These Are The Consensus 7 Most Unique Airbnb Finds In The U.S., Per Expert Reviews

Looking for a place to stay in the U.S. that’s out of the ordinary? Well, you’re in luck. There are plenty of unique Airbnb’s, from spots that’ll have you feeling like royalty without emptying your wallet to those where you might consider taking out a loan for the experience. The most unique Airbnb’s are scattered all over the country and are designed to wow every guest that visits.

These aren’t your average rentals; we’re talking about spots that range from pretty cool to “I can’t believe this exists.” Want to live like a hobbit for a few nights? Ever thought about spending the night in a giant potato? Yeah, you read that right. Whether you’re into the quirky, the luxurious, or something in between, there’s something on this list for everyone. So, let’s dive in and check out the top seven most unique Airbnb’s across the U.S. recommended the most by travel experts across seven travel expert websites. With so many choices, it was hard to narrow down the list, but these places are memorable. If you’ve stayed in a neat Airbnb that’s not on our list — we’re all ears. Feel free to share in the comments below.

The List: The 7 Most Unique Airbnb Finds in the U.S.

1. Summit Prairie Tower in Tiller, Oregon

Summit Prairie Tower in Tiller, Oregon
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It’s in the middle of nowhere, off the grid, and 40 feet above the ground. But this four-bedroom Airbnb is in what looks like a fire lookout tower in Tiller, Oregon. It’s one of the most highly sought-after vacation rentals. Timeout says this “well-priced getaway for four pals” includes a queen bed and two singles, a full kitchen, rocking chairs, a fire pit, and a wood-fired hot tub. It’s so popular you need to book as soon as they open up dates for each season, or you’ll be left on the ground.

Located in the Umpqua National Forest, you’ll have 360-degree views the whole time you’re on vacation. One featured guest review on the We Are Travel Girls website says, “The hot tub at sunset and while stargazing a different day was a highlight.” Note: You will have to climb a ladder to get to the bedroom on the roof.

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According to Good Housekeeping, this rural destination has “an outdoor shower and a pit toilet.” If you like an off-the-grid vibe, you’ll love this Airbnb. It gets a 4.99 rating on Airbnb.

2. Underground Hygge in Orondo, Washington

Underground Hygge in Orondo, Washington
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This Airbnb, located in a hill, is right out of a fairytale, complete with “a classic green round door and rustic interior.” The Broke Backpacker says it’s cozy and remote, and “the scenery is out of the world.” A nightly stay is a lot less than our number one choice and you’ll be able to commune with nature 24/7.

This is your chance to fully embrace your inner hobbit. You will probably want to read every J. R. R. Tolkien book after staying at this unique home that sleeps two guests. Travel + Leisure says the outside is cute, but the interior has a beautiful stone and wood interior. Pets are allowed.

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No need to head to New Zealand to get your hobbit hole fix. According to The Discoverer, this is “the perfect spot to relax after traversing the nearby valley.” You may not even want to leave after experiencing the amazing sunsets.

3. The Big Idaho Potato Hotel Farm Stay in Boise, Idaho

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This colossal tuber was once a star of the Big Idaho Potato Tour. According to The Broke Backpacker, it offers a retreat with a full suite of amenities, including a bathroom, kitchen, and fireplace. The final resting spot for this spud is a large plot of land with an outdoor dining area. If you need a little city action during your stay, the Potato is only 20 miles South of downtown Boise.

Where else would you stay in Idaho, except a big potato? Good Housekeeping says the 336-square-foot spud nicely fits two guests. It sits on 400 acres, and if get sick of eating potatoes, there are plenty of restaurants in town.

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This is one heavy potato, weighing in at six tons! We Are Travel Girls loves the pink and white theme saying “The potato hotel is truly one of a kind!” There’s enough room for a bed, chairs, a mini-fridge, and some storage.

4. Taos Mesa Studio Earthship in Taos, New Mexico

Taos Mesa Studio Earthship in Taos, New Mexico
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Greetings earthlings! There is a whole community of Earthship homes in Taos, but this one is on Airbnb for anyone to experience! This house looks a little odd (and magnificent) on the outside, but Timeout says inside it’s a “handsome studio with a full kitchen and bathroom.” It’s off-the-grid, catches rainwater, and uses solar power. It’s 72 degrees inside year-round and sleeps up to four guests. It’s fairly cheap if you split it four ways. There’s even an attached greenhouse!

The Discoverer says this “Earthship” has all the modern comforts you’ll need to enjoy your stay. You’re close to all the Taos attractions and still be able to enjoy the night sky in the desert. Fun fact: The owner built the house while living in a tent.

The Earthship may look familiar because it’s been featured in several magazines like Forbes. Adventure in You loves it because it was “built by hand with lots of natural and repurposed materials.”

5. Domeland in Terlingua, Texas

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You’ll experience the most incredible stargazing out of this solar-powered adobe dome. Not far from Big Bend National Park, the Airbnb is the perfect getaway for couples. Good Housekeeping says you will be roughing it a bit with the compost toilet, but if you must use electronics, there is Wi-Fi.

One traveler tells We Are Travel Girls, “The Dome itself has everything you would ever need! The touch of having Alexa hooked up to all lights and fans was a great move.” It’s just 25 minutes from Big Bend National Park and Terlingua Ghost Town. It sleeps three and has a kitchen, dining area, and a living room.

Timeout says this dome is pretty reasonable, considering what it offers. Inside it has a bohemian feel, but the website says the best part of your stay will be “the star-saturated” nighttime desert sky.

6. The Tiki Suite in Key West, Florida

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This is a “one-of-a-kind” experience floating over the water off the coast of Key West, at a one-of-the-kind price. According to The Broke BackPacker, the Tiki Suite is off the grid but still has plenty of amenities, like a king bed in front of French doors that open to the ocean. You will have to take a water taxi to get there.

We Are Travel Girls agrees this is the ultimate “glamping experience” and there will be plenty to do on the water. There are inflatable paddleboards, snorkel gear, and a hammock or you can just enjoy the views.

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You’ll be surrounded by marine life during your stay at this “floating paradise.” Condé Nest Traveler says this is great for “honeymooners who love the water.” There are some creature comforts inside such as a Keurig and a Yeti cooler.

7. The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles, California

The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles, California
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Yes, this is the former home of Hungarian-American artist and illusionist Harry Houdini, and once you arrive here you won’t want to escape. The estate, which We Are Travel Girls says was built in the early 1900s, sleeps 10 people, and includes a deep water tank where Houdini practiced his escapes. The five-acre property includes many hiking trails and is simply immaculate.

Adventure In You says you will have the adventure of a lifetime by staying at this property, but it is expensive. The villa is full of “twists, turns, and plenty of space.” The pool was also a main practice area for the magician before he died. History buffs will love this location.

You can’t escape the beauty of this unique Airbnb. According to The Discoverer, “In addition to its quirks, the estate has stunning gardens, a natural-spring pond, and hiking trails with ocean views.” Sign me up!

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