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I don’t know about you, but I always wanted a tree house when I was a kid. There’s something about hanging out in a tree that universally screams, “FUN!” and that feeling never goes away. Thankfully, some architects never outgrew that instinct, and designed tree houses that make for perfect adult playgrounds.
For those of us worried about our environmental impact, many tree houses available for rent are designed with sustainability in mind. All over the world, architects and builders worked with different ecosystems and natural landscapes to build homes that blend in with the environment.
I spent some time searching for the best tree houses to spend a few nights in. Even better, most of these tree houses are located in or around scenic landscapes, national forests and famous beaches. From Hawaiian volcanoes to Spanish mountains, these twelve rentals are guaranteed to ensure that your trip is unforgettable.
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1. Tree House Village – Olympos, Turkey
Nestled along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, Kadir’s has over 100 tree house-style bungalows to choose from. They cater mostly to backpackers, and offer plenty of activities for socializing with your fellow travelers. For the outdoor adventurers, the Olympos valley offers plenty of fishing, kayaking, hiking and rock climbing opportunities. But if you’re more interested in soaking up some sun and meeting people from all over the world, Kadir’s has two bars and plenty of beach volleyball. Breakfast and dinner included. From $28 USD per night.
This tree house sits above the banks of the Washougal River outside Vancouver, Washington, and only minutes away from a popular swimming hole. Just a 20 minute drive from downtown Portland, Oregon, and a 30-minute drive from the scenic Columbia River Gorge, this house is a perfect access point to see the some of the best sights in the Pacific Northwest. Pet and kid friendly. From $85 per night.
3. Rain Forest Getaway – near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
“Eco luxury” perfectly sums up this tree house. Tucked away in a rain forest near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the house is very private and makes for a great couples getaway. The tree house is built over two levels and boasts an impressive array of comforts. You can enjoy the hot tub under the open sky or venture across the neighboring lava fields. From $312 per night.
4. Bed and Breakfast in the Trees – Cave Junction, Oregon
This bed and breakfast in southwest Oregon offers guests a choice of three tree houses – The Calypso, The Shittake, and The Cottage – on the outskirts of the Klammath National Forest. Southwest Oregon is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, and the tree houses are near prime hunting and fishing sites. Guests can also go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. There are also several nearby wineries with available tours. From $260 per night.
History buffs rejoice! This tree house is located near the north coast of France in the countryside area of Brittany. The area is full of world-famous sites, such as the Mont Saint Michel monastery, and medieval ruins. The flat land is perfect for biking to the nearby historic town of Dinan and the walled port city of St. Malo. From $146 USD per night.
6. Heart of Kentucky – Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky
This tree house, situated on the shores of Lake Cumberland in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest, is perfect for all your outdoor needs. The area is open to hunting and fishing, so don’t forget to pack your poles and your licenses. You can also whitewater raft, ATV across 50 miles of developed trails, hike in nearby state parks, and attend the Bluegrass Festival in September. Family friendly and perfect for a weekend away with friends. From $154 per night.
7. Family Fun in the Mountains – near Madrid, Spain
Designed with families in mind, these tree houses in Sierra de Guadarrama Park are perfect for families who want an active weekend getaway. Good luck choosing between the tennis courts, indoor playground, swimming pools, and other sports facilities. The Sierra de Guadarrama is also home to a biological reserve, over a thousand unique species of animals, and spectacular hiking. From $79 USD per night.
Looking for some relief from the Texas heat, and maybe a little adventure? Located outside Austin, this round cabin offers 360-degree views and great swimming access. The site specializes in ziplining, and guests with an adventurous side will find themselves right at home here. From $432 per night.
9. Wildlife Viewing – Bandhavgarh National Park, Central India
These tree houses, built at the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park, combine the best parts of luxury and sustainable living. Each cabin has a balcony with views into the wildlife park (tiger and white tiger sightings are not uncommon) and is well-furnished. Choose from a walking, biking or motored safari through the park, or fantastic birdwatching opportunities (over 250 unique species). The lodge also offers massages, excursions to historical sites, and local weaving workshops. From $28 USD per night.
If you’re looking to stay off the beaten path, this eco village is a top choice. The camp advertises itself as “relaxation central,” and guests are encouraged to explore the pristine beaches, birdwatch, and participate in guided hikes and tours. Wirawila is located next to several historic and religious sites, which are open and welcoming to visitors. From $90 USD per night.
11. Highest Tree House in Europe – near Bilbao, Spain
Advertising itself as having the “highest tree houses in Europe,” these cabins in the north of Spain offer a quiet getaway within driving distance of Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz. The tree houses are fully-integrated into the landscape and are near the Hontzaextrem adventure park. From $190 USD per night.
12. Refurbished Boeing 727 – near Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
One part tree house, one part vintage airplane, this tree house is by far the wildest one on the list. Featuring luxury furnishings as well as stunning views, this “jumbo hotel suite” is set between Manuel Antonio National Park and the Pacific Ocean. Guests can enjoy the spa, learn to surf, try their hand at sport fishing, and much more. Fans of Romancing The Stone will love it. From $250 USD per night.