5 Movies Filmed in National Parks

By Elizabeth Young

Panoramic vistas, crystal-clear lakes, deserts that never end, snow-capped mountains, and giant monoliths—whether they're starring as the backdrop in thrillers and dramas or alien planets in sci-fi movies, the U.S. National Parks have long held an important and prominent role in American cinema.

In celebration of National Park Week, here are some of our favorite films that take place in National Parks.

"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)

This is a photo of Zion National Park, Utah

With Paul Newman and Robert Redford, this iconic movie is one we're sure many of you have seen, or at least heard of. But did you know much of the movie was filmed in Utah's Zion National Park? If you can take your eyes off of Paul Newman and and Robert Redford long enough, you may notice some stunning natural landscapes and classic western scenery with these bank- and train-robbing bandits on the run to Bolivia.

This is a safari tent near Zion National Park in Utah

Channel your inner Butch Cassidy and head for Zion. This luxury safari tent is located in Kanab, Utah, and is perfect for visiting Zion National Park. Stay here and you'll be right on the southern border between Utah and Arizona, as well as roughly 10 miles east of Kanab, where you can enjoy starry nights under the magnificent southern Utah sky.

"North by Northwest" (1959)

This is a photo of Mount Rushmore

The chiseled granite faces of Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt make an unforgettable appearance during a climactic chase scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s dizzying thriller "North by Northwest." While shooting did take place in and around South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the harrowing chase scene itself, against Hitchock's wishes, ended up being filmed on a replica erected on a Hollywood sound stage.

This is a photo of a luxury cabin near Mount Rushmore.

This safari tent is located in Keystone, South Dakota, where it is situated on a multi-acre glamping site nestled among the Black Hills. Mount Rushmore lies just a few miles away and can be seen right from the site, which is stippled with towering pine trees. For movie-buffs, this is the perfect rental.

"Into the Wild" (2007)

This photo is of Denali National Park in Alaska

Much of "Into the Wild," a Sean Penn-directed biographical film, was shot on location at Denali National Park and Preserve. It was here that young Christopher McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch) attempted to live off the land in an abandoned bus parked along the remote Stampede Trail. We wouldn't recommend exploring the natural wonders of Denali in the same, some would say reckless, nature that McCandless did, but the stunning beauty captured by this film does make us want to head for the great outdoors.

This is a photo of a tiny house near Denali National Park in Alaska.

Located in Talkeetna, Alaska, this is the perfect choice for glampers hoping to enjoy a secluded and quiet vacation in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. With an amazing lakeside location, glampers will be able to enjoy all that Denali National Park has to offer. This part of the world boasts beautiful scenery and is a great opportunity to have some truly unique experiences, including one of the popular flight tours on offer in the area.

"Dances with Wolves" (1990)

This is a photo of Badlands National Park.

Having been badly wounded, Lt. John Dunbar (Kevin Costner), a Civil War hero, makes his way to the Western frontier. There he encounters Indians, buffalo, a dancing wolf, and Mary McDonnell. Camera crews filmed the movie at a variety of locations, but the most gorgeous, mixed grass prairie landscape they found was at Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota.

This is a photo of a cabin near Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

The cabin is located in a small community just off scenic Rimrock Highway. This rental has a great central location in the Black Hills, South Dakota—just 15 minutes from Rapid City and approximately 30 to 45 minutes to nearby tourist destinations, such as Keystone, Mt. Rushmore, Hill City, Crazy Horse, Custer, and Deadwood. Whether guests are looking to hike and explore, shop and sightsee, or just relax, this cabin will make a glamping trip to South Dakota enjoyable for all.

"Star Wars Episode VI—The Return of the Jedi" (1983)

This is a photo of Redwood National Park.

If you've seen this infamous saga, you'll probably remember the Ewoks, those little, furry creatures living on the forest moon of Endor? Well, those small, bear-like creatures actually live in one of the most spectacular forests in California. In the Redwood National and State Parks stands the forest of mighty trees at more then 300 feet high, more then 2,000 years old, and with an all but closed canopy of towering Redwoods.

This is a luxury cabin rental in Eureka, California.

This gorgeous cabin rental offers a private oasis where glampers can relax and enjoy nature. Nestled among towering redwoods, the rental is just 10 minutes from both Eureka and Arcata. In addition, glampers will be just one and a half miles from the bay and a short 15 minutes from a wide range of local beaches. And of course, Redwood National Park is also located nearby and is well worth a visit.


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3 National Parks You Probably Haven't Heard Of

By Elizabeth Young

In honor of National Park Week, we want to highlight some of the amazing landscapes and geographies in the US. The National Parks Service, created in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, works with National Parks Foundation to maintain over 400 National Park sites across the country and U.S. territories. Of those 417 sites, 59 are National Parks, like Yosemite or Yellowstone.

Though many parks, like the Grand Canyon or the Everglades, are world-renowned for their beauty and grandeur, there are many other parks with landscapes and historical narratives that make them more than worthwhile to visit.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park - New Mexico

This is a photo of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Carlsbad Caverns is a network of 117 underground caves, the longest of which is over 120 miles long! In Southern New Mexico, the caverns have several notable caves, among which is the Big Room at almost 4,000 feet long. The park's cultural resources represent a long and varied continuum of human use, starting in prehistoric times and illustrating many adaptations to the harsh Chihuahuan Desert environment.

This is a photo of a luxury adobe cabin near Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Perched above the spectacular Hueco Mountains in El Paso, Texas, this 6,500-square-foot, luxury adobe cabin is the perfect blend traditional desert and modern chic. With panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery below, glampers who stay will be amazed each morning when they wake up and start their day. And while it is in Texas, it is about a two-hour drive from Carlsbad Caverns.

Dry Tortugas National Park - Florida

This is a photo of snorekling in Dry Tortugas National Park
Photo Sourced from Dry Tortugas.

Dry Tortugas National Park is in the Gulf of Mexico, west of Key West, Florida. It is made up of seven islands along with several protected coral reefs. Garden Key is home to stunning beaches and the 19th-century, Cival War-era Fort Jefferson. Loggerhead Key has a lighthouse and sea turtles, while on nearby Loggerhead Reef are the remains of a shipwreck from 1875 and is a popular dive site. It is important to note that the National Park is only accessible by boat or plane.

This is a photo of a catamaran in Key West, Florida.

This luxurious catamaran sailboat charter comes with a crew and offers a unique way to explore the stunning surroundings. Moored in Key West in Florida, the yacht is ready for an adventure and can head to many destinations. The boat sleeps up to six guests; including the captain and one crew member, the total people aboard will be eight.

Haleakalā National Park - Hawaii

This is picture of Haleakala National Park Photo sourced from NPS and photo credit to Elizabeth Havelin.

The Haleakalā National Park on the island of Maui, Hawaii, is home to the Haleakalā volcano and features a very large crater with numerous cinder cones, Hosmer's Grove of alien trees, the Kipahulu section's scenic pools of freshwater fish, and the native Hawaiian goose. The park protects the greatest number of endangered species within a U.S. National Park.

This is a photo of a vacation rental near Haleakala National Park in Hawaii

This luxurious glamping site is nestled on Maui's rugged north shore in Huelo, Hawaii. The property overlooks some of the world's most beautiful coastline, featuring crystal blue water and rolling Pacific Ocean waves. The grounds are home to tropical coconut palms and banana trees, as well as myna birds and wild parrots. Guests will be only an hour from Haleakalā.


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Our Top 5 Tree Houses in the U.S.

By Nadia Yasmine

We know that there is no accommodation more sought after than a good, old-fashioned tree house, and at Glamping Hub, we’re certainly spoiled for choice. We see the best of the best on a daily basis, so narrowing it down to just five was a tall order.

High up in the tree tops, these accommodations reignite childhood playfulness, evoke memories of bedtime stories, and days out playing in the woods. Long before iPads and video games, tree houses were things of make-believe and adventure—Peter Pan, Swallows and Amazons, a trip into Wonderland, and all those other childhood stories that we all think we are a bit too old to reenact.

We live by the mantra that a tree house is not just for kids, and we think that you should, too. Get your backpacks ready and picnics packed...we’re going on an adventure!

1. The Luna Loft Tree House near the Appalachian Mountains, Georgia

A view from the exterior of the Luna Loft tree house in Georgia.
Magic in the treetops at the Luna Loft Tree House!

Our first stop takes us to this magical wooden tree house in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia. Perfect for a couple or a group of four, this accommodation is everything you could have dreamed of as a child and more! Tucked away in the forest at the top of a hill, glampers can let their imagination run wild at this fairytale getaway.

2. Unique and Luxurious Tree House Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina

A view of the exterior of the tree house in Asheville, North Carolina.
Check out this fairytale paradise near Asheville, North Carolina.

This unique tree house can be found near the town of Asheville, North Carolina, and from the outside could easily be mistaken for a princess palace. Maybe Rapunzel is about to let down her golden hair, or a prince charming is hiding just around the corner. Inside, the immaculate interior is certainly fit for a prince or princess, and this vacation will surely be one for the books.

3. Tree House Rental near Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

A view from the below the tree house in New Hampshire.
It doesn't get much better than this castle-style tree house near Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire.

If the previous tree house was a princess fairytale castle, this one is the home of the prince and his squires, all three of them that is. Located near Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, this is a sturdy tree house, reminiscent of knights of old and days gone by, but not without a modern twist. The immaculate finish of both the interior and exterior, with the addition of luxury amenities and fittings, set this accommodation a cut above the rest!

4. Off-The-Grid and Eco-Friendly Tree House in Volcano, Hawaii

A view from in front of the rainforest tree house in Hawaii.
Get swept away by the beauty of the rainforest at this tree house getaway in Hawaii.

We’re leaving the woodlands behind us now and hopping on a plane in search of sunnier climes. Quite by accident, we have arrived at a bohemian, eco-friendly accommodation in Hawaii. This tree house is more Swiss Family Robinson, nestled in the rainforest and surrounded by banana trees, with exotic birds in the treetops—it doesn’t really get more magical than this! Hawaii isn’t quite Guinea, but we think it’s pretty darn exotic!

5. Romantic Tree House near Chattanooga in North Georgia

Part of the lovely interior of the tree house in North Georgia.
You'll never want to leave this luxury rental suspended in the trees in Georgia.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and back we go. Our round trip concludes in Georgia once more—but not without one last stop on this magical journey through the trees.

One could be mistaken in thinking we were already back to adult life, sipping a coffee in a chic apartment with cutting-edge interior design fit for any young professional. Well…not quite yet.

This stylish accommodation can be found suspended in the high treetops, with stunning views of Chattanooga. Who says we have to grow up quite yet?

A view of the romantic Georgia tree house in the distance.
Discover your inner child at this unique tree house in Georgia.


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