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Renting an apartment or a house for your vacation in California is nice, but why stop there? How does a luxurious tree house sound? What about a cool cabin in the woods? An alien spaceship in the middle of the desert? Yes, all of these California Airbnbs actually exist. These out-of-the-box Airbnb stays place you right in the heart of your desired location while giving you a taste of the extraordinary.
The Best Airbnbs in California
You don’t have to travel far to book a cool vacation rental. Many of the best Airbnbs in California can be reached by taking a scenic one-day drive from wherever you live in the Golden State. So, get ready to mark your calendars, pack your bags, and put on your road trip playlist—you’ll be booking these fabulous California Airbnbs for a vacation of a lifetime.
Cool Airbnbs in Southern California
Airbnbs in San Diego
Price per night: $139
Why stay in a house when you can stay in a dome? This Airbnb, conveniently named Dome Life, is truly one of a kind—it’s the only dome house in San Diego. The hideaway was originally built in 1967 as a college project by art students. Since then, the dome house has been completely renovated. It now features many of the amenities you seek when looking for a vacation rental. The natural beauty encompassing the San Diego Airbnb is also worth exploring. In the evening, check out the California-made movies and TV shows on Netflix for a chill night spent munching on popcorn and sippin' hot cocoa with your beaux.
Secluded Hobbit House
Price per night: $285
Lord of the Rings fans, rejoice. Inspired by none other than J.R.R. Tolkien's iconic creations, the Hobbit House will definitely have you in an enchanted daze. It's important to note that the Hobbit House delivers the ultimate glamping experience—not all luxury amenities are on-site, but that's a part of the fun. Though there's no electricity or Wi-Fi, a YETI cooler, Coleman camping stove, and running water await you. Besides, those looking for an experience right out of the movies will appreciate the secluded, out-of-this-world scenery surrounding this San Diego Airbnb.
A Unique Airbnb in Los Angeles
Price per night: $149
The Sky Farm yurt is situated on a private piece of land on Paradise Hill. Despite being located a 10-minute drive away from downtown L.A., this unique Los Angeles Airbnb will have you feeling like you're cut off from the busy world. Amazing views, fresh air, and friendly farm animals you can interact with—Sky Farm gives you a taste of the country right in the heart of Los Angeles. Book this yurt for a bohemian winter glamping retreat, and experience the urban-farm lifestyle in a truly elevated way.
Airbnbs near Palm Springs
Area 55 Futuro House
Price per night: $209
Want an Airbnb experience that's out of this world? That's exactly what you get at the Area 55 Futuro House. This spaceship-shaped house near Palm Springs offers you the perfect chance to kick back and relax, without having to give up the necessary amenities for comfortable living. Very unique on the outside and comfortably luxurious on the inside, this distinctive Airbnb makes for an unforgettable experience in Joshua Tree National Park. It is a perfect getaway for a weekend of relaxing, stargazing, and trying out new camping recipes. Thanks to the Airbnb’s convenient location, you can branch out and explore the many hiking trails, scenic views, and unique eateries in the surrounding Joshua Tree desert.
Minimalist Modern Cabin
Price per night: $220
The Minimalist Modern Cabin takes the indoor-outdoor experience to a whole new level. With clear walls and some of the best views in the desert, this Yucca Valley escape is one of the best Airbnbs in California for couples looking for a quick trip. The Airbnb offers a detached bathroom with hot water, a kitchen with various types of cooking equipment, a firepit, and a deck offering gorgeous vistas. Note that water and electricity usage on the property is limited due to its off-grid nature—be mindful and prepare in advance to avoid any unforeseen issues.
Airbnb in Big Bear
Price per night: $236
This mid-century modern A-frame is nestled in a cozy and quiet neighborhood north of Big Bear Lake. Whether you’re taking a trip to Big Bear to ski, hike, kayak, or simply get away from the busy city life, the Alterra House is a great place to stay. By venturing mere minutes away from this three-bedroom Airbnb in Big Bear, you’ll find plenty of locations to dine, shop, ski, and more. The home is also the perfect spot to relax at the end of the day. Unwind by the wood-burning stove and play a few board games while overlooking the mountains.
The Best Airbnb in Santa Barbara
Price per night: $198
Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a 1970s Airstream? This Airbnb in Santa Barbara will answer all of your questions. Start California dreamin’ in a restored, 33-foot 1974 Airstream full of style and character. Tucked away on a quaint avocado orchard, this cool Airbnb is a short drive away from scenic hiking trails and beautiful Santa Barbara beaches. You don't need to worry about the amenities here, either—despite being a renovated Airstream, this Santa Barbara Airbnb has everything from a full kitchen and bathroom to a washer-dryer and private garden. All you have to do is pick a date and book your spot before another eager traveler swoops in.
Beautiful Airbnbs in Northern California
Tiny Art House
Price per night: $73
The Tiny Art House is unique in more than one way. Everything inside (and outside) the house has been painted, sculpted, and refinished by the host himself. Despite giving you a true taste of tiny house living, this 200-square-foot Sacramento Airbnb has all the amenities you need for a weekend trip in the state capital—including complimentary breakfast. The best part? While staying at this artsy, one-bedroom Sacramento property, you’ll be just minutes away from the bustling Midtown district, the Golden 1 Center, and many other interesting Sacramento attractions.
Mammoth Lakes Airbnb
Awesome Log Cabin
Price per night: $200
Mammoth Lakes is an incredible destination if you’re on the hunt for the best Airbnbs in California for couples, especially if you and your partner love spending time in nature. Depending on what time of year you visit, you can enjoy skiing, fishing, hiking, and more while staying at this Mammoth Lakes Airbnb—just a nine-minute walk away from The Village. The three-bedroom log cabin is available for rent in one-month increments only, but we’re certain you’re going to want to stay longer anyway. The top-notch location, the enviable amenities, and the plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation make Mammoth Lakes one of the best places to rent a cabin in California.
Bodega Bay Airbnbs
Seamist Beach Cottage
Price per night: $425
Fancy a private and secluded stretch of sand all to yourself? The Seamist Beach Cottage in Bodega Bay gives you just that—and more. This beachfront Airbnb in California is perched on top of a bluff overlooking the ocean. You’ll love doing your morning yoga on the deck, fishing with the gear provided by the hosts, roasting marshmallows by the firepit outside, and lounging on the hammock. Other outdoor activities you can enjoy nearby include horseback riding, hiking, golfing, and surfing. Not looking to get active? We saved the best part for last. This luxurious Bodega Bay Airbnb features a private outdoor hot tub, complete with panoramic views of the Pacific. Need we say more?
Price per night: $368
If staying right by the beach isn’t a prerequisite for your trip near Bodega Bay, you’ll love this unique Northern California Airbnb by the Russian River. The Redwood Dome in Cazadero is just 22 minutes away from the Bay and is surrounded by towering trees. The property boasts two decks, a writer's desk overlooking the redwoods for work or creative inspiration, a projector for movies and shows, and an outdoor hydrotherapy hot tub that’s perfect for stargazing in California. If you’ve been wanting to get away and reconnect with nature, this is the place for you.
Half Moon Bay Airbnb
Price per night: $235
This Beach Bungalow is airy, open, and a true surfer’s paradise. Located in Pacifica, just 20 minutes north of Half Moon Bay, this Northern California Airbnb is a modern coastal getaway in every sense. Walk for five minutes from this tiny home, and you’ll find yourself at Linda Mar Beach—one of the Bay Area’s best surf spots. Make sure to stop by Pacifica's cutest surf shops and cafes, which are conveniently located on your way to the beach. Another cool perk of this Airbnb near Half Moon Bay? Despite feeling like you’re a world away from reality, you’re actually only a 20-minute drive from San Francisco, making it a perfect destination for a Bay Area staycation.
Luxurious Private Barn Suite
Price per night: $139
The host of this luxurious private barn is a landscape designer, so you know it’s bound to be beautiful. Original artworks, gorgeous furnishings, and high-end decor can be found throughout this Napa Airbnb. Despite being a literal barn, this elegant space boasts all of the amenities you need for a comfortable stay and features other unique elements such as a bocce court, cruising bikes, several outdoor spaces, stunning gardens, and a gas firepit. Think it can’t get any better? There are multiple Airbnb experiences (online and offline) you can try nearby while staying at this incredible destination.
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