Looking for a unique Airbnb stay? No matter which state you travel to, you’ve got some great options. From castles and houseboats to Tipis, treehouses, caves and igloos, you might want to create a bucket list and sample them all.
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If you want to be immersed in Alabama’s natural beauty, surrounded by forest with access to private waterfalls and idyllic swimming holes, the Glass Treehouse, which sleeps up to five guests in three bedrooms, may be your ideal Airbnb. Hand-built, it includes what your friendly host notes as a provocative art collection, centuries of antiques and eclectic collection of recorded music.”
If your goal is to view the Northern Lights, the Aurora igloos boast the only clear-roofed igloos in the entire state of Alaska. The wrap-around, clear ceiling provides unsurpassed views of the surrounding winter wonderland and the aurora borealis. You’ll have your own private bath, kitchenette and access to a yurt that provides breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a wide range of activities.
Truly one of the coolest and most unique Airbnbs out there, you’ll sleep in a cave, hidden in the wilderness on a private property in Sedona, located right above a creek. Used by Native Americans as their home centuries ago, fall asleep to the sounds of the water, and enjoy splashing around in it, cooling off during the day. There’s a paddleboard and a fire pit for guest use too.
Escape the modern world, traveling down a dirt road into a remote valley in the Ozarks to this Airbnb located on a 200-acre bison farm. The ultimate in seclusion, you’ll be surrounded by bison, as well as an abundant number of turkey and deer. Stargazing is incredible, and the nightly rates include both breakfast and a bison tour.
This magnificent historic estate spread across five acres is said to be the former home of legendary magician Harry Houdini. It’s just minutes Beverly Hills and Sunset Strip and includes its own hiking trails with ocean views, a rock waterfall, pond, heated pool and Jacuzzi, terraced gardens, outdoor fireplaces and more. It sleeps up to 12 with four large bedrooms with a master suite that includes a whirlpool tub and a carved stone mantelpiece.
If horse ranching is something you’ve dreamed of doing, take this unique opportunity to say in a Shepard’s Wagon on a working Colorado Horse Ranch just 35 minutes from downtown Denver. Adjacent to a bubbling creek, you’ll enjoy picturesque views and a tranquil stay in this custom-built wagon that sits on an authentic 130-year-old wagon frame.
This 3-bedroom castle located about a 20-minute drive from Hartford was built in 1917 and sleeps up to five in three bedrooms. All are themed, like the Romeo and Juliet room, to add to the romantic atmosphere. It sits on seven acres that include gardens, a fountain, a pond and a gazebo. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen with new appliances, a living room with a fireplace, and an inside porch guarded by a medieval knight.
Can you imagine taking a bubble bath in the middle of the woods? With this Delaware Airbnb you can. The renovated barn enjoys a peaceful and private setting interrupted only by local wildlife like wild turkey, deer and fox, and includes a gazebo with an outdoor Jacuzzi and shower. You’ll have two bedrooms, a kitchen, fireplace and lots of added perks too.
Another unique Airbnb waits for adventurous campers who can stay in this panoramic floating cedar barrel cabin surrounded by the sparkling waters in the Gulf of Mexico. It comes with your own personal water tender to get to and from shore and you’ll be able to swim, snorkel and fish to your heart’s delight, steps from the cabin door.
Located on five acres shared with a menagerie of animals that include a retired party pony, turkeys, ducks, chickens and goat, a stay at this treehouse Airbnb means you’ll be able to hike into the forest right from your front door. The rough-hewn wood cabin has one bedroom and lots of character, including a beautiful stained glass window above the bed. In the main house, a complimentary breakfast is served, including fruit, fresh eggs from the barn and local sausage.
The Bamboo Temple allows guests to immerse themselves in the nature of Maui, with the one-bedroom place built in the shape of a nautilus located near the ocean. Large windows showcase the stunning Hana coast and the sea. There’s an outdoor shower, a four-poster bamboo bed, a private kitchen and bathroom, while hiking trails lead to waterfall lagoons for romantic dips.
Possibly one of the most bizarre Airbnbs out there, Idaho is famous for its potatoes, and here you can stay inside a giant one that was transformed into a getaway for two. Recycled from the Idaho Potato Commission’s Big Idaho Potato Tour after traveling the country for seven years, it sits just south of downtown Boise and includes a custom-built bed, power outlets, a mini-fridge and old records that you can play.
A converted grain bin, The Has Bin offers a unique and tranquil getaway with an upper deck that’s ideal for watching the trains go by. It includes lots of special touches like scented soaps on the claw-foot tub and firewood for the fire pit. The bed is extra comfy and you’ll even get a delicious hot breakfast delivered to your door. Wi-Fi, cable television and many other amenities are included as well.
This barn/carriage house may be the coolest barn we’ve ever seen. You’ll stay on the second floor of an antique horse barn that’s home to horses, a dozen chickens, three ducks and what the hosts say is a “mischievous cat named Tiger.” There are 12,000 acres of trails for hiking and horseback riding, woods, meadows and ponds right behind you. It has two bedrooms, sleeping up to five and comes complete with Wi-Fi and satellite TV.
While the host may be a bit choosy about guests that stay in this converted church, there’s no doubt that it offers something unique – just be sure to read all the details first to make sure it’s right for you. The Burr Oak Church is surrounded by Iowa cornfields and bean fields in the north-east region of the state and can be rented for weddings and it’s been popular among honeymoon couples too. As one guest notes, it offers “a peaceful getaway in the heartland” and fresh eggs for making top-notch omelets.
This Airbnb sits in a historic limestone building with a loft on a family farm six miles north of Ellsworth. Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing stay on the prairie with lots of historic charm. While the main farmhouse is nearby, you’ll have plenty of privacy and a well-stocked place that includes toiletries, snacks and water. It sleeps a maximum of two with one loft bedroom and includes a kitchenette.
This unique dual treehouse, a little over an hour east of Lexington, sits atop a Tulip Poplar and Pignut Hickory. As the hosts describe, its façade of mirrors reflects the surrounding forest back to you, creating a shimmering atmosphere of strong trunks and vibrant leaves.” Truly magical, when you enter the kitchen you’ll be surrounded by a 360-degree view of nature. It has one bedroom but sleeps up to five with giant floor pillows, two full-size beds and a foldout twin bed.
If you’ve always wanted to stay in the swamp, this Airbnb is your opportunity. A houseboat that sits right in the middle of the largest swamp in America, the Atchafalaya Basin, you’ll be surrounded by wildlife like alligators, raccoons, owls, frogs, bald eagles and countless other birds. Your hosts can even take you out fishing, craw-fishing, frogging or on a swamp tour. The houseboat provides a rich cultural and authentic Louisiana Cajun experience, sleeping up to 10 with two bedrooms and 10 beds.
This charming house in Southern Maine, less than 20 miles northwest of Portland, is tucked in the woods on 17-acre Ten Apple Farm. Guests can help out, collecting eggs and learning how to milk, and are also welcome to the farm’s fresh eggs, cheese and goat milk. The highlight for many are the animal encounters which include chickens, pigs, sheep and goats. Ten Apple is especially famous for its goat hikes, which can be arranged too. The house has a well-equipped kitchen and comfortably sleeps six in three bedrooms.
The Maryland Royal Blue Caboose is the real deal. A restored original, consider this more of a glamping/RV type of experience that sleeps up to three, albeit one that comes complete with an original caboose toilet head. It also has a very small shower with a bay window view of the Washington Main line & Annapolis Junction MARC station across the street. Instruments decorate the walls, including a guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle, which guests are welcome to play.
This lighthouse Airbnb offers a very unique and historic stay along with a 360-degree ocean view. A former US Coast Guard Lighthouse it was fully renovated with the light tower still standing, attached by a breezeway to a 3-bedroom lightkeepers home. As the hosts note, you’ll be able to climb the mahogany spiral staircase and view the Atlantic from the lantern room as well as learn about the history of the lighthouse and explore the rocky shores around the tip of Wings Neck Point. It has a fireplace that opens to a large eat-in kitchen, cable TV and a DVD player, beach toys and more.
The ideal place to disconnect from the outside world surrounded by tranquil serenity, The Love Shack overlooks Lake Superior and has glass walls for spectacular views while providing total privacy. There’s no electricity, but there is heat, gas lights and a Finnish-built sauna. You can also cook up meals on the fire pit with a grill and dutch oven but you’ll need to bring your own ice, drinking water, food and a flashlight.
Pirate enthusiasts can enjoy a once in a lifetime kind of stay on a 65-foot Pirate Ship that sits in the Mississippi River just a short drive from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport. It comes complete with a gangplank as this is the real thing, complete with spider webs, dust and ladders, as the host notes. If it rains, the top deck will be wet, but at the same time, it’s not lacking amenities like the vessels of old, with central air, a fireplace, kitchen, TV with a DVD player and a shower/tub. There are kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for guests too.
An idyllic retreat in what feels like the middle of nowhere yet it’s just a 15-minute drive from downtown Tupelo, you’ll enjoy views, views and more views from The Lakehouse Getaway. Fish from the pier in the 40-acre lake stocked with bass, bream and catfish while watching the wildlife go by, including mallards and deer. The cabin has two bedrooms and sleeps up to five, along with an outdoor charcoal grill, dishwasher, washer/dryer and multiple TVs, including one outside on the covered porch.
Located on a family-owned farm in Missouri, this Airbnb offers a unique silo-style stay near Kathy Trail. You’ll be surrounded by friendly farm animals like miniature donkeys, Nigerian Dwarf goats, cows and chickens. It comfortably sleeps up to four and comes with a full kitchen and coffeemaker along with a selection of coffee, tea, and other beverage pods. Guests can also enjoy fishing (gear provided) on the property’s pond and use the charcoal grill and fire pit.
Located right next to the Yellowstone River about 30 minutes south of Livingston and a 45-minute drive north of the national park, this Airbnb offers a unique and comfortable glamping experience. The Tipi has a queen-sized bed and comes with a fire pit and Weber grill too. You’ll have your own acre of prime riverfront with ample access to fishing and boating and can enjoy breakfast inside at Sage Lodge. Each booking also includes two passes to nearby Chico Hot Springs.
Located five miles north of Superior close to the Kansas border two hours southwest of Lincoln, this unique Airbnb sits in an old brick schoolhouse. It was converted into a hunting lodge and has 10 bedrooms, making it ideal for groups of friends or large families traveling together. Just south of Superior, there’s abundant wildlife along the Republican River and excellent hunting for geese, ducks, wild turkey, pheasants, quail, deer and rabbits.
This Tipi in the Mohave Desert may be ideal for a romantic couples stay, set on a working ranch about 45 minutes from Las Vegas. You’ll be far enough from the big city for enjoying fantastic stargazing while being able to connect to nature, falling asleep to the cries of coyotes. Guests can even take part in ranch activities like horse rides, rodeos, cattle drives and cowboy games. The Tipi has an outdoor shower, a camping stove and other cooking supplies, with coffee and tea provided.
If you’re looking to totally unplug, this treehouse truly lets you live your childhood fantasies, immersed in the great outdoors yet less than a 20-minute drive from North Conway. It offers the concept of “tiny” living in an insulated, heated space and bedding that includes fleece blankets and an alternative down comforter. It comes with flashlights, a lantern, fans, a cookstove and an outdoor kitchen with a sink, an outdoor gas grill, cooking essentials, coffee and tea along with condiments like salt, pepper, sugar, honey, creamer and cooking oils. There’s no electricity or plumbing but six gallons of fresh well water are provided.
This unique Airbnb is more of a glamping/camping experience, with guests staying a beautiful wooden boat. It’s a 1700s-style John Hanna Tahiti Rigged sloop gaff with a galley, saloon and head with a camping-style toilet. The galley includes a propane stove as well as a fresh and seawater foot pump sink. A covered outside shower is provided, while a rowboat, kayaks and bikes can be rented for a small fee.
We love the gorgeous colors in this very unique Airbnb, The Earthship Oddhouse. An eco-friendly work of art, there’s sensual curves, gem-like details and color everywhere you look. It’s totally off-grid with no neighbors nearby, ideal for a couples’ escape when you want to relax among the peace and quiet broken only by the sounds of the coyotes in the sagebrush. Stargazing, sunrises and sunsets are all unforgettable too.
Just like it sounds, this is a fairytale-like castle, a cottage-style miniature castle that overlooks beautiful Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. It sleeps up to six in two bedrooms and includes an eat-in kitchen along with a private outdoor terrace for relaxing with those jaw-dropping views.
The love boat, as the name belies, provides the ultimate romantic retreat, with a stay out on the water in a catamaran cruiser on Roanoke Island. You’ll get all the comforts of home as you float in the peaceful marina, along with access to two kayaks and the marina clubhouse which has a gym, outdoor pool and pool table. A gift certificate to the local Kill Devil Hills restaurant is included too.
Train enthusiasts might want to stay in this Airbnb, set within a historic 1890 train depot on a serene farmstead filled with nature, wildlife and domestic animals. The single-level building has two large rooms, including a bedroom. While most of its charm is in the historic character, the bedroom has electricity. More of a glamping experience, you’ll need to hike through a wooded area to get to the outhouse and experience life as it once was, without cable, Wi-Fi or A/C.
You’d be hard-pressed to match the magical experience this colorful recycled barn offers. Extra-spacious, it has lots of antique lead glass windows, a huge loft with a king bed, sparkling lights, and an open concept claw-foot tub with a sprayer. There’s a kitchenette, a shuffleboard table in the saloon and views of the local orchards too.
This little red wooden caboose that dates back to 1925 offers a unique stay just 20 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. It sits on a farm with deer, turkeys, roadrunners and other creatures, providing an ideal place for old-fashioned romance. You’ll be able to hear the howl of coyotes in the distance and enjoy plenty of comforts inside, including hot showers, air conditioning, a mini-fridge and even train-themed movies with popcorn.
Located in a Portland floating community, the floating Flamingo House offers a unique Airbnb experience close to downtown, within walking distance from plenty of shops and eateries. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards are available for rent nearby so you can literally step out your door and have fun out on the water. Enjoy all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, Wi-Fi and even laundry facilities.
This Airbnb offers the rare opportunity to interact with an Amish family, including a couple and five children, horses and chickens. A stay includes a 30-minute tour of the property with a family member and potentially other interactions too. Accommodation is simple, with the home sleeping up to six in two bedrooms. You’ll have electricity, but there’s no TV or Wi-Fi. A delicious breakfast will be delivered to your door.
The Quonset Hut is a dome house, and as your hosts note, a stay here means you’ll be helping to restore forgotten homes and historic properties around coastal Rhode Island. The four-bedroom hut sleeps up to 10 in four bedrooms and comes with a large kitchen, library living room, game room with a ping pong table, a ‘secret’ kid’s room and even a baby grand piano that once belonged to a pianist with the Boston Pops. Outside there’s a hot tub, fire pit, grill area, bikes and kayaks all for guest use.
This houseboat featured on Tiny House Hunters has been referred to as “Charleston’s Best Airbnb Experience. The Pirate’s Life is spacious and has a lovely deck that overlooks the harbor where you can watch for dolphins while sipping coffee or cocktails. It sleeps three comfortably with a queen-size bed in the bedroom, or Captain’s Quarters and a twin bed in the living room.
Step into the shoes of early homesteaders that arrived in the 1880s, experiencing a life similar to Laura Ingalls out on the prairie. This cabin is miles away from pretty much anywhere at the edge of the White River in the Badlands on Circle View Guest Ranch although you will be just a short drive from the main headquarters of Badlands National Park. Bring your own own bedding, water, basic camping supplies and firewood.
Just 10 minutes from downtown Knoxville, the Williamswood Castle offers the opportunity to feel like royalty while surrounded by 300 acres of nature. It includes towers, secret passages, swords, armors and a multi-level balcony that overlooks the Tennessee River. It sleeps up to six in three bedrooms, including a huge bedroom with the Sistine Chapel painted on the ceiling. It also has a bookshelf that moves to reveal a staircase and more than 40 leaded stained glass windows.
If this Airbnb looks familiar, it might be because HGTV featured it on “Mighty Tiny Houses.” The remote, off-grid adobe dome is powered by solar power and sits near Big Bend National Park. Enjoy an incredible view of the starry night skies along with magical sunrises and sunsets. There’s a two-burner propane stove and oven, along with a solar-powered refrigerator, and a bed that sleeps two comfortably. A composting toilet is located in a separate, private outhouse adjacent to the dome.
This Earth Home is another Airbnb for the adventurous, privately located inside the Tribal Park with no light pollution to interrupt the night’s sky. This is primitive accommodation without showers or electricity, though you’ll have a wood stove for warmth and access to an outside toilet. It also comes with a campfire grill for cooking up steaks or roasting marshmallows.
For the quintessential Vermont Airbnb experience, you can stay in the only original Grist Mill & Covered Bridge historic residence, a place spotlighted on HGTV’s “You Live in What?” The house sleeps up to four in three bedrooms and is located near scenic Killington. It comes with a private deck that overlooks the waterfalls and even a beach with float tubes so you can float down the state’s warmest river or try your hand at gold panning.
The Hobbit’s Dream looks as if it was built as a stage for Instagram photos, providing what the hosts call a “Once in a Lifetime Magical Adventure,” for up to two guests seeking a romantic stay. Especially for Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Tolkien fans, step into Middle Earth and you’ll feel as if you’re stepping into a dream – it’s truly magical.
If you’re looking for a hobbit house on the west side of the country, the Underground Hygge is nestled into a mountainside along the Columbia River Gorge which straddles the Washington and Oregon border. It comes complete with an iconic round doorway and inspirational views for the ultimate getaway from modern life, accessed via a long gravel road. It has an indoor fireplace but there’s no Wi-Fi or TV, so you’ll be able to disconnect from it all.
This charming renovated barn on a quiet country road in West Virginia offers a cozy stay close to all sorts of recreational activities near Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob and the Dolly Sods. You’ll be sharing the outdoor space with goats, chickens, and a peacock, while inside is a small cooking area, Wi-Fi, a TV with DVD player and Netflix, heating and air conditioning. The host warns, you will be woken up by the rooster, and we warn, you might end up with John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads tune stuck in your head.
Escape to another time, far away from the chaos of the real world with your own private island cabin that offers peaceful lake views surrounded by abundant wildlife in Fox Valley. The main property, with 160 acres of protected wildlife habitat, is a short paddle away and you’ll get a canoe for use during your stay. The cabin also includes a fire pit, gas stove and a solar panel for electricity. Bedding, firewood, propane/cooking equipment, oil lamps/flashlights, water, bug spray, sunscreen, towels, toilet paper and other necessities are all provided.
Climbers and fans of Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” won’t want to miss this Airbnb. It’s the closest lodging to Devils Tower National Monument, and comes complete with a window that showcases the tower too. Ideal for two, the room is cozy and comes with Wi-Fi and a/c, along with access to a hot tub. Breakfast and dinner are served by your hosts at a long table, family-style.