot tub, or take a seat on the porch and relish the peaceful setting. While staying here, you will also have access to nearby tennis courts, walking trails, and a scenic stream.

Log cabin with a heated indoor pool

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Swim in this indoor pool, a rarity in cabin homes.

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While log cabins are found aplenty in these parts, one with a private heated indoor pool is certainly a rarity. This cabin takes blissful relaxation to the next level with a small indoor pool that features a waterfall and lounge chairs, flanked by a smart projector so you can watch your favorite movies submerged in water. When the weather is warm, open the garage door to easily create the ultimate indoor/outdoor setup. 

Post-swim, enjoy an indoor basketball game a few steps away from the pool and a Golden Tee 2019 game in the living area. You can also warm up in front of the living room fireplace, or unwind on the balcony nestled among the surrounding trees.

The cabin’s decor includes subtle nods to the Smoky Mountains’ landscape, from depictions of babbling streams to black bears. 

A contemporary cabin with a hot tub

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Contemporary, whimsical decor elevates this home from a simple cabin to a posh pad.

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Expertly mixing vintage and modern design concepts, this home boasts soaring ceilings, a floating staircase, a pastel blue and white color palette, and fun touches like a vintage phone, old-fashioned stove, dangling nightstands, and a barrel accent table.

The lighting fixtures alone are to be lauded, from exposed bulbs to atom-like sconces in the living room to mason jar hanging lights above the kitchen island. 

As inviting as the interiors are, you’ll surely want to step outside onto the spacious decks, where you can enjoy views of Mt. Leconte and soak in a hot tub under string lights and stars.

A sprawling cabin with a theater and hot tub

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Spend cozy nights at home by loading up a movie in the screening room.

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This cabin is cheerfully bright, with colorful accents alongside floor-to-ceiling windows that allow sunlight to blanket the home.

There’s an undeniable playfulness to the setup, from a swing chair and tic-tac-toe board in the living area to the pool table and vintage arcade games downstairs. There’s even a home theater room with a huge projector screen surrounded by beanbag chairs and a sectional couch for movie nights at home.

If you’re someone who enjoys an impeccable view, the private deck and outdoor hot tub looking out at the Smoky Mountain are prepared to help you with your scenic endeavors.

Spacious cabin with heavenly views, a game room, and fire pit

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Antler accents, exposed beams, and nature-inspired artwork create a strong sense of place.

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Grand yet homey, this cabin dubbed “Simply Heaven” earned its moniker from impressive covered decks that enjoy stunning views for miles. An upper and lower deck feature nice amenities such as a hot tub, grill, Adirondack chairs, fire pit, and an outdoor dining area.

If you prefer your meals inside, the dining room is a knockout, well-designed with an antler chandelier, exposed beams, and nature-inspired artwork. Other rustic accents include a coffee table that resembles a tree stump and antler lamps that match the kitchen’s chandelier.

There is also an epic game room with numerous fun tables from pool to shuffleboard to foosball, in addition to a substantial collection of board games. 

Luxury mountain cabin with a home theater

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This home has a show-stopping theater room with tiered recliners and movie posters.

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This capacious cabin includes playful and fun accents from the bear statues outside to the sink and table with a barrel base inside. There’s also a game room with a pool table, foosball table, and several arcade games.

But it’s the home’s show-stopping theater that’s the real star. It comes equipped with tiered recliners and movie posters to create an authentic viewing experience. 

The contemporary interiors may stray from traditional cabin decor, but the backdrop of verdant trees and mountain ranges, as well as the home’s half-log, half-stone exterior still give it a classic feel.

A large deck makes enjoying time outdoors easy and comes furnished with a picnic table, a swinging bench, a hot tub, and plenty of rocking chairs.

FAQ: Gatlinburg cabin rentals

What is there to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?

The biggest draw of exploring Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Beyond that, there are plenty of unique draws to keep visitors busy. If you’re hoping to fulfill your spelunking fantasies (or maybe realize ones you didn’t know you had) you can take a boat ride tour of The Lost Sea, which is America’s largest underground lake. 

If handcrafted goods are more your speed, the eight-mile loop that constitutes the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community is a must-stop where you’ll find works made by the organization’s independent artisans, including pottery, paintings, and sculptures. Not to mention the iconic Dollywood theme park, which is set to reopen this year on March 13.

How much are cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, TN?

Cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, TN can cost anywhere from around $100 per night for a small studio to $500 per night for a lavish mountain lodge. The cost depends on the size of the house and the time of year you plan to visit.

When are cabin rentals cheapest in Pigeon Forge?

For cheap cabins in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, plan to visit in winter when the temperatures will be cold, but the crowds will be fewer than in the warmer months when visitors flock here to hike and admire fall foliage.

How do I find a cabin with a hot tub or pool?

If you want a Gatlinburg cabin with a hot tub, make sure you’re refining search results for cabin rentals on Airbnb or Vrbo by ticking checkboxes for features such as a pool or hot tub.

Is it safe to stay in a cabin?

The CDC says travel is safe within the US for vaccinated individuals, and vacation rentals, are also considered safe by experts. Here’s what they have to say about risks, and how to best protect yourself

 

How we selected the best Gatlinburg cabin rentals

  1. All listings are for entire private cabin rentals, per current expert recommendations.
  2. Every listing is highly reviewed with a 4.8 guest rating or higher.
  3. Each home is committed to Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, a five-step cleaning process developed in partnership with health and hospitality experts. 
  4. All cabin rentals are affordable and range in starting price from $120 to $393 per night, as of publishing.
  5. All cabins have exceptional amenities and design features that make them a great place to stay while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains such as log cabin exteriors, wooden accents, fireplaces, hot tubs, and incredible views.
  6. Homes are available to book in the coming weeks and months, subject to availability. For more Airbnbs near the Smoky Mountains, click here.

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The 25 best Airbnbs in Florida, from a Harry Potter-themed home in Orlando to beachfront pads in Miami

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  • Florida offers a wide range of year-round vacation appeal, from white-sand beaches to lively cities.
  • Florida Airbnbs offer a convenient base that is often cheaper or more spacious than a hotel.
  • We found the best Airbnbs in Florida, from the Panhandle, down the Gulf Coast, and in the Keys.

Whether you’re looking to escape the winter chill, visit theme parks, or sunbathe on a stretch of white sand, Florida is a worthy year-round vacation destination.

Florida is also easily accessible from many American cities and an especially appealing option for East Coasters looking for some easy to reach sunshine.

While there’s plenty of gorgeous hotels in Florida to choose from, the state also has a wide range of fantastic Airbnb vacation rentals that are often cheaper, more spacious, and just as comfortable. Here are the top Florida Airbnbs to suit all tastes.

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Cottage with a private pool in Miami

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Enjoy a private pool for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room.

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Located near the trendy Brickell neighborhood in Miami, this home is named “La Casita Blanca” for its all-white exteriors. It features modern decor in soothing neutral tones, but here it’s really about enjoying time outside in the stunning fenced-off yard. In addition to the lush lawn and garden wall, there’s a cute eating nook and lounge chairs for soaking up the sunshine. 

When you’re ready to cool off, dive into the kidney-shaped pool featuring dolphin mosaic tiles. However, keep in mind that while this is a guest house that’s completely separate, the yard and pool are shared with the main house nearby. 

 

Oceanview condo in Miami Beach

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Wake up to dramatic ocean views right from bed.

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Nothing is more pleasing than staying in an Airbnb that feels like a hotel for a lot less, and this property has all the makings of a dream beachfront stay.

The sleek, modern decor is coupled with resort-like amenities such as the pool, gym, and tennis courts, in addition to the prime beach location.

Interiors are gleamingly modern, with 180-degree ocean views of the crystal clear water, including right from the plush King-size bed. There’s also fast Wi-Fi and a smart TV with Netflix.

Contemporary studio with views in Miami

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A thoughtful Superhost takes care of every detail in this well-appointed apartment.

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This apartment’s Superhost thinks of even the smallest of details, starting with a bottle of champagne upon arrival.

The apartment has a refreshingly clean, simple, and elegant feel with translucent dining chairs, a small writing desk, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests also have access to a pool, hot tub, and gym, as well.

Charming Coconut Grove is close and full of shops and restaurants, and if you seek the sand, the beach is just a short ride away.

Cozy home in Miami

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Stay within walking distance of Midtown Miami and the Design District.

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Unlike other Miami listings, this property offers the chance to stay in a house rather than an apartment. For this listing, it’s all in the details. The bright blue “Eat” sign in the kitchen matches blue accents that appear across the home, right down to the bowls in the cabinet. Beach towels, an umbrella, and beach blankets are provided, and a travel crib is also available for parents.

The outdoor space comes with various decks, a grill, and an outdoor garden and the full-sized kitchen and washer/dryer make it a great fit for a week-long stay or longer. Conveniently, this home is also within walking distance to Midtown Miami and the Design District.

Art-filled condo in downtown Miami

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A huge private balcony offers views of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay.

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The downtown Miami apartment features sleek white and gray interiors and plenty of contemporary art adorning the walls.

One serious perk is the huge private balcony with views of the skyline and Biscayne Bay. King-size beds and a Roman tub set up the scene for a sumptuous stay, while a dedicated workspace in one of the bedrooms means you can also use this spot as a base for a working vacation.

A shared gym with a dry sauna, plus a pool area that includes four separate hot tubs are building amenities. Restaurants, shops, and a convenience store are also right downstairs. 

Trendy apartment near Wynwood

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This apartment is much like Wynwood itself: young, hip, and trendy.

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If you’re looking to take advantage of Miami’s art district, consider a base in vibrant Wynwood. This listing is a short walk from the revered Wynwood Walls, which are an anchor of the local art scene, surrounded by plenty of shops and restaurants.

The home harbors the same aesthetic of Wynwood itself: young, hip, and trendy. Its four-guest capacity is perfect for small groups (despite only having one bedroom), and the apartment is part of a larger complex with a pool and gym. 

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Relaxed pad in Fort Lauderdale

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Cool colors and modern decor set this up to be a comfortable stay.

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The granite kitchen, serene bathroom, and in-unit washer/dryer all make this home a great pick for a week-long stay for up to four guests. The interiors are modern with a tile backsplash in the kitchen, a long kitchen island that doubles as a bar with black stools, and unique flooring in the bedroom.

Past guests praise the shower as the highlight, with one describing it as “a dream shower with great pressure.” The fenced-in pool is shared only between three units, so it’s easy to maintain social distance and there’s also a backyard with a pool, grill, and lounge chairs.

Modern apartment near Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

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This four-unit apartment building was designed in 1964 and is still regarded as an architectural highlight of the city.

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This home serves as an elegant base for a Miami visit, situated in the upscale Colee Hammock neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. Built in the 1960s, the building was crafted around a huge oak tree in the courtyard.

Inside, you’ll find uniquely shaped rooms and minimalistic but updated decor that still has beachy flair via palm-print wallpaper in the white kitchen and a leopard rug in the living area.  A private patio adds additional hangout space, complete with a charming hammock. 

Beach house with private pool in Fort Lauderdale

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A fenced-in yard houses a private pool and a huge patio.

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This contemporary house is located right near the beach and is especially ideal for families. It features plenty of space for spreading out with one room equipped with Twin-size beds that’s just right for kids.

The open-concept living area includes a media console and comfy couch for at-home movie nights, and the modern kitchen is great for enjoying meals at home.

Large sliding glass doors lead to a fenced-in yard with a private pool and a huge patio area with a gas grill. If you’re driving, you’ll enjoy that this home has a driveway for free and easy parking. 

Sleek luxury condo in Hollywood

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This beachfront condo comes with the use of hotel-like perks such as a pool, hot tub, gym, and tennis court.

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Enjoy all Fort Lauderdale has to offer from a quieter home base, such as this spot in Hollywood, which is only a 25-minute drive away.

With a minimalist kitchen and waterfront terrace, this condo embraces luxury with hotel-like perks such as an inviting pool, hot tub, gym, and tennis court. It’s directly on the beach, making it easy to maximize your time on the sand. Best for couples, it houses up to two guests.

The decor is stylish but inviting, with neutral furnishings accented by beachy and bright photographs. There’s also a small balcony with two chairs for enjoying those pretty views.

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Condo with pool near Disney Springs in Orlando

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This Airbnb is a hotel suite that comes with all the amenities of a full resort.

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Enjoy the best of both worlds with this hotel room available through Airbnb. It’s a two-bedroom unit that’s actually located within the Sheraton Vistana Resort, so you’ll enjoy all the amenities of a hotel with more privacy and space than is typical.

Only one mile from Walt Disney World, this incredibly affordable vacation rental comes with a King-size master suite with a Sheraton Bed and whirlpool tub, as well as a guest bedroom with two Twin-size beds, and a living area with a sofa bed, making this a great pick for families or groups. 

There are TVs in the living room and each bedroom, a Bose sound system, and a full kitchen with a breakfast bar. While week-long stays are the minimum, a washer and dryer makes that a cinch. Other standout features include the private balcony, free Wi-Fi, and access to resort perks like tanning beds, spa services, basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, robust programming and activities, several pools, and much more.

Spacious townhouse for Disney families in Kissimmee

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Lean in to Disney vacation vibes with a home themed after the park itself.

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This huge, five-bedroom townhouse is only five miles from Walt Disney World. It’s well-equipped with a full-sized kitchen and themed bedrooms for the kids or kids at heart, decked out in full Disney paraphernalia. This is a home that offers a true sense of place to get you into the Disney vacation spirit. 

When you tire out from the theme parks, retreat to this cozy space or take a dip in the community’s on-site pool. However, it’s worth checking with the host if the space is currently open.

Palm Beach-style apartment in Orlando

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Pastel prints and boho accents make this home an Instagrammer’s dream.

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Get a taste of vintage Florida charm in this high-end space with bright colors everywhere you look. A light blue couch is accented by pink floral pillows, while an egg chair in the corner and turquoise stools are equally eye-catching seating options. 

This listing is especially ideal for couples looking for a quirky and fun stay. It’s located in Winter Park just outside downtown Orlando, making it great for nights out enjoying the dining and nightlife scene of the area. But if the beach is on your radar, the apartment also provides complimentary beach essentials for you to use during your stay.

Huge townhouse with a private pool in Orlando

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Glam furniture gives this home a refined feel.

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Large families or pods of friends will love this townhouse with five spacious bedrooms alongside sophisticated interiors like leather sofas and earth-toned accents.

It has a playful side too, with some bedrooms including Star Wars and Disney motifs that kids will surely love. Another major draw is the private pool, ideal for a lazy day at home or cooling off after a busy day at the parks.

Lake Buena Vista and all its attractions are right nearby, making this listing’s location an equally attractive reason to book. 

Harry Potter-inspired home in Kissimmee

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Inspired by everyone’s favorite castle, this home is covered in Hogwarts nostalgia with five themed bedrooms.

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Orlando isn’t only about Disney and Harry Potter fans, rest assured that we found the ultimate house for a future visit to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Just a 10-minute drive to the theme park, every inch of this home is covered in Hogwarts nostalgia and can accommodate up to 13 wizards or muggles with five themed bedrooms.

Inspired by everyone’s favorite castle, the over-the-top decor is truly one of a kind, and magical features include five bedrooms for the whole family, a living room with large screen TV with Netflix and Nintendo Switch, plus a dining hall, fully equipped kitchen, a swimming pool, a patio with a grill, and a laundry room. 

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Resort-style apartment in Key Largo

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The apartment is part of a beach resort with breathtaking views, a beach, a pool, hot tub, and tennis courts.

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The idyllic Florida Keys are known for remote scenery and relaxed vibes, and this property makes it easy to savor both. The apartment is actually part of a beach resort with breathtaking views, beach access, a great pool, and hot tub, as well as tennis courts, though you should confirm their operation with the host before booking.

Aside from the basics, the resort also offers many perks such as a poolside bar, an on-site restaurant, decks for fishing and boating, and grills. 

The apartment itself has a modern kitchen with high-end appliances and beachy details like starfish lamps, palm leaf-patterned bedding, and ocean-themed artwork.

Studio near Duval in Key West

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This home is just a block away from Duval Street.

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This cozy apartment is small but expertly laid out with a plush Queen-size bed, a full kitchen with modern granite countertops, a separate dining area, and an oversized wardrobe for easy unpacking. It also has a small, furnished deck that’s an ideal spot for your morning coffee.

This home’s best amenity is its location. Found just a block from Duval Street, the lively main drag, you’ll be close to many of Key West’s top attractions. As an added bonus, it also comes with a free and private parking spot.

Sailing yacht in Key West

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Climb aboard this boat (it will be docked for your stay) for a whimsical night in Key West.

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For a unique stay, consider this spacious sailing yacht. The ship is more spacious than you might think with three full bedrooms that feature a Queen, Full, and Twin beds. 

The vintage Mason boat is decked out in midcentury modern furnishings with fun turquoise accents and wood trim. Enjoy a meal with a view in the cozy eating nook that features big windows. There’s a four-burner gas stove, an oven, and a refrigerator and freezer in addition to a grill for making meals onboard. 

When you’re ready to enjoy the ocean, just hop right into the water.

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Waterfront home in Clearwater

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Watch boats go by from bed.

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This listing is self-described by the host as “the perfect space for a couple” and comes with a waterfront view, beach chairs, and the option to rent jet skis and paddleboards.

Time spent on land will also be positive, based on past guest reviews noting the studio’s cleanliness, coziness, and proximity to Clearwater’s shops and restaurants. The studio has a minimalist chic aesthetic with an entirely wooden wall behind the bed, a midcentury modern-style armchair, and wall sconce light fixtures that make the space pop.

Chic apartment in Tampa

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This well-appointed apartment is listed by a Superhost.

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Hardwood floors, a gorgeous kitchen, and minimalist lighting — you might want to live here. This apartment fit for four people is sophisticated and comes with amenities like a lovely balcony, community pool, gym, and grill.

It’s also a quick five-minute drive to downtown Tampa. If this home gets snatched up, the Superhost also lists some other beautiful properties around Tampa. 

Home with tennis and beach access in Sanibel Island

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This home is pet-friendly and a short bike ride or walk to popular Bowman’s Beach.

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Situated on picturesque Sanibel island, this sun-filled home makes it easy to enjoy tropical vibes. Just right for those seeking a quieter escape, the house is in a lush residential neighborhood lined with trees and comes with access to a community pool and tennis courts. It’s also a short bike ride or walk to Bowman’s Beach.

Double-height ceilings, floor-to-ceiling patio doors, and terra cotta tile give the living room a breezy feel. There’s a well-appointed kitchen and breakfast area, and a screened-in porch has an additional table and chairs for dining or entertaining.

This property is also pet-friendly for those traveling with four-legged friends.

Waterfront home on Pine Island

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This home has its own dock and comes with kayaks and paddleboards, and boat rentals are available.

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Found on Pine Island not far from Fort Myers, this Airbnb is an ideal stay for anyone seeking a getaway surrounded by nature where they can easily hit the water. Take a ride along a bike trail that runs the full 18-mile length of the island, or hike within the numerous nearby nature preserves.  

You can also enjoy the water right outside the front door. This home is right on its own dock and comes with kayaks and paddleboards. Boat rentals are also available for fishing trips or sailing. Lucky guests might even catch dolphins swimming by.

The home itself is lovely with floor-to-ceiling windows to highlight the water views.  Two modestly-sized bedrooms come with Queen beds, and there is a pull-out sofa for any extra guests.

Quaint studio in Sarasota, $252

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This bungalow is part of Casey Key Resort with 200 feet of private beach as well as dockage on the Bay.

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This cute and cozy Sarasota home has all the makings of a tranquil couple’s weekend. Facing the Gulf of Mexico, the waterfront studio comes with the necessary items to relax and escape, such as a deck dotted with beach chairs, chaise lounges on the water, and even complimentary housekeeping, if you want to request it.

While it does have a full kitchen, the apartment isn’t huge, so it’s best for couples or solo travelers.

Spacious waterfront home with private pool in Marco Island

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Take a dip in the pool, enjoy the canal views, or grab a beach cart or bicycles to hit the sand.

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Ideal for large families or big groups, there’s plenty of space to entertain and spread out here. The sprawling first floor features an open kitchen and two living areas, each with plush couches, coffee tables, and beach-chic decor, including white wicker furniture and pale blue accents. 

In the backyard, take a dip in the 23-foot heated pool or just enjoy the canal views from the large screened-in porch. When you’re ready to hit the beach, the garage is stocked with a beach cart, beach chairs, sun tent, and bicycles. 

Located on a waterway where fishing and kayaking are encouraged (in fact the house has fishing poles and kayaks and life jackets for guests to use), the house is also just a 15-minute walk to Tigertail Beach and the JW Marriott on Marco Island.

Beachy condo in Panama City Beach, $228

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This apartment offers front-row views of the Gulf of Florida.

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Panama City has long been the epicenter of spring break activity in Florida, but lately, it turned its party reputation around and become a quieter destination for families, too. In line with that, this picturesque beach condo promises to be far more peaceful than you might expect of PC.

Drink your morning coffee while gazing out at the ocean from the waterfront balcony, or grab an appropriately-spaced chair by the beach or pool. With a King-sized bed and bunk beds, it accommodates up to six guests and would be great for families or small groups. 

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FAQ: Florida Airbnbs

When is the best time to visit Florida?

The best time to visit Florida is from October through May. June through August is typically humid and there are high chances of a tropical storm. However, that means summer is the best time to find deals, while the winter sees prices surge. 

Where should I stay in Florida?

The best place to stay in Florida depends entirely on your vacation plans and needs. If you want to visit Disney and the other theme parks, you’ll want to be in Orlando or Kissimmee. 

Gulf Coast beach areas offer soft white-sands and turquoise waters that rival the Caribbean. Clearwater, Destin, Naples, and Marco, and Sanibel Island are all popular and beautiful areas.

Of course, if you prefer the big cities and plenty of art, culture, and nightlife, then Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Tampa, or West Palm Beach will be especially appealing. 

What is there to do in Florida?

Florida is best known for its beaches on both coasts. But there’s plenty to do beyond sunbathing and burying your toes in the sand (though there’s nothing wrong with just doing that!).

Of course, there are theme parks, including Disney World, Universal, Epcot, Legoland, and so many more. In Miami, you can wander through the murals of Wynwood, eat at world-class restaurants, shop at upscale boutiques, and enjoy the nightlife and lively clubs. The so-called Space Coast gets its name thanks to the Kennedy Space Center, which you can visit.

Nature lovers can explore the Everglades, float on a tube down a river in Ginnie Springs, swim with manatees, snorkel, or head out on a fishing excursion. There is also plenty to do off-shore, from chartering a fishing boat to snorkeling at an artificial reef.

How we selected the best Airbnbs in Florida

  1. Airbnb listings are for the entire home, in line with current expert safety recommendations.
  2. All homes participate in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.
  3. We kept affordability in mind but included a range of listings and price points, from $65 to $350 to start. Keep in mind that right now is a peak season when prices tend to rise.
  4. All listings are highly rated with a review score of 4.2 or higher.
  5. Homes are in desirable locations throughout Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the Gulf Coast, Orlando, Panama City, the Keys, and more.
  6. Warmth is only enjoyable on your own terms – every listing has air conditioning, and many have access to a beach or pool, with necessary amenities like beach chairs or grills. 

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18 remote vacation rentals for when you want to get away from it all

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  • During COVID-19, the ideal vacation is in a remote setting, away from others outside your group.
  • We found remote homes across the US on vacation rental sites such as Airbnb, TurnKey, and Vrbo.
  • These highly-rated listings are secluded and priced between $99 and $499 per night to start.

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While heading off to a remote paradise sounds incredible, it may not be on the table amid a global pandemic. After all, most travelers can’t afford to rent out a Richard Branson-style private island in the Caribbean, a la Kim Kardashian. Though if you are looking, we did manage to find more affordable hotel buyout options and the best private islands to rent on Airbnb.

Luckily, there are closer-to-home ways to take an off-the-grid safe vacation during COVID without sacrificing comfort or exceeding your budget. Many of the best vacation rentals on Airbnb, TurnKey, and Vrbo are tucked away in remote corners of the country, while still remaining affordable and reachable by car, even if the closest big city is a couple of hours away.

I’ve been writing about consumer travel for 20 years, with a specialty in covering the US, and dove into finding the best secluded vacation rentals. Just keep in mind that while remote homes often come with electricity and running water, it may be a long drive from the closest store. Be sure to check what the rental includes and arrive stocked with the supplies you’ll need.

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These are the best remote vacation rentals in the US, sorted by price from low to high.

100-year-old farmhouse in Utah

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This historic farmhouse comes with an outdoor hot tub, Wi-Fi, and colorful modern furnishings.

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Relax under the never-ending skies of Ephraim Canyon in Utah in this century-old farmhouse that sleeps up to four. It may be getting on in years but recent refurbishments mean that the decor and interiors are shipshape and colorful, and there’s also a cute yard with cornhole, horseshoes, and a picnic area. 

Modern amenities include Wi-Fi and Apple TV, plus an essential outdoor hot tub for a soak as the sun sets or rises. Families can pass the time outdoors with nearby hiking and fishing, or go sledding in the winter months. The home feels cozy and bijoux, but still comfortable, affordable, and surrounded by acres of land. 

Moose haven cabin in Colorado

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This off-the-grid cabin feels a lot like camping with its wood-burning stove, outdoor shared bathroom, and nearby hiking trails.

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The rugged panorama of Rocky Mountain National Park separates this scenic village from Denver, Colorado, with guests ascending to around 9,000 feet to reach this remote property.

The cabin is a basic but a beautifully constructed A-frame that will suit anyone wanting a rural, back-to-nature vacation far from daily stresses. 

The interior is cozy and rustic, with a wood-burning stove and polished wooden floors and fittings. Maintaining the campsite ambiance, there are comfortable shared bathrooms and showers just 20 yards from the cabin. Solar power and a gas grill provide added comfort, but this home is thoroughly off the grid, so don’t plan to get online.

Nearby hiking (and snowshoeing in winter) is world-class and you’ll leave feeling renewed and invigorated. 

Homesteader desert cabin in California

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Escape to this barren desert refuge that dates back to 1955.

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Downtown Joshua Tree is just 12 minutes away by car but it’s a different world out here by this home, surrounded by five acres of undeveloped land under an endless blanket of stars. The hiking and natural delights of Joshua Tree National Park are also easy to access.

This cabin dates back to 1955 and maintains many original features, and in some places, the original paint. It’s a charmingly ramshackle homestead, but the hosts upgraded the amenities with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and hot water. The oranges and creams of the interior reflect the desert outside, and midcentury modern furniture pieces make for a more urbane design than you might expect.

Neighbors include a thriving art community, local rabbits, tortoises, and roadrunners. 

A mountain cabin with a hot tub in North Carolina

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Retreat to this mountainside getaway for a romantic getaway.

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Straying beyond the beaten path can come with romantic rewards for couples, especially at this mountainside one-bedroom bolthole on seven acres of land.

The nearby ridges of Western North Carolina await for hiking, rafting, canyoneering, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, and skiing. 

The modern cabin itself is as desirable as the pristine location, which is set against a lush farming valley. A quaint deck and wood-burning fireplace evoke a bucolic atmosphere and are complemented by modern technologies for relaxing down times. The standout, however, is the outdoor hot tub for an indulgent soak under a canopy of stars. 

A woodland cabin in Vermont

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A short hike is required to reach this charming tiny home hidden among the trees.

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The 20 acres of land surrounding this home in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains are thick with vegetation and woodland charm. This purpose-built so-called tiny house delivers on its off-grid promise with a look that is seemingly out of a fantasy novel or fairy tale. Knotted wooden beams and timber combines for a magical, whimsical feel that delivers a pioneering spirit.

Amenities include a wood-fired stove and fireplace, but there is no refrigeration outside of a cooler, so plan accordingly. Solar power heat water but there is no electricity or Wi-Fi. 

Instead, come for the hiking, rock climbing, and swimming holes (and skiing in the winter), and wait to update social media with photos when you reluctantly return to real life. 

A desert adobe in New Mexico

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The breathtaking desert landscape outside of this rustic adobe inspired Georgia O’Keefe’s artwork, “Perdernal.”

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This peaceful rural adobe is set in the picturesque Cerro Perdernal desert, the same landscape famously painted by Georgia O’Keefe. Located halfway between Santa Fe and Taos, this rural home offers beautiful, unobstructed sunset and mountain views from its porches, and modern southwestern decor made up of soft neutral colors, wood-beamed ceilings, and earthen tiled floors. 

The living room connects with a fully equipped kitchen with a fireplace and a vintage gas stove. Each bedroom has simple furnishings, Queen-size beds, and sandstone floors. However, the main bedroom stands out with a large stone fireplace, access to the outdoor patio, and a full bath decked out in Talavera tiles.  

This adobe structure feels secluded but shares the property with an on-site guesthouse that may be rented together or separately. There are nearby scenic hiking trails and lakes for nature excursions as well. 

Mountain cottage in Oregon

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From the family room’s built-in bar to the game room, there’s plenty of room to spread out at this rural cottage.

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A wonderfully rural five-acre wooded lot welcomes up to 13 guests at this five-bedroom house surrounded by picturesque lakes and mountains.  

The amenities are extensive with a game room, outdoor hot tub, TV, internet, and the chance to craft evening cocktails at the built-in bar while someone strikes up a suitably suave tune on the piano.  

Venture beyond the compound and find the scenic links of Aspen Lakes Golf Course a mile away, and the HooDoo Ski Area is 25 miles away.

Vineyard chalet in Oregon

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Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine that welcomes you to this picturesque vineyard chalet.

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The vast expanses of the Pacific Northwest are laid out before guests at this remote chalet, some 90 miles south of Eugene. Tens of acres of wine country surround the property, with vineyards and hills transporting visitors to an idyllic setting akin to Tuscany or the South of France. 

The vines may be decades old, but the property is modern with polished wooden floors and windows that show off the picture-postcard surroundings. Oenophiles will love the location and touches such as the wine barrel vanity, and there’s also a rain shower, fast Wi-Fi, fresh eggs from the on-site chickens, and of course, a bottle of wine to welcome you.

A charming woodsy cabin in Oklahoma

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Get cozy near multiple stone fireplaces throughout this lavish cabin.

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Tucked within the pine trees of Eagle Mountain, this remote woodsy cabin boasts luxurious touches with midcentury modern furniture and elongated windows that frame enthralling views of the surrounding lush forest. 

The stocked kitchen has sleek black cabinets and appliances, while an indoor fireplace keeps things cozy alongside an outdoor gas fireplace and hot tub.

One bedroom with a sultry soaking tub makes this an ideal pick for a romantic getaway, though there are also twin air mattresses available should you want to book this home for a small family or group.

Cabin on a private reservoir in Montana

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This backwoods log cabin is nestled along a private reservoir and comes with a kayak to use.

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Equidistant between the National Parks of Helena-Lewis and Clark and River Breaks, there’s a real frontier feel to this home, which enjoys a coveted spot overlooking its own reservoir, almost four miles outside of Lewistown.

The property makes for a sweet angler’s getaway with plum fishing spots along the nearby waterways. 

The cabin itself is comprised of elaborate wooden interiors bedecked with animal hides and wood-burning amenities for a strong rural ambiance. Fire up the grill on the large deck and trade fishing tales as you cook up the catch of the day. There’s little phone coverage, and no internet, so trade being online for days out paddling with the included kayak.

A log cabin on the river in Colorado

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Warm up with this exquisite log cabin’s hot tub or fire pit after a day of skiing at nearby Eldora Mountain.

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A set designer for a movie would be hard-pressed to come up with a more classic log cabin-looking property than this two-bedroom delight in the heights of Black Hawk, Colorado.

The sense of seclusion is palpable, though within 15 minutes you can drive to the nearby town of Nederland or the Eldora Mountain ski resort. 

The handsome, sturdy log structure is built onto a gentle, lush green hillside. Gather on the deck around the fire pit while steam gently rises from the outdoor hot tub. 

The smell of timber fills the interior, and the place comes fully loaded with modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi, cable TV, a music system, as well as a wood-burning fire, games, and an irresistible hammock. 

Mountain tree house in the forest in California

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This luxe treehouse has scenic forest views and bright sunlight that pours in from huge picture windows.

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To call this home a tree house feels like underselling the property somewhat, as it falls more within the luxury cabin arena. Surrounded by trees outside Big Bear, the town and ski resorts are around a 15-minute drive away, and the National Forest is right there as you open the curtains. 

Huge picture windows allow scenery and daylight to flood the living spaces, and vaulted ceilings open the home up in dramatic fashion. Hardwood floors, wooden panels, and exposed beams create a chalet-like ambiance, while the furniture shows off the hosts’ flawless taste with an elegant, midcentury modern theme.

A statement stone fireplace keeps things warm in winter, while outside a propane grill and wraparound balcony invites you to linger.

A charming yurt on a farmstead in Colorado

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Indulge in ranch life at this Mongolian-style yurt.

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Views of stunning Mount Sopris and 110 acres of seclusion await up to four guests at this impressive glamping yurt.

The Mongolian-style yurt offers the right balance of adventure and comfort, with a supremely commodious, wood-framed canopy under which to sleep. The space feels akin to something from a period drama but comes with Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and a bathroom (with a piping hot shower) that won’t test anyone’s standards of comfort too stringently. 

Ranch life here comes with its own array of amenities beyond the space and scenery, mostly in the form of fresh food from the farm owners, including, but not limited to, eggs, milk, poultry, and cuts of meat for your barbecuing pleasure. 

There are hiking paths up through the neighboring National Forest, and if you don’t bring your own horse (which you are encouraged to) then you can rent one and hit those dusty trails. Private stargazing sessions and alpaca yoga add to an enticing menu of activities. 

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Farmhouse on 100 acres in Pennsylvania

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This bright red farmhouse is 15 minutes from a charming colonial area once known as America’s coolest small town.

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It’s hard to imagine a cuter farmhouse than this bright red beauty set on 100 acres of land in the rolling Pennsylvania countryside. There are a few small villages within striking distance, but tiny Lititz is an 18th-century hamlet that was named “America’s Coolest Small Town” in 2013 by Budget Travel and is only 15 minutes away.

Inside the Hopeland Farm Red House, modern windows and doors mix with vintage furniture and midcentury pieces for an updated yet rustic look. Old wood burners and an antique piano are complemented by abstract art and abundant daylight.

Enjoy farm life here where your only neighbors will be chickens and ducks on your way to buy vegetables and eggs from the hosts. 

Dog-friendly retreat in Texas

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Set on 104 gorgeous acres of land with ponds, this spacious home is a good pick for those looking to bring pets along.

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You have to zoom out pretty far on your phone’s map feature to see the closest places to this exceptional Texas ranch house. Blanco, a good 15 minutes by car, is technically a city, but with a population of around 1,700 people, it’s more of a sleepy little town where people come to fish and buy lavender. 

This home spreads out on a whopping 104 acres and on-site ponds and the nearby Blanco River add to the scenic environs, the latter being great for fishing and tubing.

The house, which welcomes pets, is awash with daylight thanks to huge windows and striking vaulted ceilings. A casual contemporary look includes stone fireplaces, mounted hunting trophies, high-end leather sofas and armchairs, as well as granite worktops and stainless steel appliances. Have a cook-out under those huge skies with the grill and outdoor dining area. 

Large lakefront home in Maine

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This expansive lakefront home has spectacular views of Graham Lake.

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This delightful lakefront house can welcome up to 17 people with almost 4,000 square feet to sprawl out. There’s also plenty of room to claim for yourself outside amid the natural expanse of Hardwood Hill Island Nature Preserve and nearby Acadia National Park. Graham Lake sits right outside, as well.

The house has multiple large living areas and plenty of amenities for group meals, both indoor and out. There’s also Wi-Fi and the home comes with its own dock and kayaks to get out on the water. 

Home with a lake and pool in New York

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Dip into this farmhouse’s private lake or saltwater pool for a refreshing escape.

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Red Hook itself isn’t much more than a village, just north of Poughkeepsie in Upstate New York, two hours from Manhattan.

This wonderful farmhouse is a good 10-minute drive from even that small development, along remote country lanes. Its sprawling 120 acres will deliver a serious dose of isolated tranquility, and the land contains both a private lake and a saltwater pool. 

The house itself is a beautifully converted red brick barn, with wooden beamed ceilings and a contemporary look that you might more associate with an urban warehouse. Polished wooden floors, reclaimed wood furnishings, and sleek top-of-the-range appliances fill the open-plan living space.

Open the curtains each morning to admire sun-drenched paddocks, or in the winter, there’s snow-shoeing or skiing nearby. Guests can hike, bike, and buy fresh eggs year-round.  

A secluded tree house in Montana

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A mesmerizing spiral staircase wraps around a Douglas fir tree that grows through this dream tree house.

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On seven acres of private woods, this two-story tree house is unique and plenty remote while still featuring creature comforts like two decks, a breakfast nook with a handmade wooden bar, fast Wi-Fi, and plush bathrobes.

The showstopping piece is a spiral staircase custom crafted around a Douglas fir tree that grows right through the home. There is one true bedroom, but the house can sleep up to four guests thanks to padded seating areas that double as extra sleeping space.

While secluded, the location is close to the entrance of Glacier National Park and the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.

FAQ: Remote vacation spots

How can I find remote rentals near me?

Most remote cabins and vacation rentals are located amid forests, deserts, woodlands, and national parks. They balance the feeling of being remote with vehicle access to shops and gas stations, etc, within 30 minutes drive or so. This might mean it is near a city or a village, but we looked for properties that are largely set on their own grounds for a strong sense of isolation. 

Search on places like Airbnb, TurnKey, and Vrbo in small towns and remote settings well outside major cities. The best way to do this is to select an area, and then search listings by map view.

What kind of facilities do remote homes have? 

Remote vacation rental facilities vary — some have Wi-Fi and air conditioning, whereas others are more like an elevated camping situation with shared bathrooms and showers.

We included a wide selection as people have differing levels of how off-grid they want to get. 

Many remote homes are located in delicate environments so be sure to check the listing carefully when you book. Hosts will have listed the specific requirements, for example, if you can cook outdoors, and you may incur extra costs if you do not comply with these rules. 

What should I pack with me? 

Check the more detailed listings via the links to the property pages and see what the hosts suggest, especially as to whether they supply linens, towels, and kitchen essentials.

Where can Americans travel right now?

The CDC recently said people who are vaccinated can travel safely within the US. However, there are certain countries where Americans can travel without restrictive entry requirements.

Are vacation rentals safe?

If you’re wondering whether vacation rentals such as Airbnbs are safe, we spoke with experts who said staying at a private vacation rental, as opposed to a hotel may actually be one of the safer travel options, because booking an entire house eliminates interactions with hosts or other guests.

Airbnb also implemented new procedures and cleaning policies, which all hosts must follow.  

How we chose the best remote vacation rentals

  1. The vacation rental is for the entire home in line with social distancing guidelines.
  2. Homes are located in remote settings amid mountains, woodlands, lakes, deserts, and national parks, surrounded by nature but with access to nearby towns or villages for supply runs.
  3. All properties are highly-rated listings with a minimum past guest rating of 4.5 out of 5.0. 
  4. Vacation rentals boast unique features such as interesting architecture ranging from simple adobe huts to deluxe compounds, as well as inviting decor, and plush amenities (think pools, hot tubs, and great outdoor space).
  5. Prices start between $99 and $499 per night to accommodate a wide variety of budgets and group sizes.
  6. All of the properties adhere to strict COVID-19 cleaning policies.
  7. All of the properties have availability to book over the coming weeks or months, as of publishing. 

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