Despite Airbnb’s bizarrely humble beginning (and some pretty intense hurdles--legislative and logistical), nothing has been able to squelch its meteoric rise to multi-billion-dollar company. Turns out millions of people find it perfectly acceptable to sleep in a stranger’s bed. Who knew?
Proven value and a comforts-of-home vibe make for the perfect vacay--or stay-cay--if you know where to look. Ahead, a list of some of the best Airbnbs we could find in the US, organized by state.
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Note: Keep an eye out for bold headers and asterisks--that’s how we’re calling out our personal favorites! All photos belong to the owners of the Airbnbs.
Alabama: Gulf Front Paradise
Check out this stunning Gulf-side condo, which sleeps up to 10 in a soothing color palette and boasts dolphin-watching as a potential attraction. En-suite balconies on the 14th floor are the icing on the cake.
Alaska: Aurora Igloos*
Although it probably won’t evoke a “home away from home” feeling (unless you also live in a mock icebox in Alaska), these glass-topped Alaskan domes are the perfect getaway for star- and snow-lovers alike. Get your Instagram ready for some truly once-in-a-lifetime photo ops.
Arizona: The Kiva Cave Creek
This Arizona “Earth house” is nestled in quiet Cave Creek--a town that’s home to a whopping 5,000 people. The Kiva is the perfect getaway for city slickers looking for some grounding--away from it all. (Although, not too far away, of course--WiFi and smart TV are included.)
Arkansas: Amabilis Guest House
This stunning mountaintop retreat is ideal for the entire family--Fido included!
California: San Diego*
Beachfront breezes or luxury urban loft? No need to compromise with this San Diego gem. This hyper-chic loft is flooded with natural light and rocks a unique mid-century-modern-meets-industrial vibe.
Colorado: Cozy Miner’s Cabin
Yes, you could stay at one of the nearby (very pricey) resort lodges, but we promise they’ll lack the charm (and, likely, some of the amenities) of this very luxe, cozy cabin. Don’t be fooled by its “ramshackle” (let’s call it “historic”) exterior--this tiny house’s inside has been decked out with every amenity and high-end appliance you would need. Skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities are just a short way away.
Connecticut: Tiny House, Sustainable Farm*
The interior of this tiny Connecticut house exudes rustic sophistication. Snuggle up inside, or explore the rest of the farm--learn to can veggies, work the land, and even frolic with goats! (Don’t pretend you’ve never wanted to frolic with goats.)
Delaware: Bayshore Cottage
Bird-watchers and beachcombers rejoice! Just 100 feet from the beach, this cozy cottage adjacent to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect bayside getaway. Lewes and Rehoboth beaches are also nearby, boasting some of the best seafood on the East Coast.
Florida: Mickey Mouse Condo
Thanks to the pandemic, the Most Magical Place on Earth is a little less magical and a little more human petri dish these days--but if you ever feel safe returning to Disneyworld, don’t let the fun stop when Magic Mountain closes! Nestle yourself into this bright and cheery resort-based condo, which is just 1.5 miles from Disney and completely decked out in imagery of the mouse who started it all.
Georgia: Big Canoe
There’s a lot to catch your attention here: the house’s unique shape, the woodsy environment, the view of Lake Petit--not to mention the host’s COVID-consciousness. (Remote disinfecting chamber, anyone?) If being surrounded by nature (literally) is your thing, give this place a look.
Hawaii: Off-Grid Cabin
One for the real outdoors(wo)man, this jungle cabin is just a few heavy-duty, weather resistant curtains away from being a pergola. Become one with Hawaiian wildlife--peacocks included.
Idaho: The Roost
If you were lucky enough to enjoy lakeside summers in childhood and want to recall that carefree feeling, The Roost at Hayden Lake may be just the ticket. Don’t dismiss a winter stay, though! A wood burning fireplace, snowy banks, and plush bedding make this the perfect cold-weather escape for couples and families. (Or solo travelers who need a lot of space.)
Illinois: Loft Living in Chicago*
Talk about affordable luxury. This airy, industrial loft space is the perfect homebase from which to explore all that the Windy City has to offer. Millennium Park, Grant Park, and Lakeshore walking trails are all within half a mile of the loft.
Indiana: Downtown Carriage House
Modern rustic vibe, all Tempurpedic beds, and 15-foot ceilings (with skylights!)--all right in downtown Indy? Yes, please. Whether it’s work or play that brings you to Indianapolis, this guest house is just the ticket.
Iowa: Contemporary Space in the Heart of Des Moines
Airbnb’s presence in Iowa is spotty, but this newly remodeled apartment is a spacious gem--and just minutes from downtown Des Moines!
Kansas: Strawberry Hill Getaway Home
Clean. Stylish. Cozy--pretty much sums up this beautiful studio home, which boasts minimalistic design with modern flair. With a whopping 4.97 out of 5 stars (and 465 reviews), it’s a proven favorite in Kansas City.
Kentucky: NULU Bourbon Trail
This 3,000-square foot home sleeps up to 10, is packed with eclectic luxury, and bathed in natural light. Release your inner chef in the large kitchen (complete with high-end appliances), stay connected with blazing fast internet, clink glasses with friends in one of the many common areas, sink into heavenly memory foam mattresses--and play a soundtrack for it all on the whole-house SONOS system.
Louisiana: New Orleans Glam*
What would a trip to NOLA be without a little old world French opulence? This 1820 mansion-turned-boutique-hotel, just steps from Bourbon Street, has all the amenities you’ll need for a luxe getaway--and stringent COVID safety measures, for your peace of mind.
Maine: Higgins Beach Cottage
Nestled into the trees and just two miles from the beach, this sunny, modern cottage is the perfect place for a peaceful retreat. (It’s just five miles from Portland, too!)
Maryland: Private Baltimore Condo
While the inside of this private condo is well-stocked with amenities (and art!) and plenty of natural light, it’s the rooftop view you won’t want to miss. Inner Harbor is one mile away and home to the National Aquarium, Power Plant Live (for restaurants, bars, and nightlife), and a variety of waterfront activities.
Massachusetts: Boston Condo
Modern, well-kept, and open for short- or long-term stays, this Boston condo is the perfect home-away-from-home.
Michigan: Love Shack
Looking for a truly off-the-grid getaway with your S.O.? (Or, hell, with yourself?) This is just the place.
Minnesota: Island Lake
This cozy cabin is a popular pick with smaller families looking for some outdoor R&R. The host offers two kayaks for guest use, there are plentiful campfire opportunities (hello, s’mores), and if you’ve got a boat, there’s a private dock nearby.
Mississippi: Waterfront Suite
This top floor one-bedroom beachside apartment sleeps up to four and has all the comforts of home--and then some! Walk to Biloxi Beach and easily explore the city, with local restaurants, bars, and shopping just a couple of miles away.
Missouri: The Silo*
The breathtaking lake view is just the beginning of this unique spot’s charm. (Mmhmm, it’s an actual silo.) Enjoy tons of natural light, bright and modern rustic design, and so many amenities, you’ll never want to leave! (We’re talking unique things, like a private outdoor bathtub-with-a-view and a set of swings.)
Montana: Black Bear Run
One would be remiss to come to Montana and not stay in a cabin, nestled quietly in the woods. This peaceful gem offers a view of the creek from the porch and the stunning Bridger Mountains from the loft window.
Nebraska: Artsy Modern Apartment
This exquisite one bedroom apartment is centrally located to all Omaha amenities, such as shops and parks. It’s stylish (that white interior is Insta-ready), super clean, and allows pets!
Nevada: Star-Soaked Tiny House*
Just an hour outside bustling Las Vegas, you’ll find this rustic tiny house, tucked into the Mojave desert on a dude ranch that offers horseback riding, meals prepared at request, and a staggering blanket of stars above in the evening. No Wifi here, so be prepared to sign off for your stay.
New Hampshire: Cozy Cabin
This contemporary, exquisitely decorated Scandinavian-style cabin promises picturesque mountain views from the deck (and the whole house), plus skiing, hiking, shopping, and dining within minutes. (If you even want to leave.)
New Jersey: Newly Renovated Studio
This cute, modern studio in North Arlington, NJ is fully renovated, equipped with lots of cooking supplies, and just a 30 minute train ride from NYC.
New Mexico: Shipping Container Home with Mountain Views*
“Shipping container” might not feel synonymous with “vacation,” but this quaint, modern take on the Mexican Pueblo house is here to change that. From it’s patinated exterior to sun-soaked interior, it’s the perfect place to unwind and take in dazzling mountain views -- with no one around for miles.
New York: Hip Brooklyn Loft
Artsy, hipster types rejoice! This modern, creative space in Brooklyn, NY boasts elements of industrial and contemporary design and Brooklynite art--not to mention the luxe 10-inch mattresses!
North Carolina: West Asheville Cottage
You can have it all at this West Asheville homestead. Enjoy a peaceful stay in a small, modern cottage surrounded by gardens (and chickens!), just 7 minutes from downtown and 10 minutes from one of America’s favorite scenic routes: the Blue Ridge Parkway.
North Dakota: A Tale of Two Vacays
North Dakota is arguably the trickiest place to find a reasonably priced Airbnb, in a good location, that is not so ugly that we’d be bummed to recommend it. However, we’re very good at finding things, so here are two options:
For the adventurer: get a taste of RV life staying at King’s Guest Ranch, which promises to be “Vacation Heaven”--and we don’t doubt it! Sweeping views of mountains, hills, and wildflowers are all in order here.
For the city slicker: smack dab in the middle of downtown Fargo (you know, that one town...with the show...and the movie…) is this sparkling gem, complete with local art (all of which is for sale), 15-foot ceilings, and posh industrial design.
Ohio: Haven on High Street*
This beautifully restored 100-year old home is perfectly positioned to give you a taste of walkable, lakeside suburban life--just 15 minutes from downtown Cleveland. The stunning interior beats the chicness of any boutique hotel, from the painted white brick to the butcher block countertops and subway tile.
Oklahoma: Luxury Farmhouse with Woodland Views*
So you want forest views and the privacy of a cabin, but aren’t into the rustic-log-cabin vibe. We gotchu. This luxury farmhouse in Broken Bow is outfitted with 9-foot floor to ceiling windows, granting an uninterrupted view of the stunning greenery just beyond the deck. Modern luxury touches abound, from the gigantic dual shower and outdoor hot tub to the king size bed made up in 800-thread count linens.
Oregon: Serene Cottage
Nestled under a large mimosa tree and beside a sparkling koi pond, this picturesque cottage can accommodate up to five guests. The garden is truly outstanding, offering irises, wisteria, and more depending on the season. The guest house is located in a quiet neighborhood so you can relax and take in the view without the hustle and bustle of the streets.
Pennsylvania: Rittenhouse Square Apartment
This charming Philadelphia red brick apartment is centrally located, with easy access to plenty of shops and restaurants. Try not to eat your weight in delicious cookies and avocado toast from the bakeshop directly downstairs!
Rhode Island: Waterfront Boat House*
Nothing says “Newport” like waterfront luxury, and that’s exactly what you’ll enjoy with this booking. Recently fully rehabbed, it’s got a decked-out chef’s kitchen (to whip up all that fresh seafood), a private beach, and spectacular views from every room. This home is categorized as “not suitable for children” (can’t blame the host for wanting to keep those crisp white interiors, well, white) but with three bedrooms, this could be the perfect couple’s retreat.
South Carolina: Summerville Guest House
This remarkable guest house is the epitome of rustic chic. It’s spacious and packed with thoughtful, organic details, like wooden beams and hanging beds. You’ll be completely secluded, too, unless you count the owner’s roaming chickens.
*Writer’s note: while the home is jaw-dropping, we don’t endorse the “plantation” selling point. Plantations, while an integral part of American history, symbolize sites of brutal subjugation (read: slavery) of Black and brown people during America’s early days. Not a good look. Fortunately, there are plenty of other things to do in Summerville.
South Dakota: Sioux Falls Loft
If you’re craving (inexpensive) big-city luxury in a small-town setting, this Sioux Falls loft is sure to rise to the occasion. You’ll enjoy two bedrooms, a full bathroom and kitchen, and plenty of rich history. (The apartment is located in a building that was erected over 100 years ago!)
Pets are allowed, but must be crated when their humans aren’t around.
Tennessee: Sevierville Cabin
Stunning panoramic forest views and breathtaking sunsets are just a fraction of what you can expect from this beautiful cabin. There is also a private waterfall feature, hot tub, game room, and a cozy stone fireplace.
Texas: Hili’s Back House
Enjoy the natural light that floods this popular, charming house. Perfect for exercise enthusiasts, Hili’s Back House boasts a spring-free trampoline, sport court, and two complimentary beach cruisers. Guests are welcome to ride the bikes to one of the many surrounding parks, or head into town for a taste of that weird Austin culture.
Utah: Dome at Canyonlands
Canyonland living, in a geodesic dome, without sacrificing (almost*) any of the comforts of home? Count us in! The Domes at Canyonlands are equipped with a queen sized bed, heat and air conditioning for all-season comfort, and perfectly situated for hiking and climbing adventures!
*OK, so you have to take a short walk to the bathhouse, but surely the unique experience and location outweighs the disconnected bathroom.
Vermont: Modern Forest Home*
Perhaps the most thoughtfully designed accommodation on our list, this Moretown forest home is a superiorly modern take on the cabin in the woods. Many of its interior details were designed and constructed by the owners themselves. The dog-friendly space is beautiful, functional, full of natural light, and built to give you a treehouse feeling in the summer and secluded hideaway in the snowy winters.
Virginia: Hobbit Hole
It’s. a. hobbit hole. Do we really need to say more?
OK, we will: almost all elements of this cozy Broadway, VA underground cabin are hand-crafted--from the concrete countertops and dishes in the cabinets to the welding--the space has been lovingly made by the owners’ family.
Washington State: Leavenworth Cabin
This intimate A-frame cabin gives off ultimate cozy vibes all year ‘round, but we suggest visiting during the holiday season. Leavenworth is a snowy area in the winter months (perfect for snuggly cabin-dwelling) and the cabin is just 15 miles from downtown Leavenworth--an adorable Bavarian town transformed into a winter wonderland around the holidays.
Washington, D.C.: Walkable Studio
If you can peel yourself away from this swanky, ultra-chic suite, check out the nearby historical attractions, great restaurants, and shopping--all within a couple of miles.
West Virginia: River Front
Wake up to stunning mountain (and river) views, commune with wildlife, or take in the sights of sleepy Shepherdstown, all from this beautiful historic house.
Wisconsin: The Lodge
This ground-level villa is a tranquil getaway, just a few miles from downtown Lake Geneva. Enjoy overstuffed couches, Wifi, outdoor sports areas, and lake views from the walkout patio.
Wyoming: Cabin Near the Bridger-Teton Mountain Range
If you’re going to stay in Wyoming, make sure you do it right: stay in a cabin on the Wyoming Range. Enjoy winter sports or summer strolls on the 15 acres of surrounding land, sip a hot cup of coffee while watching the pronghorn antelope in the front yard, and marvel at the remarkable beauty of the Bridger-Teton Mountain Range.
Just make sure to pick up your groceries and other necessities on the way in--the nearest town is 30 miles away!
Whether you were looking for accommodations for your next trip, window-shopping for vacation spots, or seeking design inspo for your next renovation project, we hope this list gave you a hand!
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