14 Crazy Beautiful Glampgrounds to Add to Your Travel Bucket List
Including a luxury encampment that’s only accessible by canoe and chic tents in the heart of the desert.
Updated May 7, 2019 5:24 PM
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Glamping—AKA the perfect combination of outdoorsy adventure and luxury comfort—is the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It means riding in a hot-air balloon, climbing a mountain, or galavanting through the desert, all while having a glamorous campsite (yes, completely possible) as your refuge at the end of the day.
Discover the 14 most unique and Instagrammable glampground sites around the United States that you’ll want to add to your travel bucket list ASAP.
Alpenglow Luxury Camping; Glacier View, Alaska
The glacier landscape of Alaska is unlike any other part of the US, so for a truly unique glamping experience head to Alpenglow. Each tent features a spacious porch on which to overlook the scenery, and the grounds have handmade cedar hot tubs for warming up as well as complimentary fresh breakfasts. The base camp boasts more amenities, like a fire pit and board games, for the ultimate rustic retreat.
But the real draw? Depending on the weather, visitors can actually see the Northern Lights from the tents—a bucket list experience if there ever was one.
Collective Retreats; Hudson Valley, New York
Looking for a quick getaway to escape the bustle (and tourists) of New York City? Collective Hudson Valley is a mere two-hour drive from Manhattan, set in the middle of a working organic farm which you’ll be able to appreciate via farm-to-table dinners cooked each night by the resort’s on-property chef.
There are heaps of activities and local attractions to check out, spanning breathtaking waterfalls to sailing on the Hudson. You can choose from three different types of tents, depending on what kind of vibe you’re shooting for, each of which is equipped with luxe amenities like plush Turkish towels and designer-curated blankets.
Tops’l Farm; Waldoboro, Maine
Eighty-three acres houses quite the picturesque riverside retreat—and, conveniently for any aspiring glampers, ten A-frame lodge cabins and canvas tents. Each accommodation is fully furnished with the bare stylish essentials, because the emphasis here is on being outdoors.
The camp itself has every modern amenity you may need during your stay, including a multifunctional yurt that’s used for anything from yoga to meetings, and has space to hold a formal dinner for more than 30 people if you were thinking of coming to Tops’l for an event.
El Cosmico; Marfa, Texas
El Cosmico, a 21-acre bohemian-themed campground hotel in Marfa, Texas, is an adventurer’s dream come true. Accommodations include renovated vintage trailers, safari tents, Sioux-style tepees, a Mongolian yurt, and tent campsites. To celebrate their love of the community, El Cosmico also offers its guests a communal hammock grove, outdoor kitchen and dining area, a community lounge and mercantile, an outdoor stage, and reading room.
The Resort at Paws Up; Greenough, Montana
Luxury is the utmost priority at the Resort at Paws up in Western Montana. Whether you decide on the ultimate family retreat at the Moonlight Camp, featuring complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, mountain bikes, and scavenger hunts; or a romantic, one-bedroom honeymoon tent, there’s the right accommodation for everyone.
Under Canvas; Moab National Park; Moab, Utah
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to really experience the desert, Under Canvas at Moab National Park is ready to help you find out. Rates range from $89 to $384 per night depending on which of the six unique experiences you choose. Explore the Arches and Canyonlands National parks, take a trip in a hot air balloon, or if you’re feeling daring, raft the Colorado River.
Camp Orenda; Johnsburg, New York
Camp Orenda is the perfect escape from the grind of city life. It’s located in the Adirondack State Park, allowing guests to hike winding paths and mountain trails, canoe on lakes, or enjoy the star-filled evening on the porch of your rustic, contemporary-designed cabin.
AutoCamp Russian River; Guerneville, California
For a unique experience unlike any other, rent a cozy airstream at the AutoCamp Russian River property in Guernville, California—otherwise known as Sonoma’s wine country. Cure your wanderlust by swimming in the Russian River, canoeing, or relaxing on the beach. Check out the downtown scene, explore vineyards and Redwood forests, or simply relax by your campsite with friends.
Pampered Wilderness; Olympia, Washington
From the moment you pull up to the Pampered Wilderness campsite in Millersylvania State Park, you will be taken aback by the beautifully decorated cabins resembling deluxe safari suites. The dreamy aesthetic is one you’ll never forget. When you’re not relaxing, discover the park’s nature trails and don’t miss out on swimming or canoeing in Deep Lake.
Shawnee Island Glamping; Delaware, Pennsylvania
For a secluded, intimate glamping experience, check out the “Luxury Encampment” at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resorts that’s actually on an island in the middle of the Delaware River. Access to the campsite is by canoe, which makes for the perfect combination of adventure and luxury.
Westgate River Ranch Resort Glamping; River Ranch, Florida
Glamping at the Westgate River Ranch Resort in Florida is one of the chicest experiences of them all. We’re talking a gorgeously decorated, rustic-style tent that’s tucked in among the woods. To add to the luxury, you’ll also be matched with a personal glamping concierge and a key to your private bathroom facility.
The Aerie; Joshua Tree, California
The Aerie is located in Joshua Tree and serves as the architectural embodiment of Eric Mueller’s vision for a unique desert sanctuary. Its Moroccan, Indian, and Tibetan influences are what make the glampground come to life, from their stunning decor pieces to smaller finishing touches.
Dunton Hot Springs; Dolores, Colorado
Meet the luxury Colorado ranch that’s practically straight out of a storybook. The Dolores is an original Dunton Cabin from the 1800s that’s nestled in the San Juan Mountains, overlooking the scenic river. The cabin also features a stunning Rajasthan wedding bed to add to the romantic, old-western style.
Under Canvas Grand Canyon; Williams, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is a must-see for all, and what better way to enjoy it than in a luxury safari camp just 40 minutes away? The campground sits at the base of the Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa pine forests in the world. Explore the Grand Canyon or cruise down Route 66–the choice is yours.
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