Top Glamping Destinations in the US

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Top Glamping Destinations in the US

top glamping destinations in the us

Many of us have taken vacations with the intent of camping. When you were a kid it was so much fun to load up the tent and camping supplies and “rough it” in the woods for a few days. The clean air and abundant wilderness was always so beautiful.  Today, camping has changed for the better.  This is good if you had decided that camping may not be your cup of tea. 

Welcome to Glamping.  Glamping is a term used for “luxury camping”. It has become widely used these days as a new way to enjoy an old past time. When you go Glamping you can enjoy many of the luxuries of a five star vacation but still enjoy all the perks that nature has to offer. These are my top picks in the US for Glamping.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek is nestled amongst Montana’s gorgeous landscape.  The Ranch is an all-inclusive ranch resort that combines the raw western atmosphere that helps us all escape our daily lives, but adds in an amazing amount of comfort and luxury.  Enjoy sleeping in an authentic real ranch cabin but with the right amount of luxury amenities.  

Besides a relaxing escape, the Ranch at Rock Creek is also a great place for destination weddings, holidays, family reunions and corporate retreats.

While at The Ranch at Rock Creek, there are so many great activities to enjoy, you’ll never be bored.  Activities include hiking, archery, fly-fishing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and much more.

After enjoying all the exhilerating outdoor adventures, you can relax in the ranch’s exquisite spa while getting massages, nail care, facials and body treatment.

Along with your cozy, rustic cabin, your vast array of outdoor adventures, relaxing in the Granite Spa and enjoying the gorgeous scenery, the Ranch also has world-class dining.  The Executive Chef takes influences from cattle-producing regions around the world such as Southern France, Italy and Spain.  Another great thing about the Ranch is that all meals are included in your stay.

Enjoy horse-back riding…

Working on your fishing skills…

Celebrate your special day…

Relax in your rustic cabin…

It’s no secret that the Ranch is an amazing place to go glamping.  The Ranch at Rock Creek is one of the first glamping luxury accomodations, the location for celebrity Kate Bosworth’s wedding and has received the Forbes 5-star Travel Guide award.

Westgate River Ranch

Westgate is tucked in Central Florida and is an authentic dude ranch that is surrounded by vast undisturbed wilderness. It’s situated close to major cities by only a short drive but still feels as if you are in the Wild West. Accommodations are high-end and lush tents that are heated and air-conditioned. They have modern features and furniture and are fully covered from outdoors. Each glamping canvas tent includes everything you need for your vacation including picnic tables, grills, and the rocking chair deck. You won’t get bored as there is a long list of activities such as boat rides, buggy tours and horseback riding to name only a few. You can dine at Westgate Smokehouse Grill which is on the waterfront or choose a sandwich at the deli if you’d like. You’ll enjoy a vacation that includes all of the wonders and spectacular experiences of outdoors while enjoying the luxury of a fine establishment.

westgate river ranch, florida

Westgate River Ranch, Florida

C Lazy U Guest Ranch

This place is an experience out west that you will never forget. Glamping goes to a whole other level in this “Five Spur” service luxury resort. The resort is situated close to Denver and is a cowboy lovers dream.

The accommodations are rustic yet luxurious tents or private vacation homes. The decor and furnishings cling to their traditional American West theme yet bring in the modern conveniences that we enjoy today. No matter what your accommodations you won’t find a bad view anywhere around here. The mountains surround you and are breathtaking year-round.

You are going to have a full itinerary without ever leaving the resort itself. There are relaxing activities such as a hot tub and pool. For more active Glampers there is tennis, bicycling, horseback riding, and a vast array of activities that you can choose from.

The ranch-style dining room offers a variety of items on the menus that change daily. You can enjoy local foods such as trout and aged beef as well as amazing desserts and a wine list that any sommelier would love. With something for everyone in the family this luxurious resort would be a place to make wonderful memories.

C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado

C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado

The Lodges And Cottages At Primland

For a super luxurious clamping experience in the eastern US, the lodges and cottages at Primland is a perfect destination. Located in the midst of the Blue Mountain Ridge in Virginia it is a resort that offers unmatched beautiful views. Condé Nast Traveler’s named the resort one of the top 100 resorts and hotels in the world. This experience is camping that anyone would enjoy.

You’ll enjoy relaxing in one of Primland’s amazing tree houses, which offers amenities at their finest including all the comforts you would expect out of a fine vacation.

If golfing is your forte, then this is the perfect place to plan a golfing getaway. With over a 7000 yard course that is reminiscent of the Highlands of Scotland, this will be one golfing experience you will not soon forget. There are also wonderful European-style spas that are intertwined with some of the Native American aspects of healing. You also have access to amazing fly-fishing and various trails that you can enjoy hiking, ATV, or horseback.

Dining is an experience of it’s own and you will have access to the finest five star chefs cooking. Using seasonal and fresh products for the meals you will discover amazing new dishes that rival any high-end restaurant. It will be hard not to relax and be refreshed while staying at this wonderful resort.

lodges and cottages at primland, virginia

The Lodges and Cottages at Primland, Virginia

Glacier Under Canvas

Nestled just outside of Glacier National Park and surrounded by amazing mountain ranges that seem to kiss the sky, the view here is one that you won’t get anywhere else.  The safari style tents sleep up to four and include a king size bed. You have access to full-service bathrooms, which are only steps away from your tent. Each tent is charmingly decorated with a minimal style leaving you feeling as if you’re on an authentic camping excursion in the wilds of Montana.

Being so close to Glacier National Park you won’t have a shortage of activities to keep you busy enjoying views and taking in all the wonderful nature around you. You can choose to explore by biking, hiking, horseback riding, or even water rafting for those who are more adventurous.

Although meals are not offered on site, you are located close to many restaurants just outside the park that offer a wide array of meal choices. Picnic lunches, although, are available upon request. If you like rustic camping, this will be perfect vacation for the family.

Glacier Under Canvas, Montana

Glacier Under Canvas, Montana

Glacier under Canvas, Montana

Glacier under Canvas, Montana

The Mohicans

Trek into the beautiful wilds of Ohio and you will find a handful of beautifully designed tree houses that were built by the famous Kevin Mooney and Pete Nelson. They have designed authentic and luxurious tree houses for shows on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel on a show called Tree House Masters.

The accommodations are the star of the show at this beautifully wild resort. You have a choice of tree houses that sleep six or just sleep two for an intimate getaway. Each tree house is uniquely and beautifully built into the canopy that surrounds you.

You will find top-notch activities such as zip lining, horse riding, mountain biking, and much much more. Dinner is on you as the tree houses are stocked with fully functioning kitchens that include a coffee maker, toaster oven, gas cooktop, and sitting area. You can’t go wrong cooking your own meal and enjoying it on the deck of your cozy tree house. This is camping like you’ve never experienced before.

The Mohicans, Ohio

The Mohicans, Ohio

 Which one of these locations would you most like to visit?  Where else would you add to the list?

**This post was sponsored by The Ranch at Rock Creek.  As always, all opinions are completely my own.**

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Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

21 Comments

  1. duaba

    September 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    thx so much for your suggestions! my boyfriend has been dying to get me camping but the closest thing i’ll do is glamping 😉 so this def comes in handy

  2. Sammi Wanderlustin'

    September 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    This is such a good idea, I might have to do this 😉 you know one step at a time and all that! The Glacier National Park one looks nice 🙂

  3. Lyn - A Hole in my Shoe

    September 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    I use to go camping a lot in my late teens when I couldn’t afford hotels, but once I got a taste for comfort could never go back. Maybe glamping could be a an alternative.

  4. james

    September 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    After camping on hard ground last weekend I must say this article has left me feeling rather envious – must start glamping! 🙂

  5. Anne Klien ( Meanne)

    September 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Thats a good girly get away … ive been wanting to do glamping

  6. Carmen @ CarmensTravelTips

    October 1, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Great list Ashley! I’m checking into the Primland in Virginia. Looks like a great places to take my family on vacation. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beth

    October 1, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    I’ve never tried glamping but I really want to! This has inspired me to go do some research since we’ll be heading out to Yosemite in a few weeks– maybe they’d have a nice venue there! 🙂

  8. Amy

    October 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    My husband just asked what Glamping was. I told him it was the kind of camping he just might like. 🙂 Love the list.

  9. Jess

    October 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    I’ve never considered glamping, but maybe I should – I’ve had a couple of camping trips that have turned into ‘sleep in the car’ trips unexpectedly when the weather or bugs are against me.

  10. Amy Lynne Hayes

    October 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    These look incredible!! My family looked into a glamping place in Montana for a family reunion possibility in the future. I can’t remember which one specifically, but it looked amazing. I could jump on board with accommodations like that!

  11. Evanne / Poplar Travels

    October 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    All these places look amazing!! Saving this for later – I have been looking for some glamping options in VA!

  12. Rachel

    October 12, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    I’d like to try glamping at some point – some of these places look veerrry nice. But I am more of a camping kinda gal!

  13. Natasha Amar

    October 12, 2014 at 4:42 AM

    This sounds just right for some of my friends who don’t like the idea of ‘roughing it out’. I have to admit that this looks great, I’m afraid we’ll get used to the idea of camping in style like that!

  14. Phoebe @ lou Messugo

    October 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    These places all look amazing, though some seem such a long way removed from camping that’s it’s hard for me to picture them as glamping. Whatever they’re technically called I’d happily stay! The best for me though has to be glacier under canvas in Montana as I really do genuinely like camping!!!

  15. Amy @ Amy and the Great World

    October 12, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Yay two for Montana! 🙂 regular camping is great there, too, haha! I would love to go glamping, honestly…I like camping in general but it gets old after a few days!

  16. Blake

    October 12, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Wow, these all look amazing!! Maybe it’s time for me to plan my first glamping trip.

  17. Mark and Kate @vagrantsoftheworld

    October 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    The tent/cabin/five star resort style camping is brilliant. Will go camping there any day.

  18. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    October 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    I’d love to try glamping some time. My teen likes tent camping whereas I like luxe hotel rooms. Glamping seems like a good meeting place in the middle. I’ll have to look into those ones in Montana as I may be up there next summer.

  19. Lisa

    October 15, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    I love the place here in California we went to, but I had never heard of these. The one here is El Capitan Canyon, just north of Santa Barbara.
    Good info!

  20. alexa

    October 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Love this article. Only been glamping once myself– in the Idaho Panhandle. Loved it. Any recommendations for California or Arizona?

  21. Kate

    July 20, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Don’t forget Asheville Glamping! http://www.ashevilleglamping.com —They are Amazing!!

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