Interested in getting away from it all and being out in the wilderness without sleeping on the ground? Want to get in touch with nature, but also enjoy a glass of wine? When the idea of camping sounds a little appealing but roughing it does not, glamping just might be your answer.
You can go glamping in a yurt, in a dome, in a cabin, and even in a luxury treehouse, but sleeping in a tent always seems to let you connect with nature and the world around you in a way that nothing else can. When you go glamping in a tent, the accommodations take advantage of the surroundings and create a comfortable, luxurious space in nature that includes some of the comforts of home. From safari tents to luxury tents and tented cabins, there is a glamping in a tent experience for everyone. So pack that bottle of wine and your flannel pajamas, and consider these top ten places to try glamping in a tent.
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Home to the bustling city of Atlanta and picturesque Savannah, Georgia may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about glamping in a tent, but it is a beautiful spot for luxury camping. Since Georgia is hot and humid in the summer, some accommodations even offer air conditioning. It is also a great destination for glamping in spring, fall, and even during milder winter months.
Campers can get in touch with nature here in style while enjoying the idyllic southern countryside. Imagine a luxury tent on a lake with a king-sized bed and a wood-burning fireplace, where you can sit on a wooden deck and drink your morning cup of coffee. Now that is some quality camping! Or, spend a weekend on your own private island. Little Raccoon Key is just off Jekyll Island and offers a luxury tent with a king-sized bed, designer linens, a wood-burning stove, and a gas grill. Here, you can even opt for groceries and chef-prepared meals or book private spa treatments and yoga lessons.
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Utah is a gorgeous state full of natural wonders. It is home to five national parks and forty-three state parks. The beauty here was made from millions of years of wind, sand, and water eroding the earth to reveal layers of red, orange, pink, and yellow sediment. Hike through canyons. Explore holes cut through a mountain. Kayak the Colorado River. At the same time, why not enjoy a little luxury with a solar-powered tent, wood-burning stove, and comfy bed?
One spot with luxurious glamping in a tent options lies just to the East of Zion National Park. From the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, you can venture right into the backcountry of the park from the ranch. Or, visit Conestoga Ranch beside Bear Lake State Park, in the northern corner of Utah, where they offer luxury tents that sleep four or six people. Their Grand Family Tents offer premium luxury with electricity, a king-sized bed in the master bedroom, four twin beds in the guest room, an en suite bathroom, a mini-refrigerator, a private campfire patio, and beautiful hand-picked furnishings.
From the beautiful coastline to the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina has something for everyone. If it is mountains you are looking for, try glamping in a tent inside Pisgah National Forest. It is a perfect spot to relax and get in touch with nature while being in close proximity to the city of Asheville, with its vibrant arts scene, historic architecture, and amazing restaurants.
Just ten miles from downtown Asheville and the Biltmore House, Pisgah Glamping at Lake Powhatan Campground offers campsites with a large tent that features a queen-sized bed complete with linens, firewood, a coffee maker, and electric hookups. Within the first hour of arrival, guests are greeted by a glamping host, who will give an overview of site amenities, provide instructions for linen service and other general needs, and answer questions or offer suggestions. Be sure to ask about the best hiking or biking trails, things to do in downtown Asheville, and where to find the best breweries, restaurants, nightlife, art, or music.
If a state park is not what you are looking for, there are dozens of other glamping options around Asheville and throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.
Probably best known for the Grand Canyon, Arizona is a beautiful southwestern state full of natural wonders. Besides the Grand Canyon, Arizona offers two other national parks – Petrified Forest National Park and Saguaro National Park. You can also find ancient Pueblo villages like the one at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which you would likely recognize from the movies, the remnants of an active volcano at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and so much more.
Because there is so much amazing natural beauty in Arizona, there is no shortage of glamping sites across the state. One of which is Under Canvas Grand Canyon. This glamping resort is 25 minutes from the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park and is set on 160 acres of secluded pine and juniper forest. Recognized as one of the Top 25 Resorts in the US – Midwest & West by Condé Nast Traveler, Under Canvas Grand Canyon offers upscale glamping in a tent accommodations with king-sized beds, private bathrooms, wood-burning stoves, and private patio decks where you can enjoy the gorgeous Arizona sky at night.
Nicknamed The Treasure State and known as Big Sky Country, Montana is another place full of gorgeous natural views. From the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains, Montana is home to Glacier National Park, a portion of Yellowstone National Park, the Montana Dinosaur Trail, and at least a half dozen National Park Service areas.
The Resort at Paws Up is a ranch resort in the heart of Western Montana’s Blackfoot Valley with safari-style tents that can accommodate couples, families, and even groups. Their luxury tents feature chic rustic furnishings, art-adorned walls, electricity, heat, and air conditioning. You will never be able to go back to bare bones camping once you have had a camping butler at your beck and call, and you experience the private master bathroom with its rain shower, jetted bathtub, and heated floors.
From Sonoma to Big Sur, California has no shortage of beauty, from its cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest and sprawling wine country, to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Mojave Desert. With California being the third largest state in the country, there are so many glamping options.
You can go glamping in a tent in the heart of California’s wine country at Safari West, an African wildlife preserve that is home to approximately 800 animals, from cheetahs and giraffes to rhinoceros. Spend the night in one of their luxury tents built on high wooden platforms, each with its own private viewing deck and private bathroom. Fall asleep to animal sounds and then spend your day on safari tours and wildlife encounters, or head out to one of the famed California wineries.
If wildlife is not what you are looking for, consider visiting Big Sur, California. Bordered by the mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, it is known for its beautiful coastline, seaside cliffs, deep gorges, and flowing rivers. The region only has around 1,000 residents, so it is perfect for a quiet, romantic glamping in a tent getaway. The 20-acre redwood canyon campground at Ventana Big Sur offers privacy and seclusion. Rest comfortably on a custom-designed mattress with premium linens in their safari-style tents. Enjoy the redwood forest on your private deck, soaking up the tranquility along with a glass of wine and the love of your life.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the perfect basecamp for the region because it’s right in the middle of miles of hiking trails in the mountains, plenty of dining options, attractions, shopping, and arts. Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains, named one of the Top 20 Resorts in the US – South by Condé Nast Traveler, is set on 182 acres of lush, wooded terrain, giving visitors access to Tennessee’s ancient mountains and misty blue vistas. Enjoy the beautiful night sky here while glamping in a tent, where you can snuggle up with your love and a glass of wine on your private deck.
Oregon may be known for getting lots of rain, but even when it is damp outside, you will still want to explore the forests and trails, the water, and the mountains that are full of natural beauty. Oregon is home to Crater Lake National Park, Mt. Hood, and the Willamette Valley, whose farm-to-fork food scene is paired with a legacy of wine.
In Central Oregon, Panacea at the Canyon is an eco-conscious and luxurious sanctuary where travelers can unplug and unwind. Visitors are immersed in nature while experiencing an exclusive and luxurious off-grid glamping in a tent experience with 5-star resort amenities. It is located on 40 acres in the high desert of Central Oregon, surrounded by Crooked River National Grasslands and Crooked River Canyon. It is perfect for both the traveler who wants to relax by the pool and enjoy spa treatments and yoga classes, and for the traveler who wants to experience the outdoor adventure that Oregon has to offer.
The rocky coastline, iconic lighthouses, and beautiful spruce of Acadia National Park all make Maine the perfect glamping in a tent destination. From lobster shacks and saltwater taffy on the coast to the snow capped White Mountains, Maine has something for everyone.
Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport offers couples and families luxe tents designed by 12 New England interior designers. Their gorgeous couple’s tents offer king-sized beds, beautiful seating areas, wooden decks, and access to a shared bathhouse. Other amenities include air conditioning and a miniature fridge. Family glamping in a tent options include uniquely designed spaces with the accommodations of a couple’s tent, along with the addition of either a daybed with trundle inside the main tent, or a second, smaller tent stylishly outfitted with two twin beds.
Everything is bigger in Texas. The Wahwahtaysee Resort is no exception. This glamping resort offers luxurious tents on a 150-year-old pecan grove on the San Marcos River. Visitors will experience a private, intimate, glamping in a tent getaway since there are only five tents and one cabin on over 100 acres of land. During your stay, you will enjoy accommodations that rival a luxury hotel. Every luxury safari tent includes a king-sized bed and queen sleeper sofa with luxury linens, air conditioning, and heating, hardwood floors, a private bathroom with a spa bathtub, a kitchenette and dining area, an outdoor deck, and a golf cart for use around the resort during your stay.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of nature in the lap of luxury, any of these amazing glamping in a tent experiences will make you feel like you are living the luxe life. Once you have spent the night in an air-conditioned tent with a king-sized bed, a private bathroom, and a private deck, you will never want to go back to roughing it again.
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