I do a lot of writing about traveling to new places, setting off on foot, and discovering the hidden shops and eateries along the way. While these places may not be the typical stops for tourists, they’re generally populated with locals–the only sign I need to see. For me, getting to know a place is tied to its roots. I’m not interested in seeing the city’s best dressed establishments. The same goes for sleeping accommodations. It can start to feel inauthentic when you’re staying in a popular or chain hotel.

What’s the best way to stay for travelers like me? CouchSurfing and Airbnb are two good options. Not only are these platforms established and driven by individuals; they’re often far less expensive, or even free. And what better way to get to know a place than to have a quick chat with your host before the day starts? Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or to venture out to the next ‘up and coming’ district, your host can be an awesome resource.

But if you’re like me, you might prefer to have a more private setting when staying with a host. Having your own space or dwelling can go a big way when escaping from your home and job. A great option is to book a tiny home on Airbnb. Need a few ideas? Check out a round-up of the best small houses in the cities below. Travel, sleep, and eat like a local. You’ll experience will be all the more exciting.

Austin, Texas

Visiting Austin for SXSW? Why not check this city off your Tiny House bucket list by staying in this charming cottage. Amenities include a TV, queen sized bed, and laundry facilities located just outside the house. Best part about this tiny house is its price: $75 / night.

Tiny-House just off Town Lake

Salt Lake City

Dare to Airstream is your ticket to visiting Utah’s best city. Touted as the best ‘Glamper’ in town, you can fit 3 easily. The camper is close to Salt Lake’s downtown area and the area’s outdoor attractions like skiing and hiking.

Dare to Airstream

Berkeley, California

Berkeley may be the place where dreams come true and this tiny house only helps in that endeavor. This 9×10 foot cottage features a cozy loft sleeping area and a shower station beneath the garden’s canopy. If you’re lucky enough to spend the weekend in Berkeley, this place is definitely worth checking out.

Little house in a Berkeley garden

Nashville, Tennessee 

Nashville’s ‘first’ fully-equipped tiny home receives high ratings from guests who have stayed here. Wall to the nearby Farmer’s Market; downtown is a short Uber drive away. Unlike many smaller homes, this house hosts a full, upgraded kitchen.

Music City’s Tiny House


New Orleans, Louisiana

400 feet in this home gives you a full kitchen, living space, and private bath. Host Lillian suggests that guests check out “Art For Arts Sake” located on Magazine Avenue every first Saturday of the month.


Charming Shotgun Cottage


Santarella, Massachusetts

The Silo Studio in Western Massachusetts offers outdoor enthusiasts a chance to stay in a former sculptor’s studio. Located in  Santarella and close to the Appalachian trail, this high-end accommodation has earned sweeping reviews from its guests.

Silo Studio Cottage

“The place is reminiscent of something wrought by JRR Tolkien,” writes Benjamin, a recent reviewer and guest of the studio.

Looking for more tiny homes? Airbnb has compiled its own list: ‘The Littlest Things” that offers even more tiny homes to book when traveling.