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KitFox glamping; (photo/Evan Pierce)

Best Glamping in the US: Where to Rough It Like Royalty

One of the best parts about camping is the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and connect with nature. While traditional camping is nice, glamping allows you to enjoy the creature comforts of home while still getting your outdoor fix.

Glamping, aka luxury camping, has been blowing up over recent years. It’s become so ubiquitous that you won’t even have to travel too far from home to experience it. Here, we’ve rounded up eight of the best glamping sites in the United States and what each has to offer.

The Best Glampsites in the US

Wolcott, CO: Collective Vail

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Featuring luxury outdoor accommodations, genuine hospitality, and top-notch dining options, Collective Vail allows you to have your cake and eat it too.

Located on a 1,000-acre property at 4 Eagle Ranch, Collective Vail is tucked away in the mountains just a short drive from town. The property offers two different kinds of tent accommodations.

Both include cooked-to-order breakfast, complimentary social hour, campfire s’mores, and comfy beds with 1,000-thread-count linens. There’s also full electricity, bathroom access, and all-day gourmet dining served at the lodge or delivered directly to your tent.

Additional activities include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly fishing excursions, mountain biking, barrel tasting, winemaking workshops, ziplining, and Jeep/ATV tours.

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Big Sur, California: Ventana Big Sur

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Located on one of California’s most iconic stretches of coast, Ventana Big Sur is situated at the convergence of the sea, sky, and mountains, making for a stunning getaway. While the property offers resort-style accommodations, it also offers unique tent cabins for a more intimate nature experience.

Tents include beds with full linens, a wood-burning fire pit, instant hot and cold potable water sink, electric lamps, power outlets, Adirondack chairs, a picnic table, handheld lanterns, and access to the Big Sur Smokehouse and SurStream for snacks.

Should you wish to venture outside of the 20-acre campground, Big Sur is home to stunning hikes, waterfalls, surf, and picturesque restaurants.

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Glacier View, Alaska: Alpenglow

Alpenglow Luxury Camping
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Tucked away in Glacier View, Alpenglow allows visitors to experience the Last Frontier sans the crowds of tourists.

Located near the Matanuska Glacier, guests have the option to stay in a mountain or forest canvas tent, both of which feature traditional Alaskan décor. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a helicopter to the remote glacier camp for the ultimate Alaska experience.

Traditional tents include beds with all the linens, a private covered deck, a shared restroom, and a complimentary breakfast. With so much to see and do, Alpenglow offers packages that include glacier walks, helicopter adventures, and ice climbing tours, so you can make the most of your stay. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts: AutoCamp Cape Cod

Autocamp Cape Cod

The newest AutoCamp location, Cape Cod is home to stunning fall foliage, picturesque Atlantic beaches, and mouthwatering lobster. Situated near Falmouth and Woods Hole, AutoCamp’s Cape Cod location offers easy access to the beach and all of its activities.

AutoCamp features classic Airstream suites, luxury tents, and classic suites, so you can pick whichever suits your needs. The Airstreams feature a queen bed and kitchen area. Tents include a king bed and a mini-refrigerator. And suites offer a queen bed, kitchenette, and full living area.

When you’re not enjoying your temporary home, nearby activities include biking the Shining Sea bikeway, visiting Martha’s Vineyard, deep-sea fishing, or visiting a local beach. If you’re craving some civilization, you can dine at one of the many restaurants in town.

Or, if you prefer to stay at the resort, enjoy storytime, acoustic music, morning meditation and gentle movement, campfire chats, or an arts and creative workshop.

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Roxbury, New York: Bellfire Farm

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A scenic 10-acre property nestled in the Catskills Mountains, Bellfire Farm is surrounded by maple forests and wildflower fields.

Unique accommodations include a designer tiny home and a tipi. The tipi includes beds with linens, rustic décor, and a wood-burning chiminea. There’s also a washroom, hammock, and fire pit outside.

Additionally, the property includes a farmhouse, garden, and plenty of wide-open spaces for exploring. If you’re looking to venture off the property, popular activities in the surrounding area include waterfall hikes, historic sites, and mountain biking.

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Under Canvas

Under Canvas
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Located just 10 miles from Gatlinburg, Under Canvas is situated on a scenic 182-acre property. Minutes from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Under Canvas offers luxury tents surrounded by lush, wooded terrain.

Tents come in different size options. In addition to comfy beds and a private bathroom, amenities include USB battery packs, onsite dining, picnic area and grills, a guest experience coordinator, and a fire pit and s’mores.

Onsite activities include guided hikes, trivia, fireside chats, movie nights, outdoor games, volleyball, scavenger hunts, bingo, and more. Under Canvas offers adventure and culinary experiences and packages, so you can tailor your stay to your unique tastes.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico: KitFox

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Located 20 minutes from Sante Fe, KitFox is high desert camping at its finest. The property offers unhindered views of vast savannah grasslands, sculpted arroyos, and sandstone formations, with a sprawling mountain range serving as the backdrop. The sunrises and sunsets there are spectacular, and the stargazing is unparalleled.

Tent-style accommodations are available in king, queen, and twin options and include all the essentials. Onsite activities include campfire hangs and access to 30 miles of nearby hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Learn More at Stay KitFox

Greenough, Montana: The Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up
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Overlooking the Blackfoot River and Elk Creek, Paws Up’s Cliffside Camp is nestled atop a soaring cliff. This location bestows the sites with some of the best views on the property.

The Cliffside Camp is home to six safari-style tents, with one- and two-bedroom options available. The resort is also a good option for couples, as there are two honeymoon tents in the camp. Tents include luxury beds and linens, an en suite bathroom, a copper tub, private deck, electricity, AC/heat, daily housekeeping, a camping butler, and all meals and beverages.

An adventurer’s paradise, activities include fly fishing, climbing, hiking, horseback riding, river and lake adventurers, and so much more.

Learn More at Paws Up