Love the great outdoors but don't love roughing it? Consider turning to one of the increasing number of campsites and resorts offering a glamping experience. Blending the best of camping and resort amenities, these properties offer surprisingly upscale digs in a cabin, yurt, wagon, or luxury tent, plus the chance to commune with nature and have lots of outdoorsy fun. In other words, they definitely put the glam in glamping.
Located minutes from Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, Sandy Pines Campground provides an experience that is authentically Maine, delivering ocean views, salty breezes and the ambiance of a darling seaside town. The property includes a lodge, rustic general store, and a multitude of resort-level amenities and outdoor activities. The park’s 320 campsites cater to tent campers, RVers and glampers who can reserve one of 12 beautifully appointed safari tents created by 12 different New England designers.
Set 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara, El Capitan Canyon is a “glampground” offering no-fuss camping with rustic style and plenty of fun for the whole family. The 350-acre property—with 161 cabins or tent cabins, a general store, café, and mellow resort-like activities—exudes what people love about the Central Coast region of California: mild weather and a countryside that rolls right up to the beach. Moreover, the place delivers comfort in all the right ways. Cabins and yurts come equipped with pretty much all the amenities you otherwise might forget for a outdoorsy trip: linens, paper towels, dishwashing liquid, and toiletries.
Families can play pioneer in Georgia at The Rock Ranch, located an hour south of Atlanta, where accommodation options include large Conestoga wagons outfitted with four sets of bunk beds, which is great for larger families. You'll find plenty to do at this resort, which offers plenty of family fun, from zip lines and paddle boats to mini-train rides and horseback rides. If you visit in the summer, don't miss the homemade strawberry ice cream.
Located in the northeastern corner of Utah about a two-hour drive from Salt Lake City, this 18-acre glamping resort overlooks the turquoise water of Bear Lake and offers hotel-style services and amenities. Families guests can choose between Grand Tents, authentically styled Conestoga wagons, and traditional tents. Each is outfitted with soft beds and fresh linens, and Grand Tents feature private bathrooms. Resort amenities include a game tent, lodge with private spa-style bathrooms, a restaurant, general store, activities field, wi-fi, firewood and s’mores kits, and cruiser bikes.
Nestled in the Finger Lakes district of Upstate New York, a stay in one of the luxurious safari tents at Firelight Camps feature a hardwood floor, king or queen bed, sitting porch, lantern lights, daily breakfast, and nightly marshmallow roasting. Kids will love playing bocce ball, corn hole, and other on-site games.
Safari West is a 400-acre wildlife preserve in California wine country that's home to more than 800 wild animals that roam the property. You can stay overnight in a luxury tent cabin, which is a really fun experience for families with kids, take a safari jeep tour and then parents can sip champagne with giraffes. Tents feature plush beds, hot showers, polished wood floors, copper basins in the private bathrooms, and one-of-a kind hand-hewn furniture.
If you’re looking for an amazing and unforgettable place to stay at some of the most amazing US national parks, consider the Under Canvas glamping camps, where families can experience luxury lodging while immersing themselves in the wonders of their surroundings. Large tents are appointed with comfy beds with linens, rugs, and other and many tents have plumbing and private bathrooms.
Under Canvas offers glamping experiences at Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, Great Smoky National Park and Arches and Zion in Utah.
Want to unplug after hitting Orlando's theme parks? Located about 90 minutes south of Orlando, the Westgate River Ranch Resort offers luxe glamping in Central Florida. Reserve one of 10 Luxe Teepees, which deliver 651 square feet of space and are decorated with Native American style. Each teepee can accommodate up to four people and features a double-sided stone rock hearth fireplace, screened private patio deck, private bathroom with clawfoot tub, microwave, mini refrigerator, leather chairs, a king bed, full sleeper sofa, air conditioning and heat. Resort activities include horseback riding, trap and skeet shooting, access to an adventure park, airboat rides and more.