Updated: April 2021
This post has been updated to include a roundup of my favorite boutique properties and vacation rentals in the United States.
Renting an Airbnb is one of my favorite ways to see the country. You can find places nestled in neighborhoods and get a local’s perspective while finding charming abodes with some serious design goals!
So, fusing both amazing aesthetics with dreamy destinations, I’m bringing you the coolest Airbnbs to stay at in the United States!
It’s not every day you can stay in a Hawaiian treehouse, a 2-story container home, or practically on the beach in Malibu…
Without further ado, let’s bring on the beauties!
Fern Forest, Hawaii
Fancy staying in a secluded bamboo treehouse? Hidden away under a canopy of local flora, you’ll ascend to your oasis via a trapdoor (so cool!).
This Dreamy Tropical Treehouse is just 10 miles away from Volcano National Park, making it the ideal place to relax and unwind after a day of adventuring.
There’s a hanging bed at ground level (talk about dreamy!), and an overall sort of vintage 1970s vibe throughout the property. I’d definitely want to sample the local coffee and snacks provided while hanging out on the wrap-around lanai, which has 360-degree views of the lush jungle!
Captain Cook, Hawaii
When you think of the ultimate Hawaiian holiday, you’ll probably imagine a quiet and peaceful village where all you can hear are waves crashing and the calls of local birds. Well, this Bali Cottage in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii will provide just that!
Crafted from antique Balinese panels, it’s almost like you’ll get to experience two unique places in one!
The tropical yard is complete with a charming gazebo and barbecue…and tons of local birds! No need to drive to the beach—you can walk in just under two minutes to a beautiful beach park!
Yucca Valley, California
At the crossroads of Pioneer Town and Joshua Tree is the modern, eclectic, and seriously groovy Coyote House.
Head to a show at Pappy & Harriet’s, hike through the national park, or enjoy the evening lounging in the tub as shooting stars zip past you—this will be your home away from home.
Really want to embrace all the desert vibes? There are a ton of vintage shops along 29 Palms Highway. A five-minute drive will take you to incredible desert boulders, too!
Finish off the day with a drink in Pioneer Town!
Joshua Tree, California
Joshua Tree is an all-time favorite place for me. It’s a great getaway spot with the girls or a place for romance! Brimming with tons of funky boutiques and eclectic art scene, there are so many things to do during the day other than exploring the otherworldly desert environment.
Built in 1949, the Joshua Tree House was designed with a ‘slow’ pace in mind—perfect for drinking drip coffee in the morning and ending the day listening to a record as the sun sets.
Oh, and did I mention there’s a hot tub here? Yep, surrounded by over 100 Joshua Trees, you can relax while taking in the starry night sky!
San Diego, California
What a cool industrial vibe! Little Italy is known for its incredible restaurants and is a wonderful base to explore the rest of San Diego. Also, how epic are those windows?
Want to fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves and wake up to seagulls calling? Hello, dream California home! This Rustic Beachfront Apartment in Malibu is the definition of bliss with its light and airy feeling.
Located just above the sand and surf, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy the beach or explore Malibu’s coast and many restaurants.
Oh, and it was just named as one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 7 Airbnbs in Los Angeles (holy smokes!). I’d suggest getting in here before it completely books up!
Nestled between Monterey and Santa Cruz, this Peaceful Treehouse in Aptos is such a chic escape! Can’t decide between the woods or the water? With panoramic ocean and forest views, you don’t have to. You truly get the best of both worlds here.
You can hang out on a hammock or curl up with a good book while letting the light stream through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
I’m a sucker for good architecture, and this is brimming with aesthetic delights: mid-century furniture, tons of natural materials, and sliding doors inspired by Japanese shoji screens.
Bonny Doon, California
Spend the night amongst the Redwoods in one of the most unique Airbnbs! Suspended in the branches, this Pinecone Treehouse offers 360-degree views of the forest’s canopy.
Granite Falls, Washington
Looking for a rustic getaway? High on a granite ledge, you’ll find this cabin overlooking a gorgeous river that weaves through a lush forest in the North Cascade mountains. Have a whiskey-fueled card game by the fire or lounge in the hot tub for the ultimate A-frame experience.
This tiny house has got such a unique style to it…I mean look at that “beehive”-inspired exterior! The interior is reminiscent of Japanese teahouses, and all the stylings are sleek and functional.
If you’re a Joanna Gaines fan, you know ALL about Waco, Texas and Magnolia Market. Well, her designs are not the only stunning things in Waco!
Surrounded by trees and cattle, this 2-Story Container Home is such a unique place to stay when exploring the rural neighborhood, and it’s not too far from the famed Magnolia Market.
The upstairs suite features a rooftop deck, perfect for an evening cocktail. Fixer Upper fans will be glad to see all the pine shiplap and barn wood throughout!
Want to experience city life in Chicago? Always wondered what the inside of one of those fancy lofts might look like? This Industrial-Style Loft mixes its historical roots with modern elements.
There’s a seriously cool Art Deco ceiling that you’ve just got to see for yourself!
The loft is situated pretty close to Logan Square—an area with tons of delicious restaurants and fun bars. For those that are big on history, the building itself is located between South Old Irving and Kilbourn parks—in one of Chicago’s most interesting historic neighborhoods.
A major bonus? If you’ve rented a car or are on a road trip through the US, this place comes with a complimentary parking spot. Boooyah!
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is always a fun place to visit! At this Bywater Beauty, you can soak up all the Victorian vibes while you relax on the spacious front porch.
This place was recently featured on an HGTV renovation show…so, there’s no wonder the interior is so modern and chic!
The Bywater neighborhood is hip and historic with its many restaurants, bars, riverfront park, and creative patrons. In case you’re wanting to venture to the French Quarter, it’s less than a mile away!
Talk about eye-catching! That green velvet couch sitting in front of the fireplace with the exposed brickwork is the definition of house goals.
Located on the third story of a darling Victorian home, this sweet spot lets all the light in. I’m a big fan of the high ceilings and bay windows. Plus, if you want to sleep in—go for it! This place has blackout curtains and a plush king bed. 🙂
Less than half a block from Forsyth Park, there’s always something fun going on down the street. From festivals to the Saturday Farmers’ Market, there’s no shortage of happenings here! Want to explore downtown Savannah? Take the scenic route—it’s only a 15-minute walk!
Asheville, North Carolina
Dating back over 100 years, the Gashes Fluss Haus is the most charming two-story cottage, EVER!
First off, to get here you walk past lines of tall trees and over a quaint wooden bridge. Honestly, this place looks like something straight out of a fairy tale! Take a step back in time with the wood-burning stove and whitewashed stone walls. Perfect for an off-grid getaway in Asheville, North Carolina.
Want to stay in a treehouse? This sweet space is located on a permaculture farm—so you’ll be able to say hi to the goats, pigs, emus, roosters, and cats while staying here. Located near the art district of Little Haiti, this spot is just 15 minutes from South Beach.
You truly can’t beat a 30-second walk to the beach! Sleek and cool, this is the ultimate place to stay if you’re wanting to experience all that Miami has to offer.
Want to stay in a historic mansion in New York City? Built in the late 19th century, this brownstone mansion is an architectural gem in Brooklyn.
Situated in Clinton Hill—the place where early industrialist built their exquisite mansions, Brooklyn today has so much culture, art, and history. The space has been restored and decorated with a mix of vintage and modern furnishings, fusing both 19th-century opulence and the cool character of modern Brooklyn.
Manhattan, New York
A gorgeous apartment featuring brick walls and super cool decor…plus that rooftop terrace! Take in the view of the NYC skyline and see the city at night.
What’s the cutest Airbnb you’ve stayed at in the US? Let me know in the comments below—I’d love to check it out!