Nine Incredible and Unique Places to Stay in The United States

Walhalla Treehouse, South Carolina

If there is a place in the United States that perfectly combines adventure, romance, and luxury, it’s the Walhalla Treehouse. If there is anything in the world that can be described as perfect, this incredible treehouse tucked into the rolling South Carolina mountains should be it.

Surrounded by lush forests, the property was completed in 2015 by father-son duo Seth & Larry Bolt. It’s entirely eco-friendly and built by hand, and first served as Seth’s wedding venue in 2016. Yes, it’s that romantic!

Learn more about booking the Walhalla Treehouse here.


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Park Butte Lookout, Washington

Staying at Park Butte Lookout requires hiking 2200ft in elevation gain and comes on a first-come-first-serve basis. However, the unique experience of staying in an old fire lookout high in the Cascades makes the trek entirely worth it.

The trail is heavily trafficked in the summer and on many weekends. Although most people are on a day hike, plan to arrive midday to claim your spot. If other hikers arrive and there is room in the fire tower, welcome them to join the adventure.

Find more information on the Park Butte Lookout here.


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The Cell Block, Texas

If you're one to have a bucket list including "get locked up", a stay at The Cell Block in Clifton, Texas, is a great way to get the thrill without the record. The surprisingly spacious accommodation sleeps two and includes original features such as bars on the windows, and of course, the cell blocks themselves. 

If you think you'll be roughing it as a jailer here, think again. The modern renovations and accents make this place feel like home (with complimentary wine and whiskey greeting your arrival).

Book your stay at The Cell Block here.


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The Earth Hobbit House, Washington

Ready to become a part of Middle Earth? You’re in luck! You can claim this earthly home thanks to Airbnb. The Underground Hygge sits of roughly six acres of mountainside along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington.

Outside the home looks quite modest, but the inside reveals luxury of all shapes and sizes. It sleeps two guests and features an indoor fireplace, off-the-grid bathroom, and even an earthy-inspired chandelier above the master bed!


Book your Earthly adventure here.

Things to note: 4x4 vehicles are required in the winter.


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Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse, Maine

Staying at Cuckolds Lighthouse (yes, that's actually the name) checks two big items off your bucket list:

  1. Stay in a lighthouse
  2. Stay on a private island

For those (like myself) who have dreamed of being a lighthouse keeper, now is your chance! Cuckolds Lighthouse along the coast of Maine provides a unique experience for those looking for a not-so-typical adventure. You can either opt in to rent a private suite or the entire island.

Book your stay at Cuckolds Lighthouse here.

Things to note: All guest must be over 18


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Flying Squirrel Treehouse, Kentucky

Kentucky's Red River Gorge is famous for its abundant rock climbing crags. Climbers from all over the world often flock to this remote gorge in search of the perfect send. Even if you aren’t a climber, The Red is home to Natural Bridge State Park, arches galore, and a wide variety of hiking trails.

Tucked in solitude in a small patch of woods is the Flying Squirrel Treehouse built by the Red River Gorge Cabin Company. The small-yet-cozy accommodation features a fire pit, outhouse, cooking station, and games for guests. The lack of electricity and cell-phone services allows for a perfect getaway to disconnect from it all. Better yet, it’s incredibly affordable!

Book the Flying Squirrel Treehouse here.

Things to note: From the parking area, you must hike roughly a quarter-mile into the woods.

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Yosemite A-Frame

Instead of fighting over yurts and camping spaces in Yosemite Valley, choose to enjoy your vacation in this secluded A-frame situated just a short drive from the park. You can enjoy all the features Yosemite offers, but at the end of a long day can retreat into your own private oasis set in a remote location of the Sierra National Forest.

Book the Yosemite A-Frame here.  


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Under Canvas Grand Canyon

A short 25-minute jaunt from the crowded South Rim of the canyon is a safari-inspired glamping resort known as Under Canvas. Stay in luxury open-air style tents intertwined within Juniper forests and desert brush.

This resort style is perfect for both a romantic or family vacation. Activities offered include biking tours, helicopter tours, and horseback riding.

Book your stay at Under Canvas here.

Things to note: Under Canvas has multiple locations including Moab, Yellowstone, and the Great Smoky Mountains.


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The Red Caboose Motel

Ever dreamed of sleeping in a Caboose? Choose from the colorful line of accommodation at The Red Caboose Motel in Ronks, Pennsylvania.

Each Caboose is unique and can accommodate 2-6 people. Choose from options the “Honeymoon Caboose” which features a hot tub to the “Double Double Caboose.” The property also houses a restaurant and gift shop.

Book your stay at the Red Caboose Motel here.

Things to note: Due to the nature of the accommodation, it is not handicap accessible.

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At any given moment, Shalee is either lost, hunting for ice cream, or obsessively planning her next adventure.

Born and raised in rural Michigan, she began exploring the shores of Great Lakes as a teen, often sleeping in her car to save money. Eventually, her urge to explore pushed beyond her Midwest borders. Today, Shalee shares her tips and stories to thousands of readers interested in adventure, outdoor, and sustainable tourism. Her pack now includes two spunky hiking cats and her partner, Josh. Learn more about her here.


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1 Comment

  1. Kellen Kautzman on March 18, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Sign me up for the Earth Hobbit House please! Those are, in fact, 9 incredible and unique places to stay in the United States. #ShaleeWanders #TravelBoss

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