Comfortable and camping aren’t always two words that go together but there is an alternative, glamping or ‘glamorous camping’ is a more upscale accommodation option for nature lovers. Perfect for pickier adventurists, here’s some of our favourite US based glamping breaks ranging from luxury ranches to Hobbit-inspired houses…
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
This A-lister celebrity haunt and working ranch offers prestigious award-winning accommodations in outstanding surroundings. Perfectly positioned in the middle of nowhere this is a place where hills most definitely roll and the lush green meadows are perfectly framed by distant mountain peaks. Aside from the lavishly decorated guest ranch, glampers are catered to in the form of their luxurious on-site ‘canvas cabins’. Each cabin at Rock Creek Ranch features plumbed bathrooms, enormous beds complete with sumptuous bedding, and a gas fireplace for cosy nights in. The resort also offers excellent amenities including a spa, movie screen, bowling alley and even an ice rink so you’ll probably never want to leave again. Prices start at $995 a night.
Yellowstone Under Canvas, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
What could be better than a night under the stars in America’s beloved first national park? Yellowstone Under Canvas offers comfortable camping in a luxury Safari tent with rates ranging from $95 – $425 a night. Boasting a quiet scenic location and optional private bathroom facilities, the accommodation claims to rival a hotel room. Activities include hiking and kayaking, but make sure you watch out for the odd grizzly or wandering giant moose.
Palm Canyon RV Resort, Borrego Springs, California
On the grounds of the Western style Palm Canyon hotel lies a vintage trailer park offering very cool retro-inspired accommodations. Guests can choose from beautifully renovated Airstream trailers or a “Canned hHam” each with its own kitsch theme. Opt for “Marilyn” (dedicated to the glamorous Hollywood legend) which is decked out in sparkles, sequins, and Hollywood memorabilia or the more masculine “Lone Ranger” which pays homage to the famous 1950s show. Rates range from $55 a night to $159.
Treebones Resort, Big Sur, California
This glamping option is nestled right on the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Surrounded by both the Los Padres national forest and the azure crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, this is the perfect place for those wanting to get a little closer to nature. Treebones offers unique accommodations in the form of 16 beautifully decorated Mongolian style yurts and an onsite hot tub, swimming pool community lodge all with views to die for. There are some awesome glamping accommodation options in Joshua Tree or alternatively hire your own motorhome and explore this truly beautiful state on your own terms, here is a great guide to RV rental in California.
Mustang Monument, Nevada
Mustang Monument is an eco-friendly, all-inclusive resort and preserve for wild horses. Surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, over 900 square miles of pure countryside, and, of course, the wild horses that give this resort its name, this is definitely one for the animal lovers. Here, you can stay overnight in luxury tipis decked out in plush chairs, hardwood floors, custom-made beds and high quality amenities. Activities at the resort include historic guided walks, archery and more horseback riding than you could ever possibly wish for. Rates start from $1,000 a night.
The Shire of Montana
For something very unusual, try a stay in your very own Hobbit house. Farmer Steve Michaels turned his own little corner of Montana into a whimsical Lord of the Rings inspired themed guest house. “The Shire” is custom built underground house which lies in the foothills of the Cabinet Mountains up in the Shire of Whitepine Valley. Best to leave your children at home for this one; these luxurious fairy tale-esque accommodations, surrounded by elves and goblins, is adults only. Prices start from $295 a night.