Updated: April 2021
This post has been updated to include a roundup of my favorite boutique properties and vacation rentals in Arizona!
In need of a staycation or planning a Southwest road trip? Arizona has so many cool cities to see — from Phoenix to Flagstaff to everything in between…and don’t forget all the incredible vistas and national parks!
Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon are must-sees!
But there’s so much more to Arizona to discover, so this post is chock-full of spots that might be a little more under the radar. Have you ever wanted to stay in a cottage on a lavender farm? What about glamping under the stars in a luxurious tent?
Here are the coolest and most unique Airbnbs to stay at in Arizona!
Native American-owned Shash Dine is a traditional Navajo earth and cedar log Hogan. To Navajo, a Hogan serves as a home as well as being a center for ceremonial activity. Embrace the unique stay on this ranch brimming with canvas bell tents, covered wagons, and Hogans.
For those that love glamping, this place is for you!
Located in Page, Shash Dine serves as the perfect basecamp for folks visiting Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, the Grand Canyon, and Lake Powell.
Does sleeping under the stars sound super dreamy to you?
On clear nights, you can count numerous shooting stars and have views of the milky way. On rainy evenings, cozy up and melt into the memory foam mattress as you hear the rain pitter-patter on the clear dome.
Go off the grid in this tiny house. The modern A-frame can sleep up to 4, and is just 40-minutes from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. In the evening, the whole Milky Way is visible. For heat, there is a lovely wood-burning stove and the kitchen has a two-burner camping stove.
Also referred to as the Walker Getaway, the Majestic Mountain Retreat is the place to unplug and recharge. Enjoy epic views from the patio as there are no neighbors in sight. There are fantastic spots for hiking and biking nearby. An outdoor gas grill is available to use for an alfresco dinner.
This cabin is perfect for remote working (great Wi-Fi!). Nestled on a 400-acre ranch, this cabin is framed by stunning red cliffs. The surrounding areas are ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring in peace.
There’s even a hammock for relaxing on the patio to soak in the views.
This luxury glamping tent near Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is an excellent base for those that want to explore Zion, Bryce Canyon, or the Grand Canyon. This area is known for its beautiful sandstone formations and perfect for outdoor lovers.
Spend mornings reading and writing on the quiet deck and embrace the beauty of the rugged wilderness.
How charming is this 1880s adobe apartment? Located near Downtown Tuscon in a colorful but quiet neighborhood, this adobe was renovated with giving you the ultimate Tucsonan experience in mind (complete with air conditioning).
Blending historic Southwest charm with more modern furnishings, this place is so beautiful in its simplicity.
If you love all things vintage, you might just want to stay at this historic dairy. Verde Dairy Cottage is nearly 100 years old and used to be a thriving dairy farm that served the entire Verde Valley.
Updated with modern furnishings like a surround sound speaker system and gorgeous vaulted ceilings, this place is a wonderful blend of old meets new.
There is a lovely gas fire pit, along with a swing, and the place has river access directly off the property. For those that love wine — there are 6+ wineries in Old Town Cottonwood.
Want to spend the night in the cutest little cottage? This cozy place overlooks a lavender micro-farm and has a lovely space to relax outdoors, complete with a barbecue and a gas fire table.
In the evenings, take a stroll to the many tasting rooms and restaurants of historic Old Town Cottonwood, which is only 5 minutes away.
What a cool place! The Sky Suite is located in the communal environment of Arcosanti, a place that offers incredible views of the high desert and also serves as an amphitheater. The cozy space is filled with light and is simply a magical place to stay.
Love those Western vibes? This rustic-themed bunkhouse in North Scottsdale features vintage cowboy furnishings, a wood-beamed ceiling, and a gorgeous tiled fireplace. Imagine stepping into a cowboy museum—but with the added bonus of being able to cook and sleep in comfort!
From the swimming pool to the gorgeous kitchen to all the dining nooks, this place is such a gem! I’m a big fan of the natural tones and the minimalist features throughout.
Tucked into the streets of Scottsdale, this modern meets rustic boho villa is fit for royalty.
Fitted with rattan accents, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fully-equipped kitchen, this is the ideal place to lounge. Sunbathe outside or open up the glass doors to the outdoor pool and spa for a soak at sunset.
Scottsdale’s secret sanctuary, The Brexley, can fit up to 10 guests and is a haven of serenity. With a stunning backyard area and pool, along with the minimal and cool decor, this place is perfect for those that want to unwind in comfort.
Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona
Hang out on the balcony in the comfy rattan chair and soak in all the vibes inspired by Sayulita Mexico! Filled with eclectic decor and tons of modern amenities, this place is a wonderful spot in Old Town Scottsdale.
Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona
Embrace all the modern meets vintage charm of this 1950’s Mid-Century condo in Old Town! I’m a big fan of the rustic accents, like the old world brick and reclaimed pallet wood walls.
This oasis in Mesa can sleep up to 8 guests and makes for a great place to dine outdoors under the stars. The kitchen is fully stocked, making it an ideal place to have a long Sunday morning brunch and then relax by the fire pit or take a walk through the citrus groves in Mesa.
The home from the 1940s has been updated in the coolest way with super modern decor. Pull up a chair on the patio or lounge in the hammock before cooking up a storm in the kitchen or on the gas grill.
Want to embrace all those Southwestern vibes?
This casita is fitted with hand-painted Mexican tiles, tons of vibrant hues, and lots of charm. You might even get to meet the groundskeeper: Lemmy the Tortoise. Some guests have commented that staying in this place feels like stepping into a secret garden.
Downtown Flagstaff, Arizona
No matter the season — there’s tons to do at this chalet! You can watch the sunrise in the summer and snow fall in the winter from the cozy (yet large) house. Outfitted with tons of industrial decor, this place is seriously cool.
For guests that love to cook, this kitchen is crisp and beautiful with marble counters and a bar-style table with leather stools. Outfitted with Mid-Century furnishings and cool touches, this place is chic and created with the design-savvy in mind.
When you picture a dreamy desert home, this is likely what comes to mind: rugged stone walls, cave-like alcoves with artistic prints, and brightly patterned tiles that catch the light.
Even though it seems like an oasis away from it all — it’s just a 10-minute drive to explore downtown Scottsdale!
Fancy a swim in the morning or evening? This luxury villa features a 50-foot long swimming pool and is surrounded by palm trees and sun loungers.
Hello, gorgeous design! From the exposed brick to the chevron hardwood floors to the modern black kitchen — there’s no shortage of beautiful vignettes and details.
Begin your day with a rain shower next to the succulent garden and then cozy up in the reading loft before hanging out in the dining nook
Soak up the hot Arizona sun and enjoy all that Scottsdale has to offer! Whether you want to play mini-golf, cool off in the swimming pool, or admire the view of Camelback Mountain, kick off your shoes and enjoy this sanctuary.
Surrounded by palm trees and orange trees, this Arizona mountain home is a luxurious getaway. Ideal for groups of friends or family as it can sleep up to 14, you can spend days in the pool, curl up on the sofa and watch a film, or enjoy the upstairs terrace.
Hello, sunshine yellow sofas! This bright Arizona home is a paradise, so if you’re looking to go on holiday while in Arizona, this is the place.
What cool Airbnbs have you stayed at in Arizona? Let me know in the comments below!