Thanks to Airbnb, weekend trips can be cheap and full of character. If you’re not racking up hotel rewards points and want to get out of town, it’s worth it to try a home share. Airbnb is a great place to find uncovered gems and have a unique (and affordable) experience.
Before you book, make sure to check all the reviews extensively. Look too good to be true? It might be. Once you’ve verified the listing is legit, always double-check the service fees before making a final call. Cleaning fees and taxes vary between listings and can really add up.
Ready to rent? Check out our guide on how to rent on Airbnb.
1. Hudson Valley, NY
This house in upstate New York was once a photoshoot spot for Marilyn Monroe. You’ll be sharing the space with the owner, but 95% of the reviews are five-star. Located in scenic Hudson Valley, the home is a two-and-half hour drive outside of New York City.
Average Rate: $94 per night
2. Philadelphia, PA
This bright and sophisticated apartment is right in the center of Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. For the low price, you’re in the center of historic Philadelphia, close to the Schuylkill River and the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art, home of the Rocky steps.
Average Rate: $74 per night
3. Birmingham, AL
Visiting Alabama? Consider a stay in this rustic, open loft in Birmingham. With a perfect 5-star score and over 200 reviews, you should be in for a pleasant stay.
Average Rate: $82 per night
4. Nashville, TN
In 2018, Airbnb introduced a curated collection of their most popular rentals called Airbnb Plus, including this patriotic bungalow in Nashville. Located 15 minutes from downtown, The private cottage has over 600 mostly-positive reviews.
Average Rate: $95 per night
5. Minneapolis, MN
This former Minneapolis storefront offers up tons of natural light. With a tin-pressed ceiling, hanging plants and a green backyard, it’s all about the added character for your money. Located in the Northeast Arts District, this Airbnb is perfect for anyone looking to see creative side of Minneapolis.
Average Rate: $77 per night
6. Seattle, WA
This minimalistic Seattle loft is another Airbnb Plus-sanctioned home. You’ll have private space with an outdoor area to sit and relax. Located close to Woodland Park Zoo, the neighborhood offers great views and an easy trip into downtown.
Average Rate: $70 per night
7. Boulder Creek, CA
A quick drive away from Big Sur, Santa Cruz and nearby Silicon Valley, this small cabin in the woods is perfect for anyone looking to get closer to nature. A beautiful outdoor space is always a plus when planning a getaway for the weekend.
Average Rate: $89 per night
8. Ketchum, Idaho
This renovated, charming schoolhouse in Ketchum, Idaho is perfect for the quirky traveler. In close proximity to Sun Valley and the Sawtooth Mountains, it offers a chance to get outside and explore. Plus, with two bedrooms, you could actually travel with kids -- or friends.
Average Rate: $89 per night
9. Kansas City, MO
This private guesthouse in Kansas City has been renovated into a modern, industrial loft. This listing has an almost perfect score of 4.95 out of 5 stars -- plus, it has a price point and fees below many other spots on this list.
Average Rate: $75 per night
10. Denver, CO
This plant-filled private suite is sure to please any Instagram lover. Filled with chic and social-media-ready decor, this townhouse also offers a roof with mountain views. Although it is a shared space, the price is a bonus.
Average Rate: $68 per night
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