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Airbnbs are a budget-friendly way to save money on accommodation, but have you stayed at one of its unique properties in America? Skip the boring hotel room and spend your night in an oversized beagle in Idaho, gaze at the stars at a modern Earthship in New York or stay in an airport hangar in Florida. From a hobbit house in California to a secluded treehouse in Georgia, here are the most unique Airbnbs in the United States.
If you want to be nestled high amongst the trees, head to this Airbnb just minutes from downtown Atlanta. This treehouse provides an intimate ambiance and unique overnight experience where you can fall asleep to the sound of nature. Individual treehouses are separated by rope bridges and feature beds with Egyptian cotton sheets with wheels so you can roll them outside onto a platform.
This Man Cave Apartment in Geneva is a part of an active airplane hangar on a private airstrip in East Seminole County in Florida. Decorated with an eclectic collection of unique artifacts, it provides a fun ambiance with a bar, satellite TV and wood-burning fireplace, and is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a couple of your friends. You’ll have all the amenities you need for a weekend of fun, and if the weather is ideal you might even see some of your neighbors flying their aircraft off the grass strip.
You can get swept away at this charming tug/houseboat, which sits on an 8-acre private lake with an island on 142 wooded acres. You’ll have access to miles of hiking trails and waterways perfect for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding, while there’s also a private beach and fire pit for post-adventure relaxation. Inside the tug boat, there’s a galley/kitchen area with everything you need to make meals and a dining area with a view of the lake. On the upper level, there’s a furnished deck and seating area that transforms into a California king bed with 360-degree views of the surrounding lake and forest landscapes.
Like a barbie dream house, this gorgeous pink Victorian mansion is filled with over-the-top glamour that is perfect for birthday and bachelorette getaways. You’ve got to love pink to stay at this themed Airbnb, which includes 4,400 square feet of living space and 5 bedrooms, as well as an outdoor pool, year-round hot tub and entertaining room. Special touches include a mermaid room, giant golden thrones in the dining room and a cabana pool house with a bar. As a bonus, you can even rent a pink escalade or pink moped for your stay.
Live out your fairytale fantasies at this castle stay in Washington, where you pretend you’re royalty as you look down. Inside the castle, you’ll find rounded walls with a huge fireplace in the center and the decor is medieval with armor and spears to create a unique ambiance. There’s even costumes and crowns to try on as well as kid-friendly castle toys and castle tents, while a large round table is perfect for mealtime and a campfire for nighttime stargazing. If you time your visit right, you can stroll through the blooming fields of lavender.
Toy Story fans will love this bright and cheery El Paso Airbnb that incorporates the movie into its decor. The 3-bedroom property has lots of fun features, including its kid-friendly living room with comfy seating and a fireplace, as well as a “you’ve got in friend in me” photo backdrop. The Toy Story theme extends to the bedrooms in a more neutral way, adorned with thoughtful touches such as toys and murals.
Called the “Little Church on the Hill”, this former church offers a unique stay. The cozy modern home is located in Woodstock in the Hudson Valley and features a Queen private room and a large shared space. The architectural history of this space has been maintained and restored since its construction in 1914 as a small local church, and it’s easy to appreciate the 35-foot cathedral ceilings, original stained glass windows, and soaring picture windows that allow a ton of natural light. Explore the living spaces that used to be a former Sunday school Space, then step outside to enjoy the outdoor area with a BBQ grill, dining table, and hammock.
If you’re looking for an off-the-grid living experience, book this unique house in Taos, New Mexico. This unique abode catches its own rainwater and generates its own electricity, with its interior staying at a constant 72 degrees throughout the day. Modern amenities include WiFi and Netflix, while you can also relax in the luxury deep soaking tub or step outside for some unforgettable stargazing adventures.
You don’t have to fly to Europe to stay overnight in a castle, as this Pennsylvania getaway fits the bill. The 2,300-square-foot castle home has four bedrooms and plenty of luxury on-site perks, which include an outdoor hot tub and cedar sauna. All ages will love the outdoor games and dressing up in the costumes, while a one-acre private pond offers the chance to try your hand at catching fish. Other outdoor amenities include a basketball hoop, badminton, a mini-golf course, and a large chess game, while indoors there’s a game room with a casino bar table, foosball table, air hockey, and indoor darts.
You can fit up to 12 guests in the Houdini Estate, built in the Edwardian tradition in the early 1900s. You’ll find caves, hidden tunnels and terraced gardens on this opulent estate, including a deep-water tank where Harry Houdini practiced his underwater escapes. The five-acre estate also includes a heated pool and Jacuzzi, with a rock waterfall and natural spring pond with hiking trails that offer ocean views.
Located eight miles from Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, this treehouse has 12-foot ceilings and cathedral-style windows to make you feel as if you’re a part of the natural setting. It’s a perfect retreat for adventurous travelers who love hiking to beaches, forests and volcanoes, just eight miles from Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Surrounded by Hapu’u ferns, orchids and Eucalyptus and guava trees, the treehouse boasts a plant-filled lanai, eight-foot teak Balinese Bale daybed and perch platform bed with panoramic views.
Set on 18.5 acres in Hocking Hills, The Box Hop is made out of three shipping containers that have been transformed into a unique three-bedroom home. While the surrounding views are its biggest highlight, there’s also a gas fireplace for cold days and a rooftop patio for summer cocktails. After a long day of hiking, soak in the 6-person hot tub surrounded by trees.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll love this unique Airbnb in Tennessee. Step back in time at this time capsule that dates back to World War II, where you can sleep in a piece of history. The renovated troop train kitchen car has been featured in the likes of the Travel Channel and features an open-plan layout with modern furnishings. Enjoy perks like an outdoor fire pit, clawfoot tub, gazebo and BBQ, then admire the photos of the train showcased before the renovations.
Marvel at the desert sky while staying at this modern-bohemian dome in Joshua Tree, California. It features natural wood and stone elements, as well as a natural wood-burning stove, space heaters and AC for those hot desert days. Featured in the likes of Conde Nast, this Airbnb is fully equipped. After soaking up the sprawling mountain views and the twinkling night sky, you can spend your time perusing the antique books and games.
Dubbed the “Off-grid itHouse”, this Airbnb combines raw industrial aesthetics with a green design. It is 100% off-grid, powered by solar panels and located in a remote valley in the California high desert. You’ll be free from distractions when staying here, as there is no TV or Wi-Fi to encourage a serene getaway.
Gashes Fluss Haus is not just a fun name to say, but it offers a quaint farm stay in Asheville, North Carolina. The rustic two-story cottage dates back over 100 years, featuring unique whitewashed stone walls and a wood-burning stove. After a long day of exploring, massage your tired feet on the polished river-rock shower floor.
Featured in the music video “Love” by Cody Simpson and Ziggy Marley, this Pirates of the Caribbean Airbnb is set in the heart of the beautiful Topanga Canyon. In what feels like you’re stepping into a movie set, some of its on-site amenities include an outdoor bathtub, tipi for lounging, large deck, hammock and hot tub with a crystal fireplace.
Offering panoramic ocean views from every corner of this rustic retreat, this mid-century A-frame cabin is perched on a hillside in Oceanside, Oregon. Step onto your private outdoor deck and enjoy the vistas from Cape Meares to Cape Lookout, and enjoy the wood-burning stove on chilly nights. The cozy unit offers the ambiance of a surf shack or quirky summer beach cabin, with extra perks like fluffy bathrobes and down comforters.
Located in Waco, Texas, this unique two-bedroom Airbnb is an architectural gem that consists of two shipping containers. The interior is insulated and features modern amenities such as cable TV and air conditioning, and is trimmed in 100+year old barn wood. Wake up and enjoy a cup of Joe from the kitchenette’s Expresso machine, then sit and enjoy the view from your outdoor patio.
It’s hard not to be lured in by this retro Airbnb in Mill Valley, California. Showcasing the spirit of 1960s American wanderlust, guests can stay in a gleaming Airstream trailer. The interior is spacious and has been resorted with period-correct decor, offering new appliances that maintain the retro appeal of this unique Airbnb, such as the bright cherry red kitchenette. Satisfy your wanderlust with a trip to the bathroom, which is covered with a world map wall decor, then let kids loose in the backyard tree fort.
Part accommodation, part roadside attraction, art lovers won’t be able to resist this rural desert Airbnb adorned by mosaics made of Mexican tiles, as well as handmade ceramics, tile, fused glass and other found objects. Designed for a peaceful getaway of meditation and healing, this unique two-bedroom house also offers an outdoor hot tub with gorgeous views and a gated courtyard with a fire pit.
Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? Have a movie-themed adventure at this quaint dwelling, which is nestled against the beautiful Columbia River Gorge mountainside in Idaho. Enter through the iconic round doorway and discover its variety of charming nooks and details of this small hobbit hole on an overnight stay. If you’re the adventurous type, there are also a variety of scenic hikes around the hills with stunning views of Lake Chelan.
A grass-roofed, adobe-walled abode in California, this Earthen hut will lure in any Tolkien fan. The round space has some exotic neighbors at the next door sanctuary, including emus, peacocks and alpacas, while the hut’s amenities include a hot tub, sauna, pool and outdoor shower. There’s even an adobe oven for pizza-making and a rocket stove which provides a heated bed. The one-of-a-kind structure is just minutes from excellent restaurants, wineries and the Russian River.