The Most-Wishlisted Off-the-Grid Airbnbs in the U.S.
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Based on data from Airbnb, these are the remote homes that made it onto most people’s wishlists. It’s easy to see why—each property promises seclusion, breathtaking views, and plenty of adventure right from your doorstep.
The Cargill-Earl Guesthouse, Livingston, Montana
Forget staying at a dude ranch. The best way to experience Montana’s big skies is from this two-bedroom house (from $308), which sits atop one of the many rolling hills looking out on the Absaroka Range. Located just 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, it’s also a good base camp for swimming in nearby Chico Hot Springs, hiking Gallatin National Forest, fly-fishing the creeks of Paradise Valley, and scuba-diving Hyalite Canyon. The guesthouse is part of Erik’s Ranch, a 230-acre property that operates as a nonprofit run by young adults with autism. Staff offer guided hikes, ski instruction, and horseback tours.
Cabin at Juniper Lane, San Juan Island, Washington
An affordable option in the San Juan Islands, this two-bedroom cabin (from $223) is a little over a mile from the town of Friday Harbor and its ferry terminal, where you’ll find numerous sea-kayak tour operators who specialize in orca sightings. If you’d rather see the killer whales from land, head eight miles west to Lime Kiln Point State Park, considered one of the best lookouts for viewing the creatures in the world. There’s also plenty of wildlife spotting to be had back at the cabin from the deck that faces Beaverton Valley, which during the summer is filled with deer, sheep, and bald eagles.
Off-Grid itHouse, Pioneertown, California
If this house (from $380) looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it on Instagram or featured in a design magazine. (Dwell has named it one of the “Best Homes in America”.) Along with being 100 percent off-grid—it’s powered only by solar panels—the glass-walled house offers stunning views of the iconic Joshua Tree–like landscape. The park itself is just a half-hour east by car.
Tiny River House, Damascus, Oregon
This 200-square-foot home (from $160) feels like a remote getaway but is only 30 minutes outside Portland. It’s set right on the bank of the Clackamas River, making it an ideal outpost for fishing, rafting, and swimming. Despite its size, the house comes with everything you need for a self-contained trip, including a full bathroom and kitchen.
The Cottage at Spindle Hill Farm, Nellysford, Virginia
If you’re looking to make the 469-mile drive along Blue Ridge Parkway to hit Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks in one trip, this five-person cottage (from $207) is the perfect stopover. Stargaze from the cedar hot tub, collect fresh eggs for breakfast in the adjacent chicken coop, and trek up to 13 trails that start in town, many of which connect to the Appalachian Trail.
Skyfarm, Los Angeles, California
A small slice of the countryside just minutes from downtown, this four-person yurt (from $150) is part of an urban farm that has everything you wouldn’t expect to find in L.A., from a chicken coop and a goat pen to beehives. Built by photographer Meeno Peluce and artist Ilse Ackerman, the property has all the makings of a creative’s home, with bright colors and souvenirs from the couple’s travels, plus luxuries like a soaking pool and an outdoor claw-foot tub.
Glass House, Hudson Valley, New York
Not to be confused with Philip Johnson’s sprawling estate in New Cannan, Connecticut, this house (from $250) is just 180 square feet but makes up for it with expansive surroundings. The two-person getaway is located on a 30-acre farm in the Hudson Valley, 90 minutes north of New York City, and comes with a full kitchen and bathroom. Quick day-trip options to consider are Storm King Art Center, a notable outdoor sculpture park, and Minnewaska State Park Preserve, with plenty of hiking trails, including a popular 6.4-mile loop.
Cherry Blossom Yurt, Rising Fawn, Georgia
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Chattanooga Valley, this two-person yurt (from $121) is all about the views. Most visitors use it as an access point to Cloudland Canyon State Park, known for its thousand-foot-deep canyons, large network of waterfalls, and trail system—64 miles for hiking, 30 for biking, and 16 for horseback riding.