Airbnb is a great source for finding unique places to stay on a budget. Penny Hoarder recently found these Airbnb listings for under $100. But what if even $100 is beyond your budget? Well, Airbnb offers plenty of places to crash for less than $50 a night—and the lower price tag usually means the uniqueness factor actually increases. Read on for the most unique places to stay on a budget in every state and you’ll see what I mean…
Where: Roberts Retreat, Town Creek
$25 per night
This place looks like Lincoln Logs come to life. And you can play with the owner’s chainsaw.
Where: Glacier House Tree House, Fairbanks
A treehouse with no heating. In Alaska. Good luck.
Where: Cozy “Ghost Town” Miner Cabin, Tombstone
This is a “1900s authentic ghost town miner cabin.” You even have access to an old-timey jail.
Where: Private Primitive Camping, Eureka Springs
This one comes with an air mattress and hammock set up, but you can also have the owner set up your tent/campsite for you before you arrive. Looks gorgeous. And you can be naked—”No one will see you or judge you.”
Where: Sleep tight in the ENO Hammock!, Bakersfield
It’s a hammock hung outside the couple’s home. You can also sleep with their cat.
Where: Spend a night in John Denver’s tipi tent, Hesperus
If you’re a fan of John Denver, stay in his tipi that he used for 10 days. The views look gorgeous, and “you can hear him singing ‘Rocky Mountain High.'”
Where: Single room in quiet setting, Coventry
It’s an old farmhouse. You enter through a converted silo!
Where: Typical House, Lewes
You have access to a pool AND hot tub. That’s unique, right?
Where: PINK Cracker House, Dunnellon
Stay in a pink house. We’re not quite sure what the “cracker” refers to.
Where: Auto Shop Office in former school, Chickamauga
Stay in an old desegregated school that’s been converted into an auto shop. “Lots of garage smells. Bathroom is across the cold and cluttered garage.”
Where: Single Hammock in a Shared Coed Outdoor Dormitory, Pepeekio
Not only do you sleep in a hammock, you’re living with other cool people. And there are no walls, so you experience this thing called fresh air.
Honorable Mention: This Bali hut looks pretty cool, and Hawaii is very unique, so this was a tough decision.
Where: “Junipers Rest” Tent Cabin, Lava Hot Springs
It says it’s a cabin. But really, it’s a tent that’s built like a cabin.
Where: Hanukkah House, Morris
Someone put up their gingerbread house for rent on Airbnb. “Not for diabetic tenants, height restriction of under 3 inches tall.”
For real though: Sleep on an air mattress inside a 1927 castle. “There is no moat to cross at this castle!”
Where: Cocoon: Your Nest Add On, Evansville
Feel like a beautiful butterfly when you emerge after sleeping in this cocoon. It hangs from a beam and can carry 350 pounds.
Where: 1896 Gabriel Mansion, Des Moines
Stay at one of the oldest buildings in the state’s capitol. The owner is an opera singer.
Where: The Light Center Barn, Baldwin City
This one is part of a larger organization, but you still can stay inside a barn.
Where: Extreme Eno camping from 100 feet!, Crofton
You can bring up to 10 people and sleep from a hammock 100 feet above ground. It looks like a water tower. “Highest altitude in the entire county.”
Where: Charming Ditch, Lake Charles
Where: Haunting Mansion on Hill, Maine, Guilford
Stay in this mansion, part of the National Historic Registry, but you should know: “Wild parties and other exuberant displays are frowned upon, unless the owners are invited.” They sound like fun!
Where: Camp DC Metro in ’73 Scotty Trailer, Lake Shore
You can use their trailer within 50 miles of their location—and its name is Henrietta.
Where: The Milkroom Country Retreat, Ashfield
It’s a nice little retreat, with a milkroom and a cozy little cabin for you to stay in.
Where: Colorful Tipi on Organic Farm, Columbiaville
It’s a tipi! And it’s colorful. Just be careful with the fire. Yes, a fire pit inside a tipi.
Where: Wooded Town home, lower level with screened porch, Excelsior
Yes, it’s a home, but it’s located in the middle of nowhere. Sounds like an awesome retreat to me.
Where: Unique Geodestic Dome on Bayou, Ocean Springs
You get one private room inside this “dome-home.” Pretty neat.
Where: Worlds only Flying Bed, Kansas City
The bed is hung from chains, and it looks like it’s flying like Aladdin’s carpet. Bonus: “You can hike down to the river and bathe in nature.”
Where: FAMOUS Home of Hammping, Park Hills
You know those cocoons in Avatar? You are sleeping like that, but in a tent strung between two trees.
Where: 1986 Volkswagon Vanagon
This van is big enough to sleep five people. And “the seat folds out into a full sized bed.”
Honorable Mention: Bridgertipi, Bozeman
Again, I’m a sucker for a tipi.
Where: Delightful Dundee Blanket Fort Room, Omaha
Relive your childhood and stay in a room with a blanket fort. (The two skeleton pillows scare me a little, though.)
Where: Container Cabin, Black Rock Desert
Ever wondered what it’s like to stay inside a shipping container? Yeah, me neither.
29. New Hampshire
Where: Rabbit Haus at Bardo Farm, Croydon
1) You sleep in a barn. 2) There’s a hammock. 3) There are rabbits everywhere!
Honorable Mention: Tiny home style trailer, Chatham
It’s an ambulance body on a trailer.
30. New Jersey
Where: Charming Pre-Revolutionary War House, Barnegat Township
Sure, it’s a normal house. But it was built in 1767.
31. New Mexico
Where: Schoolbus, Madrid
First, you’re in the middle of nowhere. Second, you’ll stay inside a 1946 school bus. And the views don’t hurt.
32. New York
Where: Pool float!, Poughkeepsie
“If you like this posting we will get along swimmingly.” Great! (Side note: you don’t have to sleep in the pool float. It’s more of a pit stop, but still.)
33. North Carolina
Where: Sleep in a Barn!!, Albemarle
You have access to their indoor plumbing. But your bed is literally on the barn floor, with a rocking chair and doormat and everything.
34. North Dakota
Where: Camper to lay your head in nature, Cummings
Not your ordinary camper. It used to be a horse trailer. And yes, the poop has been scooped.
Where: Bottle Kiln, Zanesville
It’s a B&B, but there’s an outdoor pottery kiln that looks like a bottle.
Where: Scenic one room Schoolhouse, Geary
Whoops, it’s not under $50. But still, it’s a one-room school house with a chalkboard.
Where: Tipi Phoenix, Medford
Yes, another tipi, but one that looks like a lotus flower or an oversized pumpkin with a circus top.
Where: Oil tank cabin, Sugar Grove
There’s a fire pit outside, but the real fire is inside. Stay in an old repurposed oil tank that’s been turned into a cabin. Oh, and, “If you bring illegal drugs you will be scalped. No questions asked.”
39. Rhode Island
Where: Backyard Glamping, South Kingstown
Update your camping style by staying in this backyard retreat.
40. South Carolina
Where: Earthy, memorable, modern camping experience…, Charleston
I still have no idea how you get to the suspended tent, but that looks like quite the adventure. Just make sure you don’t have the fire pit underneath the tent.
41. South Dakota
Where: The Shipping Container Cabin on Two Track Trail, Dewey
This tent-like cabin is made from an old shipping container. As for cell service, You cannot “Hear Me Now!”
Where: Male Nudist B&B, Memphis
The description alone makes this one unique. “There is a hot tub/jacuzzi in the private backyard, but no clothing allowed in the hot tub.” The owner offers further assurance: “The temperature in my home is warm … so why not?”
Where: Tin Valley Retro Rentals “Cozy Cactus”, Terlingua
This one’s a retro RV with cacti painted on the side. The inside looks great, and the views of the desert are spectacular.
Honorable Mention: This tiny house with a wrap-around porch.
Where: Tent plus Bed, Oljato-Monument Valley
You get a tent. And a bed. Along with a tour of the local sacred sites. “You can totally ignore the hosts if you want to.”
Honorable Mention: This yurt looks pretty cool.
Where: Spend a night in a Vermont barn!, Goshen
There’s a basketball hoop and ping pong table on the second level. So you know where I’ll be…
Honorable Mention: You can paddle your own canoe and pick plums near this yurt.
Where: Suspended Tree House Tent, Tent Hammock, Tree Tent, Nokesville
Here’s another suspended tent, so high above the ground, a small child can walk under it. It’s also near a lake.
Honorable Mention: This vintage RV has “The Juice Box” written on the side of it.
Where: Florence is a vintage 69 bus, Maple Falls
It comes with a wood stove inside. And its name is Florence.
Honorable Mention: This would have been the best in Washington, but the bus is not named Florence.
48. West Virginia
Where: Brewstel – Brew Shop & Hostel, Elkins
Yeah, it’s a hostel. But there’s a bar downstairs. And it’s cheaper if you bring more than six people. So, perfect for parties!
Where: Little Round Cabin on the Pine, Richland Center
This yurt-like cabin sits along the Pine River, where you can canoe or kayak for days.
Where: Road Warriors Welcome at the Tower, Devils Tower
Stay in the same style of tipi as General Custer did. Not his exact tipi, but it’s still pretty cool. You’re also close to Devils Tower National Monument.