Unique places to stay, like a teepee in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, a treehouse at Jim Thorpe or a yurt at Lake Raystown, continue to grow in popularity, according to a national report on vacation travel, writes Marcus Schneck at PennLive.com

The Airbnb Report on Travel & Living noted that 55 of the 100 most wish-listed rental homes over the past year fall into unique categories.

In addition, online searches for unique homes have increased by 94 this year compared to the same period in 2019, and searches for certain types of unique homes such as yurts, huts and farms have exploded 10 times over since 2019.

Airbnb, just one of several online booking services, lists more than 170,000 unique properties around the world and reported that since the start of the pandemic hosts of unique properties have collected $300 million in rentals.

The booking service also noted that outdoor destinations like national parks are high on travelers’ lists this year, with “a broader range of people visiting and enjoying in record numbers.”

It warned that “as more and more people flock to these treasured places, it’s imperative to be safe and thoughtful about how to enjoy and experience them. Airbnb has teamed up with the National Park Foundation to encourage people to recreate responsibly in parks this summer.”

Some tips for a responsible visit:

  • Be mindful of where you plan to visit. Don’t overcrowd areas, as this may endanger the safety of yourself and others.
  • When you’re ready to leave a park, make sure to pack up your garbage. Minimize waste by bringing food in reusable containers and utilize refillable water bottles.
  • Remember to respect wildlife and always observe from a distance.
  • And be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for park visitors of all identities and abilities.
See the PennLive.com report here.