Destination guide

Green spaces abound in Greenbelt

Greenbelt certainly lives up to its name, being garlanded by dense forests and glistening lakes. It’s also rich in history. Designed as a “green town” in 1935, Greenbelt is one of the few surviving examples of the Garden City Movement, and its historic center with its elegant Art Deco buildings was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997. Greenbelt vacation rentals are close to the ample green spaces, vivid gardens, and stunning architecture of this unexpectedly fascinating city. It may be only a short drive from Washington, DC, but its luxurious mansion tours, intriguing museums, and outdoor adventures make Greenbelt a delightful escape.

Things to do

Riveting history in Greenbelt

You can celebrate the heritage of Greenbelt with a visit to the Greenbelt Historic District, where you can hobnob with locals at the Roosevelt Center, and catch a flick in the quaint, Art Deco Old Greenbelt Theatre. The Montpelier Mansion, a stately Georgian home, gives a glimpse of life in the 18th century, while the NASA Goddard Visitor Center offers visitors the chance to explore the universe without ever leaving Earth. Greenbelt vacation rentals are close to these sites as well as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, where visitors can learn about the man who escaped slavery to become an eloquent voice for the oppressed in America. Don't miss the tiny Growlery, where he went to write and think.


Camping trips and city life

Greenbelt is a photographer’s dream with its broad tree-lined streets, Art Deco buildings, and pristine wilderness landscapes. Greenbelt vacation rentals provide a comfortable home base for excursions to spot local wildlife, fish crystal-clear rivers and lakes, or join a wild turkey hunt. You can experience more of the great outdoors with a camping trip, or take a day trip to DC to see stately presidential monuments and the mind-expanding Smithsonian museums, or mingle with politicos in an opulent steakhouse. In winter, you can embrace the snow season with a trek to the woods for cross-country skiing or the mountains for snowboarding.


Swimming and skiing in Greenbelt

Nestled in the heart of Maryland, Greenbelt enjoys distinct seasons with above average rainfall that keeps the area green and lush. Summer in Greenbelt is hot and humid with temperatures hovering in the high 80s. It's a good time to head to one of the cool, clear, forest-lined lakes for a day of swimming and canoeing. Greenbelt winters are cold and snowy, with daytime temperatures in the mid 20s. There are numerous ski resorts within a 4-hour drive of Greenbelt, where you can bundle up in warm snow gear and hit the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and sledding.

Natural features

Watching wildlife near Greenbelt

Only 30 minutes northeast of the heart of American politics, Greenbelt is a serene, tree-lined city close to Baltimore and Columbia. Surrounded by lush woodlands and close to serene Greenbelt Park and the Patuxent Research Refuge, it’s a place that oozes small town charm with pretty gardens, award-winning trees, and a commitment to preserve the environment and share its abundant natural beauties. You’ll also see a diverse landscape of upland and floodplain forests, and coastal plain river and stream habitats where you'll find Easter red bats, scarlet tanger birds, and over 155 species of bees.

How to get there

How to get to and around Greenbelt

The nearest airport is in College Park, MD (CGS), located 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Fort Meade, MD (FME-Tipton), which is 8.8 mi (14.2 km) away.

Catch a ride on the metro at Greenbelt Station for ease of access to the rest of the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Greenbelt?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,240 vacation rentals near Greenbelt. From 434 Houses to 602 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Greenbelt for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Greenbelt?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Greenbelt:

  • Capitol Hill: 492 vacation rentals
  • Georgetown: 1,102 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 362 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 592 vacation rentals
  • National Harbor: 96 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Greenbelt?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Greenbelt. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Greenbelt Museum: 2,066 vacation rentals
  • Buddy Attick Park: 2,061 vacation rentals
  • Greenbelt Station: 2,085 vacation rentals
  • United States Capitol: 2,061 vacation rentals
  • Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina: 183 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Greenbelt listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Greenbelt?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 434 Houses in Greenbelt. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Greenbelt include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 602 rentals available
  • Villas: 4 rentals available
  • Cabins: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Greenbelt?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 105 vacation rentals with pool available in Greenbelt. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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