Travel trend: Vacation rental bookings near national parks up 31 percent

HomeAway introduces its National Parks Collection: 20 vacation homes in 20 parks across the country

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AUSTIN, Texas– Touring the Grand Canyon or hiking Yosemite may conjure up notions of tents and campsites, but more and more Americans are choosing to stay in vacation homes near national parks.HomeAway®– the site travelers use to book beach houses, cabins, condos and more – analyzed its booking data and found a more than 30 percent increase in year-over-year demand[1]near national parks. Parks like Congaree and Yellowstone showed some of the largest spikes in bookings, growing over 150 percent and roughly 65 percent, respectively.

To help nature loving travelers find standout properties near some of the top parks across the U.S., HomeAway debuted its National Parks Collection. Consisting of 20 homes, ranging from log cabins to stucco adobes located all throughout the country, the National Parks Collection proves that travelers don’t need to rough it to be close to nature. 

“We’re seeing a trend toward home stays in off-the-beaten-path locations, and our latest data serves up some of the strongest evidence yet,” said Melanie Fish, HomeAway’s travel expert. “Our new collection is there to inspire exploration, and proves that spending the day in nature can be followed by a bubble bath with a roof over your head.”

Each home is within an hour of one of the country’s most famous parks with some costing less than $50 per person, per night so you can spend less on accommodations and more on hiking gear. 

Properties in HomeAway’s National Parks Collection include: 

  • Congaree National Park(Chapin, S.C.): Sitting on the shores of Lake Murray, this studio has everything you need for a lakeside getaway. Complete with a private dock, kayaks, fishing rods and an idyllic gazebo for watching the sunset, and it’s less than an hour’s drive to Congaree. ($194 per night, taxes and fees included) 


  • Yellowstone National Park(Big Sky, Mont.):Big Sky, meet big home. This luxurious lodge is spacious enough for 11 guests. Featuring stunning views of the nearby mountains, it’s also ski-in, ski-out to make all your winter weather dreams come true, and it’s just an hour from the west entrance of Yellowstone for warmer weather hikes. ($1,017 per night, taxes and fees included)


  • Yosemite National Park(Mariposa, Calif.): Located just on the outskirts of Yosemite and nestled among the trees, this picturesque home features everything you need for fun inside and out, including a pool table, hot tub and floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in some of the outdoor beauty in.  ($352 per night, taxes and fees included)


  • Acadia National Park(Mount Desert, Maine): With Acadia access only a mile away and stunning ocean views, this 9-bedroom home is the perfect place for groups looking for a blend of sea and forest sunshine. ($952 per night, taxes and fees included)


  • Shenandoah National Park(Elkton, Va.): Just minutes from park trails, this property has expansive views of theBlue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River. For those who prefer it, there’s also a beautifully built pool, hot tub and patio for watching horses and cattle graze nearby. ($620 per night, taxes and fees included)


  • Wind Cave National Park(Custer, S.D.): Call it small but mighty, this cabin is situated right on the edge of Red Canyon, floating above its edge for unparalleled views of the Black Hills.($448 per night, taxes and fees included).

For the entire list, visit HomeAway's blog


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