17 totally remote vacation rentals in the US amid forests, deserts, mountains, and national parks

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  • During COVID-19, the ideal vacation is in a remote setting, away from others outside your group.
  • We found remote homes across the US on vacation rental sites such as Airbnb, TurnKey, and Vrbo.
  • These isolated and highly-rated listings are priced between $99 and $500 per night to start.

While heading off to a remote paradise sounds incredible, it’s not exactly on the table amid a global pandemic. After all, most travelers can’t afford to rent out a Richard Branson-style private island in the Caribbean, a la Kim Kardashian. Though if you are looking, we did manage to find more affordable hotel buyout options.

Luckily, there are alternative ways to take an off-the-grid safe vacation during COVID and avoid crowds without sacrificing comfort or exceeding your budget.

I’ve been writing about consumer travel for 20 years, with a specialty in covering the US, and dove into vacation rentals across Airbnb, TurnKey, and Vrbo to find the best remote living in every corner of the country. Our picks are secluded, affordable, and reachable by car, even if the closest big city is a couple of hours away.

Just keep in mind that while secluded homes often come with electricity and running water, you’ll likely be a long drive from the closest store. Be sure to check what the rental includes and arrive stocked with the supplies you’ll need.

Browse all the best remote vacation rentals below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best remote vacation rentals in the US, sorted by price from low to high.

Moose haven cabin in Colorado

Moose Haven Cabin in Walden, Colorado

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The rugged panorama of Rocky Mountain National Park separates this scenic village from Denver, Colorado, with guests ascending to around 9,000 feet to reach this remote property.

The cabin is a basic but beautifully constructed A-frame that will suit anyone wanting a rural, back-to-nature vacation far away from daily stresses. 

The interior is cozy and rustic, with a wood-burning stove and polished wooden floors and fittings. Maintaining the campsite ambiance, there are comfortable shared bathrooms and showers just 20 yards from the cabin. Solar power and a gas grill provide added comfort, but this home is thoroughly off the grid, so don’t plan to get online.

Nearby hiking (and snowshoeing in winter) is world-class and you’ll leave feeling renewed and invigorated. 

100-year-old farmhouse in Utah

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Relax under the never ending skies of Ephraim Canyon in Utah in this century-old farmhouse that sleeps up to four. It may be getting on in years but recent refurbishments mean that the decor and interiors are shipshape and colorful, and there’s also a cute yard with cornhole, horseshoes, and a picnic area. 

Modern amenities include Wi-Fi and Apple TV, plus an essential outdoor hot tub for a soak as the sun sets or rises. Families can pass the time outdoors with nearby hiking and fishing, or go sledding in the winter months. The home feels cozy and bijoux, but still comfortable, affordable, and surrounded by acres of land. 

Homesteader desert cabin in California

Homesteader Cabin in Joshua Tree, California

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Downtown Joshua Tree is just 12 minutes away by car but it’s a different world out here by this home, surrounded by five acres of undeveloped land and an endless blanket of stars above. The hiking and natural delights of Joshua Tree National Park are also easy to access.

This cabin dates back to 1955 and maintains many original features and in some places, the original paint. It’s a charmingly ramshackle homestead, but the hosts have upgraded the amenities with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and hot water. The oranges and creams of the interior reflect the desert outside, and midcentury modern furniture pieces make for a more urbane design than you might expect.

Your neighbors are a thriving art community and local rabbits, tortoises, and roadrunners. 

A mountain cabin with hot tub in North Carolina

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Straying beyond the beaten path can come with romantic rewards for couples, especially at this mountainside one-bedroom bolthole on seven acres of land.

The ridges of Western North Carolina await for hiking and rafting, canyoneering, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, and skiing are all close by. 

The modern cabin itself, though, is as desirable as the pristine location, which is set back against a lush farming valley. A quaint deck and wood-burning fireplace evoke a suitably bucolic atmosphere and are complemented by modern technologies for relaxing down times. The standout highlight, however, is the outdoor hot tub which offers the chance for an indulgent soak under a canopy of stars. 

A woodland cabin in Vermont

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The 20 acres of land surrounding this home in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains are dramatically lovely, thick with vegetation and woodland charm. This purpose-built so-called ‘tiny’ house delivers on its off-grid promise for two guests that can confidently escape here in the lure of isolation. 

The look is seemingly out of a fantasy novel or fairy tale, with knotted wooden beams and timbers for a magical, whimsical feel that delivers a pioneering spirit. Amenities include a wood-fired stove and fireplace, but there is no refrigeration outside of a cooler, so plan accordingly. Solar power heats the water but there is no electricity or Wi-Fi. 

Instead, come for the hiking trails, rock climbing, and swimming holes (and skiing in the winter), and wait to update social media with photos when you reluctantly return to real life. 

Vineyard chalet in Oregon

Chardonnay Chalet at the Vineyard in Roseburg, Oregon

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The vast expanses of the Pacific Northwest are laid out before guests at this remote chalet, some 90 miles south of Eugene. Tens of acres of wine country surround the property, with vineyards and hills transporting visitors to an idyllic setting akin to Tuscany or the South of France. Wine tasting and hiking await in this gorgeous valley.

The vines may be decades old, but the property is modern with polished wooden floors and windows that show off the picture-postcard surroundings. Oenophiles will love the location and touches such as the wine barrel vanity. There’s also a rain shower, fast Wi-Fi, fresh eggs from the on-site chickens and of course, a bottle of wine to welcome you.

Mountain cottage in Oregon

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A wonderfully rural five-acre wooded lot welcomes up to 13 guests at this five-bedroom house surrounded by picturesque lakes and mountains.  

The amenities are extensive with a game room, outdoor hot tub, TV, internet, and the chance to craft evening cocktails at the built-in bar while someone strikes up a suitably suave tune on the piano.  

If you’re looking to venture beyond the compound, you’ll find the scenic links of Aspen Lakes Golf Course a mile away, and the HooDoo Ski Area is 25 miles away.

Mountain tree house in the forest in California

Big Bear Treehouse in Big Bear, California

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To call this home a tree house feels like underselling the property somewhat, as it falls more within the luxury cabin arena than anything else. Surrounded by trees in the lush forests outside Big Bear, the town and ski resorts are around a 15 minute drive away, and the National Forest is right there as you open the curtains. 

Huge picture windows allow that scenery and daylight to flood into the living spaces and vaulted ceilings open the home up in dramatic fashion. Hardwood floors, wooden panels, and exposed beams create a chalet-like ambiance, while the furniture shows off the hosts’ flawless taste with an elegant, midcentury modern theme. Gather around a statement stone fireplace in winter, or linger outside around the propane grill or take in the woodland sounds from the wraparound balcony. 

Cabin on a private reservoir in Montana

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Equidistant between the National Parks of Helena-Lewis and Clark and River Breaks, there’s a real frontier feel to this home, which enjoys a coveted spot overlooking its own reservoir, almost four miles outside of Lewistown.

The property makes for a sweet angler’s getaway, with plum fishing spots along the nearby waterways. 

The cabin itself is comprised of elaborate wooden interiors, bedecked with animal hides and wood-burning amenities for a strong rural ambiance. Fire up the grill on the large deck and trade fishing tales as you cook up the catch of the day. There’s little phone coverage, and no internet, so trade being online for days out paddling with the included kayak.

A log cabin on the river in Colorado

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A set designer for a movie would be hard-pressed to come up with a more classic log cabin-looking property than this two-bedroom delight in the heights of Black Hawk, Colorado.

The sense of seclusion is palpable, though within 15 minutes you can drive to the nearby town of Nederland, or the Eldora Mountain ski resort, so it’s a real find for fans of winter sports.  

The handsome, sturdy log structure is built onto a gentle, lush green hillside, and guests will welcome the sight of the deck with its own fire pit and the steam gently rising from the outdoor hot tub. 

The smell of timber makes for an evocative interior, and the place comes fully loaded with modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi, cable TV, a music system, as well as a wood-burning fire, games, and an irresistible hammock. The two floors and expanse of land really offer guests a sense of space. 

A charming farmstead yurt in Colorado

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Views of stunning Mount Sopris and 110 acres of seclusion await up to four guests at this impressive ‘glamping’ yurt.

The Mongolian-style yurt offers the right balance of adventure and comfort, with a supremely commodious, wood-framed canopy under which to sleep. The wonderfully evocative space feels akin to something from a period drama but comes with Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and a bathroom (with a piping hot shower) that won’t test anyone’s standards of comfort too stringently. 

Ranch life here comes with its own array of amenities beyond the space and scenery, mostly in the form of incredibly fresh food from the farm owners, including, but not limited to, eggs, milk, poultry, and cuts of meat for your barbecuing pleasure. 

There are hiking paths up through the neighboring National Forest, and if you don’t bring your own horse (which you are encouraged to) then you can rent one and hit those dusty trails. Private stargazing sessions and alpaca yoga add to the enticing menu of activities. 

See more of the best yurt rentals in the US

Farmhouse on 100 acres in Pennsylvania

Farm House on 100 Acre Farm in Lititz, Pennsylvania

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It’s hard to imagine a cuter farmhouse than this bright red beauty set on 100 acres of land in the rolling Pennsylvania countryside. There are a few small villages within striking distance, but ‘downtown’ is 15 minutes by car and restricted to tiny Lititz, an 18th-century hamlet that was named ‘America’s Coolest Small Town’ in 2013 by Budget Travel. 

Inside the Hopeland Farm Red House, modern windows and doors mix with vintage furniture with midcentury pieces for an updated yet rustic look. Old wood burners and an antique piano are complemented by abstract art and daylight floods into the living spaces. Enjoy farm life where your only neighbors will be chickens and ducks on your way to buy vegetables and eggs from the hosts. 

A secluded tree house in Montana

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Found on seven acres of private woods, this two-story tree house is a unique stay that’s plenty remote while still featuring many creature comforts including two decks, a breakfast nook with a handmade wooden bar, fast Wi-Fi, and plush bathrobes. The truly showstopping piece is a spiral staircase custom crafted around a Douglas fir tree growing through the home.

There is one true bedroom, but the house can sleep up to four guests thanks to padded seating areas that double as extra sleeping space.

While still secluded, the location is close to the entrance of Glacier National Park and the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.

Dog-friendly retreat in Texas

Dog friendly, 104 acres retreat in Blanco, Texas

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You have to zoom out pretty far on your phone’s map feature to see the closest places to this exceptional Texas ranch house. Blanco, a good 15 minutes by car, is technically a city, but with a population of around 1,700 people, it’s more of a sleepy little town where people come to fish and buy lavender. 

This home spreads out on a whopping 104 acres and on-site ponds and the nearby Blanco River add to the scenic environs, the latter being great for fishing and tubing.

The house, which welcomes pets, is awash with daylight thanks to huge windows and striking vaulted ceilings. A casual contemporary look includes stone fireplaces, mounted hunting trophies, high-end leather sofas and armchairs, as well as granite worktops and stainless steel appliances. Have a cook-out under those huge skies with the grill and outdoor dining area. 

Home with a lake and pool in New York

Sackett & Van Dam Guest House in Red Hook, New York

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Red Hook itself isn’t much more than a village, just north of Poughkeepsie in Upstate New York (two hours from Manhattan).

This wonderful farm house is a good 10-minute drive from even that small development, along ever more remote country lanes. Its sprawling 120 acres will deliver a serious dose of isolated tranquility, and the land contains both a private lake and a saltwater pool. 

The house itself is a beautifully converted red brick barn, boasting wooden beamed ceilings and a contemporary look that you might more associate with an urban warehouse. Polished wooden floors, reclaimed wood furnishings, and sleek top-of-the-range appliances complement the open-plan design of the living space.

Open the curtains each morning to admire sun-drenched paddocks, or in the winter, there’s snow-shoeing or skiing nearby. Guests can hike, bike, and buy fresh eggs year-round.  

Large lakefront home in Maine

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This delightful lakefront house can welcome up to 17 people, with almost 4,000 square feet to sprawl out across amid the natural expanse of Hardwood Hill Island Nature Preserve and nearby Acadia National Park. Graham Lake sits right outside.

The house has multiple large living areas and plenty of amenities for group meals, both indoor and out. There’s Wi-Fi and the place comes with its own dock and kayaks to get out on the water. 

FAQ: Remote vacation spots

Where are remote locations? 

Our choices vary, but most of them are located amid forests, deserts, woodlands, and national parks. They balance the feeling of being remote with vehicle access to shops and gas stations, etc, within 30 minutes’ drive or so. This might mean it is near a city or a village, but we looked for properties that are largely set on their own grounds for a strong sense of isolation. 

Many remote homes are located in delicate environments so be sure to check the listing carefully when you book. Hosts will have listed the specific requirements, for example, if you can cook outdoors, and you may incur extra costs if you do not comply with these rules. 

What kind of facilities do remote homes have? 

Again, it varies — some have Wi-Fi and air conditioning, whereas others are more like an elevated camping situation with shared bathrooms and showers.

We included a wide selection as people have differing levels of how off-grid they want to get. 

What should I pack with me? 

Check the more detailed listings via the links to the property pages and see what the hosts suggest, especially as to whether they supply linens, towels, and kitchen essentials.

Where can Americans travel right now?

The CDC recently said people who are vaccinated can travel safely within the US. However, there are certain countries where Americans can travel without restrictive entry requirements.

Are vacation rentals safe?

If you’re wondering whether vacation rentals such as Airbnbs are safe, we spoke with experts who said staying at a private vacation rental, as opposed to a hotel may actually be one of the safer travel options, because booking an entire house eliminates interactions with hosts or other guests.

Airbnb also implemented new procedures and cleaning policies, which all hosts must follow.  

 

More great vacation rentals to safely enjoy the outdoors

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18 sleek Airstreams you can rent on Airbnb and Vrbo for a luxurious, off-grid getaway

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A wanderlust airstream in Joshua Tree, California

  • New types of vacation rentals are becoming popular as travelers consider alternatives to hotels.
  • This includes RVs, camper vans, as well as the iconic Airstream trailer.
  • We found the best Airstream trailer rentals with scenic surroundings, luxe design, and cheap prices.

Instantly recognizable for its shiny silver exterior, the Airstream trailer embodies both a sense of nostalgia and a futuristic feel. Their vintage flair has made them an American icon with a devoted legion of fans.

Now, that following has grown as a result of the novel coronavirus’ impact on travel, according to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. He said unique stays like tree houses and Airstreams are “booming” as travelers seek safer, private alternatives to conventional travel.

Indeed, Airstream trailers are usually located in remote areas and provide more comfort than you’ll find pitching a tent. They also allow for more privacy and space than resorts or vacation rentals such as condos. Many Airstreams have been impressively refurbished and could perhaps even be mistaken for a boutique hotel room.

As a travel journalist, I’ve witnessed the high demand for Airstreams grow, and as a result, identified several standout Airstreams on vacation rental sites such as Airbnb or Vrbo. Fair warning: people who stay in Airstreams tend to become lifelong fans of the brand’s reputation for cool, retro-glam living.

Browse all the best Airstream rentals below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airstream trailer rentals in the US, sorted by price from low to high.

Cozy midcentury living in Taos, New Mexico

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This gem dates back to 1954, injecting a serious dose of retro nostalgia for midcentury modern buffs.

It’s been lovingly restored and kitted out, with original features bolstered by modern home comforts including a Queen-sized bed and wood paneling in the kitchen and living area that channel a ‘Mad Men meets the American southwest’ vibe.

The unit is set back on its own lot accessed via a gravel road and surrounded by the stunning foothills and mountains of Taos. It’s about an hour’s drive north of Santa Fe and offers easy access to hiking in warmer months and skiing in the winter. There’s a handy Wi-Fi connection, but no AC. Plan to rely on cooling breezes. 

Vintage Airstream in East Austin, Texas

Vintage Airstream in East Austin, Texas

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This cute property is located just under four miles from downtown Austin, Texas, in a remodeled backyard lit by fairy lights for magical evening ambiance. 

The real selling points, though, are thoughtful and stylish additions that you don’t find too often. There are polished, hardwood floors, and an almost unheard-of addition of a clawfoot bathtub. The interior decor is lively and quirky, with map-patterned wallpaper and a cheerful palette of primary colors.

The half-acre lot is home to a rooster, chickens, and two pigs, and the yard has hammocks, swings, and a ping-pong table. 

Remodeled artistic trailer in Phoenix, Arizona

Artistic Remodelling Phoenix Airstream

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A meticulous, six-month labor of love went into renovating this four-person, 30-foot vintage model that resulted in one of the best-looking units on our list.

The beauty is in the details, with polished wood surfaces, ingenious storage solutions, and artistic flourishes such as quirky light fixtures, statement pillows, and a sleek bathroom and kitchen. Reminiscent of a design-forward hotel, it won’t feel like you’re roughing it when you stay here.

The Airstream is parked in a downtown location in its own self-contained yard, with Wi-Fi, hot water, and air conditioning in addition to a hammock, outdoor grill, and picnic area. All the delights of downtown Phoenix are on the doorstep, including the scenic Japanese Friendship Garden, just a couple of blocks away. 

Off the grid farm living in Rogue River, Oregon

OffGrid Oregon Airstream

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The trappings and stresses of modern life will surely melt away with a stay in this classic Airstream unit that happens to be located on 24 bucolic acres of Pholia Farm, a working goat farm in beautiful Rogue River.

The unit is well-suited for two people, with a retro, diner-like aesthetic, and canary yellow hues for brightness in the living and sleeping spaces. There’s solar-powered electricity for hot showers and Wi-Fi, but no air conditioning.

Guests may get as up close and personal to their fellow farm residents as they like. The hosts offer the chance to milk a goat, or simply watch them be herded every day and wave from a distance (they’re pretty quiet, especially at night).

The farm shop is stocked with fresh produce, ready to be whipped up into a hearty dish in the galley. Beyond the farm, Rogue Rover offers scenic hiking, rafting, and fishing holes.  

Vintage downtown unit in Lexington, Kentucky

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Not everyone who wants to try out Airstream living wants to be out in the wilderness. Some might prefer to dip their toes in the camper van waters with slightly lower stakes, and this vintage, 1960 model offers such a getaway in downtown Lexington.

That said, guests needn’t compromise on ambiance, as the hosts created a magical backyard vista adjacent to their beautiful, 19th-century Victorian home.

Three beds can sleep up to four people and the Wi-Fi, hot water, and air conditioning keep things comfortable but do note that the shower is outdoors, and separate. There is also a fire pit and outdoor dining area.

Airstream tiny house in Flagstaff, Arizona

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This lovingly-restored 1965 Airstream enjoys its own half-acre plot on the edges of a small goat farm. The well-equipped (with Wi-Fi and air conditioning) trailer is 25 feet long and stands out with a thoughtfully designed, colorful interior with a cozy sleeping nook plus a bold print couch. Take meals inside at the kitchen table, outside at the picnic area, or on one of the Adirondack chairs.

The mountainous environs of Humphreys Peak, Mount Elden, and the San Francisco Peaks make for a truly cinematic backdrop and historic downtown Flagstaff is just 10 miles away. If a 75-mile drive isn’t out of the question, the north rim of the Grand Canyon beckons as well.

Funky Airstream in Charleston, South Carolina

Funky, charming Airstream, Charleston, South Carolina

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A curated, magazine-worthy interior awaits at this charming spot not far from downtown Charleston. The neighborhood is Riverland Terrace, which is a 10-minute drive from downtown but enjoys its own lively dining and nightlife scenes, as well as proximity to Stono River and Folly Beach. 

The unit is as picturesque and pristine as the city itself. Wooden floors and paneling and Rafia blinds deliver a modern, rustic look while sleek ceiling lighting and a clawfoot tub add to the eclectic allure. A white color palette makes the most of the incoming daylight, and with Wi-Fi and comfortable kitchen and bedroom facilities, it’s akin to a good quality glamping experience. 

Airstream on a seven-acre farm in Ellijay, Georgia

Vintage Airstream Ellijay

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This is a rare Airstream that is set up to welcome four guests with two full beds and one twin. The 1977 vintage model proudly stands atop its own remote bijoux compound, with a playful wooden ‘trading post’ framing the unit and providing shade and protection from the elements.

Air conditioning and a private bathroom are welcome amenities, with quirkier enticements that include a clawfoot bathtub and daily deliveries of farm-fresh eggs. Spend an evening sitting back making s’mores and listening to the calming hoots of the owls who live in the adjacent woods.

Ellijay is one of the more remote Airstream locations on the list, surrounded by the wilderness of Rich Mountain and Amicalola Falls State Park, and guests can hike, bike, and take advantage of the surrounding local streams and lakes to their hearts’ content.  

Tiki Airstream with a heated pool in Atlanta, Georgia

Tiki Airstream Oasis with heated pool, Atlanta, Georgia

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It’s always a treat when the hosts go a little further in their design to make a spot memorable. This couple went for a tiki-themed escape, which really complements the midcentury modern feel of their refurbished 1956 Airstream. 

The tropical foliage of the garden, with banana plant leaves providing the shade, is a fitting backdrop and you can easily forget you’re just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta. The interior has a great retro look, with patterned wallpaper, vintage-style accessories, and kitschy ornaments.

Just outside, there’s a dining area, a fire pit, and a small heated pool for an impromptu dip. A grill, bathroom with shower, and Wi-Fi add to the comforts.

Immaculate Airstream glamping in Mill Valley, California

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This picture-perfect 1960s-era Airstream has been lavished with so much attention to aesthetic detail, it looks as if it was curated specifically for a glossy magazine photo shoot.

The exterior is beautifully buffed, flanked by colorful potted plants, a checkerboard lawn, natural foliage, and a lovely deck with vintage chairs. The interiors bask in midcentury style with a red-lacquered retro kitchen, low slung couch, dining area, and even a fireplace. A Queen-sized bedroom is nestled between seafoam green walls, and the bathroom with shower has clever atlas-themed wallpaper.

The Airstream is set up discreetly behind the host’s house, so it’s not totally remote, but affords a nice level of privacy, and there’s even a tree fort in the yard for kids’ use. San Francisco attractions are a 30-minute drive away, and nearby Mount Tamalpais National Park is a worthy draw.

Grace Airstream by the water, Louisville, Kentucky

Grace Airstream by the water, Louisville, Kentucky

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This 1974 Land Yacht, 15 minutes by car southeast of Louisville, has a number of exciting selling points. The most obvious is its size; at 31 feet it’s a touch larger than many standard-issue Airstreams, and a thoughtful interior means that up to six people can be accommodated.

Guests may also walk out onto their own patch of beach, as the Airstream is located next to a tranquil lake with fish, kayaking, swimming, and paddleboarding to enjoy. 

It’s also finished with lovely, striking hardwood floors and white interiors with gray accents that accentuate the natural light. Memory foam mattresses mean everyone sleeps comfortably, and there’s a full kitchen and private toilet, with a shared (with one other unit) full bathroom at the lakehouse.

Hudson base camp in Cold Spring, New York

Hudson Highlands Airstream BaseCamp

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This beautiful model is a 34-foot Excella from 1984 with a double and two single beds to easily host four people.

It will suit guests already amenable to outdoor life, and although it has some useful amenities (Wi-Fi, hot water), it will appeal to those who love to grill dinner in the open air and maybe even sleep in a hammock under the stars.

The interiors maintain their retro roots with ample light wood and vibrant prints, and the listing offers a smidge more room than other units on this list. The biggest draw, though, is the plum location with a strong sense of isolation. Self-contained in its own clearing in the woods, this Airstream is near Hudson Highlands State Park with exceptional hiking trails.

Design-forward Airstream in Columbia, Pennsylvania

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This vintage 1975 Airstream has been fully remodeled and comes with access to a stunning outdoor patio accented by leafy plants and equipped with a fire pit surrounded by contemporary seating, a grill, a Green Egg smoker, and a dining area protected under a glass roof.

Inside feels mod thanks to graphic midcentury-inspired wallpaper and cool quilted walls and ceilings. The bedroom has a full-size memory foam mattress and there’s also a fireplace, a spacious and colorful tiled bathroom, a full kitchen, and ample room to watch TV on the flat screen from the sofa.

There’s also an “outhouse” and trust us, it’s not what you’d expect from such a moniker. Instead, this spa-like additional bathroom offers a zen rainfall shower under skylights.

Dogs are allowed with a non-refundable fee, and the host offers treats for both your pup (grain-free bites and bowls) and you (farm fresh eggs), plus toiletries, linens, and more.

Countryside living in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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The creekside setting of this home is serene, located on a campsite in a lush meadow, surrounded by tranquil nature. The hosts list cows, wild turkeys, and bunnies as your friendly neighbors.

However, guests won’t have to completely forgo luxury, as the site comes with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a bathroom with a shower, and hot water. The interior is polished and contemporary with a sleek leather couch, flat-screen TV, and a memory foam bed, and a stylish mix of prints. Outside, perch on Adirondack chairs and admire the spectacular landscape; the wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sit right on the doorstep. 

Luxury waterfront stay in Navarre, Florida

Luxury Waterfront Navarre

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For those looking to up the glam side of glamping, the hosts of this Airstream promise hotel-style levels of luxury. Think 500-thread count linens in what is billed as a master suite, a private bathroom, Keurig coffee maker, and even little gifts like complimentary wine, cheese, and cupcakes.

There’s also a sleek kitchen, chic outdoor seating with a fire pit, and access to shared community amenities such as a beach and pool in the adjoining RV park. Even better, the hosts offer the use of a grill, bicycles, paddleboards, kayaks, and beach chairs.

Retro Airstream in Knoxville, Maryland

Retro Airstream, Knoxville, Maryland

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This remodeled 1976 Airstream sits on 10 acres of retired farmland, surrounded by wineries, breweries, and the outstanding landscape of calming riverside spots on the Potomac River. 

The camper may be vintage, but its amenities are comfortably up to date, with the star of the show undoubtedly being a huge and welcoming California King bed. A wet bath area and propane stove make for easy living, though it’s off-grid as far as Wi-Fi goes.

A covered deck and private fire pit are made for quiet evenings outdoors under the stars. 

Hollywood Hills glamping in Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Hills Airstream Glamping, Los Angeles, California

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It’s easy to feel like a movie star when stepping out of this A-list trailer. Its large deck looks out over the Hollywood Hills, enjoying an impressive elevation of some 1,400 feet. The views alone are almost worth the price, with the Hollywood Sign and the lights of downtown LA laid out before you. 

The 1969 Land Yacht has been lovingly remodeled to reflect a fun, contemporary look including wooden floors and leather seats. The amenities are basic but adequate, with a toilet, shower and coffee maker, fridge, and kettle, though dining is best done at nearby restaurants.

The gorgeous, huge, cantilevered deck comes with its own fire pit, furniture to lounge on, and ample views. Guests will love the surrounding nature, with owls and deer for neighbors.    

Wonderlust trailer with a hot tub in Joshua Tree, California

Wonderlust Airstream, Joshua Tree, California

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This trailer’s location just outside Joshua Tree National Park is flanked by dramatic red hills and surrounded by nature as far as you can see, for a setting that is nothing short of cinematic. 

The facilities are panoramically top-notch with a high-end interior akin to a five-star hotel suite. There are leather furnishings, a Queen bed, and pristine bathroom amenities.

There is also an outdoor shower, a hot tub, and a ‘cowboy tub’ for bathing beneath the stars. Hammocks, a gourmet grill, a covered deck with swinging chairs, and a beautifully-maintained fire pit complete the wonderfully atmospheric set-up. 

FAQ: Airstream rentals

What is an Airstream? 

Airstreams are a type of camper van. Many are units from the 1960s and 1970s that have been lovingly refurbished with contemporary amenities akin to a boutique hotel room.

Most come with a bedroom/sleeping area (usually a Queen-sized bed, sometimes with additional single beds or pull-out seating), a dining/living area, and basic cooking facilities. Some come with basic bathroom amenities or offer them separately on the rental site.

Models usually range from 25 to 35 feet long, which makes them ideal for a couple, or a small family. Most rentals have an outdoor dining area or grill attached as well. 

Should I stay in an Airstream? 

Airstream trailers have a few advantages. Since they are mobile, they are often (but not always) located in remote areas surrounded by natural beauty. If you prefer an urban situation, many hosts have them set up as separate living quarters in their yards.

They also strike a good balance between a full-on camping experience that gets back to basics, with a sense of comfort thanks to working bathrooms, a kitchen, and a comfy bed instead of a sleeping bag. They allow for more privacy, control, and outdoor space than a hotel or traditional vacation rental can often provide.

Airstream trailers are also on-trend in the time of COVID-19 when travel has evolved to become more socially distant, with travelers taking road trips over far-flung flights, and booking remote private rentals, customized camper vans, and tricked-out RVs for vacations this year.

How much does it cost to rent an Airstream?

You should be able to find a basic Airstream for around $100 per night or less. Pricing depends on the condition and amenities offered, as well as the season. More modern and luxury Airstreams go for more, with prices around $350 per night at the top end in sought-after destinations. 

It’s also worth noting that cleaning and service fees vary widely, especially post-pandemic, and strict cancellation policies are likely to be in place. 

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19 of the best Airbnbs in Hawaii on every island for a much-needed tropical vacation

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  • With beautiful weather and stunning beaches, a passport-free trip to Hawaii is always appealing.
  • Hawaii can also be expensive, so booking an Airbnb over a hotel may help trim your budget.
  • We found some of the best Airbnbs on each island, whether you seek sun and surf or rainforest hikes.

With year-round warm weather, beaches framed by swaying palms, and majestic rainforests and volcanos, Hawaii is always a good idea.

And now that Hawaii’s six visitable islands are once again welcoming guests – so long as you present a negative COVID-19 test – a passport-free island getaway is especially appealing.

Enjoy Hawaii’s trade winds and warm sunshine as you sample fresh papaya alongside Hawaiian-grown coffee. Plan a rainforest hike, surf incredible waves, or simply savor a slower island pace. However, with such an idyllic setting, hotel prices may shock your wallet. It’s easy to spend over $500 per night for a standard double room with no character.

Airbnbs, on the other hand, can offer a more affordable option in spacious condos or homes that come infused with local personality. Here are the best Airbnbs in Hawaii you can book.

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Cheaply priced studio apartment on Oahu

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It’s hard to find a bargain in Waikiki, so this studio is an absolute dream for its great rate and amazing location near one of the most famous beaches in the world.

The apartment may be small and standard in terms of amenities, but it provides privacy and partial ocean and sunset views from your own dedicated lanai. 

A calming neutral palette, beautiful wood floors, big windows, and plenty of storage means you won’t miss out on unnecessary square footage. The main space is comprised of a small kitchenette, and a sofa and TV for downtime, backed by a sleeping area with a Queen-size bed. 

Staying here also provides access to the complex’s soothing palm tree-lined pool, outdoor BBQ, guest laundry, and a cute outdoor fitness center. Nearby Diamond Head also provides a serious workout, so take host-provided beach towels to refresh after a morning climb. 

Quiet oceanfront condo on Molokai

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Social distancing is a breeze at this condo in Ualapue, just outside the town of Kaunakakai. The population is just over 400 on this side of the island, but it’s a short drive to eateries and shops in central Molokai. 

The ground-floor condo is surrounded by a lush garden landscape with easy access to an unpopulated beach. Take advantage of resort amenities such as tennis courts, a pool, and a community recreation center. Hiking trails and waterfalls are also close by. 

Inside, light wooden floors are accented by an open-concept space with a stainless steel equipped kitchen and a King-size bedroom with ocean blue linens. A private shaded outdoor dining and lounge space boasts spectacular waterfront views. 

Condo near Kailua Village on the Big Island

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Staying in this condo means you’ll have the ocean just a block away, waterfront Hale Halawai Park is within a few steps, and wonderful eateries, tiki bars, and local shopping are all in close proximity. Visit nearby Kona Farmers Market for produce, freshly roasted coffee, and tropical flowers to add color to your rental home’s contemporary kitchen. 

This fully renovated condo has gorgeous wooden floors in the bedroom and cool new tile in the upgraded bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower. Furnishings are minimal while island-influenced decor like the ocean-inspired bedding are nice reminders of the surrounding tropical oasis. There is a Queen-size bedroom, though a fold-out sofa offers additional space if needed. 

Sip morning java at the kitchen bar while plotting the day’s adventures, or take breakfast onto the private furnished lanai to enjoy ocean views. Be sure to dip into the on-site pool to cool down, though you’ll also appreciate the rare island find of air-conditioning in this condo.

Private guest house on Maui

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While it seems everyone wants to flock to Maui’s beaches, there’s something to be said for the charm of Lahaina Town. Front Street is bustling with activity and known for its vast array of local eateries and amazing art galleries. You’ll also find the world’s largest banyan tree right in the center of it all, just one block from this rental. 

This upper-level Lahaina guest suite has its own private entrance and comes with a work desk with a parsons chair for digital nomads, though you’ll most likely want to simply lounge with local coffee outside on the furnished private lanai. There is also a smart TV, crisp white bedding, and a modest kitchen.

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Islander’s ocean view condo on Oahu

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This colorful studio has a prime location just two blocks from the ocean and is a fantastic deal for a couple or solo traveler. Centrally located in Honolulu, guests are steps away from great local food trucks, restaurants, entertainment, nightlife, and more. 

Chic but whimsical decor will instantly place you in vacation mode from the retro pink couch to the bright turquoise design accents, and leafy bathroom statement wallpaper. The kitchenette is small, but has a vintage mini fridge, and a balcony and with a built-in bar that overlooks the ocean waves. Beach gear, including sunblock, is also provided showcasing attention to detail and small personal touches made by the host.

Beachfront condo with a pool on Molokai

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This oceanfront condo may be small but is packed with all you need for a great stay and is just steps from the beach. From your private furnished lanai, you’ll catch colorful sunsets and views of surrounding islands, and the beachfront pool is equally scenic.

Tasteful island decor shines with Koa wood optic floors, sleek granite countertops, and pops of color by way of accent furnishings and bedding. The apartment is fully stocked with small appliances and a gas stove, while the living room has a flat panel TV with HD cable provided and free Wi-Fi.

Provided beach gear includes an umbrella, beach mats, and towels, and the location is about a mile east of downtown Kaunakakai with local eateries and shopping. On-site coin-operated laundry is available, and gas and charcoal BBQs are free to use. 

Beach paradise condo on the Big Island

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Watch amazing sunsets from your private lanai at this condo rental on the outskirts of popular bar town Kailua-Kona. No rental car is needed; you can walk or cycle to nearby hotspots like Don’s Mai Tai Bar or Alii Sunset Plaza for boutique shopping or to gather groceries. 

The condo has a community pool and hot tub, though a sandy beach is mere steps from the rental, too, so you can enjoy ocean waves day or night. Inside, the decor is a touch dated but features tropical inspiration and you’ll find a nice breeze on the shaded lanai, and east-facing windows bring in fresh air while you relax in the King-size bed. The sofa converts to a full-sized bed and also benefits from its own large windows. 

There is also a full kitchen plus a wide breakfast bar for quick bites and a small dining table perfect for a candlelit dinner. Or take it outside to grill up an island feast on the provided BBQ. 

Charming riverside cottage on Kauai

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Only one block from the beach, this riverside canal cottage on the outskirts of Kapaa Town overlooks the peaceful banks of the Wailua River, where guests can paddle with host-provided kayaks and SUPs, or take bikes out for a spin on a lovely path. The river leads to a natural lava rock grotto with waterfalls, an area formerly reserved for Hawaiian royalty but now enjoyed by many.

The plantation-style cottage was built in 1953 but renovated to feature beautiful paneling and beam details, bamboo accents, air conditioning, a vaulted ceiling with fan, sustainable wood floors, and a well-appointed outdoor area with a grill and water views. The lush grounds are home to fruit-bearing trees, so don’t be surprised if the host offers you a taste of starfruit. 

The kitchen is stocked with all the basics, so you’ll be able to sample local coffee and have seasoning on hand to flavor your in-room meals. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also provided, and there’s complimentary guest laundry.

Private guest house on Maui

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Some of Maui’s most beloved beaches are located in Kihei and Wailea-Makena, and this one-bedroom cottage makes it easy to take advantage of the waterfront along Keawakapu and Kamaole Beaches where you’ll find food trucks and casual eateries aplenty, along with great people watching.

The space is bright, light, and sparkling clean with a convection oven and enough kitchen space to cook meals. There is also a coffee maker, air conditioning, a memory foam Queen-sized bed, and blackout curtains for excellent sleep. The private courtyard space includes a BBQ and hammock surrounded by lush plant life including organic papayas, mangoes, avocados, lilikoi, guava, lemon, and lime, depending on the season.

Additionally, the living room has a mounted smart TV to stream your favorite shows and movies after a long day at the beach. This guest house is attached to the host’s home, but you will have incredible privacy with a separate entrance and your own dedicated outdoor space. 

Modern remodeled condo at Poipu Beach, Kauai

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It doesn’t get much closer to the waterfront at Poipu Beach than this stunning home.

Fresh off a full remodel, the contemporary space has a cool palette of white and grey, with a stainless fridge and in-counter cooktop, ideal for quick self-made meals. Adorning the walls is a series of island images from a locally renowned photographer, and the fresh, clean design carries throughout the condo.

There is a large bath offering natural light and the main bedroom has a King-size bed and a spacious layout. The living room convertible sofa adds extra sleeping space, and big windows and air conditioning keep the space comfy and cool.

In addition to immediate beach access, the condo property also has an outdoor grill and seating area for meals outside, while guests are also close to popular ice cream shops, casual and upscale restaurants, and great local coffee roasters. 

Bohemian retreat on the Big Island

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Set on an organic mango orchard and surrounded by plumerias, the home is located in Captain Cook and just a mile from Kealakekua Bay, known for some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling and wild dolphins.

Kind of like glamping, this open-air, two-bedroom bungalow merges the comforts of a well-appointed, bohemian-inspired home, with the outdoors. The kitchen and living areas are partially outside and open to the elements, but protected from rain, and eclectically adorned with vintage and tribal-inspired decor.

A lofted bedroom places you eye-level with a lush canopy of trees through floor-to-ceiling windows and a 30-foot stroll down a secluded path leads to an open-air bathhouse. It’s scenic and lovely, like staying in a jungle treehouse, but best appreciated by those who are comfortable with such rustic accouterments, especially given the occasional cameos from birds, insects, and lizards.

But it’s not totally roughing it; modern amenities include Wi-Fi and a washer and dryer, and town is a short 20-minute drive.

North Shore getaway at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu

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Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore is memorable for its jagged lava rock coastline, a wide assortment of sea life ideal for snorkel sessions, and a starring role in the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

At this resort condo, guests may enjoy all the amenities of the popular resort such as a great pool complex, private beach, tennis, grills, dining, and sprawling grounds, while enjoying the privacy and quiet space of a whole home rental. 

The beach cottage comes with partial ocean views from the living room and the bedroom loft separates you from travel pals who can spread out on the Queen pullout sofa. Decor is crisp and clean with sea blue accents, and a vaulted ceiling is accented by tropical plants and island-inspired artwork. There is also a full kitchen, air conditioning, ensuite laundry, and your own designated parking space. 

Tiny home on a volcanic lava field on the Big Island

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For an only in Hawaii experience, book this custom-built tiny home set on an otherworldly landscape of a volcanic lava field. You might even catch a glimpse of Pele’s orange volcanic glow. 

The home is also loaded with standout decor from steel tub sinks to a brightly painted ocean landscape mural behind the bed. Light pours in through oversized windows and patio doors, brightening the industrial-inspired interiors. The main living area is open and includes a couch, full kitchen, wooden writing desk, while a Queen-size bed is tucked upstairs in a sleeping loft.

This unique rental is in a great location for visiting the national park and nearby Kehena Black Sand Beach, which is less than an hour south of Hilo Airport. You’re also on the right side of the island for sampling local-grown macadamia nuts. 

Modern condo on Kauai

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Located in a well-kept apartment complex, this Princeville condo offers the amenities of a larger resort with the privacy and personality of a warm home. Located on a quiet ocean bluff, guests enjoy the use of a shared community pool, grills, scenic hiking and cycling paths, and breathtaking beaches. 

The design exudes a luxury lean, with a soothing palette of calming blues and greys that creates a very Zen-inspired feeling. The living room has a smart TV, ceiling fan, and beach views from a lovely patio, while the kitchen is full-size. The modern Queen-size bedroom includes an additional fan, blackout shades, a bathroom with walk-in shower, and the option for a Pack ‘N Play crib if needed. 

Farmers’ markets and great restaurants are located close by. Be sure to sample the taro and juice farm store in neighboring Hanalei, and note there’s even a wine market nearby that offers delivery. 

Tropical cottage on Maui’s North Shore

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For a tranquil stay on Maui’s scenic North Shore, this garden cottage places you amid green grass, waterfalls, and gentle breezes, perfect for lapping up sounds of nature and stargazing. Hookipa Beach is just a 10-minute drive away while the town of Paia isn’t much further.

The one-bedroom space is airy and bright with a smart TV, ceiling fan, convection oven, dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a memory foam Queen-size bed, an additional Queen-size daybed, as well as both a picturesque terrace and a separate, screened porch with ocean views. The backyard overlooks fruit trees, and the host also provides boogie boards, snorkeling gear, and there is the added bonus of an outdoor shower.

It’s worth noting that while this cottage is private there is a shared wall with another home, but only a few guests have noticed neighbor sounds and there are “quiet hours” in place. 

Large plantation-style home on Lanai

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This stunning home in the heart of Lanai is ideal for group travel thanks to its sizeable footprint. The contemporary space is well-lit with high ceilings and includes deluxe appliances and an inviting marble island made for social gatherings. There’s also a private patio, free parking, on-site laundry, free Wi-Fi, and taxes are already included in the nightly rate, making it a great deal for a full-family getaway.

Each of the three bedrooms has a Queen-size bed and the spacious living room includes a plush sectional sofa that converts to a full-size bed. There’s also a daybed if you have even more family members to accommodate. 

For cool pool dips, visit the rec center a mere five-minute walk down the street. Or head to nearby Hulopoe Bay to enjoy ocean waves. 

Three-bedroom designer beach house on the Big Island

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With three bedrooms, this sophisticated beach home is a solid deal given the excellent location, sleek design, and excellent amenities. It’s just 10 minutes from the closest beach and the bustling tourist town of Kona.

Select a record for the turntable or queue up something to screen on the living room projector and sink into a hanging wicker chair while admiring the serene atmosphere of this beach home with concrete floors, midcentury furnishings, and tropical plants. The neutral design feels curated out of a magazine, with a full kitchen, air conditioning (in all rooms but one bedroom), surf and bamboo accents, essential oil diffusers, and playful palm print wallpaper. Each of the three bedrooms has a Queen-size bed, and a tranquil porch and backyard blend indoor and outdoor living seamlessly.

Other extras include beach gear, a grill, two bicycles, free parking, and a slew of family-friendly perks such as a travel crib, high chair, stair gates, changing table, baby monitor, baby bath, and more, for no added fee. 

Decadent artist’s house on Lanai

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Located in the old Japanese section of Lanai City, this original 1930s plantation-style home has been remodeled with a contemporary chef’s kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances and a sharp-looking range hood. 

A classic neutral color palette emphasizes natural finishes, including warm wood grains in flooring and the dining set, with a plush leather sofa for cozy movie nights. There’s also plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors with a large furnished patio, a tropical garden, and an outdoor shower to rinse off after a fun day at the beach. The two interior full bathrooms offer natural light and ample storage for the whole family, while the main bath also has a jetted tub for soothing soaks. 

A well-known local artist renovated this charming home to reflect modern needs while retaining its roots as a former plantation home. Now the property includes a steam shower, full ensuite laundry, and personality while having easy access to downtown Lanai’s shops, eateries, and cafes. 

Luxury B&B with a pool on Maui

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For something closer to a hotel stay that’s still a standalone accommodation with a private entrance, this B&B offers the best of both worlds.

This guest suite includes a luxurious spa-like ensuite bathroom with a rain shower and a deep soaking tub, plus a King-size bed and golf course views. Right outside the door is a gorgeous swimming pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, a sauna, fitness equipment, and free daily breakfast that is included and served poolside each morning.

While the pool and outdoor amenities are shared with one other listing on the same property, staying here is truly like staying at your own exclusive resort. Plus, for a completely private escape, you can rent out both guest suites.

Award-winning Ka’anapali Beach is just across the street, so you’ll have quick access to incredible soft sand beaches, and a supreme range of local eateries and retail shops. 

FAQ: Airbnb in Hawaii

Where should I stay in Hawaii on Airbnb?

Each island has its own identity, which means you’ll eventually want to experience all the islands for a true sense of the state. 

Oahu is often a first-timer’s choice, as it’s home to Honolulu and Waikiki and cute surf towns. It’s also the most populous island, which means there’s no shortage of attractions, eateries, and places to stay. Here you’ll find a fusion of traditional art and luaus alongside city skyscrapers and contemporary five-star restaurants.  

Maui is known for its laidback beach vibes, though you can also explore lava rocks, watch the sunrise atop a volcano summit, and hike through the rainforest in between surf sessions. It’s the best island for watching migrating humpback whales in the winter, while summers are ideal for seasonal farm-to-table dining. 

The “big island” of Hawaii is hands-down a coffee lover’s paradise. This is where you’ll find famous Kona coffee beans grown on lush hillsides en route to those famous volcanoes. This island is sizeable, so you’ll want to day trip to its various seaside towns to experience all the flavors, like Macadamia nuts on the east side, coffee on the south end, and chef-driven dining in upcountry. 

For outdoors enthusiasts, the island of Kauai is a magical place to visit for its diverse terrain of stunning green valleys and towering cliffsides. Rainforests and cascading waterfalls are a big draw for hikers, too, so pack reliable footwear. Beaches on the South Shore are great for family swims and there are plenty of great snorkeling spots here, too. 

Lanai is only nine miles from Maui and easily accessible by a pedestrian ferry for day trips. The island is known for 4-wheeling and snorkeling spots, and there’s really only one town to explore in the center of it all. In tiny but chill Lanai City, guests savor local coffee at mom-and-pop cafes in between adventurous exploration of rugged island terrain.  

Finally, Molokai is only 38 miles long and while it’s perhaps the least visited island, it offers a different experience with its quiet atmosphere. The highest sea cliffs in the world are found here and lead to Kalaupapa National Historic Park. Though the island is remote, Central Molokai is home to an 80-year-old bakery and a handful of local eateries and shops. Keep in mind there is no direct air service to Molokai Airport, so you’ll need to connect from Honolulu. Once on the island, there is no public transportation, so your options will be to walk, cycle, or rent a car. 

What is the best time of year to visit Hawaii?

Hawaii’s climate is consistently warm, so there’s no bad time to visit when considering the weather. Even during the winter months, the daytime average is a balmy 78° while summer at sea level is in the mid-80s. No matter when you visit, it’s possible to experience some light trade winds or rainfall, but even in the wettest months, which are November through March, the rain passes as quickly as it arrived, so your fun won’t be interrupted for long. 

Near-shore water is consistently welcoming, so any time of year offers a refreshing dip at the beach. Just keep an eye on wave conditions to ensure you won’t face strong currents. When in doubt, swim at a beach with a lifeguard. And be sure to layer on sunscreen as even cloudy days can take your skin by surprise. 

How much does it cost to go to Hawaii?

In shoulder season and for more modest accommodations, Airbnb vacation rentals are easy to find for under $100. But expect to pay a few hundred dollars during popular vacation periods or for homes with plenty of guest space, unique features, and updated design.

Of course, you’ll also want to plan for a decent food and drink budget, which can also be expensive. You can save money on dining by picking up beverages and a few essentials at a local market like Foodland Farms or ABC Stores. 

If you can be flexible with travel dates, there is sometimes a dip in midweek pricing for Airbnbs but know that Hawaii is a year-round popular destination. Shoulder seasons may offer a bit of a price break, so keep an eye on spring and fall prices which may be less than the peak of summer vacation and winter breakers. 

Are there travel restrictions to Hawaii? 

If you are traveling during the pandemic, be sure to review Hawaii’s latest travel protocols and know that entrance requirements change often in response to new health data.

At present, all incoming mainland travelers — regardless of vaccination status — are subject to pre-travel testing to bypass a 10-day quarantine. Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test to enter, which must be an approved test from specific trusted testing partners, no more than 72 hours before departure to Hawaii.

If you are unable to present an accepted test, you will be subject to a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. A new vaccination quarantine and test bypass program is in development, but not likely to begin until later this summer. 

All travelers must also register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels program and be sure to stay up to date on the latest traveler guidelines

 Is Airbnb safe?

While there’s no such thing as a safety guarantee, getting fully vaccinated greatly decreases your chance of falling ill near home and while away.

If you’re wondering if staying at an Airbnb right now is safe, experts largely agree that private vacation rentals are likely safer than hotels due to the ease of social distancing and lack of interactions with other guests or staff.

Airbnb has also implemented reassuring new policies, including the Enhanced Cleaning Initiative, which includes new safety guidelines for hosts, as well as optional booking buffers.

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The 19 best Airbnbs in Maine for coastal scenery, outdoor fun, and plenty of lobster

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  • Maine offers East Coasters a scenic getaway in all seasons, from seaside cottages to remote cabins.
  • Maine is especially ideal for easy access to the outdoors, coastal scenery, and plenty of lobster.
  • We found the best Maine Airbnbs for various budgets, ranging from $65 to $395 per night to start.

Though vaccine rollouts are underway, many travelers are still seeking safe vacations within easy driving distance. For East Coasters, Maine is a charming coastal getaway ideal in every season.

Whether you want to snap a photo of the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse, hike in stunning Acadia National Park, watch the waves roll in, or explore downtown Portland, Maine has it all and then some.

If a trip to Maine is still on your radar, there are plenty of affordable and beautiful Airbnb options to consider all throughout the state.

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These are the best Airbnbs in Maine, sorted by area and then by price from low to high.

City nest in Portland, Maine

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This spacious two-bedroom apartment has a cozy vintage vibe with high ceilings, a brick fireplace, and crown molding.

Close to all that Portland has to offer, it’s a short five-minute walk to the start of downtown and 15 mins to the Old Port. There’s a small, makeshift yoga room next to the balcony with two yoga mats, a foam roller, and two meditation cushions. Guests also have access to a coin-operated washer and dryer in the basement.

Remodeled 18th-century Victorian house in Portland, Maine

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And Airbnb Plus listing, this remodeled 18th-century Victorian feels light and airy thanks to soothing decor in whites, creams, light greys, and gentle blues. The open-plan main room features a comfy sofa and a love seat, a geometric rug, and a dining table that can fold down or out depending on how many need to dine.

The bedroom is a tranquil all-white space, and the bathroom includes a clawfoot tub. A deck off the second floor with rocking chairs makes for a nice place to enjoy the cup of coffee you can make downstairs at the kitchen’s coffee bar.

Historic home in Portland, Maine

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This chic two-bedroom property is an Airbnb Plus listing, which means it’s been vetted for exceptional quality and design, and includes one-of-kind details and curated amenities to ensure a comfy, above-average stay.

Original pumpkin pine floors, nine-foot ceilings, exposed brick, and sunny rooms are just some of the charms found in this 177-year-old Greek revival home. Plus, the lively city of Portland is right at your fingertips and many of the best spots are within walking distance.

Cottage on Somes Sound in Acadia National Park

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This seaside cottage actually sits inside the borders of Acadia National Park and overlooks the impressive Somes Sound. Completely surrounded by wilderness and ocean, the four-season home is full of windows for watching sunsets and includes a wraparound deck, a private yoga platform, and swimming rocks. 

While this is a newer listing, the hosts are highly-rated on other properties they’ve listed and all recent guests have given the property glowing reviews. My recommendation? Snag this listing while it’s still new before the price goes up.

Oceanside house close to Acadia National Park

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Just a 15-minute drive from the beauty and splendor of Acadia National Park, this oceanfront cottage offers panoramic views of the waves, Mount Desert Island, and Cadillac Mountain. For lobster fans, three premier lobster pounds are within walking distance.

A large deck outfitted with a gas grill, fire pit, and roasting sticks makes for a nice spot to enjoy dinner, roast marshmallows, or watch a sunset. The property is also pet-friendly, so four-legged friends can join the trip.

Beachy bolthole in Lisbon, Maine

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It’s extremely rare to find a vetted Airbnb Plus listing for such an affordable price, but that’s what is waiting here in Maine along the Androscoggin River.

This beach-themed hideout is expertly designed with pops of breezy turquoise, white decor, and seashell accents.  This property is ideal for those seeking to get out of town and enjoy nature as both beaches and scenic walking trails are within easy driving distance.

Kettle Cove apartment in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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Situated between Kettle Cove and Crescent Beach State Park, this home comes with water views and a great location. Two Lights State Park is less than a mile away, iconic Portland Head Lighthouse is right nearby, and Portland’s acclaimed local restaurants are just a short drive into the city. Ice cream lovers can also satiate their sweet tooth with a walk to Kettle Cove Creamery before falling asleep to the sound of gentle waves. 

While guests do have the entire first-floor apartment to themselves with a separate, private entrance, the apartment is attached to the main house and sits below the upstairs apartment, it might not be a good option if you’re looking for complete seclusion.

Charming country cottage in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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This romantic escape features carefully curated antique furnishings in an idyllic natural setting. Lucky guests might even catch a glimpse of deer eating apples in the garden from the second-floor bedroom.

An Airbnb Plus listing, the home sleeps up to three guests and features calming all-white interiors with pops of fresh flowers. The balcony and large backyard are both ideal spots for enjoying a cup of coffee or winding down at the end of the day. The outdoor shower and fire pit are additional perks that set this listing apart. 

The hosts have a perfect 5.0 rating and consistently go above and beyond for guests. One recent reviewer raved, “Suzie left us a bottle of wine (sanitized!) and the most insane cheese to welcome us to the home. The design and decor was so charming and unique, and the location was excellent for hiking/outdoor activities and of course for eating some delish lobster. We loved the fire pit, which they graciously supplied ample wood for (and even refilled for us!). At the end of the stay, Suzie left us with some lovely fresh grown lavender to take home.”

  

Classic Maine house in Phippsburg, Maine

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This recently built house is just an hour north of Portland and right by beautiful Popham Beach. Great for large groups and families, the four-bedroom home sleeps up to 10 guests.

Standout features include the eat-in kitchen with breakfast nook, cute decorations such as lobster pillows, and the screened-in back porch with rocking chairs. The home is stocked with everything from kitchenware and a washer/dryer to kayaks and beach toys.

Sophisticated loft in Kennebunk, Maine

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A chic beach retreat for a couple or solo adventurer, this home may be small, but it fits in all the essentials and then some. The Murphy bed folds up to create a comforting nook, and the home also features acouch, flat-screen TV, kitchenette, and full-sized bathroom.

The property sits on 13 acres of private land with an outdoor shower available for rinsing off sandy feet after a day spent at nearby beaches and lakes. In summer it makes for a nice home base to explore the gorgeous beaches of Kennebunk, and the host provides a beach pass. 

Modern farmhouse in Kennebunkport, Maine

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A restored barn is now a contemporary oasis with minimal Scandinavian-inspired modern furnishings, a farmhouse kitchen, and lots of wooden touches. However, there’s also a strong upscale feeling with a subway-tiled walk-in shower set behind a sleek glass panel wall that’s stocked with Kiehl’s toiletry products. Other features include modern light fixtures, soaringly-high windows that pour in light, and a nice patio. There are two bedrooms, plus an air mattress that is available for the sleeping loft. 

In the summer months, grab the provided beach chairs and cooler and head to Kennebunkport’s famous beaches, or take advantage of the bikes and helmet for a ride around town.

Cliff cottage near Jasper Beach in Machiasport, Maine

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This coastal Maine home was designed to feel like a ship, which is well-suited to its location atop a 130-foot cliff overlooking the ocean and surrounded by over 30 acres of woods, wildlife, and beaches. Hikers will particularly appreciate that 12 acres include private hiking trails available for use. 

Most rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, including the master overlooking the ocean.

On themed motifs include a telescope, teak and brass accents, and blue and gold-colored nautical maps of New England. Nearby Jasper Beach is famous for its gorgeous and colorful stones. 

Lakefront cottage in Waltham, Maine

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I’m not sure what’s more alluring — this cottage’s serene lake setting or its incredibly affordable price point.

The waterfront listing is set on Graham Lake in the middle of a small working farm. During warmer months, guests can fish, kayak or canoe, while a gas fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere for chilly nights. In any season, the closed-in porch is a relaxing setting for catching a stunning sunset.

Camp Wigwam lake cottage in Greenwood, Maine

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This is a solid option for families since the property features two bedrooms, one of which is outfitted with bunk beds. Despite being inland, the lakefront location means you can still be on the water, which is fun in every season for outdoor activities ranging from skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing to hiking, boating, and swimming.

Guests also have access to kayaks, so getting on the lake is easy. 

Secluded cottage in Camden, Maine

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Enjoy a cozy couple’s getaway for well under $100 per night with this quiet cottage near the coast. Its secluded location may appeal to those looking for a place where social distancing is possible, but it’s also within easy walking distance to the nearby village for those who do want to explore the town. While the kitchen is small, it comes with all the basics, and the porch area is a cheerful place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.

One recent reviewer found it to be “super cozy,” continuing on to say, “My girlfriend & I stayed here and had a wonderful time — it’s the perfect size for a couple. I found myself enjoying the little front porch the most. Close to some great hikes and the town of Camden is very charming. Great for a getaway!”

Cozy cabin in Freeport, Maine

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You may know this northern coastal spot as the home of L.L. Bean and its famous giant boot photo op, and if you plan to explore the area or check out the Adventure Schools of L.L. Bean, consider making this cute cabin your home base.

The four-season abode is open in all seasons, but during warmer months, guests can enjoy eating or relaxing on the outdoor patio. The owners also implement a fun “Take a Beer-Leave a Beer” policy: guests are welcome to an assortment of free beers in the fridge, and are invited to leave one behind to replenish the stash. The space is quaint and on the small side, so it’s best for couples who want to cozy up together or solo adventurers. 

Tree house in Georgetown, Maine

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If you’ve always wanted to sleep among the pine branches, here’s your chance. Part tree house, part tiny house, this spot is 25 miles from Portland and features two elevated structures connected by a rope bridge.

One area includes the King-sized bed and idyllic river views, while the second structure houses the small kitchen and dining area, as well as a screen-in porch complete with rocking chairs. Use of kayaks and canoes are included with the rental and the 21-acre property is shared with one other one-bedroom treehouse.

Timber-frame cottage in Pownal, Maine

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This upscale Airbnb Plus listing is an idyllic spot to post up in a woodsy inland setting. The loft-style cottage is a true cozy retreat with its A-frame, wood-burning fireplace, and chic but rustic decor. A fire pit outdoors completes the feel.

One recent review raves, “This is the perfect Maine getaway cottage. The location could not be better with a 15-minute drive to Freeport and a 25-minute drive to Portland. Vianna offered many ideas for things to do and made us feel at home with a bottle of wine and a note upon arrival. There was no detail spared, everything about the cottage was thoughtfully picked out and placed to give it a well put together look. Once we left, the first thought that crossed our minds was “when will we be back?” this place leaves you wishing your stay was longer.”

Luxury canopy tree house in Sanford, Maine

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Perched atop a spiral staircase, you’ll enter a tree-house with a luxe feel thanks to soothing timber walls, a farmhouse-inspired full kitchen with a vintage fridge, and a Queen-sized bedroom with a custom maple headboard.

The full bathroom guarantees there’s no roughing it, with a spa-like rainfall shower that even comes with a hint of forest views. Natural light pours in through multiple windows, lighting up a cute dining nook and a sleeping loft with an additional Queen bed.

Other perks include a hide-away projector and screen to stream movies on high-speed internet, a wood stove, and a deck with a grill and private hot tub.

FAQs

When is the best time to visit Maine?

Maine has draws in every season, but for the best weather consider a vacation from June to August. However, be aware that this also tends to be the most crowded and expensive season, particularly for beach vacations. 

Maine is also idyllic and offers prime leaf peeping during the fall season, particularly in areas like Acadia National Park. Winter also offers the opportunity to ski, sled, ice fish, and more. Cozy cabin rentals are especially appealing for cozying up by a fire in the colder months.

What area should I stay in on a Maine vacation?

Where you go in Maine depends entirely on your interests. Coastal regions like offer scenic lighthouse photo ops and beautiful beaches. Kennebunk is a popular beach area, as is Cape Elizabeth, Phippsburg, and more. 

Portland is an ideal city break teeming with delicious restaurants, local breweries, and cute boutiques. However, outdoor lovers won’t want to miss heading to Acadia National Park and nearby Bar Harbor for some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.

L.L.Bean lovers may also want to make a stop in Freeport to visit the original store, complete with a huge Bean boot out front.

Are Airbnbs safe?

The CDC has noted that travel in the US is safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

Additionally, experts say Airbnbs and vacation rentals are very safe. In fact, they offer a higher level of safety compared to hotels since interactions with others are minimized. Additionally, Airbnb has enforced a strict new Enhanced Clean Policy.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ from home to home and are set by each host. For a full breakdown of Airbnb’s cancellation policies, read here.

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12 docked houseboats you can book on Airbnb, from a charming Wisconsin sailboat to the original ‘Caddyshack’ yacht

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  • You don’t necessarily need any sailing skills to enjoy a night on the water.
  • Houseboats across the US can be rented on Airbnb and make for a truly unique stay.
  • We found Airbnb boats across the country ranging from $100 to $500 per night.

There’s nothing quite like an escape on the water – and we’re not talking about a lakeside cabin here. Sleeping on the water, courtesy of an Airbnb houseboat rental, can be a rejuvenating retreat. They also happen to make for pretty ideal socially distanced escapes, since they essentially function as your own private, moveable island in the middle of the water.

Not to mention that sleeping on a yacht or sailboat makes for a unique and bucket list-worthy stay. You can find houseboats on Airbnb across the US, from the lakes of Wisconsin to California’s bays. Best of all, no sailing skills are necessary to enjoy these escapes since they’re all docked.

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Here are some of the best boat Airbnbs in the US, sorted by price from low to high.

Charming sailboat in Racine, Wisconsin

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Located on the expansive Lake Michigan, this Airbnb boat rental might remind you of an ocean vacation even if you’re staying relatively close to home. While the quarters are a little tight inside (you’ll be sleeping across from the kitchen sink), the space still feels plenty bright and airy. 

There’s a cute blue Smeg fridge in the kitchen/bedroom/living space, which also features a cozy (and smart) dining nook that makes the most out of the small space. The deck is beautiful on a sunny day, with plenty of seating and a handy charcuterie board set-up to take advantage of during sundowner cocktails (or as a breakfast board for morning coffee). There’s plenty to do whether you’re relaxing onboard playing cards or heading onshore to the marina for the hot tubs, heated pool, or restaurant.

Be aware there aren’t showers on board, though there is a toilet. However, the showers at the marina right nearby are easily accessible and super-clean. While the boat does sleep three, the stay is most ideal for couples.  

Fully equipped 52′ houseboat in Kemah, Texas

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This Superhost stay takes place on a 52-foot remodeled houseboat that stays docked in a marina. Far from a party cove, the marina is incredibly peaceful: It’s located in a natural bird sanctuary so you can hear the calls of the birds from the boat’s three main decks.

The boat’s interiors are equally relaxing, featuring a marble shower, two flatscreen TVs, and a spot for evening cocktails on a deck equipped with a patio table, chairs, and shade awnings. 

There’s a private man-made “island” shared between your rental and seven others owned by the same area that acts as a barbecue and recreation spot. It includes a gas barbecue and shrimp boiler, a pergola with a ceiling fan to hang out in, and canoes and kayaks you can take out for a paddle.

Unique concrete houseboat in Sanford, Florida

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Concrete, but make it float. It might sound surprising, but this perfectly seaworthy boat was made from concrete in Sweden in 1973, and it did two full laps around the globe before becoming the super-cool floating getaway it is now.

Decorated in slate grays, charcoals, sand, and turquoise as a calming and modern take on beachside hues, the interior of the boat proves you can really make the most out of small spaces. The boat includes cozy seating nooks, a narrow but long kitchen, a separate bedroom with a Queen-sized bed, and even a chic tiled shower in the compact bathroom. 

The surrounding marina offers a lot to do without having to go too far. Additional showers, restrooms, laundry, a diner, and a restaurant and bar with a pool are all at your fingertips. Downtown Sanford is also close by for jaunts into town.

Modern and elegant houseboat in Stuart, Florida

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You’d be forgiven upon stepping aboard for thinking you’d walked into a cheerfully nautical apartment given the spacious and elegant accommodations. A turquoise sofa and twin armchairs are adorned with fish-print pillows, the subway-bricked kitchen offers plenty of room for late brunch prep, the sunny bathroom includes a shower, and the bedroom includes a Full-sized bed and sliding glass doors right to a deck with lounge chairs. 

The houseboat is located on a pleasant marina that’s a five-minute walk from downtown boutiques, restaurants, and all-important coffee shops. If you want to take off for some day-trip adventuring, you can hop on the provided bikes and explore the excellent beaches just six miles away. 

Historic charming boat in Gig Harbor, Washington

Historic Charming Boat in Downtown Harbor

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If you’re looking for a vintage stay, this restored historic Airbnb is less than an hour from Seattle and offers, well, a boatload of charm. The kitchen is adorned with brass lanterns and a comfortable dining nook with a seafoam green bench and lace trim. It also has two bathrooms onboard, a rarity for boat Airbnbs, including one with brass portholes and one that’s tucked away under a folding ceiling panel.

Bedrooms are small but cozy, with white linens and portholes to keep the vibe breezy and light. The host also includes two kayaks for guests to paddle around in, and there’s a barbecue on the dock to use. 

Desert houseboat with pool in Joshua Tree, California

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No, this boat isn’t on the water. Even more unusually, it’s moored in the Joshua Tree Land Yacht Club, located on dry land in the desert expanse of Joshua Tree, California. Whether actually staying on the water isn’t appealing to you or you want a unique stay but get seasick easily, consider this special desert stay.

You’ll sleep on a colorful queen bed in the bow of the boat (there are blackout blinds to fend off the bright light of the desert), and there are two chairs on the deck for enjoying a morning cup of coffee or sunset cocktails. Right outside the boat is a stargazing deck for spotting constellations and meteor showers, plus a stock tank pool for cooling off.

Though the boat is all yours for the duration of your desert voyage, an outdoor “surfboard shower,” nautical outhouse, a firepit, and kitchenette and grill are shared amenities with artists who live on-site.

Marina resort boat in Key West, Florida

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If you’re heading to the gorgeous beaches of Key West, this boat rental is a great way to experience the water and wildlife up close. Lucky guests may even spot manatees and dolphins from the deck.

If you can peel yourself away from the sunset, the interior of the boat has been restored to classic elegance and features teak furnishings, polished brass accents, and nautical blue hues. Two beds include a Queen-sized V-berth bed in the main stateroom and a half-berth bed off the main cabin.

Operated by an Airbnb Superhost, this hand-built (yes, hand-built) sailboat is docked in a five-star resort marina, and guests on the boat have access to the amenities at the Perry Hotel on shore, too. If you want to take a jaunt into town, a free shuttle takes guests from the marina to downtown Key West. 

While there’s a toilet and sink on board, showers are onshore at the marina. Similarly, there’s an in-counter fridge and Keurig, but no microwave or stove.

Soothing houseboat hotel in Douglas, Michigan

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This 43-foot houseboat, or “floating hotel,” as the host describes her, has everything guests need for a relaxing weekend escape. The good size bedroom offers a comfortable Queen-size bed so you won’t have to cram into any nooks on this boat. The interior is sleek and modern, with updated black cabinetry in the fully stocked kitchen and a pullout sofa.

Outside, guests have full access to marine and wharf facilities, which include grills, showers, a pool, additional bathrooms, a gazebo, and laundry. 

The original ‘Caddyshack’ yacht in Stevensville, Maryland

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Cinephiles will appreciate the chance to stay on the actual yacht from the 1980 Bill Murray comedy “Caddyshack.” The well-maintained boat is outfitted to host a dedicated crew of fans, thanks to three bedrooms and three full bathrooms spread across the boat’s 60-foot length.

The boat offers bench seating that wraps around the deck if you’re with a group of friends or family, and the kitchen is large enough for entertaining a crowd. Of course, there’s also a nod to its cinematic history on board: You’ll be able to hear the iconic horn Rodney Dangerfield played in the movie, and there are autographed photos of Dangerfield and stills from the film.  

While the boat is rented with the understanding it’ll stay put in its berth, guests can also talk to the Superhost about chartering a cruise on the Chesapeake Bay. Fishing trips can be booked in the marina as well. 

Spacious 84′ yacht in South Pasadena, Florida

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If you’re looking for a boat to hold a large family, this four-bedroom yacht makes for a spacious, elegant getaway for a vacation offshore. The interior is bright and airy, with a white-paneled ceiling, sprawling entertainment spaces, and a massive kitchen featuring up-to-date finishes and electronics make cooking for a group easy. With this kind of setup and design, it might look like a boat, but it doesn’t feel like a boat.

The staterooms and living areas are mostly white with splashes of turquoise, gold, and orange, and objets d’art glass provided colorful pops. Bathrooms are relatively large and offer plenty of countertop and storage space. Outside, there’s plenty more room to spread out along the perimeter benches, at the patio tables, or from the cozy seating area at the back of the ship. 

While the boat will stay moored during your stay, you can also book private charters with the host to take in the beautiful waters around the coast. There’s plenty to do recreation-wise right from the boat, too, including complimentary kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and fishing poles to test your angling skills.

Cozy bay boat in San Diego, California

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Forget a hotel on your next trip to San Diego. This boat is located in the city’s famous bay, making it easily accessible for those who still want to enjoy the city. This circa-1978 racing boat is decked out with a quirky retro style. Think woven blankets, a cheerful marigold stove, and colorful tropical bed linens.

If you need to get a little bit of work done while you’re away, there’s free Wi-Fi available. Once you clock out, there’s a tandem kayak included, ready and waiting for a sunset paddle around the bay. 

Restored vintage yacht in Charleston, South Carolina

Restored Vintage Hatteras Yacht

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This Charleston Airbnb stay takes place on a Hatteras motor yacht restored with a heaping helping of Southern charm. While the marina is pretty peaceful, the location is also ideal for exploring downtown Charleston.

The boat features all-teak interiors and white sofas create relaxing surroundings for enjoying a book or glass of wine. Simple but inviting bedrooms are cozy and can easily sleep a family. The main bedroom has a Full bed and an ensuite, and the second bedroom offers two single beds just right for kids.

FAQs

What should I consider when staying on a boat?

While boats have a lot of charm to offer, not all of them offer a ton of space, and sometimes bedrooms (whether staterooms or berths) can be downright claustrophobic for someone who needs some square footage to stretch out in. Be sure to ask the host questions about the size of the rooms if you have concerns.

Not all boats have super-small living quarters though. Houseboats, for example, will tend to offer more room to move around in than sailboats since they’re meant for day-to-day living. Yachts for larger groups can also offer more space. 

Be aware that not all boats have full kitchens or showers on board. Be sure to read up on the amenities and what’s onboard versus nearby.

How do I find an Airbnb that’s a boat? 

Type in your initial search criteria on the site’s landing page, including number of guests, destination, and dates (or as much of that as you know). Then, click “more filters,” and scroll down to “unique stays.” You’ll find a box to check that says “boats,” and that will bring up the only boats to your results pages.

What is the Airbnb Enhanced Clean program?

The Airbnb Enhanced Clean is a program for hosts that involves learning and getting certified in strict cleaning protocols. These cover everything from wearing personal protective equipment and what cleaning supplies to use to how to clean between guests. All hosts are now required to follow a stringent cleaning plan outlined by Airbnb as part of the program. 

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb?

The CDC has declared US travel safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

Vacation rentals are also considered safer than hotels by experts, especially completely contained stays like the boats we’ve outlined. However, it’s wise to continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and WHO, and to check state and local guidelines.

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Vacation rentals at popular US beaches are already nearing capacity for summer, but these less-crowded destinations offer the same feel and better price tags

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  • As vaccination rates rise, there’s been an accompanying surge in summer vacation planning.
  • Summer beach rentals are nearing all-time highs, with popular destinations already over 80% booked.
  • These great alternative destinations still have affordable rentals available for summer.

With more than 40% of US adults at least half-vaccinated, and a whopping 82% of adults over 65 with at least one dose of the vaccine, millions of Americans are ready to resume summer travel in 2021 after what was likely a summer spent mostly at home in 2020.

If you’ve tried to book a summer vacation rental for 2021, what we’re about to say will not surprise you: With so many people wanting to get away, options for the summer are filling up quickly. According to new Vrbo data, some of the most popular summer destinations in the US are already showing less than 20% available properties in July, with rental numbers as high as 90% at well-known destinations such as the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod. Plus, with so much demand, prices for the most popular beach locales are soaring.

Although you might not be able to find a rental in the most popular spots at the height of the season, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of other cheap beach trips to consider for a summer getaway, you just need to know where to look. Vrbo compiled a list of alternative, underrated destinations that offer similar settings and attractions to the big name getaways, but often at a fraction of the cost, and without the accompanying crowds.

Additionally, we found top vacation rentals for each alternative destination that still have plenty of availability for summer getaways.

Here are some of the best US beach vacations to beat the crowds this summer, according to Vrbo.

Instead of Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale try Sanibel, Florida

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Switch from the densely packed east coast beaches of Florida, to the quiet western side. The bustling beaches of Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale are hard to even find parking near, let alone rent a vacation house at. Instead, try the blissful beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. 

Sanibel is known as the seashell capital of the western hemisphere, and you could spend hours looking at the treasure that wash ashore here, or check in with the experts at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, the nation’s only dedicated shell museum. More than half of Sanibel is reserved for wildlife, and you can also immerse in nature at a 6,400 acre wildlife refuge or take advantage of peddling through 25 miles of bike trails.

Instead of Hilton Head try Tybee Island, Georgia

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South Carolina’s bustling Hilton Head Island is known for its historic light house, spacious golden sand beaches, and gentle surf, drawing crowds of visitors in the warm weather months. 

For just as much sun, and sand, but without the crowds or high prices, head an hour south to Tybee Island, an under-the-radar, barrier island on Georgia’s gorgeous coastline. Just 20 minutes from Savannah, quaint Tybee Island boasts 5 miles of beautiful beaches as well as the state’s tallest and oldest lighthouse (ca. 1736). Climb to the top for spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. Take a guided kayak tour of the salt marshes, lounge on the beach, watch for dolphins as they frolic in the waves, go bird watching at North Beach as seabirds and shorebirds migrate from the Arctic, and then enjoy a seafood dinner at a cozy waterside restaurant. 

Instead of Myrtle Beach try Cocoa Beach, Florida

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North Carolina’s southernmost county, Brunswick is home to frolicking Myrtle Beach, one of the most popular beach towns in the region for its soft sand beaches, not to mention its lively bar and restaurant scene. The area draws both a young crowd downtown and families to the quieter areas to the north and south of the town, filling most of the rental inventory. 

To get away from the party, but still get to enjoy fabulous coastal southern beaches, head straight south to Florida and under-the-radar Cocoa Beach, tucked away on a secluded barrier island. Here you’ll have soft white sand, plenty of room to stretch out, and if you’re lucky, you may even be able to spot a spaceship launch from Cape Canaveral, located due north. For nightlife, Daytona is an hour north, but it will feel like a world away from your quiet beach retreat.

Instead of the Gulf Coast of Florida try Jackson County, Mississippi

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The Gulf Coast of Florida draws crowds for its emerald waters and white sand beaches, but it also draws carloads of families for its friendly atmosphere and easy biking — which unfortunately means houses rent up quickly, especially in popular areas like Panama City Beach or Clearwater. 

However, follow the coast to the west, past Alabama shores until you hit Mississippi. Here you’ll find the same warm Gulf of Mexico surf in Jackson County, without the densely packed beaches, or the high prices. 

Instead of the Outer Banks try Duval County, Florida

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There may be hundreds of miles of beaches on the rugged coastline of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but the area draws such high numbers of visitors every summer that houses are snatched up long before the summer season kicks into gear, meaning it’s hard to find a beach rental.

Head south to Jacksonville, called Florida’s “First Coast” since you can easily roll into the destination when you first arrive in the state, instead to find wide-open stretches of sand, amazing bird and wildlife, and affordable house rentals. Extra bonus for surfers: Some of the best waves in the country are here, too. 

Instead of Cape Cod try York County, Maine

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For many Northeast vacationers, Cape Cod is synonymous with summer in New England, sporting laid back beaches, quiet streets for biking, clamming in the sand, and Kennedy-family sightings. It’s so popular though, especially with New Yorkers, that it’s hard to find someplace to stay. 

If you want a similar vibe, but with less people and more opportunities for home rentals, head about 3 hours north to York County, Maine. Although it may not sound familiar at first, York County is where Kennebunkport is located, another quintessentially quaint New England getaway, and where the Bush family famously had a vacation compound. You’ll be able to lay on serene beaches at whimsical named spots such as Goose Rocks, Kennebunk, and Gooch’s; ride your bike around the quaint town of Kennebunk; and eat lobster rolls to your heart’s content at shacks right on the water. 

Instead of Cape May try Norfolk, Virginia

Marina and Harbor at Norfolk, Virginia Dusk

Cape May is known for offering up history along with beach views. But its colorful Victorian homes, wide range of attractions, including a small zoo, and easy access to the surf and sand make it perennially popular with families, making it hard to find a summer rental. 

For another history-infused beach option this summer, head five hours south to Virginia Beach and nearby Norfolk. 

Norfolk is an alternative for vacationers looking for a coastal vacation with one foot in the past, and another on the beach, but without the crowds. Visit Nauticus, a maritime science museum, to explore the USS Wisconsin, the world’s largest battleship. For a non-beach outdoor experience, bring the kids to the Virginia Zoo. And get a view of the waterfront location by sailing on the Spirit of Norfolk before heading to the nearby beach.

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The 16 best Airbnbs in Pennsylvania, from a renovated textile mill in Philadelphia to an A-frame cabin in the Poconos

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  • Pennsylvania is within easy driving distance of a large section of the East Coast and the Midwest.
  • From cities like Philadelphia to outdoorsy areas like the Poconos, there’s something for everyone.
  • We found the best Airbnbs in Pennsylvania in popular areas across the state at a range of prices.

Though vaccination rates continue to go up, travelers are still gravitating towards drivable destinations and avoiding packed flights. Pennsylvania is a Mid-Atlantic state within driving distance of a large swath of the East Coast and the Midwest, so its appeal is clear.

Home to big cities, majestic mountains, and a Great Lake, this diverse state appeals to a wide range of traveler interests. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both signed in Philadelphia, one of the country’s most historic cities. Though its visually dynamic, cutting-edge mural art scene assures visitors that it’s anything but stuck in the past. On the opposite spectrum, the green hills of the Poconos are a year-round playground offering a peaceful respite from urban living. Meanwhile, Lancaster is famous for its large Amish and Mennonite population, but it’s also home to an incredibly rich and varied ethnic food scene.

As a native New Yorker, I’ve been lucky enough to have explored this state since childhood, and I continue to do so whenever possible. From history to nature, I’ve never been disappointed. If a trip to the Keystone State sounds appealing, the Airbnb options are as varied as the state’s offerings.

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Here are the best Airbnbs in Pennsylvania, sorted by area and then by price from low to high.

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Sunny apartment next to a park

The Sunroom Loft Private Unit Next to Park

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West Philly is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood. Trees, parks, and private houses with front porches ooze leafy charm. It’s an easy walk to University City, home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel, and just a quick trolley ride to Center City.  

Dappled in sunlight, this south-facing apartment is in an eight-unit building. Notable features include funky brick walls, original exposed beams, and white oak floors. The loft-style living room/kitchen presents an imaginative table carved from a single piece of wood, its rich grain clarified by the light hitting it from the two tall windows. Contemporary furniture in solid colors, such as a charcoal-colored couch and mandarin-hued side chairs, are offset by a bold striped area rug. The kitchen’s granite countertops, new appliances, and utensils provide everything you need to prepare meals. 

Be aware that the bathroom sink is unusually located just outside of the pocket door that opens to the toilet and shower. Similarly, the shower has a playful indoor window that looks into the bedroom, so make sure you’re comfortable with any travel companions.

Trendy rowhouse

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East Kensington is an up-and-coming stretch sandwiched between Kensington and Fishtown. It’s a quick ride on the elevated Market-Frankford line SEPTA train to the center of Philly. With so many galleries, expect an artsy vibe. Coffee drinkers, there are enough espresso bars to keep you well caffeinated. 

This design-forward house looks deceiving ordinary on the outside, but inside, the ambiance is modern with fashionable touches of antiques, including an 18th-century bookshelf and a 17th-century pine dresser. This layering of old-world with new fits in just right with the overall neighborhood vibe. 

The living room’s original brick wall is accented with light wood panels and a freeform wooden coffee table sits in front of a handsome, heathery gray tufted sofa, accented with colorful geometric pillows and original local artwork. The welcoming kitchen boasts concrete countertops, a skylight for a boost of brightness, comfortable wooden stools, and useful handmade pottery. A plus for light sleepers, the minimalist bedroom faces a peaceful backyard.

Loft in a renovated textile mill

Beautiful loft space in renovated textile mill.

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Manayunk is known as one of Philly’s most happening neighborhoods, with breweries, hip dining spots, and owner-operated boutiques. It’s a good choice if you want to get a feel for living like a local that’s a speedy bus or train ride to the city center.

Situated on a quiet street, this 1,400 square-foot converted textile mill is a striking example of industrial design. Much of the original infrastructure, such as crude brickwork, quirky columns, and large beams, have been retained, creating a historic backdrop for updated amenities. 

This third-floor walkup boasts 15-foot ceilings and oversized windows that stream in natural light, illuminating the open floor plan. The furnishings are modern and subdued, with a pale blue sofa adding a soft blush of color in the living area. The separate bedroom includes a King-size bed with a metal headboard adding character, plus an additional Queen bed on the other side of the loft. A fully-equipped kitchen with new appliances ties it all together nicely. 

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A converted gas station

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This converted gas station is a must for architecture buffs. Located in a vibrant neighborhood handy to bars, restaurants, and art galleries, it enjoys a fenced-in patio with an outdoor fireplace and a loft garden, presenting a wealth of private outdoor space in an urban zone. There’s also a dedicated parking space, a rarity so close to downtown. 

Staying in a re-purposed building is an experiential way to contemplate Pittsburgh’s industrial legacy. The design maintains the foundational integrity while embracing a modern aesthetic. High ceilings with exposed beams give it an airy feel. Furnishings such as a swivel chair upholstered in an abstract paisley print, a contemporary starburst chandelier, and new stainless-steel kitchen appliances have been chosen with an eye towards functional beauty. 

Climb the metal ladder to the sleeping loft with its snug double bed, but don’t forget to pack slippers, as the metal can feel cold on bare feet. The floors are concrete and the commercial glass doors have been left intact in a preservationist nod to the building’s past. If the weather is fine, open the glass doors and let the breeze in.

A stationary houseboat on the Alleghany River

Stationary Houseboat on the Allegheny  Oolikhanna

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For a unique stay, try this vintage 1972 Nautline houseboat moored in the Alleghany River just 10 miles from Pittsburgh. Spend the morning exploring aquatic options as you paddle the complimentary rental kayak or canoe to pristine Plum Island before you head into the city for an afternoon of sightseeing. 

While compact, the houseboat is efficiently laid out. Simple yet stylish, rattan chairs and an open-weave throw blanket in soft grey are part of a mostly neutral color scheme, though colorful accessories such as a lemon-yellow bedspread and floral-patterned drapes add punch. The small kitchen is well-equipped, with side-by-side sinks and ample counter space. Watch the sunset from the open-air deck while you sit on the padded outdoor loveseat with footstool. 

Although it’s moored, the boat may sway when there’s wake from passing boats, something to keep in mind if you suffer from motion sickness. 

Plant-filled house with a roof deck

best pennsylvania airbnbs Lville Oasis Roof Deck 20' ceiling City View Sauna

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Lawrenceville is one of Pittsburgh’s trendiest neighborhoods, anchored by Butler Street’s smart shopping and dining. It’s easy to explore on foot or hop on the local bike share and it’s right near the hip Strip District and Highland Park.

If you crave space, this contemporary, zero-energy, vertically-oriented house offers over 3,000 square feet spread across four levels, each with a bathroom, connected by an ambitious floating staircase made of reclaimed wood. The heart of the house is the third-floor living-dining space, where the open floor plan, soaring 20-foot ceilings, skylight, and wall of double-height windows makes it feel even bigger. With so many lush plants hanging from the wood beams, you may think you’re inside a greenhouse. 

The top level’s Master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with dual showerheads and up-to-date bath fixtures, plus two terraces surrounded by vegetation. Modern paintings, spare white rugs, and crisp bed linens add minimalist finesse. A Chef’s kitchen, dining space with a picnic-style table, plus a covered outdoor deck with custom rails and teakwood floors, are ready for guests to enjoy.

All this space, plus a gym and a sauna, make it a good choice for a group.

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Centrally-located townhouse

A Sunny & Stylish 4BR near Presque Isle

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This two-story home enjoys an advantageous position a short drive from Presque Isle State Park with its wealth of recreational opportunities. 

Decorated with low-key comfort in mind, this spotless townhouse offers great space for a family or group. Present-day comforts, like a memory foam mattress with cooling gel and ample charging stations for your electronics, co-exist alongside a vintage radio and a throwback collection of jigsaw puzzles and board games. 

The living room’s furniture is sensible, with two blue couches, a mustard-yellow armchair chair, useful side tables, and a circular coffee table. A collection of decorative textiles in primary colors, large potted plants, and a woven rattan ottoman add simple appeal.

The bathroom’s brick-size white tiles add zing to the simple shower-tub combo, where you’ll find an array of organic shampoos and body wash. White cabinets and black-and-white checkerboard tiles in the kitchen look fresh next to the stainless-steel appliances.

Updated brick home in a quiet neighborhood

Cozy Modern Home 2 Miles from Downtown Erie

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This home is in a quiet residential zone only two miles from downtown, with easy access to local attractions. 

The recently updated interior features simple tones, like a couch and cozy chairs in shades of light khaki, beige, and brown, with wood floors, an area rug, decorative plants, and lap blankets pulling it together harmoniously. 

The kitchen is up-to-date with modern appliances, wood cabinets, and a handy breakfast nook. The Master bedroom’s 21st century-take on a four-poster bed is pleasingly sleek, accented with a blue and white comforter, industrial-style reading lamps, and walls painted a shade of pale green. 

With a second bedroom, a sprawling lawn, and a two-car garage, it’s sizeable enough for a small family. Fast Wi-Fi, a flat-screen Smart TV, and a full-size washer-dryer are nice perks for anyone considering longer stays.

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Historic apartment in the city center

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For visitors who want to experience Lancaster’s urban flavor, this downtown apartment sits above a retail clothing boutique two blocks from the bustling Central Market and three blocks from the convention center. It’s just steps from restaurants, bars, and art galleries, making it ideal for car-free explorations. 

The apartment is in a 148-year-old building that was once a Victorian merchant’s home. The owners have meticulously renovated the space with attention to preserving veteran details. Original pumpkin pine floors, doors made of solid American chestnut, antique doorknobs, and Art Deco light fixtures recall a bygone era. But poured concrete countertops, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi ensure plenty of modern touches. 

The living room’s south-facing bay windows bathe the midcentury furnishings in natural light and keep the and scores of houseplants vibrant. A few Victorian-era pieces, like a coat stand and a side chair with a delicately carved inlay, are thoughtfully integrated. The theme continues into the bathroom, where you’ll find subway tiles, a 1950s porcelain sink and tub, and the antiquated remains of what was once a viable hot water radiator system. The Watercolors painted by Pennsylvania-based artists throughout the home add a nice local touch. 

Repurposed barn with a pool

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This repurposed barn in a suburban Lancaster neighborhood retains rustic allure combined with recreational amenities like a hot tub and a seasonal heated outdoor lap pool shared with another rental unit onsite. 

The upstairs living space has vaulted ceilings, workhorse brown leather couches, braided wool rugs, and both a pool and ping-pong table for family-friendly fun. The color palette is muted, with the exception of the bright red pool table top and beanbag chair that looks stolen from the set of “That 70s Show.”

A charming Dutch barn door leads to the bedroom and the bathroom features an oversized shower accented with white and forest green tiles, with a door that conveniently leads to the four-person hot tub right outside. Creature comforts include zoned heat, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth stereo system, and air conditioning.

Adorable cottage on a farm

European inspired luxury cottage retreat

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Enjoy agrarian rhythms only three miles from the town of Lancaster on this 20-acre family farm. Guests are invited to visit with the Angus cows, goats, baby doll sheep, and rabbits. Or, relax by the creek before wandering the winding footpaths that crisscross the farmstead. 

Tucked away in a wooded corner, this rustic cottage has whitewashed wood ceilings, light wood floors, and touches of wicker bric-a-brac. The front door opens into the living-kitchen space, where an electric fireplace warms things up. The beige sofa is strewn with navy and white throw pillows and knit blankets for extra coziness. The eat-in kitchen has a country-chic look, with a retro enamel sink and a butcher block table, while a pearl-encrusted chandelier hanging over the circular dining table adds dazzle. 

An ornately carved headboard, rich tapestry rug, and a marble-topped night table add elegance to the bedrooms. To top it all off, French doors off the kitchen open to a large back deck with Adirondack chairs, a firepit, a gas grill, and an outdoor dining table.

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Cute creekside cottage

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This snug, Cape Cod-style home is nestled between two farms and across from a creek, offering a pastoral atmosphere just minutes from the battlefields. Watch the sheep graze and listen to the birdsong as you relax in the shady hammock or on the patio.

The living room is small but welcoming with an over-stuffed cream couch, matching loveseat, and throw blankets to snuggle under while you watch the Roku television. Liberal splashes of green and blue hues, including the kitchen cabinets, tiles, coffee table, and decorative accessories, are a colorful yet soothing touch.  

The renovated galley kitchen is a cheerful place to prepare meals to eat on the old-fashioned oval wood dining table with white trim and matching chairs. The Master bedroom, with a Queen-bed and walk-in closet, has low ceilings, so tall people will need to watch their heads. 

As an added bonus for anyone traveling with young kids, there’s a cute play nook adorned with hanging lantern lights and filled with toys, games, and puzzles.

A dignified home walking distance from the battlefields

The Barclay House

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Step back in time in this handsomely restored Queen Anne Revival-style charmer, with a circular turret and a deep front porch complete with rocking chairs. The location can’t be beat, along the parade route that Lincoln himself took in 1863 when he delivered his famed Gettysburg Address. It’s right near the battlefields, shops, and restaurants, and with four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, there’s room for a large family without feeling cramped. 

The stately parlor features a sofa, loveseat, and armchair upholstered in a matching floral print. A fireplace, chandelier, and a gilded mirror add to the courtly look and the original staircase and inlaid woodwork are in pristine condition. There’s a separate dining room with a dark wood table and eight chairs, making it just right for big family meals. The kitchen has an additional dining table, or you can always opt to eat and hang out around the picnic table in the private back garden. 

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An octagonal house in a gated community

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This octagonal-shaped, customized Topsider Home’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the woods. It’s in an upscale private community with a lake for catch-and-release fishing, swimming, and boating, plus swimming pools and tennis courts. The property is also equipped with mountain bikes for guests to use. 

The interior of this unique home is as daring as the geometric shape and dashing red exterior. Its centerpiece is a beautiful spiral staircase with ribbon-striped steps in whimsical candy colors. Meanwhile, the living area’s Popsicle-orange swivel chairs and globe-shaped lamp in flame red are futuristic enough for a spaceship. There’s a telescope to allow for a good look at all the birds and wildlife. The three bedrooms, all with Queen-size beds, have exposed beams and accents of brightly-colored textiles. 

The expansive wrap-around deck takes indoor-outdoor living up a notch with a hammock, picnic table, cafe table for two, and a gas grill.

Off-the-grid treehouse

Magical Treehouse

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Sleep in a lofty abode nestled between towering maple trees when you book this magical treehouse. At 30 feet above the forest floor, you’ll be in an elevated position to enjoy the splendorous sight of the mountains in this Western portion of the Poconos. 

It’s off-the-grid but there are plenty of simple frills including a wood-burning stove, a lithium battery generator to charge electronic devices, a composting toilet, and a hot-water shower. Leather recliners, floors made of reclaimed wood from a 159-year-old farmhouse, a Queen-size bed with a cozy quilt, and an old-fashioned rocking chair add country charm. The kitchenette is compact yet fully stocked, or you can cook outdoors on the grill. A wrap-around deck with ample seating offers a bird’s-eye view of the mountains, or relax in the twin hammocks and survey your two private acres. 

A-frame tiny house with a hot tub

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If you’re looking for a luxurious mountain escape, this aesthetically pleasing home is the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle of urban life. There’s a large pair of antlers adorning the house’s exterior and a brass antler coat hanger, helping to explain why the owner’s call it the “Antler A-frame.” The interior is modern with a smattering of industrial design elements that epitomize simple elegance. The living room’s architecturally interesting wood-and-woven armchair is draped with a shearling lap blanket the color of fresh cream while the modular sectional sofa in charcoal is warmed-up with pretty pillows and soft throws. An abstract animal-skin area rug and a ceramic vase atop the 2-tiered glass-and-wood coffee table look just right. 

The small but fully stocked kitchen features modern appliances and a coffee bar. There’s one main bedroom on the ground level, along with a second cozy lofted sleeping nook. Ample windows let in light and help give the entire space an uncluttered feel. Tech-savvy nods include a Sonos sound system and a projector with Apple TV. 

Outside, stargaze or sunbathe as you soak in the hot tub, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand.

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FAQ

What’s the best time to visit Pennsylvania?

Big cities like Pittsburgh and Philly are year-round destinations, with museums, dining, and a robust schedule of cultural events to keep visitors busy during inclement weather. 

The Poconos draws a crowd in winter for skiing, in summer for swimming in fresh-water lakes, and in autumn for leaf-peeping; spring is mud-season when prices are lowest and crowds thinnest. 

Gettysburg’s historic battlefields are often snow-covered in winter; milder weather is conducive for walking the battlefields, though tourists do come all year. 

Lancaster is always busy, though summer school holidays are particularly popular with families. 

Erie, on the south shore of its namesake lake, can be frigid in winter, with lake effect snows and a fierce wind whipping off the lake. Summer is prime time to swim, surf, and kayak in Lake Erie.

How much does an Airbnb typically cost in Pennsylvania?

There are budget-friendly accommodations throughout the state, including a West Philly apartment from $86 per night and a spacious three-bedroom townhouse in Erie from $132 per night. On the higher end, an upscale tiny house with a hot tub in the Poconos starts at $311 per night and a huge four-story home in Pittsburgh starts at $496 per night. 

Spring, known as mud season, is the time of year when you can probably score the best deal in more rural areas including the Poconos and Erie. Winter weather predominates much of the state from December-March, with lower prices except in areas that attract skiers.

What should I look for in an Airbnb?

We’ve selected properties with favorable recent guest reviews that participate in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. Many are hosted by highly-rated Superhosts. Additionally, we’ve included homes with interesting or quirky design elements to add visual panache. Sought-after vacation amenities such as private decks and hot tubs are included in our list as well. 

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy? 

The cancellation policy is set by the individual host, thus differing from home to home. Check the cancellation policy before booking. 

How do I book a Pennsylvania home on Airbnb?

Search for homes based on location, your preferred dates, desired number of bedrooms or bathrooms, amenities, and more. For more information on how to book an Airbnb, click here

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb right now?

The vaccine rollout is underway, and the CDC has declared US travel safe for fully vaccinated indivduals.

Experts also consider renting an Airbnb to be one of the safer options, as you’ll be staying in a private accommodation without the potential risks associated with crowded hotel lobbies, elevators, and public dining spaces. Nevertheless, we recommend following CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations’ safety guideline.

What is there to do in Pennsylvania?

With a wealth of historic attractions, from Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell to the Gettysburg battlefields, the state is a must-see for anyone who wants to dive into our nation’s past. Few cities can boast the historic attractions that Philadelphia does, but it’s no one-trick pony. A diverse food scene draws culinary tourists while culture vultures flock here to explore its cultural offerings. 

Pittsburgh has shed its steel and coal roots in favor of a forward-thinking art scene, including a comprehensive museum that honor the legacy of hometown boy Andy Warhol.

If you crave bucolic countryside and verdant mountains, the Poconos enjoys an array of recreational opportunities and natural beauty in all seasons. 

Amish Country holds special appeal for families in and around Lancaster. The Pennsylvania Dutch have been farming this area for hundreds of years, adhering to a yesteryear lifestyle that eschews modern conveniences. Visitors may see them riding in their traditional horse-drawn buggies, the women wearing simple bonnets, the men sporting broad-brimmed hats. Lancaster is also home to the oldest ongoing market in the country, a treat for culinary travelers who’d like to sample regional dishes such as scrapple and shoo-fly pie. 

The bloody Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in the Civil War and visiting the battlefields at Gettysburg National Military Park allows a deep dive into this chapter of our nation’s history. Even young children should enjoy the many cannons and monuments while older children may want to join one of the many ghost tours that have become popular. 

Erie sits on the shores of the Lake Erie and is Pennsylvania’s primary access point to the Great Lakes. Presque Isle State Park is one of the state’s top vacation spots, with miles of sandy beaches and waves that are sometimes big enough to surf. 

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16 charming Airbnbs in Savannah that put you in or near the city’s historic district

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  • Savannah is a well-preserved historic city with great weather, pretty parks, and delicious food.
  • Experts and the CDC say private Airbnbs are safe because they promote social distancing.
  • We found top-rated Airbnbs in Savannah with central locations, great decor, and affordable prices.

If you’re looking to steep yourself in a slice of well-preserved history, you’ll want to visit Savannah, Georgia. The architecture and abundance of museums will quickly pull you back in time, while beautiful outdoor parks beg to be strolled, and warm temperatures stay mild throughout winter. Plus, the thriving local dining scene is fit for any foodie.

The best way to discover this charming city is to book a vacation rental like those found on Airbnb and make your home base behind one of Savannah’s quintessential historic facades.

We’ve both spent significant time in Savannah – Paul as a travel writer with a specialty in Savannah and the deep south, and Sarah as someone who’s regularly traveled to the city – and have put our love and knowledge of the city together to find some of the best places to stay.

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These are the best Airbnbs in Savannah, sorted by price from low to high:

Fort tiny house

The Fort Tiny House

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Just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah by car, the suburb of Wilmington Island is a different world, and this tiny house is a really fun way to experience this part of the city. 

The most noticeable feature of this unusual property is the craftsmanship on display. Reclaimed wood has been used masterfully to create a rustic, cabin-like home that is immediately cozy and photogenic. Three people can stay here comfortably, and a clawfoot bath adds to the allure.

A kitchenette has you covered for cooking, and relaxing or dining outside is easy on the huge deck. There’s even a tree swing if you’re feeling whimsical. 

Townhouse neighboring Forsyth Park

Savannah  Townhouse neighboring Forsyth Park

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Nothing says charming and historical like exposed brick walls and fireplaces (even if those fireplaces are non-working!) and this home offers plenty of both. You can enjoy fresh air without ever leaving the property thanks to both the screened porch and courtyard, which is decked out with a fire pit to help keep warm even on chilly evenings.

The interior is just as accommodating, with a modern kitchen and bathroom, the former of which includes high-end appliances and an inviting island. The home has one bedroom with a Queen bed, but there are inflatable mattresses available for hosting two more guests. 

This townhouse is only two blocks from Forsyth Park so you can easily enjoy the park’s views and sculptures before replenishing yourself at one of the nearby eateries. If you love to geek out on history and art, the Georgia Historical Society, Mansion on Forsyth Park’s galleries, and Savannah School of Art and Design are a short walk away.

Downtown condo with balcony

Downtown condo with balcony

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There’s an intelligent blending of styles in this top-floor condo that comes with its own balcony. Located just off historic Oglethorpe Square (one of the original six town squares), guests can look out over the streets and enjoy a typically seductive Savannah moment sipping mint juleps while the horse-drawn carriages amble by. 

The interior mixes midcentury modern furnishings with both traditional and contemporary looks, alongside a pastel color scheme. Beautiful pine floors and details such as stained glass transoms are complemented by locally sourced artworks.

Modern getaway in 1891 Victorian house

Modern Getaway in 1891 Victorian House

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This house, built in 1891, is the kind of Victorian that Savannah does best, but this top-floor apartment couldn’t be more modern. Bright white interiors will appeal to minimalists and daylight really floods into the rooms. 

Abstract modernist coffee tables and furnishings pit a sense of futurism against original features such as the brick fireplaces and polished wooden floors. It all comes together beautifully, and features such as the regal patterned tiling in the bathroom are welcome luxe touches. The greenery of Forsyth Park is just a block away and you can be in the heart of downtown in a 10-minute walk.  

Bright, sophisticated house

Bright, sophisticated house

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It’s almost impossible not to be cheered up by the interior of this playfully renovated house. The location is a plum one: two blocks from the serenity of the 18th-century Colonial Park Cemetery and a 10-minute walk from the city’s downtown attractions.

The daring color palette lights up the space with bright aqua and coral tones competing for attention. A coordinated blend of contemporary furnishings reins in any chromatic excess, though, with royal blues and dark wooden furniture calming the aesthetic nicely.

Pop art prints cut a youthful swathe through the living spaces and abstract chandeliers belie an artists’ eye for design. A tastefully tiled walk-in shower and casual outdoor patio round out the best features. 

18th-century cottage used in a Robert Redford film

Savannah  An 18th century cottage used in a Robert Redford film

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Walking into this antique-strewn cottage feels like going back in time, especially due to the all-wood interiors and the horse-drawn carriages passing outside its windows. The cottage offers one Queen bed in the bedroom and two twin daybeds in the living room. If you happen to love places with a spooky past, this home is said to be haunted by a ghost named Laura, which is why it is appropriately dubbed “Laura’s cottage.”  

But it’s not all scary. There’s Hollywood history as well. The cottage was used as a film site for the Robert Redford film “The Conspirator.” The history doesn’t end when you step outside the cottage’s walls either since it’s located in Savannah’s Historic District. The City Market is a short walk away, as is the Historic River Street if you’re interested in a ferry ride or a riverboat cruise.

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Colorful and historic carriage house

Colorful, Historic Carriage House

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There are so many great details about this carriage house that artistically-inclined folk will love. The bold color scheme in the living room of teal and orange really pops, and the carefully curated mix of retro and contemporary furnishings delivers a striking, but not overwhelming, design. 

Everything from large potted plants to colorful abstract art on the walls, and a spiral staircase curling down into the living room contributes to a fun sense of whimsy. The kitchen has muted orange, blue, and green tones that define 50s and 60s glamour. Guests can watch life on Jones Street pass by from the porch and the master bedroom boasts an immersive print of the city’s famous Spanish Moss.   

Chic one-bedroom loft

Savannah Neat and chic one bedroom loft

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Decorated in relaxing earth tones complimenting the exposed brick walls, this small loft boasts an exceptionally orderly layout. The efficient home is nicely set up for those looking to both work and play during their stay. There’s a quiet and secluded workspace in the corner of the loft, and a deep white couch flanked by two leather armchairs and a flat screen TV for when you’re ready to recharge.

The bedroom is simple, but relaxing with a Queen bed and dark wood accents. Pops of color can be found in the kitchen, like the humorous and quirky art piece of a gecko wearing glasses hanging above the small dining table.

Adding to this apartment’s practicality, its location is also ideal. The City Market is a quick walk away, and so are educational stops like the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and American Prohibition Museum. If you find yourself hungry, you can walk to Jazz’d Tapas Bar, Joe’s At The Jepson, or Lulu’s Chocolate Bar in a jiffy. This place is incredibly close to River Street, so you can easily enjoy views of the water or hop on a ferry ride.

Renovated historic downtown house

Perfectly Renovated Historic Downtown House

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This beautiful 1860s house is equidistant from Troupe and Whitefield Squares, and a short walk from the neo-Gothic splendor of St John the Baptist Basilica, with the heart of downtown just a few minutes’ walk beyond that. 

For somewhere so central there’s a wonderfully rustic ambiance to the interior. Preserved, exposed ceiling beams and old brick fireplaces conjure up a cottage-like atmosphere, while the minimalist chandeliers, wooden dining table and floors maintain a bucolic tinge.

The kitchen island is a perfect spot for a communal breakfast before a day’s sightseeing or you could take your morning coffee out onto the sunny balcony. At the day’s end, a clawfoot bathtub awaits. 

Spacious industrial retreat

Savannah  A spacious industrial retreat

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This home excels at mixing antique and modern design and embraces a fun juxtaposition of original brick with updated features.

The rustic-chic kitchen is a stunning gathering spot with exposed beams and industrial lighting (hello Edison bulbs!). The home has two bedrooms and sleeps up to four guests. Standout features include the old-fashioned clawfoot tub and a balcony off the master bedroom ideal for enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning.

If you’re looking for a fresh and nutritious meal after spending a day exploring, you can take a quick walk through nearby Troup Square and find yourself at Fox & Fig with its veggie-packed menu. Mate Factor, an absolute gem of a coffee shop, is only a few blocks away, as well. 

Carriage house with a hip interior

Savannah  Carriage house with a hip interior

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This midcentury modern home fuses ’50s and ’60s design with a bold ’70s-esque color palette. Think geometric accents and oversaturated earth tones creating an undeniably energetic atmosphere.

The home offers guests a patio with outdoor seating, a porch with a fun swing chair, and one bedroom with a King bed. The bathroom is particularly eye-catching with bright wallpaper, gold accents, and a Japanese soaking tub.

Besides pulling design inspiration from different time periods, this home is also based in Savannah’s Historic District and only a short distance from the City Market and the Victorian District. Essentially, it’s an ideal place to stay for a multi-decade experience. Nearby cultural highlights include the Sorrel Weed House and SCAD Museum of Art, while Alligator Soul and Savannah Coffee Roasters are great eateries a quick hop away.

Award-winning historic home

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Bright and airy, this home features a surplus of large, beautiful windows that flood the space in natural light. History buffs will also enjoy that this is a renovated historic home dates back to 1899. The hosts even won a preservation award for the meticulous renovation. 

However, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a thoroughly modern and comfortable stay. An elegant parlor and gourmet kitchen welcome guests on the first floor, while a floating staircase leads to three spacious bedrooms, including bunk beds in one room that add a sprinkle of whimsy to any family stay. The considerable porch space, spacious floor plan, and plethora of comfy seating mean this home is a great hangout spot.

Renovated historic home with a pool

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This home feels like a personal spa thanks to a calming color palette of blues and creams. The decor strikes a balance of creating a soothing space, while also including subtle pops of color and plenty of abstract arty. The petite pool in the backyard adds to the resort-like vibes.

The home originally dates back to 1828 but was completely updated. The kitchen features brand new appliances, a large marble island, and two dining areas. A (non-working) brick fireplace in the living area adds cozy charm. And in addition to the pool, the backyard has a grill and a large seating area with a spunky red cantilever umbrella.

The Davenport House Museum and the Book Lady Bookstore are a short walk away if you’re looking for a history lesson or a bookworm shopping experience, respectively. For food, Jazz’d Tapas Bar and Leopold’s are top-notch nearby stops.

Eclectic three-bedroom home

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With its bright yellow paneling, sea-blue door, pink flowers, and shaded by a canopy of Savannah oaks, this home’s exterior is like a blast of serotonin. Take a step inside, and you’ll find the interiors of this classic revival home are just as playful with an array of artwork and seating that’s eclectic and expertly styled.

First built in 1895, original details like 14-foot ceilings, heart pine floors, brass hardware, glass doorknobs, and pocket doors remain. Truly a quirky gem, this home has plenty of fun details, including a monkey-themed bathroom with monkey wallpaper and a monkey statue on the wall holding two lamps. 

It’s no surprise an entertaining home like this is meant to accommodate, so it offers space for up to 10 guests in three bedrooms. You and your traveling housemates will conveniently be just a short walk away from Forsyth Park.

Vibrant carriage house with a pool

Savannah  An upbeat carriage house with 2 bedrooms

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The abundance of vibrant blue hues, light wood flooring, and intricate accents charge this carriage house with subtle elegance. Design highlights include a winding metal staircase, marble showers, exposed ceiling beams, and a dining nook with a long wooden table and bright pillows.  

A true standout feature is a pool out back with an attached waterfall, which makes for a beautiful view from the home’s windows even when you’re not using it. Natural sunlight saturates the rooms through tall windows and skylights, helping make this home feel open and airy.

Both bedrooms are well-decorated with plants, chic lighting, and colorful accent pillows, so you can sleep well knowing you’re surrounded by the impeccable ambiance. 

Forsyth Park and the Savannah School of Art and Design are right nearby, and a delicious meal at Cotton & Rye is within walking distance. 

Deluxe Washington Square getaway

Deluxe Washington Square Getaway

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Although this property is at the upper end of our price scale, its 10-person capacity, location, and luxury approach to design mean that it still delivers great value. This is the kind of place that we imagine when we think of historic Savannah homes. 

The plush period furniture and paisley, brocade, and damask patterns complement gilt-framed mirrors and polished wooden floors. It’s an aesthetic that walks the line between period and timeless, and guests can live out their upper-class gentry fantasies while enjoying modern luxuries like fast Wi-Fi.

The property is a minute or two from the river by foot, and you can almost smell the live oaks of historic Washington Square from both of the lovely patios. 

FAQ: Savannah, GA

Where is Savannah?

This tourist-friendly city is around four hours southeast of Atlanta by car, close to the Atlantic coast. It’s not a seaside city, but it is close to Hilton Head and Tybee Island.

Two hours’ drive up the coast will land you in Charleston, South Carolina, and two hours’ south brings you to Jacksonville, Florida. 

Where should I stay in Savannah?

Where you stay in Savannah depends a lot on your budget and personal tastes. Savannah’s Historic Downtown is by far the most popular spot and staying here means you can likely walk to most of the sights you’ll want to see. It’s a mix of commercial and residential, with the city built around squares that are lined with historic homes.

Ardsley Park and Chatham Crescent/Midtown are cheaper options but further away from the action, though they are mostly tranquil residential neighborhoods.

Southside is even further out but does have commercial activity, restaurants, and shopping, such as the Savannah Mall.

There are also some lovely, tranquil islands on the edges of the city such as Wilmington Island that are serene, idyllic options. 

How much does a vacation rental in Savannah cost?

If you want to book a private vacation rental in Savannah, the cost will depend on factors such as house size, proximity to downtown, its historic status, plus the time of year, and the day of the week you plan to visit. The average rental cost is $226 according to market analysts AirDNA, but there are variations. 

For example, a simple studio apartment downtown might start at around $100 per night off season, but surge to over $400 per night for a busy weekend. A large, lavish townhouse could be closer to a thousand dollars or more per night at any time.

For better deals, as well as increased availability, visit in shoulder seasons like spring or fall when the weather is still quite pleasant and there are fewer crowds and less competition for properties. If you’re set on a summer trip to Savannah, plan to increase your budget or consider only staying midweek for lower rates.

Be sure to also budget extra fees for cleaning, service fees, and other additional costs imposed by vacation rentals such as Airbnb.

What is there to do in Savannah?

The city’s historic downtown has fascinating architecture and homes that have been converted into museums, such as the Davenport House.

Just walking around the beautiful squares is romantic, with their live oaks and Spanish moss. Join a walking tour: history, the culinary scene, and the cemeteries are all popular subjects.

There’s also a strong literary culture, the most famous book associated with the city being Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and carriage tours point out the most beloved spots. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a huge part of the city’s cultural landscape, and their Museum of Art is well worth a visit.

Although it has some similarities, Savannah is a different city to Charleston. It’s slightly more bohemian, and more in line with Key West or New Orleans.

Is it safe to travel and stay in an Airbnb?

The CDC says it is safe for fully vaccinated individuals to travel. Additionally, experts told Insider that private Airbnbs are safe, even more so than hotels, because private homes on Airbnb remove interactions with other guests and staff outside of your traveling party. Airbnb hosts are also required to follow enhanced cleaning protocols.

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13 cozy homes in Upstate New York on Airbnb for a relaxing weekend away

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  • As the pandemic continues, close-to-home getaways to outdoorsy locations remain a top travel option.
  • We found cozy Airbnbs in Upstate New York including top-rated cabins, cottages, and barns.
  • The best upstate New York Airbnbs are all within three hours of Manhattan and under $550 per night.

Upstate New York is a year-round destination. Spring and summer are breaths of fresh air with ample hiking, kayaking, and swimming; fall attracts visitors who come to savor the foliage and crisp climate, and winter is a magical wonderland for skiing and outdoor sports.

Staying in a remote cabin or cozy cottage only serves to add to that rustic hygge appeal and Upstate New York is filled with atmospheric homes tucked away in the woods. The wide-open spaces also make it easy to practice social distancing.

Most homes require a car, but if you’re a New Yorker like me who never puts their license to use, don’t let that come between you and a crackling fireplace. Car rental deals are available, and experts also say that renting a car right now is safe. For further guidance, here are the best car rental companies.

Browse all the best Airbnb homes in Upstate New York below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs in Upstate New York, sorted by price from low to high.

Slanted cabin in Hudson

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While the outside is certainly eye-catching, this woodsy tiny home is special on the inside, too. The design is minimal, with a wood stove and lofted sleeping area.

Set on 20 acres, the location is rife with hiking trails, Catskills views, and is about 15 minutes from lovely Hudson, NY, known for high-end antiques and innovative food and drink. But when you return to the cabin, expect to be entirely off the grid. There is no electricity or running water, and the bathroom is actually an outhouse.

Victorian townhome in Coxsackie

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Beautifully restored, this 1880s Queen Ann Victorian is a great option for those who’d prefer to be closer to town. It’s 20 minutes to Hudson – convenient for those arriving by train.

Bright and light, the minimalist palette features an Art Deco-era kitchen and hints of mint green. The superior look isn’t accidental; this listing is an Airbnb Plus verified home, which means the hosts are pros at taking extra care to provide a well-kept space. With two bedrooms, there’s plenty of space to relax, namely the porch rocker, fenced-in garden, or in the living and dining areas next to the piano and gas-burning stove.

Octagon house in Hunter

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Situated on Papillon Lake, this octagon-shaped house is located near skiing in the winter, swimming and kayaking in the summer, and is flanked by sure-to-impress fall foliage. The private deck with Adirondack chairs makes for an impressive perch overlooking the lake.

While the design feels like a traditional mountain lodge with wood, stone, and timber-infused decor, modern updates include a large Italian-style rain shower, colorful tribal print accents, a kitchen equipped with a French press coffee, plus a smart TV.

One-room schoolhouse in Forestburgh

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A one-room schoolhouse from 1837 was restored with painstaking care while paying homage to historic roots. Those chalkboards aren’t kitsch, they’re actually originals.

Other atmospheric elements were updated to feel modern and chic, such as mason jar light fixtures, a farmhouse kitchen, a lofted sleep area, and a subway-tiled shower. Restaurants, antiques, and hiking are all minutes away, but if you really need to recharge, the hosts can book in-home massages. 

Cabin in Preston-Potter Hollow

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This two-bedroom ranch home oozes rustic charm. The outside is incredibly scenic, made up of seven rolling green acres with a dock perched over a koi pond. There’s even a small golf area.

Inside, a wood-burning stove is surrounded by timber wood walls, mounted antlers, and alpine-inspired decor. There’s also a full kitchen, two spacious decks with a grill, and provided binoculars to watch for wildlife or take in leaf-peeping in fall.

Waterfall carriage house in Saugerties

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This dreamy listing dates back to 1903 and is directly overlooking Cantine Falls. Ideal for couples, the lofted upstairs sleeping area features a Queen-sized bed and fluffy down duvet — but be aware there is limited headroom due to the pitched roof.

Downstairs you’ll find a spa-like bathroom complete with a walk-in shower, a tall wooden dining table, a comfy gray couch, and a large TV. The lovely backyard features a deck with string lights, a gazebo, a grill, and a fire pit.

Streamside cabin in Phoenicia

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This chic cabin is a dreamy oasis set alongside a tranquil stream that can be heard from inside the home. It’s certainly alluring based on the scenery alone, which includes a riverfront deck,  outdoor fire pit with Adirondack chairs, a BBQ grill, and an indoor gas fireplace, but we love the clean, minimal interiors that look plucked from a magazine.

Highlights include a subway-tiled spa-like bathroom, a serene living room with a record player and leafy plants, a queen-sized bedroom, and a farmhouse-inspired full kitchen.

Converted container home in Saugerties, $232

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With a wood stove, fire pit, twinkle lights, a writing desk, and a kitchenette, this is the exact kind of place you’re likely envisioning to get away from it all. The record player and kerosene lanterns only add to the appeal.

Fashioned out of a converted 20-foot container, this mod cabin is set next to a 30-foot waterfall and on 20 acres of wilderness. There’s also a stone deck, grill, yoga platform, and hammock. The cabin is pet-friendly, and while accommodations seem largely deluxe, a few features tend toward rustic with a compost toilet, gravity-feed water, and large cooler rather than a fridge. Additionally, in the winter the wood stove is the only source of heat so be sure you are comfortable managing it. Hike the Catskills out the back door.

If availability is limited, there are three other shipping container homes spread far out across the property, so you can check to see if the other options have more options.

The ‘Cubhouse’ in Bearsville

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Adorably named the ‘Cubhouse,’ this mountain cottage near Woodstock dates back to 1909 and was originally owned by a medicine woman in the early 1900s.

Enchanting details include an arched wooden door, a stone fireplace, and one bedroom under a vaulted ceiling. Witness wildlife visitors come to drink from a small pond, fire up the outdoor propane grill, or cozy up by the wood-burning fireplace before sinking into the hanging egg chair to gaze at the mountains.

Grey chalet loft in Saugerties

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Part of Airbnb Plus, this chic loft is decorated in soothing whites that mix with the natural wood accents from the ladder to the sliding barn door for the bathroom. Small but cozy, the downstairs includes a comfy bed separated from the main room by airy white curtains, a dining table, a couch, and a full kitchen with a turquoise tile backsplash.

A large chandelier hanging above the dining table catches the sunlight that streams in via a skylight. Upstairs is an additional small hangout area under the pitched roof. 

Modern mountain home in Halcottsville

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Nestled into a private road surrounded by 10 lush acres is the so-called SPACECRAFTX 1, a single-wide trailer transformed into a stunning home lined with walls of glass sliders framed by forest trees and mountain views.

The decor is luxe, akin to a stylish boutique hotel, and an expansive deck is flanked by a Japanese rock garden, flower beds, and outdoor seating. With one queen bed and one double, the space is great for a couple or small family and is even pet-friendly.

Chalet in Windham

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For a mountain getaway, this Catskills retreat sleeps 10 under rustic beamed ceilings. Your host even provides firewood and kindling; all you need to do is BYOS: bring your own s’mores.

The decor is midcentury modern meets rugged ski lodge with plenty of stone, wood, and brick accents. The farmhouse kitchen, spacious dining area, and King-sized master (one of three bedrooms) make this home highly livable.

Located near Windham and Hunter mountains, this lodge is usually booked solid in busy winter ski months; visiting before the ski resorts open is a great way to snag an otherwise elusive booking.

Scandinavian barn in Germantown

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This airy and Scandinavian-inspired barn is a design lover’s dream stay thanks to its chic interiors that feature an all-white color palette. Impeccable details include soaring ceilings with wooden beams, floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the Catskill Mountains, and eclectic and vintage furnishings like a clawfoot soaking tub and a Victorian-style chaise. 

The home sits on 14 acres of open fields and walking paths right next to a pond, so enjoying nature is as easy as walking out the door. Within the hamlet of Germantown, its also just five minutes from Main Street where you can enjoy perusing boutiques or dining at James Beard-nominated Gaskins restaurant.

FAQ: Airbnb in Upstate New York

Where is Upstate New York?

While some people consider Upstate New York to be the entire region of New York state that is north of New York City, others only consider the areas north and west of the Catskills to be truly upstate.

How far is Upstate New York from Manhattan?

Upstate New York is anywhere from two to four hours from New York City by car, depending on where you’re going. While Amtrak and bus lines serve areas along the Hudson River, you’ll need a car to explore inland.

Where should I stay in Upstate New York?

In an Airbnb from this list! If you need further guidance, plan your Airbnb around what you want to do. 

If you plan to ski or snowboard, stay close to your intended mountain in towns like Windham or Phoenicia. Otherwise, there are many small, charming towns to discover located amid mountain and forest areas perfect for hiking and foliage. If you want to take a dip in a lake, look for towns that provide access to some of Upstate New York’s swimmable lakes.

And, the more remote you go, the cheaper the prices.

What are the best things to do in Upstate New York?

In winter, come to ski, snowshoe, snowboard, or just hole up in a cozy cabin.

In spring and summer, go hiking, discover waterfalls, swim in lakes, admire the fall foliage, peruse farmer’s markets, or hop between breweries.

Is Airbnb safe?

If you’re wondering if travel is safe, experts consider private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, as one of the safer places to stay, especially compared to hotels. This is because you are often booking an entire home protected from interaction with others, and Airbnb requires all hosts and guests to comply with enhanced cleaning policies.

Additionally, the CDC now says fully vaccinated individuals can safely travel within the US.

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The 19 best vacation rentals near national parks from Hawaii’s volcanoes to the Great Smoky Mountains

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  • National parks make up some of the United States’ most striking landscapes.
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  • We’ve chosen highly-rated vacation rentals near national parks, ranging from $65 to $275 per night.
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Though vaccine rollouts are well underway, many international borders are still closed for tourism to US travelers. But there is some good news for Americans – we live in an exceptionally beautiful country. From coast to coast (plus Hawaii and Alaska), the National Park Service protects over 50 million acres of land, all of which are open for public recreation.

Among the parks, you can find exceptional wonders from the world’s largest cave system in Kentucky to the world’s deepest lake in Oregon, and, of course, the Grand Canyon, the largest in the world. I know from experience that it can be tough to find a last-minute camping spot or home base near popular parks, and as a full-time traveler, I’ve sifted through thousands of Airbnb listings.

The beauty of the site is that you can find accommodations to suit your budget almost anywhere, which is especially ideal if you’re visiting national parks in remote locations, or when hotels near national parks are all booked up. With that in mind, we rounded up highly-rated vacation rentals across Airbnb and Vrbo located right near some of the country’s most frequently visited national parks across the US.

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These are the best vacation rentals near national parks, sorted by price from low to high.

Cedar cabin near Volcanoes National Park

Quiet cedar cabin minutes from the National Park

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Hawaii is home to some surprisingly affordable accommodations, especially near Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. During the day, the park offers a chance to walk on cooled lava fields and even see an active lava flow. 

This cedar cabin, located in the small town of Volcano Village (just seven minutes from the park), is the ideal home base with a natural wood cabin aesthetic that still feels very Hawaiian thanks to the lush leaves right outside the windows and bright flowers adorning the tables. The centerpiece of the home is the living room with its two-story-high windows. The kitchen is compact but well-stocked so you’ll have all the tools you need to cook for yourself during your trip.

The cabin is surrounded by a native Hawaiian forest and because the home sits at 4,000 feet elevation, the weather is quite cool, which makes the cabin an unexpectedly cozy escape in the jungle. After a day of exploring, warm up by the potbelly stove. 

Airy apartment near Hot Springs National Park

Remodeled two-bedroom apartment near Hot Springs National Park

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Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park has a rich history in addition to a soak-worthy collection of hot springs. When visiting the park, you can stay in the historic town of Hot Springs in this former 1940s-era oil and lube shop that has been renovated into a modern apartment complex.

This particular apartment is large enough for a family of four with King and Queen beds and comes equipped with air conditioning and two smart TVs. The apartment feels light and open thanks to the white decor scheme, while midcentury modern furnishings and industrial-style light fixtures add charm. The bathroom follows suit, with modern and clean with black-and-white tiling. Be aware there is just a microwave and mini-fridge in a small sitting area, and no true kitchen, so this spot is not conducive to long stays for those who like to cook.

In addition to the park, the home is a short walk or bike ride to downtown and a four-mile drive to Magic Springs.

Rustic western house near Badlands National Park

Rustic western house near Badlands National Park

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South Dakota’s Badlands National Park is one of the country’s most striking landscapes, filled with fossil beds and frequented by amazing wildlife like bison and prairie dogs. In this sparsely-populated part of the country, you’ll find Airbnbs like “The Cow Camp” in the town of Wasta, which is 18 miles from the national park and 40 miles away from the Black Hills, where you’ll also find Mount Rushmore. 

The interior decor is homey but comfortable, with a rock-laden fireplace and oak floors. Western decor like cow-print throw blankets and cowboy boot art provides the thematic backdrop for this wild frontier destination. Though best suited for couples, the space is large enough for a small family to settle in, with an open floor plan that connects the kitchen and living area, providing a kitchen island and a large cushioned sectional couch as the main gathering spaces. 

Cozy river cabin near Mammoth Cave National Park

Cozy river cabin near Mammoth Cave National Park

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Below the forested hills of Kentucky lies the world’s longest known cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park. The park is home to over 400 miles of winding underground passageways ready for exploration. Half an hour away from the park in the town of Bowling Green, this home keeps you close enough to civilization to stock up on necessities while still staying immersed in the beautiful surrounding landscape. 

Set on the Barren River, this cabin is an idyllic location to get some peace and quiet. The interior features beautiful white brickwork and unique tiling throughout the kitchen and bathrooms. The highlight, however, is the stunning dining area, which sits adjacent to the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into the forest.

Multiple seating areas offer plenty of room to spread out, and the living room features a stone fireplace for chilly evenings. Outside, a spacious front porch with rocking chairs makes for a lovely location to start or end the day. The lofted bed in the second bedroom is a fun feature for adventurous kids and teens.

Tiny cabin near Denali National Park

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In Alaska, you can see the tallest mountain in North America at Denali National Park. Talkeetna is one of the most convenient places to stay if you want to visit the park and there, you’ll find this adorable red-roofed cabin within walking distance from downtown. 

The cabin is surrounded by a lovely forest of birch trees and lucky guests may get to see a moose or, in the right season, the stunning colors of the aurora borealis. Just 600 square feet, the cabin is small but smartly laid out, managing to fit a full kitchen, bathroom, two beds, and even a washer and dryer. With a Queen and a Twin-sized bed, this is a great choice for solo travelers, couples, or small families. The interiors also feature colorfully painted walls, puffy throw pillows, and outdoorsy motifs from trees painted on the walls by the stairs to fish decorations by the front door.

The hosts are happy to help you arrange nearby park adventures like boating on the river or a sightseeing trip by plane. The cabin is also pet-friendly.

Bunkhouse near Crater Lake National Park

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Home to the deepest lake in the country, Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is a remarkable sight formed by the collapse of a volcano over 7,000 years ago. There’s not much in the immediate vicinity of the park, so consider staying on this 100-acre ranch in a remodeled bunkhouse just 28 miles south of the lake instead. 

From the outside, this Airbnb still looks like a bunkhouse, and the interiors have kept some nice vintage touches, but there’s plenty of modern comforts too. The open floor plan features a small kitchen and a deep, clawfoot bathtub, plus a spacious dining area and a spare bed with a privacy screen if you have a third person traveling with you. All wood interiors give it a cabin feel.

When you’re not adventuring in Crater Lake or checking out the beautiful Pearsony Falls and other natural attractions in Southern Oregon, you can relax on the property where you’ll find horses and two large ponds in addition to hiking trails. Take in the beautiful surrounding meadows and mountain scenery from the red Adirondack chairs found right outside the home.

Dome house near Great Sand Dunes National Monument

Dome house near Great Sand Dunes National Monument

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With national parks busier than ever, don’t forget about less-crowded national monuments like the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. The only difference between a national park and a national monument is that national monuments are preserved for historical, cultural, or scientific interest, while parks are preserved for scenic and inspirational purposes. 

This dome house offers the possibility of a unique stay surrounded by wide-open views and the local wildlife. The circular design of the home makes it feel open and spacious, and numerous windows ensure plenty of natural light. A funky spiral staircase leads up to the loft where there is a workstation and a meditation area. There is also a well-stocked kitchen with a dishwasher and gas range, plus a full bath with a beautiful clawfoot tub. While most of the dome is open-plan, there is a separate room with a Queen-sized bed for a peaceful night’s rest.

Vintage apartment near Everglades National Park

Vintage apartment near Everglades National Park

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You can see Everglades National Park on a day trip from Miami, but if you really want to embrace the croc life, make your home base in Everglades City.

This apartment feels ’70s chic with its vintage furniture pieces, palm tree decor, and soft green and blue accents. The house is within walking distance from local restaurants and boat-tour pick-ups, but the full kitchen is also equipped so you can cook your own meals.

From the screened-in porch — a true necessity when you’re visiting the Everglades — you can watch the sunset at the end of a long day of airboating and reptile spotting. On less humid days, you can also enjoy the patio seating area surrounded by the verdant landscape. 

Cottage on the way to Yellowstone National Park

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Just 40 miles east of Yellowstone’s eastern entrance in Wyoming, this cozy cottage can sleep up to four people and includes a full kitchen and two bathrooms. It rests in front of a grand mountain view and there’s even a stream that runs directly through the property.

The interior amenities are basic but more than sufficient, and you can take in the view from the charming front porch with a morning cup of coffee in hand.

Yellowstone National Park is a thermal wonderland full of bubbling mud, exploding geysers, and the largest supervolcano in North America. Yellowstone is a huge park, so be prepared to spend a lot of time driving, especially if you want to see the Old Faithful geyser, which is about a three-hour drive away from this listing.

Glamping yurt near Acadia National Park

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Not far from Bar Harbor, Maine, Acadia is the only national park in the Northeast. With a rocky ocean coastline and forested mountains, you’ll have access to a variety of cliffside trails to choose from here. Or you could go for the summit of Cadillac Mountain, a perch made of pink granite, which happens to be the tallest mountain on the east coast and the very first place to see the sunrise between October and March.

This glamping option offered by Acadia Yurts is no average camping experience. With two bedrooms and a bathroom, a group of four can sleep on-site at Acadia National Park. With its own kitchen and bathroom, you can be independent without having to cook over the campfire.

The walls are made of heavy canvas material and the tent is temperature-controlled with both heating and A/C. The interior is incredibly spacious with a high-beam ceiling that draws your eyes to the skylight and unique lattice siding.

Luxurious Lake Powell home near Grand Canyon National Park

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Just five minutes away from Horseshoe Bend in the northernmost part of Grand Canyon park, this luxurious home in Page, Arizona is brand new and large enough to sleep a big family or group of friends.

The modern home is filled with locally-made artwork and furnishings that reflect the indigenous history and natural surroundings of the area. The kitchen is well-equipped with appliances and the shaded back patio offers a great place for eating outside with a gas grill and a full patio set with rocking chairs.

The Grand Canyon is among the largest national parks, so you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to explore, even if you’re staying right nearby. 

Moab apartment near Arches National Park

Moab casita near Arches National Park

Book this Arches National Park Airbnb

In downtown Moab, Utah, just 11 miles from Arches National Park and a 30-minute drive to Canyonlands National Park, this luxurious modern apartment is located on a quiet street that is still close to downtown attractions like restaurants and a local brewery. 

The building is brand new and the apartment has an open floor plan with high ceilings and cabinets that mimic the orange colors of the surrounding landscapes. The bathroom has a large shower with stone flooring and the bedroom is simple but comfortable with a plush Queen mattress. Home cooks will especially love the huge kitchen with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. A covered balcony patio makes for a nice place to take in the gorgeous setting.

Building common areas include a fire pit and a shared sauna, although these may have restrictions or limits due to the pandemic.

Authentic A-frame cabin near Glacier National Park

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Book this Glacier National Park Airbnb

Although this fully-renovated and climate-controlled cabin looks like the latest Instagram trend, it was actually built in the 1950s during the construction of a nearby dam. Inside, you’ll find stylish interiors decorated in succulents, with a spiral staircase leading up to a lofted bed.

The kitchen comes fully stocked with all the essentials and there is also a queen-size pullout sofa bed in the living room.

Located in Martin City, Montana, you’ll be just 10 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, making this photo-ready cabin a great home base for your adventures.

Alpenhaven cabin near Rocky Mountain National Park

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Book this Rocky Mountain Airbnb

Just big enough for two, this cabin is an idyllic backdrop for a romantic Rocky Mountain getaway right at the edge of Estes Park. With amenities inside like a queen-size memory foam bed, a private hot tub, and an electric fireplace, this is a place to come home and recharge after a long day of adventuring.

Not to mention an abundance of incredible wildlife and hiking right outside your door. The pride of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular park that protects some of the highest peaks of this famous mountain range and features plenty of easy and challenging trails and scenic drives. 

But you don’t have to leave the property to enjoy the epic scenery. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views and lucky visitors might even spot mule deers coming right up to the door.

High-altitude cabin near Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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Book this Great Smoky Mountain cabin Vrbo

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the most visited national park in 2020, with over 12 million visitors, which is more than twice as many as the Grand Canyon. If you’re ready to follow suit and explore this southern portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range and all its waterfalls, swimming lakes, and trails, consider this spot. 

This deluxe cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee sits on a high perch with panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. You can enjoy the scenery while soaking in the hot tub on the deck or cozied up around the gas fireplace in the large living room.

Be aware there’s currently a minimum of two nights.

New modern home near Zion National Park

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Book this Zion National Park Vrbo

A 25-minute drive down the road from Utah’s Zion National Park, this three-bedroom home is equipped with a modern kitchen, master bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, an indoor fireplace, and an outdoor fire pit.

It also boasts magnificent views of Pine Valley Mountain and Black Ridge. This big house is great for bigger groups, especially if you plan to drive since its equipped with a two-car garage. The decor is homey and inviting, with warm tones and pine cabinetry.

For those who want to explore the nearby majestic landscapes, but still enjoy the modern comforts of home, this is a great choice. Plus, it is located in the town of La Verkin, so you’ll be able to easily stock up on any supplies you need.

Cabin on the bluffs near Olympic National Park

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Book this Olympic National Park cabin Vrbo

With the water on one side and Olympic National Park on the other, this bluff-front cabin is ensconced in nature. You’ll have ample opportunity to spot deer, whales, and bald eagles without leaving the property.

Great for big groups or families, up to nine people can sleep in this sleek three-bedroom cabin filled with wood furnishings. But it’s the master bedroom’s enormous skylight, the bathroom’s curvaceous clawfoot tub, and a wood-burning fireplace in the center of the living room that will really ensure you never want to leave. 

A fire pit surrounded by picnic tables and wooden benches make for a picturesque place to end a long day exploring the park and take in the sunset view.

Chic chalet with hot tub near Joshua Tree National Park

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Book this Joshua Tree Airbnb

Probably the epicenter of the bohemian-chic aesthetic, you won’t have trouble finding an Instagram-ready house in Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. However, this Joshua Tree Chalet is a special gem.

A modern kitchen with a fun mosaic tile backsplash and a bright living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, an egg chair, and a record player set the tone for a bohemian chic stay. The outdoor grill and private hot tub on the patio surrounded by the desert scenery take this rental to the next level.   

Only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is best known for its shrubby desert landscape namesake whimsical Joshua trees. There are some interesting hiking trails nearby, including one to a skull-shaped rock. But many people come to Joshua Tree specifically for stargazing, which you can easily do from the front patio of this listing in Adirondack chairs or on the cozy patio lounger.

Classic adobe home near Big Bend National Park

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Book this Big Bend National Park Vrbo

In West Texas, Big Bend National Park sits next to the border of Mexico that is naturally defined by the Rio Grande. The park is full of canyons and trails worth hiking, but you can also take a dip in the hot springs on the edge of the river or go for a pleasant ride along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

With thick adobe walls, stone floors, and phenomenal views of Big Bend National Park, this rental is tough to beat.

A good spot for multi-gen families, the home has two bedrooms, plus a separate guest house. The interior is simple but large and has everything you need for a relaxing stay in the desert from stone fireplaces and woven Native American rugs to an outdoor grill.

However, it’s the spacious patio with a fire pit and breathtaking valley views that really make this the place to stay.

FAQs

How many national parks are there?

There are over 400 national park sites overseen by the National Park Service, but only 63 official national parks. California has the most national parks with nine, followed by Alaska’s eight parks, and Utah’s five parks.

Does every state have a national park?

National parks are not spread out evenly across the country and there are 20 states that don’t have a national park. However, these states are still home to national monuments and/or state parks. The states without an official national park are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Are national parks free to visit?

No, most national parks charge an entrance fee, but there are six days of the year where entrance is free at all parks. For 2021, these days are January 18, April 17, August 4, August 25, September 25, and November 11. Keep in mind these dates tend to attract bigger crowds, which will mean longer lines.

How do I get a National Park Pass?

A national park pass covers the entrance fee at over 2,00 paks in the U.S. An annual pass costs $80 and can be purchased at a recreation site that issues passes or online at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. Discounted passes are available for U.S. citizens and residents over 62 years old with an annual pass costing $20 and a lifetime pass costing $20. Free passes are available for people with disabilities.

What should I look for in a national park vacation rental?

Since the park will be the main attraction, you should look for a home that is in close proximity to the park of your choice. Additionally, consider similar criteria to what we look for, such as high ratings, positive recent reviews, Superhost status, homes that specify enhanced cleaning procedures, and standout amenities like a private hot tub or pool. You’ll want a place that’s comfortable and fits your entire group so you can get a good night’s rest between your days of outdoor adventure.

Is it safe to stay in a vacation rental right now?

The CDC has noted that travel in the US is safe for fully vaccinated people.

Additionally, private home rentals are considered safer than hotels, because you minimize interaction with others and hosts must follow strict cleaning procedures. However, we always recommend following CDC guidelines and continuing to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.

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