If you’re looking for a more unique rental for your next vacation, give a pass to a cabin or treehouse and opt instead for a geodesic dome. Perfect for architecture enthusiasts — or anyone who wants a funky vacation rental — dome houses are available to rent across the US.
Airbnb launched its Domes category to highlight the best dome properties available for rent. There’s a rare mushroom dome in the redwoods of Aptos, California, a chic glamping option in New York’s Catskills, and a few other cool dwellings that you can actually rent out. These are some of the coolest dome houses in the US.
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1. Spaceship-inspired dome in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
This is the original home of landscape designer Joseph Yacoboni, who built 26 white steel domes in the US. The futuristic rental, which was built to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes, comfortably sleeps six. The three bedrooms are spacious and very unique, but it’s worth reading through the listing in full as the furnishings are vintage and the owners want to manage expectations.
This very nice glamping option is run byThe Outlier Inn, a farm located in Sullivan County in the Catskills, only 90 miles from New York City. They have a range of accommodation options and spaces on the property you can rent — from a full-service recording studio to event and workshop spaces. The farm has greenhouses and a vegetable garden, as well as chickens, sheep, goats, alpacas, two cats, and a dog. It is advised that guests’ dogs will need to stay on a leash.The glamping dome has a large bed, and extra guests can request to stay too, but they will need to bring a camp bed or cot and bedding and towels. The bathroom is outdoors and includes a double shower, sink, and claw foot bathtub. Cooking can be done in the outdoor kitchen, and there’s also a communal fire pit and grill. The farm owners come across as very welcoming and accommodating to needs, such as prearranged sleepovers.
Built close by the Russian River, which winds its way through Wine Country of Northern California, this one-bed, one-bath dome is an ideal rental on the west coast for a couple or solo traveler. Being minutes away from the river and the Sonoma coastline, guests have access to countless hiking trails and options for outdoor activities on the waterway. The geodesic dome is on 2.5 acres of private property in the redwoods, which could easily make a vacation here feel like an exclusive retreat — or perhaps a private observatory, as the skylights, outdoor decks, and hydrotherapy hot tub are perfect for stargazing. The spacious living room offers sweeping views of the forest, and for those who are feeling creative, the writing nook in the loft is an idyllic place to get some personal space. The listing does allow for a third guest as the couch is big enough — just note it does not pull out.
This geodesic dome, built into the hillside in Idyllwild and offering views to the ocean on clear days, is perfect for a group booking. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms, ample outdoor deck space, and a hot tub. The impressive living room steals attention as its 26-foot ceiling and floor space takes up a third of the dome’s structure.
This rental is part of a larger development of two domes located at a trailhead to the Phoenix Mountains. Once featured in Life Magazine, the property has rave reviews on Airbnb. Although guests have access to just one of the domes, the huge deck space grants an outlook over the stunning landscape and mountains. The dome is completely private and has a self-check-in and parking. The listing is awarded plus status for its level of hospitality and attention to detail.
This tiny, DIY dome is a very popular listing on Airbnb. Located in the redwoods of Aptos, California, it’s a great place to rent if you want to be close to Santa Cruz or Monterey — but also have peace and seclusion. Built on 10 acres of private land, the dome gives you access to endless hiking options, and at night, it’s an ideal spot for stargazing. The tiny house has an upstairs bedroom with a queen-sized bed, bathroom, and kitchenette.
Set among the majestic Joshua Tree desert, this geodesic dome Airbnb offers a unique and unforgettable experience. From its three sides of windows, you can gaze out at the star-filled sky while lounging in front of the dome house. Inside, you’ll find a cozy space that includes a fully appointed kitchen, air conditioning/heating system, and high-quality furniture. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor getaway or an intimate retreat from reality, this domed abode is perfect for all types of travelers; solo explorers and couples alike will appreciate the rustic ambiance it provides.
Nestled among the rolling hills and tall grass of Baileyville, Kansas lies this unique egg-shaped dome Airbnb. The property is decorated with sturdy and beautiful stained glass windows, which bring an element of warmth and charm to the space. Inside, you’ll find an eclectic assortment of furniture, bookshelves lined with many books and records, as well as a comfortable queen-size bed. Enjoy a serene country setting from the top of the dome where there is enough room for up to four people to relax in peace under the stars. Whether you’re searching for a romantic getaway or a family outing, this cozy dome Airbnb provides a truly unique experience in rural Kansas.
This unique Airbnb in Crestone, Colorado provides an experience like no other. Surrounded by the majestic San Luis Valley, this property is brimming with spiritual vibes that radiate throughout its seven acres of land. Creations such as a labyrinth and yin-yang-inspired circle are scattered among the land, perfect for those looking to take a deep dive into their spirituality. Inside, you’ll find beautiful wooden sculptures, colorful artwork and comfortable sleeping arrangements. No matter what your spiritual path may be, at this Airbnb you will be filled with a peace and sense of connection to Mother Nature that will stay with you long after your time here has ended.