If you love staying in architecturally interesting places on vacation, there’s no shortage of intriguing rentals. In the past, we’ve rounded up affordable private islands, amazing geodesic domes, funky yurts, alluring A-frames, and lakeside charmers. Today, we turn our focus to something a bit more whimsical: treehouses.
In childhood, treehouses are roughly built hideaways perched in large oak or maple trees where kids gather to giggle and let their imaginations run wild. Many of the treehouses listed here, in contrast, have bathrooms, fully built-out bedrooms, running water, and twinkling lights. But even though these treehouses are all grown up, they haven’t lost their magic.
Treehouses offer a new perspective on travel, tucked high into the canopy with verdant views. Behold, 12 of our favorites that you can rent here in the U.S.
Details: This one-bedroom, one-bath treehouse is built into giant Douglas Fir trees on Lago Lomita Vineyards with a view of Monterey Bay. A ladder leads to a 400-square-foot platform with a queen bed, electricity, and a full bath, and the treehouse is only one hour from San Francisco.
Price: $230 per night
Details: This luxurious treehouse was built by DYI Network’s Treehouse Guys and is supported by five trees on a hillside in Reems Creek Valley. The treehouse sleeps four and comes with a 1,000-square-foot deck, a gas fireplace, and two full bathrooms with heated tile floors.
Price: $465 per night
Details: Just minutes from downtown Atlanta, this peaceful retreat sleeps two in three separate structures that are connected by rope bridges. There’s a sitting room, a bedroom, and a hammock deck with a bathroom located in a main house a 30 second walk away.
Price: $375 per night
Details: This cozy backyard treehouse near Griffith Park is outfitted in sheepskin blankets and quilts with sleeping space for two. A bathroom is available in the main house, and guests also have access to the backyard’s garden.
Price: $190 per night
Details: Located slopeside at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana, three chalets stand 30 feet above the forest with gorgeous views of the mountains of Glacier National Park. All come with a private treetop deck, hot tub, and top-notch luxuries like quartz countertops. The larger chalet (called Cedar) sleeps ten people with four bathrooms—all with radiant heat floors—and three bedrooms.
Price: $893 per night
Details: Located in the foothills of the Adirondacks just nine miles from Saratoga Springs, this treehouse features a winding staircase that leads to a sleeping area for two and a covered porch. Other perks include an outdoor kitchen, deck, fire pit, and full bath.
Price: $235 per night
Details: This 250-square-foot treehouse has a winding staircase that leads to two lofts overlooking a gorgeous view of Silicon Valley. There’s also a 14-foot high deck nestled between three Sycamore trees, custom-made stained glass windows, and a kitchenette.
Price: $350 per night
Details: This adults-only treehouse has a tree trunk elevator, private shower, air conditioning, and a working toilet. The yurt sleeps two people, has a panoramic window, a four-foot skylight, and a large deck with fireplace.
Price: $170 per night
Details: Tucked away in the woods on Whidbey Island you’ll find this 250-square-foot octagonal treehouse with a cedar tree rising up the middle. The space sleeps four in two bedrooms, and other perks include a covered deck, skylights, and a fire pit.
Price: $130 per night
Details: This upscale treehouse in the forest sleeps five in two bedrooms and one bathroom. Other amenities include a 750-square-foot deck, a sunken hot tub, fireplace, fire pit, and outdoor shower.
Price: $273 per night
Details: The Willow Treehouse is a modern marvel nestled into the trees, overlooking a swimmable pond about 15 minutes from Woodstock. Come for the big windows and cozy fireplace, stay for the sleek sleeping loft.
Price: $350 per night
Details: Nestled into the treetops with amazing views of Salish Sea, this one-bedroom treehouse sleeps two in a simple one-room building. A wall of glass lets you take in the views, and a spacious deck allows room for relaxation.
Price: $100 per night