Whether you’re road tripping or staying stationary, traveling or hanging in an Airstream is an undoubtedly cool and—yes, we’ll admit it—trendy alternative accommodation option that lets you test drive your tiny house fantasy before committing full-time. Originally coming to the market in 1936 in the U.S., Airstreams have long been a part of our country’s unique travel charm, but that doesn’t mean you’ll only find them Stateside these days. Behold—our favorite spots both near and far to swing open that shiny aluminum door and put up your feet.
1. AutoCamp (Yosemite, CA)
What we love most about AutoCamp—which has locations in Yosemite as well as Santa Barbara, Russian River, and an upcoming location in Cape Cod—is that you have all the rustic-nostalgic charm of staying in an Airstream with the luxuries of every modern amenity and creature comfort known to man. Take the Yosemite location for example: A beautiful campus filled with 80 luxury Airstream trailers, 15 unique tents and three cabins, with other combo lodging types available for families and groups, is accompanied by a 4,000-square-foot communal clubhouse with fireplaces and indoor/outdoor lounge spaces with fire pits. The clubhouse also houses a very legit market where you can buy every kind of provision you normally stock at home from Trader Joe’s anyway; if you time it right, you can experience free wine tastings by a local vineyard in the Clubhouse, and there’s even a roof deck and adjacent outdoor swimming pool, too. Not too shabby.
2. Rainbow Tours Uyuni Salt Flats (Bolivia)
Discovering the natural phenomenon of Bolivia's famous salt flats by day, where you can spot crazy rock formations, cacti islands and even a llama or flamingo along the way? Check. Immersing yourself in unparalleled stargazing opportunities by night? Check! The only thing that makes this Airstream bucket-list adventure more star-studded is that you can have all your meals prepared for you and a guest by a private chef, with a personal chauffeur guiding you through your entire experience.
3. Grand Daddy (Cape Town, South Africa)
You’ve probably noticed by now that a lot of Airstreams are found submerged in middle-of-nowhere nature, but that’s not always the case. Located in the epicenter of Cape Town culture and some pretty fine restaurants and bars on trendy Long Street, these one-of-a-kind guest rooms can be had at Grand Daddy, a boutique hotel that also allows overnight guests to stay in their rooftop Airstream trailer park. You’ll be steps from the bar—also on the roof—and regular events including movies under the stars if you do.
4. Caravan Outpost (Ojai, CA)
Downtown Ojai has that Spanish Mission style that’s similar to Santa Barbara without all the crazy exorbitant prices. In this quaint, slightly hidden gem roughly 90-minutes north of Los Angeles, you can book your own Airstream oasis. Travelers can choose from deluxe, family or pet-friendly accommodations and a rep tells us their "mansion made of metal," deluxe caravan can sleep up to four people thanks to a queen bed and a full-sized pullout couch. Even better, Caravan Outpost offers free bikes, fire pits and lots of local attractions to keep guests entertained, including surfing, wineries, hot springs and more.
5. Hotel Luna Mystica (Taos, NM)
A brand-spanking-new Airstream is cool to stay in no doubt, but those looking for a little nostalgia will appreciate Hotel Luna Mystica’s vintage trailer hotel located in the desert paradise of Taos, New Mexico, where access to quality skiing, horseback riding, art museums and hot air balloon rides are just a few of the local activities travelers rave about. Set on 12+ acres of mesa desert, there’s the retro-chic 1960 Southern Pacific Railroad Airstream (named Apollo) and a more rustic, wilderness-themed 1961 Airstream (named Sundance). There also other types of trailer accommodations, like a quaint studio-style 1969 Aristocrat on the cozier side, a two-bedroom 1954 Spartan Imperial Mansion and every type of unique Airstream and trailer in-between.
6. Hotel Zed (Kelowna, Canada)
If you’ve never been to Kelowna, first and foremost, you’re missing out. This Canadian city in British Columbia is small in size but big on natural beauty. Known for being surrounded by vineyards and wineries and plenty of vantage points to take in the sweeping views of the surrounding greenery and the lake the city sits on, Okanagan Lake, it can only be described as a city meeting the countryside...which makes it the perfect location to hang in Hotel Zed’s converted Airstream guest room. This brightly hued (seriously, you may need sunglasses) hotel’s offering has its own sun deck and is pretty sweet if you ask us.
7. Mohicans' Treehouse Village (Glenmont, OH)
The 'Silver Bullet' is a re-purposed 1978 Airstream trailer perched, well, 25 feet off the ground in a treehouse. It's obviously one of the most unique and memorable ways to stay in an Airstream, and that's even before mentioning the sauna and skylight. While this spot isn’t open to the public just yet, the rest of the Mohicans' forested compound offers stunning treehouse accommodations sans Airstream that are just as romantic, giving you and bae reason to come back and stay in them all.