Lonely Planet Writer

Get inspired for that great American road trip with these unique Airbnbs around the USA

As America celebrates Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americas will travel more than 50 miles from home to celebrate, according to AAA. But even though so many people will be celebrating with a bit of holiday travel, more people will just hang out at home. If you’re among those not travelling far for the holiday, you can still dream of your next trip with these unique and wanderlust-inducing Airbnbs across the USA.

Stay in a secret garden sanctuary in California

This home is like a secret garden in California.
This home is like a secret garden in California. Image by Airbnb

Step into a lush tropical garden at this Airbnb in Aptos, California, which lets guests enjoy their own apartment – but more importantly, get outside and onto the patio. The site is equipped with a gas grill, making it a great spot to enjoy that perfect summer barbecue.

Climb up into a secluded treehouse in Georgia

Enjoy a treehouse stay in Georgia.
Enjoy a treehouse stay in Georgia. Image by Airbnb

With so many treehouses on Airbnb, anyone can live out their childhood dreams of sleeping among the branches. In fact, this treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia was named Airbnb’s most-desired property, which is unsurprising based on how magical it looks.

Relax in Malibu Airstream California

Get out of Los Angeles and into this Airstream.
Get out of Los Angeles and into this Airstream. Image by Airbnb

With retro Airstream trailers once again taking off in popularity, this gorgeous set-up in Malibu, California is certain to entice travellers. In addition to the incredible views it provides, it also has a touch of celebrity glamour, as it was the site of a US Vogue photo shoot featuring Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss.

Float in a pirate houseboat in South Carolina

This little houseboat will let travellers feel like they are on a little pirate ship.
This little houseboat will let travellers feel like they are on a little pirate ship. Image by Airbnb

If you want to get as close as possible to the water in Charleston, South Carolina, then there’s no better way than staying in a houseboat. This one was featured on FYI Network’s Tiny House Hunters, and was rebuilt using reclaimed materials.

Get back to the basics in a Joshua Tree homesteader cabin

Stay in a homesteader cabin in Joshua Tree.
Stay in a homesteader cabin in Joshua Tree. Image by Airbnb

This restored cabin is only a 15-minute drive to Joshua Tree National Park and is a great spot to catch a glimpse of animals like rabbits, coyotes and owls in their natural habitat. The beautiful cabin has obviously attracted attention from Airbnb users, but was also featured in the New York Times’ travel magazine and other publications.

Stay in a round cottage in Massachusetts

This round home in Massachusetts may give guests a new perspective.
This round home in Massachusetts may give guests a new perspective. Image by Airbnb

This round cottage in the Berkshires in Massachusetts was once sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson’s summer studio. The two-storey building features an incredible canopy bed and gorgeous windows, but visitors will likely want to get out and explore the grounds, which include garden paths, bridges, ponds and more.

Try out a night in a yurt in Virginia

Stay in a yurt on a Virginia farm.
Stay in a yurt on a Virginia farm. Image by Airbnb

If you want to stay somewhere unique – but still enjoy a kitchen, heating, and air conditioning – then a yurt in Virginia may just be the place. The round home is located on a sustainable farm and is only a ten-minute hike into Shenandoah National Park Back Country.

Get off the grid at this house in California

This house in Pioneertown California is off the grid.
This house in Pioneertown California is off the grid. Image by Airbnb

If you want your next holiday to be an experiment in sustainability, then staying at this California home, which is entirely off-the-grid, will give you just that. The home is also located in Pioneertown, a town in the Mojave Desert that is luring people out of LA and into the small, creative community.

Curl up in your own hobbit house in Washington

Enjoy some "underground hygge" at this house in WAshington.
Enjoy some “underground hygge” at this house in Washington. Image by Airbnb

This underground house will remind most people of the perfect home for a hobbit. But it can be rented by anyone – if they are travelling through Washington State. After hiking up to the home, guests enter through the hobbit hole and enjoy their stay.

Climb up to an elaborate treehouse in South Carolina

Spend a night in this elaborate treehouse.
Spend a night in this elaborate treehouse. Image by Airbnb

An elaborate tree house in South Carolina will let travellers truly feel like a kid again. This treehouse is located on two connecting platforms and includes an outdoor rope bed and shower, and a two-person hammock to relax in. The treehouse was designed by Seth Bolt, a founding member of the band NEEDTOBREATHE.