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Greatest Places for the Cabin Lifestyle in the US

If you’ve considered renting or buying a log cabin, you’ve probably given considerable thought into where you want to spend your time.  Not only that, you’re also considering how you want to spend your time.  And if you’re heading away from urban or suburban life for a few days or an entire season, or even longer, how you’re going to spend your time is likely also on your mind.

So, where are the greatest places for living the log cabin lifestyle?  Well, it depends solely on your tastes, preferences, budget, and goals.   People tend to know what they want, or at least have a list of their idealized cabin.  While the U.S. is packed with a diversity of amazing and unique places to visit or settle down in (a diversity that is arguably shrinking), what defines “great” can depend on what you’re looking for.


If a view is what you’re after, and it’s always high on many people’s lists.  Some want to look out and see the ocean.  Others want the picturesque mountains.  A few prefer the sparse desert.  And, of course, everything in between.  Tastes vary so dramatically, but luckily there’s a place for everybody.  It’s just a matter of finding it.  Want a coastal view?  Try the central Oregon Coast.  It’s close to civilization, yet features an air of seclusion, especially the region between Lincoln City and Florence.


Many people choose the cabin lifestyle not for the views or the novelty of escaping for a few days, but because they want to live in seclusion.  They want to be more self-reliant and in control of their own individual lives with limited or no influence or intrusion from others (others, which can be defined by a great many things).  One great place to live at a distance?  Central Idaho, near Stanley in the Salmon River Mountains may be a great destination.  Luckily, the whole Rocky Mountain region is dotted with vey secluded locals, so if that’s your goal, it’s usually one that’s very achievable.


There are number of choices when it comes to climate.  Are you looking for heat, cold, rain, snow, or a sweet 75°F?  There’s a place for you somewhere, literally anywhere between Alaska, to New Mexico, to Florida.  People desperate for that dry heat head to the Southwest, usually New Mexico or Arizona, and find a place in the desert between the metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson or Albuquerque and Sante Fe.


Activities are also a major defining point of what makes a place great.  Fishing, hiking, wildlife observation, stargazing, napping, writing, or whatever else is on your mind, there’s a place for you.  Cody, Wyoming and the surrounding area makes for a great “activity” location.  It’s close to basically everything in the second sentence.  It’s situated next to Yellowstone National Park, plus the town of Cody always has something interesting going on.

David Bryce is an online publisher for Thousand Hill’s Cabins in Branson, MO. He blogs on the topics of golf, travel, and vacations.

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