If you’ve battled the elements trying to set up your tent on a rundown campsite but still want to be in the great outdoors, glamping is the answer!
There’s a real explosion of glamping in the US at the moment; luxury tents in picturesque natural surrounds. I’m talking tents with real beds, cozy decor, and all of the amenities of home.
Think sleeping under the stars, hearing the crickets chirping at night, and opening your eyes in the morning to stunning, secluded wilderness.
Once you realize that you can get all of the benefits of camping without any of the headaches, you’ll never go back to primitive camping again! The following are some of the best glamping spots across the US.
The Best Glamping Spots in the US
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
The South Dakota wilderness is among the most stunning in the country, so this is definitely a place where you want to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors.
But why stop at walking beneath the most famous monument?! Why not check out the four presidents carved into the mountain from your safari-style canvas tent and enjoy the attached bathroom with hot shower.
There’s plenty to do on a glamping adventure in Mt Rushmore, including hiking in the Black Hills and rock climbing in Custer State Park, scrambling up it’s vertical granite walls.
Hotels in the area can be a little crowded during the height of summer, but glamping gives you the whole landscape at your front door.
Campgrounds in Kennebunkport, Maine offer great options for glamping, and you can choose from a range of cool accommodation, from Airstreams to A-frames and cottages on wheels to covered wagons and canvas tents.
Tucked into a secluded beach forest, bordered by salt marsh, glamping here is ideal for children and families, and most sites are only a mile from the sea at Goose Rocks Beach.
Imagine spending the night in a decked-out Airstream (Zephyr), Shepherd’s Hut (Astral), Glass House (Starry Nights), Oasis Dome (Stargazer), or Conestoga Wagon (Wild Blue Yonder), all tucked into sites overlooking the marsh.
Glacier View, Alaska
If you’re dreaming of glamping in Alaska, there are glamping sites around an hour to the north of Palmer, and this is a great way to get a sense of the real Alaskan experience.
I mean, why not spend the night in an airy yet cozy tent featuring Alaskan decor and a spacious porch with spectacular glacier views?! Followed by some star gazing in an outdoor handmade cedar hot tub of course!
Glamping is one of the best kept secrets in Alaska, and a great way to skip the crowds and play like a local. Included in most glamping stays is fresh Alaskan coffee, and a light breakfast to provide the delicious energy needed for a day of Alaskan adventure.
You can go trekking and ice climbing with a local guide and in communal areas you’ll likely find cedar hot tubs, fire pits, and most sites offer solar-powered phone chargers if you can’t handle being out of touch with ‘civilization’.
But seriously. Try to disconnect.
Outside of Missoula in rugged Montana is a campground that offers luxury tents and many opportunities for outdoor activities.
As glamping campsites go this has been a go-to for 15 years and you even get a butler who can start your campfire or book outings for you! Add Wi-Fi and a chef at a dining pavilion nearby and you’re well set!
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara has some great glamping options; this lively, beachside town sits in one of the most beautiful areas of California, and the year-round spring / summer weather makes it the perfect place to maximize your time outdoors.
Glamping in Santa Barbara ranges from Airstreams, to yurts, to mountain getaways, and luxury tents, though trailers are a pretty big trend, and you can even find locals who have one to rent.
If you’ve ever wanted to try caravan camping, book into one of the campgrounds in the Willamette Valley that provides trailers right in the middle of the state’s wine country.
The trailers are grouped together in their own neighborhood within local RV parks, and you can choose from 34 trailers in 22 different styles, with vintage Airstreams dating back to 1947.
A short list of amenities includes gourmet pour-over coffee from Caravan Coffee, luxurious terrycloth robes, comfortable mattress, and fine hotel-quality linens. There’s also a propane grill and all the tableware and utensils you could possibly desire (including a wine opener, of course!)
You can go hiking in Willamette Mission State Park, enjoy wine tastings and lawn games and take a dip in the pool when you want to cool off.
Glamping in Hamilton, Missouri is a fabulous opportunity to try out a yurt! Around an hour’s drive north of Kansas City is a glamping site that has a range of different tent styles, but the ‘Big Bear’ is a fabric yurt with timber floors and high ceilings, overlooking beautiful grasslands.
Sunsets here are fantastic, and all their campsites are have chairs, fire rings and firewood, pillows, sheets, blankets, towels, solar shower, Luggable Loo, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, a gas grill with grill utensils, a 5 gallon cold water jug and 2 trash cans with liners.
There’s a pond for swimming, (no life guard on duty-swim at your own risk), and you can hike around and explore their 210 acres of secluded private acreage.
Only five miles away, Hamilton has that quaint ‘little downtown’ charm with numerous shops, boutiques and restaurants. A great place for shopping and browsing as well as purchasing food and necessities.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, so why would you not want to spend time in nature here?!
There are 4 – 5 different campsites around Asheville that offer glamping, with accommodation options ranging from trailers, safari tents, yurts, and even treehouses located near Great Smoky Mountains Nat’l Park and the Appalachian Trail.
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