7 quiet Airbnbs close to winter-friendly nationwide parks

Visiting a national park in winter is like going to Disneyland in the middle of the night. All of the fantastic features and sights are still there but without the crowds. Something National parks In winter you look even more spectacular thanks to a fresh blanket of snow and wild animals living in the wild. It can be difficult to stay within the park boundary during this season, let alone a pandemic – most park-operated hotels have limited capacity and many campsites are closed. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Airbnbs near the gates of these popular NPS sites.

Yosemite National Park, California

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This three bedroom home is called Sweetwater Lodge (starting at $ 582) and is located in the coveted Yosemite West neighborhood, near Yosemite’s El Portal entrance and just a 30-minute drive from major Yosemite Valley attractions. The equipment features include an open floor plan, a kitchen with high-quality appliances, a table tennis table, a record player and a charging station for electric vehicles. Many of the park paths are snow-covered at this time of year, but those in the valley are are usually accessible. Try the five-mile loop around Mirror Lake or the flat 11-mile Valley Loop Trail that passes landmarks like El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall. This winter, the park’s ski area, Badger Pass and Yosemite Valley ice rink are closed due to COVID-19.

Acadia National Park, Maine

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If you’re looking for tranquility and solitude, you’ll find tons of it at this one-bedroom loft garage (from $ 128) in the Northeast Harbor neighborhood of Maine’s Mount Desert Island. From here, you’re only a ten-minute drive from Acadia and well enough away from the more touristy vibe of Bar Harbor, 20 minutes away. The best thing to do in this national park in winter? Cross-country skiing on the kilometer-long groomed carriage roads on the entire site. Cadillac Mountain Sports rents cross-country skiing equipment.

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

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There’s not much in the town of Baker, Nevada, but stay at this charming three-bedroom home (from $ 154) and you’ll be just a 15-minute drive from the entrance to the Great Basin, a lesser-visited park with some of the best Stars in the land. The property’s kitchen features quality cookware, chef-approved knives, and plenty of space for preparing your meals. In the Great Basin, you can snowshoe the Upper Lehman Creek Trail, which is 3 miles one way and is open all season.

Zion National Park, Utah

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This solar-powered one-bedroom A-frame cabin (from $ 150) is rustic, secluded, and convertible. One wall can be opened to make you feel like you are sleeping under the stars. The best Part? The location, right on the edge of Zion and within walking distance of the East Rim Trailhead. To get here, you need to park your car and hike 150 feet along a canyon and over a bridge. The kitchen is simple and completely outdoors, with a cooler, propane grill, battery operated margarita maker, and S’Mores fixtures. This pad also features a telescope for viewing constellations and a guide to the most popular hikes in the area.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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You no longer travel in large groups these days. So who needs a lot of square meters? Located about 30 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside the city of Maryville, Tennessee, the Little River Tiny House (from $ 145) is a perfect getaway for a couple or a small family. It offers space for up to four people between a loft bed and a pull-out couch. You may never want to leave the rooftop overlooking the Smokies or the riverside fire pit in the back yard, but if you do, the view from the top of Andrews Bald can be reached via a 1.8 mile hike on the 5.6 -Miles-Forney Ridge Trail, within the national park, is well worth it.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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If you venture into Rocky Mountain, you can’t beat the comfort of the two-bedroom Eagle Cliff Escape (from $ 160) outside of Estes Park, Colorado. Hike into the park from the recently renovated cabin or drive a five-minute drive to the Beaver Meadows entrance. Seasoned ski tourers will find plenty of great ski area in the park’s Hidden Valley, and the Colorado Mountain School runs guided tours (from $ 269 for a day trip). Hardy winter trail runners or trekkers can tackle a snow-covered 5-mile round-trip from the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead on the Gem Lake Trail. There are many takeout options at Estes Park, such as Bird and Jim, Café de Pho Thai, and Kind Coffee.

Olympic National Park, Washington

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Built by an award-winning small home designer, this sleek mini home (starting at $ 127) has two loft bedrooms. It is located outside of the city of Sequim, Washington, a good base for exploring the beaches and snow-capped mountains of Olympic National Park. The cedar-side cabin is only 25 square feet, but you won’t sacrifice much: you still get a queen-size bed, full-size refrigerator, and not-too-cramped bathroom. There is cellular service, but no WiFi. Have fun unplugging. You need four wheel drive to come here in winter. Hurricane Ridge, the low-key ski area in the park, will open and operate in December (day tickets start at $ 45).

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