6 Over-the-Top Tree Houses You Can Actually Rent

Live out your childhood fantasies IRL.

If you think tree houses are just for people who want bare-bones, rustic getaways — think again. These days, our cultural tree house obsession has exploded into something of a competitive design sport, producing dreamy, posh properties worthy of architecture mags. (In fact, true story: Most of Airbnb's most in-demand properties ever are actually in trees! 

So if you’re itching for a special kind of travel high — the kind that comes from literally being high in the trees — check out these tree houses fit for a celebrity vacation. And they're all available for booking... so get to it!

1.  Aptos, California

People flock to Santa Cruz County for its splendid views of the Pacific, among other things, and this tree house offers that pristine view and quite a bit more. Flush with modern exquisite design, this spot has lots of room and is a short drive from Santa Cruz proper.

2.  Fern Forest, Hawaii

If the town’s name — Fern Forest — didn’t give it away, the photos certainly will: This tree house is located in a vibrantly luscious Hawaiian forest. Bright whites and crisp and clean design help this house stand out among others. The Big Island is known for its dramatic scenery... and staying in a place this posh and wild would be the coziest icing on a Hawaiian vacation cake.

3.  Walhalla, South Carolina

In Walhalla, South Carolina, there is a luxury tree house retreat waiting for you. Replete with an outdoor rope bed, a royal king bed indoors (just wait until you see the bed frame), chandeliers, organic food, vintage board games, and a record player, this tree house compound (it’s so massive, we might as well call it what it is!) is where travel daydreams go to live out the rest of their days.

4.  Santa Cruz, California

Towering Redwood trees and tree houses just seem to go hand-in-hand. And who wouldn’t want to call a tree house in a Redwood forest their crash pad? This gorgeous rental has windows that look out onto the forest and all of the plush niceties you need for a pampered stay.

5.  Park City, Utah

When in Park City, Utah, why not stay in a tree house with indulgent furnishings and splendid views? You’ll feel right at home in this ultra comfy spot, where the earthy interior blends fluidly with the nature right outside the door.

6.  Tiller, OR

If you crave a trip off the grid and way up high, this Oregon tree house is for you. Whether Southern Oregon is a place you’re driving through or driving to, this spot will make for an unforgettable trip experience. Situated on 160 acres of private land, this gorgeous and way-up-high tree house has everything you’ll need for an accommodated stay and then some. But plan as far in advance as possible: It books up quick.

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