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5 glamping destinations in North America

Natasha Bazika

Contributor

Glamping is the best way to experience the rugged outdoors without having to compromise on modern comforts, such as plush beds and hot showers. The luxury camping trend took the world by storm with the first “glamping tents” and now travellers can camp under the stars in the mountains of Montana, on the edge of Big Sur and deep in the forest of Vermont. Experience outdoor splendour with a luxury twist and head to these stunning glamping destinations around North America.

Quiet Respite at Ventana Big Sur

The rugged stretch of California’s central coast, also known as Big Sur is one of those places that attracts all kinds of travelers from the adventure lover to the food lover. At Ventana Big Sur, travelers will sleep deeply on custom-designed glamping mattresses in safari-style canvas tents while marveling at 20-acres of canyon views. If that doesn’t persuade you to get out there, maybe this will. With endless opportunities for adventure, art, nature, and culture, it’s impossible to be bored here. Gaze at Point Lobos State Reserve—the greatest meeting of land and water—bask in the sun at the picturesque Pfeiffer Beach or cozy up to a loved one under the stars by a fire with smores. Choose from the Redwood Glamping site, which is easily accessible by car or venture deep into the forest to the Canyon Glamp sites that offer a quiet respite.

Finding Gold at Under Canvas Mt. Rushmore

Situated on an original gold mining settlement, Under Canvas Mt. Rushmore is a glamping destination that offers a view of Mt. Rushmore like you’ve never seen before. During the day, explore the epic monuments and hike the Badlands National Park, before settling under the Milky Way with smores by the fire. Choose from several tents including a deluxe tent that sleeps two and a suite with an adjacent hive that comfortably sleeps six. There is also a stargazer tent that has its own viewing window above the bed for the ultimate stargazing experience without leaving the bed. Each campsite includes a luxury canvas tent, plush bedding, and lighting. However, upgrading to a suite or deluxe tent gives you an ensuite bathroom and wood stove. Did I mention the views are incredible? Take in the scenery from your private deck and enjoy the outdoors in style.

Cadey Reisner

Elevated Camping at Collective Yellowstone, Montana

For a backcountry experience alongside modern luxury-laced accommodations, head to Collective Yellowstone Montana, a glamping hub set in the peaceful, serene landscape of Big Sky Montana. Here, guests have full access to Moonlight Basin Club, a members-only community offering admission to Ulery’s Lake, pristine beaches and an 18-hole golf course. Guests will sleep in luxury canvas tents equipped with 1,000 thread-count linens, down duvets and private en-suite bathrooms that provide an elevated camping experience. Through curated on and off-site activities, fresh ingredients from the Big Sky and Bozeman farmer’s market and personalized concierge services, guests will find themselves connecting to the land and community. Go horseback riding, ziplining, kayaking or fly fishing and release your inner summer camp kid.

Treehouse Living at Moose Meadow Lodge & Treehouse

Nestled on 86 secluded acres in the Green Mountains, the Adirondack style Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, Vermont lets guests sleep in a luxury two-story treehouse. Yes, you heard that right. Make yourself at home and wake up to the sound of rainbow trout splashing and views of a mirror-lake and lush greenery. Supported by two mature pine trees, the treehouse boasts an expansive wrap-around deck, circular staircase wrapped around a maple tree, one queen bedroom loft, bathroom and the best views from the balcony. Whether you go during Fall or Winter, enjoy a vigorous hike up to the Sky Loft, which is a glass-enclosed gazebo on the highest point of the property. Here, you will find panoramic mountain views, perfect for sunsets after a long day of skiing. The lodge is also located close to major attractions such as the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream factory and fine dining destinations—not to mention, craft beer. 

The Best of Montana at Under Canvas Glacier

Montana sure does have it all. At Under Canvas Glacier, any adventurer will enjoy the region's spectacular forests and hidden escapes offering everything from stand-up paddleboarding to a genuine Montana cowboy experience. Spend days marveling at the glaciers, the waterfalls that carve the rock and the wildlife that roam freely before unwinding in a luxury canvas tent. There are several suites to choose from as well as deluxe tents with the adjacent hive for extra guests and treehouse tent, which has a private deck with lounge chairs and the most amazing views. It also includes a private bathroom, complete with hot running water, shower, sink and toilet. For unique experiences, the glamping site offers tailor-made adventures including Llama trekking, raft and dinner trip and cowboy cookout, which combines horseback riding and steak dinner—complete with a Montana sunset backdrop.

Tiffany Rose

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