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There are a lot of words that could describe my family, but “fancy” is not one of them.
Most years, we like to choose a nice, quiet campground for our family vacation. Someplace where we can enjoy the great outdoors and bond as a family, without “living rough” in the wilderness.
If that sounds like your cup of tea, these luxurious and beautiful “glamping” spots are just right for you.
Some have features like running water and bathrooms, but they all include great views at beautiful locations, and the nightly rates are surprisingly affordable.
1. Fireside Resort - Wyoming
Just a short trip from Grand Teton sits eight acres of gorgeous land with beautiful mountainside views.
The landscape is wild, but your accommodations inside the luxury cabins are refined and relaxing.
Every cabin includes an outdoor fire pit, veranda, king-sized bed, TV, and kitchen, with a luxury tent included for nights under the stars.
So whatever the weather, your stay is unforgettable.
2. Treebones - California
Right next to Big Sur, you'll find this quirky little campground with stunning views of the coast.
Join the local community of yurt-dwellers and stay next to the campground’s owner-operators.
Each yurt includes a deck with ocean views, cozy beds, and running water (hot and cold).
With restaurants and a convenience store nearby, Treebones feels like a small village with great access to the ocean or local trails.
3. Sinya on Lone Man Creek - Texas
This retreat takes inspiration from African safari cabins, but you don’t have to hop on a plane to visit.
A short drive from Austin, you can book this luxury cabin featuring a king-size bed, claw-foot tub, and kitchenette.
The campground even includes all the ingredients you need to make tasty s'mores, and to top it all off, Lone Man Creek is a popular fishing spot for locals.
Oh, and did we mention there’s a stock tank hot tub on your back deck?
4. Ithaca by Firelight Camps - New York
A short drive from the big apple, you’ll find a relaxing and comfortable “elevated camping” spot on the grounds of a resort spa.
The “tents” feature private balconies, and you can wake up to a fresh continental breakfast each morning.
While the Buttermilk Falls State Park surrounds the camp, Firelight also offers activities like yoga, wine tastings, and spa treatments.
5. Dunton River Camp - Colorado
It looks like a campground, but feels like an all-inclusive resort (because it is).
Pick a tent with views of either the rolling river or stately mountains, then unwind in your tent or the en suite soaker tub.
Dunton River’s tents include every modern amenity you can think of, from stoves, showers, and heated towel racks to WiFi.
But if you would rather stay outdoors, you can use your room’s included mountain bikes to explore the nearby trails or soak in the riverside sauna.
6. The Capitol Reef Resort - Utah
Hit the trail with your family and enjoy a stay in this campground’s quirky but comfortable covered wagons.
Certain models include king sized beds, but they all feature air conditioning and nearby bathrooms.
Plus, the resort is right next door to the Capitol Reef National Park.
Spend your days exploring, then hit the hay each night and sleep in comfort. There are also teepee tents and cabins to rent, to suit every kind of adventurer.
7. Autocamp Santa Barbara - California
The past few years, vintage airstream trailers have become a serious craze, with some families turning them into gorgeous tiny homes.
You can downsize for the weekend at this campground, which provides a trailer complete with upgrades like spa bathtubs, fully-stocked kitchens, and flat screen TVs.
If you’re willing to try “urban camping”, the park is just a few minutes from downtown Santa Barbara by bike, and vintage beach cruisers are included with your accommodations.
8. Little Raccoon Key - Georgia
You’ll have to book early to reserve the solitary "glamping" tent at Little Raccoon Key, but it’s so worth it.
What you’re really booking for yourself is a tiny private island - with the boat ride there and back included - where you can see nature up close, including pods of wild dolphins.
And yes, you can retire for the night in a weather-proof canvas tent, filled with small comforts like a memory foam mattress, board games, a kettle and nearby bathroom.
9. Posh Primitive - New York
Like the name suggests, Posh Primitive blends the best parts of camping and urban living, at a convenient location in upstate New York.
With the Adirondacks nearby, there’s no shortage of trails for hiking and biking.
But if you would rather unwind in your cabin with a flat screen TV, that’s on the table too.
Amenities like covered porches help you decided whether you want to chill out or explore nature during your stay.
10. Under Canvas Smoky Mountains - Tennessee
One of the most exciting locations on this list is not even open yet.
Set to welcome guests later this year, the new campground destination will feature eight different styles of tents and teepees across 200 acres.
With the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Appalachian Trail nearby, it’s a great destination for families, couples, or solo adventurers to spend a few nights.
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