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Glamping resorts: 12 unique and luxurious vacations in the U.S.

We know that travel is especially difficult right now. But alongside the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates, we want to continue to inspire you with new travel content so that when the world opens its doors again, you'll be ready.

Throughout these challenging times, few things have sounded better than a glamping trip to a fabulous outdoor resort. And although most of us aren’t able to enjoy the best of both nature and luxury just yet, there’s no reason we can’t still stoke our wanderlust so we’re ready when the time is right to travel again. So, if a glamping trip is at the top of your list, read on for a bit of inspiration.

Disclaimer: Travel restrictions within the United States are a patchwork of county, state, and federal guidelines. Regulations, potential quarantine periods, and travel restrictions may exist at your destination. We recommend contacting your destination’s Secretary of State office and reviewing CDC guidelines before booking travel. Reach your glamping resort safely by staying informed.

Mountain view and setting sun that can be seen at a glamping resort

Glamping resorts in the U.S. we can’t wait to stay at:

  1. Fireside Resort, Wyoming
  2. Under Canvas, Arizona
  3. Moose Meadow Lodge, Vermont
  4. Terra Glamping Resort, New York
  5. Bali House & Bali Cottage, Hawaii
  6. Under Canvas, Montana
  7. Silver Bullet Retreats, Florida
  8. Sandy Pines Campground, Maine
  9. Dunton River Camp, Colorado
  10. The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
  11. Wahwahtaysee Resort, Texas
  12. Conestoga Ranch, Utah

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1. Glamping at Fireside Resort – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Howdy, luxury! Ultra-comfortable king-size beds, luxury linens, concierge, and cleaning services. Overall, Fireside is a completely extraordinary glamping resort experience. Relax in the great outdoors in your Glamping Wyoming Bathhouse, which offers private washrooms, including rain showers, heated floors, and organic spa products. Expect campfire sit-downs, Scotch, and guided tours — this resort also provides top chefs to prepare meals, along with gourmet snacks and happy hours. You’ll soon understand why glamping resorts are a major travel trend.

To get there, book a flight to Jackson Hole Airport and land at the commercial airport closest to Jackson, 10 miles north of town, inside Grand Teton National Park.

Read more: Will ski resorts open in 2021? Here’s everything you need to know

2. Under Canvas – Grand Canyon, Arizona

Under Canvas is a luxury Arizona glamping resort located on 160 secluded acres of beautiful forest along historic Route 66. Sitting at the foot of Bill Williams Mountain, the comfortable tents and tipis are in one of the largest Ponderosa pine forests in the world. Being so close to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is a timeless experience. When the vistas are this wide, searching the skies becomes a favorite pastime.

The Stargazer glamping tent option has its own viewing window above a king bed to stargaze at night. Additionally, the ensuite bathroom in your tent includes a shower, sink, and toilet. Together with a wood stove that keeps the tent warm, a private deck allows you to immerse in the outdoors.

Most Grand Canyon visitors fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport because it is the closest major international airport to the South Rim. 2021 dates have been released: book for April 15th through October 25th. When you fly to your Arizona glamping resort, find cheap flights with Skyscanner.

the rusty red walls of a very deep canyon being illuminated by sunset.

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3. Moose Meadow Lodge – Waterbury, Vermont

Due to being nestled in 86 acres of secluded beauty, this wooded glamping resort experience is one of the most tranquil in the United States. Glampers can choose between many themed log cabins, including the Sled Room, The Duck Room, Mountain View Room, or the popular Treehouse.

Amenities include hot tub spas, soft robes, luxurious soaps and shampoos, internet, breakfast, and much more. Nearby activities include endless trout fishing, hiking trails, complimentary snowshoes and sleds, mountain views, and endless wrap-around porches to take in the great outdoors. The cabins at this glamping resort come with full kitchens and outstanding views. When you stay at Moose Meadow, you’ll find great comfort and glamorous camping for all seasons.

The closest airport to Waterbury is Burlington International Airport. Direct flight routes are available from major cities across the United States, including Chicago, New York, and Atlanta.

A pink sky over red autumn trees reflecting in a lake.

4. Terra Glamping Resort – East Hampton, New York

What glamping resorts tend to offer is amazing scenery alongside luxurious facilities and a higher standard of camping accommodation. But, you don’t always have to go far to find them. In fact, Terra Glamping’s East Hampton location is only two and a half hours from New York City. The site features 30 safari-style tents that are particularly ideal for stargazing, and for exploring the boutiques and restaurants in the Hamptons. Guests are treated to a queen-size memory foam mattress, down bedding, and furniture that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury hotel room.

Glampers should take a flight to La Guardia or JFK, then rent a car to make the two-and-a-half-hour drive to East Hampton.

5. Bali House and Bali Cottage – Kehena Beach, Hawaii

Nestled on Kehena Beach on the Big Island, this distinctive beach paradise is a great way to experience the outdoor life in Hawaii, while not skimping on any high-end luxuries.

Prepare to be pampered in a 1,400 square foot cottage of indoor living space. You’ll have fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, garden spas, high thread count linens, and an especially spectacular view over the ocean. Nearby, snorkeling, hiking, marine sanctuaries, boating, and even lava boat tours are available.

Travel to Kona International Airport or Hilo International Airport to get to Kehena Beach. There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport first and then taking a short, 50-minute flight to Hilo. Currently, guests must have a negative COVID test 72 hours before their stay.

blue waves meet a green mountain from hawaiian glampsite
See magnificent Hawaiian views from the comfort of a luxurious bed.

6. Glacier Under Canvas – Glacier National Park, Montana

Once you’ve spent your day experiencing the beauty and adventure of Glacier National Park, you can return to your luxury glamping resort and unwind in style. Spend your time at this glamping resort in the stunning countryside exploring the outdoors, hiking, biking, golfing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or fishing.

Canvas tents are vast with high ceilings and luxury furniture. Campfires and planned activities are offered while picnic lunches are available.

The easiest airport to fly into is Glacier National Park is Glacier Park International Airport located in Kalispell, Montana. The airport is 30 miles from the West Entrance of Glacier National Park and 12 miles from the town of Whitefish. Under Canvas opens from June 10th to September 13th, 2021.

A waterfall rushing into a pond filled with red stones.

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7. Silver Bullet Retreats – Central Florida

Make your own quirky glamping resort with a vintage Airstream. These accommodations are remodeled, updated, and stylishly decorated for a luxury retro camping vacation. Initially, start by picking a campsite location in Central Florida. Then, have your Airstream delivered to you at one of several centrally-located cities. Nearby campsites offer outdoor fun such as swimming, boating, trekking, fishing, kayaking, and barbecuing. In effect, your campsite will become a glamping resort with a full kitchen, running water, a bathroom, outdoor furniture, and refrigerators.

The largest airports in Florida include Miami International Airport, Orlando International Airport, and Tampa International Airport.

blue water meeting white sand beach with a glamping resort airstream trailer
Silver Bullet Retreats lets you pick your idea glampsite.

8. Sandy Pines Campground – Kennebunkport, Maine

This stylish glamping resort has a variety of rental options that allow you to enjoy camping in Maine with added comfort. What’s more, campground owners Tim Harrington and Debra Lennon recently teamed up with 12 New England interior designers to create luxe tents. As a result, Sandy Pines boasts bespoke bedding, seating, furnishings, lighting, and artistic accessories. Consider this for your next glamping resort retreat and enjoy modern tents while you plan to explore the beautiful Maine coast.

Maine’s two largest airports are Bangor International Airport and Portland International Jetport. Sandy Pines reopens in May 2021. Currently, individuals traveling to Maine must self-quarantine for 14 days.

9. Dunton River Camp – Dolores, Colorado

If it’s been your dream to sleep in the Colorado Rockies, then you’ll want to book a few nights at Dunton River Camp. This luxury ranch lets you fully immerse in nature while enjoying the hotel comforts such as ensuite bathrooms, soaker tubs, and towel warmers. Guests can choose between the River Tent (surely you’ll be lulled to sleep from the sounds of the Dolores River) or the Mountain Tent (wake up surrounded by Aspen trees and views of the El Diente peak). Reservation comes with included meals, access to the sauna, and free rental of two mountain bikes.

This glamping spot is located in Dolores, Colorado. Nearby airports include Cortez Municipal Airport, Durango-La Plata County Airport, and Telluride Regional Airport. This summer, Dunton operated as an exclusive experience due to COVID and dates are to-be-determined for the 2021 season.

Glamping resort tent in a forest
Immerse yourself in nature with a glamping resort adventure

10. Glamp at The Resort at Paws Up – Missoula, Montana

The Resort at Paws Up in western Montana is where luxury meets unspoiled wilderness. This ranch resort is located on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch that features safari-style luxury tents. From mid-May through mid-October, guests can stay among several types of tents, such as the North Bank Camp which fits up to six guests and sits atop a bluff overlooking Blackfoot River. In view of the natural wonders, guests will be treated to silky-soft bed linens, ensuite bathrooms with heated floors, and a personal chef and butler.

To get here, guests should fly into Missoula International Airport (MSO) which is then only a 30-minute scenic drive from the resort. Complimentary round-trip transportation between the airport and the resort is included with a room reservation.

11. Wahwahtaysee ResortAustin, Texas

At Wahwahtaysee Resort, Texas hospitality offers spacious accommodations, while lush Texas river lands tuck you in at night. The outdoors need no accentuation here. Luxurious tents and cabins blend with the natural features of 150-year-old pecan groves on the San Marcos River. With an inspired design and thoughtful operations, the Wahwahtaysee Resort creates a glamping experience that is private, intimate, and exclusive. Only five tents and one cabin exist on the 100+ acreage of wildland.

To find Wahwahtaysee, guests will fly into either Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) or San Antonio International (SAT). It is a 38-mile trip south of Austin or a 59-mile drive northeast of San Antonio. Accordingly, the drive quickens thanks to gorgeous views of Texas hill country. Wahwahtaysee has current availability for your 2021 glamping desires.

blue sky over green trees on top of brown rocks.

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12. Conestoga Ranch – Bear Lake Utah

Owing to turquoise blue water, Bear Lake is a beach experience in the American West. As a result, Conestoga Ranch is often called “the Caribbean of the Rockies.” This is the perfect place to glamp– near fishing, boating, and sunbathing spots. Conestoga guests have access to a 24-hour bath house, daily linen service, and valet fire starters. In addition to rustic tents, guests have the opportunity to book a stay in pioneer wagons that sleep up to six. For a more private experience, consider the Royal Tent Suite. It comes equipped with a clawfoot tub, and secluded views.

Because of a central location, guests heading to Conestoga Ranch have a choice of flying into one of two airports. The larger Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is 122 miles away. A more regional Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) offers the opportunity to visit several national parks prior to a glamping resort stay at Bear Lake. Conestoga is currently open.


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FAQs

What is the point of glamping?

Glamping resorts offer a unique merger between the open nature of staying outdoors and the luxury of a hotel room. Tents, wagons, and even Airstream trailers can be turned into bespoke glamping rooms that foster inspiring vibes and engaging views, all with the amenities of five-star lodging.

What is the difference between glamping and camping?

While both are forms of outdoor vacationing, the similarities end there. When you camp, the goal is to rough it. However, it’s not unusual for glamping resorts to come equipped with a full kitchenette, a clawfoot tub, or even heated floors. If you find an ordinary campsite with this level of pinache, you may be glamping.

Where can I go glamping in the U.S.?

Glamping resorts can be found all over the U.S., especially in areas known for their natural beauty. In addition to the 12 glamping resorts covered here, you can find glampsites in places like Joshua Tree, and the Great Smokey Mountains. If there’s a national park nearby, consider googling nearby glampsites.

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