Hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, and even tents -- these are all places you would probably consider acceptable accommodations for your next vacation.
Well, what about a tree? Would you mind sleeping amidst birds and their fellow canopy dwellers as part of your next getaway?
OK, we're not talking about literally sleeping in a tree. We wouldn't expect you to turn a branch into your bed. (Although, if you did do that we'd give you major props.) We're talking about treehouse tourism; a rapidly growing niche within in the travel industry that we absolutely adore, not only for its eco-friendly features, but also for its ability to channel that adventure-seeking, tree-climbing child that lives inside us all.
Across the U.S. and around the world more and more treehouses are becoming available for overnight stays the same way you might book a room in a traditional hotel. In fact the craze is becoming so popular that Pete Nelson -- a professional treehouse builder and the owner of Treehouse Point, a treehouse resort in Fall City, Washington -- is the star of his own Animal Planet show, Treehouse Masters.
Hidden among Oregon’s lush, wooded forests, this cabin-like treehouse comes equipped with two full-sized beds, a miniature fridge, a half bath and shower facilities in a nearby main guest house. And for when you’re not relaxing amidst the rustic scenery of your elevated abode, the Cave Junction area offers plenty of outdoor activities like horseback riding, zip-lining, rafting and hiking. 250 USD/night Photo Credit: Airbnb Click here to see Even More Awesome Tree Houses You Can Rent Around the World
Sequoia forest, two trees grow right through the center of this enchanting forest home. Perfect for the traveler who appreciates the outdoors but would rather not go without modern amenities, this well-designed residence its own kitchen with a small stove and basic cooking tools, a refrigerator and a full bathroom. A little bit of added luxury comes in the form of a ground-level hot tub always heated to an enjoyable 103 degrees. 125 USD/night Photo Credit: glampinghub
Described as “clean, comfortable and close to nature,” this forest dwelling is part of the 35-acre Bio Thermales rainforest reserve which features natural hot and cool springs that all guests are welcome to enjoy 24/7. “The tree house is amazing, comfortable, cozy, tidy and very clean. It's been one of the best places we've ever stayed,” exclaimed one Airbnb reviewer. 85 USD/night Photo Credit: Airbnb Click here to see Even More Awesome Tree Houses You Can Rent Around the World
This treehouse in India features a distinct design, stylish interiors and awe inspiring valley views over the edge of its cliff-side setting. Built around a wild fig tree and elevated 45 feet above the ground, the Heritage Machan offers all the amenities of a modern hotel in the form of an alternative lodging experience. This sophisticated treehouse features modern bathrooms, housekeeping services and in-room dining. Plus adventures like guided nature tours and star gazing sessions are available too, just ask at the 24-hour front desk. Starting at 416 USD/night Photo Credit: themachan
Surrounded by the natural woods of Vermont’s Green Mountains, this New England treehouse pairs luxury and nature for a getaway that’s perfectly balanced between indulgence and adventure. Two stories are held aloft by a pair of giant pine trees and a spiral staircase leads to the second-story bedroom, which includes a balcony where you can take in the captivating beauty of the surrounding landscape. 463 USD/night Photo Credit: Glampinghub Click here to see Even More Awesome Tree Houses You Can Rent Around the World
The best part about the growth of this travel trend is that the availability of so many different types of treehouses provides getaway opportunities for all types of personalities.
From rugged cabins tucked away deep within the rainforest to elegant abodes equipped with endless amenities, a wide variety of styles and locations to choose from make it easy to create the treehouse getaway of your dreams. (We know, your 7-year-old self is jumping up and down right now.)
-Katie Rosenbrock, The Active Times
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