Put your head in the clouds at these 11 treehouse rentals in California

Satisfy your urge to travel and make your childhood dreams come true with a magical treehouse rental for your family. California is full of whimsical treehouses where you can sleep up close to the stars from deep in the forest or right in the heart of a city. Read on for a bird’s-eye view of where to book an airbnb treehouse for your next family vacation.

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This private treehouse room is a charming retreat for a mum & me or dad & me adventure. Here, you’ll be perched six blocks from San Diego Bay, three blocks from Little Italy Village, and six blocks from famous Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Fun features include an outdoor shower, shaded outdoor lounge and barbecue, access to a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and three outdoor decks. The upper deck has a fireplace and offers views of the San Diego skyline and San Diego Bay.

Accommodation capacity : 2 guests
Cost: $ 77 / night
In line: airbnb.com

Escape to nature in Idyllwild in this large 12-sided cabin which has a giant tree in its center! This superb rental is located in a quiet area a few minutes from the heart of the city. There is an expansive porch to the back and front, perfect for reading, alfresco dining, or doing yoga, as well as a pond stocked with fish and a large outdoor hot tub. There is also an entertainment system with all your favorite streaming services and you can stream music from your phone to the speakers in the house. The natural decor throughout the house makes you feel like you are really sleeping in the trees.

Good to know: Cots for babies / toddlers, furniture and protection are available on request.

Accommodation capacity : 8 guests
Cost: $ 351 / night
In line: airbnb.com

This haven of peace is billed as an “urban oasis” because it is located in the vibrant Golden Hill neighborhood of San Diego. The “cozy eclectic Southern California version of a treehouse is raised between two 30-foot mature trees.” Take advantage of the deep soaking tub and relax in the reading nook before strolling to some excellent restaurants nearby. The elevated vantage point from the bedroom offers a 180 ° view that includes downtown, the Coronado Strand, and even parts of Mexico on a clear day. End the day with a good selection of board games or watching the smart TV.

Good to know: The host advises, the bathroom is upstairs under the bedroom, so nighttime cravings can be an inconvenient trip.

Accommodation capacity : 4 guests
Cost: $ 132 / night
In line: airbnb.com

Looking for a magical place to stay near Disneyland (when it reopens, of course)? This treehouse is just 18 km from the theme park, in the historic district of Brea. Tucked away in a residential courtyard, it’s completely private and has almost all of the comforts of home – think Direct TV, Wi-Fi, AC and more. Don’t want to go down the ladder? No problem. There is a slide the kids will love.

Good to know: The full-size private bathroom is located next to the treehouse.

Accommodation capacity : 3
Cost: $ 115
In line: airbnb.com

Nestled in the hills of Los Angeles’ Topanga Canyon, this bohemian treehouse for two is built in an old oak tree overlooking a seasonal waterfall. Escape here for a romantic getaway (without children), or for a glamping adventure between parents and me. It’s the perfect opportunity to unplug (from all those Zooms!) And get back to nature.

Accommodation capacity : 2
Cost: $ 190 / night
In line: airbnb.com

Drive about an hour north of LA and you will discover this secluded cabin in an orchard of orange and avocado trees. It’s set on a working farm, with chickens, goats, ducks, and more, making it a great place for a parent-child getaway (only two people allowed). The newly built treehouse has a comfortable queen-size bed, a lovely kitchenette, and a full-size shower. Watch the sunset from the large patio, with a fire pit to satisfy your dose of s’mores. After dark, you and your little one can stargaze away from the city lights.

Accommodation capacity : 2
$ 214
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While not exactly a treehouse, this authentic lifeguard tower has been converted into a treehouse-style room that is sure to be a hit with kids. Under the tower is a play fort, swings, a relaxation cabin and slides. But that’s not all: there is also a trampoline which can be used under parental supervision. While the kids might not want to leave, you’re only 10 minutes from the ocean and downtown Pismo Beach.

Good to know: When you rent the lifeguard tower, you also get the boathouse, a studio with a queen-size bed, a full kitchen, a full bathroom, and a sofa bed.

Accommodation capacity : 4
Cost: $ 125 / night
In line: airbnb.com


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This treehouse in San Jose has the most magnificent view of the Bay Area from the loft beds. You’ll have sycamores running through your living space which includes a kitchenette with stove and mini-fridge. The treehouse has its own bathroom. Make sure you arrive in time to watch the beautiful sunset over the valley. Check out our San José guide for things to do in the area with your family.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $ 350 / night
In line: airbnb.com

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Can’t you just feel the chill vibe of this Aptos treehouse rental? Close to New Brighton State Beach, this rental offers nearby hiking trails and beach days galore. Mid-Century furnishings fill the rooms where you can snuggle up for a good read after a day out. Heated floors, a Smart TV and a beautiful kitchen will make your visit even more comfortable. Read our guide to Santa Cruz for ideas on what to do in the area.

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $ 899 / night
In line: airbnb.com

Give your family the experience of a lifetime once you ascend the branches of this unique destination. Located in Watsonville, just south of Santa Cruz, the Redwoods surround the Airbnb Treehouse, which is fully equipped with a kitchen, bed, and bath and just 25 minutes from the ocean. Visitors can enjoy a scenic walk along a dirt road before reaching the treehouse. This place is ideal for families with older children.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $ 155 / night
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photo: Sonoma Canopy Tours

This unique overnight treehouse stay and eco tour includes fourteen ziplines spanning over a mile and a half, two spiral staircases, eight sky bridges, and an encore to the forest floor. Plus, your tour will include a guided hike, gourmet dinner and breakfast, and memories that will last a lifetime. Begin with the forest flight zipline tour, then take a short hike to your treehouse where your bags were delivered. Dinner and breakfast will be brought to your treehouse, then you will end the day ziplining from the treehouse complex to the tallest and fastest ziplines on the Tree Tops Tour.

Sonoma Canopy Tours
Sleeps: 4
Minimum age: ten
Cost: $ 550 / guest (first two guests), $ 275 / additional guest (up to 2)
In line: sonomacanopytours.com/sonomatreehouses/

—Beth Shea, Kate Loweth and Shannan Rouss


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