50 Incredible Places You Can Actually Stay in Overnight
Looking for something a little different for your next trip? Finding unique lodgings just got a lot easier with this list of amazing U.S. destinations.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Bama Football House
This quaint, five-suite bed and breakfast was built at the turn of the 19th century and is still as charming as ever. Bama Football House is located a mere five minutes from downtown Tuscaloosa, two blocks from Bryant Denny Stadium, and one block from the University of Alabama’s legendary Strip. During your stay at this historical home, you can expect a scrumptious southern breakfast, complimentary wine and cheese, an outdoor fireplace, a hot tub/Jacuzzi, a sundeck, a terrace, a garden, a picnic area, a library, a pool table, and a game room.
Chatanika, Alaska: Borealis Basecamp
If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to see the Northern Lights, this opportunity is hard to pass up. Borealis Basecamp in Chatanika is miles away from the rest of society and is surrounded by incredible rugged landscapes—but that’s not the best part. The base camp has a 16-foot, curved transparent ceiling dome, where guests can watch the Northern Lights dance above them as they fall asleep. When you’re not taking in the unreal views of the Northern Lights, take advantage of all of the mushing, hiking, and skiing opportunities nearby. By the way, this gorgeous U.S. state will pay you $1,000 a year to move there.
Fountain Hills, Arizona: Palisades Estate
A weekend getaway to this upscale vacation home is a no-brainer. Located 20 miles from Phoenix, the luxurious Palisades Estate offers unreal mountain views and scenery, barbecue grills, a private infinity pool, a sauna, a fitness center, and a theater room. Although you might find that you never want to leave, if you do decide to venture outside of the estate, there are four golf courses nearby, a gorgeous botanical garden, a gallery, and a lovely fountain.
Bentonville, Arkansas: 21C Museum
Art enthusiasts will fall in love with this sleek, modern museum hotel. With more than 120 feet of exhibition space integrated into all areas of the lovely boutique hotel and art galleries that are open every day, you’ll never run out of artwork to admire. Each guest room and suite is decorated with impressive contemporary art and custom-designed furniture. While you’re there, you won’t want to miss dining at The Hive. It’s an in-hotel restaurant serving country cuisine, like a Berkshire hog chop and pan roasted Spanish mackerel, all made with fresh, local ingredients.
Long Beach, California: The Queen Mary
If you’re looking for an overnight experience like no other, look no further than the Queen Mary in Long Beach. This “hotel” was once a world-class ocean liner. A stay aboard this incredible docked ship is packed with impressive history; the Queen Mary even has her original 346 first-class staterooms and nine suites with rich wood paneling from all over the world, original artwork, and art-deco build-ins. Since she’s one of the last luxury ocean liners of her time, an overnight stay at the Queen Mary is a must.
Dolores, Colorado: Dunton Hot Springs
Located within the breathtaking San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs is the perfect overnight getaway if you’re looking to escape the daily grind. This charming, exclusive resort has lovely hand-hewn log cabins for their guests to stay in, a saloon, a spa lounge, an open-air bath, a sauna, and, of course, relaxing hot springs. Although the hot springs are perhaps the main attraction of the resort, it also has an outdoor fireplace and is conveniently located near a gorgeous waterfall. These are the cheapest months of the year to visit all 50 states.
Washington, Connecticut: Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa
This hidden gem is situated on 58 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland in the quaint countryside town of Washington. During your stay at the Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa, enjoy the heated indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness club, a golf course, a tennis court, a bar, thousands of nearby nature trails, and a luxurious 20,000 square-foot spa. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy an unforgettable meal at The Mayflower Dining Room.
Lewes, Delaware: Dogfish Brewery Inn
Beer enthusiasts will be in paradise at this brewery: Situated on the streets of downtown Lewes right next to Lewes Harbor, this inn perfectly meshes modernism with a charming, rustic look. With just 16 rooms and a Cottage Suite, this quaint inn is an ideal place to meet other beer-lovers or to just take a break from your everyday routine. As nighttime falls, grab a brew and relax on the patio or gather around the fire pit and make delectable s’mores. Don’t miss these 50 must-try craft beers from each of the 50 states.
Miami Beach, Florida: The Villa Casa Casuarina
A stay at The Villa Casa Casuarina is an absolute must if you plan on staying the night in the gorgeous island city of Miami Beach. As the former home of Gianni Versace, you can expect serious luxury etched into every detail of the 19,000-square-foot mansion. Admire the incredible hand-painted ceilings, marvel at the gorgeous Italian marble bathrooms, schedule a massage at the Villa Spa, grab a drink at the Rooftop Lounge, or swim in the outdoor pool made of 24-carat gold tiles—you’ll feel like a VIP whatever you do.
Braselton, Georgia: Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Whether you’re pairing champagne with chocolate, attending a wine and art class, learning to blend your own wine, or participating in a wine or rum tasting, wine enthusiasts will savor every moment spent at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Georgia. If you’re not a fan of wine, not to worry—Chateau Elan also has a fitness room, a resort-style pool, a tennis center, a European-style spa, a golf resort, seven restaurants, and plenty of nature trails on their vast 3,500-acre property. These are the most difficult-to-pronounce town names in every state.
Laie, Hawaii: Hale Kamalani Villa
If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, you won’t want to miss out on spending a night at Hale Kamalani Villa in Laie. This gorgeous four-bedroom vacation home is fully equipped with luxurious amenities like two outdoor showers, a private outdoor pool, and a balcony overlooking the white sandy beach and glistening ocean. Depending on which window you’re gazing out of, guests can enjoy views of the surrounding lush green rainforest, gorgeous mountain range, or the Pacific Ocean.
Victor, Idaho: Victor Tiny House
In case its name didn’t give it away, the Victor Tiny House is… tiny. In fact, it’s only 190-square feet. But as small as it might be, it still has all you need for a comfy overnight stay: a living room, lofted bedroom, bathroom, and even an outdoor dining area. However, what makes the Victor Tiny House really stand out are its breathtaking mountain views. When you aren’t at the house, you’re only a short trip away from Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and plenty of nearby hiking trails. You NEED to see these strange (but real) laws in every state.
Chicago, Illinois: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House
Designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1915, the Emil Bach House is one of the few Wright houses where the public can stay overnight. Visitors are welcomed to the house by following a “path to discovery,” filled with twists and turns, leading to the front door. Wright also designed the house to have a lovely open deck, a screen porch, and a Japanese-style tea house in back. The charming prairie-style house was named a Chicago Landmark in 1977 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Lowell, Indiana: Thyme for Bed Dome
Clever name aside, this structure draws in visitors from all over the world for a reason. Built in 1999, this fireproof, concrete, steel-shelled monolithic dome was built to withstand winds up to 300 mph (reassuring in the event of a tornado). But besides its impressive architecture, the dome has three guestrooms, a master suite with a transparent fireplace, four and a half bathrooms, two living rooms, an outdoor fire pit, a hot tub/Jacuzzi, a game room, and a lovely garden lining the walkway. Here are more of the strangest and most unique hotels you can stay in around the world.
Dyersville, Iowa: Field of Dreams House
The century-old Field of Dreams House is home to where the classic movie Field of Dreams was filmed in 1989. And now, for the first time ever, the farmhouse is welcoming the public to stay overnight in their historic upstairs bedroom. During your stay, you can expect to receive a gift basket with an official Field of Dreams baseball, a bottle of wine, two wine glasses, a picnic tablecloth, a Field of Dreams DVD, two boxes of popcorn, and a $25 gift card to put toward a country breakfast or coffee.
Buck Creek, Kansas: Circle S Ranch
Established in 1862, this 500-acre prairie has been in use for an impressive six generations. The Circle S Ranch inn was built to resemble an old barn, which has 12 suite-style rooms, each with a different decor and name. When you’re not exploring the inside of the historic ranch, the vast amount of land is perfect for horseback riding, hayrides, bonfires, flying kites, and star gazing. Then, when you want to relax, head to the spa and enjoy a hot stone or Swedish massage.
Versailles, Kentucky: Kentucky Castle
If you’re looking for an enchanting getaway, you’ll truly feel like royalty at Kentucky Castle. Situated on 55 acres of land and offering the most romantic restaurant in Kentucky, this boutique hotel has a lot to offer. With ten luxury guest rooms and suites, an on-site farm-to-table restaurant, a charming terrace, a garden, a tennis court, and private event spaces for weddings and other memorable occasions, including a ballroom and a rooftop with breathtaking views, you’ll never want to part ways with your fairy tale escapade. Check out these other unusual hotels you can stay in.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Inn at the Old Jail
History buffs will love an overnight stay at the Inn at the Old Jail. This old police station and jail has been around since 1902 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gorgeous Queen Anne-style building now has nine guestrooms, a spacious community room, and a rooftop deck with city views. The owners of the hotel pay homage to the New Orleans Police Department by displaying antiques and original police memorabilia throughout the building.
Lubec, Maine: The Keeper’s Cottage at West Quoddy Station
Nestled on the Easternmost point of the United States, visitors from all over the world flock to the Keeper’s Cottage at West Quoddy Station in Lubec, Maine, to watch the very first sunrise over the ocean. The cottage’s one-of-a-kind, scenic location is also home to four other buildings at the West Quoddy Station, which used to serve as U.S. coast guard Station 1, District 1. The Keeper’s Cottage is a reconstruction of the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers House from 1806. It’s also located near historical lighthouses, hiking trails, and Franklin D. Roosevelt International Park.
Frostburg, Maryland: Savage River Lodge & Yurts
Surrounded by 700 acres of Savage River State Forest land, Savage River Lodge & Yurts is situated on its private 40 acres of pure tranquility. The Lodge has 18 handcrafted, two-story private cabanas, all of which have heated floors, gas fireplaces, and full bathrooms. Relax on rocking chairs on your front porch as you breathe in the crisp forest air. Sit by the outdoor fireplace, take advantage of the nearby skiing opportunities, or dine at the wonderful on-site American restaurant. You won’t believe these bizarre food laws in every state.
Somerset, Massachusetts: Border Flats Lighthouse
As one of the country’s only publicly accessible offshore caisson lighthouses, this unique overnight stay belongs on everyone’s list. While the lighthouse isn’t quite a luxury hotel, it does offer an educational experience: During your stay, you’ll be able to perform all of the duties of a keeper and experience what living in the lighthouse might’ve been like back in the day. Not to mention, you’ll be surrounded by unforgettable, panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean the entire time. Check out the most popular Airbnb stay in every state.
Charlevoix, Michigan: The Mushroom House
Influenced by local builder Earl Young’s Mushroom Houses, this beauty is cleverly crafted out of boulders with a natural European hand-reaped thatch roof; the structure is designed to blend into its surroundings. Whether you’re on a romantic couple’s retreat or traveling with the family, a stay in one of The Mushroom Houses (there are four buildings) is the perfect overnight getaway for everyone.
Saint Paul, Minnesota: The Covington Houseboat
With nautical antiques, gorgeous windows and portals, and intriguing history in every room, what’s not to love about the Covington Houseboat? Did we mention it’s on the Mississippi River? Not only does this historic houseboat give guests a glimpse into what the work era of the Covington was like, but the elegant mahogany-trimmed boat is still docked on the water. You can expect a comfortable, relaxing stay aboard while still being a short trip away from the busy streets of Saint Paul across the bridge.
Clarksdale, Mississippi: Delta Bohemian Guest House
You’ll truly feel like you’ve stepped into the Old Mississippi Delta at this one-of-a-kind vacation home. The historic, two-story house dates back to 1917 and features a private, fenced-in backyard, a garden, pond, picnic area, an outdoor hammock, and a 1,000-square-foot master bedroom. Its convenient location, just two miles from downtown Clarksdale, is another plus of staying here. Don’t forget to take a private area tour of the birthplace of the blues while you’re there!
Owensville, Missouri: Brinkman Farmstead
Situated in central Missouri, Brinkman Farmstead dates back to 1857. This unique post-and-beam B&B puts up guests in the hayloft upstairs, while a dairy processing area occupies the first floor. You’ll be able to experience the farm owners tending to their cows and making fresh cheese first-hand. Besides getting served delicious country food, you’ll also be able to enjoy homemade baked goods, local wines, and other local treats, all while overlooking the rolling Missouri countryside. Don’t miss these top summer vacation spots in the U.S.
Whitefish, Montana: Montana Wooden Castle
A stay at Montana Wooden Castle—a luxurious five-bedroom mountain home—offers 360-degree views of the gorgeous surrounding mountains and countryside. It has a steam room, a game room, an outdoor fireplace, and so much more. After you’ve explored all the inside of this stately home has to offer, step outside as nighttime falls to watch the Northern Lights dance above you. It’s no wonder why this breathtaking home is nicknamed the “Steps to Heaven”!
Crete, Nebraska: The Boathouse
The Boathouse is perfect for just about any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a family reunion, celebrating a birthday, or just getting away for a night or two, this luxurious boathouse will not disappoint. The lovely home overlooks a tranquil lake great for kayaking, canoeing, or swimming when the weather is warm. Indoors, you can sit back and relax by the double-sided fireplace. Be sure to add these affordable U.S. cities to your travel bucket list.
Alamo, Nevada: Cowboy’s Dream
Complete with an Old Western feel, Cowboy’s Dream is exactly what you’d expect it to be and more. Cowboy or not, every guest who stays at this charming 18,997-square-foot B&B will love the western decor, private balconies, and jaw-dropping mountain views. If you’re really looking to escape to “the middle of nowhere,” this is the place to be. Wildlife enthusiasts won’t want to miss checking out the nearby Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.
Glen, New Hampshire: Covered Bridge House
Situated in the gorgeous Mt. Washington Valley alongside the banks of the Saco River is the charming Covered Bridge House. Named after the historic Bartlett Covered Bridge on the property, this B&B has plenty to offer in all seasons. Besides having a year-round outdoor hot tub on premises, it’s also close to several hiking trails, ski areas, golf courses, waterfalls, and more. Plus, the Saco River runs right through the house’s backyard, making it the perfect place to relax by the water or take a dip in the swimming hole.
Cape May, New Jersey: Congress Hall
Located on the southern tip of New Jersey’s shores—and named “America’s First Seaside Resort”—Congress Hall has been around for over 200 years and has continued to impress visitors from around the world. With private cabana tents on the beach (a three-minute walk from the hotel), plenty of dining options, a luxurious spa, a gorgeous outdoor pool, and modern amenities, this historic 19th-century hotel is a Jersey must-visit.
Farmington, New Mexico: Kokopelli’s Cave
If you’ve been searching for a truly unique getaway, look no further than 50 feet underground in New Mexico. Yes, really. Kokopelli’s Cave offers the incredible experience of staying in a 1,700-square-foot cave carved into the cliffs of Tertiary Ojo Alamo Sandstone. It even has a Jacuzzi and a replica of a Native American kiva. Be sure to check out the unbelievable sunset views from the cliff tops. You can see Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado at the same time. Find out the best free tourist attraction in each state.
New York, New York: Soho Penthouse
The Big Apple never fails to impress, and the luxurious Soho Penthouse in Chelsea is no exception. Offering a private fitness center, spa, Jacuzzi, lounge, library, and a vast terrace overlooking the bustling city, you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave this gorgeous spot. While you’re staying in Chelsea, don’t forget to explore destinations like the High Line and Chelsea Market!
Boone, North Carolina: Art of Living Center Ayurveda Spa
An overnight stay at the Art of Living Center Ayurveda Spa practically guarantees endless relaxation and tranquility. Situated on the top of Heavenly Mountain in the Blue Ridge range and surrounded by 380 acres of scenic, lush forest, the spa is also the best Ayurveda destination in America. You can expect to experience top-notch treatments like detoxifying warm oil massages and herbal exfoliation treatments. When you’re not at the spa, check out one of the center’s varieties of classes offered, like pottery or meditation. You’ll crack up reading these hilarious town names from each of the 50 states.
Minot, North Dakota: Dakotah Rose B&B
The Dakotah Rose is located inside a charming, century-old home on 1.5 acres of gorgeous Souris River-front property. With six uniquely designed guest rooms, a gorgeous grandiose porch, stained and beveled glass throughout the property, and a ballroom on the third floor, it’s hard not to fall in love with this B&B. When you’re not spending time at the house, be sure to discover all that the lovely town of Minot has to offer, like Roosevelt Park Zoo and Scandinavian Heritage Park.
Glenmont, Ohio: Old Pine Treehouse
As one of the six tree houses built on this forest-filled property, the Old Pine Treehouse was designed to connect its guests with nature. An overnight stay is a perfect way to disconnect from the rest of the world and appreciate what the gorgeous Mohican Forest has to offer—suspended 20 feet in the air. Whether sitting outside on the balcony enjoying a cup of coffee or bird watching from your bedroom, nature enthusiasts won’t want to miss out on this Ohioan getaway.
Norman, Oklahoma: The Prairie House
Situated on three acres of Oklahoma prairie, the Prairie House was built in 1961 and has continued to draw in curious visitors ever since. Designed with “organic architecture” in mind, the builder put this two-story house together with a wood-sheathed frame, cedar shingles, and other low-cost building materials; it makes excellent use of natural light. Less is more at this 2,100-square-foot prairie getaway—a must-see for those with a curious mind.
Dayton, Oregon: The Vintages Trailer Resort
Sitting on 14 acres of Willamette Wine Country land is the unique Vintages Trailer Resort. Each of the RV park’s 19 trailers offers a different experience, with the oldest trailer dating back to 1947. History buffs will love learning about where their RV has traveled. Take in the gorgeous views of the resort’s neighboring vineyards; plan a trip into town to see the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum or Wings and Waves Water Park. Here are some of the best road trips in America.
Ronks, Pennsylvania: Red Caboose
Since 1970, Red Caboose has been welcoming visitors to its 38 cabooses (19 of them were once part of the Pennsylvania Railroad). You won’t have to leave the premises during your stay: You can watch free movies on an 18-foot screen television in the barn, feed animals at the petting zoo, explore the Amish country from the back of an authentic Amish buggy, or take in the incredible farmland views from the 50-foot viewing tower. We bet you can’t guess the one letter that’s not in any U.S. state name.
Newport, Rhode Island: The Chanler at Cliff Walk
As one of New England’s most historic coastal gems and the only hotel on Newport’s Cliff Walk, The Chanler offers old-world elegance. Each of the 20 European-styled guest rooms is designed around a historical period in time. The boutique hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by acres of gorgeous gardens; architecture enthusiasts will be captivated by the mansion’s intricate details. As nighttime falls, gather around the outdoor fire pit and enjoy a drink under the stars. Don’t miss these other hotel rooms with a view you’ll wish you were at right now.
Port Royal, South Carolina: The Beaufort Shrimp Boat
If you’re a fan of shrimp—or boating—put The Beaufort Shrimp Boat on your itinerary. Hop aboard this working shrimp boat and experience what it’s like to work and live on it during shrimp season. As the sun sets, you’ll join two crew members on a trip along the Beaufort waterfront and go shrimping. After a few hours, you’ll head back to the docks, hit the hay, and wake up to a delectable Southern-style breakfast.
Lead, South Dakota: Town Hall Inn
Since its construction in 1912, Town Hall Inn has played a variety of roles in the town’s history. It has been a mayor’s office, a treasurer’s office, a courtroom, a jail, a judge’s chambers, and more. As of late, however, the historic building has had much less of an identity crisis. The quaint building now uses its 12 rooms for a unique inn. Each guestroom is named after what its original purpose was, like “Mayor’s Office,” and has spacious rooms and large windows overlooking the busy streets of Lead.
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Chattanooga Choo Choo
This historic train station might’ve been converted into a hotel in 1973, but it stays true to its roots. During your stay at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, you’ll have your choice of staying in the Pullman Train Car guest rooms or in the Macarthur Building’s suites or standard rooms. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the hotel’s indoor heated pool, Glenn Miller Gardens, on-site restaurants, shopping opportunities, and even live music at Track 29 or the Revelry Room.
Parker, Texas: Southfork Ranch
Often referred to as “The World’s Most Famous Ranch” thanks to its role on the television series Dallas, Southfork Ranch entails 63,000 square foot in all. But lucky guests lucky enough to stay here will receive a private tour of the ranch, a home-cooked Texas breakfast the morning after, and more during their stay.
Virgin, Utah: Under Canvas Zion
Imagine waking up and watching the sunrise over the red, rocky mountains of Zion National Park—that’s exactly what you can expect after a stay at Under Canvas Zion. You might be staying in a tent on 196 acres of Utah desert, but these luxurious abodes are conveniently located in proximity to plenty of rock climbing, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking opportunities. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon or go on a helicopter tour, you’ll be in the right place! You definitely won’t want to miss out on this glamping opportunity.
Stowe, Vermont: Trapp Family Lodge
What can’t you do at Trapp Family Lodge? This unique mountain resort has just about everything from a brewery to a fitness center to breathtaking mountain views. Located on 2,500 acres of land, this activity-packed resort has something to do during every season. Cross-country skiing? Check. Wine and beer tasting? Check. Scenic hiking paths? Check. Regardless of whether you choose to stay in the villa rentals, the guest houses, or in the main lodge, you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave this incredible lodge.
South Boston, Virginia: Berry Hill Historic Mansion
Once the home of Benjamin Harrison, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Berry Hill Historic Mansion has been welcoming visitors since 1728. Situated on 650 acres of lush forest and boasting 92 elegant guest rooms filled with antiques, Italian handcrafted beds, spacious verandas, and more, you’ll feel like royalty during your stay. With a complete European spa, an indoor swimming pool, saunas, a fitness center, and over 5,000 square feet of meeting space, you’ll never run out of things to do at this historic mansion. These are the best state fairs in every state.
Snoqualmie, Washington: Salish Lodge and Spa
Located at the top of the cascading Snoqualmie Falls, a stay at Salish Lodge and Spa is an unforgettable one. Not only do each of its 85 guest rooms have a gas fireplace, soaking tubs, and luxurious showers, but the resort’s spa has won several awards for good reason. It has a steam room, a dry sauna, therapeutic pools, and a menu of treatments—including massages overlooking the gorgeous waterfalls. When you’re not relaxing indoors, there are plenty of outdoor activities available, too, like skiing, biking, hiking, and river rafting.
Fayetteville, West Virginia: Adventures on the Gorge
Attention thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts: Adventures on the Gorge needs to be on your bucket list. Escape to a gorgeous log cabin in the woods, fully equipped with a relaxing hot tub and a fire pit. But at this location, there’s a good chance you’ll be spending more time outdoors than in. With opportunities for white water rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, kayaking, cave exploring, bass fishing, and biking, you’ll experience the adventure of a lifetime at this West Virginian resort.
Mineral Point, Wisconsin: Brewery Creek
This quaint, small-town B&B is a must-see for beer enthusiasts. While the five-bedroom inn is on the second and third floor of the charming limestone building, the first floor is occupied by a brewery that churns out European-style beer. The inn also offers two nearby cottages for guests to stay in, both of which were built between 1836 and 1847. After a night of brews, you’ll love waking up to a delicious “continental plus” breakfast in the second-floor guest lounge.
Jackson, Wyoming: Rustic Inn Creekside
An overnight stay at Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa at Jackson Hole is an absolute must. With spacious guest rooms, private cabins, luxury suites, a 2,300-square-foot spa, an on-site restaurant, and a wine cellar, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone at this boutique hotel. Plus, the inn is in proximity to National Elk Refuge and plenty of trails along Flat Creek Preserve and Wetlands Walk if you’re looking to spend some time outdoors. The inn also has an outdoor heated pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, an outdoor fire pit, and a 24/7 fitness center. Don’t miss these 50 iconic adventures in each of the 50 states.