National Parks: Interesting Facts and Captivating Accommodations

By Neil Graham

On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, which ensured that Yellowstone was "reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale" and that it was "for the benefit and the enjoyment of the people," thus, creating the concept of a National Park.

Today, there are 60 National Parks across the United States, many of which showcase some of the world's most fascinating and awe-inspiring geological features on the planet—including red rock canyons, snow-capped peaks, deep lakes, and even a supervolcano. Every year, they attract millions of adventurers who are yearning to experience the sublime beauty of the wilderness and a rejuvenating sense of freedom.

An image of Yellowstone National Park.

To help you decide where to go on your next glamping getaway, here are five interesting facts about National Parks along with five of our most extraordinary accommodations nearby.

Yellowstone National Park

A view from Yellowstone National Park.

Sprawling across three different states, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, Yellowstone was the first ever National Park and is renowned for its multitude of wildlife and geological features including Old Faithful, a spectacular cone geyser that erupts with relative predictability, which led to its name.

Fact #1: Beneath the surface of Yellowstone is an active supervolcano that contains enough magma to fill the Grand Canyon more than 11 times over.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin near Yellowstone in Montana.
For your trip to Yellowstone, stay at this log cabin with mountain views in Montana.

Sequoia National Park

A photo of Sequoia National Park in California.

Sequoia National Park lies in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California and is world famous for its astonishing sequoia trees in the Giant Forest and its breathtaking trails, including the Moro Rock Trail, which offer sensational mountain views.

Fact #2: Named after an American Civil War general, the General Sherman sequoia tree towers above any visitor at 83.8 meters tall and is the largest-known, living, single stem tree on the planet.

A view of the exterior and outdoor seating area at the riverfront cabin near Sequoia National Park in California.
For your trip to Sequoia National Park, stay at this riverfront cabin in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California.

Yosemite National Park

A photo of the mountains in Yosemite National Park in California.

Thanks to the efforts of Scottish activist John Muir, who grew up in Wisconsin, the natural beauty of Yosemite was well-documented in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, and he was able to raise awareness about the potential threat of destruction to its landscape.

Fact #3: Yosemite's Half Dome granite rock formation provided the inspiration for the logo of outdoor specialists, North Face.

A view from below the impressive cabin rental near Yosemite National Park in California.
For your trip to Yosemite National Park, stay at this gorgeous woodland cabin in Mariposa, California.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A photo of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Spanning across North Carolina and Tennessee, the legendary park is renowned for its astonishing fall colors, its snowcapped peaks in the winter, and its rich Southern Appalachian history. Unlike other National Parks, there is no charge to enter the park, and it proudly holds the title of the most-visited National Park in the U.S. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, as well as picturesque rivers and waterfalls, ancient woodlands, and 300-million-year-old mountains.

Fact #4: The park gets its name from the Cherokee word shaconage, which means "place of blue smoke" and describes the eerie fog that gathers above the forested mountains, which creates a "smoky" effect.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the wintertime.
For your trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stay at this luxury log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Olympic National Park

A view of the ocean waters that form part of the Olympic National Park in Washington.

The Olympic National Park is one of the most unspoiled parks in the country, giving visitors an insight into its ancient formation from glacial ice and an authentic wilderness experience. Its mountains were developed deep beneath the ocean's surface before glaciers, which were one mile-thick, carved out its rugged terrain. Nowadays, it is home to an array of diverse ecosystems, all teeming with wildlife, and boasts 73 miles of epic mountainous coastline.

#Fact 5: Due to its Ice Age isolation, 15 animals and eight species of plant evolved here and nowhere else on the planet, such as the Olympic marmot, Olympic mud minnow, and crescent trout.

A view from the exterior at nighttime of the cabin rental near Olympic National Park in Washington.
For your trip to Olympic National Park, stay at this spacious cabin rental in Port Angeles, Washington.


Check out our collection of extraordinary accommodations near National Parks and enjoy an unforgettable experience in the sublime beauty of nature!

Why Taking a Break from Social Media Can Be Good

By Neil Graham

Checking social media on a cell phone at a coffee table.

Think about how much time you spend looking at social media. For most of us, the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to check that no one has tagged us in an embarrassing photo from the night before and then proceed to “like” all the latest memes and videos on Facebook.

After that, it’s a quick look at Instagram to figure out who exactly it was that started to follow you and whether or not you want to follow them back. This whole routine can last between 15 minutes to a half hour, and already, we're pushing back plans for the day.

Wouldn’t it be great to live the day just for ourselves and not for others to judge? Here’s why taking a break from social media can be good and why it’s necessary...at least every once in a while.

Disconnect from social media and reconnect with the outdoors

A woman enjoying a cup of coffee outside of her camping tent.

Putting the phone down for a few hours might leave some frustrated at not being able to feel “in touch” with the social media world, but we soon realize that the real world is pretty interesting, too. Have you ever been in the mountains or some other awesome part of nature only to find that your photographs never do the landscape justice? Maybe we should forget about trying to see the world as a potential profile picture and instead use the authentic #nofilter—our own eyes!

Have more time for life experiences

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The non-profit organization Common Sense Media reports that the average teen in the U.S. spends nine hours a day on social media, while the average adult spends around two hours a day. Therefore, the average person will spend roughly five years and four months in a lifetime on social media.

That’s enough time to become world-class at four different fields. (We'll wait for you to pick your jaw back up off the floor.) Malcolm Gladwell’s theory is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery at something, which works out to only 417 days—talk about putting things into perspective!

Ruining nights out since 2004

A group of friends saying cheers with glasses of beer.

We all enjoy a good night out at the weekend; it’s a good opportunity to blow off steam with friends and catch up. It’s becoming more and more common, however, that we sit in silence, all looking at our cell phones—either “checking in” to let everyone know that we’re in the coolest spot in town (funny how no one does it when they’re visiting their grandma on a Sunday afternoon) or Whatsapping our partners to say we’ll be home soon when we all know there's still going to be one more round. We’re in good company—let’s set our phones down and make the most of it!

Let people learn more about the real you

A woman practicing violin on a bridge.

With a quick glance at one of our friends’ Facebook profiles, we may think they live a globetrotting, bohemian lifestyle, with their Ray Bans and Indie band-style photographs. In reality, I know Joe doesn’t know how to play the guitar, and Stephanie never wears flowers in her hair. Unlike Joe's Facebook friends, I know he has many hidden talents and unique interests that are considered not cool enough to “share” on social media. We say show off your talents, teach us more about your interests, and you’ll find you’re way cooler than your Instagram.

You don't need social media to be social

A group of friends and family enjoying the sunset on the beach.

When we think about our favorite memories, they are all about being with loved ones or going on an adventure—maybe somewhere romantic or perhaps like that time when everybody couldn't stop laughing. They are certainly not about the day we looked at Facebook for 15 minutes on the bus.


Take a break from social media and use your extra time to explore the great outdoors with one of our unique glamping getaways!

Kickstart your New Year

By Elizabeth Young

The holidays have come and gone, leaving the prospects of a new year ahead. 2018 holds 365 days of promise and adventure, during which you could travel to a new country, meet someone special, get a new job (or maybe a promotion!), join a gym...the possibilities are endless. With the whole year ahead of you, it's easy to procrastinate, thinking you have time to check things off your bucket list.

A holiday wreath with a New Year's message.

Here at Glamping Hub, we want to help you fit as much fun and adventure into 2018 as possible. A little bit of time spent outside is good for the body, mind, and soul, and we do our best to make sure you have the most memorable outdoor experience possible.

Kickstart your new year and make a splash as you enter 2018 with one of these glamping getaways. From the beaches of Australia and the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the forests of Galicia, Spain, we have selected for you some of our favorite accommodations worldwide to start the year off with a bang.

Visit the Land Down Under

As the Northern Hemisphere bunkers down for the cold of winter, the Southern Hemisphere enters the summer season. If you're planning a warm-weather vacation, consider Australia, home to the Great Barrier Reef, the Sunshine Coast, and hundreds of kilometers of stunning beaches. Take a look at some of our favorite rentals below.

Beach Cabin in Tasmania

A view from outside of the beach cabin in Tasmania.

It's hard to beat the views from this modern beach cabin.

With room for six guests and an unbeatable waterfront location, this beach cabin on Tasmania's Bruny Island is perfect for a trip with family or friends.

Two-Person Dome in Western Australia

A view from the outside of the dome in Western Australia.

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the woodlands when you book this luxury dome.

Ideal for a romantic getaway, this one-of-a-kind dome has plenty of room for a couple to relax and enjoy the fresh air here in Yelverton, Western Australia.

Luxury Glamping Tent in New South Wales

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Visit New South Wales in style from the comfort of this luxury glamping tent.

If you've never been glamping before, this is a good place to start. With an ensuite bathroom and all the comforts of home, this luxury tent provides comfort, design, and an unbeatable outdoor location in New South Wales.

Snowy Getaways in the Rocky Mountains

Start your new year off with a vacation to the Rocky Mountains, and enjoy the fresh powder at mountain resorts like Breckenridge, Colorado; Deer Valley, Utah; or Whitefish, Montana.

Log Cabin with Hot Tub in Breckenridge, Colorado

A view from the hot tub at the log cabin in Breckenridge.

There's nothing better than ending a day on the slopes relaxing in your private hot tub.

If you're looking for a more traditional winter vacation, the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado, offer alpine fun for all ages and abilities. Whether your an amateur skier or just learning to snowboard, you'll find trails perfect for you. What could be better than relaxing tired muscles in the hot tub with a view of the mountain?

Luxury Villa in Park City, Utah

An outside shot of the luxury villa in Park City.

Ski or snowboard at a different resort everyday from this villa rental located between Park City, Deer Valley, and Alta Ski Resorts.

This luxury villa is where style and design meet comfort, with all the amenities you could possibly want in a vacation rental. Plus, you'll have easy access to some of Utah's top ski resorts, from Park City and Deer Valley to Snowbird and Alta, when you rent this accommodation.

The Best of the Iberian Peninsula

If you don't want to go to the beach and you're not so into the snow, may we suggest Spain and the Iberian Peninsula? Get ready for a temperate climate, almost-year-round sunshine, and a warm and inviting culture.

Eco-Friendly Tree House in Galicia, Spain

A view from outside of one of the tree houses in Galicia.

Go out on a limb, literally, for your next vacation in Galicia, Spain.

Tree houses aren't just for kids and this one is a good example. This modern, eco-friendly tree house comes complete with a private hot tub for true relaxation in a quiet forest setting in Galicia.

Costa Blanca Villa Rental with a Pool

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Enjoy the sunshine and temperate climate of the Costa Blanca as you sit poolside.

This villa rental sits outside Valencia on the Costa Blanca, where you can relax alongside your own private pool with a glass of sangria.

Traditional Cave Accommodation in Granada

A view of the cave from the exterior in Granada.

Visit Granada and sleep in one of these cave rentals in the Sacramonte overlooking the city.

Granada is a special city rich in history. As it was the Moorish capital when they occupied Spain, it is filled with remnants of Islamic Spain. The Sacramonte overlooks the city, and in these hills, you can find many traditional cave dwellings of the Romani people.


Didn't find what you're looking for? Head over to our homepage for a full selection of all our rentals!

Most Underrated Cities to Travel to in the U.S.

By Chloe Stein

Photo of Providence Rhode IslandPhoto by: Estately Blog

Which city is your number one?

New York? San Fran? How about Chicago? Well, from Sinatra tributes to killer hot dogs, these guys get a lot of credit. Isn't it time we shed a light on some of the underdogs?

So, if you're much like Frank himself, and also left your heart in San Francisco, maybe it's time you pick yourself up and discover new pastures?—and by that we mean trendy coffee shops.

Travel to some of these underrated—yet oh, so beloved—cities and re-discover our top Davids of Goliaths, if you will.

Asheville, North Carolina: "San Francisco of the South"

Photo of Asheville, North CarolinaPhoto by: The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Why visit: Set against the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is where it's at. This southern gem is known as the San Fran of the south for three reasons—great art, good food and funky breweries. From the historic Biltmore House to its vibrant arts scene, this city oozes character and—on top of that—its quite the looker, if we do say so ourselves.

Where to stay: Eco-Friendly Bungalow

The eco-friendly bungalow in North Carolina from the outside.

Park City, Utah: "Festival City"

photo of Park City, UtahPhoto by: Sotheby's International Realty

Why visit: Just east of Salt Lake City, we can see why Park City can often go unnoticed. In spite of these obstacles, Park City shines in our book as a lavish ski destination and the pinnacle of cozy winter relaxation. On top of that, there's hot chocolate on a stick. What!? how!? why1?—you ask? Well, we're not entirely sure of the how, but the why is quite obvious.

Where to stay: Luxury Cabin

A cozy shot of the interior of the glampign cabin in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Madison, Wisconsin: "Madtown"

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Why visit: Madtown, with its bounty of college students, is an absolute treasure for those who love local music venues, chic coffee shops and water views. From boating events to mouth-watering food trucks, this city is a divine mix of everything that's good in the world—plus, The Great Lakes, farmers markets, and outdoor concerts. Can it get any better than that?

Where to stay: Barn Rental

An exterior shot as night sets over the barn rental on Madeline Island in Wisconsin.

Providence, Rhode Island: "Renaissance City"

photo of Providence, Rhode IslandPhoto by: Ed King Photography

Why visit: If you consider yourself quite the foodie—or even shrug at the word foodie—you can bet your bottom dollar, this city will satisfy your distinguished palate. Among its charming architecture, this city is a gastronomical-hub, consistently blossoming with new and culinary treasures. Furthermore, it just a drive away from the Martha's Vinyard ferry and the beautiful beach town of Newport. Summer getaway, anyone?

Where to stay: Luxury Cabin

A sofa and armchair to cozy up in at this luxury rental in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.Click above to see this listing!


In the mood to explore? Click here, and check out all of our U.S. cities, both far and wide. Or, if you're in the mood for something a bit more exotic, take a gander at our Glamping Guide to Sri Lanka.

Give Back to the Community with Glamping Hub and Faucet Face

By Jessica Armstrong

Hey there, glampers! We have a special treat for you this week. With all the excitement of 2017, Glamping Hub has some new surprises up its trees. So, let's introduce you to our new friends over at Faucet Face.

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What makes Faucet Face and Glamping Hub the perfect pair, you ask?

We here at Glamping Hub strive to find the best sites that both provide an unforgettable experience, as well as preserve nature's wonder and beauty. Now it's time to give back to those who strive to tackle another challenge—how to provide potable water all over the globe.

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Here's how you can get involved and have fun, too! For every water bottle purchased on Faucet Face, that equals a contribution to providing the funds towards new filtration systems first in India, and later, all over the world. How cool to be a part of something so important, right? We thought so, too, and would love your help!

Enter to win your very own gift card for a glamping getaway and three Faucet Face glass water bottles with the design of your choice to help spread awareness for their 1 for 100 program by subscribing to their newsletter and Facebook page.

Just picture yourself enjoying your relaxing getaway with your new glass bottles while knowing you are helping make a difference.

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Together, we can bring more awareness to ways we can benefit the community and environment.

To participate enter, here.


Stay tuned for more fun partnerships coming this spring and summer. You will not want to miss out on all the ways to give back—and get some fun goodies while doing so. In the meantime, start planning your summer getaway here!