When it comes to travel, this past year has been very different for most of us. Crowded cities, busy hotels and fully booked flights feel like relics from the past, and although vaccination is well under way in most places we continue to seek out "social distancing-friendly" ways to adventure.
This is where camping - or more specifically - glamping comes into play. Glamping offers a perfect balance between an outdoors feet-in-the-dirt retreat and a luxurious getaway, complete with comfortable beds and beautiful nature. (PS. If traditional camping is more your style, make sure to check out our list of the 12 Most Beautiful Campgrounds In the U.S.
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CAPITOL REEF RESORT, TORREY UT
Located among the beautiful red rocks of Utah, this resort gets its name from Capitol Reef National Park, which is right at your doorstep while staying at Capitol Reef Resort. Of course, that means you'll wake up to epic views of red rock mesas, and have an abundance of hiking trails to choose from. The Conestoga Wagons can sleep up to six guests, with one King bed and two bunk beds, and are perfect for couples and families alike. With the combination of the close proximity to some of Utah's famed national parks along with the ultra-cozy vibe of sleeping in a wild west-esque wagon round up, this glamping destination is hard to beat.
THE MOHICANS TREE HOUSE, KNOX COUNTY OH
If the child in you is yearning to spend the night in a treehouse, it just doesn't get better than this. The Mohicans ground has nine unique treehouse options for you to choose from, including a little red barn tree house with stained glass windows and a two-tiered house perched on stilts. All of the treehouses have cozy beds, full bathrooms with toilets and showers, heating, and air conditioning - so you're not giving up any standard amenities. (Some even have outdoor showers attached that you can take advantage of during the warmer months.) Guests can fill their days ziplining on a canopy tour, canoeing, hiking, swimming, or water skiing.
THE RESORT AT PAWS UP, GREENOUGH MT
The Resort at Paws Up is a glamping experience like no other. The resort offers a camping butler, camp chef and nightly bonfires complete with s’mores and cocktails. You’ll enjoy daily full-service housekeeping and laundry services in your private en-suite master bedroom with heated floors, while food options range from bison New York steak to grilled salmon. Perfect for a romantic getaway, there are even honeymoon tents with a claw-foot bathtub for two and a picnic dinner experience by candlelight.
THE LAND YACHT, JOSHUA TREE CA
This classic 31-foot Airstream has been transformed into a fully functional glamping unit. Set right on the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park, it not only offers epic boulder views but also a queen-size bed and full kitchen with a large refrigerator. The dining area can also convert into an additional bunk bed if you wanna bring along the kiddos. The biggest highlight is its private deck, which features a stock tank pool with stunning panoramic views of Joshua Tree NP and the surrounding scenery.
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HIDEAWAY TENT WITH POOL AND HOT TUB, COLLEGE PLACE WA
This inviting luxury tent-for-rent is tucked away under large maple trees and features a covered patio, indoor pool, and hot tub. Warm days can be spent on the canopy porch while cold nights are the perfect time to roast some marshmallows in the fireplace or soak in the hot tub. And when you’re ready to explore, downtown Walla Walla is just 10 minutes away!
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BEVERLY WILSHIRE, BEVERLY HILLS CA
For those who don't want to leave the city, the luxurious Beverly Wilshire has introduced L.A.'s first urban glamping experience. It's located on the 2,000-square-foot terrace of its Veranda Suite - the only room in the hotel to reside on its own floor. The terrace features views of the Hollywood Hills and Rodeo Drive, as well as a fireplace surrounded by oversize lounges and outdoor dining for eight.
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SECLUDED INTOWN TREEHOUSE, ATLANTA GA
Just minutes from downtown Atlanta, this secluded treehouse resort provides an easily accessible but intimate getaway, making for a unique overnight experience where you can fall asleep to the sound of nature. The three individual treehouses are separated by rope bridges and they all feature beds on wheels so that you can roll them outside and be submerged in the lush nature surrounding this urban retreat.