From the 'Up' House to Prince's 'Purple Rain' Pad, You Can Now Stay in the Most *Iconic* Locations with Airbnb—for Less Than $100

Not your average family vacay

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Whether you're in the market for kid-friendly homes near Disney World or cozy locales in upstate New York, you know you can always count on Airbnb to provide the perfect stay. But now, the home rental site wants to take your vacation to seriously iconic new heights—literally, in some cases. At Airbnb's 2024 summer release conference held on May 1, the company officially announced the launch of Airbnb Icons, a collection of "extraordinary experiences from the world’s greatest icons." Remember when Airbnb recreated Barbie's Malibu DreamHouse for guests to book last summer? Yeah, that was only the beginning.

This year's lineup of iconic Airbnb destinations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences spans the worlds of movies, music, art and sports, so there's a stay fit to make anyone and everyone's getaway dreams come true. "As life becomes increasingly digital, we’re focused on bringing more magic into the real world," said Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky at the launch, starting with one of the most magical new offerings of 'em all: Carl Fredricksen's house from Up.

Families obsessed with the beloved Disney-Pixar film can snag a stay in an IRL version of the home, brought to life by Airbnb in Abiquiu, New Mexico. From the trinkets lining the mantelpiece to Ellie's personal Adventure Book, the cozy cottage and its contents have been meticulously recreated for guests to immerse themselves in. And, thanks to the more than 8,000 balloons tied to the roof (and, ahem, the massive crane on standby), the house actually floats up, up and away—just like in the movie. New heights, indeed.


Other family-friendly offerings sure to blow kids' and parents' minds include a totally '90s escape to the sprawling X-Mansion in Westchester, New York—inspired by the nostalgic X-Men '97 series—which has been completely redecorated to look like a comic book come to life, as well as a special Inside Out 2-themed stay at Team Riley Headquarters.

Looking for a decidedly more grown-up experience? Prince fans will lose it at *the* Purple Rain pad in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they can explore the home once owned by the legend while listening to his unreleased music. Far, far away from Minneapolis, car enthusiasts will want to vroom straight into the custom-built bedroom surrounded by horsepower at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy. And if you were planning to catch the 2024 Paris Olympics from your living room? You'll probably want to trade in your couch for the Clock Room in the Musée d’Orsay, where guests won't just sleep next to the 2024 Olympic torch, but will also get treated to a front row seat to the Olympics Opening Ceremony from their own private balcony atop the iconic art museum.


If you think it can't get any cooler than all that, think again. In addition to giving you access to famous locations, the Icons category also gives guests the chance to rub elbows with a number of famous faces. From a VIP night out with Kevin Hart to an intimate living room session with Doja Cat, these new listings will have you joining the A-list—if only for a night.

The best part? You don't need to have exceptional funds in order to book these exceptional experiences. Lucky Airbnb users who nab an Icons booking won't have to pay more than a hundred bucks per person, and quite a few of the stays cost a grand total of $0 (no, really).

Here's how Airbnb Icons booking works: When your desired destination or experience opens up for booking, you simply request your dates, fill out a prompt about why you'd love to go, then wait to see if you receive Airbnb's special golden ticket that secures your stay. Sure, you'll have to beat out a ton of other hopeful guests, but with 4,000 golden tickets up for grabs in 2024 alone, your odds really aren't so bad. So, I suggest you pack your bags, cross your fingers and manifest the totally iconic Airbnb escape of your dreams.

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