Get Glamping, Camping’s Glamorous Version of Vacation

Going on a camping adventure doesn’t have to mean roughing it in the wild, or even buying or renting gear for that matter. Get your feet wet by staying in a lodge, staying in a tent with a cot, or going glamping.

Like camping, glamping is still a nature-retreat vacation that’s filled with activities and adventures. However, instead of pitching a tent or sleeping on the ground, glampers can stay in vacation cabins, tree houses, Airstream trailers, luxury teepees, barns, cottages, wagons or in yurts (round, tent-like structures that can be equipped with full kitchens, private bathrooms and running water).

Who says you can’t enjoy fresh cut flowers and fine dining while camping in the desert?

Although Airbnb and VRBO offer some of these unique camper options, get a more communal camp-like feel when booking through a glamping resort. For example, at Capitol Reef Resort in Utah, just a mile from Capitol Reef National Park, visitors can glamp inside a Conestoga wagon, luxury cabin or teepee equipped with fresh bed linens, towels and even flat-screen televisions. Not only will you be on the edge of the park’s wondrous canyons, domes and natural bridges, but you can also plan a day trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Staircase, Canyonlands National Park or Zion National Park from Capitol Reef’s convenient location off Highway 12.

Experience Utah's red cliffs and canyons while sleeping atop a king bed inside these luxurious, furnished teepees at Capitol Reef Resort. Photo courtesy of Capitol Reef Resort.

In New Brunswick, Canada, surrounded by 185 acres of forest, glampers can make their home base inside Riverback Lodge’s Dream Domes. With huge bay windows, a private Japanese hot tub, a fireplace, refrigerator and barbecue grill, you won’t be roughing it on this nature retreat.

For families interested in a more traditional camping vacation, but not ready for a bare-bones, basic outdoor camping retreat, Backroads offers deluxe camping trips. Venture out on a multi-adventure tour in the Canadian Rockies where your campsite comes with chef-prepared meals, trip leaders, portable chairs, dome tents (large enough to fit two-to-three people comfortably) and sleeping bags that are thoroughly insulated as well as wind- and water- repellent. Enjoy these comforts while still experiencing all the outdoors have to offer while exploring Kootenay National Park or whitewater rafting down Kicking Horse River.

Learn how to cut down on the time it takes to get to your next glamping, or camping, vacation by flying into the area, renting a car and driving directly to your campsite.


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About the Author

Lisa Zimmermann is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and native Dallasite who grew up camping in Texas and Oklahoma and can’t wait to “glamp” in a wagon. She’s previously written for Boston magazine, Boston HomeBoston WeddingsThe Dallas Morning NewsThe Jersey JournalNew England Travel and Atlas Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @lisazimm or Instagram @lzloveslife.