Did you have a tree house growing up? My brother and I built a fairly janky one in the woods behind our house when we were young, and it was always one of my favorite spots to hang out. Young-me thought it was just so cool to watch the birds and squirrels run around, and if I was out of the house, I could avoid doing my chores.
Tree houses bring about a sense of nostalgia for many people, which explains why they’re such a popular category on Airbnb. According to the site, there are more than 2,400 tree houses listed all around the country—and the world—ranging from teeny studios to multi-level suites. No matter which one tickles your fancy, each one would make a wonderful travel destination this summer.
1. An Incredibly Popular Georgian Getaway
This secluded tree house in Atlanta, Georgia is one of the most “wished for” Airbnb listings in the world! It’s just minutes from downtown, yet you’ll feel like you’re miles from civilization as you relax in the suite of three elevated rooms, connected by hanging bridge. The rental has cozy-chic decor, and there are twinkling lights for a touch of added whimsy.
2. A Rustic Retreat in Vermont
Love lake living? Then this adorable tree house might be the perfect vacation spot for you. Located in Coventry, Vermont, the Vermont Tree Cabin looks out over a beautiful pond,which makes it easy to canoe, fish, and more. Plus, there’s even a hot tub on the deck where you can unwind at sunset.
3. A Chic Treetop Hideaway in North Carolina
If you’re looking for a cozy, stylish rental where you can hide away from the world for a few days, you’ll love this stone-and-timber tree house, which is located on the 20-acre Green Omnivore Farm in North Carolina. While you’re there, why not take a class on beekeeping or gardening?
4. A Sweet Home with Views of Silicon Valley
You can look out over the San Francisco Bay Area from the 14-foot high deck of this cute tree house in San Jose. There’s a spiral staircase that leads up to the abode—which is supported by three sycamore trees—and inside, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy a little above-ground “glamping,” including a stove, mini fridge, and bathroom.
5. A Picturesque Cottage in Brazil
Make sure you brush up on your Portuguese before you visit this mountainside tree house in Monte Verde, Brazil. This high-up cottage would make for a perfect romantic getaway, as it lets you escape from reality and enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains. You’ll even be treated to a bottle of wine and homemade cake on arrival.
6. A Tree House Situated at the Base of a Hawaiian Volcano
Feeling adventurous? There’s no better headquarters for a Hawaiian excursion than this jungle tree house, which is located at the base of the active Kilauea Volcano. It’s just minutes from the main gates of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can hike through the rainforest and see areas where the volcanoes have erupted—just make sure they’re not active before you head out there!
7. A Romantic Escape in the Italian Countryside
This is an ideal honeymoon spot if I’ve ever seen one! The stunning cabin is located in San Salvatore Monferrato, Italy, and it features beautifully minimalistic decor that’s both welcoming and chic. However, the best part is definitely the panoramic view of the countryside—and, of course, the local wine.
8. A Rustic Tree House in Upstate New York
The Whispering Wind Tree House is the perfect little escape from busy city life. The cozy spot is completely off the grid, meaning no electricity, no Wi-Fi, and no plumbing. However, you’ll have plenty to do as you explore the surrounding property, watch for wildlife, build fires, and reconnect with nature.
9. An Oversized Suite in the Sky
How could you not fall in love with the Magestic Tree House at Bolt Farm in South Carolina? It exudes charm with its two-story window wall, shabby-chic decor, and swinging rope bed. Just imagine having dinner for two among the treetops on the tree-deck dining room.
10. A Jungle Home with Hot Spring Access
You might want to bookmark this listing for a winter vacation so you can thaw the cold out of your bones. This rainforest tree house looks out over the beautiful landscape of Costa Rica, and it’s part of the Bio Thermales Natural Hot Springs, which boasts 12 natural hot and cool springs pools. You get 24/7 access to the pools—perfect for a midnight dip.
11. A Sequoia Tree House Overlooking Wine Country
If you’ve been meaning to visit wine country, you can take in all its glory from this tree house in Oregon. There are more than 150 wineries within 15 miles of the tree house—some are even within walking distance—and after you’ve sipped away the day, you can retire to the treetops in this two-story tree house. Just make sure you’re prepared to climb the ladder up to the top of the sequoia.
12. A Modern Riverside House in Norway
You can bring the whole family or your group of friends to this architecturally stunning Å Auge tree house in Telemark, Norway, which accommodates up to nine people. Even though there’s no electricity, it will still feel like a lap of luxury thanks to the modern design and breathtaking views of the river below. So go ahead—light a fire, cook some dinner, and enjoy the sounds of nature.