Your family loves soaking up nature, but you’re not keen on pitching a tent to brave the elements on a family camping trip. Well, hang on to your canteens because we’ve found luxurious SoCal glamping spots that put you in the heart of the wild while providing the creature comforts of home. From lakefront cabins and yurts to Airstream trailers and even suspended tree tents, read on for where to go have a camping adventure with your kids complete with beds, WiFi, kitchens and bathrooms.

Joshua Tree Dome in the Desert

No it's not a mirage, this Dome in the Desert really is a dreamy reality. Joshua Tree is a must-visit scenic destination for families and this bohemian dwelling will make your stay a memorable one. The bright and cheery interior decor is welcoming and cozy and the abode features a full kitchen, full bathroom and two bedrooms. The natural wood burning stove and space heaters warm the home in chilly weather and air conditioning keeps the dome cool on hot desert days. Going off-grid never looked so stylish. The best part: the view of the stars in the night sky and the silent solace of the desert at night.

Online: airbnb.com

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Tree Tent Glamping

Calling all Tarzans and Janes! You can sleep in the trees after all by going Tree Tent glamping in Julian. Feel like you're lost in the forest but still just a stone's throw away from Julian Station which has food, games and an arcade. When you're ready to call it a day, climb into your Tenstile tree tent which is anchored to trees and suspended in mid-air. Tents come complete with sleeping pads, single or double sleeping bag, pillow and lighting and range in size to accommodate, three, two or individual campers.

The 'glamping' element means you'll have access to a bathroom and showers with towels, soap and shampoo, drinking water, a camp kitchen with cooking and serving utensils as well as spices and oils, coffee, hot chocolate and sugar. It's the best of both worlds.

Online: airbnb.com

Glam Trailers

Glam trailers aren't just for celebrities on movie sets. You and the fam can go camping in a super cozy Airstream situated in scenic locales from the desert to the beach. In addition to being a shelter from the wild, these luxe trailers include amenities like WiFi, a soaking spa, luxury linens and hammocks.

Read our story: 5 Glam Trailer Hotels That Offer Camping With a Cozy Twist and book a stay at your favorite locale.

Santee Lakes Cabins

Book a lakefront or floating cabin for the ultimate glam getaway in nature. Floating cabins boast a deck and your own pedal boat. Other perks include equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerator, microwave, TV, DVD player, Queen bed and sleeping mattresses. The grounds have an abundance of playgrounds and a splash pad as an added benefit for kids.  

Good to know: Cabin reservations for weekends go fast.

Learn more about Santee Lakes cabins here.

photo: Purty Yurty

Yurts

A yurt is like a glamorous teepee that protects you from the elements while still making you feel as though you're having an authentic outdoor adventure. They're equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, furniture and beds, making them a convenient abode with nature as an immediate backdrop. You no longer have to worry about figuring out how to set up your own tent!

Read our story: Happy Glampers! 6 Family Yurts for Camping in Comfort to find your adventure in the wild.

photo: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

What could be more memorable than cozying up amidst the animal kingdom for a magical campout? Reserve a Premium Tent for Roar & Snore at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and you'll enjoy camp activities, a campfire, rare after-hours observation of animals, guided walks, dinner, evening snack, breakfast and a souvenir to remember your adventure. The Premium Tent is the most luxurious of the cabin options and it has a queen-bed and two cots, electric outlets, bed linens and pillows and wood floors with an area rug. Fall asleep to the sounds of majestic creatures like elephants right outside your door.

Read our Ultimate Guide to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to get the lay of the land.

Online: sdzsafaripark.org/safari/roar-snore-safari

Crystal Pier Cottages

Glamping over the ocean? You needn't set sail to sleep atop the water if you book at stay at Crystal Pier Cottages and fall asleep to the sound of waves slapping the shore. These family-friendly, Cape-Cod style cottages were built in 1930 and include kitchenettes, bedroom and living room and a private deck with an unbeatable view of the ocean. Another perk: cottages have gated key entry and night security. Cruise on down to the shoreline for this adventure ASAP.

Online: crystalpier.com

––Beth Shea

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