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Unusual Accommodations: Offbeat Vacation Rentals From Yurts to Lighthouses

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Tired staying in cookie-cutter hotel rooms? One way to expand your vacation experience is to find a vacation rental that has a little bit of personality.

Turns out, nomads aren’t the only ones staying in yurts, and you don’t have to go all the way to Central Asia to experience one.

For example, the Elephant Rock Nature Park in Oklahoma rents out yurts for up to four people at time, and it’s not as rustic as you might think.

These yurts come full beds and kitchens, plus air conditioning and heating, and only cost about $140 a night.

Lighthouses offer a unique rental experience, and can be found all over the world, including several throughout the U.S.

How could staying in a lighthouse get even more unusual?

How about staying in an offshore one?

Goose Rocks lighthouse is actually located off the coast of Maine, where guests are literally surrounded by water.

Up to six people can stay, and the idea is to live like a lighthouse keeper, with all proceeds going to the preservation society.

And last but certainly not least, you may want to grab your family and stay in an old caboose.

That’s right, there’s a guy in Virginia who owns a restored 1926 C&O Caboose and rents it out for about $150 night. It doesn’t get much more unusual than that.

For more unusual hotels, check out more of the World’s Most Unusual Hotels.

For more on great places to stay, visit our Hotels & Accommodations section.

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