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Best glamping near San Francisco.
When you want a glamping getaway, San Francisco has the coast, the valley, and the mountains. Go north across the Golden Gate Bridge, to find Wine Country glamping options in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Guerneville. Check out the coast of Mendocino and Humboldt for glamping options where you can enjoy the fog, ferns, and whale watching along empty beaches. South of San Francisco you can find glamping in domes and yurts near Los Gatos, Pescadero, and Boulder Creek beneath the redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains. Or for an epic adventure, follow the call of the mountains east to the Sierra Nevada’s Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.
Best glamping near Sacramento.
Sacramento has great glamping options where you can enjoy everything northern California has to offer. To Sacramento’s east is the Sierra Nevada, where both Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park are temptingly close. North of Sactown the volcanic Cascade range begins, and you’ll find that Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta have a totally different geological composition than their Sierra neighbors. Head west and you will find glamping options among Wine Country. Travel just beyond that and you’ll reach the northern California Coast, which can provide a cool escape from the Central Valley’s summer heat.
Best glamping near New York City.
It might not always feel like nature is close by when you live in New York City, but the truth is, everything looks different just an hour north. There, the Hudson River Valley stretches its rolling hills and farmland out along the river. West of the Hudson you will find the Catskills, a mountain range with secluded forests and waterfalls. Go a bit further upstate you’ll enter a different world entirely, where the “Grand Canyon of the East” resides at Letchworth State Park, and where Adirondack Park’s six million acres keeps one-fifth of New York State fully wild.
Best glamping near San Diego.
San Diego is surrounded by nature. As evidence, there are two State Parks — Palomar Mountain and Cuyamaca Rancho — consolidated within the Cleveland National Forest less than one hour from downtown San Diego. Together these parks contain chaparral mountains, trail systems to desert peaks, observatories, and rock climbing crags. Beyond Cuyamaca is the Anza-Borrega Desert State Park, a massive 935-square-mile area of Colorado Desert badlands and mountain peaks. Temecula’s Wine Country, the Salton Sea, and Joshua Tree National Park are also within reach.
Best glamping near Denver.
There are abundant opportunities for glamping in the area to the west of Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs. Rocky Mountain National Park and the broader Rocky Mountain range tempt nature lovers from around the world to explore the Denver area. In the area near the park, you can find numerous cabins, teepees, yurts, and tiny homes that will help to make your adventure unforgettable. From Long’s Peak to Leadville, there are enough glacial lakes, ski resorts, and 14ers (peaks 14,000 feet or higher) to fill a lifetime of visits to these mountains. To the southwest of Colorado Springs near Great Sand Dunes National Park, you will find a highly-rated yurt with camels onsite as wells as an RV camper on a farm sanctuary near Carson National Forest.
Best glamping near Las Vegas.
If you want to go glamping near Las Vegas, you’ve hit the jackpot! A few hours’ travel in any direction from Las Vegas brings you to some of the southwest desert’s most beautiful parks. Just west of town is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and beyond that two of California’s wildest deserts: Death Valley and the Mojave National Preserve. east of Las Vegas is the Grand Canyon, and another hour north brings you to a supercluster of parks in Utah’s southwest corner, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Antelope Valley.
Best glamping near Houston.
From gulf coast beaches, to marshes with bald cypress, to grasslands that host millions of migrating birds, the Houston area has some great places to go glamping. If you’re looking to explore deep pine forests, the Sam Houston National Forest is directly north of Houston. To explore swamps, lakes, and marshes, the biodiverse wetlands at Brazos Bend State Park are your best bet. If it’s the beach you crave, Galveston Island State Park has coastal dunes and a surf break just 60 minutes from downtown.
Best glamping near Seattle.
Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, Seattle’s location on the Puget Sound gives the Emerald City incredible access to nature. There are local glamping getaways within the Sound on the San Juan Islands, or across the water on the Olympic Peninsula, where the Olympic National Park is composed of temperate rainforests, salmon-filled rivers and glaciated peaks. You also have the Cascade mountains to the east, where Mount Rainier is ever-looming above Seattle’s skyline. The glamping options here make a great way to experience the beauty of Mount Rainier and the North Cascades National Parks.
Best glamping near Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has some of the closest wilderness of any West Coast city. The mountain ranges that surround the city — portions of which are still within Los Angeles County — are tranquil spaces with clean air, pines and winter snow. Just north on the Pacific Coast Highway 1, the Malibu hills provide dramatic views and serenity above the sea. And a few hours drive to the east, the Mojave Desert rises up near Palm Springs. Here, the towns surrounding Joshua Tree National Park have an abundance of glamping options where you can experience the hypnotizing beauty of the high desert.
Best glamping near Portland.
Just a 45-minute drive south from Portland, brings you to Willamette Valley, where you can glamp, enjoy nature, and taste some fabulous wines. A 90-minute drive east from downtown Portland brings you to the glaciers of Mount Hood with year-round skiing and snowboarding. A 90-minute drive west, and you can dip your feet in the Pacific Ocean where old growth forests and rocky cliffs collide with the choppy sea. Or, for a total change of scenery, a three-hour drive southeast brings you to the canyons, lava fields, and hot springs of Eastern Oregon’s high desert.
Best glamping near Orlando.
Central Florida is teaming with wildlife and wilderness, and you won’t need to travel far from Orlando to find great glamping opportunities that help you unlock fun and adventure. As evidence, near the Orlando Science Center you find a community of tiny homes on a lake near Fairview Shores. Just a 20-minute drive from Orlando toward Kissimmee, there is a cedar cabin on a lake minutes away from Split Oak Mitigation Park. East of Orlando near the Atlantic Ocean close to Cocoa Beach you’ll discover rustic cabins on a farm/zoo where they have horses, zebras, goats, and alligators just minutes away from the beach. Forty minutes south of Orlando is Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, a sanctuary for migrating birds and a designated International Dark Sky Park. Northeast of Orlando is the Space Coast and natural springs that provide winter refuge to manatees. Northeast of Orlando lies the Ocala National Forest, home to springs, lakes, black bears, and the endangered Florida panther. Everglades National Park is also only a three-hour drive to the south.
Best glamping near Santa Cruz.
While the Santa Cruz boardwalk is world famous, the surrounding area is an incredible outdoor destination for anyone who loves the forest, mountains, and beach. The foggy coastal area is home to some of California’s most ancient redwood groves. To the north, you have Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and to the south, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Drive further south and you can visit Monterey and Carmel By the Sea, Big Sur, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
Best glamping near Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs is near the hidden treasures of the Rocky Mountains. The range’s top destination, Rocky Mountain National Park, is three hours north, but many locals prefer the hiking, climbing, and snow options in the southern Front Range closer to home. Here, a vast wilderness spans the Roosevelt, Arapaho, and Gunnison National Forests. If you’re all peaked-out, the high desert southwest of Colorado Springs is home to Great Sand Dunes National Park, where you can climb golden sand dunes below a brilliant night sky at this International Dark Sky Park.
Best glamping near Bend.
Bend, Oregon is a Northwest nature lover’s gem. Situated between the eastern slopes of the Cascade mountains and the high desert, Bend gives year-round access to mountains, volcanic parks and rivers with much more year-round sunshine than the rainier western side of the Cascades. The Three Sisters peaks and the ski runs on Mount Bachelor are practically in Bend’s backyard. The rock climbing mecca of Smith Rock and a variety of lava parks are within an hours drive. And just south of Bend are the mesmerizing blue waters of Crater Lake.
Best glamping near Asheville.
Asheville is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. When you zoom out from Asheville on a map, you’ll see a city surrounded by green space and plenty of unique glamping options. There are state and national parks in all directions around this Blue Ridge craft beer mecca. West of Asheville, you’ll find Great Smoky Mountain National Park where old growth hardwood forests produce the park’s signature fog. You can snowshoe and ski in the wintertime here. North of Asheville, white water rafting, trout fishing, rock climbing and hiking opportunities abound in Pisgah National Forest. The Cherokee and Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests are also nearby, giving Asheville visitors year-round access to thousands of acres of Southern Appalachian wilderness. You can go for day hikes on several easily accessible sections of the Appalachian Trail. The glampsites near Asheville are also not too far from Charlotte, Atlanta, and Knoxville.
Best glamping near Santa Barbara.
You don’t need to look far from Santa Barbara to find options for exceptional West Coast glamping. The mountains behind town within the Los Padres National Forest have hiking, waterfalls, and wildflower blooms (some years even the elusive superblooms!). There are great glamping hideouts along the Pacific Coast in either direction that let you focus on the surf, the sunset and the sand. Drive an hour over the hills, and you’ll hit Wine Country, with eclectic structures to stay in on and around the region’s vineyards around Los Olivos and Lompoc. If you’d like to go on an inland adventure, head toward New Cuyama, for unique glamping in Cuyama Badlands including a tiny cabin built from a water tank at Songdog Ranch and a variety of Instagrammable huts at Blue Sky Center.
Best glamping near Austin.
Austin is located in Texas Hill Country, a lush region characterized by spring-fed creeks and limestone hills covered in cactus, juniper, and live oak. The swimming holes and hollows of the Hills are so prevalent that some sites, like McKinney Falls State Park, are still within Austin city limits. Just west of town you can float the Colorado River and cliff-jump at Pace Bend Park, or go spelunking below ground at Longhorn Caverns State Park. Further east, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is an International Dark Sky Park with Texas-sized views of the solar system.
Best glamping near Tampa.
Tampa is surrounded by nature — from oak forests draped in Spanish moss, to cypress marshes with hidden orchids, to white sand Gulf beaches and crystal-clear springs. Between the land and sea, you are likely to encounter manatees, dolphins, alligators, herons, cranes, and colorful roseate spoonbills. The river deltas and saltwater labyrinths of Florida’s Gulf Coast extend north of Tampa. To the south, Big Cypress National Reserve is an International Dark Sky Park with views of the Milky Way, and Everglades National Park protects one of the most unique ecosystems on earth.
Best glamping near Dallas.
Dallas and Fort Worth are surrounded by great glamping options with getaways at lakes, wineries, and ranches with activities including horseback riding. Regional highlights include the cypress swamps of Caddo Lake State Park and the views of the Milky Way you’ll see in the night sky at Copper Breaks State Park. Just south of Dallas, dinosaur lovers will be thrilled to discover Sauropod tracks preserved in the mud at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Beyond that, you will find Texas Hill Country, where juniper-and-cactus-covered hills surround spring water swimming holes.
Best glamping near Reno.
At the foot of the Sierra Nevada, the greater Reno and Sparks area is perfect for glamping, with easy access to some of the range’s top destinations including Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and Mammoth. Reno and Sparks are in the Truckee Meadows, named for the Truckee River, bounded on the west by the Carson Range, on the east by the Virginia Range and Pine Nut Mountains, on the south by the Steamboat hills, and by Peavine Peak to the north. South of Reno is Owens Valley, a desert valley at the base of the Eastern Sierra with hot springs, boulder fields and Mono Lake. North of Reno is the Lassen Volcanic National Park, where active hydrothermal features include fumaroles and boiling mud pots. Beyond Lassen is Mount Shasta, the glaciated Cascades 14er (a peak of more than 14,000-foot elevation!) that marks the start of the Pacific Northwest.
Best glamping near Chattanooga.
Nestled in the Tennessee River Valley, Chattanooga has plenty of relaxing glamping opportunities on the water just outside of town. But things get really interesting above the valley, which is formed by two wonders of Southern wilderness — the Cumberland Plateau to the west and the Great Smoky Mountains to the east. The former is a broad sandstone plateau — famous for its ridges, ravines, and caves — where you will find hardwood forests and wildflowers. The latter is a section of the Appalachian range whose old growth forests fill the basins of the mountain peaks with a thick, flowing fog
Best glamping near San Antonio.
San Antonio is at the foot of Texas Hill Country where spring-fed pools create crystal clear swimming holes between the region’s limestone hills. The cypress-lined Guadalupe River is perfect for tubing as it winds toward the Gulf. Hike or bike among yucca, cactus, and dinosaur tracks at the Government Canyon State Natural Area. East of San Antonio, you will find many glamping opportunities in the Sabinal Canyon area. Cool down here at South Llano River State Park and turn your eyes to the night sky to enjoy spectacular stargazing and views of the Milky Way.
Best glamping near Albuquerque.
Albuquerque is teeming with outdoor adventures. The Sandia Mountains and Cibola National Forest are found on the eastern edge of town, while Albuquerque’s western end is close to Petroglyph National Monument. North of Albuquerque you’ll discover relaxing glamping options along the Rio Grande. In the Sante Fe Mountains you can enjoy skiing, hiking, and exploring the historic adobe Taos Pueblo. Across the valley, the volcanic Jemez Mountains create natural hot springs, and the Bandelier National Monument preserves the tuff-carved settlements of the Ancestral Puebloans. Almost any direction from Albuquerque leads to mountains, mesas, canyons, or sand dunes. Land of Enchantment, indeed!
Best glamping near San Luis Obispo.
San Luis Obispo, aka SLO, is a glamping wonderland on California’s Central Coast. There are local hideouts in the coastal mountains and along the beaches right outside of town, where State Parks including Montaña de Oro and Morro Bay include miles of natural shorelines. A 30-minute drive takes you to Paso Robles, California’s oldest Wine Country, where glamping opportunities abound among the region’s vineyards and hot springs. You’ll find options in Big Sur, the iconic area just north of SLO where the green pastures and rocky cliffs of the Santa Lucia Mountains collide with the Pacific for a truly breathtaking 90 miles.
Best glamping near Phoenix.
The desert climate makes Phoenix a perfect year-round glamping destination. From the giant cactuses of Saguaro National Park to the red rock buttes of Coconino National Forest, there are so many unique and beautiful places to explore outdoors. In fact, you don’t need to go far from downtown Phoenix to find exciting glamping options including a bohemian hideaway in a refrigerated box at Pinnacle Farms, an orchard with over 1,200 fruit trees on seven acres nestled at the base of South Mountain in Phoenix's old agriculturally diverse Laveen area. If you’re seeking a cool mountain getaway from the Sonoran desert, consider the Tonto National Forest to the east of Phoenix, which begins just beyond the city limits.