Nothing fuels childhood imagination quite like a treehouse. While not everyone was so lucky as to have one of their own, the allure of hanging out in a private hideaway amongst the leaves doesn’t lose any of its strength with the passing of time. All across America, resorts, campsites, and even a few creative individuals are erecting magnificent treetop homes and hangouts. Check out these incredible treehouses across the country – they might inspire you to break out those pine planks and finally fulfill a childhood dream of your own.
1. Georgia: Atlanta Airbnb Treehouse
These romantic treehouses are the perfect place to spend a weekend with your nature-loving sweetheart, or even a magical solo-holiday. This treehouse was named Airbnb's #1 most wished-for listing worldwide, so you know it's something special. The treehouse sleeps two comfortably and goes for $350 per night. Just minutes from downtown Atlanta, visitors will feel worlds away from the everyday. What could be more enchanting that falling asleep amongst the trees while fairy-lights twinkle all around? (Follow the link under the photograph to book your stay.)
2. Louisiana: Houmas House Gardens,,
Located in Darrow, this elegant tree residence is modeled after a traditional Japanese house and nestled in a gorgeous garden full of exotic plants and flowers. The treehouse area includes a lovely footbridge and serene lily pond.
3. Virginia: Primland Resort Treehouses
That view speaks for itself. Located in Meadows of Dan, this incredible resort boasts three separate treehouses that are far cry from the rickety pine-board structures of your childhood. These luxury residences offer king-size beds, hot soaking tubs, and absolutely breathtaking views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain landscape.
4. Oregon: Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort & Construction
This place is basically a treehouse village. Located just south of Cave Junction, near the California border, Out’n’About Treesort is a massive complex of treehouses that resembles something out of a fantasy film. The structures are connected by spiral staircases and rope bridges, and many homes feature spacious porches and balconies. You can book a night in one of these spectacular structures starting at only $140 for two people! Book far in advance though, as spots fill up fast during the summer.
5. Virginia: The Children’s Garden Treehouse
Perched on the edge of a lake, this fairytale-style children's treehouse is part of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. It is designed to be accessible to kids with limited mobility, so everyone can join in the fun. Childhood magic shouldn't be off-limits to anyone.
6. Pennsylvania: Canopy Cathedral
Inspired by the design of a Norwegian Church, this stunning treehouse is a true architectural beauty. Located in the lovely Longwood Gardens of Chester County, visitors can tour the treehouse and admire the beautiful view of Large Lake from the balcony.
7. Florida: The Honky Ranch Treehouse
Originally built for the grandchildren of James Talmage “Tokey” Walker, this abandoned Victorian treehouse was hauntingly beautiful. Though the three-story structure resembles an old-fashioned dollhouse, it was actually constructed in the 1970s. It included multiple bedrooms, a sweeping grand staircase, bathrooms, and even a fully functional kitchen. The treehouse was demolished in 2015, but remains an utterly fascinating example of how far grandfathers will go to spoil their grandchildren.
8. Pennsylvania: David Wenzel Treehouse
Located in Scranton, this treehouse overlooks the Nay Aug Gorge. The structure is perched almost 150 feet above the ancient valley, and is fully accessible by those with limited mobility due to a long, ADA compliant ramp that leads visitors up into the treehouse. Supported by live trees as well as "steel trees" well-disguised as living ones, this treehouse is beyond safe and sturdy. It is definitely one of the jewels of Nay Aug Park.
9. Florida: The Swiss Family Treehouse
Leave it to Disney to design a killer treehouse. Inspired by the Swiss Family Robinson film, this place is filled with the family's possessions and is fully explorable. The trek up to the house itself is a bit long – six stories, to be exact – but the view from the top is absolutely worth it.
10. Pennsylvania: Nick Adams’ Treehouse
Don't you wish your parents would have set you up with a treehouse as incredible as this one? Gladwyne resident Nick Adams constructed this gigantic treehouse for his four kids, and I'm sure they'll never be able to thank him enough. The treehouse includes a water balloon catapult, a trap door, a drawbridge, and a pulley system. With a hangout as cool as that, I'd be surprised if the kids ever go back to their actual house.
11. Washington: TreeHouse Point
Located just 30 minutes from Seattle, these treehouses are nestled among the boughs of trees overlooking the Raging River. You don't have to book an overnight stay at this hotel to explore its incredible treehouses. This place knows its treehouses are great, so the resort actually offers tours to non-guests. Of course, I'm sure they're hoping you'll fall in love, and want to stay in one of these charming treetop cottages. I think the odds are in their favor.
12. Washington: Cedar Creek Treehouse
If you're afraid of heights, this is definitely not the treehouse for you. Built onto the branches of a 200-year-old Western Red Cedar tree, this structure is accessible via an 82-foot spiral staircase that has been voted one of the top 20 spiral staircases in the world. The Treehouse Observatory is reached by walking along a beautiful rainbow footbridge. As this treehouse is situated right next door to Mount Rainier, there is no shortage of outdoor fun to be had on the grounds. Hike to High Rock Lookout, bike to Packwood on Skate Creek Road, or just spend a lazy afternoon fishing by the nearby creek.
13. Connecticut: Winvian Farm Treehouse
This treehouse is just one of eighteen spectacular cottages offered by Winvian Farm. Located on a 113-acre stretch of land in the Litchfield Hills, this treehouse stands 35 feet above the ground and features a king-size bed, two fireplaces, a steam shower and a Jacuzzi. Not to mention a full bar.
14. Ohio: The Mohicans Treehouses
Head eight miles south of Loudonville and you'll encounter a cozy collection of incredible treehouses. With names like Old Pine, Little Red and White Oak, these treetop cottages exude fairytale charm without sacrificing modern comforts. Guests at this resort can expect queen-size beds, full bathrooms, TVs, microwaves and all the other staples of home. Though these treehouses are state of the art, this place is all about sustainability and celebrating the natural world. Old Pine is built from all reclaimed materials, including reused 100-year-old barn wood.
15. Honorable Mention: Esplanade Treehouse, New Orleans, LA
This zany treehouse looks like it jumped straight from the imagination of a 12-year-old. Built entirely of found materials, the treehouse was the site of some incredible parties before it was finally deconstructed in 2011.
Do you have any fond treehouse memories? Would you stay in any of these treehouses? Let us know!