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10 of the Best Cabin Destinations in the U.S.

Whether you're looking to build, buy or simply book a weekend away, these are some of the top places to experience cabin culture for yourself:

Written by Gina Valente
Photos: Courtesy VRBO
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Travel across the U.S., and you’ll find cabins in every corner of the country. From nostalgic A-frames in Michigan to modern masterpieces in Washington, there are a wide variety of shapes and styles, but a common thread connects all these remote escapes: the allure of quieter, slower living.
 
Rural homes, whether for use as primary homes or weekend retreats, provide respite from the din of day-to-day life in the modern world. And, more simply, cabins are just plain enchanting. They’re places for families to escape to and hike, hunt, swim, read, ski and/or just generally enjoy each other's company. (Or perhaps, for some, they’re a way to finally get some time alone.)
 
According to a 2020 report from Redfin, “the seven-day average year-over-year change in pageviews of homes in rural areas and small towns were up 115% and 88% respectively.” In short? People are increasingly interested in rural living. Countryside cottages and rural cabins are calling.
 
So if you’re considering where to build your rustic retreat, consider one of these 10 popular destinations. From the beaches of Hawaii to the ski slopes of Vermont, here are 10 cabin-ready locales.
 
P.S. Not ready to commit? We've included some dreamy, bucket-list cabin rentals so you can live like a local just for the weekend! 

 

1. Whitefish, Montana

Whitefish, Montana is a ski resort town located just an hour from the US-Canada border. Proximity to the Whitefish Range, as well as to Glacier National Park, has made the town a popular tourist destination, and like many alpine areas, cabins dot its landscape. Here are two of our favorite cabin rentals in the area:
 

 

2. Denali National Park Region (Alaska)

It's no surprise Alaska is home to some seriously stunning and rugged cabins, but Denali takes it up another notch. Mount Denali claims the title of the highest peak in North America, and Denali National Park is the perfect location to spot wildlife, seek adventure and find solitude. The surrounding area is brimming with cabins, but here are two worth a peek:
 
 

3. Oahu's North Shore (Hawaii)

Hawaii may not be the first place that comes to mind when you hear the word "cabin," but don’t let its tropical climate fool you. North Shore has plenty of cabin rentals, even A-frames. Get your cabin fix while enjoying the beautiful weather and gorgeous sandy beaches of Hawaii. Here are two cabins to get your vacation planning started:
 



4. Harbor Springs, Michigan

Harbor Springs is located in northern Michigan near several ski hills. There are plenty of vineyards and breweries nearby, making this a perfect vacation hub. Visitors will find no shortage of cabins in the area, including A-frames, octagon houses and chalets, like these two: 
 
 

5. Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge is a beloved ski town with no shortage of cabins, and many are conveniently situated within walking distance to the ski gondolas. The downtown area has a thriving restaurant and shopping district. Here are two charming cabins in Breckenridge.

 
 

6. Idyllwild, California 

Technically a "census-designated place", Idyllwild boasts the atmosphere of a small town with nothing but locally owned shops and restaurants. Located within the San Jacinto mountains, this area enjoys all four seasons but is only an hour's drive down to the desert. Idyllwild provides excellent access to iconic rock climbing areas and offers plenty of outdoor adventure for non-climbers alike. Check into these cabins for a weekend of quality time spent outside: 
 
 
 

7. Packwood, Washington

With Mount Rainier National Park to the north and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to the south, Packwood is a charming mountain town with plenty to explore. It’s a well-known cabin community, and it's hard to narrow down the choices! Here are two rental retreats to start:
 
 

8. Stowe, Vermont

Called the "ski capital of the East," Stowe is a charming town nestled at the foot of Mount Mansfield in northern Vermont. Famous for trails and ski slopes, it's no wonder the area is home to so many cabins. Here are two to check out:
 
 
 

9. New York's Catskills Mountains

An iconic destination for those looking to reconnect with nature, New York's Catskills region is a popular choice for cabin-goers. The gorgeous Upstate area is renowned for its rich wildlife, hiking and ski trails. Here are two cabins that offer the chance to see for yourself:
 
 

10. Grand Marais, Minnesota

Residents of Minnesota have a deep sense of pride in their cabin culture. You're sure to find this in Grand Marais, a waterfront town on Lake Superior where there are plenty of gorgeous cabins to admire. Here are two that really stand out.
 
 
 
What do you think? What did we miss? Tell us on social about your favorite cabin destinations!
 
 

 
Gina Valente lives in Ferndale, Michigan and runs the cabin blog, Moody Cabin Girl. She has a love for unique dwellings, adventures, and all things whimsical. Follow her cabin adventures on Instagram here.  When not running around renting cabins, she is trying new restaurants in the Detroit area and posting about them on her Instagram account, Girls Gone Hungry. 


 
  
 
 

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