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Coolest Vacation Homes To Rent In Each State

Melody Johnson10-Minute Read
May 13, 2020

From sea to shining sea, we've uncovered hidden gems in every state for your next vacation. Finding your dream destination isn't difficult. Let's say you wanted to pinpoint a unique property close by. A good place to start is the Airbnb website. First, enter the city name into the search bar, then select the “More Filters” button. Next, scroll to the search criteria that reads "Unique Stays." Last, select a checkbox for different types of homes such as cabins, barns, yurts, campers, lighthouse, tents and many more.

Every city will offer different kinds of homes, and not all cities will have that unique vibe you're seeking. Fortunately, we've done much of the hard work for you by compiling a guide to travel destinations you won't want to miss. You won't believe the houses we found. Properties can be found through Airbnb unless otherwise noted.

Alabama

Lake Shore Cabin – This unique Airbnb located in Guntersville features striking wood finish, scenic views of the lake, and recycled tree stumps that serve as column posts. $175/night.

Alabama Airbnb cabin in Guntersville, Alabama.

The Glass House – Witness stunning views of the lake in Bremen from this architectural wonder including wraparound glass walls. $1,200/night.

Glass house in Bremen, Alabama.

Alaska

Orca Island Cabin (Yurt) – The outdoor lover will enjoy this eco-friendly Yurt in Seward complete with a round-trip water taxi excursion, and surrounded by natural snowcapped mountainside views. Perfect for a couple or solo traveler wanting to get off the grid. $690/night.

Orca Island Cabin in Seward, Alaska.

Arizona

Walk to Downtown Scottsdale – A fun getaway in Scottsdale featuring a heated pool, miniature putting golf, and outdoor fireplace. $199/night.

Fun Airbnb in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scenic view of Sedona Mountains – Floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound deck show off Arizona’s famed red rocks. Property has apple, peach, plum and fig trees. $440/night (Vrbo).

Airbnb near the Sedona Mountains in Arizona.

Arkansas

1930s Treehouse Cabin – A quaint, renovated 1930s cabin located in Eureka Springs featuring large decks and overlooking Lake Lucerne. Surrounded by beautiful natural forest, but only 2 miles from downtown dining and shopping. $76/night.

Cabin treehouse in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

California

Hollywood Hills Midcentury Home with City Views – Minutes away from the city’s center this home features eye-catching midcentury décor. $530/night.

Midcentury Home in the Hollywood Hills, California.

Pirates of the Caribbean Getaway – An out-of-this-world experience in Topanga Canyon located in Los Angeles County. Create a magical trip with your partner by sleeping in a fully furnished tepee and enjoy a psychedelic light show while bathing in the hot tub. $225 for one-night stays, but special rates apply.

Pirates of the Caribbean getaway in Topanga Canyon, LA County, California.

Colorado

Yurt in Unaweep Canyon– This fully furnished Yurt located in Gateway hosts breathtaking views of the canyon. Escape the stress by immersing yourself in the natural landscape and wildlife. $149/night.

Yurt in Unaweep Canyon, Colorado.

Connecticut

Storybrook Castle – This elegant 1917 castle located in Ellington is inspired by a wealthy family’s trip to England. $175/night.

Storybrook Castle in Ellington, Connecticut.

Delaware

Quaint Beach Cottage – Only a quick walk to Bethany Beach, this quiet cottage is a perfect getaway for a family. $300/night (Vrbo).

Quaint beach cottage a short walk from Bethany Beach, Delaware.

This Tiny House in Ocean View packs a punch! Located on an organic farm, the owners create a unique experience for guests and customers by providing farm-to-table dining. $99/night.

Tiny house in Delaware.

Florida

Historic Architecturally Distinct Apartment – A majestically designed home within Winter Park. This property features striking architecture and is located near gourmet restaurants and high-end retail shopping. $100/night.

Historic and distinct apartment within Winter Park, Florida.

Villa near Disney Resort, Universal Studios, and Sea World – Vacationing families can enjoy Disney-inspired decor featuring rooms designed with “Frozen” and Mickey Mouse in mind. Complete with a game room and access to pool. $199/night but additional pricing may be required.

Villa with Disney-inspired decor in Florida.

Georgia

Celebrity designed penthouse – A premium suite with a view of downtown Atlanta. $209/night (HomeAway).

This famous Treehouse is a fairy-tale haven which lies outside of Atlanta. Featured in multiple magazines and media publications, including being on Airbnb’s “most wish-listed property in the world.” $375/night. 

Premium penthouse in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Hawaii

Ocean View near Waikiki Beach – Location. Location. Location. Close to everything you could hope for, this Oceanview studio lives up to its name. Walking distance to central downtown, Waikiki Beach and shopping. Enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline while lounging outside. $124/night.

Gorgeous studio with ocean view near Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.

Idaho

Boise Romantic Downtown Getaway – Enjoy a cozy retreat from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind with this cute downtown getaway. Relax and soak in the clawfoot vintage tub. $89/night.

Romantic downtown getaway in Boise, Idaho.

Illinois

Unique Artist’s Loft in the middle of Downtown Chicago. Lounge while drinking coffee surrounded by a blooming rooftop garden. Take in the working art made by the owner, a local artist. $80/night.

Unique room at an artist's loft in Chicago, Illinois.

Indiana

Heart of downtown. This apartment is located in the avant-garde district of Indianapolis and is perfect for art lovers. $139/night (HomeAway).

Drink in contemporary decor and modern architecture in Indianapolis at its finest. Natural light illuminates a spacious interior and guests can enjoy the amenities of peering down onto an open-floor concept from the catwalks. $160/night.

Apartment Airbnb in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

Iowa

This farmhouse-style home in Des Moines is completely renovated with beautiful white and black decor accents throughout. $215/night.

Farmhouse-style home in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kansas

The WestSide Brick Barn Studio is walking distance to downtown sights and breweries in Kansas City. The space is handsomely decorated with finely crafted wood finish. $71/night.

Rustic and well-decorated studio apartment space in Kansas City, Kansas.

Kentucky

Louisville suburban neighborhood rental perfect for families complete with organic bedding in a renovated historic building featuring beautiful exposed red-brick interior $69/night.

Louisville, Kentucky rental.

This repurposed church in Louisville now gives off a modern, vibrant feel and is walking distance to dining and shopping. Large enough to host growing families comfortably; features a relaxed outdoor patio. $449/night.

Repurposed church in Lousville, Kentucky.

Louisiana

This repurposed church in Louisville now gives off a modern, vibrant feel and is walking distance to dining and shopping. Large enough to host growing families comfortably; features a relaxed outdoor patio. $449/night.

Luxurious Baton Rouge apartment, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Maine

Historic downtown loft in BangorOriginally built in 1833, this renovated loft is near local eateries and shopping. The minimalist design and open patio make this an ideal vacation for couples. $169/night.

Historic loft in Bangor, Maine.

Maryland

This modern four-bedroom home features a saltwater hot tub and sleek interior design located in Baltimore. $495/night.

Modern home in Baltimore, Maryland.

Massachusetts

This modern penthouse suite in Boston features exposed red-brick walls and a neatly designed interior. $250/night.

Modern penthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

This magical cottage located in Tyringham is a perfect romantic getaway filled with storybook charm. $225/night.

Cottage in Tyringham, Massachusetts.

Michigan

Paris Loft near downtown Detroit features exposed red brick, local art and a rooftop terrace. $115/night.

Modern industrial loft in Detroit, Michigan.

Minnesota

This Magic Studio in Minneapolis is complete with a forest decorated bedroom, wolf-themed shower and forest-like hallway. $200/night.

Eclectically-decorated apartment in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mississippi

This Elegant Jackson-based home is perfect for large groups and families and includes three spacious bedrooms. $125/night.

Elegant home in Jackson, Mississippi.

Missouri

This unique and futuristic “earthouse retreat” is located in Springfield. This stunning architectural feat creates the perfect getaway for those looking for an irreplaceable experience. $427/night.

Unique and futuristic "earthouse retreat" in Springfield, Missouri.

Montana

This safari-type glamping tent is located near Yellowstone Park. Enjoy all the benefits of nature without sacrificing the comfort of a king-sized bed. Drink in the starry night sky and unplug. $299/night.

Glamping tent near Yellowstone Park in Montana.

Nebraska

This boho "jungalow" situated near downtown Omaha is the ideal spot for a traveling pair or family. You’ll love the eclectic furniture and decor, as well as its location. Walking distance to shopping and dining, it’s no wonder this home is a popular stop! $100/night.

Boho and eclectic in Omaha, Nebraska.

Nevada

An hour from the nonstop lights and liveliness of Las Vegas is a tiny home called The Peacock. Enjoy horseback riding and rodeo events on this real dude ranch. $100/night.

Tiny home outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

New Hampshire

Spread out in this spacious five-bedroom home complete with bamboo floors located in Rye. $350/night.

Spacious five-bedroom house in Rye, New Hampshire.

New Jersey

Your perfect Atlantic City getaway has enough space for friends and is walking distance to casinos, restaurants, a beach and the convention center. $199/night.

Downtown Atlantic City, New Jersey.

New Mexico

Delve into history and comfort in this 100-year-old adobe farmhouse in Santa Fe complete with a cactus garden. $209/night.

Santa Fe, New Mexico adobe farmhouse.

New York

This former synagogue in NYCis now completely renovated with a decked-out library, cathedral ceilings, jacuzzi, steam room, sun room and wine cellar. $1,650/night.

Former synagogue in NYC, New York.

North Carolina

This spacious downtown loft in Asheville is near breweries and restaurants. Take in the sights right from your open-air balcony overlooking the bustling Lexington Avenue. $200/night.

Spacious downtown loft in Asheville, North Carolina.

North Dakota

This beautiful downtown Fargo loft is just what you need to take a relaxing weekend trip. The stunning architecture combined with featured local artist’s work will set the scene for a perfect vacation. $139/night.

Beautiful loft in Fargo, North Dakota.

Ohio

This downtown Cleveland loft is perfect for furry friends, business retreats, or a weekend getaway. You’ll have plenty of space to sprawl out in this open-concept home. $300/night.

Loft in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Oklahoma

This restored 1932 Tudor home is registered as a historic landmark. It’s a beautiful getaway for weary travelers looking for some R&R. At only $99/night, this is a perfect place to wind down.

Tudor-style home in Oklahoma.

Oregon

A beautiful Pacific Northwest retreat named Wald House PDX was developed by a renowned architect in 1979. This haven is located near downtown Portland and serves locally sourced coffee every morning. $250/night.

Retreat in Portland, Oregon.

Pennsylvania

This industrial chic loft will brighten your day with its past life as a flashlight factory. The unique interior features one-of-a-kind chandeliers and other eclectic decor. $200/night.

Industrial chic loft in Pennsylvania.

Rhode Island

This family-friendly New England retreat located in Narragansett is walking distance to the beach. It features oversized rain showerheads, a scenic 1-acre view and a stone fireplace. $375/night.

Family-friendly New England retreat in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

South Carolina

This converted wedding chapel features an astonishing 20-foot ceiling and handsomely crafted stairwell made out of heartwood pine. Only minutes walking distance to downtown Charleston, it’s a great group gathering spot for future brides and retreats. $298/night.

Converted wedding chapel Airbnb in Charleston, South Carolina.

South Dakota

This country getaway outside of Sioux Falls features a shiplap-paneled infrared sauna and hot tub and 8 acres of scenic land. The property is filled wildlife, including the owner’s beloved horse named Alaya. $190/night.

Country getaway near Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Tennessee

This large penthouse is centrally located near the Broadway district in Nashville. Rustic red brick interior will have you singing happy tunes all weekend. $400/night.

Large penthouse in Nashville, Tennessee.

Utah

This sleek downtown space in the heart of Salt Lake City boasts a historic past life as a toy factory and features exposed brick and modern updated decor. $250/night.

Downtown apartment in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Vermont

This cute craftsman home in Burlington features stylish modern decor and is perfect for a couple or growing family. Walking distance to downtown, local shopping and the beach. $250/night.

Craftsman-style home in Burlington, Vermont.

Virginia

A classic five-bedroom home in Richmond is perfect for large gatherings. Vacation retreats like his help you refocus on the simpler things in life like family and great friends. $540/night.

Five-bedroom home in Richmond, Virginia.

Washington

This one of a kind home in Orondo, is reminiscent of a hobbit house complete with a circular doorframe and a breathtaking view of the Columbia river. $150/night.

Hobbit house in Washington.

West Virginia

This dreamy barn loft located in Fayetteville is perfect for an intimate weekend in a comfortable canopy-draped bed. $118/night.

Dreamy loft in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

Wisconsin

This designer home located in Two Rivers was created by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It has been featured in major media outlets such as the Travel Channel, The New York Times, Dwell Magazine, and many more. $425/night.

Frank Lloyd Wright house in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Wyoming

This A-frame Haus in Heber City was built by the owner’s grandfather in the secluded area. Beautifully renovated and stylishly decorated, this comfy cottage is a cozy excursion for a couple or a solo adventure. $219/night.

A-frame Haus in Heber City, Wyoming.

How Many Vacation Rentals Are There In The US?

According to the Vacation Rental Management Association, there are 23,000 reported vacation rental companies in the United States and over 115,000 vacation rental companies worldwide. Users of popular vacation rental platforms like Airbnb, Vrbo, and HomeAway continue to grow. Millennials are choosing to seek out the local experience in lieu of traditional hotels while traveling abroad. Ruby Escalona, a full-time accountant and part-time blogger, says, "We like to travel using Airbnb because we can choose a place to ourselves to live like a local for a few days." Still others prefer having a touch of home while on the go, or sprawling out with friends in unique spaces. 

Renting vacation homes is a lucrative industry. In fact, the estimated revenue from vacation rentals in the U.S. was $14.458 billion, according to Statista. The rates for Airbnb use are on average $80 per night. Elizabeth and her husband converted their part-time Airbnb side hustle into a full-time job. They now make $24,000 net annually with each full-time Airbnb rental. Here's what Elizabeth from the Reluctant Landlord said. "I like Airbnb as a landlord because there is a third party involved other than myself." It just goes to show that it's never been a better time to create a vacation home in your backyard. 

Where Do You List Vacation Rentals?

Listing your vacation rental is easy with Airbnb, HomeAway and Vrbo. Other popular home vacation listing websites include Booking.com, TripAdvisor, HomeStay and Expedia. Some booking platforms require a subscription fee, so be mindful of the additional costs, which can add up. You can list your home for free on websites like Airbnb, TripAdvisor and Flipkey. Although other platforms still have a significant audience of potential vacation lovers, Airbnb boasts an expected 150 million users in the United States alone, with nearly 2 million users staying in an Airbnb each night. Airbnb makes it simple to manage bookings straight from your phone. Other distinct features include instant booking and a new feature called Airbnb Plus, which provides a featured photo gallery of images of the property. Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that your listing complies with local and state rental requirements.

How Do I Find Unique Airbnbs?

Airbnb is a treasure trove of unique destinations across the globe. You'll find the coolest Airbnbs in the U.S. include renovated airstream trailers, treehouses, barns, boats, buses, yurts, tiny houses, and everything in between. Whether you're looking for rustic farmhouse decor or a charming midcentury home, exotic locations aren't hard to find. "We've found some of the coolest areas while staying in Airbnbs, including a treehouse in Vancouver Island, a guest cabin hanging over the Pacific Ocean in Anacortes, and a tiny house on a farm in Colorado to name a few," says Daniella, a blogger from I Like To Dabble. She says that Airbnb offers one of the best ways to mix things up while traveling. 

Conclusion

Airbnb use continues to gain popularity as well as vacation rental profits. Renting your home on Airbnb is a profitable side hustle for both working professionals and full-time property managers. Ruby and her husband Peter said they made over $10k a year between 2016 – 2018 while renting out their spare bedroom on the side. And with any side hustle or job, you need a break. By refinancing your home with Airbnb income, you can free up cash flow and finally relax in that charming midcentury home across the country. So, save your Google search for finding out your Enneagram, because we've saved you the hassle of looking for "unique Airbnbs near me" with our curated list. Which unique Airbnb is your favorite?

Melody Johnson

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