The Most Luxurious Ways to Rough It in the Wild

A weekend in the country can be rejuvenating, but the idea of roughing it, even for just a few nights, doesn’t appeal to everyone. Luckily, the glamping trend is still going strong. Resorts and campsites nationwide are creating luxurious rural accommodations for travelers who want to experience nature without giving up the conveniences of modern life. After all, how are we going to Instagram our rustic retreat without a phone charger? Here are 15 glamping locations that combine luxury with a rugged outdoor living experience.

  1. Under Canvas Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

    Under Canvas in Mount Rushmore

    Are you headed to Keystone, South Dakota, to hike through the Black Hills and admire iconic Mount Rushmore? If so, you'll be able to sleep glamorously under the stars at Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, a campsite that offers luxury tents with private bathrooms, king- and queen-size beds, fast-casual dining, and unobstructed views of Mount Rushmore from your tent.

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    Cadey Reisner

  2. Collective Governors Island in New York City

    Collective Governors Island

    Although it’s just a short ferry ride from Manhattan, Governors Island feels like a completely different world, thanks to its no-car policy and large green spaces. Enjoy the only premium camping experience on the island at Collective Governors Island, which has a clear view of the Statue of Liberty, plus perks like 1,500-thread-count linens, electricity, en suite or shared bathrooms, and soft Turkish towels.

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    Patrick Chin

  3. Sinya on Lone Man Creek in Texas Hill Country

    Sinya on Lone Man Creek in Texas Hill Country

    Retreat in complete comfort at Sinya on Lone Man Creek, an African safari-inspired tent located in the middle of Texas Hill Country. Guests enjoy sweeping views of Lone Man Creek and an unabashedly high-end camping experience, complete with air conditioning (a must for any stifling Texas summer), a claw-foot soaking tub, a Nespresso gourmet coffee machine, and a kitchenette that’s perfect for storing all the vino you pick up at the local wineries.

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  4. Capitol Reef Resort in Utah

    Capitol Reef Resort in Utah

    Grab your harmonica and live out your Wild West fantasy in the Conestoga Wagons at Capitol Reef Resort. Not only do these kitschy wagons offer unmatched views of the gorgeous red cliffs, but they also have air conditioning and access to a private bathroom, and they sleep up to six guests. 

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  5. Glen Oaks Big Sur in California

    Glen Oaks Big Sur

    Rough it in style at Glen Oaks Big Sur, a midcentury motor lodge that’s been transformed into a rustic and environmentally conscious travel accommodation. Located off iconic Highway 1, Glen Oaks gives hikers and other travelers an extravagant place to lay their head at night. Luxurious appointments include heated recycled stone floors, claw-foot soaking tubs, and wireless internet.

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  6. The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana

    Canvas Glamping Cabins at The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

    Montana is about as rugged as it gets in the United States, but you won’t have to brave the elements when you stay in a glamping cabin at The Ranch at Rock Creek. These classic canvas cabins are decorated in a rustic yet modern style, and they have private bathrooms, reading nooks, and screened-in porches to boot.

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  7. Royal Gorge Cabins in Colorado

    Glamorous Tents at the Royal Gorge Cabins, Colorado

    You could pack your camping gear the next time you head to Colorado—or you could enjoy the high-end amenities of the glamping tents at Royal Gorge Cabins in Cañon City. They sit on raised wooden platforms, and their canvas walls keep you close to nature, but surrounded by comforts like a soft queen-size bed, electrical outlets, a cozy living space, and evaporative cooling in summer.

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  8. Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York

    Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York

    You probably haven’t used the word “elegant” to describe a camping experience, but you might change your mind after staying at Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York. Located on the grounds of La Tourelle Resort and Spa, the tents have hardwood floors and are equipped with a king or queen bed, comfortable furnishings, and battery-powered lanterns. Guests also enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the equally glamorous tented lobby area.

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  9. Fireside Resort in Wyoming

    Fireside Resort in Wyoming

    The Fireside Resort cabins in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, aren’t your run-of-the-mill ski-town lodgings. The petite and expertly designed cabins offer travelers a sustainable and luxurious way to experience nature while enjoying the conveniences of home, with top-of-the-line linens, stylish furnishings, and even flat-screen TVs.

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  10. Conestoga Ranch in Utah

    Conestoga Ranch in Utah

    Soak in the beauty of the great outdoors without the usual annoyances in the glamping tents at Conestoga Ranch in Garden City, Utah. Travelers can rest their weary heads surrounded by cozy Western-style furnishings, take a shower in their en suite bathroom, and enjoy tasty food at the Campfire Grill restaurant.

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  11. Sugar Creek Treehouse in North Carolina

    Sugar Creek Treehouse in North Carolina

    Maybe you always wanted a treehouse as a kid, but you probably never imagined anything as quaint and comfortable as the Sugar Creek Treehouse in North Carolina. Located about 45 minutes northeast of Asheville, its tiny details make it special, including a floating log staircase, a wraparound deck, and Egyptian cotton towels in the bathroom.

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  12. The Redwood and Canyon Glampsites at Ventana Big Sur in California

    The Redwood and Canyon Glampsites at Ventana Big Sur

    Exploring the natural beauty of Big Sur? The Glampsites at Ventana Big Sur will take your experience to the next level. The safari-style canvas tents are the height of outdoor refinement, with such amenities as electric lamps and power outlets as well as two fire pits—one wood-burning, one propane. Visitors also have access to an extravagant bathhouse with heated floors, marble vanities, and teak-enclosed showers.

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  13. The Resort at Paws Up in Montana

    Montana Glamping at The Resort at Paws Up

    Located on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch, the Resort at Paws Up lets travelers sleep in style. Spend the day exploring the rugged landscape of Montana, then relax by enjoying your tent's en suite “Montana-size” bathroom, fine linens, and heated slate floors—perfect for bitterly cold days.

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  14. Alpenglow Luxury Camping in Alaska

    Alpenglow Luxury Camping in Alaska

    Alaska may be the last frontier, but you won’t need to rough it at Alpenglow Luxury Camping in Glacier View. The site’s canvas glamping tents sit on top of a permanent cedar floor and include a covered porch that overlooks Matanuska Glacier and valley views. Visitors also have access to a cedar hot tub and an espresso stand!

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  15. Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine

    Glamp Tents at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine

    In the popular tourist town of Kennebunkport, the glamp tents at Sandy Pines Campground are a charming, bohemian accommodation that’s perfect for the whole family. Visitors enjoy soft beds, A/C, and a mini fridge, and campers are invited to a communal nightly bonfire—complete with s’mores!

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