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The dreamiest places to go glamping in the US

The best spots to go glamping in the US offer ready-to-go tents, comfy beds, and stunning views

Written by
Sarah Medina
&
Rosie Hewitson
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Like the idea of an outdoorsy vacation, but not so keen on bunkering down in a musty old sleeping bag? Glamping is the perfect middle ground, combining the proximity to nature you get on a camping trip with the comfort and relaxation of a hotel stay. There are plenty of amazing glamping sites in the US, from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the redwoods of California. And if tents aren’t really your thing that’s fine too! There are glass domes, covered wagons, Airstreams and plenty more unique and memorable accommodation options to choose from instead.

So whether you’d prefer to watch the sun setting over Manhattan while you sip cocktails at a Governor’s Island glampsite or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment with views of Blackfoot Valley in Western Montana, we’ve rounded up a bunch of the best places to enjoy a luxury camping experience across the United States. Book one of these dreamy spots for an amazing glamping vacation this summer.  

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This luxury travel company makes it easy to camp out in some of the USA's most beautiful national parks with sites in Zion, Moab, Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Grand Canyon and new locations in Yosemite and Joshua Tree opening in 2021. Delux tents can come with a wood stove, a private deck and an en suite bathroom (but the public restroom isn't too shabby either, with individual rooms equipped with a shower, sink and toilet). No matter which location you choose, you'll have uninterrupted views of pristine wilderness. 

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Thinking about a secluded getaway in the great outdoors? It doesn't get better than this luxury glamping site on a private island. A quick boat ride takes you from Jekyll Island—just off the coast of Georgia—to Little Raccoon Key where a hand-sewn tent awaits you. A gas grill and cooler are provided, and groceries and chef-prepared meals are available upon request. You can eenv book private spa treatments and yoga lessons!

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If you're feeling social, a stay at Lucky Arrow Retreat Hotel is jam-packed with activities where 10 yurts, a bathhouse, 25 cabins, a ranch house, a pool, an event center and a beer garden are spread across 15 acres of pure Texas Hill Country. Opt in for free wine tastings on Friday and Saturday nights, an on-site chef that serves three meals a day on the weekends and 80s throwback jam sessions with a live DJ. The 200-square-foot yurts offer queen-size beds, Yeti coolers, Crosley record players, heating or air-conditioning. 

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Always dreamt of staying in a treehouse? What about stargazing from a glass dome? Asheville Glamping boasts an array of lodging options including Geodesic domes, Airstreams and glamping tents set on a rural 15-acre property. But you're here for the tents, right? Each tent comes with a queen bed, air conditioning and a private fire pit and propane grill. 

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Tucked into a secluded beachfront forest, bordered by salt marsh, Sandy Pines Campground offers family-friendly activities, spacious grounds, and a one-mile walk to the beach. Safari tents come equipped with king size beds and a deck with seating, but they're not your only option. You can also spend the night in a decked-out Airstream, Shepherd’s Hut, glass house, Oasis Dome, or one of two Conestoga Wagons, all tucked into sites overlooking the marsh.

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Collective Retreats offers luxury glamping from coast to coast with campsites in Vail, Sonoma, the Hudson Valley, Texas Hill Country, Yellowstone and Governor’s Island. There's only about 15 tents available at each location (perfect for secluded getaways!), with various meals and activities unique to each site. Try horseback riding and wine tasting in Colorado, or sip a cocktail with glittering views of downtown Manhattan from Governor’s Island. 

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The word glamping was invented for spots like this. Set within 160 acres of forest on the California coast, there are two glamping sites at Ventana—Redwood or the hike-in-only Canyon (both come with stunning views, of course). Each tent comes equipped with heated blankets, a king bed, a picnic table, and separate gas and wood-burning fire pits. Throw in daily housekeeping and morning coffee, and this is the fanciest camping you can do.

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One of the original glamping sites in the U.S., this award-winning resort mixes white-glove service with 37,000 acres of pristine wilderness. Located in Western Montana’s Blackfoot Valley, the resort features 100 miles of trails, 10 miles of the Blackfoot River and 1.5 million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. And you know, the tents are pretty fancy too. 

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Boasting eight spacious tents on a 500-acre former cattle ranch, Dunton River Camp is a one-of-a-kind glamping experience. Choose between mountain tents nestled in Aspen trees or river tents that sit steps above the West Fork of the Dolores River. All of the tents are outfitted with king beds, ensuite bathrooms with a 6-foot soaker tub, gas stoves, and a mountain bike to get around the property. Rather sleep in a log cabin? Check out Dunton Hot Springs instead, a romantic 1800’s ghost town set in Colorado's extraordinary alpine valley. 

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Sleep among the trees and wake to the sound of chirping birds at these well-appointed tents in upstate New York. Tents are outfitted with hardwood floors, a plush king or queen bed, a private tented porch with rocking chairs, and a writer’s desk and chair (just in case you have to get some work done). A complimentary locally-sourced breakfast means you'll be well-fueled to hit the nearby Upper Buttermilk Falls hiking trails. 

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