We know your travel plans may have changed due to COVID-19; we also know this won’t last forever. So whether you’re looking for a safe staycation or nearby getaway for the coming month, or you are planning that big reunion for next year, we’ve pulled our favorite Airbnb rentals for families from across the country. These family-friendly vacation rentals offer great locations, unique stays and more, all at prices much lower than hotels. Scroll on to see our top picks in each state.
Off-Grid UNIMOG Zombie-Proof Adventure - Kimberly, AL
How cool is this Airbnb? This 1966 UNIMOG was used as movie prop in the Hunger Games and the Walking Dead. Two people can sleep in the UNIMOG and there are spots for additional people to sleep on the open-air sleeping loft. You are totally off the grid at this spot as you'll drop your car at the farm's goat pen and throw your belongings in the back of the UTV. Staff will drive you what will seem like a hundred miles away from society onto the 105 acre sanctuary. You will hike beautiful scenery, play in the river and chill in your lounge chair on an observation deck that lets you truly escape the world below.
Sleeps: 4 but more can be accommodated. Dogs allowed.
Shackleford Creek Mountain House—Cooper Landing, AK
You'll love exploring the mountains and lakes that surround this cabin that's a mile from the town of Cooper Landing. Fishing, hiking and mountain biking trails are all within minutes of the house and there are multiple guides in town to help you get out there and explore. Guests have access to the gear shed where you can store gear and fish.
Go Rustic in a Navajo Earth Hut - Page, AZ
Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to stay in a Navajo hut, with an earthen floor and a wood-burning stove? This rustic Native American-owned traditional Navajo hut near Page, Arizona accommodates four family members and has a fully-stocked bathroom nearby and an outside fire pit is where you’ll cook your dinner under the moonlight. The best part: you’ll wake up to a traditional Navajo breakfast complete with blue corn porridge, fresh fruit and ranch coffee or tea sourced from the land. Keep a look out for roaming sheep, sheepdogs and horses before you set off for a visit to the nearby Grand Canyon.
Spacious Lake Hamilton Home—Hot Springs Township, AR
You can bring your whole crew and more to this lakefront house that sleeps 16. There are kayaks, a canoe, and a stand up paddle board available for guests to use. The outdoor hot tub is the perfect spot to relax after a busy day.
Area 55 Futuro House - Joshua Tree, CA
For a totally "out of this world" adventure, book a few nights at this restored Futuro House in Joshua Tree. This totally off-the-grid home has fresh water in the outdoor shower and a fire pit where you can eat under the stars. Solar power is available to charge your small electronics but there's no WiFi, just board games to enjoy in this gorgeous area of California. Check out our guide for ideas of what to do in the area.
Rocky Mountain Treehouse—Carbondale, CO
How cozy would it be to spend the night in this treehouse high above Cattle Creek? Climb up the staircase and you'll find a full kitchen and wood-burning stove. Bring your coffee and hot cocoa out to one of the decks and watch the stars. You can even bring your pets!
Lakefront Cabin in Connecticut—Sherman, CT
Your family will love cozying up at the fireplace after a day spent snowshoeing or hiking in the nearby woods. You'll have water access if the weather allows and plenty of space to relax.
Bayside Resort Beach House—Selbyville, DE
You'll love staying in this luxury home just minutes from beaches, shopping, and everything the area has to offer. You are able to purchase passes to use the resort amenities like a swimming pool and golf.
The Disney House—Davenport, FL
Located just one exit away from Disney World, your kids won’t complain when it’s time to go back and rest. There’s the 101 Dalmatians room with spotted walls, twin beds and stuffed dogs everywhere. The Frozen room is decked out with floor to ceiling decorations from the movie and stuffed Olaf and friends on the twin beds. Mom and Dad will appreciate the Mary Poppins master suite. The house’s game room is themed with Star Wars and features a space-age ping pong table, a conventional pool table and foosball table game. In case the kids didn’t burn off enough energy at the theme parks, there will be pretty of time to do so in the home’s private indoor pool.
The home also comes with a full kitchen, dining room that seats 10, living room, air conditioning and TVs in every bedroom. A grocery store and fast food options are only a mile away too.
Cost: $135 per night
Llama Luxury Cottage—Atlanta, GA
Just a few minutes away from downtown Atlanta you’ll find this luxury cottage “guarded” by alpacas and the beautiful Dali Llama. Image waking up in a super comfy memory foam bed to real roosters instead of an alarm clock. Then, make breakfast with farm-fresh eggs in a beautiful granite kitchen. Afterward, you can feed the llamas, play a board game or two or travel into town. Enjoy the garden from the cottage patio. The home is equipped with children’s toys, TVs and Wi-Fi too. The place is a mixture of casual comfort and elegant touches. Get a sense of what it’s like to live on a farm without having to leave the city.
Cost: $120 per night
Adventure Treehouse in Paradise - Mt. View, HI
If your idea of a vacation means starry night skies and the soothing sounds of the jungle all around you, this cozy Hawaiian eco-cottage is the place to be. Designed to be as off-grid as possible while still maintaining a sense of luxury (meaning there's running water, wifi and electricity but the whole place has a tiny ecological "footprint" and is solar-powered), this small home was featured on HGTV's "Tiny Paradise" and boasts unique (and repurposed) features in every nook and cranny. Perched eight feet above the ground, the home comes complete with a full kitchen, bathroom, living room and loft space bedroom—as well as a swinging bridge that leads to a quiet sitting area in the trees. There's also a jungle zip line (!), outdoor shower and ground-level hangout space. The entire place may be small, but with two doors and 18 windows overlooking the surrounding Ohia and Hapu'u forest, you'll have plenty of space in the views.
Note: This home is recommended for kids seven and up because of the inherent risks associated with the loft, swinging bridge and zip line.
Sleeps: 4 guests
Cost: $99/night and up
Cascade Lake Cabin—Donnelly, ID
Make lasting memories with your family at this laid-back, dog-friendly Donnelly cottage. This updated A-frame is a charming throwback to simpler times, but has been lovingly maintained with all the modern amenities of home. Only a short walk from the beautiful shores of Lake Cascade, this home is minutes from the attractions and recreation of Donnelly, Idaho. The surrounding national forests are full of trails and Tamarack Resort is about 10 minutes away. McCall is about 20 minutes to the north.
Sidelined Pullman Train Car—Plano, IL
Oh, the stories this Pullman Train car, the Constitution, could tell. Built in 1905, it was basically Air Force One for Presidents Harding and Wilson, and when the president of the Illinois Railway Museum visited, he said it was the most well-preserved Pullman train car in the U.S. A large living room with fireplaces, a master bedroom and bathroom have been added to the original car, which consisted of four staterooms, an observation deck, a dining room and a galley. This is all set atop a bluff overlooking Big Rock Creek and a floodplain full of 200-year old oak trees where you might see an Eagle or two. During the summer months, there's even a pool onsite to enjoy.
We recommend bringing along a few groceries to utilize the kitchen facilities and make this a true staycation. Unplug and fully immerse yourself in a getaway with a country feel.
Sleeps: 6 guests; 3 bedrooms, 3 beds, 3 baths
Beachfront Cottage—Miller Beach, IN
Stay at your own beachfront property located right on Lake Michigan. Enjoy beach sunsets and the return to the cottage for meals and rest. You'll love how close it is to the beach when you have to run back for more snacks or bathroom breaks.
The Mecca of Fun—Des Moines, IA
If the photo of this home's game room doesn't convince you that it's a totally awesome place to stay, check this out. Sitting on over an acre of land, this home has a hot tub and the best game room you've ever seen with ping pong, pool table, arcade games and more. Bike paths connecting you to Des Moines extensive trail system are minutes away with bikes available for use.
Mid-Century Home - Kansas City. KS
Soak up the modern and vintage charm of our fully remodeled home! Eclectic accents include original 1960’s mirror artwork, original Lane dining and coffee tables, and a super cool 10 foot tall pocket door.
Fossil Creek Woodlands Retreat—Pendleton, KY
Fossil Creek provides a relaxing environment for family and friends to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life and enjoy beautiful Kentucky woodlands. This home is situated at the base of 65 wooded acres in Oldham County Kentucky. Its name comes from the plethora of fossils that can be seen in the creek that runs along the front of the property. Kids will love checking out the "Hobbit Loft" that connects the three bedrooms.
Glamorous Garden District Luxury Home—New Orleans, LA
Located in New Orleans’ historic Lower Garden District, this 4000+ sq foot luxury home is your ultimate travel destination in the Big Easy. With a private pool, standalone guest cottage with additional sleeping options, and a fully stocked chef's kitchen, this home is perfect for groups of all sizes who seek a first-class New Orleans experience.
Luxurious Treehouse Near Bar Harbor—Hancock, ME
Rekindle the joy of being a kid as you revel in luxury suitable for grownups. This treehouse is nestled among maple, spruce, cedar, pine and birch. Spacious at 900 square feet, this treehouse offers such comforts as a whirlpool, sauna, kitchen, fireplace, seasonal outdoor shower and plenty of deck space. Pets are welcome.
A Backyard Paradise—Annapolis, MD
This property has been nicknamed the Petit Resort because you will feel like you're tucked into your own private retreat. But petit it is anything but. This house can accommodate up to 10 guests in six bedrooms. Relax on-site in the hot tub or the pool or take a short walk (or water taxi) to downtown Annapolis for fresh seafood and waterside dining. Bonus: these super hosts employ the latest technologies and cleaning products to make sure this rental is clean as a whistle (and based on reviews, they're doing a great job).
Stay In an Historic Lighthouse - Cape Cod, MA
For a true New England vacation with a killer view, you can have this entire historic lighthouse and its adjacent home all to yourself. Located at the tip of Wings Neck Point along the western coast of Cape Cod, the lighthouse was built in 1849 and completely renovated in 2003. Formerly a U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse, the light tower still stands next to the original three-bedroom keepers home. Kids will love climbing the whirling stairs and subsequent ladder to reach the glass top of the lighthouse, where they'll get a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean and the adjacent rocky shores. And, when just looking at the water isn't enough, there is a private sandy beach nearby where kids can swim in the gentle waves of the bay.
Lake Skegemog Dream Retreat—Williamsburg, MI
For a truly spectacular stay, book this spacious 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath house offering top-notch features like a waterfront location on Lake Skegemog, a private dock, and a well-appointed interior. Completing the package, the vacation rental lies within a quick drive of major destinations like Mt. Holiday, National Cherry Festival, and Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail. Kids will love all the exploring they can do on the property and nearby.
Northern Retreat—Nisswa, MN
Perfect for a family reunion, the Northern Retreat sits on the edge of Roy Lake and contains three buildings over five acres. Here you’ll find eight bedrooms with 11 beds, nine bathrooms, a private tennis court, two exercise rooms, two screen-in porches, three decks, a barrel sauna, hot tub, a game room (that features a pool table, ping pong, foosball and a popcorn machine) and a most impressive movie theater room with nine reclining and a big-screen movie wall.
Outside you’ll find a walking trail, two fire pits and 32-foot long dock. The house is located just a mile from the town of Nisswa that has several fun shops, restaurants and activities and the Paul Bunyon Trail.
Cost: $1135 per night
Charming Madison Townhome—Madison, MS
This dreamy vacation rental townhome in Madison is the perfect getaway for your lake-loving family! On a sunny day, hit Ross Barnett Lake with the guest-ready kayaks or perfect your tan by the community pool. If you need a change of scenery, visit downtown Jackson just a short drive away for local eateries, shopping, and attractions.
Deer Ridge Crossing in the Ozarks—Cassville, MO
Head to the Ozarks to experience some time in this spacious yurt. 30 acres of woods are available for exploring and the kids will love seeing what creatures they can find. You'll love that this spot has a real bed. Feel free to bring your dog with you as this spot is pet friendly.
Raven's Nest Treehouse—Columbia Falls, MT
The Raven's Nest treehouse is a modern A-frame treehouse nestled on 5 private acres. This artistically designed two-story treehouse has all the luxury amenities you'll need for your next family vacation. There's no shortage of activities as it is within 30 minutes of Glacier National Park and minutes from Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. The grand entrance to the Raven's Nest is an iron staircase leading you up into the trees. There are two outdoor deck areas, a full bathroom on the main floor and the second floor bathroom with a large soaking tub. Kids will especially love how two living trees grow through the treehouse interior of the Raven's Nest. There's a second treehouse on the property if you want to make it a multi-family visit.
Cedar Lake Farm Rental—Anselmo, NE
This 5-bedroom farmhouse is ready to welcome your family for a relaxing vacation. Kids will love checking out the property's horses, cattle and chickens. You can hike, fish the private lake and use the kayaks during your stay.
The Denali Ranch House—Lamoille, NV
The Denali Farmhouse is a modern home with stunning private views of the Ruby Mountains. Pre-arranged farm tours of the ranching property are available. There's tons of hiking opportunities and in the winter, snowshoeing and back country skiing.
Little Red Caboose - Lincoln, NH
This ultra-cute caboose has the coveted sleeping spot in the cupola. You'll find that the caboose is located near lots of outdoor recreation spots like swimming holes and waterfalls, as well as a number of restaurants.
Sleeps: 4 guests
Brand New Waterfront Home—Ship Bottom, NJ
You'll love the chill vibe in this vacation home and all the rooms have water views. The rooftop deck, beach, and dock, provide many options to relax or play. Bring your water toys or beach blanket and enjoy!
The Earthship—El Prado, NM
The Phoenix Earthship (which is located near Taos, NM, not Phoenix, AZ) is a work of art and guaranteed to make a unique family vacation the kids will never forget. The greenhouse makes a lush environment in the high mountain desert, with banana trees, grapevines, birds, turtles and a fish pond. The entire property is off grid, sustainable and unique. There is also a food garden, chickens and views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Part of a massive 630-acre Earthship subdivision, the only official off-grid subdivision in the world, you'll find stars for days. It's also driving distance to artsy Taos.
The Ranch With Outdoor Luxuries—Kerhonskon, NY
A hot tub, tank pool, outdoor movie screen and fire pit nestled in the wilderness? Yes, please! (And that's just on the outside!) Stony Hill Ranch has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, as well as a "Jam Shed" where you can rock out for an additional deposit. The property is in Kerhonkson, NY near the Shawangunk Mountains, but it's also near a Wal-Mart if you need to stock up on things.
White Oak Treehouse—Asheville, NC
Take in the rustic, fairy tale vibe of this custom-made treehouse in the midst of towering white oaks. Recline in a rocking chair and watch the sunset over the mountains, or try your hand at some stargazing from the comfort of the deluxe double bed. There's an addition treehouse on the property if you want to make it a multi-family stay.
Scenic Buckhorn Ranch Cabin—Medora, ND
This log cabin is located in an isolated area of the North Dakota Badlands, about halfway between the North and South Units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The historic district surrounding the cabin also offers world class trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike riding, as well as opportunities for fishing and canoeing when river levels are adequate. Kids will love searching for fossils and minerals in the Little Missouri River bed.
Lakefront Retreat on Portage Lakes—New Franklin, OH
This beautiful and spacious waterfront four-bedroom home is perfect for all your getaway needs! Bring your boat and dock at the property, or rent one near by. There are many great local restaurants accessible by boat. Enjoy the firepit and fish from the dock. There's a game closet full of indoor fun if you catch bad weather.
Luxurious Cabin for the Whole Crew—Broken Bow, OK
With three master suites and a loft that can sleep up to six kids, your crew will have plenty of space to spread out. Spend time cooking on the outdoor BBQ and then roast s'mores on the fire pit. It is just minutes away from everything Hochatown has to offer.
The Hobbit Hole—Portland, OR
Surprisingly affordable, this is one of the best Airbnb’s vacation rentals we've seen. Cozy up in this work of art that's designed to make you (and the kids–it’s about the kids, right?) feel like you're part of the Hobbit's epic adventures. From the furniture to the walls and ceilings this handcrafted, sustainable abode is inspired by the Lord of the Rings and is guaranteed to infuse your vacation with magic. It's made from reclaimed clay, tree roots and reclaimed materials, which you'll discover throughout the entire space. There's also a Hobbit-friendly memory foam queen bed, a leather sofa sleeper (also with memory foam), a kitchenette with nearby dining area decked out with Swarovski crystal chandelier and a European-styled bathroom.
Staying in a Hobbit house will thrill any child, but it's extra neat that the owners included a high chair, Pack 'n' Play, children's toys and books, outlet covers and children's dinnerware. There's also a beautiful little yard for youngsters to enjoy.
Sleeps: 4 guests
Cost: $125 per night
A Cozy Bargain in the Poconos—Saylorsburg, PA
It's cute and compact, and the price is right! This little cottage in the Poconos is small but mighty, with peaceful sitting areas, a fire pit, grill, patio string lights, and it's also pet-friendly. Plus, it's near hiking, flea markets and other area attractions.
1940's Quonset Hut—Tiverton, RI
This gorgeous 1940's Quonset hut was used in the war to store ammunition and now is fully renovated and ready to welcome guests. Bedrooms consist of: upstairs Master bed with ensuite bathroom and sitting area, 1 queen size bedroom, 1 full size bedroom, and 1 Summer Secret Kids Play room with bunkbeds and additional air mattresses if needed. Borrow the bikes for a one-mile ride to the beach.
Folly Me—Folly Beach, SC
Will you head to the ocean or spend the day in the pool? The choice is yours at this gorgeous rental that's just a short walk to Center Street and 20 minutes to Charleston. Enjoy the low country breezes on one of the three porches, or gather the family around in the sunroom after a long day on the beach.
Squirrel Hill Cabin—Black Hawk, SD
You'll love this hidden gem in the heart of the Black Hills, nestled on 3 private acres. With decks in every direction, you're encouraged to take in the abundance of nature. Watch for whitetail deer, turkeys, birds and squirrels. Relax under the pines in the hot tub or the gazebo jetting out over a gully.
Majestic Mountain Retreat—Sevierville, TN
This cabin offers a charming and private Smoky Mountain escape. The peacefulness and solitude provide all the privacy you need for a break from the stress of the real world with your family. The cabin setting is quiet with the only noise being the Dollywood train whistle and local wildlife going about their day. The cabin is surrounded by woods on all sides, except of course for the clearing of the view.
The Silo House at Laughing Llama Farm—Troy, TX
Located near Waco, Texas and about 20 miles from the downtown area, this expansive farm stay includes an incredibly unique converted grain silo with all the amenities, including a sleeping loft, full bathroom, kitchen and a fishing pond on site. Visit with the sheep and llamas and relax in the peace and quiet.
3-Story Treehouse—Nephi, UT
Step into another world as you cross the 70-foot suspension bridge into the floating house in the trees. The house has a rustic yet modern cabin feel, featuring beautiful wood paneling throughout, and giant tree trunks jutting from floor to ceiling. Climb the ladder to the second level to the bedroom and then another ladder to the crows nest and amazing deck 30 feet off the ground. Sit back and relax enjoying the stunning view from the tops of the trees.
The Yurt at Starlight Camp—Stowe, VT
Sweeping views are part of the dream that comes with a visit to this Stowe, VT yurt. Warm yourself by the fire pit or indoor wood stove when the days get cold. Kids will love all of the wildlife on the property including birds, moose, deer, fish, frogs, salamanders and owls at night.
The Kiddie Pool—Arlington, VA
This large home in the heart of Clarendon in North Arlington offers a wading pool perfect for pint-sized swimmers. Before or after your dip, don't forget to roast marshmallows in the outdoor fire pit. Feel free to leave your car at home; this house is conveniently located near a metro stop.
Architectural Retreat—Seattle, WA
If you’ve got a little LEGO lover in the fam, he or she is going to think everything about this house is awesome! The bright and funky architectural home (Wendell Lovett) includes LEGO design elements in the kitchen and LEGO wall art (using real bricks!), as well as plenty of open space and light-filled rooms. Parents and kiddos alike will love the A-frame design and spots of bright colors and stylish furnishings around every corner.
Set back on a wooded lot (with an outdoor eating space), the home features three bedrooms, a loft and two and a half bathrooms and feels very open and airy with its high vaulted ceiling and open stairwell. This house has easy access to Matthews Beach and Magnuson Park (two kid faves), as well as the retail shops and restaurants at University Village. It is just far enough away from downtown Seattle to feel private, but also close enough when it’s time to go have fun.
Cost: $260 per night
Classic Scandinavian Kid Haven—Washington, DC
This 100+-year-old historic row house located in D.C.'s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood is perfectly situated to fun spots for the entire family, including Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo that are next-door neighbors, and the White House and National Mall that are two miles away. After exploring the city, let the kids hang in the playroom with toys, books, Wii games or splash in the ball pit (yes! there's a ball pit!).
From a guest: "The attic room is a kid's haven. We had to drag them out every day. They enjoyed the ball pit, puppets, LEGO, drum set, Wii game console, and a myriad of other toys."
This townhouse is just steps away from Upper Flume, a kid-friendly, beginner ski trail at Snowshoe Mountain. Stop in for lunch or take a safe bathroom break at this ski-in, ski-out location. The 5-bedroom townhouse is also conveniently located to Snowshoe's Main and South Villages. With three sets of bunk beds, this rental is the perfect place for large families or vacation plans with your favorite pod fam. Warm up in the hot tub after a day of hitting the slopes and enjoy the scenic views of West Virginia's wildlife and mountains.
Pirate Ship Adventure Cabin—Lyndon Station, WI
Ahoy, me hearties! Pirate-loving littles will definitely want to spend a night aboard the “Passing Wind,” outside of Wisconsin Dells. The unbelievable Pirate Ship Adventure Cabin has room for six and is guaranteed to make memories. A slide, swing set and tons of pirate décor add to the fun. Parents should know that the ship’s two bedrooms are separated by a short 15-foot walk across an outdoor lower deck, and bathrooms are a short walk away.
Red Roof Ranch—Cody, WY
This gorgeous property sits in the middle of 15 private acres with views of the South Fork River Valley, Buffalo Bill Reservoir and surrounding mountains. It has plenty of beds for your family and is a great spot to bed down and then head out on nearby adventures.
—Kate Loweth & Jeffrey Totey with Red Tricycle Editors
Please note, prices listed were valid at the time of publication but rates can fluctuate at different times of the year.