VRBO’s Coolest Vacation Homes in the U.S.

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Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a combination of both, VRBO offers some of the coolest vacation home rentals in the U.S. From breathtaking beachfront retreats to architecturally stunning desert escapes and rustic mountain hideaways, these VRBO properties were handpicked by our publisher because they showcase innovation, style, and luxury. Join us on a virtual tour as we uncover VRBO’s coolest vacation homes in the U.S., each promising a memorable and insta-worthy stay.

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What is VRBO

VRBO is short for Vacation Rentals by Owner. Similar to AirBNB, it’s an online digital platform and app where property owners list their vacation homes, apartments, and other accommodations for rent to travelers. However, whereas Airbnb may emphasizes unique, short-term accommodations like spare rooms, and guesthouses, VRBO primarily features entire homes, condos, and villas. It’s aimed towards those looking for larger, private spaces with amenities suited for longer stays. VRBO provides a wide range of options for lodging — from cozy cottages to luxurious beachfront villas — catering to various preferences and budgets.

VRBO’s Coolest Vacation Homes in the Desert

The desert landscape is known for a serene and tranquil atmosphere, providing a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, which makes it a perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. Plus, desert homes often offer unparalleled privacy, allowing guests to truly unwind and reconnect with nature. Furthermore, the desert’s clear skies make it an ideal location for stargazing, offering breathtaking views of the night sky. Renting a VRBO vacation house in the desert will allow you to explore and appreciate the beauty of the natural surroundings, from towering sand dunes to ancient rock formations. Here’s your chance to experience the beauty and serenity of such a unique landscape experience firsthand with our handpicked selection of VRBO’s coolest vacation homes in a desert setting.

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Norman Lykes House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Location: Phoenix, Ariziona
VRBO Property Description: Designed to blend in with the curves of the surrounding desert mountain, this iconic masterpiece is the last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Overlapping concentric circles create a floor plan that flows seamlessly from one room to another while every room takes in unobstructed majestic views of Palm Canyon and the city below.


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Little Tuscany Holiday House

Location: Palm Springs, California
VRBO Property Description: This luxury vacation home was selected as one of VRBO’s 2022 U.S. Vacation Homes of the Year. The resort-style yard is huge and features a pool, spa, alfresco dining, built-in BBQ and bar, fire pit, bocce ball and horseshoes. There’s also an upper patio overlooking the pool yard where you’ll find a living pavilion with a lounge area and more outdoor dining. Staying at this property is like vacationing at your own private resort!


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Serenity Dome House Oasis

Location: Landers, California
VRBO Property Description: Perched between Joshua Tree National Park and the Integratron, this desert oasis retreat offers a bohemian getaway unlike any other. Stay in the airy geodesic dome or hangout by our three trailers styled by local muralists and get your perfect Joshua Tree Instagram shot!

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Desert Glass House

Location: Tucson, Arizona
VRBO Property Description: This architect-designed original home was completed in early 2013. High sloping ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, polished concrete floors, custom poured concrete feature walls, bamboo drop ceilings, beautiful recessed lighting and myriad ‘Architectural Digest’ touches make this the perfect spot for the discerning traveler seeking a quiet and relaxing hideaway in the Sonoran desert.


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Zion EcoCabin

Location: Hildale, Utah
VRBO Property Description: Soak up the sun, unwind and reconnect with nature in this unforgettable escape. This one-of-a-kind A-frame cabin has a private hot tub with front-row views of the South Zion Mountains! The convertible door on the cabin fully opens, allowing the indoor comforts of this cozy cabin to blend seamlessly with the stunning nature of the red-rock canyons.

VRBO’s Coolest Waterfront Vacation Homes

Whether you’re along the seaside or by a lake, renting a waterfront house offers an exceptional vacation experience. Firstly, the proximity to the water provides access to recreational activities such as swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, and fishing, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Additionally, the soothing sound of waves crashing or the gentle lapping of lake waters creates a tranquil ambiance, perfect for relaxation and unwinding — not to mention the potential for breathtaking sunrises and sunsets reflected on the water’s surface. Ready to experience a memorable and fun vacation experience waterside? Check out our picks for of the coolest beach or lakefront VRBOs in the U.S.

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Whales Play

Location: Kamuela, Hawaii
VRBO Property Description: This is your Hawaiian oasis! Selected as one of VRBO’s 2022 U.S. Vacation Homes of the Year, Whales Play offers a secluded and tranquil retreat. Take in the panoramic views while lounging on the upper lanai, watching whales and dolphins at play. Savor a lingering sunset and then be dazzled by the starriest night sky from the serenity of your private, ocean-dark infinity pool. Allow the subtle sounds of the ocean and warm tropical breezes to lift your spirits and clear your mind.

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Stunning Oceanfront Oregon

Location: Arch Cape, Oregon
VRBO Property Description: This beautiful, private beachfront home features floor to ceiling windows looking directly out onto the Pacific ocean. Enjoy a lovely meal on the spacious back deck, or relax in the hammock to the sound of the waves. Nestled next to Oswald West State Park and Arch Cape Creek you will experience privacy as well as breathtaking views. Explore the hundreds of sea creatures nestled around the rocks at low tide, step off the deck onto the sand for a walk along the beach, or enjoy an evening on the beautiful Oregon Coast with a fire on the beach.


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Hunter Lakefront House

Location: Hunter, New York
VRBO Property Description: Welcome to Wanderlake…a dog friendly, lakefront cabin at the base of Hunter Mountain. Enjoy water activities like swimming, rboating or fishing May through September. This property features a private beach on the lake just steps from the backyard, as well as a dock stocked with a pedal boat, canoe and two paddle boards. The lake has good fishing for the angler in the family. Lots of local hiking. In the winter months, have fun skiing at nearby Hunter Mountain or Windham Mountain.

VRBO’s Coolest Vacation Homes for the Outdoors Lover

Do you love being outdoors? Whether it’s in the middle of a forest or on a mountain top, a natural setting provides a peaceful escape from everyday life, allowing you to reconnect nature. Additionally, the outdoorsy terrain offers countless opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and local wildlife viewing. Whether it’s a cozy cabin nestled among the trees or a rustic chalet perched on a mountainside, renting a VRBO vacation home in a forest or on a mountain promises an unforgettable retreat filled with serenity, adventure, and natural beauty. These are our the homes that made our list for the coolest outdoorsy VRBOs in the U.S.

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The Arched Chalet

Location: Plymouth, Vermont
VRBO Property Description: As one of the last arched ski homes in the area, this modern and spacious chalet is situated on Plymouth Notch ski mountain. While the ski mountain isn’t currently operating (it’s for sale), the mountain offers wonderful opportunities to hike, explore and take in the views of untouched Vermont scenery. During the warmer months, it is near a string of lakes and a State Park that has a great family friendly beach.


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Ski-in/Ski-out at Eaglepoint

Location: Beaver, Utah
VRBO Property Description: This modern mountain cabin is designed to maximize the magnificent views of the ski resort and mountain landscape. A striking exterior facade leads to the beautiful interior, from the comfortable gathering areas, to the individualized bedrooms, this cabin will enhance your getaway in every way!


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Stowe Glass House

Location: Stowe, Vermont
VRBO Property Description: The Stowe Glass House is a stunning architecturally designed modern home with walls of glass facing the Mt. Mansfield ski slopes. Only one mile to the ski slopes, The Stowe Glass House is a Boston Society of Architects Design Award winner and was featured in both Boston Home Magazine and Stowe Magazine, and was showcased on CNN.


Unique Tiny Home VRBO Rentals

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to stay in a tiny home? Renting a tiny house for a vacation getaway offers a unique and refreshing experience for travelers seeking something out of the ordinary. The compact size of tiny houses encourages a minimalist lifestyle, allowing you to disconnect from the distractions of everyday life. These cozy dwellings showcase clever and efficient design features and are usually situated in picturesque settings, offering stunning views and opportunities for outdoor exploration. Renting a tiny house for a vacation getaway promises a memorable and rejuvenating experience! So, if you’re ready to embrace simplicity, reconnect with nature, and enjoy the comforts of a charming and intimate setting, check out our selections for the coolest VRBO tiny home rentals.


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Clark Farm Silos

Location: Kalispell, Montana
VRBO Property Description: These thoughtfully designed, unique metal structures include a fully functional kitchenette, private bathroom and spacious loft bedroom with gorgeous mountain views. Start your days sipping coffee while drinking in the fresh mountain air. Relax after a day of adventure under the starry sky next to the crackling sounds of your personal campfire. There are a total of five silos on over five acres to choose from, each silo strategically placed for maximum privacy and panoramic views.


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Earthlight

Location: Waterville, Washington
VRBO Property Description: This villa is ideal for a romantic get-away for two guests. The completely open floor plan features a glass shower, free-standing tub, and modern kitchen all with panoramic views of snow capped mountains and the river below. Soak in the views from the jacuzzi or our lounge chairs, and cozy up in front of the fire pit.


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Shipyard Container Tiny Home

Location: Columbus, North Carolina
VRBO Property Description: Experience this unique container home in the heart of the Carolina foothills! Designed and built by 3 siblings, much hard work and thoughtful consideration went into creating this magnificent retreat! Immerse yourself in the magical outdoors by stepping out on the wraparound deck, offering a private setting where you can relax, sip your morning coffee, and gaze at the beautiful setting! Spend the day relaxing by the hot tub, reading a book in the hammock, or sunbathing next to the tranquil sounds from the custom built waterfall. While the interior of this home is stunning, we have a feeling you will spend most of your time outside!


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Treeframe Cabin Getaway

Location: Index, Washington
VRBO Property Description: This modern A-frame treehouse cabin sits 13 feet above the ground and offers an unforgettable experience. Located in the heart of the forest and surrounded by nature, it’s the perfect spot for those looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway. The unique property has been featured on A&E’s “Living Smaller” TV show and has gone viral on IG and TikTok!


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June Farms Wellness Hut

Location: West Sand Lake, New York
VRBO Property Description: June Farms is like no place else on earth and it’s sure to become your “New Happy Place!” Pamper yourself at this small but might luxury property built out of converted agricultural Quonset Huts. Treat your stay as a wellness retreat and enjoy the special ammenities such as a dry/wet sauna, soaking tub, optional cold plunge, outdoor shower, and more.


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The Ark Tiny House

Location: Virgin, Utah
VRBO Property Description: The Ark is a unique tiny house with every convenience built in – making it the ultimate Zion getaway. When you stay at The Ark, you get access to the tiny house as well as the entire 75 acre property for walking, soaking in the hot tub, enjoying a relaxing evening by the firepit or having a picnic down by the stream.

The Most Unique VRBO Vacation Rentals

Want to stay in a unique vacation setting? These unique VRBO vacation rentals offer a one-of-a-kind experience that goes beyond the ordinary. Are you ready to stay in a converted historic building, a quirky themed accommodation, or a secluded retreat in nature? These rentals often boast distinctive architecture, design, or location that provides a captivating backdrop for a memorable getaway. Here are some of VRBO’s coolest vacation rentals in the United States that we’ve added to our travel bucket list.


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French Quarter Firehouse

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
VRBO Property Description: The Engine 24 French Quarter Firehouse Bed & Breakfast is one of the few VRBO properties licensed by the City of New Orleans as bed & breakfast! Located on the edge of the famous historic French Quarter, this authentic firehouse boasts modern amenities within a renovated gem.


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North Carolina Private Castle

Location: Spruce Pine, North Carolina
VRBO Property Description: Smithmore Castle is unlike anywhere in the world. This real life Castle not only offers magical views, but also includes a private chef! Enjoy a gourmet dinner by renowned Chef Benjamin served in the Royal Dining room and a Royal Breakfast on the majestic balcony. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or just want a luxurious getaway, this private mountain estate is the perfect getaway to unwind and retreat in the most beautiful part of North Carolina.


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Take Me to Church Colorado

Location: Denver, Colorado
VRBO Property Description: This VRBO home is a piece of Denver history. A converted 100-year-old, mission-style church, it features gorgeous eclectic design with modern-day comfort. Meticulously renovated in 2017, the space retains the charm and select architectural elements of the original structure while taking on a whole new vibe. You’ll be delighted by the eclectic style, unique art and bohemian, middle eastern-inspired decor.


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Off Grid Treehouse Adventure

Location: Frazeysburg, Ohio
VRBO Property Description: This tiny house treehouse offers a unique off-the-grid experience that offers a combination of rustic comfort with the thrill of being immersed in nature. Built using recycled electric poles, this house is nestled at the edge of a wooded creek and boasts a beautiful sunset view with rolling hills. Despite no electric or running water, it is the perfect spot for a fun Glamping experience!


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The Bloomhouse Fairy Tale Escape

Location: Austin, Texas
VRBO Property Description: Ever stay in a giant seashell unicorn? This is your chance! This magical work of art is part Willy Wonka, part Big Lebowski, and totally unlike anywhere else. Situated on a secluded lot and wonderfully restored, The Bloomhouse is a celebration of all things magical and mystical. Without any straight lines or corners in the entire structure, the space allows you to leave behind the rules of logic and live only in whimsy.


Best Luxury VRBO Homes in the U.S.

Looking for the ultimate vacation stay? These luxurious, high-end VRBO homes are what dream homes are made of! These properties are meticulously designed and furnished with top-of-the-line amenities. From plush bedding and designer furnishings to state-of-the-art appliances, these homes ensure a level of comfort and luxury that exceeds traditional accommodations. Whether it’s a lavish beachfront villa, a chic urban penthouse, or a secluded mountain mansion, the following handpicked VRBO luxury homes will guarantee a truly unforgettable and indulgent retreat experience that is sure to exceed your expectations.


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Luxury Oasis Estate

Location: Palm Springs, California
VRBO Property Description: This property feels like a retreat from the world and was selected as one of VRBO’s 2023 Top Ten U.S. Vacation Homes of the Year. It includes stunning mountain views and an indoor/outdoor living space unlike any in Palm Springs. The house features amazing amenities such as an outdoor dining pavilion, firepit, oversized pool with infinity hot tub, lighted game patio, a mini golf course, and much more. Plus, enjoy your own retreat with the sauna, steam room and waterfall tub in the private spa lounge.


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Southern Charm Serenity

Location: Folly Beach, South Carolina
VRBO Property Description: This luxury villa is just two blocks from the beach! Relish the quiet privacy and secluded feel of this island estate! Just minutes from historic downtown Charleston, Folly Beach is a 12 square mile barrier island with lots of fun things to do, see and eat.


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Modern Sedona Living

Location: Sedona, Arizona
VRBO Property Description: Experience luxury nestled in the heart of uptown Sedona! Surrounded by stunning red rocks, this property allows you to enjoy the outdoors and breathtaking views via the hot tub, fire pit, reflexology path, outdoor dining or various eating areas. The stylish interior provides all the comforts of home and luxuries of a five star hotel.


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Camelback Mountain Mansion

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
VRBO Property Description: This stunning home allows you to enjoy unrivaled features, amenities, and services. It is located on Camelback Mountain, a renowned natural landmark with breathtaking panoramic views and challenging hikes. The property owners provide a five-star check-in and tour of the home, elevated concierge services, immaculate cleanliness standards, deluxe resort-style towels and linens, and access to the best massage therapists, personal chefs, tour guides, and childcare in the Scottsdale area. 


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Casa Blanca Desert Estate

Location: Yucca Valley, California
VRBO Property Description: Travelers seeking the quintessential Joshua Tree experience need look no further than this secluded architectural estate. The iconic custom-built home features a two-story atrium with breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views of boulders, Joshua Tree, and the desert sky. The home is ideal for larger groups seeking an escape from the everyday, featuring spacious living spaces, a large private outdoor deck, oversized soaking pool and jacuzzi spa, custom fire pit, and outdoor dining area among the boulders and cactus garden.


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Happy Roadrunner

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
VRBO Property Description: Tranquility, city light views, mountain backdrop and location, this private retreat perched high at the base of The Phoenix Mountain Preserve promises to take your breath away. This stylish, sleek home with a southwest flair boasts both panoramic views and breathtaking sunsets, which is just one of the many reasons why it was voted as a one of VRBO’s 2023 Vacation Homes of the Year. The impeccable, family home features luxury touches throughout as well as a resort style backyard that includes a heated pool with rock waterfalls, putting green, outdoor pool table, and fireplace with plenty of outdoor lounging areas all surrounded by the towering mountain terrain.


Embarking on a vacation journey is always an exciting prospect, especially when it involves discovering unique and extraordinary accommodations. VRBO offers some of the coolest vacation homes in the United States! Whether you’re planning a solo escape, a romantic retreat, or an adventure-filled getaway with friends, these vacation homes promise to ignite your sense of exploration and leave you with memories to last a lifetime. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on the ultimate journey of discovery across the diverse landscapes of the U.S.!

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Kim Dow Sass Magazine

Kim is the owner and publisher of Sass Magazine, as well as the owner of Sass Studios, a boutique graphic design studio in Frederick, MD. When not in the office, Kim can be found doing some of her favorite hobbies—reading a book, dancing, traveling, or playing with her rescued pitbull.

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