Mustangs, vintage airstreams, and luxurious tents: discover the wild side of America with these 11 epic glamping destinations in the USA.
Raise your hand if you really enjoy the outdoors but you are put off by the thought of raising a tent, sleeping on the floor, cooking on a camping stove…
Because let’s be honest, a weekend away should be all about relaxing!
Luckily for us, there’s no need to rough it anymore, cause there are plenty of glamping options nowadays. What is glamping, are you asking? Glamourous camping!
I love, love, love glamping, so here are 11 epic glamping destinations in the USA that are on my bucket list…and should be on yours too.
Moab Under Canvas
There are few locations more spectacular for a glamping destination in the USA, what do I say, in the whole world! Moab Under Canvas is just moments away from the entrance to both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. This means you wake up with a spectacular view of deep canyons, desert, and a raw landscape. All of this while staying in a luxurious tent with all the comforts. Moab Under Canvas is kid friendly as well, and a great destination for the whole family. This is a perfect stop if you’re planning a road trip through Utah’s parks such as Zion National Park.
Rates start at $89 for the Tipi tents and go up to $334 for the Suite tent with its own bathroom and lounge area.
Check out prices and availability for Moab Under Canvas.
Conestoga Ranch, Utah
Overlooking the turquoise water of Bear Lake in Utah, Conestoga Ranch is a five-star camping site featuring various kinds of accommodation. You can stay in fully furnished tents with an en-suite bathroom, or opt for a more particular experience by staying in one of the Old West- inspired wagons. There’s plenty to do in Bear Lake Valley, but a stay at Conestoga Ranch will make your getaway even more special.
Rates start at $100 a night.
Check out prices and availability for Conestoga Ranch.
Kestrel Camp, Montana
If you want to find out what the authentic West was like, head to Kestrel Camp, set amidst the American Prairie Reserve in Montana. Kestrel Camp is part of a great conservation project which aims to recreate and restore the largest wildlife reserve in the lower forty-eight states.
Guests have the chance to view bisons, elks and antelopes during expeditions guided by the naturalists who are working on the project. The five high-end, climate-controlled yurts are equipped with premium bedding, an ensuite bathroom, and a panoramic veranda from which is possible to breathe a great feeling of freedom. This comes at a price that’s not for everyone, but it is a very special experience.
Rates average $1200 per night.
Headwaters Jupiter Eco Retreat, Florida
When you book at Headwaters Jupiter Eco Retreat, you’re in for a different glamping experience. There are no tents here: this fully furnished, eco-friendly lodge was built with up-cycled used shipping containers, and can be rented as a whole, or in part.
Guests can explore the Loxahatchee River, or nearby Jupiter (Palm Beach County), by taking advantage of the complimentary bikes, kayaks, and canoes.
Rates start at $220 for the whole lodge that sleeps 8 people.
Check out prices and availability for Headwaters Jupiter Eco Retreat.
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[CLOSED] AutoCamp Santa Barbara, California
If you’ve ever dreamt of spending the night in one of those silver, vintage airstreams, then Autocamp Santa Barbara, California, is the place for you.
Inspired by “the wanderlust and adventure of the great American road trip”, the airstreams offer all kinds of comforts and amenities, including plush Spa bathtubs, flat screen televisions, and full kitchens. Downtown Santa Barbara is just a 5-minutes bike ride away, and guess what, the use of retro beach cruisers is complimentary.
Rates average $200 a night.
Hoot Owl Hill, Kansas
Glamping isn’t super popular in the Midwest yet, but this doesn’t mean you don’t have chances to experience it. Hoot Owl Hill provides a very traditional country glamping experience in the heart of the picturesque Marais des Cygne River Valley, in Kansas.
Surrounded by the wine country and green rolling hills, the canvas tents with its quilts and floral-pattern rugs give a very homey feeling.
Guests spend the nights by the campfire, roasting marshmallows and exchanging stories, and start the days with a hearty country-style breakfast, made of egg and sausage casserole and hot cinnamon rolls.
Rates are $99 per person per night, which includes breakfast.
Posh Primitive, New York
An all-inclusive vacation doesn’t necessarily have to be in a crowded resort somewhere in the Caribbeans. Located in Upstate New York, Posh Primitive is the perfect base for exploring the Southern Adirondacks. Here, you can be as active as you want, or do absolutely nothing at all while reconnecting with nature.
All the tents at this luxury, eco-friendly glamping site feature covered porches and rustic furnishings made by local craftspeople.
Check out prices and availability for Posh Primitive.
Rates start at $350 and include farm-to-table, organic meals.
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Sinya on Lone Man Creek, Texas
Located 45 minutes southwest of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, Sinya on Lone Man Creek is a safari-inspired glamping retreat very popular with couples. Everything here screams romance: from sleeping amidst treetops in a king bed with goose down pillows and comforter to the century-old claw foot bathtub where you can enjoy luxurious baths.
Relax on the hammock on the front porch or on the sofa while taking in the views. Tents also include a kitchenette, an outdoor hot/cold shower, and a private “Hippie Hot Tub”.
Even more important, the lodge balances luxury with eco-friendly practices that protect the environment.
Rates start at $299 a night.
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El Capitan Canyon, California
Nestled in groves of sycamore and oak trees, El Capitan Canyon is a big glamping resort located on the picturesque Pacific coast, 20 miles north of Santa Barbara.
Guests can sleep either in one of the 108 cedar cabins or in a safari tent.
The cabins feature private bathroom facilities, and some even fireplaces, soaking bathtubs, and loft areas. From the front porches, guests can take in breathtaking views of the ocean, Santa Ynez Mountains, and the Gaviota Coast. The 26 safari tents are more simple, but they all have their own outdoor picnic table, grill, and firepit, which is perfect for roasting marshmallows and exchanging stories.
El Capitan Canyon organizes lots of activities such as yoga classes, concerts, barbecues… or you can just relax by the heated pool.
Rates start at $145.
Maine Forest Yurts, Maine
Located just 30 minutes north of Portland, Maine, Maine Forest Yurts offers the opportunity to sleep in a furnished yurt and to enjoy the natural surroundings of Runaround Pond. Depending on the season, it is possible to kayak, cross country ski, fish, and ice skate, among other activities.
The yurts are furnished with a full kitchen, wood and gas stoves, a barbecue and a composting toilet, and sleep up to 6 people. Maine Forest Yurts is not as fancy as some of the other glamping destinations in the USA, but this makes it much more affordable for families and groups of friends.
Rates start at $125 per yurt, per night.
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Mustang Monument, Nevada
Mustang Monument, located just south of Wells in Nevada, is a truly special eco-resort. Guests share the land, and their stay, with 650 rescued wild mustang horses that roam the property. In fact, the eco-resort is part of a philanthropic project aimed at rescuing wild mustangs, which are progressively being removed from public lands.
Guests sleep in luxury tipis, featuring king-sized beds, hardwood floors, hand-made Native American rugs, and a private bathroom. Otherwise. they can choose the even more luxurious safari cabins, which sleep up to 4 people. Lots of activities, including horseback riding excursions, overnight Goshute mountain camping adventure, and rock climbing, are included in the price.
The resort had some bureaucratic issues that prevented it from opening in 2016, but hopefully, next summer the eco-resort will open its doors again.
Rates are not for everyone: they start at $1650 luxury tipis, and at $1950 for luxury cottages. Rates include all meals, accommodations, alcohol, and activities.
Featured images by Moab Under Canvas, Sinya on Lone Man Creek, Absolute Travel
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