Have you taken a look at the Coolest Airbnbs in the United States?
Staying at charming Airbnbs with unique aesthetics in some of the most interesting places around the nation is one of my favorite things. One of my other favorites? Road trips! I love a good road trip. You too? Check out these 10 essential tips for your road trip.
On that note, I’ve been thinking about road trips around California lately — from a 10-day California Coast road trip to a 3-day California Coast getaway — and what better way to make the trip special than by staying at some of the coolest Airbnbs in California?
Driving up Pacific Coast Highway and seeing some of the stops along the way is one of my favorite things to do.
And in order to make planning out your epic California road trip, I separated out these unique, cozy, and dreamy havens into the following: Northern California (San Francisco and above), Central California (roughly Monterey down to Santa Barbara), Southern California (Los Angeles to San Diego), and the High Desert (Big Bear, Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree).
Without further ado, here are the coolest (and most charming) Airbnbs to stay at in California!
To make things easy, this section is dedicated to San Francisco and above.
Whether you want to explore all the culinary delights and culture of the Bay Area, relax in coastal Mendocino, hang out in Gold Country, or wander through the many forests—Northern California has so much to see and do!
Arcata | Humboldt County
Talk about the ultimate spa experience. This cute and cozy studio is within walking distance of exploring all the local shops, restaurants, and microbreweries of Arcata’s Plaza.
Shasta Lake | Shasta County
Escape to the woods in this dreamy A-Frame cabin that overlooks Shasta Lake.
Cottonwood | Shasta County
The perfect private getaway, this charming country cottage has an outdoor patio, fire pit, and BBQ.
Elk | Mendocino County
Nestled among Redwoods, this Water Tower retreat is a fantastic place to disconnect—and reconnect with nature. Located about 5 minutes from the town of Elk, it’s a 14-mile coastal drive to Mendocino’s historic village.
Sebastopol | Sonoma County
Want to hang out in wine and apple country? Take a step back in time and play the piano at this home filled with antique furniture and folk art. And during the spring and summer, you’ll definitely want to hang out in the garden.
Stinson Beach | Marin County
Relax and rejuvenate at this Japanese-inspired retreat, complete with kimonos and a soaking tub…or have this serve as your base before exploring all the delights of San Francisco!
San Rafael | Marin County
Wake up to the sound of waves and hang out on a private beach. 15 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge, this is the ideal vacation getaway!
Mill Valley | Marin County
Love rustic chic? Hang out at this century-old hideaway surrounded by Redwoods. Embrace all the nature—the birds singing and the crisp air—as you dine alfresco on the outdoor porch.
Central Coast California
In my opinion, one of the best places to travel through on a California road trip is the central coast—from Monterey to Santa Barbara. Big Sur is a must-see with gorgeous stretches of coast, and San Luis Obispo has so much charm!
Bonny Doon | Santa Cruz County
Spend the night amongst the Redwoods in one of the most unique Airbnbs! Suspended in the branches, this Pinecone Treehouse offers 360-degree views of the forest’s canopy.
Felton | Santa Cruz County
Hang out in the tranquil amongst the trees in this A-frame cabin, which has private access to a year-round creek.
Castroville | Monterey County
Located on an artichoke farm near the ocean, this farmhouse is so utterly charming! Featuring an outdoor fireplace, a girl, an organic garden, sliding barn doors, and beamed wood ceilings—this place is a gem!
New Cuyama | Santa Barbara County
For the ultimate glamping experience, hang out in one of these huts for a few nights!
Aptos | Santa Cruz County
Nestled between Monterey and Santa Cruz, this Peaceful Treehouse in Aptos is such a chic escape!
Paso Robles | San Luis Obispo County
Located on the historic Adelaida Wine Trail, chill out at this rustic abode, complete with a wood-burning stove!
I was raised in Southern California and I now own a home in San Diego, so this area is very near and dear to my heart.
From all the cool breweries, restaurants and coastal charm of San Diego and Orange County, to the hip vibes of Los Angeles and Hollywood history—there are so many cool places to design a California road trip around.
Los Angeles | Los Angeles County
Want to drink in the views of the Hollywood hills? Hang out in this cozy, cabin-like bedroom and drink your morning brew on the sun-drenched terrace.
Long Beach | Los Angeles County
From the Spanish-style architecture to the splash pool to the succulent wall to the fire pit—what’s not to love at this Long Beach space?
Vista | San Diego County
If you’re looking to go off the grid and get that true nostalgic camping vibe, this eco-tent is the place!
Little Italy, San Diego
Little Italy | San Diego
What a cool industrial vibe! Little Italy is known for its incredible restaurants and is a wonderful base to explore the rest of San Diego. Also, how epic are those windows?
The High Desert
Whether you’re wanting a true desert experience of spending the night in Joshua Tree under the stars, you’re looking to bask in the sun of retro Palm Springs, or you’re heading into Big Bear for a bit of mountain life
Palm Springs | Riverside County
Hello, zesty yellow terrace doors! Enjoy breakfast outdoors at this vibrant, plant-filled oasis. Explore Palm Springs via the bikes on offer or soak up the sun on a pool float with a bespoke cocktail.
Big Bear | San Bernardino County
Whether you want to ski, snowboard, explore the mountain, boat, or bike, this Scandinavian-inspired hideaway is the place.
Joshua Tree | San Bernardino County
At the crossroads of Pioneer Town and Joshua Tree is the modern, eclectic, and seriously groovy Coyote House.
Pioneertown | San Bernardino County
Soak up the desert and the gorgeous vistas, experience the starry night sky, and let the landscape inspire you!
*This place sometimes goes offline as to serve as a residence for the owners—so if the link doesn’t work, check back in a few weeks!
Yucca Valley | San Bernardino County
How beautiful are the desert hues of this place? I’m a big fan of all the natural materials, linen bedding, earthen plasters, and hand-built furniture.