FAQ: National park vacation rentals
How many national parks are there?
There are over 400 national park sites overseen by the National Park Service in the United States, but only 63 official national parks. California has the most national parks with nine, followed by Alaska’s eight parks, and Utah’s five parks.
Does every state have a national park?
National parks are not spread out evenly across the country and there are 20 states that don’t have a national park.
However, these states are still home to national monuments and/or state parks. The states without an official national park are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
Are national parks free to visit?
No, most national parks charge an entrance fee, but there are six days of the year where the entrance is free at all parks. For 2021, these days are January 18, April 17, August 4, August 25, September 25, and November 11.
Keep in mind these dates tend to attract bigger crowds, which will mean longer lines.
How do I get a National Park Pass?
A national park pass covers the entrance fee at over 2,00 parks in the US An annual pass costs $80 and can be purchased at a recreation site that issues passes or online at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. Discounted passes are available for US citizens and residents over 62 years old with an annual pass costing $20 and a lifetime pass costing $20. Free passes are available for people with disabilities.
What should I look for in a national park vacation rental?
Since the park will be the main attraction, you should look for a home that is in close proximity to the park of your choice.
Additionally, consider similar criteria to what we look for, such as high ratings, positive recent reviews, Superhost status, homes that specify enhanced cleaning procedures, and standout amenities like a private hot tub or pool.
You’ll want a place that’s comfortable and fits your entire group so you can get a good night’s rest between your days of outdoor adventure.
Is it safe to stay in a vacation rental right now?
The CDC has noted that travel in the US is safe for fully vaccinated people.
Additionally, private home rentals are considered safer than hotels, because you minimize interaction with others and hosts must follow strict cleaning procedures. However, we always recommend following CDC guidelines and continuing to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.