7 Vacation Homes to Rent Near National Parks

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While I don’t always pay attention to all the randomly proclaimed days and weeks we have—I’m looking at you “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” and “National Crouton Day”—I am excited about National Park Week. Celebrated from April 16 to 24, the holiday starts off with entrance fees waived and continues with special programs, events, and digital experiences. What better way to get into the Earth Month spirit than to hike or camp in one of these majestic spots across the country?
Even if you don’t have time to get over to Joshua Tree or Yellowstone this week, why not book a stay near one of these gems in the near future? There are so many beautiful homes you can rent near some of the most-loved parks. I’ve got my eye on a trip up the Maine coast to Acadia National Park. Here are some great finds.

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A desert oasis near Joshua Tree

We featured this lovely newly-built home on Clever earlier this year. Jewel Crest Joshua Tree is a two-bedroom loft with Scandinavian stylings and plenty of ideal amenities like a hot tub and outdoor movie projector.

An oceanfront cottage in Maine

This bright coastal cottage is perched on a rocky cliff, overlooking the lobstering village of Bass Harbor. With expansive views and a short jaunt to Acadia, it’s a dream spot for soaking up nature.
Image: Courtesy of Vrbo

An off-grid cabin in Texas

Another fantastically perched home, this cabin-inspired house is set into a cliff’s edge with views overlooking the historic Terlingua Ghost Town and the Chisos mountain range of Big Bend National Park. It’s an A+ stargazing spot.

A log cabin near Zion National Park

Settle in at this newly renovated log cabin with incredible views overlooking Zion National Park. From the proximity to trailheads to the modern amenities, it’s a winner.

A modern A-frame near Mount Rainier

For a trip to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, this quaint A-frame in the woods is an ideal choice. With a woodstove for warming up after a hike and a quick walk to a river, it’s a perfect point for relaxation.

A treehouse room near the Everglades

Even though this treehouse room is only 15 minutes from Miami’s South Beach, it feels like another world away. The lush spot, which is situated on a permaculture farm, is just an hour’s drive from the Everglades National Park, where you can immerse yourself in even more wildlife.

A cozy cabin in Hawaii

This beautiful 1920s home is situated for amazing bicoastal views. Not only that, but it’s a short distance from Haleakalā National Park, which is said to be an incredible location for seeing the sunrise.

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