You never have to stay in a boring hotel ever again thanks to the plethora of Airbnb rentals you have on offer. In recent years, Airbnb has become a popular source for unique and unforgettable experiences. Maybe you’ve never stayed in one, but we bet you know of someone who has. And by the time you’ve seen these awesome listings, you will too. What’s more, staying in an Airbnb rental isn’t expensive. Even if you want total luxury, some of the most gorgeous rentals in America only start from $75 per night.
But it isn’t always luxury that travellers are seeking. In this day and age, it’s about finding the wackiest, most surreal rental out there and fortunately, Airbnb isn’t short of these types of listings. From the ‘’Hobbit Hut’’ in California to Airplane House in Phoenix, the sky is the limit when it comes to booking an Airbnb rental. You don’t have to put up with the ordinary, when the extraordinary is just a click away. In case you’re one of those people who’s forever looking for something new and interesting, we’ve found the quirkiest Airbnb's in America, perfect to getaway from whatever's going on at home. These 20 Airbnb listings are ideal for people who want to escape reality.
20 Hobbit Hut in Geyserville, CA - don't forget the rings
Tolkien fan? One look at this adobe-walled dwelling is enough for you to recognize where the inspiration comes from for this Airbnb rental. It’s a hobbit hut and you can stay in it. So if you want to live like Bilbo Baggins for the day, week or longer, this round little grass-roofed home will grant you your wish. You’ll even get the exotic neighbours in the form of emus, peacocks and ocelots that wander the property.
While the property is essentially just a round bedroom with stained glass windows, located outside are some extraordinary amenities, although we’re not sure one would find in a Tolkien story: sauna, hot tub, bathroom, and pool. Live like a hobbit for $100 per night.
19 Studio Earthship in Taos, NM - out of this world
If you really want to escape reality, this place will certainly make you feel that way. On the outside, this home looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. Off-the-grid, anyone who stays here will feel a million miles away from civilization. On the inside, however, it’s a whole other story. Comprising of a kitchen, bathroom, and high-speed internet, this studio is like a dream. You get to feel like you’re escaping reality, but you also get all your amenities so you can feel comfortable during your stay. The owner of this house actually built it by hand. It’s one of the coolest hotels we’ve ever seen!
18 Giant Beagle in Cottonwood, ID - it's woof-tastic
The house is what its name suggests: a giant beagle. Not many states in America have enough wide open space for someone to build something like this. Idaho is probably the only state in the country that’s able to host a gigantic personal development like this one. Built by owners Francis and Dennis, this unique home is a dog lover’s paradise. Full of canine artwork and books about dogs, you would really have to love dogs to appreciate this place. We expect you’d probably be allowed to bring your furry friend along with you on the trip to admire the place.
17 Airplane House in Phoenix, AZ - fly away from reality while staying on the ground
Every state seems to have its own unique Airbnb rental that stands out from the crowd. In phoenix, it’s got to be the Airplane House. Built around a 1964 Cherokee plane, this tiny house nestled under the wing of the plane (yep, you’ve got to look closely to spot it!) doesn’t hold much more than a medium-sized bed. Still, it’s the experience that makes people visit this place. How many people can say they’ve stayed in an airplane house? But to have the experience, you’ve also got to deal with the outdoor shower. On the plus side, you can snap some awesome selfies with this graffiti-painted airplane as the backdrop.
16 The Lighthouse in North Haven, ME - your own little island
Who wouldn’t want this once in a lifetime experience of living in a lighthouse? Located off the coast of Maine, this tiny 20-foot-diameter lighthouse occupies its own tiny island. But at least it has six levels to keep you amused.
Level one includes a basic toilet and kitchen; level two: a living room; level three: a bedroom; level four: the master bedroom; level five: another bedroom with two bunkbeds; and level six: the beacon room. This place looks like it could work out well for a large family. Talk about a unique family vacation! In fact, two families could fit in this lighthouse.
15 The ranch in Morongo Valley, CA - for the animal lover
Live like a cowboy on this gorgeous ranch in California. You’ll be staying above the barn in one cozy little room. While the experience of living above the barn is intriguing, you’ll also love the outdoor features. For instance, the variety of animals that live on the ranch. You can feed them and take pictures with them and basically just get back to enjoying the simple pleasures in life. This is the perfect rental for anyone who loves animals and is keen on escaping the hustle and bustle of city life. It may be $137 per night, but this will be an experience you won’t forget.
14 The Magic Bus in Salinas, CA - this bus isn't picking up passengers
If you’ve watched Into The Wild, you might have a thing against staying on school buses. However, don’t let that put you off. This bus is located on a 5-acre ranch in Salinas, California and it’s one of the most incredible experiences you can have for a rental. If you love taking photos, you won’t get enough of this bus. Plus, you’ll get a full breakfast included and the option of attending Kundalini yoga at 6:30 am. It is California, after all. Still, that is optional so feel free to lie in if you’re not the yogi king or queen.
13 The treehouse in Atlanta, GA - officially the most wished for
It must be a pretty remarkable treehouse for it to earn a 5-star rating. Most brick-built rentals can only reach 3 stars. One look at the picture of this romantic dwelling is enough to realize why this place is so popular. It’s stunning! A bedroom, living room and deck all connected by rope bridges is the most fascinating thing we’ve ever seen on an Airbnb listing. You’ll never want to leave.
No wonder it’s listed as Airbnb’s number one ‘’Most wished-for listing worldwide.’’ Plus, you are only two minutes away from downtown. So even though you feel secluded, you are actually not that far away from amenities.
12 The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles, CA - a magical experience
Looking to disappear for a while? Thanks to the art of magic, you can. The Houdini Estate is the ideal rental. Nobody knows whether Houdini actually lived in this house or in a house down the road from the estate. Nonetheless, it’s a gorgeous Hollywood mansion that’s gated and fenced and sits on 5 acres. So you have plenty of private space to escape reality for a while.
What’s more, the property houses tunnels, caves, and a deep-water tank for you to explore whilst you’re here. It is a magic house, after all. You can’t expect it to be dull. The features of this house are incredible and you certainly won’t be bored during your stay here.
11 Mirror House in Pittsburgh, PA - escape from reality into an art piece
A home for the vain. Decorated with more mirrors than a funhouse, this crazy home isn’t for meek. If you are happy to see your reflection constantly throughout your entire stay, this will be an out of reality experience for you.
It’s $165 per night, but the space feels enormous thanks to all those mirrors. And just to let you know, this place is decorated both inside and outside with mirrors. You’ll probably be sick of seeing your reflection by the time you leave this place, but it’s an interesting experience worth trying. If you appreciate art, you will appreciate this.
10 Train Caboose in Agoura Hills, CA - all aboard!
At $195 per night, it’s not exactly the cheapest way to escape reality. But if you’re a fan of The Boxcar Children series, you’ll know you can’t put a price tag on living in this cool train caboose nestled in the California landscape.
This is also ideal for creative types seeking inspiration. If you are suffering from writer’s block, here is a place that will get your creative juices flowing. Even the owners describe it as a house that will ‘’stimulate and inspire the creative spirit that resides in all of us.’’ There are also nearby beaches and a brook, if you start feeling cramped in the caboose.
9 The OffGrid ItHouse in Pioneertown, CA - the name says it all
Living off the grid doesn’t come cheap. Unless you call $380 per night cheap that is. That’s how much it costs to stay in this Airbnb listing. What makes it so special is that it’s completely self-sustaining. The solar panels on this house provide hot water and electricity. This is the kind of place you’ll want to stay at if you want to get away from it all. If, on the other hand, you’re the kind of person who likes lots of things to do, this won’t be the ideal destination. As a bonus, you are right next to Joshua Tree National Park, so the beauty of nature isn't far away if you want to venture. Otherwise, just relax and enjoy your time out.
8 The dome in the desert in Joshua Tree, CA - step outside to beauty
With scenic desert views and its private location, this house is a true escape from reality. And if you do happen to get tired of away from reality life, the local town is just a quick drive away.
This house is a bit ambiguous. From the outside, it looks modern and out of this world but on the inside, it is really cute and cozy. We love the contrast but it’s not exactly what you are expecting when you step inside. For $175 per night, you only get one master bedroom, a full kitchen and an AC for your money. But this house isn’t about size, clearly.
7 The Sheep Wagon in Evergreen, CO - whispers of the oregon trail
Have fantasies of sleeping like you are on the Oregon Trail? This sheep wagon may just be the place for you to kick back your shoes and wind down. It only fits a queen sized bed, but there’s also a Franklin stove that you can use both for cooking and heating.
If wagon life does get boring, you can go on a trek to Denver to explore more wild surroundings. But for $60 per night, you can’t really complain. It’s more about the experience of living in a wagon than it is about the actual rental itself. It’s a quirky and unforgettable experience.
6 Malibu Airstream in Malibu, CA - good enough for taylor swift
"There really is no other airstream like this one" reads the Airbnb listing. That could have something to do with Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift shooting their Vogue covers there. But that’s not the only reason of course. It could also have something to do with the breathtaking views of the California coast. As stunning as the daytime views are, wait until you see the stars at night. The night view is equally as spectacular. But at $400 per night, you’re probably only going to get a day’s worth of views. But if escaping reality is what you want, you will get that for sure up there.
5 Yellowstone Canvas in West Yellowstone, MT - a mighty fancy camping experience
Just outside of Yellowstone National Park, this canvas tent offers everything one could need for a great glamping trip. Containing a real bed, a fireplace and endless wilderness, this deluxe cabin even has its own front porch. There’s also a bathroom in a canvas tipi next door. For $294 per night, it’s not the cheapest Airbnb listing you will find but you will not regret splurging on this once in a lifetime experience.
This is the perfect escape for people wanting to get away from the rat race of their ordinary day-to-day lives. You just have to pay more a little more to experience that luxury of being away from everything.
4 The gingerbread house in Geyserville, CA - live a childhood fairytale
Relive your childhood fantasies in this adorable gingerbread home. Designed with a blend of straw, sand and clay, the Geyserville gingerbread house isn’t just charming, it’s eco-friendly too. Its windows are recycled and made from stained glass. LED lights light up to the house and tree-like designs decorate the house’s exterior.
There’s only enough space for a bed in the house, but on the site itself you will find a wood-fired pizza oven and a pool. There’s even a temple nearby. So escape your world and bring your childhood fairytales to life when you stay in this cool gingerbread house.
3 Geodesic Dome in Woodridge, NY - For the geometry lovers
Don’t let the $350-per-night price tag put you off. It’s the only con to the listing. But if you have the cash spare, a night in this geodesic dome will be an unforgettable experience.
If escaping reality is on your agenda, this is a perfect choice. And if you can round up 16 people in total, your stay doesn’t have to be so expensive. This large geodesic home can accommodate 16 guests, and its exterior is pretty impressive too.
Located on a farm, this 12-acre property offers guests an outdoor kitchen, double showers, and a fire pit. There’s also an outhouse if you need it.
2 Vintage ‘50s Trailer in Los Angeles, CA - Bonus artist loft included
We bet you’ve never slept in a vintage trailer before. Well, now you can with this ‘50s trailer parked inside a 6,000-square-foot loft. This 16-foot trailer is furnished in a deep yellow hardwood with a king-sized bed, a mini kitchen, a sitting area, and lots of overhead storage space.
While it may look small from the outside, inside you can still have some of your luxuries. If you do get tired of the small space inside, take a walk around the working artists’ loft around you. This loft includes workstations, two full bathrooms, a shared kitchen and even a garden out back. And it’s only $75 per night!
1 The cabin in Fairbanks, AL - Hello Midnight Sun
Always wanted to stay in a cute little wood cabin in Alaska, with dreams of dogsledding and ice fishing? You’re Alaskan dream has come true.
In spite of how it looks from the outside, this is not such a little cabin. Comprising of four bedrooms, you could easily fit a family of four in this home. While you can escape reality here by viewing the Northern Lights or experiencing the midnight sun, inside is totally modernized.
So for those who don’t want to be too far from what they’re used to, this cabin has everything you could want. From $85 a night, it’s not a bad deal.