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- With a little digging, you can find seriously cool Airbnbs and even sort by unique listings.
- From hobbit holes to UFOs, we rounded up truly unique Airbnbs across the US.
- All are highly-rated homes at a range of price points from $71 to $599 per night to start.
Although many travelers have stayed in Airbnb apartments or houses before, there is a whole sub-section of unique Airbnb listings rising in popularity that offer incredible, one-of-a-kind accommodation experiences.
While there are plenty of popular airstreams and tree houses available to book on the platform, we’ve scoured to find options that go beyond the expected. These seriously cool Airbnbs across the US range from from a UFO in Joshua Tree to an underground hobbit home in Washington and are sure to make for a memorable vacation.
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Here are 24 of the coolest Airbnbs in the US, sorted by area and then price from low to high.
Whimsical stone abode in Sandgate, Vermont
This whimsical cottage blends seamlessly into the environment with its white stone exterior and unrefined shape. Despite having an off-grid appearance, this home offers all of the modern comforts you could need, from heated bathroom floors to a thermostatically controlled propane stove.
The organic, nature-inspired decor includes a wood-burning stove fireplace, maple tree trunk sink, painted flower dresser, and carved wooden end tables. Little built-in wall pockets found throughout the home act as vases for various plants and flowers. Eat at the indoor dining table or choose to dine on the garden terrace with views of the meadow, woods, and mountains.
During the day, you can explore the ten acres of surrounding woodlands or take a short walk to check out the town hall. There is also a river nearby for swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. While the Airbnb is located in a seemingly remote location, it’s only a short 10-minute drive to cities like Arlington.
Cottage connected to lobster boat in Machiasport, Maine
This tiny-home gives you the true Maine experience via the opportunity to experience hanging out aboard a lobster boat. You can enjoy private access to a library and lounge in the lobster boat, accessible via a short series of boardwalks and decks.
The cottage itself is surrounded by the Long Point nature reserve and offers stunning views of Holmes Bay. The two-bed home can accommodate four guests, and it is a great option for families or friends looking to explore the outdoors. The interiors are midcentury modern with tasteful nods to the nautical theme, including a wire fish sculpture, an old boat steering wheel, and model ships.
The home is located minutes away from some of Maine’s best hiking trails, and it is a short drive to popular destinations including Acadia National Park, Campobello Island, Eastport, and the Schoodic Peninsula.
Creekside Kingsley gristmill in Clarendon, Vermont
Located in the charming Vermont countryside, this Airbnb is the United States’ only original gristmill and covered bridge that’s also a residence. Although it’s a national historic site, you won’t have to worry about daytrippers wandering across your vacation because it’s off-limits to the public and exclusively for guests. As a serious added perk, a gourmet breakfast is included in your stay.
The house itself is four stories and a massive 3,000 square feet. The interior is old-fashioned in keeping with the historic nature of the surrounds, with quilt-bedecked beds and timbered ceilings. The river outside is Vermont’s warmest, which is good news for swimmers wishing to take advantage of the lodging’s private breach or two floating tubes.
Whimsical boho loft in New York City, New York
For a memorable city stay, it’s tough to beat this eclectic and art-filled New York City loft in the heart of Gramercy. With exposed brick walls, a wood-carved four poster bed, and plants strewn throughout, this spot has a frenetic though welcoming vibe.
Set one flight up in a vine-covered brownstone typical to the area, you’ll feel like you’re in your private museum as you peruse the myriad paintings, sculptures, and antiques. At night, soak in the clawfoot tub set right next to the wood burning fireplace, or curl up with a good read from the numerous bookcases.
Of course, exploring all New York City has to offer is also easy from this home base.
Colorful airplane hangar in Geneva, Florida
Billed as a “man-cave” and built inside an airplane hanger, this colorful stay is a dream come true for aviation enthusiasts. There is nothing usual about this space, with eclectic decorations ranging from suspended model airplanes and motorcycles to vintage slot machines. Between the hanging egg chair, maps littered across the walls, LED-lit bar, and American flag tiling in the bathroom, the decor is borderline frenetic, but in a fun and quirky way.
There is one queen-size bed located in the loft, as well as additional cots available upon request. Pets are also allowed, as long as they aren’t left unattended. The home includes a kitchen space equipped with a coffeemaker, bar, microwave, toaster oven, and refrigerator.
During the day, you can experience milking Pygmy goats at an on-site barn or go horseback riding across 500-acres of parks for an additional fee. You can also take a look at classic cars that the hosts work on in the garage and maintenance facility on the property. In the evenings, relax in front of the wood-burning fireplace and enjoy satellite-TV, Wi-Fi, and A/C.
Boxcar bunkhouse in Canyon, Texas
It doesn’t get much cooler than staying in a 111-year old rustic boxcar located on a Texan ranch. This former train has been through an extensive restoration and remodel, and it now serves as a unique stay for history buffs.
As you might expect, the boxcar’s layout is long and narrow and all essentially one room. However, the home has been designed to be highly function, with one Queen-size bed, a pullout sofa, a tall glass dining table, and a small bathroom. Particularly noteworthy features include the shower, which is located in a former ice-chute. There is also a private hot tub found built into the ground at the end of the patio.
The boxcar is conveniently located near Palo Duro Canyon State Park and Cadillac Ranch. After a day out hiking and exploring, you can return to the boxcar and enjoy free Wi-Fi and a meal on the gas grill.
Ark in Springfield, Tennessee
This wooden ark, nicknamed Kellysjubilee, is located next to a picturesque pond on a peaceful, 50-acre property. The ark features multiple wooden decks, cabin-style octagonal windows, and touches of flowers throughout. Inside the ark, you’ll find appropriately all-wood interiors, as well as a small kitchen stocked with utensils, a stove, microwave, coffeemaker, and more. Previous guests have mentioned being greeted by fresh flowers, comfortable robes, chocolates, and snacks.
On the property, you can take a walk to the creek, through various hiking trails, and even a labyrinth, or you can spend your day fishing in the pond. You can end your day by soaking in the private hot tub located on the deck of the ark, roasting marshmallows by the fire pit, or stargazing on clear nights. Though the ark is located in a quiet, secluded location, it is only a 30-minute drive to nearby Nashville.
Secluded glamping yurt in Topton, North Carolina
This luxury yurt offers the ultimate glamping experience in the Great Smoky Mountains right next to a stream. While it may be in a remote area fully surrounded by nature, you can stay plugged in with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen satellite TV. There is no cellular service in the area, but the host does offer guests a satellite phone.
Inside, you’ll find exposed wooden beams, a tree-root lamp, a wildlife-patterned rug, and two bedrooms outfitted with colorful quilts. The kitchen, fully equipped with high-end appliances, opens up to a spacious outdoor balcony and gazebo. The kitchen comes fully stocked with coffee, snacks, and more.
Additional highlights of this stay include a hot tub located along the creek and a private porch with gas and wood fire pits. There are three other yurts on the property, but they are all secluded and separated from one another.
Grass dome house in Johnson City, Tennessee
This grassy earth house perched at the top of a cliff overlooks an old rock quarry pond with a plunging manmade waterfall. Besides the incredible views, which you can take in from the sprawling porch with a firepit, there’s a number of creature comforts in this turf-roofed dwelling, including a Keurig and air-fryer. High ceilings, huge round windows, and mostly white decor accented by lavender furnishings create a bright and airy space.
Be aware this is a place to unplug and disconnect. There’s no Wi-Fi, but you can soak up your surroundings in the outdoor tub and there’s a gas firepit for warming up by too.
Bubble dome with hot tub in Todd, North Carolina
If you want a nature experience with all the perks of staying in town, this glamping bubble is tucked among the trees just a five-minute walk from downtown Todd in North Carolina. It’s an idyllic place for a weekend getaway, complete with a furnished gazebo just right for curling up with a book in. There’s a grilling area and a full outdoor kitchen.
Spend the evenings roasting marshmallows over the two firepits, or having a soak in the hot tub. If your trip is work-free, you don’t have to worry about bringing any of your own devices: the Airbnb comes with a Bose Bluetooth speaker and an iPad for streaming.
If you want to shake things up a bit and can tear yourself away from the views, there’s plenty to do in the nearby area. It’s just a 20-minute drive into Boone and numerous hiking trails are right nearby.
Floating tiki suite in Key West, Florida
This floating home has all the benefits of a boat on the water without the chore of you actually having to maneuver it yourself. The suite is a glamping experience on the water, but it offers plenty of not-so-rustic perks for guests, including two stand-up paddleboards, a hammock, and snorkeling gear. Waking up is a dream here, thanks to a trio of French doors that open up on the water from the bedroom (which boasts a King-size bed). Plus, you’ll be able to spot ocean wildlife from the porch, including dolphins, sting rays, and manatees.
The structure is designed to be self-ventilating, with a high vaulted ceiling and thatched roof to help the air breeze through. And while you’ll want to bring ice with you to chill your drinks, the roto-molded cooler keeps things cold for up to nine days.
Geodesic dome in Pescadero, California
This 20-foot dome is located in an open field that is part of a horse and farm animal sanctuary. It boasts a direct view of the Pacific Ocean, which you can enjoy through triangular, floor-to-ceiling windows. The isolated nature of this Airbnb makes it an ideal choice for travelers looking for a fully immersive glamping experience in nature.
The dome is entirely off-grid, which means that there is no electricity or Wi-Fi. However, the host has mentioned that there is phone service for AT&T and Verizon users. One recent reviewer praised the property for being “A great place to getaway & recharge”.
This geo-dome has one bed and is ideal for couples. There is a shared shower on the property with two shower stalls, as well as a propane space heater and propane fire pit that can be used at an additional cost. While here, you can spend your day meditating in nature, relaxing at one of the local beaches, or hiking in a nearby state park. At night, head back to the geo-dome to catch a stunning sunset and before watching the stars come out.
Off-the-grid tower at summit prairie in Oregon
Modeled after the Fire Lookout Tower’s built by the US Forest Service in the early 1900s, this summit prairie home is perched 40 feet in the air. Set on 160 acres of private land deep within the Umpqua National Forest, wild animals like deer, elk, bears, cougars, coyotes, and bobcats roam freely in the area.
Inside, you’ll find all the essentials, including a full kitchen, comfortable beds in the cupola, even two rocking chairs to enjoy the breathtaking views from. The landscape can also be enjoyed from the spacious deck and the two Adirondack chairs that adorn it. Back down on the ground, a firepit, wood-fired and spring-fed hot tub, vegetable garden, and hammock are all great places to unwind.
Zen soaking oasis in Arcata, California
If you’re looking to soak the days away in your own little oasis, this cozy studio in Humboldt County, California is truly one of a kind. The studio itself is comfortable, though some may find the purple velvet decor and quilts adorning the walls a bit dated. But the real magic happens outside.
Two red bathtubs have been turned into relaxing soaking tubs in a private moss-covered area, another copper soaking tub is filled via a waterfall, and there’s even a luxurious cedar sauan with a beautiful riverstone exterior. Of course, sitting on the patio of the studio to soak in the lush garden and pond view is also an option.
For breakfast, you’ll enjoy two farm fresh eggs, steel cut oats, and coffee or tea as part of your stay. The host even invites you to harvest kale from the living wall located just across from the bike shed in the courtyard.
The home is within walking distance to the nearby town of Arcata where the local plaza offers plenty of shops, restaurants and microbreweries. The Arcata Community Redwood Forest is also just a few minutes away, as is the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Dome in the desert in Joshua Tree, California
A coveted Airbnb Plus listing, this home in Joshua Tree is less than a three-hour drive from Los Angeles, which makes it just right for urbanites’ weekend getaways. Secluded in the desert among a cluster of scrub trees, living here is low-key but supremely comfortable, with airy living spaces punctuated by pops of marigold and whitewashed brick.
Ready for all season, the dome features a wood-burning stove, space heaters, and air conditioning. Bedrooms have King beds with memory foam mattresses, and the windows open up so you can fully soak in the desert landscape — a serene way to start and end your days.
Futuristic UFO in Joshua Tree, California
If you’re looking for something that’s truly out of this world, this glamping site in Joshua Tree, California is unlike anywhere else. This unique stay comes in the shape of a UFO and is one of the original Futuro houses constructed in the 1980s. Though there are others found around the globe, this is the only one you can stay the night in, adding to its allure.
Now renovated and thoroughly modern, this solar-powered stay includes two Queen size beds, an in-house Bluetooth sound system, a coffee maker, and a kitchen and shower found outside. The whimsical decor includes colorful rugs, bright orange pillows, and on-trend furnishings like futuristic pod chairs that look straight out of the “Jetsons.”
Rock house built into the hills in Yucca Valley, California
This stone villa sits on five-acres of land and was built using boulders gathered from nearby mountains during the ’60s and ’70s. It features floor-to-ceiling windows, slanted wooden ceilings, dramatic stone archways, and carved rock walls.
But the architecture isn’t all that sets this listing apart. The hosts describe this house as a living breathing sculpture, and everything was built by hand. Unique interior design features include wood-burning stoves, an Egyptian-esque tiled mural in the bathroom, and a fireplace carved into the rock steps.
This three-bed villa can comfortably accommodate four guests, and any additional guests can stay in an on-site airstream ($50 additional cleaning fee applies for using the airstream).
Other notable features include a hot tub, target range, wading pool, and the option to book a facial or in-room massage. Because of the sensitivity of certain architectural elements in this Airbnb, the host requests that all guests be 18 and over, so this is not ideal for families with young children.
Underground hobbit house in Orondo, Washington
This magical earth house will transport you straight from Washington to the set of “The Lord of the Rings.” This Airbnb is located right next to the Columbia River Gorge, and it offers incredible views of the mountains and river from its round windows. The charming indoor area comes complete with a cozy stone fireplace, an oversized iron chandeleir, a wooden bathtub, and a barrel of drinking water attached to the wall.
Outside, you can explore the Airbnb’s six-acre property by heading out on one of the various hiking trails. This Airbnb is best for travelers looking for a solitary nature getaway, as there is no Wi-Fi or cellular reception on the property. There is also no kitchen, so be prepared to bring pre-cooked food or drive 20 minutes into town for meals. While the property is off-grid, it uses solar-powered energy to offer running water, electricity, and a flushing toilet. The home can accommodate two guests over the age of 12, and pets are also welcome.
Chic adobe home in Taos, New Mexico
Airy and bright thanks to cream interiors, this serene adobe house was originally the dance studio of flamenco artist María Benítez. Its current incarnation, however, is a dreamy boho-chic getaway complete with an indoor hammock, a clawfoot bathtub, and wood-beamed ceilings that crown white adobe walls.
The studio setup keeps everything cozy, but if you have a friend drop in, there’s a pullout sofa for them to crash on (plus the hammock). Two bikes are available for guests to ride into town, and the home is close to the Taos historic district. You can also take a birdwatching stroll in the wide-open desert surroundings.
Floating tree house in Nephi, Utah
Embrace your wild side as you cross the 70-foot suspension bridge to get to this floating tree house in central Utah.
Climb the ladder to the second story bedroom or go all the way up to the crow’s nest where a deck 30 feet off the ground with a table and two chairs awaits. Sit back and enjoy the stunning view from the top of the trees or head up at night for star gazing.
The interior space offers a rustic cabin feel and features wood paneling and a giant tree trunk jutting from floor to ceiling. Featuring one Queen-sized bed, two sofa beds, and an extra mattress, this getaway is especially ideal for couples or small families.
There’s a private bathroom on the ground floor at the base of the suspension bridge that leads up to the tree house, as well as a barbecue grill, pavilion with gas fire pit table, and a spa area to relax in after a long day exploring the area.
Death Valley desert hideaway in Beatty, Nevada
This 1,200 square-foot house deep in the high desert of Death Valley, Nevada beautifully incorporates the surrounding vistas and landscapes that abound here. Set on 80-acres of land with unobstructed views over the desert and mountains, this tiny home packs a lot of punch between its office, large open kitchen, dining room, and three bedrooms.
Extra hangout space is also available thanks to a 900-square-foot furnished deck complete with a sunken-in hot tub. Sliding glass doors can be completely opened for seamless indoor/outdoor living. The interiors have a minimalist theme, but are still cheerful thanks to plenty of color, including bright red dining chairs and a green tiled bathroom.
Chic sailboat in Racine, Wisconsin
Located on Lake Michigan, this houseboat rental is charming despite its relatively tight quarters.
The all-in-one kitchen/living space features a a cute blue Smeg fridge, a cozy dining nook, and a comfy bed. 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. 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.
Chic shipping container in Rockbridge, Ohio
While a shipping container may not sound ultra-luxurious, this one is a seriously posh stay. Sleeping up to six guests in three bedrooms, this home is two levels made up of a shipping container with a cabin crafted on top and connected via a narrow, spiraling staircase.
The expertly styled interiors include a wooden, bench-style dining table, a comfy leather couch, a spa-like bathroom complete with a deep soaking tub, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedrooms for looking out at the surrounding woods. Some of the windows even act like garage doors and can be lifted up for an indoor-outdoor experience.
There’s also a large deck with string lights and patio furniture arranged around a fire pit, along with a grill. As an extra bonus, there’s a private hot tub on its own mini deck accessible via a boardwalk.
Rainforest oasis in Volcano, Hawaii
Located eight miles to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, this rainforest retreat is located 120 feet deep in the woods. It’s also 15 feet off the ground via wooden stairs to truly immerse guests in the surrounding rainforest.
The Airbnb is designed for relaxing, with an eight-foot teak Balinese daybed on the lower deck, or lanai, and a small table for games or a cup of tea. An airy bedroom features panoramic cathedral-style windows and a bed raised four feet off the ground, the better for gazing up at the clouds.
A bathroom is located behind barn doors off the center walkway, with a separate shower area with a rainfall shower (heated by solar power and propane) and a bathroom adorned with hanging plants and featuring a handmade Koa wood wash basin. On the upstairs lanai, there’s a furnished seating area for stargazing through a canope of eucalyptus and guava trees.
How do I find unique Airbnbs?
After plugging in as much essential travel information as you know, including date, number of guests, and destination, refine your search further by heading to the “More filters” button. You’ll find a specific section outlining different types of unique stays you can choose from, and you can easily pull up some of the site’s more interesting homes by selecting cool Airbnbs like like houseboats, yurts, castles, tree houses, domes, and more.
You can also and then refine your search further by combining unique Airbnb searches with additional specific amenities like pools or hot tubs.
How do Airbnb cancellations work?
Each property for short-term rentals has its own cancellation policy, so be sure to read the fine print before you book and message the host if anything is less than clear. Policies range from Flexible to Strict, with different cancellation and refund policies for each tier. You can read more about Airbnbs cancellation policy here.
Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb?
The CDC has stated that US travel is safe for fully vaccinated individuals.
Airbnb also has the Airbnb Enhanced Clean for hosts that involves training and getting certified in strict cleaning protocols designed to reduce COVID-19 transmission. These cover everything from wearing personal protective equipment and what cleaning supplies to use to how to clean between guests.
If you’re not vaccinated yet, tune into the CDC and WHO for the latest guidelines before you go, and keep an eye on the latest rates for both for destination and current location. We’ve also answered all your questions about staying in Airbnbs and the proper precatuions to take here.
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