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12 Cool Glamping Experiences You Can Have Around the Country

Where “roughing it” meets retro air-conditioned Airstream.

Perhaps you scanned our beginner’s guide to camping and thought “nah, what else you got?” Nature is nice, but so is hot water, Wi-Fi, and a comfortable bed with thoughtfully curated, vintage-inspired throw pillows. No judgement here. 

Whether or not you cringe at the word “glamp,” many of these stylishly rustic digs provide a jumping off point for some truly awesome mountain, desert, and wooded landscapes, perfect for summer stargazing and OK let’s just say it and get it over with it: Instagramming. Across the US, here are the best places to camp in comfort.

Out ‘n’ About Treehouses
Out ‘n’ About Treehouses

Out ‘n’ About Treehouses

Cave Junction, OR
Rates start at $150/night

Oregon is brimming with wild and wonderful things: an Enchanted Forest, a rugged coastline that goes for days, and really bizarre roadside attractions. This “treesort” is located near the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, yet another wild and wonderful Oregon thing, and is just a day-trip away from Crater Lake. Choose from more than a dozen unique treehouses across 36-acres of pasture and woodlands. They’ve got beds, running water and restrooms, and other essentials like refrigerators, coffee makers, and microwaves. There’s even a cannabis-friendly option suspended 35-feet from the ground; just mention ‘Bud ‘n’ Breakfast’ when booking for all of the details. 

COVID updates: All guests are required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Out ‘n’ About Treehouses is also implementing a stringent sanitation process. Learn more here

Wilde Scout/Gather Greene
Wilde Scout/Gather Greene

Gather Greene

Coxsackie, NY
Rates start at $250/night 

Located in the Great Northern Catskills of New York, just a two hour drive from New York City, this old dairy farm has been transformed into 100 acres of open green fields. The grounds feature a 4,000-square-foot pavilion for private events, plus 17 cabins nearby. At 160-square-feet, the tiny cabins are built of cedar and pine wood -- one wall of glass allows you to peer out at the views from your king-sized bed. Each cabin comes with a deck, full bathroom, toiletries from 2 Note Hudson, and plenty of natural beauty for photo opps.

COVID updates: Find up-to-date information regarding future bookings here.

Fancy Camps
Fancy Camps

Fancy Camps

Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Preserve State Park, FL
Rates start at $120/night

Explore Florida’s Gulf Coast without sacrificing modern amenities. Fancy Camp’s 16-foot bell tents feature bohemian-inspired decor and all the comforts you’d expect to find in a hotel room. In addition to a queen bed and indoor/outdoor lighting, each of their luxury tents is outfitted with cooling units, because Florida. Plus, you’ll have your own fire ring and picnic table.

Book here. COVID updates: Fancy Camps is following the guidelines issued by the state of Florida and is currently open with limited summer availability. 

WeeCasa

Lyons, CO
Rates start at $149/night

Ranging in size from 165 to 400-square-feet, these tiny homes can sleep up to six guests. With 22 homes in all, each one varies, but most have stovetops, murphy beds, kitchen supplies, and are outfitted with art from local artisans. The communal grounds have picnic tables, a firepit, yard games, and a 12-person meeting space that can be rented out every 90 minutes.

Book here. COVID updates: WeeCasa asks that you wear a face covering during your stay. Learn more about the precautions WeCasa is taking here.

AutoCamp
AutoCamp | Johnie Gall

AutoCamp

Multiple locations in CA
Rates start at $209+/night

Whether you crave the sound of crashing waves or the smell of redwoods, AutoCamp lets you experience beautiful California destinations like Russian River, Santa Barbara (their flagship location), and their newest location, Yosemite. They partnered with Airstream and decked out the interiors of the iconic trailers with Mid-Century modern trappings, with luxury touches like Malin+Goetz bath products, bathrobes, a French press, and a fire starter kit. They even have flat screen TVs. Select locations also have a community clubhouse, freshwater pond, and beach cruisers.

COVID updates: In addition to robust cleaning measures and contactless check-ins, AutoCamp is following the state of California’s current recommendations in response to COVID-19. Some amenities and experiences may be limited. Find up-to-date booking information here.

Collective Retreats

Multiple locations
Rates start at $150/night

Collective Retreats sets up camp in five dreamy locations: Vail, Yellowstone, Governors Island, the Texas Hill Country, New York’s Hudson Valley, and NYC’s Governors Island. By partnering with landowners, Collective Retreats offers travelers unique backdrops on working ranches and equestrian farms. These beautifully designed luxury tents don’t skimp on hospitality (hello 1,500 thread count sheets and daily housekeeping service). They also offer curated on-site activities and farm-to-table chef dinners.

COVID updates: Collective Retreats is following all protocols and guidelines set by local health departments. Learn more about the precautions Collective Retreats is taking here.

Caravan Outpost

Ojai, CA, rates start at $141/night 
Tucked away in downtown Ojai, this property features 10 classic Airstreams, one tiny home, and a “general store” just opposite the trailers. Each Airstream sleeps four and has been revamped with a toilet, shower, refrigerator, basic kitchenware, and a fold-out couch. Complimentary cruiser bikes are also on hand so you can explore downtown Ojai or hit the nearby bike trails. These fill up fast for group getaways and private events, so make sure to book far in advance. 

Book here. COVID updates: Bike rentals and various other amenities are currently unavailable. Learn more about the precautions Caravan Outpost is taking here

Under Canvas
Under Canvas | The Nomad People

Under Canvas

Multiple locations
Rates start at $149/night

Camp on an old gold mining settlement near Mount Rushmore, stay in a safari tent minutes away from the Grand Canyon, or go glamping on the outskirts of the Zion National Park in Utah. Under Canvas offers seven destinations near iconic National Parks and monuments -- you’re outdoors, but still get to enjoy creature comforts. Each luxury (and eco-friendly!) campsite can accommodate up to 7 guests, and is furnished with plush mattresses, nice linens, and a wood burning stove. Feeling adventurous? You can book a package at any of their locations to include activities like white water rafting down the Colorado River or a Jeep tour of the Grand Canyon.

COVID updates: Under Canvas is offering a streamlined check-in process and has implemented hand sanitizing stations throughout their camps. Find additional details here

El Cosmico
El Cosmico | Nick Simonite

El Cosmico

Marfa, TX
Rates start at $75/night

Spread across 21 acres in far West Texas, El Cosmico is part artists’ colony and part ranching village. Take your pick from vintage trailers, Sioux-style tepees, a Mongolian yurt, safari tents, or BYOT (bring your own tent) and disconnect with little-to-no Wi-Fi access. Guests can also choose slightly more upgraded accomodations in the limited-edition, 325-square-foot Cosmic Kasita, a micro-home built in collaboration with Kasita. The campground offers several communal spaces like a hammock grove, outdoor dining area with barbecues and picnic tables, and a community lounge. It feels like you’re back in summer camp, only a little cooler. 

COVID updates: El Cosmico is encouraging guests to limit interactions in town and instead suggests excursions that support social distancing, like a road trip to Prada Marfa or a hike at Big Bend. Additionally, El Cosmico is offering add-ons including local restaurant and grocery delivery to limit person-to-person contact. Click here for more info.

Safari West
Safari West | Ray Mabry

Safari West

Sonoma, CA
Rates start at $350/night

Pretend you’re in the Serengeti (without the long-haul flight to Africa) and discover 400-acres of wilderness and over 1,000 animals while staying in a luxury tent imported straight from Botswana. Just 7-miles from Santa Rosa, Safari West is a wildlife preserve accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Here, you can wake up to views of grazing African antelopes, explore the preserve in your own private guided tour, and get up close for a wild encounter at the giraffe barn or Amani Oasis aviary. Don’t leave without dining at Savannah Cafe to experience Sonoma’s take on braai, the South African wood-fired barbecue tradition.

COVID updates: Safari West has just reopened for the season. Find up-to-date information here.

Moose Creek Ranch
Moose Creek Ranch

Moose Creek Ranch

South Victor, ID
Rates start at $124/night

There are wide open spaces and fresh air a’plenty at this Western getaway. Located just over the hill from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Moose Creek Ranch’s spot on the map makes for an ideal base camp while exploring nearby parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Their five secluded wood-sided glamping cabins are decked out with an interior wood stove and firewood, a queen-sized bed, and a shaded porch. Adventure can be found just steps from your campsite, with literally hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails nearby.

Book here. COVID updates: Moose Creek Ranch is following all CDC recommendations and encourages all guests to practice social distancing. Find more information here.

Whiteside Mountain
Whiteside Mountain | HipCamp

Crow's Nest

Whiteside Mountain, CA
Rates start at $105/night

Get picture-perfect views and plenty of outdoor adventure at the Crow’s Nest, located atop Whiteside Mountain driving-distance from San Diego. This dreamy glamping locale is outfitted with the essentials, including water, restrooms, and electricity. Albeit a bit rustic, this spot offers a covered deck where you can pitch your own tent for an overnight stay, or just leave the tent at home and opt to hit the hay in the “doghouse,” the campsite’s quaint sleeping quarters equipped with two cozy cots -- just add some sleeping bags. 

Book here. COVID updates: Learn more about the precautions HipCamp is taking here.

Leila loves being outdoors (with a roof over her head) and can make a mean s’more sandwich. Check her out on Instagram at @LeilasList to see where she’s lighting up her next campfire.
Lauren Topor Reichert is a Phoenix-based writer and photographer. Her outdoor skills include starting fires, pitching tents, and making the best instant coffee. Follow Lauren’s next adventure on Instagram