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Glamping: What It Is and Where to Do It

Written by Kelly Weimert on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at 11:05am.

For a lot of people, camping is the antidote to the stresses of everyday life. It allows you to temporarily disconnect from your responsibilities and become one with Mother Nature. For others, however, the inconveniences of traditional camping, like uncomfortable sleeping quarters, subpar shelter, and a lack of hairdryers, only causes more stress. 

Fortunately, if you’re in the camp (pun intended) that likes the idea of connecting with nature but hates the lack of comfortable amenities, then you’ll love glamping. Glamping combines all of the best parts of traditional camping—beautiful scenery, peaceful vibes, and unique locales—with everything you need to feel comfortable, clean, and cool. 

There are a wide variety of luxurious glamping destinations in some of the most stunning places in the United States, like Jackson Hole, Lake Powell, and Yellowstone. In addition to taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature, when you glamp, you can stay in elevated airstreams and luxe tents that feature amenities like full kitchens and bathrooms, memory-foam king-sized beds, luxury bath products, and all of the A/C or heat you could want. 

If an ultra-luxe glamping experience sounds like a great getaway to you, then check out some of our favorite glamping destinations in the country. 

 

AutoCamp

AutoCamp Glamping

AutoCamp hosts glamping sites in Russian River, Yosemite, and Santa Barbara. Each site features modern airstream suites outfitted in fresh, mid-century design. They also come with fully stocked kitchens, plush linens, memory-foam beds, and full bathrooms with walk-in showers and luxury bath products. And you can enjoy all of this while staying in some of the most spectacular, natural settings that California has to offer.

 
 
 
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Under Canvas

Under Canvas Glamping

Under Canvas offers glamping sites in unforgettable locations, like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Mount Rushmore. The luxury tents at each site include en suite bathrooms, king-sized beds, daily housekeeping, and wood-burning stoves, so it doesn’t even seem right to call them tents at all. In addition to glamorous accommodations, the company offers guided expedition and adventure packages that allow you to see the very best of what these regions have to offer. 

 
 
 
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Sandy Pines

Sandy Pines Glamping

If you’d like a side of ocean views with your glamping experience, then head to Sandy Pines. The camping resort is located in a secluded beach forest in Kennebunkport, Maine. You can stay in a 430-square-foot tent, complete with A/C, king-sized beds, and a refrigerator, or book more unique accommodations, like luxury covered wagons or stargazing oasis domes, which also feature amenities like king-sized beds, heating and cooling, and luxury linens and towels. 

 
 
 
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Mendocino Grove

Mendocino Groves Glamping

Mendocino Grove is a 37-acre site nestled atop a forest bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The site includes 60 safari-style tents that feature heated beds, cotton linens, redwood floors, and complete protection from the outdoor elements. You’ll also be treated to a complimentary outdoor breakfast bar every morning in addition to your own private picnic table, fire ring, and grill. Plus, the site is dog-friendly, so your furbabies can get in on the glamping action too. 

 
 
 
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Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek Glamping

For the ultimate in glamping luxury, head to Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. The five-star ranch features 10 “canvas cabins” that span at least 790 square feet. The cabins mix rustic with high-end design, featuring Western textiles and antique furniture alongside king-sized beds, gas stoves, screened-in porches, and creek-facing decks. In addition to killer accommodations, you also get daily housekeeping; free food and premium drinks; and opportunities to partake in guided activities, like horseback riding, yoga, and photography workshops.

 
 
 
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