Best stops on the drive from Whistler to Jasper

Two of my favorite places in Canada are Whistler in BC and Jasper in Alberta. In fact, one of my favorite things I’ve ever done during my 2 years living in Whistler was take a road trip from Whistler all the way to Jasper. This is one stunning drive and takes in popular tourist stops like Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway as well as lesser-known stops like Bow Lake and Athabasca Falls.

The drive from Whistler to Jasper is 740 km (460 miles) on the shortest route, this route takes 8.5 hours without stops. But I actually recommend taking the longer 963 km route on the Trans-Canada highway which takes you via Lake Louise. This route takes 11 hours and 40 minutes without stops. In this blog post I will focus on the longer route via Lake Louise as it is so pretty and there’s so much to see!

Whether you take the short or long route I advise allowing a few days to see all the stops properly.

Taking a road trip is one of the best things to do in Whistler and the Whistler to Jasper route is easily one of the most scenic drives in the world. We also recently completed a road trip from Banff to Jasper and a road trip from Whistler to Banff and I must admit both were pretty epic too!

12 best stops on the drive from Whistler to Jasper via Lake Louise

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Us taking in the views at Birkenhead Lake, near Pemberton!

There are so many great places to stop between Whistler and Jasper and some are quick stops like Sicamous and others are require more time (or even a few nights). As I mentioned the route I will describe in this blog post is the longer driving route via Lake Louise which is 963 km (598 miles). I recommend allowing 4 full days for this road trip, spending the night in Kamloops, Reverlstoke and Lake Louise.

Keep in mind the weather when driving this route as conditions can get pretty snowy and icy during the Winter months especially around Revelstoke and Glacier National Park of Canada.

1. Pemberton

joffre lakes with a dusting of snow
The stunning Joffre Lakes!

Just under a 30 minute drive from Whistler is the small town of Pemberton. It’s the perfect stop for a coffee at Mt Currie on Arbutus Street, home to the best coffee in the Whistler area. If you’re hungry you can’t go wrong with the burgers at Mile One Eating House.

If you have time one of the best things to do in Pemberton is to hike to Joffre Lakes – this hike can take up to 5 hours to complete. I would say it’s a medium level of difficulty as there are a couple of uphill sections – a reasonable level of fitness is required for this trail. But, I promise the views along the way and the glacier-fed lakes (gatorade blue in color) are well worth the long hike in. In Summer or on warmer days you can go swimming in any of the 3 lakes but be warned they are very cold – an average water temperature of 45 fahrenheit (7 celsius)!! The Joffre Lakes hike is super-popular and the car parks fill up early so get here early to secure a spot.

2. Kamloops

kamloops sunset
Sunset over Kamloops – look at that sky!

The city of Kamloops is a great place to spend the first night of your road trip from Whistler to Jasper. There’s awesome restaurants, craft breweries and wineries a-plenty. Forno on 5th has a Mediterranean inspired menu and is a lovely modern restaurant in downtown Kamloops. Whilst, Bright Eye Brewing and Monte Creek Ranch Winery are also worth a visit if you love beer and/or wine.

Pay a visit to Riverside Park for a walk in the evening there’s a sandy river beach, various walking trails and live music events some weekend evenings. If you’re travelling with kids a great place to take them is to the BC Wildlife Park. This is a zoo which homes native animals like grizzly bears and arctic wolves.

There are two hotels I highly recommend in Kamloops – Best Western Plus a 3 star hotel with an indoor pool and the luxurious Delta Hotel by Marriott

If you’re driving from Vancouver to Kamloops you may be interested in this GPS-guided audio tour that is sure to turn this scenic drive into into a sightseeing and trivia game adventure!

Fun fact – Jurassic World 3 and Twilight Zone were both recently filmed in the Kamloops area.

3. Sicamous

sicamous beach at sunset

The Sicamous area has over 1000km of coastline so it’s no surprise that some of the best things to do here are water-related. Swim in the warm waters of Sicamous Beach Park or try kayaking, canoeing or SUP paddle boarding all popular activities here.

Treat yourself to homemade ice cream and artisan cheese at D Dutchman Dairy, this bright red building can’t be missed from the road and is very photogenic. We also loved Blondies Cafe for great coffee and yummy smoothie bowls.

Spend your first or second night of the road trip in Sicamous, I loved the Pines Motel which is very reasonably priced.

Did you know – Sicamous is known as the houseboat capital of Canada

4. Revelstoke mountain and town

revelstoke mountain covered in snow

‘Small town charm, big mountain adventure” is the motto here in Revelstoke. In the town there’s lots to do, think small museums, a brewery tour, an escape room and even axe-throwing.

Revelstoke mountain is the mecca of alpine mountain biking and offers incredible lift accessed biking. If you’re visiting in Winter – the mountain has 65 ski runs. Whilst, in the Summer you can enjoy the Pipe Mountain Coaster, the Aerial Adventure Park and of course the mountain biking as mentioned above. No matter the season, there’s a full day of activities at the Resort.

Another unique activity near Revelstoke town is the Enchanted Forest – the fairytale themed buildings are great for kids. It’s also home to BC’s tallest treehouse.

I advise spending the night in Revelstoke to break up your journey from Whistler to Banff nicely. I loved the Mount Revelstoke Alpine Chalets!

5. Glacier National Park of Canada

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Mountain views in Glacier National Park

Glacier Park is an adventure-junkies heaven. Climb up mountain peaks, camp next to a glacier-fed river, go hiking amongst the stunning scenery and take a mountain bike ride on one of the trails. One of my favorite hikes in the park is the 7.2 km trail that takes you along the abandoned railway tracks of Canada’s first trans-continental railway. You can even explore what’s left behind of the Glacier House hotel – Western Canada’s first luxury mountain resort. A series of avalanches starting in the year 1910 caused the railway line which passed the hotel to be moved, thus taking away their tourist traffic and so it eventually closed and was left to go to ruin!

Did you know – the Glacier National Park is home to the world’s only inland cedar rainforest.

6. Emerald Lake

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Those reflections!

Emerald Lake is located in Yoho National Park and it’s one of the most popular and photographed in the area. It’s the largest lake in the park and is surrounded by the President mountain range.

Located just a few kilometres off of the TransCanada highway. Emerald Lake gets its name because it looks emerald green on a sunny day it gets its unique color from the glacial waters which refract light.

The hike around the lake, clocking in at about an hour, is a great way to see the lake as well as the world-famous Burgess Shale fossil beds, the Michael glacier, and an avalanche slope carpeted by meadows where moose often graze. Other than moose you are likely to see bald eagles, ospreys and waterfowl around the lakes edge.

Canoe and rowboat rentals are available to rent here, as are cross-country skis and snowshoes in the winter. Fishing at Emerald Lake is also quite popular during the summer months.

7. Lake Louise

lake louise in summer
What a view!

Lake Louise is world famous for its gatorade-blue waters and it attracts millions of visitors every year. The Victoria Glacier, the luxurious Fairmont Lake Louise hotel, and the incredible hiking trail and skiing on offer all add to its appeal.

Rent a canoe from the boat dock and see the lake from a different perspective. Worth noting is that Lake Louise is frozen over half the year, so, ice skating is a popular activity during the winter. You can also enjoy sleigh rides, ice climbing, skiing, and snowshoeing during these colder months.

Pop into Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for lunch or spend the night here if you want to feel really fancy.

In Lake Louise you can book onto a full-day hiking tour through the Canadian Rockies taking in sights such as Victoria Glacier, hanging valleys and of course some epic viewpoints of Lake Louise itself.

8. Bow Lake

bow lake near lake louise

Bow Lake is approximately 30 minutes north of Lake Louise, off the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) The lake sits at an elevation of 1920 meters and spends most of the year locked away in ice. This makes it a popular spot for winter activities like snowshoeing and ski touring. While during the Summer many tourists rent a canoe and take it out on the lake.

The Bow Lakeshore is a great family-friendly hike. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and enjoy the sublime nature along the shoreline, it’s the perfect stop and one of the easiest hikes in Banff. The trail is a nice mellow grade and gains no elevation. It does move over some large sections of roots, so a stroller would not work on the lakeshore trail.

9. Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake Alberta
Look at the color of that water!

**Importand info – Peyto Lake will not be open to tourists until August 2021.

Peyto Lake is famous for its turquoise blue glacier-fed waters. The brilliant display of blue is fed by the Peyto Glacier high above the lake and part of the Wapta Icefield.

It is located 50 km north of Lake Louise and a popular stop on the drive from Whistler to Banff.

The viewpoint is one of the most spectacular in all of Banff National Park and a super popular spot for photographers. In my opinion, its as pretty as nearby Moraine Lake but without the crowds. The trail to the viewpoint starts at the far end of the car park. The hike up to Peyto Lake Lookout is short and sweet and takes around 10-15 minutes uphill.

10. Columbia Icefields

columbia icefields skywalk

The Columbia Icefields is one of the most unique stops on the drive from Banff to Jasper and it’s the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. You can join a walking tour that takes you right onto the Athabasca glacier! We choose to just visit the Icefield Skywalk as we were short on time. It’s a glass-floored lookout, which was a little scary but it’s well-worth it as along the way you learn about the story of the Icefields. You will also be treated to an epic view of the Sunwapta Valley.

If you’re hungry you can grab a bite to eat here – there’s a casual restaurants and a fancier option. Just time it right as they can both get very busy with tour groups.

IMPORTANT INFO – to drive through the Icefields Parkway you need to purchase a daily pass which costs $10 per adult or $20 for a family of up to 7 people travelling in one vehicle. These daily passes expire at 4 pm the next day. To purchase your pass there are pass kiosks located at each end of the Icefields Parkway near Lake Louise and Jasper. They can also be purchased online at Banff/Lake Louise Tourism.

11. Sunwapta Falls

the trail to sunwapta falls

Fed by the Athabasca Glacier, the Sunwapta Falls is a stunning place to stop. The falls are 18 meters tall. This site is good for a quick stop – the upper falls can be viewed from the car park if you’re short on time. You can go white-water rafting (imagine!) and there are many awesome hiking trails two of the most popular being the hikes to the Lower and Upper Falls.

12. Athabasca Falls

athabasca falls alberta canada

This waterfall stemming from the Athabasca River is 23-meters tall. There are a number of lookout points where you can see the power of the falls. The falls itself are not very high compared to others in the Canadian Rockies, but the size of the river makes these falls one of the most powerful in the country!

13. Jasper

jasper national park picnic spot views
kayaking in Jasper Canada
Us kayaking in Jasper National Park!

Jasper is one of my favorite towns in Canada, when I visited I could really imagine myself living there. Not only is it incredibly scenic, it’s the right mix of small town charm with lots of activities and great restaurants. Some of my favorite restaurants/Cafes in Jasper include Famoso Neapolitan PizzeriaSunhouse Cafe and Evil Dave’s Grill.

Jasper National Park requires a pass to enter, it costs $10 per adult and can be purchased from Parks Canada.

Jasper is home to the world’s second-largest dark sky preserve in the world. The annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival  is held in October every year, it draws thousands of visitors and has had guests speakers from NASA as well as Hollywood celebrities in the past. Jasper has over 1200 kms of hiking trails and some of the best in the area include Pyramid Lake and Maligne Canyon.

Another great thing to do in Jasper is to hop on the Jasper SkyTram – Canada’s highest and longest, guided aerial tramway up to the top of the 2263 meter summit. Grab some food at the restaurant at the top and views of Mount Robson (in the next state B.C). If you’re visiting Jasper in the Summer and you’re feeling adventurous then you must book onto the two hour white water rafting tour on the Athabasca River. This is grade 2 rafting so expect to get wet!

Where to stay in Jasper

Us outside our cabin at Jasper Park Lodge
  • Fairmont Jasper Park is a collection of luxurious log cabins located on the emerald-green Lac Beauvert. This is the ultimate bucket-list-worthy hotel in Jasper!
  • Chateau Jasper is a cozy hotel surrounded by the mountains of Jasper National Park and a 10 minute walk from the center of town.
  • Jasper Inn and Suites just off Highway is a cozy inn-style property with a pool and a sauna.
  • Bear Hill Lodge relaxed cabin-style accommodation (with fireplaces) surrounded by woodland.

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee x

Me twirling at Fairmont Banff Springs – which I highly recommend to stay at!

It’s easy to see why a road trip from Whistler to Jasper is one of the best and most popular things to do in Canada. I mean, not only are there lots of amazing activities to enjoy but there are scenic mountain views, gatorade-blue lakes and the chance to spot unique wildlife.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope this guide has helped you plan the perfect road trip between Banff and Jasper! If you found this blog helpful, be sure to browse around some more! I have guides on Canadian road trip tipsluxury vacation to Whistler as well as doing a ski season in Whistler and so much more!!

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 Taking a road trip from Whistler  to Jasper. This is one stunning drive and includes stops at Lake Louise and Icefields Parkway

Best stops on the drive from Banff to Jasper

Two of my favorite places in Canada are Banff and Jasper in Alberta. In fact, one of my favorite things I’ve ever done during my 2 years living in Whistler was take a road trip from Banff to Jasper. This is one stunning drive and takes in the most beautiful lakes in Canada like Lake Louise and Peyto Lake as well as the famed Columbia Icefields.

The drive from Banff to Jasper is a whopping 288 km (179 miles) which will take 3.5 hours without stops but I recommend allowing 2 full days to complete this gorgeous drive – there is just so much to see on the way! Most of the stops I’ve listed in this blog post are close to each other so you don’t have to do any really long bouts of driving.

Taking a road trip is one of the best things to do in Banff  and the Banff to Jasper route is easily one of the most scenic drives in the world. We also recently completed a road trip from Whistler to Banff and the drive from Whistler to Jasper and I must admit both were pretty epic too!

In this blog, I list 8 of the best stops on the drive from Banff to Jasper.

8 Best Stops Between Banff and Jasper

Typical scenes on the drive from Banff to Jasper!

Taking the AB-93 North, you will first come across Vermillion Lakes and Johnston Canyon before reaching a must-stop on this road trip – Lake Louise. The distance from Banff to Lake Louise is 57 km and the distance from Lake Louise to Jasper is 233 km. After Lake Louise there are several other lakes to see like Bow Lake and Peyto Lake before reaching Columbia Icefields (spend a few hours here if time allows). Then head onto Sunwapta Falls and Athabasca Falls before reaching Jasper.

Should you have time to spend the night along the way (which I highly recommend doing) consider the super-luxurious Fairmont Lake Louise at Lake Louise.

1. Vermillion Lakes

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The sun shining at Vermillion Lakes!

Only a 5 minute drive from Banff town is the gorgeous Vermilion Lakes. Bring a picnic or even a takeaway coffee from Banff (it is only 5 minutes drive away so it will still be hot) and sit on the lake shore and enjoy views of Mount Rundle as it looms over the still water of the lake. There’s also a short 2km boardwalk loop – a great way to stretch your legs before continuing onto Jasper. The most beautiful time at Vermillion Lakes is at sunrise so aim to get here early to watch the sun breaking over the ridgeline. 

2. Johnston Canyon

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Johnston Canyon looking mighty fierce!

25km from Banff is the Johnston Canyon hike, a popular day hike with locals. The trails are well-maintained and relatively easy and bring you right into the canyon itself. You will also spot two huge waterfalls on the trail. It should take up to 2.5 hours to complete.

If you’re visiting Johnston Canyon in Winter a great activity is a half-day ice walk through the Canyon which takes in the iconic upper falls which has turned into a glittering tower of ice that rises 30 meters.

3. Lake Louise

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Me enjoying the incredible scenery at Lake Louise!

Lake Louise is world famous for its gatorade-blue waters and it attracts millions of visitors every year. The Victoria Glacier, the luxurious Fairmont Lake Louise hotel, and the incredible hiking trail and skiing on offer all add to its appeal.

Rent a canoe from the boat dock and see the lake from a different perspective. Worth noting is that Lake Louise is frozen over half the year, so, ice skating is a popular activity during the winter. You can also enjoy sleigh rides, ice climbing, skiing, and snowshoeing during these colder months.

In Lake Louise you can book onto a full-day hiking tour through the Canadian Rockies taking in sights such as Victoria Glacier, hanging valleys and of course some epic viewpoints of Lake Louise itself.

You need a National Park Pass to enter Lake Louise, you can purchase one here. Cost is from $10 per adult.

4. Bow Lake

bow lake near lake louise

Bow Lake is approximately 30 minutes north of Lake Louise, off the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93) The lake sits at an elevation of 1920 meters and spends most of the year locked away in ice. This makes it a popular spot for winter activities like snowshoeing and ski touring. While during the Summer many tourists rent a canoe and take it out on the lake.

The Bow Lakeshore is a great family-friendly hike. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and enjoy the sublime nature along the shoreline, it’s the perfect stop and one of the easiest hikes in Banff. The trail is a nice mellow grade and gains no elevation. It does move over some large sections of roots, so a stroller would not work on the lakeshore trail.

5. Peyto Lake

peyto lake viewpoint
Look at the color of that water!

Peyto Lake is famous for its turquoise blue glacier-fed waters. The brilliant display of blue is fed by the Peyto Glacier high above the lake and part of the Wapta Icefield.

It is located 50 km north of Lake Louise and a popular stop on the drive from Banff to Jasper.

The viewpoint is one of the most spectacular in all of Banff National Park and a super popular spot for photographers. In my opinion, its as pretty as nearby Moraine Lake but without the crowds. The trail to the viewpoint starts at the far end of the car park. The hike up to Peyto Lake Lookout is short and sweet and takes around 10-15 minutes uphill.

6. Columbia Icefields

columbia icefields skywalk

The Columbia Icefields is one of the most unique stops on the drive from Banff to Jasper and it’s the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. You can join a walking tour that takes you right onto the Athabasca glacier! We choose to just visit the Icefield Skywalk as we were short on time. It’s a glass-floored lookout, which was a little scary but it’s well-worth it as along the way you learn about the story of the Icefields. You will also be treated to an epic view of the Sunwapta Valley.

If you’re hungry you can grab a bite to eat here – there’s a casual restaurants and a fancier option. Just time it right as they can both get very busy with tour groups.

IMPORTANT INFO – to drive through the Icefields Parkway you need to purchase a daily pass which costs $10 per adult or $20 for a family of up to 7 people travelling in one vehicle. These daily passes expire at 4 pm the next day. To purchase your pass there are pass kiosks located at each end of the Icefields Parkway near Lake Louise and Jasper. They can also be purchased online at Banff/Lake Louise Tourism.

7. Sunwapta Falls

the trail to sunwapta falls

Fed by the Athabasca Glacier, the Sunwapta Falls is a stunning place to stop. The falls are 18 meters tall. This site is good for a quick stop – the upper falls can be viewed from the car park if you’re short on time. You can go white-water rafting (imagine!) and there are many awesome hiking trails two of the most popular being the hikes to the Lower and Upper Falls.

8. Athabasca Falls

athabasca falls alberta canada

This waterfall stemming from the Athabasca River is 23-meters tall. There are a number of lookout points where you can see the power of the falls. The falls itself are not very high compared to others in the Canadian Rockies, but the size of the river makes these falls one of the most powerful in the country!

9. Jasper

jasper national park picnic spot views
lake in Jasper National Park
Typical lakeside views in Jasper National Park

Jasper is one of my favorite towns in Canada, when I visited I could really imagine myself living there. Not only is it incredibly scenic, it’s the right mix of small town charm with lots of activities and great restaurants. Some of my favorite restaurants/Cafes in Jasper include Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria; Sunhouse Cafe and Evil Dave’s Grill.

Jasper National Park requires a pass to enter, it costs $10 per adult and can be purchased from Parks Canada.

Jasper is home to the world’s second-largest dark sky preserve in the world. The annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival  is held in October every year, it draws thousands of visitors and has had guests speakers from NASA as well as Hollywood celebrities in the past. Jasper has over 1200 kms of hiking trails and some of the best in the area include Pyramid Lake and Maligne Canyon.

Another great thing to do in Jasper is to hop on the Jasper SkyTram – Canada’s highest and longest, guided aerial tramway up to the top of the 2263 meter summit. Grab some food at the restaurant at the top and views of Mount Robson (in the next state B.C). If you’re visiting Jasper in the Summer and you’re feeling adventurous then you must book onto the two hour white water rafting tour on the Athabasca River. This is grade 2 rafting so expect to get wet!

Where to stay in Jasper

sunrise at fairmont jasper park
The view from our cabin at Fairmont Jasper Park!
  • Fairmont Jasper Park is a collection of luxurious log cabins located on the emerald-green Lac Beauvert. This is the ultimate bucket-list-worthy hotel in Jasper!
  • Chateau Jasper is a cozy hotel surrounded by the mountains of Jasper National Park and a 10 minute walk from the center of town.
  • Jasper Inn and Suites just off Highway is a cozy inn-style property with a pool and a sauna.
  • Bear Hill Lodge relaxed cabin-style accommodation (with fireplaces) surrounded by woodland.

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee x

sunset at Fairmont Jasper Park
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It’s easy to see why a road trip from Banff to Jasper is one of the best and most popular things to do in Canada. I mean, not only are there lots of amazing activities to enjoy but there are scenic mountain views, gatorade-blue lakes and the chance to spot unique wildlife.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope this guide has helped you plan the perfect road trip between Banff and Jasper! If you found this blog helpful, be sure to browse around some more! I have guides on  unique things to do in Whistler; Canadian road trip tips, luxury vacation to Whistler as well as doing a ski season in Whistler and so much more!!

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A road trip is one of the best things to do in Banff and the Banff to Jasper route is the most scenic drive in the world. Here, I list 8 of the best stops!

10 cute towns you need to explore near San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the cities you must explore when you visit California. The hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco has a contagious energy. There is so much to do in San Francisco but sometimes you just need to get away from it all and relax. So, it will be a breath of fresh air to visit and explore these cute towns near San Francisco. All of the towns listed here are under a 2 hour drive from the city so are easily reachable for a day trip.

In this blog, I’ve cherry picked out 10 of the cutest towns outside of San Francisco.

See all 10 places marked on this map (this will make it easier to plan your trip)

Map courtesy of Wanderlog, a road trip planner

Where should I go for a weekend getaway in the Bay Area?

There are so many options for a weekend getaway from busy San Francisco. Where you choose depends on what you want to get from the weekend. If you want the dreamy combination of fairytale cottages and white sand beaches then Carmel-by-the-Sea is a great choice. Or if you don’t fancy a long drive then Half Moon Bay (just a 40 minute drive from the city) is ideal. And if you love wine then why not visit one of the cute towns in the Napa Valley region such as Napa, Sonoma and Petaluma.

San Francisco’s excellent freeway and highway system means all of the cute towns listed here are easily accessible, just, watch out for rush hour traffic! All of them too are reachable by public transport but of course this takes longer and you can’t stop and admire all the scenic viewpoints along the way.

I was born in San Francisco and we returned here several times from our home in Whistler Canada and I must say it was interesting to see the Golden Gate City from a tourists perspective.

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I’ve cherry picked 10 cute towns near San Francisco, all easily accessible from downtown and under a 2 hour drive.

What is the prettiest town in California?

The Golden State of California is home to some gorgeously picturesque smaller towns and villages. Most of the prettiest towns in California are located in the Bay Area and in this blog I list 10 of the very best. There’s a town for every type of traveler on this list.

I guess everyone’s idea of ‘pretty’ is different but some of my personal favorites are Carmel-by-the-Sea, Petaluma and Sausalito. Here’s my top 10 cute towns near San Francisco (I cover each of these in more detail if you keep scrolling down) –

  1. Tiburon (41 minutes drive / 17 miles from downtown)
  2. Sausalito (33 minutes / 11 miles from downtown)
  3. Napa (1 hour / 49 miles from downtown)
  4. Sonoma (1 hour 3 minutes / 54.1 miles from downtown)
  5. Petaluma (54 minutes / 48 miles from downtown)
  6. Santa Cruz (1 hour 15 minutes / 73 miles from downtown)
  7. Carmel-by-the-Sea (1 hour 56 minutes / 122 miles from downtown)
  8. Halfmoon Bay (38 minutes / 29 miles from downtown)
  9. Stinson Beach (59 minutes / 24 miles from downtown)
  10. Mill Valley (38 minutes / 14.8 miles from downtown)

1. Tiburon

This little coastal town is a couple minutes drive North of Sausalito. And is 40 minutes drive from downtown San Francisco. It’s a picture-perfect town, like one of those perfect little towns in the Sims or Main St at Disney.

The Hippie Tree Swing outside Tiburon
The Hippie Tree Swing outside Tiburon

The views from Tiburon over the bay and of the city’s skyline are truly breathtaking. It’s home to the elite and super-rich, take a drive and spot some seriously stunning & huge homes! Ark Row is the hub of this little coastal town and is where you will find most of the restaurants, boutique stores and cafes. Some of my favorite restaurants in Tiburon include Tiburon Tavern on Tiburon Blvd and Lolas Taqueria at Ark Row shopping center.

For the best views take a stroll along Paradise Drive for epic views of the city skyline, Angel Island and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Go slightly further afield into Shoreline Park to see Elephant Rock – a pier with stunning views that is very popular for fishing. Do what the influencers do and hike up to the swing at Hippie Tree & snap that all-important shot.

I love my coffee and one of the best spots for a coffee is Cafe Accri on Main Street.

Getting to Tiburon from San Francisco – grab the Blue and Gold ferry from Pier 41 or the Ferry Building for one of most gorgeous ferry rides in the world. Bus options to Tiburon here

2. Sausalito

Sausalito is often described as a laid-back town with an almost Mediterranean vibe. It’s small at just over 2.2 square miles and has a population of just over 7,000 people. I’m sure this gorgeous town tops the wish-list of ‘places to live if I won the lotto’ for a lot of people.

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Gorgeous homes on the water in Sausalito!

Easily accessible by ferry from downtown San Francisco, a lot of tourists bring bikes on the ferry – it’s the perfect way to explore this gorgeous town. Handily enough, you can rent bikes from Fisherman’s Wharf before you hop on the ferry.

Imagine a different way of life at the Houseboats (over 500 of them) that occupy the waters at the Northern end of the town. Rent a kayak or go on a boat tour to see the best of Sausalito from the water. Or simply browse through the many boutique stores that line Main Street.

Seafood is a must when dining in Sausalito – some must-try seafood restaurants in town include Scoma’s of Sausalito at 588 Bridgeway and Seafood Peddler Restaurant and Fish Market. For non-seafood fans head to Napa Valley Burger Company or Taste of Rome. For coffee try Firehouse Coffee & Tea on Johnson Street.

Did you know – Sausalito is where Otis Redding wrote “Sittin’ on a Dock in the Bay”.

This Sausalito and Muir Woods half-day tour departs from San Francisco and is a great way to see two of the cute towns on this list if you’re short on time!

3. Napa

You’re probably familiar with Napa as wine country but did you know there’s so much more to do here than wine tasting. Sure, there’s 400 wineries in and surrounding Napa and the region is famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon. I could write a whole other article about wineries in Napa (there’s that many great wineries here) but what I will say is that one of my favorites and a must-visit is the quaint and historic Buena Vista Winery. If wine’s not your thing but beer is why not visit Napa Valley Brewing Company on Lincoln Avenue.

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A gorgeous old church in the wine region in Napa!

The town of Napa itself is bustling (the busiest months being September and October). Some must-do’s when in Napa town include Oxbow Public Market for great local arts & crafts and yummy food and a stroll along Napa Riverfront. Here be sure to pop into one of the romantic bars & restaurants that line it.

There’s Michelin-starred restaurants including The French Laundry in Yountville; La Toque and Kenzo Napa in Napa town and The Restaurant at Auberge in Rutherford. If you can’t get a reservation at any of the above or are after a simpler dining experience then The Dutch Door on 1st Street and Contimo Provisions on Randolph Street are highly recommended. If you don’t fancy dining out you may chose to have a picnic in Napa instead.

Take a hot air balloon ride, go biking through the mountain trails, take a winery tour, there’s even a couple of golf courses in the surrounding area.

Staying the night in Napa – the Napa Valley Marriott is reasonably priced and has a large outdoor pool, fire pit and luxurious rooms. For a real splurge the Auberge du Soleil is one of the best hotels in California!

Getting to Napa – its just over an hour North of San Francisco and of course the best way to get here is to self-drive so you can admire the scenery en-route. Here’s how to get to Napa via bus.

4. Sonoma

Sonoma is just over an hours drive from San Francisco and is a small but welcoming town. It has a population of over 11,000 and is famed for its wineries, farm to table restaurants and gorgeous scenery.

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Vines in Sonoma!

At the heart of the town of Sonoma is Sonoma Plaza filled with 19th-century adobe buildings including Mission San Francisco Solano and the Sonoma Barrack (which was once used by the Mexican military). Now the plaza is home to over 100 stores, dozens of restaurants as well as wine tasting rooms.

Drive to Sonoma Coast State Beach is 20 miles long and is home to a number of photogenic sandy beaches, however, these beaches are not recommended for swimming as the water is quite rough. Also worth a visit Jack London State Historic Park also known as ‘Beauty Ranch’ features 20 miles of trails and a museum about the author of “The Call of the Wild”.

Zipline through redwood trees at Sonoma Canopy Tours, go horse-riding through the hills and go kayaking in Bodega Bay. Of course no visit to Sonoma is complete without some wine tasting, some of the best wineries in Sonoma include Benziger Family Winery, Jacuzzi Family Winery, Gundlach Bundschu and Jordan Winery. This 9-hour tour to Sonoma departs from San Francisco and includes 4 wineries and is a great option if you don’t fancy driving!

5. Petaluma

Transport yourself back to the 1950’s in this historic little town, 35 minutes drive from Napa. In town, stroll past the  historical buildings and Victorian mansions along the Petaluma River. It’s a popular foodie destination with many excellent farm-to-table style restaurants including Hank’s and Central Market both on Petaluma Blvd. Popular beer Lagunitas is brewed here and its brewery is open for tours daily.

Petaluma town
Petaluma town!

Pop into Petaluma Historical Library and Museum to learn about the towns history or the Petaluma Arts Center located in an old train warehouse. As for shopping you can’t go wrong with a browse through Petaluma Collective, here more than 20 stalls display unique arts, crafts and more. You can even get on the water with a unique Marsh Kayak Tour which takes you along Petaluma River and into the marshlands where you can spot many different types of birds.

Did you know – the movie Pleasantville was filmed here.

6. Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is under a 1.5 hour drive from San Francisco. It is famous for its long wharf that stretches into Monterey Bay and its boardwalk which is home to vintage rides like the Giant Dipper roller coaster (the longest of its kind in the United States). It has been attracting tourists for decades and although the wharf and boardwalk area is filled with out-of-towners on the daily, downtown Santa Cruz is bohemian, quirky and filled with great one-of-a-kind stores.

Colorful Spanish-style homes in Santa Cruz!
Colorful Spanish-style homes in Santa Cruz!

Did you know – Santa Cruz Boardwalk is often referred to as the ‘Coney Island of the West’.

Some of the must-do things in Santa Cruz include:

  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center for an interactive look at the sea life in the area
  • Buy an ice-cream at The Penny Ice Creamery on Cedar Street or 41st Ave
  • Buy unique gifts at The Homeless Garden Project in downtown Santa Cruz
  • Grab a famous burger at Surfrider Cafe on Front Street

Seacliff State Beach is one of the best beaches in the area and is 5 miles South of Santa Cruz. This beach is home to the huge SS Palo Alto ship lying in its waters.

Staying the night in Santa Cruz – two reasonably priced and fantastically rated options in Santa Cruz are the Edgewater Beach Inn and the Best Western Inn

7. Carmel by the Sea

A 2 hour drive from downtown, Carmel-by-the-sea is that bit further than the others on the list so I advise spending the night if you can. Thankfully, there’s lots to do here to make it worth your while. Carmel is old world charming.

A Fairytale Cottage in Carmel-by-the-sea

Fairytale cottages are scattered throughout the town center making it feel like something from the pages of a children’s storybook. It is filled with narrow, hard-to-find passageways, cute courtyards and Carmel doesn’t use street numbers so you will likely get happily lost here. Clothing boutiques, art galleries, quirky stores and sweet little restaurants line the streets. Ocean Avenue is the best street for shopping and one of the most popular stores here is Cottage of Sweets which sells British sweets.

Just a 10 minute walk from the center of town, Carmel beach is magnificent. White sand with a secluded feel, which is unusual for a beach so close to a town. It’s not advisable to swim here due to the strong currents but a long walk is sure to sustain you. One of the best beaches in the area is China Beach at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, a 10 minute drive from town. Dramatic scenery, calm waters and the chance to spot sea lions and otters makes this a very popular attraction in the area.

The San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission founded in 1771 is stunning, ornate and well-worth spending a few hours. Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant outside of town is an idyllic countryside luxury hotel, owned by Clint Eastwood. It’s a great place to stay the night or reserve a table for dinner.

You can rent a motorbike from nearby Monterey (a 10 minute drive away) to explore the beautiful coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway. Such a cool thing to do!

Staying the night in Carmel L’Auberge Carmel is an exclusive Relais Chateau property that is ideal for a romantic getaway or Carmel Inn if you want to save some $$$

8. Half Moon Bay

Just over 40 minutes from San Francisco, it’s known for its wild and rugged beaches and is very popular with surfers. Even though it’s the closest town on this list to San Francisco it seems much farther away because once you turn off the motorway the town of Half Moon Bay is only accessible by a two-lane country road. Because of it’s location this area is often blanketed in the thick fog the Bay Area is known for, but, it makes for some pretty epic photos.

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The beach at Half Moon Bay!

The history-rich Half Moon Bay is filled with cute B&B’s, cozy hotels as well as many Cafes and Restaurants. Pasta Moon is very popular with locals and has been open for over 30 years. But, for dinner with a view its best to head down to the harbor. Also highly recommended is the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has live music and a fantastic vantage point next to the sea

Walk the California Coastal Trail a stunning 5 mile walking track which starts at Seymour Bridge in Half Moon Bay and ends at Pillar Point Harbor. For golfers there’s two world class golf courses in town. Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Purisima Creek Trail are also worth doing whilst in town.

9. Stinson Beach

Not really a town more of a tiny village with a few restaurants and a little supermarket. The population here is just over 600 people. The road to Stinson Beach is steep and winding and not for the faint-of-heart. It’s an hours drive here from downtown San Francisco and is popular for fishing, windsurfing and surfing. It’s best to go surfing here in Winter or Spring. For windsurfers the afternoon is the best time for the prevailing northwesterly winds.

Looking down on Stinson Beach!

It’s white sand and long ocean front makes it one of the best beaches for swimming in the Bay Area. The shallow waters make it ideal for little ones. With Muir Woods and the unique rock formations providing the perfect backdrop.

Fun fact – Red Rock Beach is a clothing optional beach just south of Stinson.

Getting to Stinson Beach – it’s best if you have a car as the bus takes about 2.5 hours. If you plan to drive here at the weekends or during the Summer months make sure to arrive before noon as the car parks get full and there is no overflow car park available.

10. Mill Valley

Mill Valley is a charming little town built at the base of Mount Tamalpais. It’s just over 30 minutes drive from downtown San Francisco and has a very European feel to it. This sweet little town certainly captured my imagination! It has the best restaurant selection in Marin County with some of my favorites including – Piazza D’Angelo on Miller Ave and Bungalow 44 on East Blithedale Ave.

Mount Tamalpais State National Park near Mill Valley

Some great annual events in Mill Valley and well worth checking out include – Mill Valley Film Festival; Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting; the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival and Winterfest.

Just minutes away is the very popular Muir Woods National Monument which attracts thousands of tourists daily. A visit to Muir Woods offer the opportunity to see giant redwood trees – one of the few areas to see these trees in the Bay Area. There’s a range of hiking trails at Muir Woods all varying in difficulty and length. Worth noting is reservations are required for all vehicles and tourists to the Woods – you can catch the Route 66 Shuttle from Sausalito, Marin City, or Mill Valley if you don’t fancy driving here. Entrance to Muir Woods can work out pretty costly, current rates as follows:

  • $8.50 per vehicle
  • $3.25 per person for a space on the Route 66 shuttle
  • $15.00 per person entrance fee to gain entry to Muir Woods

You may also choose to indulge in a sea plane tour from Mill Valley which takes you over the Golden Gate bridge and downtown San Francisco.

Getting here from San Francisco – catch the Line 70 bus from the Civic Center; hop off at Marin City Hub and hop on Line 17 to Mill Valley Depot.

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Lincoln Park Steps, San Francisco

I hope I’ve given you some major wanderlust and you’ve found one of your new favorite cute towns near San Francisco from this list. Happy exploring!

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4 Best Places to Stargaze in the United States

When was the last time you laid under the night sky and stargazed? According to the International Dark-Sky Association, there are over 120 certified International Dark Sky urban places, nature reserves, and parks worldwide. 

Most of them are located in the United States, with the majority of the designated Dark Sky sites found in the South Western – in states like Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

To help you narrow down where to go stargazing, I’ve put together this list of what I think are the best places to stargaze in the United States.

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

In 2016, the Grand Canyon National Park was rewarded with Provisional Dark Sky status. This was only awarded after the village here began to retrofit all its lighting to be darker and stargazing friendly. 

The Grand Canyon is considered one of the Eight Wonders of the world. In this stunning national park, you can hike along the Canyon rims and the Colorado River as you view the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Darkness brings out the dark side of the Grand Canyon which is of course perfect for stargazing.

Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania

Believe it or not, only 10% of Americans have searched the dark sky for the purpose of stargazing.

If you want to enjoy a designated Gold Level Dark Sky Park, then make a point of visiting the Cherry Springs State Park. Here, you’ll notice that there is nothing much to see. In fact, it only has a single one-mile hiking trail, a campground, and a few large fields.

 However, people don’t come here for daytime interactions; they come to see the dark nighttime sky. 

Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

Death Valley is the largest Dark Sky National Park in America. This park features ranger talks, exploration fairs, family adventures, and guided hikes during the day. At night, visitors come to see and enjoy the night sky party.

The National Park Service at Death Valley together with The Oasis, have taken extraordinary measures to reduce light pollution in the area. They can only achieve this by using outdoor light fixtures that direct light towards the ground. 

The frequent cloudless skies allow gazers to see various constellations.

Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Have you been lucky enough to experience a Kenya safari holidays? If the answer is yes, you may have been given a telescope to look at the wild animals by your guide. 

The same happens at the Natural Bridges National Monument, but here you will use the telescope to get a closer look at the stunning stars in this Gold International Dark Sky Park.

This national park runs a very interesting program that teaches you about the ins and outs of astronomy. At night, the sky explodes with celestial bodies and stars, with the pitch-black canyon providing shadowy backdrops.

One of the most prominent tourist trends of the past decade has been to escape the crowds – so why not go off the beaten track to where there are dark, clear skies, crisp air, and low light pollution. And not many people!

The warm summer nights here are perfect for anyone looking to observe the skies and all of its astronomical phenomena.

I’m sure you’ll agree – stargazing in places like those listed above is a bucket-list worthy experience. I hope you will be encouraged to experience these best places to stargaze in the United States.

14 most scenic Airbnb’s in the United States

If you fancy a glimpse inside some of the most scenic airbnbs in the United States then this blog is for you!

The United States is filled with lots of cool and unique things to do as well as fabulous places to stay. In this piece, I’ll give you the lowdown on 14 of the most unique airbnbs in the United States.

From a unique cabin in the Californian desert to a 1950s dairy barn in Virginia. There’s even a super unique Futuro House in Joshua Tree to really tempt you!

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The most scenic airbnbs in the United States

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This year more than any other year, more and more people will be holidaying local. So, lets get on with it – here are my top picks for the most scenic airbnbs in the United States.

  1. Minimalist Modern Cabin, Morongo Valley, California
  2. Whiskey Creek Cabin, Idyllwild, California
  3. Tanglebloom Cabin, Brookline, Vermont
  4. Casa Mami, Pioneertown, California
  5. Dream Rock Silo, Independence, Virginia
  6. The Woodlands House, Sandy, Oregon
  7. Area 55 Futuro House, Joshua Tree, California
  8. Fernside A-frame, Indian River, Michigan
  9. Point of the Point, Marquette, Michigan
  10. Stone City Treehouse, Hardwick, Vermont
  11. Treetop Lakehouse, Rosman, North Carolina
  12. Midcentury home, Palm Springs, California
  13. Lakefront Loft, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont
  14. Modern Mountain Chalet, Bozeman, Montana

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1. Minimalist Modern Cabin, Morongo Valley, California

Minimalist Modern Cabin, Morongo Valley, California

This unique cabin perched atop the hills of the Yucca Valley is the perfect desert getaway. The clear walls brings the outdoors inside. It is completely off the grid and is solar powered. Outside is a private deck with a fire pit (enjoy toasted smores here on a starry night).

From here explore Joshua Tree National Park or a little closer to home are some great trails that lead direct from your door.

Stay here for a 360 degree view of stunning desert scenery.

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2. Whiskey Creek Cabin, Idyllwild, California

Whiskey Creek Cabin, Idyllwild, California

The laid-back vibe of this wooden cabin is certain to be exactly what the doctor ordered after a tumultous 2020 for most. Surrounded by pine trees to give you a secluded feel. Yet, Whiskey Creek Cabin is close to the mountain town of Idyllwild.

Ask the host for directions to some awesome secret hikes nearby

Order yummy food from local fave Gastrognome in the evenings. In the Winter months get cozy by the window with a good book and a glass of wine and watch the snow dump outside.

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3. Tanglebloom Cabin, Brookline, Vermont

Tanglebloom Cabin, Brookline, Vermont

Located on a flower farm, this glamping style cabin is open to the elements. Lovingly handcrafted by the owners, it’s cozy minimalist interiors has everything you need for a romantic weekend away. It is located less than three hours from Boston.

Ask your host for directions to her favorite waterfall. There’s also hikes, rural biking trails and swimming spots nearby.

You’re also close to Brattleboro, Vermont (20 mins) & Stratton Mountain Resort (25 mins).

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4. Casa Mami, Pioneertown, California

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A pueblo-style bright white tiny home in the middle of the Californian desert. Casa Mami is surrounded by towering cacti, unusual wildlife. At night the starry sky is a sight to behold – believe me, the night sky here is so clear.

The house has been designed to bring the outdoors in, and what’s even more cool is that a selection of products on display in the house are for sale. This home has been featured in numerous home and design magazines and when you stay here you stay here you’ll see why!

Just a two hour car journey from Los Angeles. And less than 20 minutes to the town of Joshua Tree, you’ll be completely off the grid but close enough to restaurants, bars and shops.

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5. Dream Rock Silo, Independence, Virginia

Dream Rock Silo, Independence, Virginia

Now here’s a transformation worth seeing – a 1950s dairy barn turned airbnb. It was just completed in 2018. The silo has 4 floors total and the top two are yours to rent.

Follow the spiral staircase up to your ginormous round bed after a day of exploring. Your room up here has windows all around offering 360-degree views of the mountains and valley.

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6. The Woodlands House, Sandy, Oregon

Set within 5 acres of private forest, this house is surprisingly large with 4 bedrooms and 2 outdoor decks. A relaxing space with a wood-burning fireplace on all levels. From one of the outddor decks you may spot native deer coming for a drink from the little stream nearby. But the real selling point here is the large 6 person outdoor hot tub.

A short 20 minute drive from Mount Hood and 45 minutes from Portland International Airport.

Stay here for rustic cabin vibes and of course that AH-MAZING outdoor hot tub!

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7. Area 55 Futuro House, Joshua Tree, California

Area 55 Futuro House, Joshua Tree, California

There are only 85 of these Futuro House in the world (19 of which are in the USA) but this is the only one you can rent for a night or more. This place looks like it could take off at any moment to explore space.

This is an off-grid glamping experience so disconnect and truly take in your surroundings. Solar power is available to charge your small electronic devices as well as for the sound system and the all-important coffee machine.

Eat your dinner under the stars next to the outdoor fire pit.

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8. Fernside A-frame, Indian River, Michigan

Fernside A-frame, Indian River, Michigan

Lovingly constructed on the banks of the Sturgeon river is this cute and rustic A-frame. A wall of windows keeps the light and warmth in during daylight whilst at night its design makes you think you are almost floating amongst the stars.

There’s a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ for your use, as well as two bedrooms (one on the main floor the other in the loft).

In the Summer or warmer months take a swim in the river or use the tube that’s tied to a tree.

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9. Point of the Point, Marquette, Michigan

A wooden A-frame nestled deep in the woods of the Upper Peninsula. It has floor to ceiling windows so you can take in the gorgeous views of Lake Superior.

Sit by the lake in the Summer with a good book or in the Winter months I’d rather plonk myself next to the woodfired stove.

This place is everything but its mostly harmonious and serene, exactly what the doctor ordered.

A short drive from downtown Marquette or Munising.

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10. Stone City Treehouse, Hardwick, Vermont

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Feel your stress and anxiety wash away in the silence surrounding this super-cute treehouse.

Relax by the fireplace, walk through the woods, go hiking. There’s an adorable little outdoor space with a hammock and campfire spot right on the stream that looks up to a lovely view of the treehouse.

Your bed is up the loft ladder in what the owners call ‘the nest’. So quaint and cosy!

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11. Treetop Lakehouse, Rosman, North Carolina

Treetop Lakehouse, Rosman, North Carolina

Epic mountain views, an expansive deck and 500 feet of lake frontage await you at this treehouse in North Carolina.

Situated on 3 acres, there’s two fireplaces inside (one in the living room, the other in a little room off the main bedroom). There’s the options for 4 bedrooms here so it’s ideal for large groups or families. This is open living at its finest, all the spaces flow together really nicely.

In the lake itself no motorized boats are allowed, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the peace & quiet or take out a canoe on the peaceful water.

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12. Midcentury home, Palm Springs, California

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Gorgeous classic midcentury home with a huge yard an outdoor swimming pool. Lovely mountain views surround the property. It’s light & bright and is the epitome of indoor/outdoor living.

There are 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathroms, an outdoor fireplace and of course that epic swimming pool I mentioned.

Design and architecture aficionados will love this place! The Alexander Butterfly Roof is a highlight of its design. A huge plus too is that it’s just 5 minutes to all the best Palm Springs attractions.

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13. Lakefront Loft, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont

Lakefront Loft, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont

In fall the scenery here is epic, I mean it! Go fishing, swimming and hiking in the Summer and in Winter take up ice fishing (why not!) or cross-country skiing.

Inside is a surprisingly spacious 2 bedroom loft. While outside is a fire pit, a BBQ and a private lake access dock.

This cute spot is located just 10 minutes from Newport and 30 minutes from Jay Peak & Owl’s Head in Canada.

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14. Modern Mountain Chalet, Bozeman, Montana

Sit in the hot tub at night and admire the stars. During the day enjoy the views of the Absaroka mountain range – like a painting honestly!

Cozy and rustic inside, you’ll be very happy by the wood-burning stove with a good book and a glass of wine. Two large bedrooms with heated floors, both done is luxury cabin style!

Just a short drive from Yellowstone National Park. Spot deer, elk and grouse from the deck.

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My favorite scenic airbnb in the United States

And that’s a wrap on my 14 most scenic airbnbs in the United States. It was fun to write this and now I have serious wanderlust. I hope you too will find your new favorite airbnb in the USA on this list!

Its tough to pick a favorite but if pushed I’d have to go with the Area 55 Futuro House or the Modern Mountain Chalet on Montana!

Tell me – what do you think is the most scenic airbnb in the United States? Let me know in the comments below…

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From a a 1950s dairy barn in Virginia to a super unique Futuro House in Joshua Tree - here are 14 of the most scenic airbnbs in the USA.