Destinations for Cabin Rentals in the Mountains

Diana Rowe

Summer or winter, any season is the perfect time to plan your next family vacation.

As cool weather approaches (hello fall colors!) and winter sports, plan your next vacation cozying up to these great destinations for cabin rentals in the mountains.

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Elk Cabin at Grand Lake Lodge, Colorado. Photo: Diana Rowe / TravelingInHeels.com

10 Destinations for Cabin Rentals in the Mountains

Did you know that even in today’s online world, camping is amongst the favorite pastimes of Americans?

In fact, in 2019, camping was on the rise with over 78.8 million households, according to the 2019 North American Camping Report.

It’s no surprise. Whether it’s camping in a tent or a cabin in the mountains, it allows you to connect more with nature and refreshing activities.

The only problem here is deciding where to go.

America has a diverse topography. It is home to mountain ranges, volcanoes, lakes, and other natural spots for camping.

If you’re looking for a cabin in the mountains for rent, though, we can trim your options down. we recommend these top destinations in the U.S. for cabin rentals in the mountains.

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the top cabin destinations in the country, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park earns this right because of the variety of activities for casual vacationers and adventurers alike.

You can hike one of its many trails or fish in one of the many lakes in the area.

Enjoy the serenity of the forest or bathe in one of the waterfalls.

Like the variety of activities, you also have a lot of Smoky Mountain cabins to choose from. Cabins to rent here accommodate families on a budget, teenagers on a retreat, or a couple on a luxury vacation.

2. Rocky Mountain National Park

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The Rocky Mountains are home to stunning views, colorful wildlife, and rich history.

One of America's most popular national parks, it's located in northern Colorado, but it extends to British Columbia and Alberta in Canada.

On the other end, it extends to New Mexico.

Explore Rocky Mountain National Park, where the famous Trail Ridge Road traverses this mountain range. It starts from Estes Park in Colorado up to Grand Lake, Colorado.

Traveling this road is a great way to see its scenic views. But staying in one of its cabins allows you to explore the Rocky Mountains’ offerings.

Two perfect Colorado cabin rentals for your extended family are in Grand Lake:

  • the year-round Overlook Grand Lake, with room for up to 22!
  • Grand Lake Lodge, with 70 rustic cabins ranging in size from one bedroom to the Elk Lodge that sleeps up to 25 (season open May to October).

3. Mount Rainier, Washington

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This iconic part of the Washington landscape is an active stratovolcano 59 miles south of Seattle. Also known as Tacoma or Tahoma, it’s located in the Mount Rainier National Park.

The park offers five developed areas. It has the Paradise, Longmire, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, and Carbon River & Mowich.

These areas offer basic campgrounds to hotels, restaurants, and developed campgrounds, and of course, many cabin rentals in the mountains.

4. Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota

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Cabin rentals in the Black Hills and Badlands give travelers access to some of the most interesting sights in the US.

For one, it’s home to Mount Rushmore, which sports the four faces of past American presidents.

The Black Hills got their name from the pine trees called Pahá Sápa, which means “Hills that are Black.”

The Black Hills aren’t black in actuality, but at times, it may look that way because of the shadows cast by these trees.

The rocks are gray, but it also has varying hues of green, red, and gold.

Go underground and explore the Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. These two are the longest cave systems in the world.

Aside from these iconic attractions, Black Hills and Badlands also offer other activities.

Visit the roadside attraction Wall Drug, mammoth fossils, another face carved in stone, the overlooks, and so much more.

5. The Porcupine Mountains

The Porcupine Mountains – or “Porkies” as they call it – span the northwestern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s also connected to the Lower Peninsula with the Mackinac Bridge.

The Wilderness State Park is some 60,000 acres, having three of the Great Lakes as its borders.

The Porkies are a great destination year-round.

Each season offers different colors, allowing you to see the lakes, the 35,000-acre of old-growth forests, and the mountains in different shades of beauty.

You can also enjoy rivers, waterfalls, and hiking trails in this park.

6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Like skiing? Jackson Hole offers three world-class skiing areas, but that’s not all you can do in this area.

It’s great for cabin camping at any time of the year, especially if you’re looking for a luxury experience.

During the day, try biking, off-roading, and the local pastime flyfishing.

Jackson Hole also features great access to Grand Teton National Park (under 5 miles) and Yellowstone National Park (under 60 miles).

7. The Ozark Mountains

The Ozarks also gift plenty of opportunities to have fun with friends and family. Enjoy the beautiful scenery with a peaceful drive. At night, head straight toward one of its restaurants for a nice dinner.

The region also offers retail, golf, and local art experiences.

If you want to enjoy nature, ride the zipline, and look down on the trees as you pass by.

Explore the waters by fishing, waterskiing, and canoeing, or revel in the views by biking or hiking.

8. Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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The small town of Blowing Rock is the perfect location if you want to have access to varying activities.

From horseback riding to whitewater rafting, staying in this quaint town lets you near to your favorite activities.

The best part about this is that it stays cool during the summer.

Dubbed the “Crown of the Blue Ridge,” Blowing Rock also has the theme park Tweetsie Railroad.

It was the first theme park in the state. The theme park offers a 3-mile ride on a train pulled by a historic narrow-gauge steam locomotive.

The best offering, however, is the Blowing Rock itself. It’s a 250-million-year-old cliff formation. It affords you the views of Grandfather Mountain and Johns River George.

Go during winter and you’ll see snow falling upside down. This phenomenon is due to the northwest wind returning any light object to the cliff.

9. North Georgia Mountains

The North Georgia Mountains attract visitors all year round because most of the attractions are available at any time of the year.

Hike, drive or take a tour to enjoy its sights.

Visit any of the small towns dotting the map to shop, dine, and relax.

The must-see here is the herd of kangaroos at the Kangaroo Conservation Center. It’s home to the largest collection of marsupials outside Australia.

10. Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Some of the cabin rentals in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country take you to seclusion in the mountains. For a closer look at Amish life, this is the perfect place to be.

Covered bridges, parks, and waterfalls are only some of the attractions you can find here.

It’s also rich in history, having been a witness to numerous battles, such as Gettysburg and Valley Forge.

Cabin rentals in the mountains may be the perfect vacation spot for the approaching cooler weather.

Choose from one of the locations above and get ready to cozy up with your loved ones.

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Denver-based freelance writer Diana Rowe wants to open the conversation that Life after 50 is not the end — it’s the beginning! She'll talk real lifestyle stuff like juggling work, marriage, caregiver for elderly parent, relationships with adult children, grandchildren, and blended families, what works what doesn't, but when all else fails, she bakes! She'll share her favorite recipes, especially baking! her favorite traveling partners are her grandkids — and sometimes she even lets their parents tag along! She wants to inspire other grandparents to travel with their adult children and grandchildren to create new and lasting memories as a multigenerational family. Seriously! The. Most. Fun. Ever.

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