Get out in nature without all the hard work
Glamping offers families the best of both worlds—a night in the great outdoors without having to pitch a tent. These spots take your family camping adventure to another level with fire pits, stargazing, on-site restaurants, hot springs, and even personal valets. Whether you choose to sleep in a safari tent, railroad car, or yurt with a view of the ocean, your next family glamping vacation will be one to remember!
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Best Glamping Spots in the West
Fireside Resort | Wilson, WY
Just minutes from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Fireside Resort offers 25 pint-sized, luxuriously outfitted tiny house rental units designed by Wheelhaus. Each place has its own outdoor fire pit and deck. Cabins sleep up to six people and have full kitchens so you can stock up before your visit and spend some time cooking as a family. The resort is located a stone’s throw from Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole ski slopes. From whitewater rafting to hiking, to going horseback riding, there is plenty to do in Wilson, Jackson Hole, and the surrounding areas.
AutoCamp Zion | Virgin, UT
The beauty of the red rock landscape is your backyard when you book your stay at AutoCamp’s newest location near Zion National Park this spring or summer. You can bed down for the night in a dreamy Airstream or canvas tent and have direct access to all of Zion’s hikes and adventure opportunities without having to go through the park’s busy front entrance. Read all about it.
Conestoga Ranch | Garden City, UT
Conestoga Ranch has a variety of unique and luxurious lodging options. The Royal and Grand Tents sleep up to six guests and include en-suite bathrooms. Kids especially love staying in one of the custom-made Conestoga wagons that sleep up to six people with a king-size bed and either one or two sets of bunk beds. The wagons are fully mobile and may be moved to offer a customized group experience.
Royal Gorge Cabins Glamping Tents | Cañon City, CO
Located an hour southwest of Colorado Springs, the Royal Gorge Cabins Glamping Tents feature two queen beds and can accommodate a family of four. Built on a concrete slab with in-floor radiant heat, the tents include luxury linens, plenty of lighting, wicker seating, a desk, WiFi, and electricity. Tents also feature private outdoor patios with an outdoor table, seating around a wood-burning fire pit, and a complimentary fire kit. A bathhouse with showers and restrooms is nearby.
El Capitan Canyon | Santa Barbara, CA
Camping is made easy in a cedar cabin that has all the amenities you need for a relaxing adventure with nature at El Capitan Canyon. Each cabin has its own picnic table and firepit so that you can roast up some s'mores under the stars. Deer, birds, trees, and nature surround your clan at this camp area with plenty to do. You'll find a camp store and restaurant full of amenities. Further, truly glamp it up by ordering a BBQ kit delivered right to your campsite. Then, fire up the grill and eat up.
Railroad Park Resort | Dunsmuir, CA
Railfans, this is the spot for you! Located in Northern California's Siskiyou County, Railroad Park lets families bed down in vintage railroad cabooses that sleep up to five people. You'll have a fridge, full bathroom, WiFi, and microwave as well as an on-site pool, restaurant, and a creek for exploring. They also have an RV and campground with access to the pool.
Related: 10 Things You Must Do in California’s Siskiyou County
Greenhorn Ranch | Quincy, CA
Just north of Tahoe you'll find the gorgeous, off-the-beaten-path area of the Lost Sierras. Here you can really get away from it all and spend some time with your family among massive trees and native animals. Greenhorn Ranch in Quincy, CA is the perfect vacation for families who want to get away from it all and experience dude ranch life. The Pines and Creekside cabins are great options for families. The one-bedroom option has a king-sized bed in its own room. The main room has a queen and twin-over-twin bunk bed. Private bathrooms and daily housekeeping is included. Each cabin has a porch swing right out front.
Related: 11 Reasons Greenhorn Ranch is the Perfect Getaway for Families
Mendocino Grove | Mendocino, CA
Mendocino Grove has 60 fully-outfitted tents with lavish beds and your family will not want to leave once you have arrived. Campfires and gas barbecues make cooking easy. You can even rent cooking equipment, so you don't have to lug your pans with you. Luxurious bathrooms and hot water stations make this a no-brainer for families. Relax on a hammock and enjoy the fresh air.
Related: Micro-cation in Mendocino (& the Railbikes Experience All Will Love)
Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch | Stanley, ID
Perfect for multi-generational family gatherings, the 900-acre Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch offers an opportunity to slow down, sit by the fire and play a game of cards with the Sawtooth Mountains in the distance. You won’t find TVs, radios or phones in the rooms and honestly, you won’t even miss them with all the outdoor activities available. Instead, find adjoining pairs of cabin rooms that sleep up to six people with the comfiest beds on the planet, cozy fireplaces, and generous bathrooms. Stays are all-inclusive, and you'll get delicious local cuisines like elk and salmon, along with gourmet sandwiches to take with you on your daily adventures.
Best Glamping Spots in the Southwest
Blisswood Bed & Breakfast Ranch | Cat Springs, TX
Set on a 350-acre working ranch, BlissWood Bed & Breakfast Ranch is a remote and rustic hideaway an hour west of Houston. The B&B consists of 14 cabins and cottages of varying sizes, with woodsy furniture, full kitchens, sitting areas, and porches. Some include wood-burning fireplaces or stoves, whirlpool baths, and hot tubs. You can also find some glamping options (Grand Safari Tent, Conestoga Covered Wagon, Deluxe RVs). All lodging includes breakfast.
Under Canvas Grand Canyon | Valle, AZ
Set upon 160 acres of secluded piñon and juniper forest, Under Canvas Grand Canyon is located just 25 minutes from the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Offering upscale accommodations near one of the Seven Wonders of the world, Under Canvas Grand Canyon invites visitors to explore Arizona’s vast landscape and the grandeur of the Grand Canyon with safari-inspired glamping accommodations in Valle, Arizona. Families will love the suite option that includes a Deluxe camping tent with a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom, along with a lounge area that sleeps another two people.
Other Under Canvas locations: Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell, Moab, Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, and Mount Rushmore and more
Best Glamping Spots in the Midwest
Big Cedar Lodge | Ridgedale, MO
The wilderness resort of Big Cedar Lodge is a 4,600-acre destination in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains where you can slow down and get back to your roots—among wide open spaces encompassing gorgeous green hills, the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake, cozy log cabins, ancient caves, spring-fed creeks, and waterfalls, cotton candy sunsets and connecting to the world beneath crystal clear stars. As a sweet “welcome back” for summer, the resort’s incredible glamping experience at Camp Long Creek comes with complimentary s’ mores kits.
Fuller’s Resort and Campground on Clear Lake—Buchanan, MI
Fuller's Resort is an awesome glampsite that is less than an hour and a half outside of Chicago. With various glamping options from an authentic log cabin to major luxe-living in the cottages that include beds, bathrooms with showers, full kitchens, cable TV, and air conditioning, you can pick your family’s level of outdoorsy-ness when you book your trip. Although the log cabin doesn’t have a kitchen or bathroom like in 1835 when it was built, it’s the most popular rental onsite, so grab it while you can.
Best Glamping Sites on the East Coast
Huttopia | Sanford, ME and Albany, NH
Huttopia Southern Maine lies in a stunning forest area in Sanford, next to the private Sand Pond and 15 miles from the famed seaside towns of Kennebunkport and Wells. Accommodations range from The Trappeur Tent to the Vista Tiny Houses to the lakefront Trappeurs with private access to the pond—all featuring a beautiful wooden bathroom and kitchen, full electricity, and accommodating up to five guests.
For an additional New England option, Huttopia White Mountains is a haven of greenery in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, complete with a dribbling creek running through the property and a background of the beautiful Iona Lake. Nearby, guests can also hike Mount Washington, explore the White Mountains National Forest that expands across a quarter of New Hampshire, and discover Meredith and the region of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Firelight Camps—Ithaca, NY
The Finger Lakes region’s Firelight Camps at La Tourelle Resort & Spa offers families the chance to explore the resort’s 70-acre property, ending at Ithaca’s famous gorge waterfalls. Immersed in nature, you’ll sleep like a log among the trees and wake to birdsong as silhouettes of leaves dance on the tent walls. Nature meets luxury in these furnished tents, which are outfitted with hardwood floors, plush king or double queen beds, a private tented porch with rocking chairs, battery-powered lanterns, and a writer’s desk and chair.
Best Glamping Spots for Families in the South
Geronimo Creek Retreat | Seguin, TX
Cool off at this gorgeous spot that's right on a creek, perfect for tubing. With many different accommodations to choose from including fully-air conditioned getaway cabins, there's something for every family at Geronimo Creek Retreat. Kitchenettes in the cabins make life easy when you are vacationing with kids. There are four elevated treehouses located next to and overlooking the spring-fed Geronimo Creek, affording guests a serene view of the water from each unit. These are also air-conditioned and come with a full kitchen and private bathroom.
El Cosmico | Marfa, TX
El Cosmico takes its inspiration from a long American history of hippies, nomads, bohemians, and those living a life of self-determination. Here you can choose from a number of sleeping spots: the Cosmic Kasita, decked-out trailers, yurts, safari tents, and more.
Westgate River Ranch | River Ranch, FL
The secluded Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo is a great vacation for those looking to escape into the great outdoors and glamp in style. Located next to the Kissimmee River in Central Florida, this one-of-a-kind dude ranch offers glamping tents equipped with heating and air-conditioning, full furnishings, upgraded linens, and a personal concierge to cater to your every whim! When it’s time to refuel after a fun day on the ranch, you will be able to enjoy a mouth-watering BBQ at the Westgate Smokehouse Grill.
Twin Lakes Camp Resort | DeFuniak Springs, FL
Accommodations like no other, Twin Lakes Camp Resort offers Glamping Tents which combine “back to nature” tent camping with glamour and added luxurious amenities. No need to bring your sleeping bags since every tent has a king-size bed. Some tents have bunk beds and can accommodate up to six people. No worries about the weather forecast; the Glamping Tents are fully air-conditioned and heated, creating a glamorous getaway any time of the year.
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