Written by: Olivia Forgette

Whether you plan to solo travel this summer, or take a big family vacation, having an exceptional place to call your temporary home can make or break your trip. We have compiled our top picks for unique vacation rentals for summer travel in the United States. These selections will add just enough of that extra-special sauce you are craving for your summertime adventures.

Modern Palace | Breckenridge, Colorado

Our first pick for a unique vacation rental for summer travel is this modern palace. The beautiful estate is nestled on five private acres in Breckenridge, Colorado. This rental offers five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. Exuding luxury, the home sprawls for effortless space for you and your group. Boasting 12,000 square feet, this spot features an indoor swimming pool with a cascading infinity hot tub; mountain views, a private movie theater, and much more.

Perfect for those seeking thrill, this location also offers a private ski shuttle to ensure you can hit the slopes with ease. Snag this spot up for your next trip to take advantage of the natural beauty of Colorado.


Maritime Getaway | Gig Harbor, Washington

Ahoy! Next up on our summer vacation adventure is a unique maritime getaway rental. Located in picturesque Gig Harbor, Washington, this Pacific Northwest yacht rental offers endless ocean views and beautiful beach access.

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The 53-foot boat allows you to sip your coffee, or your evening beverage of choice, with the sounds and views of the harbor. Sleep with the sounds of the sea for a truly unmatched experience. The boat sleeps five guests comfortably and offers a unique getaway for your summer trip.


Native Tradition Stay | Monument Valley, Utah

Take a step back in time when you travel to Monument Valley, Utah as you enjoy your stay in this Traditional Navajo dwelling, called a Hogan. This ultra-unique vacation rental allows you to fully disconnect from the fast-paced, online driven world we live in. Instead, enjoy the peace of feeling connected to nature and history.

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This Hogan dwelling is rooted in tradition and culture. Constructed from local trees and mud in true Native American fashion, you can expect to feel a deep connection to the history of our country during your stay. The 22-foot diameter home features a traditional hole in the ceiling so you can gaze up at stars and see the sun beaming as you relax in unplugged tranquility.


Fit for Royalty | East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Do you ever feel like you missed your calling to live like royalty? Why not make that fantasy come true when you book your unique vacation rental at this gorgeous castle property.

Sitting in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, the home boasts authentic castle detailing and offers ultimate relaxation and adventure. Take a dip in an outdoor hot tub and enjoy the sounds of Pennsylvania nature. Then feel refreshed as you chill out in the cedar sauna. The home boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a fun game room. Feeling like a king and queen has never been easier because this host even offers fun props to make your royal dreams come true.

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For your summer travels there are plenty of things to do at this location. Enjoy scenic hiking trails near the castle, as well as Smithfield Beach close by.


Instagram Worthy | Joshua Tree, California

The aesthetic and vibe of this Joshua Tree, California home is unmatched. Boasting iconic zebra shadows and gorgeous desert culture décor, this property is sure to give you Instagram account a boost. The shadow design delivers the perfect backdrop to your desert visit as you enjoy the beauty of Joshua Tree. This home features two bedrooms and two bathrooms along with airy open concept living space. A built-in outdoor grill and firepit are sure to make your stay more comfortable as you enjoy a meal on the porch picnic table.

If you’re unfamiliar, Joshua Tree National Park is a protected area in Southern California. Joshua trees make for breathtaking sights within the park that is distinctive to this region.


Modern Off-The-Grid | Coconino County, Arizona

Enjoy going off-the-grid in this modern studio cabin located in Coconino County, Arizona. Coconino County features notably Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon National Park, so you won’t be lacking in things to do during your stay at this unique vacation rental property.

The cabin is the perfect basecamp for all your Arizona adventures! Nestled near Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and hiking, this spot is perfect for starting your next outdoor excursion.

This cabin is Native American owned and features large acreage and working sheep ranch. This stay is perfect for those seeking to connect with nature and enjoy an unplugged, minimalistic vacation. It’s worth noting that the location does not have running water, however they will provide you with bathing accommodations.


We hope you’ve found our top picks for unique vacation rentals for summer travel inspiring and exciting! Whether you decide to book one of our picks or take a look at other unique experiences offered; a fun stay can make your trip all-the-more memorable.

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