50 Amazing and Affordable Vacation Rentals in Every State
A good vacation may be priceless but the cost of lodging sure does add up. Cheapism.com looked around the country for places to stay for less than $75 a night. From offbeat options like tree houses and tipis to more traditional cottages and condos, we found rentals that are affordable and have a bit of extra flair -- a unique setting or amazing hosts who go the extra mile. Carefully reviewing listings on Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and FlipKey, we dug up interesting vacation rentals in every state that are sure to please the frugal traveler. The rates are for a basic rental and don't include service or cleaning fees. Renters may be asked to provide a refundable security deposit that covers possible damage to the property. If you are worried about potential damages, HomeAway offers insurance for guests.
This quaint, centrally located cottage is a good choice for anyone exploring Mobile and the surrounding area. The hosts, Patti and Wayne, exemplify Southern hospitality, according to past guests. They like to share the food growing in their garden and always point visitors in the right direction for good restaurants and entertainment.
For a trip to Anchorage and points beyond, the Swiss Efficiency Suites has two studios available for $65 a night, September through May. The studios are on the ground floor of a two-story home, and each studio has a private bathroom and kitchenette. Laundry is available on site. The house is in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance of the Campbell Creek Trail.
The Adventure Cabin in Tucson looks like the set of a cowboy movie, complete with horses next door. Located on the grounds of a gated estate, the $43-a-night cabin has a full-size bed in a loft and a pull-out sleeper couch on the main floor. There is a large outdoor dining area and a second-floor observation deck for enjoying sunrises, sunsets, and star gazing.
For $65 a night you can sleep in a vintage trailer parked inside a loft space in downtown Los Angeles. Not your typical accommodations, but appealing if you're looking for something with a playful vibe. There's a king-size bed and kitchenette inside the trailer and the loft space offers shared amenities including bathrooms, an indoor swing, an air hockey table, and a garden out back.
Ever dreamed of sleeping in a treehouse? Here's your chance. For $65 a night, you can rent a treehouse on a permaculture farm in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami. The farm is home to goats, chickens, emus, and pigs. The sleeping quarters are on the third floor and the room isn't fully enclosed, but guests describe the space as magical.
The Midtown neighborhood is a good home base for seeing the sites in Atlanta. This $65-a-night studio is a short walk from public transportation and close to local bars, Piedmont Park, Georgia Tech, and the Woodruff Arts Center. The cozy studio is just big enough for a couple and includes a parking spot.
"Tacky on the outside, clean and cozy on the inside" -- past guests agree that's a fitting description of Uncle Billy Bob's vacation rental in southwest Idaho. Two guests celebrating their 25th anniversary affectionately nicknamed it the "love shack." Nightly rates start at $60, but weekends and the summer months cost a bit more.
A huge space for the price, this three bedroom home north of downtown Chicago can sleep up to eight people for $70 a night. There are hardwood floors, central heat and air, a large living room, and a separate dining room. The rental is within walking distance of Lake Michigan and Loyola University, and a half-mile from the Loyola stop on the Red Line.
This charming Victorian in downtown Muncie looks like something out of a fairy tale. Guests say it's even better in person and the hosts are gracious and welcoming. Downtown restaurants and bars are about a 10-minute walk away. Rentals are $50 a night and the two-bedroom house sleeps six.
The third floor of this large, century-old house in western Des Moines is available for $45 a night. Included are two bedrooms and a full bathroom, as well as access to a shared patio and kitchen. Past guests say the house has "lots of character" and appreciate the hosts, who keep the space clean, are quick to offer guidance, and flexible when guests need it. A small, well-behaved dog named Bruce also lives in the house.
Joseph and Marcela offer a complete package when you book a stay on their 30-foot yacht in Prospect, on the Ohio River north of Louisville. The nightly rate is $69 and includes a "Columbian/continental" breakfast. They also offer transportation to and from the airport and the rental of their Honda CRV, Dodge truck, or Corvette.
Past guests have said Otter's Hippie Bus is unique, unforgettable, amazing, and a great way to save money. The repurposed school bus has six beds, a small kitchen with refrigerator, and tables, all for $75 a night. Laundry, showers, and bathrooms are next door. Bikes are available to rent, and it's about a half hour walk to the French Quarter in New Orleans.
You'll need to take a ferry to Swans Island near Acadia National Park in order to get to this $70-a-night cabin in the woods; there are just a few trips a day depending on the season and day of the week, so plan ahead. It's a sweet getaway spot if you're looking for something secluded.
The owner describes this carriage house studio in the Dorechester neighborhood of Boston as cozy, but guests say it has a spacious floor plan and many windows providing natural light. The studio is a 10-minute walk from the Ashmont train station, and it's a 20-minute ride to downtown Boston. A washer and dryer are available on site.
The private lower level of a two-story condo, this one-bedroom rental is a cozy place to stay near Lake Michigan for $70 a night. The rental is nestled in sand dunes, about a mile from the beaches and hiking trails of North Beach Park. The shops and restaurants of downtown Grand Haven are ten minutes away by car. Past guests thoroughly enjoyed their stays and some say they are eager to return.
A simple one-bedroom for a weekend getaway, this $65-a-night cottage is a block from the Gulf of Mexico and within walking distance of downtown Pass Christian. It's small and basic, but includes a washer and dryer. For guests looking for some excitement, New Orleans is about an hour away.
A large A-frame house with huge windows, a claw foot tub, and three bedrooms that sleep up to nine people, this $32-a-night house in southwest Missouri is priced right for an inexpensive family vacation. There's a beautiful cove nearby and a canoe is available to rent along with the house.
The Tiny House near Omaha is aptly named. There's a queen-size bed in a tiny loft, a queen-size sofa bed in the tiny living room, a tiny wood stove, a tiny bathroom, and a tiny kitchen. Guests rave about the house's charm and comfort and the appealing $70 a night price. It has everything most travelers will need, though it's not for the claustrophobic.
Lake Tahoe is a great vacation destination year round and for $50 this newly renovated condo provides an inexpensive place to spend the night. There's just one bedroom but it has two beds, and with a foldout queen-size couch the condo can house up to four. Access to a pool is included during the summer months.
The view is breathtaking, especially for sunsets, and for $45 a night it's hard to beat this rental near Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. The beach and a local arcade are within walking distance and Gunstock Mountain is a 20-minute drive away. The two-bedroom, two-bath unit has room for five guests.
For $34 a night, this one-bedroom apartment is a good base for exploring the Blue Ridge Mountain area of North Carolina. Guests at the Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Sapphire Valley can use the pools and tennis courts, and Fairfield Lake, the Red Bird golf course, and miniature golf are nearby.
Greg rents two of the three bedrooms in his cozy house located in the Cathedral District of Fargo. One bedroom is $55 a night and two bedrooms will set you back $90. Close to downtown and North Dakota State University, the accommodations are clean and affordable. Past guests rave about the host's hospitality and helpful hints about what to do and see in the area.
A good home base for a trip to Cedar Point (30 minutes), Cleveland (45 minutes), or Oberlin College (30 minutes), this small cottage provides all the essentials for $50 a night. The cottage is on the outskirts of Vermilion near Lake Erie, and guests say that the town and the lake are well worth exploring.
The Red Root Cabin is an hour's drive from Portland, nestled among pine trees near Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. A wood-burning stove provides plenty of heat and there's an infrared sauna that can fit two people. The $65-a-night price rises slightly during the winter holidays.
This private studio in Middletown is an eight-minute drive from downtown Newport. The stand-alone building, within walking distance of many beaches and the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, is $65 a night ($95 during summer). Past guests recommend the cozy rental and say the host, John, is very accommodating.
This no-frills homestead cabin near the Badlands is $55 a night. The house is from the 1880s and has no electricity or running water. Guests need to bring camping supplies and can use a fire pit in the front yard to cook and an outhouse nearby. Past guests loved their stays and praise the unique experience.
You can sleep in a tipi near a babbling brook at Camp Grits, just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For $70 a night, guests also get a charmingly rustic outhouse and a solar-powered, claw-foot tub set under the stars; in cooler weather, the bathwater, which one guest approvingly referred to as a "hillbilly hot tub," is warmed by a fire under the tub. The tipi is heated by a wood stove, which can also be used to cook dinner, and there are a bed, a couch, and kitchen essentials inside.
Midway between Boston and Montreal, Plainfield is a small town in central Vermont. Whether you're stopping on your way through or enjoying a few days of R and R, consider staying at Gail's place for $60 a night. Guests get a section of the house to themselves, including a bedroom, living room, and shower. Past guests gush over Gail's breakfasts and hospitality.
This first-floor rental for $62 a night in Arlington is close to many historical and cultural sites in Virginia and Washington, D.C. The hosts live upstairs but give you plenty of privacy, and they go above and beyond by providing snacks, guidebooks, and tours of local attractions.
Located in northwest Wyoming, Big Diamond Glamour Teepee's name says it all. The 201-square-foot elevated teepee sleeps three. A private shower and toilet are nearby and the nightly rate is a reasonable $58. For many guests, it's a first-time experience with a tipi and one they truly enjoyed.