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The most unique Airbnbs in the U.S. you have to see to believe

From Hobbit holes to literal dog houses, these unusual Airbnbs offer a wide range of accommodation

Written by
Lauren Rothman
,
Sarah Medina
&
Georgia Evans
Contributor
Alex Floyd-Douglass
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Whether your travels this summer take you to the best attractions in the USA, the most bizarre landmarks in the USA, or the best national parks in the U.S., there’s bound to be an interesting Airbnb listing nearby. That’s especially true of these unique Airbnbs in the U.S. — they're the strangest we could find in America. So whether your idea of a good time is sleeping in Hobbit hole or a literal dog house, you’re in luck with these unique Airbnbs in the U.S. you have to see to believe. 

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Unique Airbnbs in the U.S.

Imagine being in the middle of nowhere, chilling in your private prairie, but you're standing 40 feet above the ground – that's the experience you'll get at this four-bedroom stay. Found in Tiller, the building is modeled off fire lookout towers and overlooks Umpqua National Forest. Inside, you'll find a haven of wooden interiors, with a full kitchen, comfortable beds, and two rocking chairs for soaking up the incredible views and spotting local wildlife. There's even a fire pit, wood-fired hot tub, vegetable garden, and hammock to enjoy while you're there too.

This is a man cave hosted in an active airplane hangar (no, we're not joking). As well as being somewhere to relax and unwind, the space also hosts a garage that repairs classic cars and features an extensive bar stocked with brews. The interior lays on the masculine patina thick: there’s a lived-in leather sofa, framed images of planes and automobiles, a dartboard and hanging traffic lights, motorbikes, and aircraft parts. The lofted bed sleeps two and there’s a satellite TV, a fireplace, and A/C.

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Joshua Tree, CA: The Kellogg Doolittle House
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3. Joshua Tree, CA: The Kellogg Doolittle House

This luxe Airbnb lives in the heart of the Joshua Tree National Park – and it's well worth the visit. Renowned as one of the "most exclusive homes in the world", the Kellogg Doolittle House is nothing short of an architectural masterpiece. The designer Kellogg previously worked with Frank Lloyd Wright and brought this unique vision to life over the past 25 years. As for what's on offer, where to begin? Aside from the beautiful three bedrooms (and bathrooms), the overall interiors are designed to harmonize with the surrounding landscape where you'll not find a single straight line in sight. The open-plan living space and kitchen are thoughtfully worked around a million-year-old rock formation while the cleverly-incorporated glass panels offer a sneak peek at sunrise. The location couldn't be more remote, with surrounding boulders as your only pals. Blissful doesn't even come close.

Built right into the mountainside of the Columbia River Gorge, this Hobbit hole has an iconic round doorway with views that capture rolling orchards and hills as well as stunning sunsets. Inside are thoughtful touches like a polished-wood chess set and a woodworking bench with whittling tools to keep you occupied during your stay. There’s no kitchen on the property, but the charming RiverWalk Inn Cafe is just a short drive away. Perfect for getting away from the bustle of city living for a moment.

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St. Paul, MN: The haunted manor
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5. St. Paul, MN: The haunted manor

Rumored by Minnesota locals to be haunted, this stately 1884 manor looks imposing from the outside but inside is packed with thoughtful details such as period furniture, weathered leather trunks, and intriguing all-black bathroom fixtures. The master bedroom offered in the listing is spacious, with tall ceilings and plenty of windows that flood the space with light. You'll also have shared access to the kitchen, a sweet hot tub, and a very friendly Doberman named Scorch. 

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Taos, NM: The otherworldly home
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6. Taos, NM: The otherworldly home

On the outside, this futuristic, off-the-grid home looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. The gray curve of sculpted concrete and a wall of windows create a very otherworldly feel. Inside, though, it’s a handsome studio with a full kitchen and bathroom. Built by hand by owner Dan, the house (named "the Earthship") catches its rainwater with sloping windows, generates its electricity with solar panels, and stays at 72 degrees year-round without any air conditioning. There's even an attached greenhouse, where plants help regulate the house’s temperature and perfume it with the smell of fresh mint.

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This see-through yurt that's set on a 12-acre property comes with access to a pond and hiking trails, plus you'll get the chance to hang with alpacas, sheep, and goats. You'll get your bed and sheets, but additional guests will have to sort out air mattresses for themselves, while the space contains showers, a fridge, and an outdoor kitchen. Feeling creative? There's a recording studio, a fiber arts workshop, and a vintage clothing store. The pièce de résistance has to be the giant window, overlooking the lush surrounding wilderness and giving you one heck of a view every morning.

This beautiful adobe dome located in the West Texas desert is one heck of a spectacle. Shaped in a sort of Star Wars-style, the off-the-grid tiny house sleeps just three people and is decorated with bohemian bejeweled window books and rustic wood furniture. The real stunners, however, are outside the dom, the incredibly star-saturated nighttime desert sky and the incredible, see-it-to-believe-it colors of a desert sunrise. Plus, the entrance to Big Bend National Park is just a 25-minute drive away.

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Any X-Files fan will be jumping at the chance to stay in this flying saucer in the middle of the desert. A truly unique glamping experience, the space includes two queen-sized beds and an airbed. And while it may be somewhat pared-back, the space does feature amenities such as board games, in-house Bluetooth systems, and a coffee maker. Outside, you'll find hot outdoor showers and private bathrooms, while the propane grill island allows you to cook up a storm under the stars. It's sure to be one unique stay.

Volcano, HI: The rainforest retreat
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10. Volcano, HI: The rainforest retreat

Want to be in the thick of it? Located just eight miles away from the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and just a short walk away from idyllic beaches, the house is lifted fifteen feet above the rainforest floor, giving you impressive panoramas throughout your stay. Yeah, it's gorgeous from the outside, but indoors you'll get a taste of chilled Hawaiian living. From the bamboo-woven bathroom walls to the Koa wooden basins, the handmade elevated bed to the wicker chairs, the house encourages you to unplug and become at one with nature.

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