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Glamping (/ˈɡlampiNG/) noun: a type of camping that incorporates accommodation and amenities more glamorous than those associated with traditional camping.
Coined sometime around 2005, glamping—also known as luxury camping or glam camping—was already a rising travel trend before the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, demand is being further spurred by the pandemic, as glamping ticks off many of the requirements on pandemic travel wishlists: It’s ideal for road trips for those who want to avoid flying, it’s centered around private spaces without shared lounges or elevators, and it provides access to the great outdoors and modern amenities. All this, and no camping gear or wilderness survival savviness required.
Does your perfect vacation involve both serene wilderness and warm showers? Stunning ocean views and air conditioning? Stargazing and laundry facilities? Glamping might just be your travel style.
To inspire your next glamping adventure, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest glamping vacation ideas for 2021. Read on for 13 best glamping vacations you can take right now:
Asheville Glamping - Asheville, North Carolina
In the shadow of Blue Ridge mountains, Asheville Glamping hosts guests in glammed-up airstream trailers, treehouses, and yurts. But the stars of the campgrounds are the stargazing domes with clear roof skylights, some of which include private bathrooms and hot tubs.
Firelight Camps - Ithaca, New York
Nestled in the Finger Lakes, the luxury safari tents of Firelight Camps are shrouded in nature and decked out with hardwood floors, king and queen-size beds, and private tented balconies. The campground features a bathhouse with hot showers, communal campfires, and a bar serving up local artisanal wines, beer, cider, and spirits.
Shash Dine Eco Retreat - Page, Arizona
Shash Dine Eco Retreat is an off-grid bed and breakfast located on Navajo land. Accommodations feature bell tents and traditional Navajo Hogans outfitted with cushy bedding, solar lights, toiletries, juice, and snacks. Stays include a “hiker’s breakfast” with fresh fruit, muffins, and coffee or Navajo tea.
The Trailer Pond - Paso Robles, California
Located on the 130-acre organically-farmed Alta Colina Vineyard, The Trailer Pond is a string of five refurbished vintage trailers with double beds, old-timey ice boxes, minifridges, and coffee makers. The trailers come in canary yellow, turquoise, pink, and lime green, and circle a pond surrounded by rolling hills. Activities like wine tastings, massages, and yoga are available to book.
The Mohicans Treehouse - Glenmont, Ohio
One of the state’s best glamping spots, The Mohicans Treehouse features nine luxury treehouses sitting on 77 private acres of Ohio's Mohican Valley. The White Oak and Little Red Tree Houses were designed by Pete Nelson, the star of Discovery Channel's series TreeHouse Masters. The treehouses were built with sustainable design features like passive solar, radiant heat, and reused and repurposed materials.
El Cosmico - Marfa, Texas
A 21-acre nomadic campground, El Cosmico is a collection of trailers, yurts, tepees, and safari tents. The campground features a communal outdoor kitchen and dining area, hammock grove, and an outdoor stage. Wood-fired hot tubs and bikes are available for rent.
Little Raccoon Key - Golden Isles of Georgia, Georgia
There is only one luxury tent on Little Raccoon Key Island, so guests have the entire 40-acre island to themselves—well, along with dolphins, dozens of fish species, blue crabs, and oysters. Stays include an ancient oyster reef lesson and dolphin sighting tour, with the option of grocery delivery and chef-prepared meals. Of all our glamping ideas, this might be one of the most luxurious.
The Resort at Paws Up - Greensborough, Montana
From mid-May to mid-October, The Resort at Paws Up welcomes guests to stay in luxury safari tents with hardwood floors, air conditioning and heat, and spacious showers. The tents sit in a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains, where guests can enjoy activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, rappelling off cliffs, and white-water rafting.
Terramor Outdoor Resort - Bar Harbor, Maine
Billing itself as a designer hideaway in the woods, Terramor Outdoor Resort brings rustic luxury tents to 60 acres of New England nature, just minutes from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The luxe tents come with private fire pits and outdoor patios, and most feature en-suite bathrooms. The tents surround a lodge with a dining room, bar, and outdoor grills.
Dunton Hot Springs - Dunton, Colorado
Situated deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs is a painstakingly restored 19th-century ghost town with a saloon, dance hall, and bathhouse fed by soothing hot springs. Accommodations include cabins or glamping tents at the Dunton River Camp, about four miles outside of the main property. To ensure truly great glamping trips, tents offer en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs and come with two mountain bikes.
Capitol Reef Resort - Torrey, Utah
A perfect home base for exploring Capitol Reef National Park, Capitol Reef Resort is made up of luxury cabins, teepees, and Conestoga-covered wagons. Accommodations include double pillow-top mattresses, coffee makers, and beverage coolers and offer dazzling views of the Red Rock Cliffs. The property has an outdoor pool and hot tub, in addition to a fitness center.
KitFox - Lamy, New Mexico
Twenty minutes outside of Santa Fey, KitFox scatters safari tents across high desert beneath starry skies. Tents have minimalist platform beds, Southwestern decor, purified water dispenses, and chargeable lamps. The scenic campground includes a communal fire pit and two hiking trails and offers activities like horseback riding and fishing.
Under Canvas Smoky Mountains - Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Surrounded by 182 acres of leafy woods, Under Canvas Smoky Mountains sits just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The luxe canvas tents are decked out with West Elm furniture and private bathrooms. The campground runs social beverage hours and s’mores cookouts, as well as activities like kayaking, canyoneering, lobstering, and guided hikes.