If the typical hotel stay is too passé, consider staying somewhere extraordinary during your next vacation—like a treehouse.
No joke: Not just for kids anymore, treehouses are becoming a popular lodging option for travelers looking to create a memorable experience. In fact, the demand for treehouses increased more than 30% over the past year, according to vacation rental booking site HomeAway.
Many of the most popular vacation rentals, including these treehouses, are near national and state parks, HomeAway finds. “Groups and families want to combine outdoor adventure with the comforts of staying in a home away from home,” Karen Fuller, HomeAway’s senior director of global market research, said in a statement.
Here, we look at the 10 most popular treehouses HomeAway offers—and how much it will cost you to stay in one of these spectacular nests.
- Location: Weaverville, North Carolina
- Cost Per Night: $576
Perched in the hills of the Reems Creek Valley, this gorgeous treehouse provides all the amenities of home for up to four guests. The 650-square-foot treehouse includes a gourmet kitchen, a master bedroom, and two full bathrooms with heated tile floors. And the location is ideal—just under 10 miles from Asheville, N.C., and near many Blue Ridge Mountains activities. Don’t feel like venturing out? The owners can recommend a private chef who will come out to the house and cook you a meal.
- Location: Whitefish, Montana
- Cost Per Night: $820
The ultimate ski vacation awaits at this mountaintop treehouse. Situated on the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, you can hit the trails by simply walking out the front door. The chalet style treehouse sleeps up to six people, with two bedrooms and bathrooms split between three levels.
- Location: Columbia Falls, Montana
- Cost Per Night: $396
Looking for unique lodgings when visiting Glacier National Park? This perch is just a short, 25-minute drive away. You enter the double-decker treehouse via a spiral staircase built around a giant Douglas fir tree. This treehouse sleeps six, with one bedroom and a large sofa bed in the living room.
- Location: Ridgedale, Missouri
- Cost Per Night: $312
Located on the grounds of Branson Cedars Resort, this 1,372-square-foot treehouse makes a great base for those looking to explore the pristine Ozark wilderness—but it’s also just 9 miles south of the entertainment scene in Branson, Missouri. The treehouse has two bedrooms, a sleeper sofa and two bathrooms, so it can comfortably accommodate up to eight people. Plus, it’s pet friendly.
- Location: Volcano, Hawaii
- Cost Per Night: $294
This 750 square-foot treehouse sits above the treetop canopy on the border of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The treehouse, which sleeps up to five people, features a stunning master bedroom, complete with a California king bed and a large overhead skylight for viewing the stars.
- Location: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
- Cost Per Night: $737
Designed by Costa Rican architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe—who has been recognized by the World Architecture News Awards—this house is set up as three pods with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and 180-degree views of the surrounding rainforest. Relax in a private infinity swimming pool, or take advantage of the beautiful beaches in nearby Hermosa Bay.
- Location: Sturgis, South Dakota
- Cost Per Night: $710
Get away from the everyday hustle and bustle with this cavernous 4,100-square-foot house and treehouse combo that sleeps up to 16 people. The sprawling main house features several luxury touches, including a hot tub and a Pac Man-themed game room with arcade games and air hockey. The treehouse, which features a Hobbit-like entrance, is attached to the main house via a raised walkway and has two bedrooms of its own.
- Location: Monteagle, Tennessee
- Cost Per Night: $143
This rustic retreat is the perfect way to take in nature—be it fall foliage or springtime in the forest. Located in the Cumberland Plateau region of Tennessee, this treehouse sleeps up to four people with a queen-sized bed and a convertible sofa. Spend your days hiking the nearby trails and then relax in a hot tub that’s only feet from the porch.
- Location: Four Corners, Montana
- Cost Per Night: $380
Perched high amid cottonwood and aspen trees, this treehouse overlooks a bubbling creek that will lull you into a peaceful sleep. The Birdsnest features a loft bedroom with a small, private porch, plus a sleeper sofa that lets you accommodate up to four people total. Four Corners is just over 7 miles from the picturesque college town of Bozeman, Mont.—one of Money's 2017 Best Places to Live—and is close to the hiking, biking and ski trails around Bridger Range and the Spanish Peaks.
10. Tree Tops
- Location: Asheville, North Carolina
- Cost Per Night: $575
This house’s three-story windows capture the beautiful mountain views of the surrounding area. The house features six bedrooms, sleeping up to ten guests. And it’s just a short drive to downtown Asheville, where guests can take advantage of the area’s arts scene, as well as attractions like the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore Estate.