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Explainer: Open House: Homes near national parks

  • Location, location, location. It takes on a whole new meaning when you take a look at these properties for sale near some of the best national parks that draw millions of visitors each summer.

  • Mile 268 Parks Highway, Healy, Alaska

    Image: Mile 268 Parks Highway, Healy, Alaska
    Robert Fox Realty

    Price: $100,000

    Features: The tiny 576-square-foot cabin has two lofts, is fully furnished and sits on 15 acres with a lake. Owner should enjoy the simple life — it runs on generators and has no running water or electricity.

    Neighborhood: The home is just one of only a handful of cabins located in the quiet town of Healy, just 30 miles north of Denali National Park. The 6-million acre park is home to America’s highest mountain, Mount Mckinley, large glaciers, grizzlies, wolves and moose.

    Selling point: Simplicity.

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  • 105 Evie Lane, Springdale, Utah

    Image: 105 Evie Lane, Springdale, Utah
    Realtor.com

    Price: $424,900

    Features: The home has four bedrooms and two baths and tile flooring. Outside, the property has numerous mulberry and walnut trees, an 80-year-old apple orchard and private river access.

    Neighborhood: The town of Springdale, population 360, is located in southwest Utah and is known as the “gateway to Zion National Park.” The park is famous for its incredible canyons, including The Narrows — which attracts canyoneers from around the world — and for its hikes along the Virgin River. Two 120-room hotels are planned in Springdale to attract summertime tourists.

    Selling point: A short walk from the home, and you’re in one of the most enchanted landscapes of the American Southwest.

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  • 1017 4th Ave., East Glacier Park, Mont.

    Image: 1017 4th Ave., East Glacier Park, Mont.
    Bear On the Roof Realty

    Price: $275,000

    Features: The two-story timber frame home has two bedrooms, wood and tile flooring, a covered porch and a brightly lit living area.

    Neighborhood: Located in northwestern Montana, the tourist town of East Glacier Park (population 400) is just a six-mile drive to the entrance of Glacier National Park, which borders Alberta and British Columbia and is an international peace park with Canada. The park has 1 million acres of forested land, waterfalls, 762 lakes, ice-carved valleys and mountain peaks as well as 730 miles of hiking trails.

    Selling point: You’re in the midst of one of the top wildlife viewing areas in the country — especially if you want to meet a grizzly or mountain goat.

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  • 29 Wilcomb Ln., Bar Harbor, Maine

    Image: 29 Wilcomb Ln., Bar Harbor, Maine
    Sotheby's

    Price: $319,000

    Features: The 2,060-square-foot farmhouse sits on a privately owned lane. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two fireplaces and a large family room.

    Neighborhood: The home is located in Bar Harbor, which is the largest of three towns on Mountain Desert Island, and Acadia National Park makes up one-third of the island. The house is one mile from Acadia, a 50-mile park known for its granite cliffs, sand and cobblestone beaches, meadows and evergreen forests. People come there to sail, hike, whale watch, cross country ski and fish.

    Selling point: The sea and mountains, plus fresh lobster.

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  • 7633 Forest Dr., Fish Camp, Calif.

    Image: Fish Camp home
    Sierra Senic Properties
    Price: $549,000

    Features: The 2,001-square-foot home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, rock fireplace, cedar paneling, skylights, tile roofing, two-car garage and outdoor decks. The three-story home also has private entrances on each floor and a .41-acre additional lot. 

    Neighborhood: The home is located within a 10-minute drive to the entrance gate of Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The 1,200-square-mile park is best known for its waterfalls, but the area also has deep valleys, huge meadows, granite domes, giant sequoias and vast wilderness. The town is a 15-minute drive to grocery shopping in Oakhurst, a 15-minute drive to the popular recreation area of Bass Lake and a 50-minute drive to the Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

    Selling point: Fish Camp is one of only three locations that you can own property adjacent to or inside Yosemite National Park, which gets 4 million visitors a year.

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