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If you’ve been yearning to escape civilization and head outdoors but either lack the gear or desire to endure the discomforts associated with camping, consider a glamping trip instead. Glamping takes the best parts of camping and eliminates the worst — allowing you to experience nature without having to “rough it.” Glamping accommodations are cropping up all over the place, and range from semi-permanent tents on platforms to modern cabins, yurts, geodesic domes, renovated Airstream trailers, teepees, and even covered wagons. Many include private bathrooms, hot tubs, luxury linens, chef-prepared meals, and other upscale amenities you’d find in a resort! These glamping accommodations across the U.S. definitely check all the boxes.
Under Canvas at U.S. National Parks
Under Canvas runs glamping operations in several national parks and wilderness areas, including Acadia, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Moab, Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Great Smoky Mountains, and Mount Rushmore. Stay in safari-style canvas tents on wooden platforms with king-sized beds and luxury linens, daily housekeeping, wood-burning stoves, on-site dining, and optional en suite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. Complimentary camp activities, evening s’mores around a fire pit, and on-site concierges who arrange excursions ensure an unparalleled outdoor experience. All Under Canvas glamping sites are open from spring through fall, with colder destinations having a shorter season.
Collective Retreats at Multiple Locations
Like Under Canvas, Collective Retreats offers extravagant glamping sites at numerous locations. Sleep in one of the company’s upscale tents with views of Manhattan from Governors Island, or find refuge in nature in the Texas Hill Country, Vail, Big Sky Resort in Montana, or Hudson Valley. Most tents contain king or queen beds with high-thread-count sheets, overhead lighting, en suite bathrooms, electricity, complimentary breakfasts and s’mores, and temperature control (AC or wood-burning stoves). Some tents even include WiFi and access to onsite gourmet restaurants. Concierges are on hand to arrange local activities, including horseback riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, ziplining, Jeep and ATV tours, yoga, paddleboarding, and even wine tastings and cooking classes. Some locations are open year-round, and others are only open during summer.
Asheville Glamping in Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Glamping offers three glamping sites about 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, North Carolina with assorted options: geodesic domes, deluxe tents, Airstream trailers, a guesthouse, and a treehouse accessible by two suspension bridges. The sizes of each accommodation vary; some domes and the treehouse accommodate two guests, while the largest dome sleeps eight and contains an indoor slide! All accommodations include air conditioning and comfortable beds, and some include heating, refrigerators, Keurig coffee machines, private bathrooms, and hot tubs.
If you choose to book with Asheville Glamping, make sure you read each site description carefully since some lack running water or are adult-only. If you want to bring your dog, a few sites are even pet-friendly. Be prepared to unplug as there is no WiFi or on-site dining (but great restaurants and grocery stores are only a short drive away).
Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine
Located in a tranquil forest bordered by a salt marsh, Sandy Pines Campground welcomes visitors from mid-May through mid-October. Sandy Pines is both a traditional tent/RV campground and a glamping site. You can stay in one of their glamping tents, a cottage, a hideaway hut, vintage Airstream trailer, VW bus, covered Conestoga wagon, or glass house. Some of the tents and cottages can accommodate two adults and two children, but most of the glamping options allow a maximum of only two guests. Each accommodation includes AC and heat, king or queen beds, outdoor grilling and seating areas, and fire pits.
You’ll find plenty to do at the campground, with amenities such as a heated, saltwater pool, playground, lawn games, snack bar, general store, and a beautiful beach about a 10-minute walk away. Rent bikes, standup paddleboards, and kayaks on-site and explore the great outdoors.
El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas
If you’re looking for a different glamping atmosphere, check out El Cosmico, located in the high plains desert about 60 miles north of the Mexican border in the Big Bend region between El Paso and San Antonio, Texas. If stargazing is on your agenda, the desert night sky is sure to delight with views of the galaxies, while the McDonald Observatory is less than 40 miles away. Like many other “glampgrounds,” El Cosmico offers many options for accommodations, ranging from renovated vintage trailers to teepees, safari tents, yurts, and traditional tent campsites.
El Cosmico is the place to go if you want limited WiFi, an ethereal outdoor experience, and permission to do nothing. If you feel like socializing, there is a hammock grove and a communal outdoor kitchen with a fridge, several grills, and picnic tables. Occasionally, El Cosmico hosts events such as concerts, movies, cultural events, plus a variety of classes and workshops. Dogs are welcome for a small fee, and you can also rent wood-fired, Dutch hot tubs.
Conestoga Ranch in Garden City, Utah
With views overlooking the “Caribbean of the Rockies,” aka Bear Lake, Conestoga Ranch in Garden City, Utah offers a glorious array of tents and custom-built covered Conestoga wagons. The wagons, which sleep between four and six, can be moved to create “wagon circles” around fire pits for groups. Each tent comes with beds, heaters, hand-picked furniture, private campfire patios, outdoor Adirondack chairs, and some come with en suite bathrooms. A spa-quality communal bathhouse with rainfall showerheads, towels, and hair care products is open 24 hours per day and free for all guests.
Onsite, you’ll also find a chic-casual restaurant and bar, general store, DIY BBQ tents, resort-wide WiFi (even outdoors), complimentary cruiser bikes, a playground, laundry room, game tent, and even a campfire valet service that will deliver wood and start your campfire! Head to the expansive, turquoise lake for activities such as boating, water skiing, fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. You can also find fantastic hiking, horseback riding, and fascinating caves to explore nearby.
Safari West in Santa Rosa, California
There’s no need to go all the way to Africa to experience a Serengeti-like safari — check out Safari West, which is nestled in Sonoma County’s wine country and home to nearly 1,000 exotic animals. More than 90 species live here, including giraffes, cheetahs, lemurs, rhinos, zebras, antelopes, wildebeests, impalas, gazelles, and more. Explore the 400-acre Sonoma Serengeti on a three-hour safari excursion after waking up in one of the luxurious tents. Imported from Botswana and customized on-site, each of the 30 tents boasts a private viewing deck, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, overhead lighting, electric blankets, and en suite bathrooms. A continental breakfast is included, and you can enjoy lunch or dinner at the on-site Savannah Café.
The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana
This 37,000-acre ranch is situated on 10 miles of the legendary Blackfoot River (featured in the Brad Pitt movie, A River Runs Through It) about 35 miles from Missoula, Montana near the small town of Greenough. The Resort at Paws Up features 28 luxury homes, but the appeal for glampers is the 36 tents distributed across six stunningly scenic areas. Five of the six named glamping camps overlook either the Blackfoot River or Elk Creek. No luxury is spared in these elegant tents, which come equipped with feather beds, private decks, AC and heating, Western-chic furnishings, electricity, WiFi, and en suite bathrooms. Some are even two or three-bedroom accommodations and have claw-foot or jetted tubs!
Each of the six camps offers a communal dining pavilion and lounge area with stone fireplaces, a camp chef who prepares breakfast and lunch, and a butler who starts fires and helps plan activities. Guests can also eat in one of the resort’s two restaurants and partake in regularly scheduled events such as rodeo dinners, chuckwagon dinners, and communal long table dinners. You’ll find no shortage of things to do here either, with 100 miles of trails for hiking and biking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, paintball, rafting, archery, cattle drives, electric biking, clay shooting, and wildlife watching. There’s even a colony of pristine white tents called Spa Town where you can indulge in massages and body treatments.