A new year means it’s time to optimistically look forward to the travel opportunities ahead of you, and not dwell on the ones that fell by the wayside in 2020. To help give you some inspiration, Airbnb has identified a list of properties that are most frequently “wish listed” by Airbnb users. From an Alaskan log cabin to a Hawaiian treehouse to a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed hideout in California, these Airbnbs will stoke your travel fire and maybe even motivate you to book a long overdue trip. Airbnb conducted a survey that found more than a third of Americans daydream about travel daily, and more than two thirds say daydreaming about travel brings positive emotions. Even more euphoric than daydreaming, however, is actually clicking that “book” button. These are Airbnb’s most wish-listed stays in all 50 states.
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Alabama — Storybook Castle BnB
Sheldon Castle is a historic, secluded home in Fairhope, AL. Guests will stay in the studio suite, a private part of the castle with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, kitchenette, and a spacious feel.
Alaska — Cozy Alaskan Log Cabin
When you imagine an authentic Alaskan experience, you probably picture something like this cabin. The log cabin overlooks Creamer’s Field Waterfowl Refuge on the edge of the woods, with trails and wildlife viewing that make it perfect for outdoors and nature lovers.
This off-the-grid home is located in a secluded part of Western Navajo Nation. It’s close to iconic natural wonders like Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.
Arkansas — 87Getaway Treehouse Escape
This treehouse sits in the middle of the Ozark Forest. You’ll be surrounded by trees while living in comfort, enjoying the luxuries of the treehouse’s jacuzzi, hammock, and fire pit.
California — Pirates of the Caribbean Getaway
It’s as close to being on the movie set as you’ll probably get. This one-room guesthouse has waterfalls, ponds, and a tropical theme that creates the illusion you’re on a pirate ship in the Caribbean.
Colorado — Rocky Mountain Treehouse
Built in 1971, this treehouse sits on two acres of land with a creek running underneath it. It’s attached to 4,100-foot-tall spruce trees with a winding rock staircase, and includes a wood burning stove, full kitchen, bathroom with a rock shower, and a private balcony.
Connecticut — Geodesic Dome in the Woods
This dome is for those who truly want to get away from civilization. Located on the edge of the woods, this 165-square-foot dome has no power or heat, but there’s a wood fire pit and nearby organic farm to help you reconnect with nature.
Delaware — First Tiny Home in the First State
Situated on three acres of private property, this tiny home has a fire pit, grill, and cozy living space. It’s perfectly located for exploring coastal Delaware.
Florida — Treehouse at Danville
This modern treehouse yurt in Danville is equipped with a tree trunk elevator, private shower, and air conditioning, so you won’t exactly be roughing it. The accommodation is surrounded by oak and magnolia trees, with a panoramic window and four-foot skylight for spectacular views.
Georgia — Secluded Intown Treehouse
This treehouse is composed of three furnished rooms in the treetops, and surprisingly, it’s located right in downtown Atlanta. Despite the urban setting, its rooms are inspired by themes of “Mind, Body, and Spirit,” and designed to help guests relax and decompress.
Hawaii — The Kukui Treehouse
This 500-square-foot treehouse on the Big Island of Hawaii is a handcrafted, rustic experience high above the ground. Trees grow through the center of the property, which has incredible views of the ocean and the lush three-acre property.
Idaho — Big Idaho Potato Hotel
This property takes Idaho’s association with potatoes to the next level. This six-ton potato home has traveled the country, and now it rests permanently on 400 acres of Idaho farmland south of downtown Boise.
Illinois — Ryan’s Place Cabin
This cabin has been restored to look exactly as it did in 1865. Surrounded by a rural setting with an abundance of farm animals, the cabin is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
Indiana — Birdsong
Birdsong is a renovated 20th-century barn, with Edison lighting, fully-stocked kitchen, spiral staircase, bedroom loft, and fire pit. The property is part of 16 acres of land full of wildlife, including turkeys and deer.
This secluded log cabin is surrounded by Whiterock Conservancy’s wilderness, making it the perfect location for outdoors enthusiasts. The rustic house is also just six miles from the town of Coon Rapids.
Kansas — Cozy Cabin Retreat
This renovated cabin on 15 acres of woodland will allow you to escape for a much-needed nature getaway. The property has hiking trails, a labyrinth, and even an axe throwing setup.
Kentucky — Eagles Nest Treehouse
This treehouse has spectacular views of the mountains, and a “nest” deck overlooking the forest. There are also hiking trails through the forest so you can actually get out there and experience nature up close.
Louisiana — Historic Engine 24 New Orleans Firehouse
It’s not just a gimmick — this 19th century property is actually a renovated firehouse in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. Despite its origins, the property is equipped with modern amenities for a comfortable stay.
This small, 350-square-foot treehouse is fully equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, stove, a loft for sleeping, and a deck with a grill. This peaceful eco-luxury retreat gives you a weekend getaway with a smaller environmental footprint.
Maryland — Cove Point Lighthouse Keeper’s House
Lighthouses are the quintessential waterfront accommodation, and this lighthouse, dating back to1828, is no exception. It’s the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Maryland, so your ocean views also come with a dose of history.
Massachusetts — The Pondhouse
If you’ve always longed for your own Thoreau-esque Walden Pond experience, this is probably as close as you’ll get. This rustic pond house in Ashfield has a fire pit, outdoor hot shower, outdoor sink, and composting toilet. Note that there is no kitchen, Wi-Fi, or cell service, and instead of walls you’ll find screens, so you’ll truly be roughing it.
Michigan — Fernside A-Frame: Private River Front
On the banks of the Sturgeon River in Indian River, this A-Frame house is a blend of modern and classic, with an open-floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows to keep the space bright.
Minnesota — NE MPLS Magic Studio @ the Wolf House
This unique house is painted all over with wolf-themed murals and covered with rocks to create a truly quirky, artsy environment. It’s located in the Minneapolis Arts District, close to restaurants, bars, and family-friendly activities.
Mississippi — Eco-Beach House in the Trees
This treehouse is perfect for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The garden below is full of birds and butterflies, and it’s just two blocks away from the beach.
Missouri — Forest Garden Yurts
These glamping yurt-like structures are wooden accommodations designed and built in the 1970s on four acres in the Ozark Forest. They’re simple in design but impressive in their artistic detail.
Located on five wooded acres, this two-story treehouse just 30 minutes from Glacier National Park is perfectly situated for experiencing Montana’s nature. It’s ideal for a writer’s retreat, honeymoon, or romantic getaway.
Nebraska — Lazy Oaks Glamping for 2
This glamping retreat is located on 11 acres of secluded land. You’ll be staying in a canvas tent on a raised deck, with a porch overlooking the vineyard and garden. The tent is furnished with antiques, a queen bed, and dresser.
Nevada — Tiny House Near Las Vegas
Just an hour south of Las Vegas, this tiny house is located on a dude ranch. As you might expect, you’ll be able to go horseback riding and participate in cattle drives and rodeo events.
New Hampshire — Tree House at the Shire
This rustic cabin in the woods is full of New England charm. This small, economical cabin is truly in the heart of the wilderness, but just 15-20 minutes from North Conway.
New Jersey — Cavalier Farm
This property might be a farm, but it’s as luxurious as a five-star hotel. With two wood fireplaces, a game room, library, and chef’s kitchen, you’ll have every imaginable comfort at your fingertips. It’s also close to several golf courses, a water park, swimming holes, the Appalachian Trail, and wineries and breweries.
New Mexico — Casita Don Gaspar
A guesthouse among pine trees, Casita Don Gaspar is a private and peaceful retreat with views of the surrounding greenery and mountains. The two-story, 900-square-foot house is also just 20 minutes away from downtown Santa Fe, for when you want a taste of city life.
New York — Willow Treehouse
This fancy treehouse is the ideal country retreat in upstate New York. The cozy space overlooks a small pond on a wooded property, and when you’re not enjoying the view or swimming in the pond, you can explore nearby Woodstock.
North Carolina — Luxurious Secluded Romantic Treehouse with Hot Tub
This woodland oasis has a swinging bridge for an entrance, making for a fun way in and out. The treehouse, with a deck and hot tub, overlooks the forest on 14 acres of land, and sits just 10 minutes from Black Mountain and 20 minutes from Asheville.
North Dakota — Lamppost 15
Located near shopping and the airport in Bismarck, Lamppost 15 is a fun, colorful place to stay on your next trip to North Dakota. Each room has unique elements, from barn doors to corrugated wainscotting, and colorful LED light strips throughout the house.
Ohio — Treehouse Village — The Box
Compared to other treehouses, this one in Dundee has a distinctly modern feel. The Box is a converted shipping container that makes efficient use of space, with huge windows giving you a view of the treetops.
Oklahoma — Scenic Mountain Lodge on Sardis Lake
This three-story cabin with panoramic mountain and lake views is the perfect nature getaway. It has two outdoor decks and has access to the lake and hiking trails near the property.
This treehouse just outside Cave Junction can fit six to seven people, and is only a short drive away from the Oregon Caves National Monument, Redwood National Forest, and the Oregon coast. The treehouse is 47 feet off the ground and accessed by stairs and suspension bridges.
Pennsylvania — Secret Gateway Nestled in a Woodland Setting
When you arrive at this chalet you might think you’ve just stepped inside the pages of a fairy tale. This storybook-feel house is as cozy on the inside as it looks on the outside, with a wood stove, fireplace, and rustic pine floors.
Rhode Island — Farm on the Coast
Located between Newport and Narragansett, this bucolic farm was built in 1941 during World War II. Now it has a cozy guest suite for visitors, and there’s no television so you won’t be tempted away from the area’s relaxing beaches or nearby islands.
South Carolina — A Pirate’s Life For Me: Houseboat Downtown w/ Bikes
This houseboat has a vaulted ceiling, captain’s quarters (bedroom), and sleeps three comfortably. It was featured on Tiny House Hunters and is called “Charleston’s Best Airbnb Experience.” If it’s not the best, it’s certainly the most unique Airbnb in Charleston.
South Dakota — Cabin at Green Mountain
Located near the tiny mountain town of Nemo, in the valley of Boxelder Creek, this cabin is straight out of a Western movie. The 1910s building has a cathedral ceiling, a field-stone fireplace, and three sleeping areas, and is just a short drive away from Rapid City, Hill City, Sturgis, and Deadwood.
Tennessee — Dreamy Tiny House Cottage
This tiny house was hand-built by the owners, and is the perfect work-from-home space in a magical setting. The property was featured in Southern Living, House Beautiful, and USA Today.
A mix of modern and rustic, this handcrafted treehouse is located in a secluded area surrounded by Japanese maples and next to a running brook. You’ll enjoy the winding gravel footpaths, a forested canopy, and the rugged nature of Little Forest Hills.
Located in a 200-year-old fir tree, this treehouse sits at an elevation of 8,000 feet in Park City, and it’s only accessible by 4×4/AWD down three miles of dirt or snow-packed roads. It has a lofted bedroom with a skylight, 180-degree glass windows, and a deck with great nature views. When you’re not cozying up in the treehouse, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best ski slopes in Utah.
The Tanglebloom Cabin sits in a forested grove on a flower farm, completely surrounded by nature. You’ll also be close to Stratton Mountain Resort for skiing, trails for hiking, and water for swimming and kayaking.
Virginia — Dream Rock Silo
This unique accommodation is a converted 1950s dairy barn and silo. Upon arrival, the hosts have a special game prepared for guests where they give you clues to a secret compartment in the silo. When you discover it, there’s a special gift for you to take home.
Washington — Underground Hygge
Fans of Middle Earth need look no further. This accommodation in the Columbia River Gorge is defined by its hobbit-hole doorways and cozy interior that will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into The Lord of the Rings.
Washington, DC — Gorgeous, Large, Modern 1 BR on Hist. Logan Circle
Built in 1900, this historic brownstone has a bright, colorful vibe, with in-ceiling lighting, stainless steel appliances, and bamboo flooring. It’s also ideally located in Logan Circle, one of DC’s hippest areas, so there’s no shortage of things to do within walking distance.
West Virginia — Custom Built Tiny House on 23 Acres of Forest
This custom-built tiny house is located on 23 acres of private forest, right next to the Lost River State Park. Swimming and boating are also available at nearby Trout Pond, and the state park just three miles away has tons of hiking trails, picnic areas, and a playground.
Wisconsin — Off-Grid Inn — Unit 1
A perfect retreat for couples, individuals, or groups, this cabin is designed as an off-grid escape into the forests of Wisconsin. There’s also a fire pit outside so you can enjoy the outdoor space even in the winter.
Wyoming — Heart Mountain Japanese Cabin
Located on a 4,000-acre certified organic farm, this cabin is influenced by traditional Japanese design. It has access to hiking trails for when you feel like exploring, and a dry sauna and large, elliptical bathtub for when you’d rather stay in and relax.