The 11 best Airbnbs in Key West from charming cottages close to Duval Street to tranquil stays on private beaches

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Best Airbnbs in Key West

  • Key West is one of the most popular US destinations thanks to its laid-back, tropical vibe.
  • Its stunning beaches are family-friendly, but it’s equally great for couples and solo travelers.
  • We rounded up the best Airbnbs in Key West, ranging in price from $147 to $513 per night.

As a long-term Florida resident, my family and I love to take the three-hour road trip down from Miami to Key West. It’s one of those places that we find ourselves returning to year after year thanks to its beautiful beaches, historic attractions, and fantastic food. Plus, it offers many travelers the chance for a tropical paradise with no passport necessary.

Key West is only about four miles long and two miles wide, and most of the shopping, dining, and nightlight is situated on Duval street, the main road that runs down the middle of the island, from the Gulf to Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.

Whether you want to be at the heart of the action or opt for a more tranquil beach getaway will largely dictate the best location for your stay. Luckily, there are plenty of options regardless of your preference.

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Here are the best Airbnbs in Key West, sorted by price from low to high.

Central-based studio one block from Duval

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Central based studio one block from Duval, $147

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Located just one block from Duval Street, this studio apartment is an ideal base for a quick getaway. There’s also a private parking spot, which is a serious perk when visiting Key West as parking comes at a premium. 

This first-floor studio is small but well laid, with a Queen-size bed and a separate kitchen and dining area, complete with granite countertops. A large wooden wardrobe easily allows travelers to unpack and settle in. The unit is part of a historic building and though simple in decor, it has all the necessities and even boasts a deck with a small sitting area. Past guests rave about the property’s cleanliness and its proximity to many of Key West’s major attractions. 

Visit the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar, opened in 1933, or the nearby Key West Butterfly Nature Conservatory. You’ll also find plenty of shopping and restaurants right nearby. 

Colorful condo steps from Duval

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The huge deck and central location make this condo in downtown Key West a prime choice. Aptly named Bella Vita, or “good life,” the property has a wrap-around porch with white Adirondack chairs for relaxing or some good old-fashioned people watching during downtime.  

The interiors are decorated in bright, cheery colors, including orange and turquoise walls, a red leather sofa, and blue accent pillows. The large master bedroom has a King-sized bed, a desk/vanity space, matching bedside tables, and a sound machine to enjoy a peaceful sleep. and the bathroom has an indulgent frameless glass walk-in shower. The galley-style kitchen includes bar seating at the kitchen counter. 

The ground-floor condo is also close to nearby bike and scooter rentals, so you can cruise around the island in style. 

Cheerful condo near Mallory Square

Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo near Mallory Square, $280

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With a large, shaded balcony overlooking the nearby cluster of Victorian-style homes and located within a quiet gated community in the Truman Annex, it’s no surprise that this listing gets a near-perfect rating. 

The inside of the condo is painted in bright yellows and blues, creating a sunny vibe that matches its location. The living area is found upstairs and includes plenty of seating options for lounging around, including a contemporary sofa lined with oversized pillows and a velvet armchair.   

The dining area seats up to five, and the kitchen was recently updated with white shaker cabinets and gray stone countertops. There’s a porthole above the kitchen sink that gives it a slight maritime theme, which continues with seascape art and a floor-to-ceiling bookcase filled with model ships and starfish. 

The historic Hemingway house, Maritime Museum, and Truman White House are all close by. The condo is also a short walk to Zachary Taylor Park, one of the top public beaches in Key West. Bike rentals are only a block away, and the condo includes bike storage for guests.

Modern townhome right on Duval

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Two bedroom townhome in the heart of Key West, $225

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This large townhome puts guests at the heart of the action, thanks to its location right on Duval. Large spaces at this price point are hard to come by in Key West, so this property is a gem for families or larger groups. The inside has been recently renovated with calming neutral tones and standout features include two comfy couches with pops of colorful pillows and a round wooden dining table that seats five.  

There’s a parking spot included, although you probably won’t need your car during your stay since many of the most famous Key West restaurants, like DJ’s Clam Shack, are only feet away. 

The lower level of the townhomes includes an open floor plan with a kitchen, dining room, and full bathroom. Upstairs, the pitched roof makes the bedrooms extra cozy and there’s also a sitting nook. 

Secluded hideaway with a private hot tub

best Airbnbs in Key West - Secluded "mango" hideaway with a private deck, $311

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Tucked away in historic Old Town, this quaint cottage is great for those who want want to be close to the action on Duval Street (only half a block away), and who also value their privacy. 

The space is decorated in a tropical theme with green and turquoise linens and dark wood furniture. The kitchen features new cabinets, granite countertops, and full-sized stainless steel appliances. There’s also a deep brown leather sofa bed in the living room that’s within eyesight of the open-plan bedroom. Both the bedroom and the living room have large French doors that lead out to the deck, creating a relaxing indoor/outdoor setup when fully open. 

The spacious deck is the real selling point of this property, with a four-person jetted hot tub,  rattan patio seating, and a grill for making meals al fresco. The property even includes a large mango tree that has been lovingly preserved by being integrated into the design of the deck. 

There’s also a shared pool about a block away, and the cottage is within walking distance to the famed Cuban Coffee Queen and the free Duval shuttle bus.

Cozy cottage with a hot tub

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Cozy cottage with a hot tub, $243

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A great property for families, this large cottage is loaded with rustic charm, from the wood paneling throughout the kitchen to the retro bathroom fixtures. Each bedroom is outfitted with a plus, King-sized bed, and the living room boasts a comfy sofa and side chair along with a dedicated workspace.

The home has a fenced backyard with a beautiful garden area. The outdoor oasis includes a private hot tub, a bamboo enclosed outdoor shower, and a patio dining set that seats four. 

It’s tough to beat the location, just one block from Duval street, and there’s a parking spot included. The cottage is also walking distance to Mallory Square, which is home to the best street entertainers and sunsets in Key West. If you’re a pet owner, you can bring your pooch to this dog-friendly property. 

Oceanfront studio on a private beach

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This second floor, oceanfront studio is a rare property in Key West at this price point, which means that bookings fill up quickly. The condo has a King-sized bed and a large balcony that overlooks the Atlantic ocean. As an added bonus, the home also includes access to the pool and hot tub on the property grounds, though these are shared amenities. 

Visitors will get the best of both worlds with the beach and nightlife right at their fingertips, as this condo is just a five-minute walk to Duval street. There’s also a free garage parking spot that comes with a unit. The studio sits on its own stretch of private beach, so guests can go for a swim or lay out on lounge chairs that are provided by the property. 

Inside there’s a collection of wood and wicker furniture and a plush armchair in soft, pastel tones. The bedroom has four plantation shutters that look out to views of the ocean and ample closet space to unpack. There’s also a small fridge and microwave at your disposal, though there isn’t a full kitchen. 

Spacious sailing yacht

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Three bedroom sailing yacht, $224

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One of most unique properties in Key West, this spacious yacht is ideal for adventurous travelers. Nicknamed “The Someday Soon”, the yacht features three sleeping areas with a setup that’s especially ideal for families, including a Queen size bed in the aft cabin, a Full-size bed in the midship, and two Twin beds in the forward cabin. 

The yacht is a vintage Mason boat with a mid-century modern interior that includes turquoise accents, carved wood trim, and polished wood floors. The eating area has a comfy breakfast nook and large windows that open up to let in the light. If you want to eat your meals on board, there’s a four-burner gas stove, an oven, and a refrigerator and freezer in addition to a grill on the deck. 

The full-size bathroom has a shower and lots of storage space under the sink. While the vessel is roomy inside, there’s also lots of seating outdoors. The cockpit is furnished with taupe and turquoise cushions and pillows, making it an ideal reading retreat.  

As an added option, the booking comes with a day sail, and the marina can provide a captain at an extra charge. Guests are also welcome to use the marina amenities like the heated pool and the gym.

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Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach

Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach, $304

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Step inside this breezy bungalow located in between Key West’s Art Gallery District and the Historic District, two pedestrian-friendly areas of Key West. 

The interior of the unit is bright and airy, decorated in complementary shades of coral, lime green, and blue. The main living area has an open floor plan and the kitchen has a two-tier island that overlooks the living room. Relax on the cream-colored couch that’s adorned with palm leaf printed pillows under a palm leaf fan to really get into beach mode. 

A matching palm leaf fan is found in the bedroom, which also boasts an elevated deck with a hot tub and high-top dining setup. Back inside, the bathroom has a spacious walk-in shower, and there’s a full-size washer/dryer in the hallway. 

There’s a shared courtyard space with a pool and a grill, and the property is also less than a mile from the beach, so after you settle in, you can make a beeline for the warm waters.

Historic Key West suite in Old Town

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Historic Key West suite in Old Town, $447

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Guests staying at this property get to experience a piece of Florida history. This suite is part of a property in Old Town that was built in 1889, and it’s only three blocks from Duval Street. 

Though technically a guesthouse suite, the first-floor accommodation has its own entrance and is entirely private. The kitchen has modern appliances, warm recessed lighting, and a dining area with an expandable table. In the sitting area, there’s a loveseat that can fold out into a bed and a folding screen that can be used to create a private sleeping space.

Outside, there’s an expansive deck and a wicker patio set with a coffee table and an ottoman, ideal for sipping coffee in the morning or cocktails in the afternoon. The grounds of the yellow guesthouse feel like a secret garden, with a brick path winding around the tropical landscaping to a pond. Guests can also access a pool that’s shared with other units. Past guests have described this listing as a “tropical paradise.”

Floating Tiki suite

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Designed to be a glamping experience on the water, you get to this one-of-a-kind floating suite via boat or water shuttle.

The provided paddleboards and snorkel gear make it easy to leap off the front deck and hit the surrounding water. Of course, lounging in the hammock or opening the French doors on all sides to take in the water views from the King bed are also worthy options. 

Brazilian hardwood floors complement the thatched-tiki styling and soaring vaulted ceilings give the living space an airy feel — literally since they also serving as the core component to the self-ventilating design that helps keep this suite cool. While there is a bathroom, there’s no true kitchen here. There is a cooler that can keep food cold for up to nine days, but guests need to bring their own ice and supplies.

FAQs

What is there to do in Key West?

You won’t want to miss dining at Blue Heaven and Santiago’s Bodega in the Bahama Village, and no trip is complete without stopping in for a slice at the Southernmost Key Lime Pie Shop on Duval. Get a dose of culture at The Key West lighthouse and The Key West Museum of Art and History, or do as we do and take your kids to Mallory Square to watch the various street performers and the sunset celebration that takes place every night. 

Some of our favorite beaches are Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor Beach, which is a National Historic Landmark and home to a Civil War fort. 

What is the best area to stay at in Key West?

This depends on what vibe you prefer. For a lively party scene close to the action, you’ll want to be right on or very close to Duval Street. Most visitors will also want to spend the majority of their time close to the historic Old Town. It’s where many of the top attractions are, plus it’s easy to get around on foot so you won’t have to be tied to a vehicle or public transportation.

What’s the best time of year to visit Key West?

Between March and May (with the exception of busy spring break weeks) provides one of the best times to visit Key West since there are fewer crowds than during the peak winter season and prices often drop a bit. The weather is also lovely during this time, with April averaging highs of 82 degrees and lows of 72 degrees Farenheit.

Winter is typically the busiest season when East Coast snowbirds seek a warm-weather getaway, so be prepared to pay peak prices if you visit from November to March.

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All the best early Memorial Day sales we found, including deals from Leesa, Pier 1, and Butcherbox

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  • Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to save on home goods, appliances, and tech.
  • We’ve rounded up the best sales to shop ahead of the three-day weekend.

Memorial Day is getting closer and so are the ensuing sales and discounts. Whether you’re planning to take a much-needed day off or grill it up with friends in the yard, a great deal on supplies never hurts.

Below, we’ve rounded up all of the best sales going on now, including mattresses, home goods, apparel, and tech. Check back often – we’ll update this list and more discounts surface.

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Best Memorial Day grilling deals

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Butcherbox: Get a free BBQ Bundle for new and canceled customers through May 31.

Chicago Steak Company: Get free shipping plus 12 free 4-ounce burgers with orders over $99 with promo code FREEGIFTS.

Cooks Venture: Get $20 off your first order with promo code TRYCV.

Omaha Steaks: Get 50% off summer grilling favorites.

Sizzlefish: Get 15% off Chilean Sea Bass.

Thrive Market: Get a free gift worth up to $31 with your order.

Thermoworks: Save with new deals added regularly.

Best Memorial Day mattress and bedding deals

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Avocado Green Mattress: Get $100 off the Latex, Green, and Vegan mattresses with promo code HONOR through June 7; get $250 off the Luxury Plush Mattress with promo code MEMORIALDAY.

Bear: Get 25% off sitewide and a free gift set with your mattress purchase with promo code MD25 through June 7.

Helix: Get $100 off your purchase of $600+ with promo code MEMORIALDAY100, $150 off your purchase of $1,250 with promo code MEMORIALDAY150, or $200 of fyour purchase of $1,750 with promo code MEMORIALDAY200

Leesa: Get up to $500 off mattresses and get two free pillows with your mattress purchase.

Mattress Firm: Get up to $500 off top brands including Serta, Sealy, and Beautyrest.

Purple: Get up to $400 off a mattress through June 7.

Sit ‘n Sleep: Get over 50% off select mattresses.

Tempur-Pedic: Get up to $500 off adjustable mattress sets and a free $300 mattress set with your purchase. 

Tuft & Needle: Get 20% off sitewide through May 31.

Best Memorial Day home and kitchen deals

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1-800-Flowers: New shoppers can get 25% off flowers and gifts with promo code NEWSHOPPER25 through May 20. 

Aerogarden: Get 20% off sitewide with promo code SUMMER20 through May 31.

Artifact Uprising: Get design services for $49 with promo code DESIGNERMADE through May 24.

The Container Store: Get up to 25% off closet organization.

Modsy: Get 20% off interior design packages with promo code MEMORIAL20 through May 19 or 30% off home and decor from Modsy through June 1. 

Outdoor Fellow: Get 20% off all candles with promo code INSIDER20

Overstock: Get up to 70% off thousands of items for Memorial Day.

Pier 1 Imports: Get up to 50% off select items for Memorial Day.

Society6: Get 30% off outdoor, lifestyle, and home decor or 40% off beach towels and water bottles.

Target: Get up to 25% off furniture, lighting, bedding, and home decor.

UrbanStems: Get a free pack of Sugarfina Gummies ($14 value) with promo code BISENDLOVE

Best Memorial Day clothing and accessory deals

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Anthropologie: Get an extra 25% off sale items.

Andrew Marc: Get an 30% off sitewide with promo code AMCYBER.

Aurate: Get 15% off all orders, or 20% off orders $250+ and 25% off orders $500+ with promo code UPGRADEME.

Banana Republic: Get 40% off your purchase with promo code BRMYSTERY and an extra 10% off.

Baublebar: Get 20% off two or more Pisa bracelets with promo code PISA20

Blue Nile: Get 20% off select jewelry with promo code SHINE2021.

Children’s Place: Get 50% to 75% off during the Spring sale.

Coach: Get 30% off select styles with promo code SAVE30.

eBags: Get up to 50% off with promo code SPRING; buy two or more styles and get an extra 20% off. 

EyeBuyDirect: Buy one, get one with an extra 15% off with promo code TWO4FUN.

Gap: Get 40% off everything with promo code FRIEND.

Keen: Get 20% off select styles through May 31.

Lands’ End: Get 40% off your order with promo code PEONY.

Minnetonka: Get free shipping in the US on orders over $35 with promo code MayFlowers through May 31.

Original Penguin: Get an extra 30% off select sale styles.

Totes: Get 30% off sitewide with promo code RAIN30.

Best Memorial Day beauty and skincare deals

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BeautyCounter: Free summer skin essential when you spend $125 or more through May 26

Colourpop: Save with new deals added daily.

Hello Bello: Get 20% off your order with promo code INSIDER20 through June 30. 

Kate Somerville: Get Kate’s Age Repair Minis with any $150 purchase when you use promo code MAYGWP at checkout.

Nars: Get 20% off sitewide with promo code FRIENDS through May 18.

Sephora: Save on sale items and get free shipping with promo code FREESHIP.

SkinStore: Get 20% off most brands with promo code NEWBIE for first-time customers. 

Tarte: Get up to 75% off during the Secret Sample Sale through May 21.

Ulta: Save with new offers and promotions added regularly.

Best Memorial Day tech deals

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Best Buy: Save big on TVs, computers, headphones, accessories, and more.

Sling: Get $25 off your first month of Sling TV. 

Tile: Save on final sale Tile trackers from previous years.

Udacity: Get 60% off your monthly subscription with promo code INSIDER60 through May 21.

Frequently asked questions

When is Memorial Day 2021?

Memorial Day is on Monday, May 31; for many people, it marks a three-day weekend.

What sales can I expect during Memorial Day weekend?

Though retailers from every category turn up for Memorial Day, the sales you’re most likely to find are from companies that sell home goods and furniture. 

Last year we saw sales from retailers large and small alike, including Walmart, Casper, and Adidas. 

Are Memorial Day deals worth buying?

For the most part, Memorial Day sales won’t be better than those you’d see over Black Friday or Cyber Monday. However, furniture, appliances, and outdoor gear will see price drops that are comparable to those found during the holiday season.

The next major sales event on the horizon is Amazon Prime Day 2021, which we expect to come sometime in June or July. It’ll be chock-full of great deals and all-time low prices.

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10 of the best Airbnbs across Miami, from Brickell to South Beach and beyond

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  • Miami hotels are aplenty but private vacation rentals offer more space and often far cheaper prices.
  • Airbnb homes in Miami range from sophisticated condos to tropical cottages steps from the beach.
  • We rounded up top Airbnbs across Miami’s vibrant neighborhoods, ranging from $82 to $501 per night.

Miami’s gorgeous beaches, Art Deco architecture, and Latin American flare have long made it a favorite for a warm-weather getaway at any time of the year.

Many East Coasters who now have the option to work remotely continue to flock to Florida in droves, and Miami, in particular, is a standout choice for its diverse cityscape with vibrant neighborhoods that include world-famous Miami Beach, the aptly named Design District, the buzzy downtown area of Brickell, and art-infused Wynwood.

Of course, there are countless hotels – many of which we’ve reviewed and loved – but choosing a private home not only adheres closest to current travel safety recommendations but offers a more local experience with more space than you’ll typically find in a standard room in a city hotel. And not to worry, most of them include pools or are close to beaches.

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Lush studio suite with a garden in Wynwood

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Make sure to save time in any Miami trip with a visit to Wynwood. Wynwood is a hub for creative artistry, with colorful murals painted on almost every wall elevating street art to a completely new level. Or better yet, base your stay in Wynwood to savor the ample art as well as a plethora of boutique shops, craft breweries, and impressive galleries.

This oasis feels totally tucked away from the tourist hubbub with high, wooden vaulted ceilings, a fully equipped kitchen, mosaic tile floors, and leafy green hanging plants. Outside, the lush foliage continues with a verdant patio flanked by trees, plants, and flowers that very well may transport you from this bustling city to the quaint countryside. Settle into one of the bright blue chairs or sway in the hammock and listen to the sounds of Miami float by.

Boho tiny house on wheels in Mimo

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This whimsical tiny house features an entire wall of windows that let in the light from the private yard. Since it’s nestled under a canopy of 100-year-old oak trees, you’ll feel like you’re living amongst the treetops — and you’ll have a private patio on which to enjoy the greenery. 

The room itself features a Queen-sized bed, a functional kitchenette, and impressively high ceilings. It announces its boho-chic nature with kitschy lettering, a vintage refrigerator, and a bedscape made up of varying prints and bird-themed throw pillows. The tiny home is located in the Mimo district, which is home to lots of trendy shops and delicious restaurants, in a very walkable and up-and-coming part of town that’s only 15 minutes to the beach. 

Tropical cottage with a pool in Biscayne Park near Bal Harbour

Best Airbnbs in Miami - Tropical cottage in Biscayne Park near Bal Harbour, $100

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This bright little cottage is an Instagrammer’s dream abode with great natural light accented by bright furnishings, like a lemon yellow couch and pops of colorful artwork. You’ll also have access to a stunning pool, as well as a thatch-roofed, Tiki-style covered patio that features on-theme, beachy furnishings. 

This gem is located in the Bal Harbor area, about 15 minutes from the beach. It’s sure to be a hit with culinary-minded guests, thanks to its location near Makoto, a trendy Stephen Starr and Makoto Okuwa collaboration in a contemporary space that celebrates refined Japanese cuisine. The property also provides its guests beach chairs, umbrellas, and bicycles to make your sun-bathing days relaxing and convenient. They’ll even provide a Pack ‘n Play if you have a baby or a toddler. 

Pro tip: This specific Airbnb is in close proximity to both Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports — a major plus for any busy business or leisure traveler who needs quick access to jet in and out and more flight options.

Designer garden suite in Morningside

Best Airbnbs in Miami - Designer garden suite in Morningside, $96

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Originally used as a high-end wood showroom, this transformed garden suite’s private entrance welcomes you with an exterior facade made of reclaimed wood, plus wood flooring and paneling, and custom cabinetry and furniture. There is an impressive red and black color scheme that includes leaf and zebra print pillows, a red Asian-style rug at the foot of the Queen-sized bed, and large Buddhist prints adorning the wall. Paired with recessed and pendant lighting in warm hues, this option will likely remind you of a luxe hotel room in Southeast Asia. 

Close to golf courses, you’ll also get a sense of five-star service here, as the owner will let you borrow a pair of golf clubs for your game, as well as beach towels. There is also a full minibar and Nespresso machine at your disposal. Drink coffee or tea as you relax in the outdoor tropical garden, complete with a mango tree, avocado, lychee, guava, banana, and other lush vegetation.

Tropical bungalow in Mimo

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Feel tucked away in a jungle oasis in this bungalow-style guest house with plenty of privacy thanks to the surrounding greenery. It’s also conveniently located in the upper east side of the Mimo district, which is filled to the brim with trendy shops and delicious restaurants. 

The bungalow itself is a studio, but its design makes it feel quite large. The walls and ceiling feature a gray shiplap that makes the space feel truly endless, and large glass doors provide the glow of natural light. The doors also open up to a private outdoor area with a sunshade, as well as a pool and cozy outdoor seating area. The home includes a barbecue grill, parking, and even chairs and umbrellas for the beach, which is right nearby.

Cute cottage with a pool in Brickell

Best Airbnbs in Miami - Cute cottage w/ pool near Brickell & Little Havana, $120

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Inside this bleach-white cottage trimmed with turquoise, you’ll find contemporary furnishings in muted tones and a kitchen with bright blue-tiled countertops. Like many Airbnbs in Miami, though, this space is all about the outdoors. Large planter pots, a trellis with greenery, round white garden stepping stones, and a garden wall that separates an eating nook with brightly hued chairs and overhead string lights should be an attractive enough reason to book. 

If you do check in and decide to enjoy the outdoor living and dining room, though, you should like cats. The owner, who lives on the property in the main house, has an outside rescue cat that you’re likely going to interact with during a stay.

There is also a kidney-shaped pool — complete with dolphin mosaic tiles — located in the private, secluded, fenced yard, and is shared by the main house. 

This home also scores points for location as it’s close to Little Havana, a vibrant neighborhood where Cuban culture thrives. Don’t miss a stop at Versailles for an authentic cafecito or croquetas and an out-of-this-world Cuban sandwich. In Brickell, entertain your glitzier side by dining at Komodo, a three-story, indoor/outdoor restaurant where South Florida sophistication meets Southeast Asian flavors. 

Pink vacation suite in South Beach

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Formerly part of a hotel, this sleek and standalone suite features soaring double-height ceilings with a statement royal blue chandelier that stands out against a bubblegum pink wall. It offers a King-sized bed and sits just one block from the beach in Miami’s trendy South of Fifth area, making this a nice find in a sea of expensive hotels.

Free parking, which is tough to find in these parts, is offered a few blocks away, and guests will have a lovely hotel lobby entrance to enjoy and relax in if they choose. But it also comes with self check-in via a lockbox for those who prefer to avoid any interactions with others. Many of the best restaurants and shops South Beach has to offer are within easy walking distance. 

Junior suite inside a 5-star hotel in Miami Beach

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Another hotel offering, this Airbnb is actually housed within the historic Fontainebleau Hotel, a lavish luxury hotel in Miami Beach. You’ll enjoy all the amenities of a hotel with the privacy of an apartment vacation rental. Think direct beach access, a glittering pool complex, fitness center, and more.

This junior suite boasts ocean views and over 540 square feet of interior space, which is far larger than most any standard hotel room in Miami Beach. There’s also a large outdoor balcony and a spacious marble bathroom with a walk-in shower. The bedroom has a King-size bed, plus a full-size sleeper sofa in the living area, and up to two extra rollaway beds may be ordered through the hotel for families or groups.

Stylish, art-filled condo in Downtown

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In general, Miami has a particular interior design style recognized by gleaming white surfaces juxtaposed with luxe details, subtle pops of bold colors, and flamboyant art. This high-rise condo option has all of that and more. Marble floors are complemented by white furnishings, pop art, and small, space-inspired statues. Gold detailing throughout ups the luxe feel. 

The downtown Miami apartment boasts two King beds, a palatial, private balcony with skyline and Biscayne Bay views, a Roman tub, and a shared gym with a dry sauna, plus a pool area that includes four separate hot tubs. With a dedicated workspace in one of the bedrooms, it’s an ideal pad for remote workers.

Upscale eateries, shopping, dry cleaners, pack-n-ship, and a convenience store are all right downstairs. 

House with resort-like pool on the Upper East Side

Best Airbnbs in Miami - House with resort like pool on the Upper East Side, $346

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This expansive, family-friendly guest house comfortably has room for up to five guests and includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms. But the piece-de-resistance is clearly the dreamy backyard pool. A private urban oasis, it’s surrounded by a rock garden, lots of greenery, and a wood fence for insured privacy. So, there’s no jockeying for pool loungers like you’d have to do at a hotel.

While you may be tempted to spend your days solely lounging by the pool, there’s plenty of relaxation to be found inside too thanks to a sunroom with a daybed and leather lounger. The living area is sun-soaked and features windows all the way around the space, contemporary decor that includes a gold rocking horse, an etched stone fireplace, and wood-slat vaulted ceilings.

The home is walking distance to lots of restaurants on the upper east side, and Morningside Park, which boasts a fantastic tennis center. You’re also very close to Biscayne Bay where you can rent kayaks. 

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Where should I stay in Miami for Airbnb?

To hit the beach, stay in Miami Beach in neighborhoods like glitzy South Beach, relaxing Mid-Beach, pretty Sunny Isles, or tony Bal Harbour. There you’ll find ocean views and direct beach access at the ready.

Head inland for added variety and personality as there’s much to love about Miami beyond the beach. Brickell in downtown Miami is a booming center for food, shopping, and business, Wynwood is a hip neighborhood known for colorful murals painted by local artists that adorn most all of the buildings’ walls.

Or, for something further, afoot, look to neighborhoods like Coconut Grove, Mimo, or Morningside.

What is the best time of year to visit Miami?

Miami is a warm place to visit for most of the year, with the most comfortable temperatures in winter.

In summer or early fall, expect hot, sticky, humid days with thunderstorms most afternoons. While early winter, late spring, and summer see some deals, know that crowds descend in droves around periods such as spring break or events such as Art Basel, driving prices up.

Is it safe to stay in Airbnb?

The CDC has now said that fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US. Additionally, vacation rentals continue to be popular and regarded as the safest form of travel lodging given that you’re often renting an entire home, removing interactions with people outside your traveling party.

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12 of the coolest Airbnbs in Charleston for your next family vacation, girls’ getaway, or couple’s trip

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Cobblestoned Chalmers Street and historic buildings in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Charleston is a grand, historic city that has good looks, Southern charm, and a compact city center.
  • Charleston is within easy driving distance of some of South Carolina’s and Georgia’s best beaches.
  • We found highly-rated Airbnbs downtown and in scenic suburbs, all between $86 and $479 per night.

Charleston, South Carolina is a longtime popular vacation destination, boasting history and a handsome, compact city center that lends itself to easy sightseeing. It has a slightly more buttoned-up reputation than peers like Savannah or New Orleans, but its attractions and proximity to great beach towns means tourists keep coming back.

It can be slightly more expensive than the previously mentioned cities in terms of private vacation rentals on Airbnb, but the houses are of exceptional quality and its neighborhoods are safe and picturesque. Most residential areas are within easy reach of downtown and the suburbs offer tranquil and scenic bases to stay.

As a travel writer with a specialty in the deep south, I’ve visited and written about Charleston many times. It’s one of my favorite cities in the US and I’ve put that experience to use by selecting impeccable Charleston rentals on Airbnb across various neighborhoods and budgets. Here’s my pick of the market.

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These are the best Airbnbs in Charleston sorted by price from low to high.

Spacious private bungalow close to downtown

Spacious Private Bungalow

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There may be a bridge between this property and downtown Charleston, but it’s less than a 10-minute drive and for the notable value and comforts, it’s well worth considering. The Avondale neighborhood is a also good-looking area with its own restaurants and shops worth exploring. Otherwise, a quick hop across the bridge has you in the thick of things really quickly.

The house itself is as cute as any in the region, with a subtle powder blue and mint color palette, plus an inviting design that includes window seats, a small deck, and a patio. The property does not have a kitchen, but it does have a Keurig coffee maker, fridge, and microwave, and local dining options are plentiful. 

Funky little Airstream

Funky, charming Airstream, Charleston, South Carolina

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If you’re willing to take a chance on a non-traditional property, then this remodeled Airstream camper (cutely named Emma) is a comfortable, whimsical option in Riverland Terrace, which is a 10-minute drive from downtown that is also close to Stono River and Folly Beach.

The camper reflects a preppy aesthetic with crisp bright colors, wooden floors and paneling, and rafia blinds. The sleek ceiling lighting and a clawfoot tub add to the list of attractive amenities, while Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and a plush-looking bed make staying here akin to a high quality glamping experience.

Pretty guest suite with an outdoor shower and kitchen

The Island Nest

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As well as boasting a historic downtown, Charleston is also close to great beaches and staying just outside downtown makes it easy to enjoy the best of both worlds. This spacious, self-contained suite is 10-minutes by car from both the city center and gorgeous Folly Beach.

Enter this guest suite and be enveloped in a sense of relaxing vacation vibes thanks to decor that is tastefully seaside chic with driftwood accents, pops of bright yellow, and a great outdoor kitchen for a constant flow of fresh air. Couples or small families will love grilling on the covered deck after either a day’s sightseeing or sunbathing, and the master bedroom adds a punch of luxury with the addition of a jetted tub, as does the outdoor shower.

Light and airy tiny house with a patio

The Cedar House Rules

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Surrounded by river views and close to central Charleston, what the property lacks in size, it makes up for in tasteful design and easy good looks. Cedarwood features prominently, both in the decor as well as the surroundings, covering high-end floors and furniture. The neutral white and cream color palette is calming and airy, and accommodations include both a West Elm futon and a lofted sleeping nook with a white noise machine and fan for light sleepers.

The bathroom is compact but boasts a rain shower, and a secluded outdoor patio is private, lush, and outfitted with a hammock. Cruiser bikes are also provided.

Large townhome with multiple outdoor spaces

Home with rooftop deck

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Although it’s located in a quiet residential neighborhood, this home is just steps from downtown and historic King Street.

The three-story townhouse itself has a cool, colorful, and contemporary vibe, with polished wooden floors, a breakfast bar, and a clawfoot bathtub. Though, the highlight of staying here is the impressive private rooftop, seemingly perched amid the trees. Sink into the outdoor sofa or enjoy a meal at the wood table, prepared in the sleek kitchen inside. If a shadier spot is more to your taste, you can decamp to the private courtyard for cocktails, a quiet respite with plenty of tree cover. 

Colorful apartment with impeccable design

Southern Shangri La Apartment

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For a design-forward home with personality that shines through in spades, consider this cheery apartment which wows from the first glance of the colorful mural painted on the home’s exterior walls.

Inside is equally charming, with loads of wicker furniture ranging from end and coffee tables to chairs and even a bed frame, plus sleek midcentury modern couches and console tables. Leafy plants add a pop of color, as do fun accents like pom pom tassels and framed art.

The property is in the cute Cannonborough neighborhood, just two blocks from King Street.

Modern home with a large backyard

Modern Gem with Backyard

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While Charleston is filled with plenty of historic homes, sometimes it’s just more comfortable to opt for a house that feels a bit more like checking into a boutique hotel.

Though, that’s not to say there’s no history to be found in this Airbnb which features grand exposed beams and brick plus original woodwork that retain the charm of the building’s roots. Decor, meanwhile, is quite contemporary with abstract coffee tables, modern art, and sleek finishes such as the subway-tiled shower and reclaimed wooden headboards in the bedrooms.

Loft-style carriage house

Carriage House

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Billed as a loft-style home, this carriage house has an airy open-plan layout that makes great use of natural light, complemented by furnishings and decor done up in muted grays and powder blue hues.

The living space includes a small but modern sofa, a wicker chair, and leafy potted plants alongside a full kitchen with a granite-topped island for bar seating. A spiral staircase leads up to a lofted bed area, but note that there is no wall or door separating the bedroom from the living room below. A small bathroom with a walk-in tiled shower round out the home’s offerings. The home is a couple of blocks from King Street and the nightlife and dining of downtown are just a few minutes’ walk away. 

A little pink palace

The Little Pink House on the Peninsula

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If an adorably romantic getaway is what you’re in the market for, then we suggest you strongly consider this picture-postcard property.

This bijoux pink palace in the Cannonborough neighborhood exudes charm, from the ornamental porches with period gas lamps to the posh interiors that effortlessly mix classic farmhouse pieces like armchairs and bureaus with a contemporary marble-topped kitchen with slate blue cabinets punctuated by fire orange walls in the bathroom.

The lofted master suite is well-appointed for couples and opens out to a relaxing second floor porch. 

Serene cottage with a beautiful garden and pool

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There’s an embarrassment of attractive features in this cottage, part of the Airbnb Plus collective. First is its plum location close to King Street and the tranquility of leafy Cannonborough as the surrounding neighborhood.

But you’re most likely going to book this lovely home for its access to a heated saltwater lap pool, a real rarity in this part of town, and a boon in summer during the sticky, humid months. The small lap pool is shaded by leafy trees and flanked by sun loungers, a stone patio with an outdoor dining table, and a peaceful koi pond.

Inside is equally impressive, a mix of classic, traditional Charleston architecture and midcentury furniture as well as funkier finishes including modernist standing lamps and coffee tables and a gorgeous white-tiled bathroom. Light pours in through a wall of windows in the living room, however, the kitchen is small and less modern. Though, the whole home more than makes up for it.

Enchanting apartment in the historic district

Enchanting Apartment in the Historic District

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The hosts of this home have gone to great lengths to create a memorably exquisite look, mixing neutral fabrics with bold prints and textures with expert ease.

The midcentury furnishings are bolstered by striking features such as regal interior columns, multiple period fireplaces, hardwood floors, and exposed brickwork. Breakfast bars, porches, and three bedrooms mean that groups will have plenty of space to spread out. The master stuns with a standalone turquoise claw tub in the bedroom while additional bedrooms and spaces boast stunning designs that feels lifted out of a lifestyle magazine.

Swanky home with a pool

'The Bermuda' Home with Pool

Rent this Charleston home on Airbnb

Checking into this immaculate home is kind of like renting out your own small boutique hotel.

Enjoy private porches for an evening cocktail or grab a sun lounger on the common pool deck followed by a dip in the cool, refreshing waters. You may also bring your pet and let them roam free in the dog run.

The charms extend inside as well, with neutral and contemporary decor including exposed brick, high-quality wooden floors, and spa-like luxe bathrooms. There is also a gleaming kitchen and multiple bedrooms, including a master with a memory foam King-size bed. 

FAQ: Cool Airbnbs in Charleston, SC

Where is Charleston?

Charleston is on the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina, around two hours north of Savannah, and five hours east of Atlanta, by car. It is a peninsula, surrounded by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, with suburbs on each side. The islands just to the south of Charleston are home to great beaches, such as Folly Beach on Folly Island. 

Where should I stay in Charleston SC Airbnb?

Where you stay in Charleston will depend a lot on your budget and personal tastes. The historic downtown and neighboring French Quarter are by far the most popular spots, and staying there means you can likely walk to most of the sights you’ll want to see. Many of these downtown streets are lined with beautiful historic homes, which opens up options on Airbnb, too.

Cannonborough and Elliotborough are well-appointed residential neighborhoods, while across the river, Avondale, Riverland Terrace, and James Island both provide quiet, riverside accommodations that are easily accessible by car from downtown.  

How much does it cost to rent a vacation house in Charleston?

If you want to rent a private vacation house in Charleston, the cost will depend on factors such as house size, proximity to downtown, the home’s historic status, plus the time of year and the day of the week you plan to visit. The average rental cost is $232 per night according to market analysts AirDNA, but there are variations. 

For example, a simple studio apartment downtown might start at around $120 per night off-season, but surge to over $400 per night for a busy weekend. A large, lavish townhouse could be closer to a thousand dollars or more per night at any time.

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

Expect to pay, at minimum, a few hundred dollars for a short midweek stay off-season, or a couple of thousand for a weekend or summer visit in a higher-end property. Also budget in extra fees for cleaning, service fees, and other additional costs imposed by Airbnb.

What is there to do in Charleston?

Charleston is one of the best-preserved cities in the South, dating back to 1670 and soaking up the atmosphere with its decorative balconies, colorful stucco, and elaborate mansions is a pastime in itself.

The city is easy to walk around but a good way to get an overview of Charleston’s fascinating history is to take a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown. It still has over 70 colonial buildings, mostly from the 18th century and many more from the first half of the 19th century. Touring some of these historic homes, such as the Calhoun Mansion, is a popular activity, and most of the shops and cafes hold some historic interest.

The local culinary delicacy is she-crab soup, so be sure to try it if it’s in season. 

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  • Tampa, a major city in Florida, is popular for its area beaches, historic charm, and college campus.
  • The metropolitan Tampa area also includes the popular resort towns of St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
  • The best Tampa hotels take advantage of the stunning Gulf setting – here are our top picks.

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The third most-populated city in Florida, Tampa is a Gulf Coast gateway to an impressive region of white-sand and blue-water beauty.

There’s plenty to like about the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area. I’m a Florida-based travel writer and love the Tampa coastline for its stunning sunsets, fresh seafood – the grouper and flounder from the Gulf alone justify the trip – and more easygoing mentality than you’ll find in party-driven places like Miami.

Whether you want to hit up Busch Gardens, admire some of Florida’s best beaches, or tack on a second stop after a trip to Orlando’s theme parks, Tampa is filled with great hotels that are worth a visit in their own right. From sprawling family-friendly resorts to decadent luxury hotels, these are the best hotels in Tampa.

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Here are the best hotels in Tampa, sorted by price from low to high.

The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa

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This large hotel is accustomed to business travelers with precise demands, as well as groups in town for destination weddings or other events. So, you can be sure that any request will be met with both efficiency and excellence.

Guests enjoy their time here, from morning coffee made just the way they like it to meetings in the tech-stocked rooms, and after-work swims in the rooftop pool.

The 325 rooms start at 338 square feet and feature floor-to-ceiling views of downtown, the landscaped courtyard, or the atrium. Guest rooms are outfitted in natural woods, high pillowtop mattresses, blue-and-wheat plaid drapes, and white comforters with patterned throws and pillows. The desk chair is ergonomic, which is helpful if you’re there for several days of work.

Meanwhile, the bathrooms feature grab bars in showers and tubs. For more accessible room features, ask while booking. 

Covid-19 procedures are available here.

Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort

Innisbrook A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort

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At 900 acres, this massive luxury resort hosts professional golf and tennis tournaments and draws aficionados its fabulously designed courses, courts, and lessons. But that’s not the only reason to stay here.

In addition to golf, Innisbrook takes sun life pretty seriously, scattering six pools around the property, including one with two sand beaches, a waterfall, and waterslides. Recently refreshed rooms are designed in a crisp tropical palette and begin at 300 square feet, while suites start at 1,000 square feet and have kitchens plus a private balcony or patio to take in the views.

Take the tram from an early morning golf game to enjoy a poolside lunch and cocktail, or get around the property on a surrey bike built for four or six. And if you somehow bore of  Innisbrook’s options, sign up for one of their field trips to places like Clearwater Marine Aquarium or top-rated Caladesi Island Beach.

Covid-19 procedures are available here.

Aloft and Element Hotel

Tampa Dual Branded Aloft and Element Hotel Sal y Mar Rooftop Bar Exterior

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Located in the ultra-trendy Midtown Tampa city-within-a-city, this two-in-one hotel brings you right into Tampa’s young professional nerve center. Surrounded by waterside running trails, airy outdoor cafes, dog parks, and more, the dual-branded Aloft and Element Hotel is the place to drop your bags in order to get out and go.

That said, the hotel(s) do have their charms that keep you in place. Contemporary, clean rooms are accented by striped rugs and platform beds. The minimalist designs are comfortable and colorful, with mini fridges and free Wi-Fi to work or keep up with family and friends.

Both sections of the complex have self-serve markets. They share the latest highlight – the Sal Y Mar Rooftop Bar, where you can meet clients or friends after-hours for Spanish tapas and Mayan-influenced Mexican fare. Separately, Aloft adds the WXYZ bar and Element takes it one step further in the morning with the complimentary Rise: Breakfast Bar. They also differ in that Aloft has a fitness center while Element directs you to the rooftop pool that they share for exercise. 

Covid-19 procedures are available here.

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

Tampa Marriott Water Street Exterior

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Given its stunning Tampa Bay waterfront setting and accessible luxury, it may be difficult to think of JW Marriott Tampa Marriott Water Street solely as a wellness retreat. Or as just a business hotel. Or perhaps only as an event venue. Because, in addition to welcoming everyone from couples on vacation to families convening for Buccaneers games, it’s all of those things.

Newly refurbished rooms boast a range of sand, sky blue, and light gray hues that match the outdoor views, making it difficult to leave their comfy confines, especially if you’re staying in one of the 35 Stay Well™ rooms that includes air purification, aromatherapy, a Mood Box to energize or relax you, and a shower infuser that illuminates your hair and skin. Wellness features also include Cleveland Clinic tips and programs for sleep, stress, and nutrition management.

Outside of the room, dine on amazing seafood at Anchor and Brine, casual American fare at Café Waterside, or light bites and cocktails in the beautifully designed Great Room or on the waterside patio, where live music is often booked.

Head up to the rooftop pool for a dip, work out in the 24/7 fitness center, or ask the concierge to arrange boating, fishing charters, or other water activities.

Covid-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Haya

Hotel Haya

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Opened in September 2020 with renowned Miami celebrity chef Douglas Rodriguez at the helm of on-site restaurants Flor Fina and Café Quiquiriqui, this 178-room hotel is set smack-dab in Ybor City, also known as Cigar City. 

The hotel comprises two historic buildings. One was Ybor City’s first restaurant, and the other was the Warren Building, which housed Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. The decor and architecture reflect the “Golden Age of Havana.” Look for Francisco Goya reproductions and Chihuly-style blown glass, which recall the district’s original streetlights.

Rooms are done up in colors of rust red, brilliant blue, and primary yellow, and include stone-tiled bathrooms, wrought-iron balconies, and locally-sourced objets d’art. Plush robes, Grown Alchemist toiletries, and bedside wireless charging pads ensure a good night’s sleep after enjoying Rodriguez’s iconic ceviches and other amazing dishes.

Covid-19 procedures are available here.

Le Méridien Tampa

Le Méridien Tampa

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If you love the romance of repurposed, historic buildings, this one is for you. Once a federal courthouse, Le Méridien boasts soaring ceilings, and former courtrooms have been converted into coveted event spaces.

A boutique hotel, the 100 rooms and suites are spare and elegant, starting at a generous 330 square feet. The blue-gray walls and carpet make both the white comforter and the picture window pop. Conveniences like a mini fridge and high-speed Internet are also appreciated.

The restaurant Bizou Brasserie is particularly known for its French pastries. Just try not to ask for one of its signature eclairs to put in the fridge for later. Artsy guests also love the gorgeous bar/restaurant for its decor, including sputnik chandeliers that hang overhead like satellites, as well as the lobby filled with midcentury and Art Deco furniture.

The tropically landscaped pool, while small, is an additional place to relax, especially at night when the lights make it glow.

Covid-19 procedures are available here.

Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection

Epicurean EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge

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When you’re looking for both location and luxury, the South Tampa-situated Epicurean should be your goal.

With a philosophy of indulgence, the hotel offers a luxury experience in every department. It’s especially known for its commitment to fine food and drink, with signature restaurant Élevage Patio & Dining Room and panoramic rooftop bar EDGE leading the charge. Like what you’ve consumed? You can learn how to cook it, or something like it, with on-site classes.

Accommodations don’t fall short either, with amenities ranging from gourmet in-room pantries and fully stocked mini-bars to thoughtfully designed work desks. Chill out on a personal terrace, soak in a marble bathtub, or snooze on an overstuffed mattress. 

If you crave more activity, the fitness center is open 24/7, and the pool is heated year-round. There’s also a trail for jogging and biking, plus the stellar Evangeline Spa.

Covid-19 procedures are available here.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

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While the exterior of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa isn’t as flashy as its sister “guitar hotel” on the east coast of Florida, parts of it were recently renovated. The complex, which underwent a $700 million expansion in 2019, includes a 15-story tower, bringing the number of rooms and suites to 800.

The look is as glitzy as you might expect, with souvenirs and costumes from rock-and-roll and pop icons everywhere. There’s a ton of bling — and yes, a lot of that brrring brrring — in the casino, but the hotel hallways and rooms are quiet and restful for body and soul, with generous proportions and comfortable, contemporary furniture. A mini fridge and coffee corner are helpful when you don’t feel like braving casino crowds first thing in the morning.

The three pools, a cabana area, and a pool bar, are adjacent to the Rock Spa & Salon and the Body Rock gym. These areas are not as populated as the casino and concert stages, so when you’ve had your fill of playing the numbers, watching sports, and listening to live music, head to the second floor for some respite.

Covid-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa here.

The Westin Tampa Waterside

The Westin Tampa Waterside

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Located next door to – and almost sharing space with – the JW Marriott Tampa Marriott Water Street, The Westin Tampa Waterside is a view-driven sanctuary. It’s next to the Tampa Convention Center and within a circle of popular attractions, including The Florida Aquarium, Sparkman Wharf, Amalie Arena, and Tampa Riverwalk.

The rooms are known for their Westin Heavenly® Beds, which deliver on a great night’s sleep. High-tech, rooms make it easy for business and leisure travelers to access devices with high speed and streaming services, though some of the starter-rate rooms can be under 300 square feet. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time in your room, it’s wise to go up a level.

Otherwise, revel in the outdoor swimming pool peppered with palm trees and tropical foliage, or engage in cardio or weights in the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio. There’s also an on-site Starbucks and a restaurant featuring fresh Gulf Coast seafood.

Covid-19 procedures are available here.

More on our methodology for selecting hotels

In addition to the criteria above, I considered the following factors:

My experience: I’ve been living in Florida since 1992 and covering the entire state as a food-and-travel writer since then for a large variety of international publications and guidebooks, including Insider.

I’ve stayed in many of these hotels over the years and can vouch for their overall experience. Some, we’ve even reviewed at length, too.

Overall features: The best Tampa hotels feature standout views of the city, adjacent St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay.

All of them offer great pools (a must in Florida) as well as amenities such as fitness centers, rooftops for a sunset bar/lounge experience, and restaurants that cater to foodie clientele with straight-from-the-Gulf cuisine cooked by well-known chefs.

COVID-19: We only selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of their guests with new cleaning policies.

FAQ: Tampa hotels

Where is Tampa?

Tampa is on the west coast of Florida, about one hour and thirty minutes west of Orlando and four hours south of Tallahassee by car.

The third most-populated city in the state, Tampa is part of the metropolitan area that also includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

What is the best area to stay in Tampa?

That’s up for debate! Downtown Tampa is great for attractions and water views, but some guests complain that it’s a little deserted at night. Ditto for the Westshore business district, which is busy during the day, not as much in the evening.

Midtown Tampa is lively, but not as heavy on attractions. Ybor City has history, eateries, and all-around trendiness.

But if you’re planning to stay on the beach, you’ll want to look for hotels in St. Petersburg or Clearwater Beach. Downtown Tampa is about 30 minutes from the beach regions.

Which hotels in Tampa are best for groups? Families? Couples?

To narrow your choice from this list, choose based on the size of your traveling squad and your intended activities.

If you’re in town with friends, check out the championship courses and courts at Innisbrook, A Salamander Gold and Spa Resort, or the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa (both of which have spas).

If you’re traveling with a young family, look for somewhere near a lot of popular attractions, like JW Marriott Tampa Water Street; if your kids are closer to college-age and also happen to enjoy eating, the Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection is near University of Tampa.

Solo young professional? Look to the Aloft/Element in Midtown Tampa, which is also popular with a lot of other Millennials and Gen Yers.

If you’re in the vicinity for business meetings or an event, try a place near the airport, such as The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa, or The Westin Tampa Waterside near the Tampa Convention Center. Finally, history buffs should book the new Haya Hotel in Ybor City or Le Méridien Tampa, which both offer repurposed architecture.

What is there to do in Tampa?

Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater are renowned for their fishing, boating, beaches, and other water activities.

The Tampa metropolitan area has a ton of attractions, including The Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Sparkman Wharf, Tampa Riverwalk, Amalie Arena, Raymond James Stadium, Busch Gardens, the Dalí Museum, Ybor City, Hyde Park Village, and Caladesi Island Beach, to name just a few. You can do all of these in all seasons. Just keep in mind that hurricane season runs from June 1-November 30, which has a tendency to interfere at times.

Tampa, which includes National Historic Landmark District Ybor City, one of the first Cuban settlements in Florida (and arguably the home of the Cuban sandwich, though Miamians disagree), is an ideal setting for numerous outdoor activities.

I’ve been to Tampa dozens of times over the years to attend everything from literary to food events, and I’m never disappointed in the accommodations and the natural attractions of the area, which range from the blooms of botanical gardens to the rolling greens of golf courses.

Do I need a car in Tampa?

Public transportation is available in Tampa via the TECO Line Streetcar, a charming heritage streetcar transit line. You can also take HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority) buses to get around; see here for fares, routes, and more. 

If you don’t have a car, car rental deals are always available, and experts say renting one in a pandemic is safe. Additionally, these are the best car rental companies

Some hotels offer complimentary shuttles to and from Tampa International Airport, which has 14 car rental agencies on site.

Are hotels safe and open?

Yes, experts agree hotels are safe, provided you take the necessary precautions outlined by the CDC. Additionally, the CDC now says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US. All the hotels on this list are open and accepting guests.

That said, the state of Florida has lifted governmental restrictions and protocol for COVID-19. Keep in mind that many private businesses still opt to follow the CDC masking and social distancing guidelines and come prepared with safety precautions for hotels, restaurants, and other businesses who might enforce their own rules on the premises of their properties.

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  • Amazon Explore experiences range from $10 to $99, but Prime members can try it for free.

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The other night I walked through the streets of Tokyo, stopping in at small shops, exploring handmade ceramics, saying hi to a local shopkeeper, and filling a basket with new treasures to display in my home – all while sitting in my living room in New Jersey. This was possible thanks to one of the new virtual tours from Amazon Explore.

For the last long year, I’ve been trying to scratch my travel itch with virtual experiences, with mixed success. I tried online cooking classes, virtually toured museums and historical sites around the globe, and even bought my son and his cousin a small group online tea ceremony with EF Tours. And I’ve followed along as Airbnb added online interactive tours with guides.

After all of that, I was surprised to hear that Amazon was jumping into the game. After a year of online experiences, why now? And how would this be different?

To find out, I bought a virtual ticket for a first-hand Amazon Explore review to see exactly what they were offering.

What is Amazon Explore?

Amazon Explore is a series of live, virtual one-on-one experiences with hosts located around the world. You can access the program on the Amazon website. However, as a brand new offering that is technically still in beta, it’s a little hard to spot tucked away as the very last entry on the “Programs and Features” tab.

Perusing Amazon Explore you’ll find experiences ranging from hands-on cooking to tours of Paris and Berlin to virtual trips to the beach. Before I jumped in and booked my own tour, I was given an opportunity to do a short media “sampling” of Amazon Explore for review purposes. Highlights included two cooking experiences (salsa in Mexico, $28, and pasta making in Italy, $52) and two shopping and culture tours (one in Tokyo for only $9 and Quebec City at a pricey $62). They were all fun and exciting enough that I was eager to sign up for a full experience myself after.

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Other available options range from learning about the legends of alchemy in Prague ($56) to getting up close with sloths in Costa Rica ($27). No matter your travel interests, it’s easy enough to find an experience catered to it. You can also filter by place, price, ratings, experience duration, and more to help narrow down the options.

Everything takes place within the unique Amazon platform, and on the shopping experiences, you have the added benefit of being able to pick items out in real time to be sent to you later.

How much is Amazon Explore?

Prices run the gamut from $10 to $99. Sometimes you’ll find multiple prices for similar experiences (individual guides set their own prices, according to Amazon). Those who have Amazon Prime can try their first experience up to $50 completely free using the code FREEFUN. If you’re not already a Prime member, you can sign up here.

Before you get started, shop around to make sure you’re not overpaying, just like you would if you were actually in the destination.

Like purchasing any other item on Amazon, you can use your preferred stored payment method, add a new card, or use gift cards.

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One additional way you can pay is with travel points – which is especially great since many of us have been sitting on a pile of unused points due to the pandemic. Hilton Honors has expanded its collaboration with Amazon so you can now use your Hilton points to book experiences. You just need to link your Hilton account with your Amazon one before you book.

I noticed that the charge for my session wasn’t processed until I had successfully completed my experience, and I also had the option to cancel right up until the time slot began. If there are tech difficulties that force a cancellation, you’ll automatically be refunded.

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How is Amazon Explore different from other virtual experiences?

There are a few things that make Amazon stand out from other online virtual tours and experiences. First, every tour with Amazon Explore is a one-on-one experience. If you’re hoping to sit back with your microphone turned off, this isn’t going to be your cup of tea. However, if you miss chatting with someone new, asking questions about what you’re looking at, or trying out a few words of a new language, this is a great option.

Another difference you’ll notice right away is the high production value. While other experiences use a regular Zoom log-in, Amazon has created its own unique platform. This high-tech option has integrated graphics, including maps and labels; the ability to touch an item on your screen and have your guide see what you’re pointing to; and one-touch buttons for taking screenshots and to use a “megaphone” to talk to locals (for example, a shopkeeper) near your guide.

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One thing to note: Currently, there’s no dual camera. Amazon’s platform allows you to see your guide, but they can’t see you. However, you can still easily converse in real time.

Another intersection where Amazon Explore detours from Airbnb and other virtual tours is with the shopping experiences. Your guide will shop for you if your experience is marked with an “In-Session Shopping” tag.

On a shopping itinerary I tried, this was a revelation and an entirely new way of interacting with the destination. The guide entered a local store, held up items, and after we chose one, brought it to the register, photographed it, and purchased it for me. The itemized charges appeared in my Amazon orders immediately. Genius.

However, shipping is extra, so don’t assume you’ll have free Amazon Prime delivery for this program.

Additionally, for one of the cooking experiences, I was able to have all of my fresh ingredients delivered from Amazon Fresh. Although this service isn’t fully integrated into the program yet (it’s not a one-click option), it’s easy enough to copy and paste the ingredient list into your Whole Foods or Fresh shopping basket.

While you’re at it, you can also order any suggested kitchen equipment for your recipe from the Amazon site (if you’re wondering, like I was, why Amazon is getting into experiences, this was an “Aha” moment).

My experience with Amazon Explore

I was interested in trying Amazon Explore‘s live shopping options, and my son, who was joining me for this experience, is interested in Japanese culture, so it was an easy jump to choose a Tokyo shopping experience. There were three options that worked for us timing-wise (we had to choose a late-night time slot on the East Coast to coincide with stores opening in Japan in the morning) for $10, $20, and $39 price points, all 45 minutes long. I chose the mid-level option: Shop Like a Chef. It was a tour of Kappabashi, an area of Tokyo that specializes in cookery and kitchenware, and $20 for a 45-minute private session seemed like a good value.

Our session started out strong. Explore has an interface that can only be accessed via Amazon on a laptop or desktop computer. The graphics were great, and the short intro of technicolor experiences around the world created Disney-level excitement. This was definitely not a Zoom chat.

Our guide Giulia (a friendly, trilingual Italian, Japanese speaker), jumped right in with introductions and gave us a quick intro to the cooking district complete with a map of the area displayed across our screen and crisp graphics that showed four shop choices available to tour – Chopsticks, Ceramics, Fake Food, and Knives. Giulia said we’d have time for two, and we chose Ceramics and Fake Food, because plastic ramen was something we needed to see.

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One note I quickly realized is that you need to be decisive on these tours. It helps to be able to pull the trigger quickly on a purchase since time is quite literally ticking while you shop. After I (finally) committed to a lovely hand-painted teapot and two teacups halfway through the session, Giulia brought them to the register and photographed them so she could return after the tour to process payment.

We then tagged along on a quick walk through Kappabashi, listening to the sounds of shoppers and background store music on our way to an “only in Japan” shop filled with hand-painted food replicas.

Several magnets and key chains shaped like raw fish later, our 45-minute tour was over and it was time to say sayonara. All around, it was a really fun, truly unusual, and rewarding virtual experience.

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My receipt arrived immediately, and although shipping can take as long as four weeks, my package arrived in just five days. However, be aware that prices can quickly add up on top of the initial experience price. I ended up spending $80 while shopping and the shipping was an additional $25.

“Souvenirs are memories,” enthused guide Mizuki in Japan at the end of our tour, which seemed to perfectly sum up why these experiences seem so special. Staying at home this year I have neither new memories nor new souvenirs, and I was happy for an opportunity to get both.

Overall, I found the Amazon virtual experiences I tried to be superior to other online travel options I’ve tried. From the unique interactive platform to the personal, one-on-one interactions to the real-time shopping options, these virtual offerings truly stand out in a crowded field. I’m guessing that when Amazon Explore comes out of beta there will be a dual video option, which would be very helpful.

Still, I was thoroughly impressed by the quality of the Amazon Explore programming and the tech which delivered it to my home.

Some of the best Amazon Explore experiences to try

Ready to try out Amazon Explore and take a virtual vacation yourself? Consider some of these top Amazon Explore experiences. And don’t forget, if you have Amazon Prime you can try your first experience up to $50 for free using the code FREEFUN at checkout.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moose haven cabin in Colorado

Moose Haven Cabin in Walden, Colorado

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

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

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

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

100-year-old farmhouse in Utah

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

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

Homesteader desert cabin in California

Homesteader Cabin in Joshua Tree, California

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

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

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

A mountain cabin with hot tub in North Carolina

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

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

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

A woodland cabin in Vermont

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

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

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

Vineyard chalet in Oregon

Chardonnay Chalet at the Vineyard in Roseburg, Oregon

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

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

Mountain cottage in Oregon

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

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

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

Mountain tree house in the forest in California

Big Bear Treehouse in Big Bear, California

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

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

Cabin on a private reservoir in Montana

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

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

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

A log cabin on the river in Colorado

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

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

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

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

A charming farmstead yurt in Colorado

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

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

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

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

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Farmhouse on 100 acres in Pennsylvania

Farm House on 100 Acre Farm in Lititz, Pennsylvania

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

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

A secluded tree house in Montana

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

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

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

Dog-friendly retreat in Texas

Dog friendly, 104 acres retreat in Blanco, Texas

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

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

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

Home with a lake and pool in New York

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

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

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

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

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

Large lakefront home in Maine

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

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

FAQ: Remote vacation spots

Where are remote locations? 

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

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

What kind of facilities do remote homes have? 

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

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

What should I pack with me? 

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

Where can Americans travel right now?

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

Are vacation rentals safe?

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

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

 

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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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Whimsical stone abode in Sandgate, Vermont

Whimsical Stone Abode in Sandgate, Vermont

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Read our full Tentrr review here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cozy midcentury living in Taos, New Mexico

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Book this Taos Airstream on Airbnb

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

Book this Airstream in Texas on Airbnb

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

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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

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

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

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

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

Vintage downtown unit in Lexington, Kentucky

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Book this Airstream in Lexington on Airbnb

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

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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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