24 of the coolest Airbnb in the US, from a floating Tiki hut in Key West to a futuristic UFO in Joshua Tree

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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.

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Whimsical stone abode in Sandgate, Vermont

Whimsical Stone Abode in Sandgate, Vermont

Book this Vermont stone home Airbnb

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

Cottage Connected to Lobster Boat in Machiasport, Maine

Book this Maine lobster boat Airbnb

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

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Book this Vermont gristmill Airbnb

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

Boho Chic City Living In The Heart of New York City, New York

Book this boho New York City Airbnb

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. 

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Colorful airplane hangar in Geneva, Florida

Airplane Hangar Cave in Geneva, Florida

Book this Florida airplane hangar Airbnb

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

Boxcar Bunkhouse in Canyon, Texas

Book this Texas boxcar Airbnb

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

Ark in Springfield, Tennessee

Book this Tennessee ark on Airbnb

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

Luxury Yurt Glamping in Topton, North Carolina

Book this North Carolina yurt Airbnb

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.

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Grass dome house in Johnson City, Tennessee

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Book this Tennessee dome Airbnb

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

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Book this North Carolina bubble dome Airbnb

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

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Book this Key West floating Airbnb

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.

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Geodesic dome in Pescadero, California

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Book this California dome Airbnb

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

Off the grid tower at summit prairie in Oregon

Book this Oregon tower Airbnb 

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

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Book this zen California Airbnb

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

Dome in the Desert in Joshua Tree

Book this Joshua Tree dome Airbnb

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

A futuristic Area 55 UFO in Joshua Tree, California

Book this Joshua Tree UFO Airbnb

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

Architectural Gem in Joshua Tree

Book this California rock house Airbnb

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.

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Underground hobbit house in Orondo, Washington

Underground Hobbit House in Orondo, Washington

Book this Washington hobbit house Airbnb

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.

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Chic adobe home in Taos, New Mexico

Explore Nature Trails Near a Secluded Boho Adobe

Book this adobe Taos Airbnb

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

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Book this Utah floating tree house Airbnb

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

Death Valley dream house in Nevada

Book this secluded Death Valley Airbnb

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. 

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Chic sailboat in Racine, Wisconsin

Charming sailboat in Racine, Wisconsin

Book this Wisconsin boat Airbnb

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.

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Chic shipping container in Rockbridge, Ohio

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Book this Ohio shipping container Airbnb

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.

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Rainforest oasis in Volcano, Hawaii

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Book this Hawaii rainforest Airbnb

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.

FAQs

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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5 lesser-known places to look for last-minute campsites this summer

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Last year, after hitting another dead end on Recreation.gov, I was just about to give up on my dream of a last-minute, weekend camping trip to Washington’s Central Cascades. Every campsite was either already booked up for every summer weekend, was located too far, or didn’t provide enough amenities to satisfy my camping troupe.

As my desired weekend inched closer, I dug around to find alternative booking sites for camping and my search paid off. Not only did I discover several new places to look for campsites beyond the usual state and federal campgrounds, but I was also able to snag an incredible campsite for my trip via Airbnb.

Though my campsite was more expensive than many of the best campsites found on federal campgrounds, booking with an alternative site also came with some handy perks, including being able to see reviews and the ability to reschedule or cancel my trip, which isn’t usually possible at federal campgrounds.

If you’re eyeing a weekend camping trip this summer it’s important to know that there are many options to consider besides federal sites, including completely private campsites.

Here are the best places for finding a last-minute campsite

Airbnb

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Book Airbnb campsites

Pros: It’s familiar and if you’ve built up a high rating as an Airbnb guest, you might be more inclined to stay on the platform.

Cons: It’s not commonly known as a place to list campsites, so it may not offer a good representation of all the private campgrounds in the area. Additionally, service, cleaning, and occupancy taxes may be applied to the total bill.

The world’s largest vacation rental site is filled with people who are more than happy to let you pitch a tent in their backyard, as well as small independent campgrounds that promote listings on the site, too.

All you have to do is plug in your desired location and filter for campsites specifically. You can still find plenty of the unique experiences that Airbnb is famous for, like camping on a farm in Maine or in a riverside meadow in California.

Although you won’t be able to find a private campsite inside a national or state park, you can still find campsites close to the entrance like this well-stocked campground just 7 miles from Utah’s Zion National Park or this beautiful forest-adjacent field just 10 minutes Washington’s Olympia National Park.

Hipcamp

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Book Hipcamp campsites

Pros: Campsite listings are incredibly thorough and they don’t stop at just listing amenities. You can also filter by available activities like swimming and climbing or terrain features like hot springs, waterfalls, and caves. Unlike Airbnb, reviewers are able to upload photographs with their reviews which helps create a realistic picture of what to expect.

Cons: You will have to pay a non-refundable 8% to 18% service fee with every listing.

A site that is touted as the “Airbnb of Camping,” Hipcamp lists hundreds of campsites, RV sites, and glamping tents on its streamlined platform. Built with campers in mind, you can filter specifically for your camping needs from running water to ADA accessibility to equestrian access.

You’ll also be able to find many listings near popular national parks like this plateau plot near the Grand Canyon, or this site at the largest campground overlooking the sweeping views of Shenandoah National Park. Hipcamp is also a great resource for less traditional camping alternatives and you can rent everything from open-air treehouses to shipping containers.

The Dyrt

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Book The Dyrt campsites

Pros: Along with campsites, you can also find information about nearby hikes and other things to do, which can help you thoroughly plan your whole trip.

Cons: You can’t book directly on this website, but you will be able to check availability for state and national parks.

Like Trip Advisor, but specifically for the outdoors, The Dyrt is an incredible resource for planning a camping or hiking trip. It’s full of detailed information, reviews, and user-uploaded photographs that can help provide a realistic expectation of what you find before you head out into the great outdoors.

Although you can’t book campsites directly on the website, you can still use the website to find thoroughly-reviewed cabins and campsites in state and national parks, as well as private campsites. Every campsite listing includes a link where you can book directly, whether it be on recreation.gov, KOA, or an independent campground. 

Glamping Hub

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Book Glamping Hub campsites

Pros: Glamping Hub’s specialty is in unique accommodations, so if your travel tastes align with the eccentric, this is a great place to find hidden gems.

Cons: Prices for some of the most upscale and decked-out glamping sites will be much more similar to a hotel stay than a traditional campsite.

If you’re not quite ready to rough it at a traditional campsite, there’s always glamping. Glamping Hub has listings all over the world with over 15,000 glamorous camping sites in the US alone.

This booking site is chock-full of unique accommodations from cabins and tiny houses to train cabooses and geodesic domes and there’s no need to pack a sleeping bag. Granted, you’re not going to convince everyone that a weekend in a cabin with running water and Wi-Fi is still camping, but with a little digging, you can still find off-the-grid locations, like this romantic tent on Washington’s Whidbey Island, and hosts that offer traditional camping with a twist like this hanging tent playground in California.

Tentrr

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Book Tentrr campsites

Pros: Booking a campsite on private property offers seclusion and the opportunity to enjoy landscapes not accessible at any other time. Tentrr also sells its own glamping tents, so many listings will have both a backcountry and signature option.

Cons: At the time of writing, the majority of listings are concentrated on the east coast, particularly in New York. Also, the platform does not allow you to click through to a user profile to see other posts by reviewers.

A site that is exclusive to listings from private landowners, and even includes property in state parks, Tentrr features listings in 41 states and Puerto Rico. You can filter by the website’s “signature” or “backcountry” campsites depending on whether or not you want to bring your own camping equipment or shack up in a glamping tent.

The model of this site offers unique camping opportunities like this abandoned zoo in the Catskills or this quiet forest just five miles away from the Oregon Coast.

Tentrr also lets you purchase extras for your trip right when you book your reservation. These extras are offered by the hosts and vary based on the site. They could be anything from a prepaid firewood bundle and a cooking set to a tour of the on-site apiary or a needle felting workshop.

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Additional campground resources

KOA and ReserveAmerica are two good resources to keep in mind where you can easily search a large number of campgrounds quickly for availability. However, many of the campsites listed are the same as those you’ll find on Recreation.gov and other popular aggregator sites — which means they may not help you out when it comes to finding under-the-radar spots to book in a pinch.

Experienced campers can also look to pitch a tent on public lands away from developed recreation facilities on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas.

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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.

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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

Vintage Airstream 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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Book this Maui cottage on Airbnb

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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Book this Lanai home on Airbnb

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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Book this Kona beach house on Airbnb

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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Book this Lanai house on Airbnb

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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Book this Maui B&B on Airbnb

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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12 gorgeous Airbnbs across the US with private hot tubs, from a riverfront cabin in Washington to a secluded cabin in Upstate New York

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  • A private hot tub is an enticing Airbnb amenity in any season.
  • Some Airbnb hosts have installed private hot tubs in incredible locations with stunning views.
  • We rounded up some of the best Airbnbs with hot tubs across the US to enjoy a relaxing soak.

When choosing one Airbnb listing over another, a private hot tub is an enticing amenity that can tip the scales. Hot tubs are always exciting prospects and unlike pools, it doesn’t matter what kind of weather you get. You can enjoy a hot tub on a cool summer night or a snowy afternoon.

Many Airbnbs provide hot tubs for guests to use, but we kicked it up a notch and scoured for exceptional listings beyond just the hot tub. Additionally, we made sure every hot tub was truly private, so you won’t have to share your soak with strangers.

And if you happen to prefer hotels, we also have you covered with the best hotels in the US with in-room hot tubs.

Browse all of the best Airbnbs with hot tubs below, or jump to a specific area here:

Here are some of the best Airbnbs with hot tubs in the US, sorted by region and then price, from low to high.

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Home close to the beach in Nags Head, North Carolina

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Book this North Carolina Airbnb with hot tub

In this seaside destination, this large home not far from the beach has a dedicated hot tub room for cozy nights after a day in the sun. This peach-colored home is an especially great choice for a family retreat near the water. The old style of this cottage with its distressed wooden exterior is typical of the area and it is located on the peaceful beach road. Amenities are modern and the interior is very homey, including spacious kitchen counters and a long family dining table for enjoying meals in.

Two of the bedrooms feature an attached deck and the hot tub area is covered, so when the rain ruins your beach day, you can still enjoy a relaxing soak.

Windmill ranch in Wimberley, Texas

Windmill Ranch in Wimberley, Texas, $176

Book this Texas ranch Airbnb with a hot tub

Located 45 minutes southwest of Austin, you’ll find this modern ranch house sitting on 11 private acres. Surrounded by quiet hiking trails, this thoughtfully-designed home features a living room with a two-story windowed wall that opens up to the deck where you’ll find the private hot tub and a small dining area.

From the hot tub, you can enjoy the peace of the surrounding nature and at night, you can turn off all the house lights to enjoy a sky full of stars. Amenities are modern with walk-in showers in the bathroom, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen area and a comfy sleeper sofa in the common area. If you need to warm up after a soak in the hot tub, you can gather around the fire pit for a late-night marshmallow roast.

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Sonoma Redwoods cabin in Occidental, California

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Book this Redwoods Airbnb with a hot tub

You can soak amongst the giants in this Redwood-surrounded cabin in Northern California. Small but sweet with an ivy-clad deck and mini outdoor kitchen, this home is an idyllic romantic escape for couples.

The building is technically a converted chicken coop, but don’t let that deter you. The studio’s interiors are plenty welcoming with colorful blue and green pillows atop the Double bed and a potbelly stove in the corner. In addition to the outdoor hot tub which is set into the deck, guests can also make use of the sauna or explore the surrounding gardens. The hot tub is a major perk, but the main attraction is the awe-inspiring 2,000-year-old redwood.

With no Wi-Fi, this Airbnb is a great choice if your priority is to disconnect from society and reconnect with nature.

Log home in Dillon, Montana

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Book this Montana Airbnb with hot tub

In Big Sky Country, this log home is located 10 miles from the town of Dillon, offering a nature retreat in a remote setting. The home is sprawling and rustic with suspended wooden beams and a stone chimney, and the inset hot tub will hit the spot after a day of exploring the trails or fishing for blue-ribbon trout in the Beaverhead River.

The hot tub is indoors and built into the floor of the bathroom, which is a rare design choice that feels all the more luxurious. The interior decor is rustic-chic with wood-paneling in some rooms and log-stacked walls in others. A cowboy motif is everpresent in the decor and wall art. Outside there is a deck with a grill and plenty of firewood is provided for the indoor brick fireplace.

Riverfront cabin in Monroe, Washington

Riverfront Cabin in Monroe, Washington, $138

Book this Washington Airbnb with hot tub

With an in-deck hot tub that overlooks the Snoqualmie River, this charm-filled cabin is a romantic retreat. The interior features wood paneling and a huge skylight, allowing for maximum light, and the bed is set against another large window so you can wake up with the woods just across the pillow.

Amenities are simple, but you’ll also have a washer and dryer and a fully-stocked kitchen. The living room is a nice spot to curl up thanks to the wood-burning stove, but you’ll most likely want to spend your time on the deck where you can barbecue and enjoy long soaks in the hot tub with a river view. If it’s warm out, you can head down to the dock on the river for a nice refreshing swim.

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Desert oasis in Washington, Utah

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Book this Utah Airbnb with hot tub

A 35-minute drive from Zion National Park, this mountain-facing home has stunning views and a well-landscaped backyard with the ultimate pool and hot tub combo. The stone hot tub has a waterfall feature and is attached to the pool, so you can easily do a hot-to-cold plunge.

Inside, the home has a contemporary design scheme with a neutral gray color palette, which continues into the bathrooms decked out with local granite and slate tiling and a custom farm door leading into a large walk-in shower. Other perks include multiple large flatscreen TVs and a stone fireplace. There is also a laundry room and although the kitchen is small, it includes new, stainless steel appliances. 

Mountain retreat in Idaho Springs, Colorado

Mountain retreat in Idaho Springs, Colorado, $280

Book this Colorado Airbnb with hot tub

This hot tub perched high in the hills belongs to a remote, two-story cabin. You’ll need all-wheel-drive to get up the road and the nearest town is four miles away, so this is a hard-to-reach and hard-to-be-reached kind of retreat. The hot tub is located on the private deck, overlooking acres of forest teeming with wildlife.

The interior of the cabin includes stand-out design features like a beautiful spiral staircase and floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom that capitalize on the mountain view. There’s even a record player hooked up to the house sound system for listening to tunes while you indulge in an outdoor soak. 

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Tree cabin in Waterford, Vermont

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Book this Vermont Airbnb with hot tub

Found in Vermont, this cabin has an electrically-heated, 500-gallon cedar hot tub built into the 250-square-foot deck suspended among oak trees. The tree house is a small studio decked out in pine and walnut wood with a Full-sized memory foam bed and a kitchenette that includes a mini-fridge and microwave.

The deck is where you’ll spend most of your time, not only enjoying the views from the hot tub, but also making use of the grill, fire pit, or simply sitting on the swinging bench while enjoying the sounds of the surrounding forest. With two ski resorts located within 30 minutes of the cabin — Burk Ski Resort and Cannon Mountain — this is a great destination for all seasons, whether you want to ski, enjoy fall foliage, or go for a summer hike.

Cozy cabin in Big Indian, New York

Cozy cabin in Big Indian, New York, $304

Book this New York cabin Airbnb with hot tub

Featuring a wood-fired hot tub with stunning views, this Catskills cabin makes for a memorable stay in all seasons. Unlike a traditional electric hot tub, this one takes a little work to get going because you’ll have to light the fire yourself. However, firewood and instructions are provided.

The home is a vintage kit cabin that dates back to the 1960s nestled on five private acres with a sweeping lawn, fire pit, and charcoal grill. The cabin is straight out of a picturebook with bright orange trim, a fireplace, and antique furnishings. Although the interior is small, there is a spacious deck facing the mountain for enjoying the fresh air. Come fall, the view will be especially lovely.

A-frame tiny house in the Poconos

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Book this Poconos Airbnb with hot tub

If you’re looking for an East Coast mountain escape, this aesthetically pleasing A-frame home in the Poconos is an idyllic retreat. 

The interior has an elegant, rustic-chic vibe thanks to industrial design elements mixed with shearling blanket draped over the charcoal sectional sofa and leather armchair. There’s one main bedroom on the ground level, along with a second cozy lofted sleeping nook under the pitched roof. 

Outside, the private hot tub is located on the wooden deck, along with two Adirondack chairs. Just below the deck is a firepit complete with log stools for an alternative way to warm up.

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Secluded cottage in Gary, Indiana

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Book this Indiana Airbnb with hot tub

Near Indiana Dunes National Park, this home has a six-person hot tub perched at the top of a dune, overlooking the house. The modern home includes sleek design details like leather couches and oversize light fixtures, as well as fun features like a dining table that can be transformed into a poker table. But the backyard is where the listing really shines.

In addition to the hot tub, there is a back porch with a grill, fire pit, and fully furnished dining area. String lights hang around the property to complete the tranquil scene. As an added bonus, this listing is also pet-friendly and fully fenced in if you wanted to bring along your pooch.

 

Outdoor paradise in Duluth, Minnesota

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Book this Minnesota Airbnb with hot tub

Located ten minutes from Duluth Lakewalk, this Airbnb’s interior is freshly-renovated and features modular living room furniture, a spacious and bright kitchen with bar seating, a cute log bench in the entryway, a small coffee station, and a handy washer and dryer for longer stays.

However, outdoors is where you’ll want to spend most of your time. The fire pit area is equipped with four benches, and the hot tub is just steps from the front door, so if it’s snowing you don’t have to scurry too far. The location is very remote and peaceful and past guests commend the home’s natural scenery.

FAQs

How do I find an Airbnb with a hot tub?

After setting your other search parameters, such as location and dates, you can check a box within amenities for “hot tub” to only bring up listings with hot tubs. However, be aware that doesn’t necessarily mean the hot tub will be private, so read carefully.

Even if you are filtering by “entire place” on Airbnb and only looking at listings for entire homes, that may not mean the hot tub is a private amenity. For example, you could book a condo that you will have all to yourself, but the hot tub might be a shared amenity among other residents. Read the listing in full to ensure the hot tub is completely private or reach out to the hosts to double-check.

Are Airbnbs safe?

If you’re wondering whether Airbnbs are safe right now, experts say that an Airbnb as opposed to a hotel may actually be one of the safest options, especially if booking the entire house so there are no interactions with hosts or other guests. Airbnb also recently implemented new procedures and cleaning policies, which include new protocols all hosts must now follow.  

Additonally, the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the US.

What if I want a hotel with a private hot tub?

Many hotels have rooms and suites with in-room hot tubs that are completely private. If you prefer a hotel stay to an Airbnb, consider one of these US hotels with in-room hot tubs for a romantic getaway.

 

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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.

Browse all of the best Maine Airbnbs below, or jump to a specific area here:

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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Book this Maine Airbnb

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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Book this Portland, Maine Airbnb

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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Book this Maine Airbnb

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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Book this Acadia Maine Airbnb

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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Book this Maine beach Airbnb

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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Book this Maine Airbnb

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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Book this Maine Airbnb

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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Book this Maine Airbnb

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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Book this Maine beach Airbnb

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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Book this Maine beach Airbnb

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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Book this Maine beach house Airbnb

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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Book Maine beach house Airbnb

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.

Browse all of the best boats on Airbnb below, or jump to a specific section:

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

Charming sailboat in Racine, Wisconsin

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

Fully equipped 52' Houseboat

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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

True Paradise at the Marina Resort

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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.

Browse all of the best Pennsylvania Airbnbs below, or jump to a specific area:

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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14 travel essentials to keep your dog safe and comfortable in the car, recommended by experts

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  • If you’re taking a road trip with your dog, you’ll need to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • We rounded up the best dog car travel accessories, including a crash-tested dog crate and harness.
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Best dog car travel accessories to take your pet on a road trip

With changes to how we travel, Americans across the country are hitting the road with dogs as their copilots. Whether your plan is to hike and camp, explore back roads and under-the-radar towns, or visit family and friends, the promise of an adventure on the open road is intoxicating not just for you but for your dog, too.

To ensure the success of a road trip with your pup, you’ll need a handful of dog car travel accessories to keep them safe and comfortable during long drives. As a professional dog trainer by day and travel writer by night, I have years of experience hitting the road with dogs. I’ve combed through my own gear to come up with this list of essentials for a canine-friendly road trip.

For expertise on traveling safely with a dog in the hot summer months, I’ve consulted with veterinarian Tanya Fraser, medical director of VCA Allendale Animal Hospital in Allendale, Michigan, and Lindsey Wolko, founder of the Center for Pet Safety in Reston, Virginia. Below we’ve rounded up our favorite travel gear as well as tips for traveling safely with your dog.

Here are 14 of the best dog car travel accessories for a canine-friendly road trip:

A crash-tested kennel to protect your dog in a collision

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Lucky Duck Lucky Kennel Intermediate, available at Amazon, $569.99

According to Wolko, you should never travel with your dog in a plastic crate that has been buckled in with a car seat belt because it can easily fracture in a crash. Instead, use a crash-test-certified crate to give your pet the best possible chance of survival in a crash. The Center for Pet Safety has tested several crates for their Center for Pet Safety certified list, including the Lucky Kennel by Lucky Duck, which received a five-star crash-test rating. Crating may also help alleviate motion sickness in some dogs, according to Fraser.

A crash-tested harness to travel safely with your dog outside of a crate

Best dog car travel accessories to take your pet on a road trip

Sleepypod Clickit Sport Dog Safety Harness, available at Sleepypod, $79.99

Sleepypod Clickit Terrain Dog Safety Harness, available at Sleepypod, $94.99

Testing done by the Center for Pet Safety indicates that a crash-test-certified travel harness is an effective way to keep a dog safe on a road trip, especially a dog that has never been crate trained or that suffers from confinement distress. Sleepypod’s Clickit Sport Harness and Terrain Harness each earned a five-star rating. They attach to the seat belts in the back seat of a car through built-in loops. 

A hammock-style seat cover to keep paw prints and dirt at bay

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Orvis Grip-Tight Windowed Hammock Seat Protector, available at Orvis, from $169

If any portion of your road trip involves hiking, camping, or other explorations of the great outdoors, do yourself a favor and get a water-resistant seat cover to protect your car from moisture and dirt. This version from Orvis blankets the back seat and the backs of the front seats. A see-through mesh panel between the two front seats prevents your dog from feeling too isolated.

A foldable car ramp for pets with mobility issues

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Petsafe Ultralite Bi-Fold Pet Ramp at Chewy, Amazon, Wayfair, from $69.95

Just because a dog’s mobility is limited doesn’t mean they aren’t an ideal road trip companion. Bring along a lightweight car ramp to make your travels with an older or disabled dog go more smoothly and save you from having to lift them in and out of the vehicle 20 times a day. In between stops, just fold up the ramp and slide it behind the seat for easy storage.

A pet first-aid kit just in case

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Rayco International Ltd. Pet First Aid Kit, available at Amazon and Walmart, $24.99

From foxtails to ticks, there are dozens of nasty surprises that await your dog on a road trip. Be prepared for the dangers in your path with a high-quality pet first-aid kit. Fraser also recommends downloading the American Red Cross’s Pet First-Aid app to help you navigate minor injuries. If you’re headed for a specific destination, she also suggests looking up a local emergency clinic before you arrive.

Shades to block the sun and keep car temperatures down

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Munchkin Brica Window Shade, available at Buy Buy Baby, Target, and Amazon, from $13.99

Even with the air conditioning on full blast, the interior of the car can heat up to uncomfortable levels when temperatures get extreme outside. Sunshades can help to minimize the greenhouse effect inside the car by blocking the heat out. Don’t expect them to help when you’ve parked the car, though. Temperatures can skyrocket inside a parked car in just minutes. “Never leave your dog in the car, even with the windows down, and even for just a few minutes,” said Fraser.

A spill-minimizing bowl so your dog can quench their thirst anytime they want

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Heininger Waterboy Portable Pet Bowl, available at Chewy, $13.38

Heininger’s portable water bowl, which has a reservoir that fills with water when laid flat, has lived in my car on and off for years. Leave it out while you drive — the well has been designed to minimize spillage — or stand it up to drain the well water back into the jug. The BPA-free device holds up to 3 quarts of liquid. 

Interlocking treat-dispensing puzzle toys to help alleviate boredom

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West Paw Toppl, available at Chewy and Walmart, from $15.95

Keep your dog from getting restless on the road by occupying them with treat-dispensing puzzle toys. West Paw’s Toppl can be stuffed with treats, spread with peanut butter, or sprayed with cheesy goodness. For smarty pants dogs, try combining a large Toppl with a small one to create a toy that’s a bit more challenging.

A soft, washable blanket that doubles as a dog bed

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Carhartt Dog Blanket, available at Chewy , Amazon, and Carhartt, from $75.99

If you’re exhausted by the end of a day of driving, so is your dog. Whether you’re staying in a hotel or camping overnight, pack something soft and cozy for your pup to cuddle up in. I always bring a soft, washable blanket along for the ride. Not only is a blanket easy to fit into an overstuffed trunk, it’s ultra-portable and can double as a dog bed whenever needed.

A dog-size backpack for outdoor adventures

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Ruffwear Approach Dog Pack, available at Ruffwear, Backcountry, and REI, $79.95

If you plan on doing a lot of hiking or backpacking on your road trip, it’s only fair that your dog should carry their share of the gear. Always limit your dog’s load to no more than 25% of their body weight and make sure the pack fits properly before your adventure.

An insulated water bottle with a dog bowl built right in

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Kong H20 Stainless Steel Dog Water Bottle, available at Amazon and Chewy, from $10.90

Whether you’re on a nature walk or in a socially distanced beer garden, keep your dog hydrated with a combination water bottle and dog bowl. This version from Kong is made of insulated stainless steel that will keep liquids cool and refreshing all day long.

A long line to let your dog safely explore new environments

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Signature K9 Biothane Long Line, available at Amazon, from $19.96

Even if your dog has an excellent recall, the allure of the new environments they’ll be exploring on your road trip may prove more powerful than your cue. Bring along a 15- to 20-foot long line to give your dog some freedom while ensuring they remain out of trouble.

Grooming wipes or waterless shampoo to quickly remove grime and nasty smells

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Earthbath Green Tea & Awapuhi Grooming Wipes, available at Petco, $14.99

Bodhi Dog Waterless Lavender Dog Dry Shampoo, available at Chewy and Amazon, $13.29

On the road, there may be hundreds of miles between you and the closest dog-washing station, but if your dog is living their best road trip life, chances are they’ll need at least a little cleanup before your trip is over. Grooming wipes are an easy way to freshen up your dog’s coat or remove debris from their paws or muzzle. If you’ve got a dog that loves to roll in stinky things, I can tell you from experience that you’ll need something stronger to remove the stench. A waterless dog shampoo works a bit better and it never hurts to bring a bottle along for the ride.

A folding travel crate for use inside a hotel room

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Orvis Hose-Off Folding Travel Crate, available at Orvis, $129

To keep everyone safe when you leave your hotel room, you’ll need a portable crate to set up inside your room. While most hotels don’t require this, I’ve heard one too many horror stories about a hotel staff member who has been bitten after walking into a room with a canine guest. Choose something that collapses flat and has a handle for easy carrying. I like Orvis’s version, which also has two doors and plenty of ventilation and comes with a padded fleece mat.

Additional safety tips for road trips with dogs

To ensure the success of a road trip with your pup, you’ll need a handful of items to keep them safe and comfortable during long drives. Dogs also need regular breaks from the road, just like we do. “Stopping every few hours to get out, move around, and use the bathroom is ideal,” said Fraser.

All that driving also increases the possibility that your dog may, at some point, experience some car sickness. Most dogs outgrow motion sickness in puppyhood, according to Fraser, but if your dog is prone to nausea in the car, things like withholding food for a few hours before traveling or letting your dog see out the window can help. Roll down the window for additional airflow but not so low that your dog can thrust their head into the wind. That’s very dangerous. “You know the sound your windshield makes when a rock hits it? Imagine your dog being hit by that rock. Ouch!” Wolko said.

Before you embark on your trip, Fraser recommends making sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccines and parasite control. Consult your vet if you have questions. They can also provide you with anti-nausea medication if your dog frequently experiences motion sickness.

 

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