Glamping offers families the best of both worlds—a night in the great outdoors without having to pitch a tent. These spots take your family camping adventure to another level with fire pits, stargazing, on-site restaurants, hot springs and even personal valets. Whether you choose to sleep in a safari tent, railroad car or yurt with a view of the ocean, your next family glamping vacation will be one to remember!

Editor’s note: Many glamping spots are open for recreational visitors with social distancing precautions in place. Check the cancellation policies before you book. Follow county requirements for COVID-19 including wearing a face mask. Keep our community safe! 

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Royal Gorge Cabins Glamping Tents—Cañon City, CO

Located an hour southwest of Colorado Springs, the Royal Gorge Cabins Glamping Tents feature two queen beds and can accommodate a family of four. Built on a concrete slab with in-floor radiant heat, the tents include luxury linens, plenty of lighting, wicker seating, desk, WiFi and electricity. Tents also feature private outdoor patios with an outdoor table, seating around a wood-burning fire pit and a complimentary fire kit. A bathhouse with showers and restrooms is nearby. 

What to do: The Glamping Tents and cabins are just across the street from the Echo Canyon River Expeditions headquarters and the family-friendly Dinosaur Experience. The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is just a short drive away.

COVID-19 update: The property has instituted several social distancing procedures, which can be found here

Learn more: royalgorgecabins.com

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Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch—Stanley, ID

Perfect for multi-generational family gatherings, the 900-acre Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch offers an opportunity to slow down, sit by the fire and play a game of cards with the Sawtooth Mountains in the distance. You won’t find TVs, radios or phones in the rooms and honestly, you won’t even miss them with all the outdoor activities available. Instead, find adjoining pairs of cabin rooms that sleep up to six people with the comfiest beds on the planet, cozy fireplaces and generous bathrooms. Stays are all-inclusive, and you'll get delicious local cuisine like elk and salmon, along with gourmet sandwiches to take with you on your daily adventures. 

What to do: On-property activities include mountain biking, catch-and-release fishing, yoga and even massage. Head out to explore local ghost towns from the gold mining days. Horseback rides can be arranged, and the hot spring-fed pool is the perfect spot to spend the evening hours. 

COVID-19 update: The property has instituted additional outdoor dining and precautions to keep guests of the ranch safe during their visit. 

Learn more: redtri.com

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LOGE—Mt. Shasta, CA

We can't wait to check out the newly-reopened LOGE Mt. Shasta and all the outdoor adventure that comes with it. LOGE, the lifestyle hotel group which brings forgotten motels back to life, welcomes families to its Mt. Shasta property where they'll find family-sized rooms with bunk beds and storage for all your gear. Hotel rooms and covered camping sites all come with your very own hammock by Kammok for relaxing after a day on the trails. Other on-site partnerships include Traeger wood fire grills. Rumpl blankets, Biolite headlamps and Miir mugs available for guest usage during your stay. Borrow city cruiser bikes and demo Fox Racing gear to check out all the amazing biking trails in the area. 

Life is easy at LOGE where you'll find an on-site cafe and bar, fire pits for making new friends and a Saturday night live music series to get you in the vacation mood. Even your dog is welcome to join in the fun! 

COVID-19 Update: Check out LOGE's Go Together Code to learn how LOGE is protecting guests and employees. 

Learn more: logecamps.com

Other LOGE locations: Bend, OR; Westport, WA; Leavenworth, WA; and Breckenridge, CO

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Under Canvas Grand Canyon—Valle, AZ

Set upon 160-acres of secluded piñon and juniper forest, Under Canvas Grand Canyon is located just 25 minutes from the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Offering upscale accommodations near one of the Seven Wonders of the world, Under Canvas Grand Canyon invites visitors to explore Arizona’s vast landscape and the grandeur of the Grand Canyon with safari-inspired glamping accommodations in Valle, Arizona. Families will love the suite option that includes a Deluxe camping tent with a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom, along with a lounge area that sleeps another two people. 

What to do: Sit on your private deck and enjoy the night sky after a busy day exploring. Under Canvas offers packages that include all meals at the on-site restaurant and your choice of experiences like hiking, biking and private Jeep tours. 

COVID-19 update: Read all about their summer 2020 modifications here

Learn more: undercanvas.com

Other Under Canvas locations: Moab, Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Great Smokey Mountains and Mount Rushmore

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Huttopia—Sanford, ME and Albany, NH

Huttopia’s newest resort, Huttopia Southern Maine, lies in a stunning forest area in Sanford, next to the private Sand Pond and 15 miles from the famed seaside towns of Kennebunkport and Wells. Accommodations range from The Trappeur Tent to the Vista Tiny Houses and the new lakefront Trappeurs with private access to the pond—all featuring a beautiful wooden bathroom and kitchen, full electricity and accommodating up to five guests. 

For an additional New England option, Huttopia White Mountains is a haven of greenery in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, complete with a dribbling creek running through the property and a background of the beautiful Iona Lake. Nearby, guests can also hike Mount Washington, explore the White Mountains National Forest that expands across a quarter of New Hampshire and discover Meredith and the region of Lake Winnipesaukee.

What to do: On-site programs change daily with cooking classes, sports tournaments and guided walks in regular rotation. Spend the day at the pool or go for a swim in the pond. Nightly magic shows live music performances and storytelling will keep everyone entertained. 

COVID-19 update: As part of Huttopia’s founding principles, the property is nestled in nature and socially distant by design, providing guests with the luxury to roam freely. You can find their precautions here

Learn more: canada-usa.huttopia.com

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Railroad Park Resort—Dunsmuir, CA

Railfans, this is the spot for you! Located in Northern California's Siskiyou County, Railroad Park lets families bed down in vintage railroad cabooses that sleep up to five people. You'll have a fridge, full bathroom, WiFi and microwave as well as an on-site pool, restaurant (current closed) and a creek for exploring. They also have an RV and campground with access to the pool. 

What to do: This area of California is full of outdoor adventures. Walk under the waterfall at Hedge Creek Falls, try your luck at fly fishing in the numerous streams and go spelunking in Lava Beds National Monument. 

COVID-19 update: Check their website for additional measures they are taking to encourage social distancing. 

Learn more: redtri.com and find more train cars you can sleep in here

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Big Cedar Lodge—Ridgedale, MO

The wilderness resort of Big Cedar Lodge is a 4,600-acre destination in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains where you can slow down and get back to your roots—among wide open spaces encompassing gorgeous green hills, the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake, cozy log cabins, ancient caves, spring-fed creeks and waterfalls, cotton candy sunsets and connecting to the world beneath crystal clear stars. As a sweet “welcome back” for summer, the resort’s incredible glamping experience at Camp Long Creek comes with complimentary s’ mores kits. 

What to do: They have nightly programming for families that include scavenger hunts and guided adventures along the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail. Paddleboats, canoes, mini-golf, lazy river and more are available during your stay. 

COVID-19 update: You can find their updated precautions here

Learn more: bigcedar.com

 

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Geronimo Creek Retreat—Seguin, TX

Cool off at this gorgeous spot that's right on a creek, perfect for tubing. With many different accommodations to choose from including fully-air conditioned getaway cabins, there's something for every family. Kitchenettes in the cabins make life easy when you are vacationing with kids. There are four elevated treehouses located next to and overlooking the spring-fed Geronimo Creek, affording guests a serene view of the water from each unit. These are also air-conditioned and come with a full kitchen and private bathroom. 

What to do: Guests are welcome to enjoy free kayaking, paddle-boarding and rope swinging in the spring-fed creek. 

COVID-19 update: You can find information on their Coronavirus precautions here

Learn more: geronimocreekretreat.com

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Westgate River Ranch—River Ranch, FL

The secluded Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo is a great vacation for those looking to escape into the great outdoors and glamp in style. Located next to the Kissimmee River in Central Florida, this one-of-a-kind dude ranch offers glamping tents equipped with heating and air-conditioning, full furnishings, upgraded linens, and a personal concierge to cater to your every whim! When it’s time to refuel after a fun day on the ranch, you will be able to enjoy mouth-watering BBQ at the Westgate Smokehouse Grill. 

What to do: When guests aren’t relaxing, they can enjoy a myriad of activities, including horseback riding, airboat rides and pontoon boat rentals, among other adventurous activities. 

COVID-19 update: Additional precautions in place can be found here

Learn more: westgateresorts.com

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The Society Hotel Cabins—Bingen, WA

Imagine how cool it would be for your kids to spend the night in an old schoolhouse. The Society Hotel Bingen in Washington state has a history that dates back 80 years. Now operating with a hotel, hostel and cabin concept, families can shoot hoops in the original school gym, swim in the pool, steep in the hot tub, practice yoga in the Sanctuary and enjoy a hearty breakfast in the Café & Lounge. Book a private cabin, which features a sitting room area, stocked kitchenette, outdoor hammock, and bunk beds for the kids.

What to do: This spot is located in the Columbia River Gorge, and your family will be close to all of the hiking, cycling and rafting fun in the area. The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail makes for a scenic family bike ride or hike. This trail—once a section U.S. Highway 30—is now only open to bikers and hikers and takes you along the winding curves of the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge where you catch breathtaking views of the water without motorists zipping by and detracting from the sweeping beauty. 

COVID-19 update: You can find the property's precautions here

Learn more: redtri.com

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El Capitan Canyon Yurts—Santa Barbara, CA

Camping is made easy in an adventure yurt. Deer, birds, trees and nature surround your clan at this camp area with plenty to do. You'll find a camp store and restaurant full of amenities. Further, truly glamp it up by ordering a BBQ kit delivered right to your campsite. Then, fire up the grill and eat up. 

What to do: Take a 30-minute hike to the beach or a morning walk to feed the llamas and goats. 

COVID-19 update: Check their website for additional precautions in place to encourage social distancing. 

Learn more: redtri.com 

Fuller’s Resort and Campground on Clear Lake—Buchanan, MI

This awesome glampsite is less than an hour and a half outside of Chicago. With various glamping options from an authentic log cabin to major luxe-living in the cottages that include beds, bathrooms with showers, full kitchens, cable TV and air conditioning, you can pick your family’s level of outdoorsy-ness when you book your trip. Although the log cabin doesn’t have a kitchen or bathroom like in 1835 when it was built, it’s the most popular rental onsite, so grab it while you can. 

What to do: While there is a ton to do in the surrounding area, stay put and enjoy the waterfront on the beach at Fuller’s. They can rent you anything from sailboats to canoes to kayaks, and each one comes with life jackets, so you don’t have to schlep your own.

Covid-19 update: Check their website for updates. 

Online: fullersresort.com

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Firelight Camps—Ithaca, NY

The Finger Lakes region’s Firelight Camps at La Tourelle Resort & Spa offers families the chance to explore the resort’s 70-acre property, ending at Ithaca’s famous gorge waterfalls. Immersed in nature, you’ll sleep like a log among the trees and wake to birdsong as silhouettes of leaves dance on the tent walls. Nature meets luxury in these furnished tents, which are outfitted with hardwood floors, a plush king or double queen beds, a private tented porch with rocking chairs, battery-powered lanterns and a writer’s desk and chair.

What to do: Fireside music is a favorite at Firelight Camps. You can also explore downtown Ithaca or journey to neighboring towns and lakes.

COVID-19 update: You can find their precautions here

Learn more: firelightcamps.com

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Mendocino Grove—Mendocino, CA

Mendocino Grove is a newcomer to the glamping scene, and they know how to do it right. With 60 fully-outfitted tents with lavish beds, your family will not want to leave once you have arrived. Campfires and gas barbecues make cooking easy. You can even rent cooking equipment, so you don't have to lug your pans with you. Luxurious bathrooms and hot water stations make this a no-brainer for families. Relax on a hammock and enjoy the fresh air. 

What to do: Kids can spend days enjoying the nearby hiking trails and on-site amenities like cornhole, bocce ball and other games. Just a short walk away is Catch-a-Canoe where you can rent canoes to paddle the river. Read all our Mendocino recs here

COVID-19 update: Mendocino Grove is open with limited capacity. Read their precautions here

Learn moremendocinogrove.com

 

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Conestoga Ranch—Garden City, UT

Conestoga Ranch has a variety of unique and luxurious lodging options. The Royal and Grand Tents sleep up to six guests and include en-suite bathrooms. Kids especially love staying in one of the custom-made Conestoga wagons that sleep up to six people with a king-size bed and either one or two sets of bunk beds. The wagons are fully mobile and may be moved to offer a customized group experience.

What to do: On-property amenities include a restaurant, general store, bike rentals, campfire valet and more. Surrounding Bear Lake are beautiful mountain ranges and caves to discover. Hiking and horseback riding are popular activities. The ranch is conveniently located on Highway 89, the scenic route to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. 

COVID-19 update: Check their website for updates. 

Learn more: conestogaranch.com

 

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Twin Lakes Camp Resort—DeFuniak Springs, FL

Accommodations like no other, Twin Lakes Camp Resort offers Glamping Tents which combine “back to nature” tent camping with glamour and added luxurious amenities. No need to bring your sleeping bags since every tent has a king size bed. Some tents have bunk beds and can accommodate up to six people. No worries about the weather forecast; the Glamping Tents are fully air conditioned and heated, creating a glamorous getaway anytime of the year.

What to do: Rent a boat or kayak for a day on the water, or spend your day in the water at the on-site pool. 

Online: twinlakescampresort.com

 

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El Cosmico—Marfa, TX

El Cosmico takes its inspiration from a long American history of hippies, nomads, bohemians and those living a life of self-determination. Here you can choose from a number of sleeping spots: the Cosmic Kasita, decked-out trailers, yurts, safarit tents and more. 

What to do: Wood-fired Dutch hot tubs are available for guest usage and you can rent bikes to tour the area on two wheels. Or spend the whole day lounging in the hammock grove. 

COVID-19 Update: Find all their coronavirus precautions here

Online: elcosmico.com

Greenhorn Ranch—Quincy, CA

Just north of Tahoe you'll find the gorgeous, off-the-beaten path area of the Lost Sierras. Here you can really get away from it all and spend some time with your family among massive trees and native animals. Greenhorn Ranch in Quincy, CA is the perfect vacation for families who want to get away from it all and experience dude ranch life.

Your stay at Greenhorn Ranch includes all your meals from taco night to the Saturday Night BBQ. Chef Cole prepares delicious treats like homemade muffins and jams for breakfast, and locally-sourced greens and steak for dinner. If you are there on a night of their cookout, you can choose to take a trail ride or wagon ride to and from your meal. The food is truly a highlight of your stay! 

The Pines and Creekside cabins are great options for families. The one-bedroom option has a king-sized bed in its own room. The main room has a queen and twin-over-twin bunk bed. Private bathrooms and daily housekeeping is included. Each cabin has a porch swing right out front. 

What to do: Your stay at Greenhorn Ranch is all inclusive with twice-daily trail rides as a highlight. On-site fishing, horsehoes, e-bikes, hiking and archery are all available.

COVID-19 Update: COVID-19 precautions like contactless check-in and spread out dining allow social distancing while you are on the property. Plus, you'll be spending the majority of your day outside breathing the fresh air. 

Online: redtri.com

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Even MORE Glamping Spots

If you'd like ideas on glamping spots in Northern California including wine country, Tahoe and Big Sur, check out this story

Our favorite San Diego glamping spots including the totally-awesome dome in Joshua Tree can be found here and our favorite SoCal yurt spots can be found here

Seattle has some awesome yurts you can rent and some cabins that will bring you all the nature you've been craving. 

When the Willamette Valley is calling, head to one of these cabins and yurts near Portland

This story includes glamping spots within driving distance of Chicago, including Wisconsin and Michigan. 

Head to this story for glamping spots near NYC including the cutest treehouse yurt that you'll want to live in forever. 

—Kate Loweth

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