Airbnb partners with the National Park Foundation to help tourism in rural areas

Legendary conservationist John Muir once observed that “tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”

More than a century has passed since Muir wrote those words in praise of America’s national parks, but his advice remains as sound as ever. And at Airbnb, we’re taking it to heart because belonging anywhere includes belonging out there.

Our country’s national parks are natural and cultural treasures that contain some of the most memorable travel experiences and destinations on the face of the earth. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with the National Park Foundation, right in time for your summer vacation.

Starting this week, Airbnb will partner with the National Park Foundation to make it easier for guests to find accommodations near 10 parks across the country. Visiting national parks has never been more popular; with a record-setting 331 million visitors to the National Park System in 2016. The Grand Canyon alone received almost 6 million visitors!

From the Badlands of South Dakota to the Florida Everglades, Airbnb has thousands of distinctive listings in communities at the doorstep of America’s national parks. And since hosts keep 97% of their listing price on Airbnb, and guests spend money in the places they stay, we’re excited for how this partnership will directly support the parks’ gateway communities. Come experience the adventure and beauty of our nation’s natural, cultural, historical and recreational areas with all the comforts of home to return to at the end of the day.

“We’ve found a powerful partner in our friends at the National Park Foundation, a community, who like ours, believes in the importance of belonging,” said Airbnb’s Global Head of Policy, Chris Lehane. “To quote Teddy Roosevelt, the founder of our national parks, ‘We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received’  In this spirit, our nation’s most beautiful parks belong to the people who visit, appreciate, and experience them year after year. We’re proud that our hosts in gateway communities can play a role in continuing that tradition of making the people’s parks accessible to as many people as possible.”

As the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation does incredible work to protect our parks, connect people to them, and inspire the next generation of park stewards.With this partnership, we’re proud to also make a donation of $50,000 to support the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks.

“Our national parks preserve the natural beauty, culture, and history of our nation,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Our partnership with Airbnb will help us connect more people all over the country to these national treasures.”

Airbnb and the National Park Foundation encourage everyone to find their parks, share their stories on FindYourPark.com, and post memories on social media using #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque. Book your visit to the parks here. Happy trails!