Glamping America. It’s the luxurious way to camp for the camping enthusiast and a happy medium if you love to camp but your significant other or family doesn’t. If you’re not yet familiar with the term it’s basically a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping” combined. Interestingly enough, although it’s an international activity that is practiced all over the world, in America, it’s still a bit of a new trend; one that is catching on, thanks in part to reality television (it was once featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County). Now there are even conferences teaching people how to set up their own glamping businesses.
So, if you’re planning a vacation and you’re curious to know what this glamping craze is all about, check out our Top picks for some of the most beautiful and also unique luxury tented and vintage RV sites across the United States of America.
Yellowstone Under Canvas
Experience Yellowstone under canvas and the stars with luxury accommodation of either safari or tipi tents and A La Carte dining. With private bathrooms, uninterrupted views and the only noise being the wildlife, this is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. Glamping Under Canvas also offer glamping near the Grand Canyon, Moab (below), Zion, Great Smoky Mountains and Glacier.
Katy’s Lazy Meadow
This is for the urban camper in the sense that it’s a mixed glamping site located along the Esopous Creek in New York and has a bit of a throwback 50s décor inside of each cabin (it was actually designed by Kate Pierson of the B52s). Inside, there are bright colours, vintage décor and private bathrooms. Outside, there are festivals year-round and fishing and floating too. And what if you happen to live on the other coast? No problem. There’s a Katy’s Lazy Desert in California as well. (Pretty cool, right?)
The Shady Dell
With trailers from the 1940’s and 50’s this glampsite delivers everything you need for a great glamping America stay. All you need to do is provide the suitcase! Based in Arizona this retreat has been set up to please old school vintage and classic trailers, with a few modern twists mixed in… so if you love to see upcycling in action then this retro trailer park site is for you.
Focused on the music festival scene, El Cosmico welcomes anyone into the Marfa Desert in Texas. You can stay in one of their deliciously retro trailers, their tepees, a glamping styled tent or yurt, or even bring your own for a bit of self-camping. Whatever you choose it is sure to be a high Texan desert experience.
Moab Under Canvas
If you never thought that the words “camping” and “catering” could actually go together, this is actually one site in Moab that will prove you wrong! Part of the same ‘Under Canvas’ glamping company, with this site based in Utah, you can take 4×4 drives, go mountain biking, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and yes, order catered meals (complete with dessert!). It’s so awesome that some people even have their weddings there!
This company is offering retreats located in iconic destinations while featuring luxury outdoor experiences, in combination with genuine hospitality. They are also the only company we know that is brave enough to develop a site on Governors Island New York. Their ethos is to help their guests connect to places, people and each other and we love the way they treat their customers as friends.
Glamping At The Grand Canyon
Described as “far from ordinary lodging” near the Grand Canyon, Arizona, this site will allow you to explore this spectacular nature reserve in luxury. Spend your time exploring one of the seven wonders of the world or enjoy an extensive variety of outdoor adventures just a short cruise down Route 66.
Rock Tavern River Kamp
Nestled in Shenandoah River in Luray, Virginia, this site features some of the most exquisite yurts that you’ve ever seen. Being that it’s a riverfront campsite, you’re able to go fishing and also tubing. Plus, you also have the option of going hot air ballooning, horseback riding or even participating in a wine tasting.
Glamping America In The Scottish Lakes High Camp
Is the rustic scene more your style? Or perhaps you’re thinking about going glamping during the peak of the winter season. If so, you can’t go wrong by doing it in the Cascade Mountains of Washington! This particular location has the cutest triangular-shaped cabins. And less than 10 feet away from them, you can go skiing, sledging or snowboarding. Or, if you’d prefer to cozy up away from the snow, they have woodstoves and saunas.
Would you prefer to take a bit of a walk on the wild side? If so, this particular glamping destination is right up your alley! Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Lupin Lodge has a “clothing totally optional” atmosphere as a way of promoting and embracing self-awareness and the celebration of one’s body image. Plus, the lodges have hot tub/jacuzzi, outdoor showers, massages and a play area for children.
If you weren’t sure about glamping before reading this, we’re pretty sure you’re interested now. For more information on glamping and all of the fun that it has to offer, visit Glamping .com. For info on other destinations, visit Skyscanner .com or the Huffington Post.