The Most Luxurious Glamping Sites to Book in the United States
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Want to experience the great outdoors but don’t fancy the hard ground and unwashed hair? These are the most luxurious glamping sites across the USA – bookable on Culture Trip.
Whether you’re in Maine or Yellowstone, Florida or Utah, the USA is blessed with natural beauty that’s perfect for camping trips. While sleeping in the great outdoors once meant a mouldy tent and a roll mat, times have changed. The modern traveler seeks creature comforts such as mattresses, crisp linen, charging points and hot tubs. To aid you in your quest for glamping nirvana, we’ve rounded up the best sites in the US.
Bug Hill Farm, Massachusetts
Farm, Glamping, Camping
The couple who own Bug Hill Farm met while collecting basil. Two years later, he proposed, and the two now run this small berry farm and campsite. From mid-July to late October you can pick your own raspberries, blueberries, redcurrants and apples on their farm, before retreating to the secluded campsite overlooking a pond.
Fireside Resort, Wyoming
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The USP of Fireside is its contemporary, sustainably built huts reminiscent of a modern Scandinavian sauna. Inside, you can expect Tempur-Pedic mattresses, flat-screen TVs and fitted kitchens, handy if you don’t fancy cooking cowboy-style on the outdoor firepit. Outside your door, nearby Yellowstone provides a lifetime’s worth of attractions, with white-water rafting and biking and hiking trails galore.
Under Canvas, Glacier, Montana
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Under Canvas has both style and substance and is situated just 7mi (11km) from the entrance to Glacier National Park, Montana. Visitors will be treated to safari-style tents that are cleaned every day by an on-site housekeeping team bearing fluffy towels and organic bathroom products. There are picnic areas and the obligatory outdoor grills, plus a complimentary events programme including yoga classes, crafts, acoustic music and outdoor games. Technology refusers rejoice – their grounds are free of wifi, so you can treat yourself to the ultimate digital detox.
El Capitan Canyon, California
Set among the forest alongside El Capitan Creek, this place offers the choice of cedar cabins, safari tents or yurts. Hit the on-site Canyon Market for all your culinary needs – they serve up hearty breakfasts using fresh, regional ingredients. Need a morning caffeine fix before heading out for a hike? They’ll brew you a perfect cappuccino, too. Water babies will enjoy the heated swimming pool, and bicycles are free for all guests to use.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Set deep in the San Juan Mountains range of the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs styles itself as an 1800s ghost town. Fortunately, it’s all geared up for the 21st-century glamper, too, with wood-burning stoves, comfy beds and hot showers. Honorable mention goes to the five on-site natural springs that will ease away the aches and pains of a long cycle or hike across the trails.
Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo, Florida
3.8/5 (157 Reviews)
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Now from $192 per night
A trip to this huge Florida dude ranch overlooking the Kissimmee River will get everyone embracing their inner Sundance. Ride horses, fire air rifles and bows, go rock climbing or learn to hunt hogs and alligators. Saturday nights are all about the rodeo, when everyone puts on their best pointy boots to watch athletes compete in the rodeo arena at trick riding, barrel racing and bull riding. Yee-haw.
Shash Dine EcoRetreat, Arizona
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Reconnect with the Navajo Nation at the Shash Dine EcoRetreat, 12mi (19km) south of Page, Arizona. The site has unsullied views of the Vermilion Cliffs, Lake Powell and the Echo Peaks, while Navajo-Churro sheep, goats, horses, cows and friendly working dogs populate the working ranch. Hike into the deep Antelope Canyons, or hire paddleboards and kayaks on Lake Powell. Accommodation is in bell tents or shepherd’s wagons with comfy bedding and candle lanterns, for an authentic desert experience.
Rustic Rook Resort Great Sand Dunes, Colorado
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If views were currency, Rustic Rook would be the richest resort in town. Open your glamping tent each morning and gaze up at the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Tuck into a breakfast burrito with a freshly brewed and locally roasted craft coffee. For a unique experience, hire a sled and go skidding across the nearby sand dunes. Once the sun has gone down, head to the campfire and treat yourself to complimentary s’mores.
Oso Blu Resort, Utah
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Whether you’re a beach baby or a mountain lover, Oso Blu has something for everyone. Catch some rays on the edge of Bear Lake or go horse riding, mountain climbing or hiking in the trails of Garden City Park, a 20-minute walk away. Just 3.7mi (6km) up the road is Bear Lake West Golf Course, and if you want to add some gentle culture to your trip, the diminutive Pickleville Playhouse is 2.5mi (4km) away and shows family-friendly productions.
Zion Glamping Adventures, Utah
4.2/5 (114 Reviews)
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Now from $142 per night
Hunker down in a bell tent on the edge of your own private Utah canyon. Go buggy riding across dunes, walk the 7.5mi (12km) water canyon trail or take a horseback trail ride. All tents have their own outdoor hang-out area with picnic table, chairs and grill – after a busy day on the land, you’ll sink like a stone into your queen-size bed.
These recommendations were updated on October 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.