People want to detach from their phones and reconnect with nature in this technology-driven world, but that does not necessarily imply they want to rough it. Glamping, or glamorous camping, has changed the whole game, with more people traveling than ever searching for ways to enjoy the outdoors without foregoing the conveniences of home. Glamping is ideal for adventurers who enjoy the great outdoors but don’t want to forego modern conveniences, such as being able to gaze at the Milky Way and then retreat to your plush king-size bed. If you want to go on an outdoor vacation but don’t want to sleep in that old tent in the garage from your younger days, glamping could be the solution. It is also ideal for alternative accommodation choices for your next holiday trip. It’s the ideal compromise, combining the closeness to nature of a traditional camping trip with the comfort and convenience of a hotel stay.
From the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the redwoods of California, the best glamping in the United States awaits. If tents aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other unique and memorable lodging options to choose from, including glass domes, covered wagons, Airstreams, and many more. So, whether you want to watch the sunset over Manhattan while sipping cocktails at a Governor’s Island glamping site or treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment with views of Blackfoot Valley in Western Montana, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to enjoy a luxury camping experience across the US.
1. Dome in the Desert in Joshua Tree – Joshua Tree, California
While staying at this modern-bohemian dome in Joshua Tree, California, take in the views of the desert sky. Natural wood and stone elements are used throughout, as well as a wood-burning stove, space heaters, and air conditioning for those hot desert days. This Airbnb, which has been featured in publications such as Conde Nast, is fully equipped. You can spend your time browsing the antique books and games after taking in the expansive mountain views and the twinkling night sky.
2. Farm Stay – Carbondale Colorado
This glamping site in Colorado is located on a 100-acre horse ranch just outside of Carbondale. This luxury glamping site attracts animal lovers with access to a farm with horses, cows, pigs, alpacas, and chickens. Start your day with a cup of coffee from the French press and a breakfast of fresh farm eggs and bacon, then relax on the deck while admiring the stars and using the barbecue grill. The hosts also offer farm tours to learn about sustainable farming and “Alpaca Picnics,” as well as a large communal fire pit, bocci ball, and croquet.
3. Ithica – Firelight Camps
Ithaca by Firelight Camps is a stylish and sophisticated camping experience located on the grounds of La Tourelle Resort and Spa in Ithaca, New York. Hardwood floors, designer décor, safari-inspired furnishings, king or queen-size beds with plush linens, and private balconies with stunning views are all available in platform tents. Changing rooms with hot showers, flushing toilets, full-length mirrors, and deluxe amenities like eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, and freshly laundered towels are available in a newly renovated bathhouse. Every morning, a delicious complimentary breakfast is served in the property’s tented lobby, a camp store sells homemade s’mores kits, and guests can dine at one of the property’s two excellent restaurants in the evenings. Exploring the famed Finger Lakes vineyards and waterfalls, hiking the many trails in Buttermilk Falls State Park, or being pampered with a luxury spa treatment at the August Moon Spa are all nearby attractions and activities.
4. Mendocino Grove
Mendocino Grove is a 37-acre dog-friendly property with 60 safari-style classics and family tents with large decks and gorgeous panoramic views, located high on a densely forested bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Northern California’s Mendocino Coast. Redwood floors, comfortable beds and plush, designer linens, leather butterfly chairs, expansive decks with outdoor tables and gas barbecues, and modern bathroom facilities with flushing toilets and hot showers are included in all tents. Every morning, a complimentary outdoor breakfast bar is offered, as well as hammocks, picnic tables, games, and several hiking trails.
5. Cozy Glamping – Banks Oregon
This glamping site offers the best of both worlds, with a cozy tent with a kitchenette set on a 5-acre park. For cooler nights, the large tent has a fire pit, propane heater, and sheepskin comforter at the edge of a wildlife-rich pond. Eye masks, earplugs, a sound machine, and board games are provided, and the property also includes a volleyball court, horseshoes, yoga barn, and meditation tent, as well as a hot tub, outdoor shower, and garden seating areas. If that wasn’t enough, the location is close to beaches, hiking trails, wine tours, and golf courses.
6. The Mushroom Dome Retreat – Aptos, California
The Mushroom Dome in Aptos is a popular California glamping destination. The semi-rustic space has a loft under a geodesic dome and is situated on 10 acres of land. A comfortable queen-size bed, a small refrigerator, and a grill on the deck can be found inside the loft. The Rio Del Mar and Seacliff State Beach are only 10 minutes away, and downtown Santa Cruz is only 20 minutes away, while road trippers can reach Big Sur in 1.5 hours. If you’re looking for a unique experience, book this Airbnb ahead of time.
7. Cherry Blossom Yurt on Lookout Mountain – Rising Fawn, Georgia
In Rising Fawn, Georgia, the Cherry Blossom Yurt provides the ultimate mountain retreat. Nature lovers will appreciate its mountaintop location on Lookout Mountain, which is surrounded by mountain trees with colorful scenery and wildlife such as deer, turkeys, and owls. The yurt has a kitchen with a stove and full-sized refrigerator, as well as a comfortable couch and a TV with streaming services in the living area. Heating and cooling are provided throughout the yurt, as well as Wi-Fi. Enjoy the sunrise from the oversized deck, which also serves as an outdoor dining area. The city lights of Chattanooga can be seen in the distance at night.
8. Hideaway Tent with Pool and Hot Tub – College Place, Washington
This inviting tent is tucked under maple trees and features a covered patio, indoor pool, and hot tub for luxury glamping at its finest. On cold nights, relax on the canopy porch or by the fireplace, while a TV, fridge, coffee maker, and dedicated Wi-Fi spots ensure a comfortable stay. When you’re ready to go exploring, Walla Walla is only a 10-minute drive away.
9. Zion and Bryce Glamping- Kane County, Utah
The queen-size bed and three twin-size beds in this glamping tent in Kane County, Utah, can sleep up to 5 people. A small deck with a table and a communal fire pit are located outside the tent. A delicious breakfast is included, as well as access to the Zion Ponderosa Resort’s fun amenities, which include a pool, hot tub, sports courts, ping pong, and a petting zoo. The best part is that it is close to both Zion National Park and the “hidden” gems of Cable Mountain and Observation Point. There are many Utah glamping sites you should not miss and this one is on the list, Guided hikes, canyoneering, jeep tours, and horseback riding are all available nearby.
10. Canopy Ridge Safari Tent
Experience a night under the Smoky Mountains forest canopy at this glamping tent in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It has a queen-size bed with warm blankets, a propane heater, and a private deck, making it ideal for first-time glampers. There is a guest lounge with a coffee/tea bar, as well as firewood for your outdoor fire pit. Gatlinburg and outdoor activities like horseback riding and zip lining are only 12 miles away.