The dog days of summer: 25 days with Rigby and America’s national parks

Chris and Rebecca are public school teachers from Massachusetts who love to explore America’s National Parks during summer break. This year, they planned a 25-day trip from the Bay State to the American West and back, with their beloved dog, Rigby, in tow. However, they soon realized that hotels and puppies don’t always mix. “The first night we stayed at a motel in Buffalo and Rigby couldn’t handle it,” Chris recalled, “So we slept in a parking lot for three hours and contemplated cancelling our trip.”

Luckily for the family, they soon discovered fantastic accommodations thanks to Airbnb, from a country farmhouse in Pennsylvania, a cozy house on the mighty Mississippi and a Black Hills bunkhouse in South Dakota, to a pet-friendly casa in Albuquerque, a Colorado riverfront farmhouse, and a country cottage in Tennessee.

Deep thoughts from Rigby at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

“Airbnb saved us. It was a fantastic trip.”

Moreover, Airbnb recently partnered with the National Parks Service Foundation to make it easier than ever for travelers to “Find Their Park” by identifying an array of accommodations options near America’s Best Ideas. This partnership is boosting economic opportunity throughout rural America, with hosts in these areas earning nearly $500 million in the last year. Back home in Massachusetts, rested and rejuvenated for the school year to come, Chris said, “Airbnb saved us. It was a fantastic trip.”

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