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Planning a trip to one of America’s top national parks? These incredible parks boast stunning scenery with unique natural wonders and beautiful terrain, from dramatic canyon landscapes to snow-capped mountain peaks. Whether your bucket list includes the Grand Canyon and Yosemite or you dream of visiting the active volcanoes in Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park, you’ll need a cozy place to stay so you can rest and recharge before another day of hiking and sightseeing. With this, we’ve chosen some of our favorite national parks and highlighted the best vacation rentals nearby.
*Travelers are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19. Please check the National Park Service website for more details and information on specific park access.
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Located in California, Yosemite National Park is a must-see destination for outdoor lovers with its cascading waterfalls, ancient Sequoia trees and unique rock formations. Set within the gates of Yosemite is this charming cabin, which boasts 17-foot-tall wood beam ceilings and large windows for taking in the mountain views. In addition to a king-size bed in the master bedroom, there’s a fold-out sofa bed, full kitchen and reading loft. Breathe in the fresh air on the patio, which has a BBQ grill, or take advantage of the hiking trails and wildlife watching spots nearby.
Yellowstone is not only America’s first national park, but it’s also one of the most active areas of hydrothermal activity in the world. One of the top Airbnbs near Yellowstone is this three-bedroom home, which offers a two-in-one package with a guest house included. Beautifully decorated, it features a large 50-inch TV, gas fireplace and spectacular woodland views. Outside, there’s a spacious deck with a BBQ grill and patio furniture, while the second house boasts a family room with board games, cards and Nintendo Wii. You can also take a walk right out the front door through the National Forest.
Glacier National Park is known for its diverse wilderness and outdoor adventures, along with glacier-carved peaks and scenic hiking trails. This beautiful two-bedroom VRBO home is located at the doorstep of the national park, offering 1,100 square feet of space with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, gas fireplace and gas grill. Within walking distance of the entrance, its location is extraordinarily convenient for an adventure in the park as well as a general store, ice cream parlor, putt-putt golf and restaurants.
One of the most popular bucket-list national parks in the U.S., the Grand Canyon captivates with its rich history, epic hikes and beautiful layers of red rocks. This large 5-bedroom VRBO home is located in Page nearby, offering stunning views from its outdoor deck. It has two big-screen TVs as well as two living rooms, a dining area and an upper balcony for taking in the surrounding landscape. Accommodating up to 14 guests, you can bring the whole family and explore Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, the Colorado River and Zion National Park nearby.
Located in southwest Utah, Zion National Park is known for its jaw-dropping hikes, steep red cliffs and Emerald Pools. For the full experience, stay in this convertible A-frame Airbnb to enjoy a night under the stars, as this off-grid spot is just 140 feet from the East Rim Trailhead. Soak up the nature views and sounds as the outdoors are brought inside in this unique accommodation, which is ideal for adventurous travelers looking to get away from it all. It boasts a giant Jenga and corn hole boards as well as an Adirondack loveseat, BBQ area and dry cooler with s’mores fixings. The hosts have even created a binder highlighting the best hikes nearby.
Accessible from both Idaho and Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is one of the most stunning national parks in America. One of the best Airbnbs near Grand Teton is this house in Downtown Driggs, Idaho. Accommodating up to four guests, this budget-friendly cabin offers 1,000 square feet of space with a master bedroom and a sleeping loft. In addition to trendy finishes and easy access to the downtown area, it boasts open vaulted ceilings, special LED lighting, a bathroom with heated floors and a large patio featuring cafe lighting, a BBQ grill and outdoor seating.
One of the top parks in Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park features photogenic rock formations and family-friendly outdoor adventures. This 3-bedroom VRBO offers easy access to Bryce Canyon, situated at approximately 7,000 feet and surrounded by the Dixie National Forest. The chalet-style cabin’s wooded rural setting is not its only perk, it also features a huge wall of windows for taking in the view, a fireplace, a gourmet kitchen and a 2-car garage. From here, you’ll have access to miles of hiking and ATV trails, fly and lake fishing and Utah’s top parks.
Arches National Park is a nature photographer’s dream, offering more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches and other geological formations. This three-bedroom VRBO in Moab is a perfect home base for exploring the park, offering a shared hot tub and pool as well as spectacular views of the La Sal Mountains and Moab Rim. Its extended deck offers privacy and a chance to soak up the sunshine, while a well-stocked kitchen and a 5-minute drive from downtown Moab make it ideal for families. If you’re the adventurous type, it offers easy access to mountain biking, four-wheeling, hiking and canyoneering.
Filled with magnificent snow-capped peaks, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park offers over 300 miles of hiking trails. After a long day of sightseeing, unwind in the hot tub of this Estes Park Airbnb, which offers gorgeous nature views, a full kitchen and a fireplace. Best of all, the historic cabin (built in the 1800s) boasts a deck overlooking Lumpy Ridge and is less than a 10-minute drive from the park. Modernized for your comfort, this charming space rests on a hillside above downtown in a small neighborhood.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park borders North Carolina and Tennessee, offering a sprawling landscape of streams, rivers and waterfalls dotted along picture-perfect hiking trails. Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this VRBO cabin offers prime views of the Smoky Mountains. Called “A Little Romance”, it’s ideal for couples with its large living room featuring high-vaulted ceilings and fireplace and master bedroom with a king-size bed, Jacuzzi and second fireplace. Head upstairs via the spiral staircase to the loft with a pool table, stereo, dartboard and sitting area or grill out on the porch. There’s also an enclosed hot tub outside.
Set in the Pacific Northwest, Olympic National Park features various diverse ecosystems, from mountainous landscapes to rainforests. This lakefront VRBO home offers easy access to the national park, as well as a private beachfront, brand new dock and water toys. The rustic log cabin takes advantage of the serene setting of Lake Sutherland, featuring an outdoor fire pit, wrap-around balcony and outdoor seating. Indoors, there’s a sun-soaked porch where you can dine while taking in the water views from floor-to-ceiling windows, then enjoy inner-tubing, kayaking, fishing and swimming at the lake.
Located in Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is beloved for its desert landscapes with iconic Joshua trees. This two-bedroom Airbnb offers the perfect setting for a California getaway, boasting an inviting outdoor area with a farm table, hammock and fire pit. Indoors the comfy seating areas and colorful decor is bright and cheery, while a washer/dryer and modern kitchen are convenient perks. The beautiful mid-century home is just a 5-minute walk to the Joshua Tree Village, where you’ll find an array of shops and restaurants to explore.
Feeling adventurous? Head to Alaska’s Denali National Park to explore its six million acres and admire North America’s tallest peak, Mount Denali. This two-bedroom VRBO cabin offers the perfect retreat between outdoor activities, just 17 miles from the national park. The custom-built log cabin is family-friendly and boasts a wrap-around deck with Adirondack chairs for taking in the gorgeous views, while the main level features a large living room, fully-equipped kitchen and dining space. Head downstairs to the cozy basement, which features another full living room set, entertainment area, full-size futons and kids play area.
Located on the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park features active volcanoes and a chance to see lava up close. Just 5 minutes from the natural wonder is this three-bedroom VRBO, which features hardwood floors and a large private backyard surrounded by tropical foliage. Called the “Tree Fern Escape”, the charming home has a great room with kitchen, dining and living areas as well as a spacious covered lanai for relaxing and dining outside. Other perks include a washer/dryer, 50-inch flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi.
Mesa Verde National Park is located in southwest Colorado, known for its ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and archeological treasures. One of the coolest Airbnbs near Mesa Verde is this cozy cabin, which caters to couples and features a furnished fenced-in patio with a BBQ and dining area. The secluded cabin sits on 80 acres and offers private access to one of the best canyons in the area, as well as a queen-size bed with pillow-top, gas stove and washer/dryer. When you’re ready to explore, there are 8 cliff dwellings within a 45-minute hike from the cabin.