Camping is a fun activity that is great for the whole family. Let’s face it, though, traditional camping isn’t for everyone. If you love the idea of camping out under the stars and getting back to nature, but just aren’t sure about the whole “roughing it” concept, you may want to try glamping. Glamping is camping with a hint of luxury. Traditional camping with kids is great in some ways, but for anyone who has done it, it’s also hard work. Glamping combines outdoor excitement with some modern conveniences like comfortable beds, rainproof shelters, heating and running water.
Glamping is becoming such a hit with families because there are so many accommodation options available. What kid hasn't fantasized about sleeping in an authentic treehouse? How many little ones wouldn't be thrilled to gaze up at the stars at night from a tepee? For the young train aficionado in the family, how about making a caboose the place to rest your head at night after a busy day of memory making? A yurt is a hugely popular glamping option, too, as you get the tent-vibe but without the hassle of set up or the risk of leaky walls, cold floors or cold weather.
If glamping sounds like something you and your loved ones would enjoy, consider these glamping trip ideas:
Sleep in a Conestoga Wagon at The Rock Ranch
Drive about 67 miles south of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Experience what it was like to live like a pioneer by camping overnight in a Conestoga wagon at the Rock Ranch in Georgia. Each Conestoga wagon is equipped with four sets of bunk beds, for a total of eight bunks per wagon. Clean restrooms are available nearby, and each wagon has its own campfire area with firewood already on site. Families will find plenty to do at this resort, from zip lines and paddle boats to locomotive train rides and rock climbing.
Reserve a Treehouse at Moose Meadow Lodge and Treehouse
Drive about 31 miles southeast of Burlington International Airport.
Located in Waterbury, Vermont, the treehouse at Moose Meadow Lodge is both rustic and luxurious. This two-story treehouse includes a private bathroom and features 29 windows plus a wrap-around deck to maximize your outdoor glamping experience. The lodge is situated on 86 acres of land, which means you'll find lots to do like fishing and hiking.
Rent a Tepee at Rimrock Inn in Enterprise, Oregon
Drive about 161 miles south of Spokane International Airport.
Rimrock Inn, located on the edge of Oregon’s Joseph Canyon, offers four authentic, hand-painted tepees perched on the rim of Joseph Creek Canyon in the Wallowa Mountains. The tepees are off-the-grid with no electricity, phones or TV, but come equipped with wooden tables, fold-out futons, Pendleton blankets, down pillows and high thread count sheets. Wallowa Lake, which is nearby, has activities for everyone in the family like mountain biking, bumper boats and mini-golf.
Enjoy a Private Tent at the Resort at Paws Up
Drive about 37 miles east of Missoula International Airport.
Located on Montana's Blackfoot River, the resort at Paws Up features private tents with heated floors, luxurious bathrooms, butler and laundry service. This resort offers an extensive list of activities for families, such as hiking, horseback riding and scavenger hunts.
Get Cozy in a ‘Tented Cabin’ at Sequoia High Sierra Camp
Drive about 73 miles east of Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
Located in California’s Sequoia National Park on the High Sierra Trail, the tented cabins are right on the edge of remote wildness, yet still offer plenty of creature comforts. Accommodations include comfortable beds with premium linens, toiletries and a daily maid service. Family-friendly activities like horseback riding, fly-fishing and evening campfire social hours are just a few things glampers can do for fun.
As you can see, glamping offers many of the benefits of traditional camping with the bonus of a little luxury. But at the end of the day, it's still all about immersing yourself in nature, whether it’s in a tent, wagon or up in a tree!