You love nature, but the thought of pitching a tent and hauling all your camping gear is not the most appealing one. You are not alone. For all "in-tents" and purposes, camping is lying on the ground outside, with few accomodations other than a picnic table and a fire ring. Not everyone's cup of tea. You can, however, do this in style. Enter 'glamping,' a fusion of the words' glamorous camping," which allows one to connect with nature and bring the luxuries of home with you. Here are some of the best glamping locations where you can rough it like royalty.
Great Glamping in America
Under Canvas Zion
Don't be fooled by the name—this destination is more than just a canvas tent. Zion National Park is the country's third most visited national park and should be on every nature-lovers list of adventures. It is home to thousand-foot canyons and gorgeous red rock vistas. Under Canvas Zion offers a glamping experience like no other, with spectacular views of the majestic Zion rocks. Several luxury tents are available with fireplaces, bathrooms with showers and toilets, private decks, and comfortable king-size beds.
Castle House Estate
Joshua Tree National Park is located in Southern California. It is filled with Joshua Trees, gorgeous rock formations, unique wildlife, spectacular sunrise and sunsets, and was the inspiration for the wildly famous U2 album, 'Joshua Tree.' Castle House Estate was featured on HGTV and is the Booking.com Traveler Review Rewards winner. Located minutes from the national park, accommodation options include a yurt, RV or white guard towers from where Castle House Estate gets its name. The buildings include televisions and WiFi, and there is also an outdoor pool.
Resort at Paws Up Montana
If you're interested in taking the glamping experience up a few notches, a stay at Resorts at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre ranch, is the way to go. Located in western Montana, the resort's six camps could rival a five-star experience at a plush hotel. It features safari-style glamping tents with one, two or three-bedroom options. Chandeliers can be found on the ceilings of the tents, full bathrooms, heated floors and personal butlers.
Alpenglow Luxury Camping
Gaze at pink and purple skies during the alpenglow, a natural phenomenon found in Alaska. Experience 'glamping out' at Alpenglow Luxury Camping, where you will find a stunning backdrop of Alaska's world-renowned towering mountains. Guests can stay in a mountain or forest tent with a private covered deck, complimentary breakfast, and a shared restroom. Make the most of your stay by taking a helicopter ride to the top of the Matanuska Glacier.
Asheville in North Carolina is known for beautiful mountain landscapes, beautiful hikes and whitewater adventures. Asheville Glamping has your glamping needs covered with unique open and airy dome-style accommodations, a king-sized bed, full bathroom, kitchen, private hot tub and fire pit. If a dome isn't your thing, air-conditioned safari tents are available with queen-sized beds. It is the perfect weekend getaway.