Visiting a new city puts you in the thick of local culture and the thrum of daily life. But when you’re busy exploring all day, it’s natural to want a peaceful place to recharge for future activities. Hotels are often the go-to choice, as they’re often centrally located, but their costs add up and most rooms lack variety. For those looking for a more personal touch, yurt rentals are an affordable, sustainable and one-of-a-kind alternative to staying in a hotel room. The simpler setting allows to you take some time to slow down and appreciate your vacation after a bustling day in the city.
We’ve tracked down some standout yurt vacation destinations to enjoy in four major cities. These options are proof that you don’t always have to choose between relaxing in nature and exploring all the events, shops, restaurants and museums you can handle.
Home to 4.03 million people, L.A. has endless things to try. People-watch quirky artists at Venice Beach. Hike to the Hollywood Sign. Marvel at artwork in the Getty Center. Chow down at more 10,000 restaurants or visit one of hundreds of festivals. Overly ambitious vacationers may explode.
Destress at the Skyfarm Yurt, located on an urban farm just 10 minutes away from downtown L.A. The central location offers you a rare chance to escape infamous Los Angeles traffic depending on your travel plans. Soak your bones in a claw foot solar-powered bathtub and befriend the resident animals, including pygmy goats, ‘Nilla and Lincoln.
The spacious yurt features a king-sized bed and two single mattresses, as well a restored ‘20s-style French enamel stove from Copenhagen. Visitors also have access to a full kitchen and Wi-Fi.
The rich and famous have long flocked to Malibu for its breathtaking ocean views, exquisite hikes and iconic seafood restaurants. A home off Carbon Beach—often called Billionaire’s Beach—recently sold for $110 million, setting a new record for Los Angeles County.
Taste luxury for yourself by renting a Malibu Yurt Retreat on Organic Farm. The yurt rental property gives you a 180-degree view of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which preserves beautiful natural spaces throughout Southern California. Eat a farm-to-table dinner complete with fresh citrus and vegetables grown onsite. Marvel in the sunset afterward at a nearby pristine beach, which is only two miles away.
The plush yurt features queen and sofa beds, bamboo flooring, Wi-Fi and satellite television. Nearby activities include hiking Nicholas Canyon Park and Leo Carrillo State Park right outside the door, as well as mountain biking, horseback riding and wine tasting.
Malibu is a quick drive away down the Pacific Coast Highway, but it might be easy to forget when you wake up to the sound of song birds and possibly a rooster.
Portland has long been an off-beat city with an intriguing and gritty past. Traffickers smuggled people through its Shanghai Tunnels running underground in the 19th century, and artists flocked here during the 1960s and ‘70s. Portland has since become a vacation destination, home to a bookstore the size of a city block, a vibrant live music scene and numerous rose gardens.
In the heart of Southwest Portland, the Garden Home Backyard Yurt Experience feels like a trip to the countryside. Rest in a hammock on the yurt’s covered porch or play on the backyard trampoline and 30-foot tree swing.
The yurt vacation destination boasts a natural gas fireplace, memory foam bed and a full kitchen, and the bathroom is a short walk away in the main house.
Seattle hosts a wealth of attractions, including houseboats on the river, Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Sightseeing goes best with a good rain jacket and a hot cup of local coffee. Ever since Starbucks took off in the 1970s, the city has become famous for coffee roasters like Tully’s Coffee and Espresso Vivace.
Fall asleep surrounded by an English-style cottage garden in West Seattle’s only yurt Airbnb rental. Unique Yurt Glamping in an Urban Oasis is within walking distance of shops and restaurants, including a historic theater. Overlooking Alki Beach, the yurt is in the celebrated Admiral District, just 10 minutes via water taxi or car to the core of Seattle.
The yurt features cushy carpet, free Wi-Fi, a gas log fireplace and a queen-size canopy bed, as well as a bathroom and full-service kitchen. Warm up in a gorgeous sauna that “feels like climbing into a giant redwood round with a tinted window at the door,” to use the words of the host.
Staying in a yurt for your next trip to the city gives you the best of both worlds. Your next yurt vacation destination doesn’t have to take you away from it all—unless that’s what you want.