Glamping in California at Ventana

12 Epic Glamping in California & USA Glamping Spots

Glamping is for people that love spending time outdoors but don’t love sleeping in a tent. Glamping in California takes it to the next level with good weather and some of the coolest destinations.

We started California glamping when our kids were small before it was a thing. But now you can find amazing glamping destinations all over the USA.

Whether you choose glamping for a weekend getaway or visiting National parks, USA glamping will add a unique experience to your trip.

The chance to be set in nature on a dreamy mattress while you can hear the sounds of the outdoors is something everyone should experience at least once.

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12 Great California Glamping & USA Glamping Spots

When you think of camping, summer immediately comes to mind. But the cool thing about glamping is that your comfortable accommodations often have a heater that allows you to get out in nature any time of year.

Additionally, the temperate weather makes California glamping lovely in spring, fall, or even winter.

One of our favorite times to get outdoors is during the fall. Some of these glamping locations are near areas with amazing fall foliage like Yosemite, while others are just great during fall because of the crisp air and fun activities nearby.

There’s just something awesome about sitting around a campfire when there’s actually a little chill in the air.

Glamping in California is often year-round, and the USA glamping spots with four seasons typically close when the last fall leaves hit the ground in October.


The Best of California Glamping

Glamping California Autocamp Yosemite
AutoCamp Yosemite

Glamping at AutoCamp Yosemite, California

Autocamp Yosemite is one of the best places for California glamping. I think we’re all a little enamored with Airstream trailers, right and this chic, retro-cool, lodging is the perfect addition to your Yosemite National Park adventure.

The trailers have a “mid-century modern meets the mountains” decor. Each airstream suite has a bedroom with a comfy queen size bed and top quality linens. There are side tables with lamps, places to plug in electronics and a flat screen tv too.

The living room has a sofa that converts into a full sized bed and the kitchen has a microwave, sink and dishes. The mini mudroom as you enter is a great place for boots by the door. Surprisingly, the bathroom is HUGE with a spacious shower.

Outside, each trailer has a deck and a fire pit with a grill for cooking. You can order dinner that is ready to cook or go to the clubhouse. They have a chic lounge and food options.

Food offerings are on the expensive side but you can also drive 10 minutes to the historic town of Mariposa for dinner and window shopping.

Spend 2 days in Yosemite National Park for hiking, rock climbing, bike riding, waterfalls and photography.

The campsite is 38 minutes from the Big Oak Flat Entrance and one hour from the Yosemite Valley floor. It sounds like a big distance but it was nice to be a little removed from the crowds. There are also activities to do along the way.


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Ventana Glamping in Big Sur
Ventana Big Sur Glamping

Ventana Glamping in Big Sur, California

It’s hard to have a favorite glamping in California spot because there are so many amazing choices but Ventana Glamping in Big Sur is the ideal luxury camping experience.

Located in the midst of a huge redwood forest, the safari-style tents are spaced out for maximum privacy. It’s the perfect getaway for couples, families or just a fun girls weekend.

Each tent has a queen sized bed, heated blanket, side tables and lamps with outlets, a sink with filtered instant hot water, a cooler to hold ice or things that need refrigeration, a deck with Adirondack chairs and a fire pit that starts with a push of a button.

Also at the campsite, is a picnic table, place where you can build a campfire and a parking spot. The bathrooms are located throughout so it’s a short walk and the main spa style bathroom has fluffy towels and Alila spa products.

There are so many fun things to do in Big Sur during your stay. You can go to Pfeifer state beach to have a beach day, go hiking on a variety of trails, or enjoy a glass of wine at sunset on the patio at Nepenthe.


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Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping in Healdsburg
Wildhaven Sonoma

Wildhaven Sonoma – Glamping in California Wine Country

Contributed by by Christina Menth with CMenthTravel

Wildhaven Sonoma is wine country glamping located on the banks of the Russian River. Surrounded by many of Sonoma County’s most popular wineries, it’s one of the most romantic destinations in Northern California..

The extra large safari tents are spacious and well appointed and the staff is committed to making your stay both comfortable and memorable. Make it an adult weekend or bring the family because there’s plenty to do.

Wildhave Sonoma has their own private access to the Russian River which makes this such a great glamping destination during the summer months. Go swimming, tubing, or rent a kayak and explore. Or relax in one of the cozy hammocks.

At Wildhaven you’ll be in close proximity to popular wineries like Robert Young Estate Winery, Jordan Winery and Francis Ford Coppola Winery. If wine tasting is at the top of your list, rent a bike and make a fun day of it.

Dry Creek General Store in nearby Healdsburg is a great place to pick up everything you need for a picnic. September and October when harvest happens at all of the local wineries is a very popular time of year to visit. You’ll also get some beautiful fall color.


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Caravan Outpost Ojai Glamping in California
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Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California

The accommodations at Caravan Outpost are a whimsical collection of Airstream trailers, each meticulously restored and decorated to create a cozy yet stylish atmosphere.

Guests can unwind in these vintage trailers equipped with modern amenities, from comfortable beds and fully stocked kitchens to private outdoor seating areas and air conditioning (trust us, it gets pretty warm in Ojai).

Beyond the comfort of the trailers, Caravan Outpost provides a range of activities to enhance the glamping experience, like the cute general store on the property and bikes to ride around town.

Explore the artisan shops and local eateries in Ojai, take a scenic hike in the nearby Los Padres National Forest, or simply relax by the communal fire pit and share stories with fellow glampers under the starlit sky.

With its quirky charm and cool airstream village, Caravan Outpost in Ojai offers a glamping retreat that adds an extra level of fun to an Ojai trip.


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Sequoia High Sierra Camp
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Sequoia High Sierra Camp in Sequoia National Park California

Nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Sequoia National Park in California, the Sequoia High Sierra Camp offers a luxurious and unique California glamping experience.

Situated at an elevation of 8,282 feet, this high-altitude haven provides visitors with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains and the majestic sequoia groves.

The camp seamlessly blends rustic charm with modern comforts, featuring well-appointed canvas tents equipped with plush bedding, cozy furnishings, and private decks.

Guests can indulge in gourmet meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, served in a communal dining area or delivered directly to their tents.

The camp’s prime location offers convenient access to hiking trails, allowing glampers to explore the park’s natural wonders, including the iconic General Sherman Tree.

Whether unwinding by the campfire or embarking on outdoor adventures, Sequoia High Sierra Camp invites travelers to immerse themselves in the California’s wilderness while enjoying the upscale glamping California offers.


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Autocamp Joshua Tree
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AutoCamp Joshua Tree, California

AutoCamp Joshua Tree redefines the desert retreat experience. Located close to Joshua Tree National Park, this stylish glamping destination combines luxury accommodations with the serenity of the desert environment.

Guests have a choice to stay in sleek, custom-designed Airstream trailers or nicely-appointed canvas tents, each featuring plush bedding, chic interiors, and private outdoor spaces to soak in the breathtaking views.

The campsite is thoughtfully designed with amenities like communal fire pits, an outdoor pool, and possibly the nicest clubhouse that AutoCamp offers.

Glampers can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the desert during the day, and retreat to a luxurious and cozy abode in the evening. In this dark sky park, the stargazing is top notch and you can try your hand at astrophotography.

With 2 days in Joshua Tree, you can go rock climbing, hike among the iconic Joshua Trees, eat at one of the delicious local restaurants or simply soak up the desert vibes. AutoCamp Joshua Tree offers an elevated California glamping experience.


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Skypark Rv Campground
Sky Stream Resort

Sky Stream Resort at Sky Park in Lake Arrowhead, California

In the picturesque San Bernardino Mountains, about 2 hours from Los Angeles, Sky Stream Resort at Sky Park offers a tranquil escape near a slew of Lake Arrowhead activities.

The accommodations are well-appointed air stream trailers with dream cloud mattresses, Keurig coffee makers, gas fire pits, and Adirondack chairs. The restrooms are located nearby in the Camp Bath House.

The resort is next to Sky Park at Santa’s Village. Sky Park is well known for its exciting mountain biking trails and also offers thrilling zip-lining adventures, rock climbing, and seasonal activities.

Set along one of the best scenic drives from LA, the breathtaking view from the San Bernardino Mountains offers panoramic vistas of the valley below.

With the close proximity to Lake Arrowhead, one of the best Southern California lakes, guests can take a scenic boat tour, go waterskiing, explore the village, or indulge at one of Lake Arrowhead’s best restaurants.

With a perfect blend of outdoor adventures and the tranquility of the mountain setting, Sky Stream Resort provides an ideal retreat for those seeking a memorable getaway in Southern California.


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USA Glamping Locations

Under Canvas has grown to be one of the biggest glamping companies in the United States. They have new glamping locations opening in California at Yosemite and Joshua Tree National Park.

In the meantime, they have glamping options at the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Moab, Glacier National Park, Great Smoky Mountains, Mount Rushmore and soon Acadia National Park.

They set up luxurious safari tents with West Elm furnishings coupled with healthy dining and adventure activities. Read more about a few of their locations below.

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Under Canvas Grand Canyon

Glamping in Arizona at Under Canvas Grand Canyon

Contributed by Valentina from Valentina’s Destinations

Under Canvas at the Grand Canyon is the ultimate glamping destination in Arizona offering luxury canvas tents equipped with king size beds and real mattresses!

They’re the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of hiking at the Grand Canyon.

Under Canvas tents also come with a wood burning stove, so you’ll be sure to stay nice and toasty. Some tents include in-unit bathrooms with flushing toilets and hot water showers. Otherwise, there are communal restroom facilities on site.

There’s a restaurant and bar. There’s also a fire pit for s’mores and campsite stories. Guests can join weekly free yoga classes and enjoy live music and entertainment.

Visit the Grand Canyon and enjoy hiking, mule rides or bike rides along the South Rim. There are also many incredible viewpoints to check out. You can also learn more about the Grand Canyon by joining one of the fun ranger tours.

Some may choose to sign up for Grand Canyon tours and activities through Under Canvas. There are many things to do like horseback riding, helicopter tours or whitewater rafting.

No matter what you decide to do at the Grand Canyon, you’ll be glad you’re staying at Under Canvas. End every night enjoying stargazing in legendary dark sky country from the comfort of your glamorous tent! Travel time to the Grand Canyon is 40 minutes.


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Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort
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Glamping in Utah at Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort

Ever wonder what it would have been like to travel west with your family in a covered wagon? Okay, maybe not, but staying at Conestoga Ranch Glamping Resort in Old West covered wagons converted to upscale accommodations is pretty cool.

Set along the shores of Bear Lake in Utah, this resort offers a unique and unforgettable family glamping experience. Guests can choose from well-appointed Conestoga wagons, spacious canvas tents, or cozy log cabins.

The wagons accomodate six people with a king bed and two sets of bunk beds or four people with a large double bed and one bunk bed.

The resort’s dedication to comfort is evident in the plush bedding, private bathrooms, and thoughtful decor that seamlessly integrates with the stunning outdoor surroundings.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Bear Lake’s turquoise waters, or indulge in the recreational activities available, from stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking to mountain biking and stargazing around the communal fire pits.

Whether enjoying gourmet cuisine at the on-site restaurant or relaxing in the outdoor spa, Conestoga Ranch promises a glamping experience that is one of the best things to do in Utah.


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Under Canvas Yellowstone

Glamping in Montana at Under Canvas Yellowstone

Contributed by Jeanine Romo from Le Wild Explorer

If you’re looking for the best glamping in Yellowstone National Park then you’ll love Under Canvas Yellowstone. The “glamping” campground at Under Canvas is open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend each year.

May and early June can still be chilly so keep that in mind when visiting. However, at Under Canvas you’ll have comfortable, hotel-like amenities such as hot showers and heating.

So if you don’t want to commit to camping but want the experience, “glamping” is a great option. 

Take in the view of the stars at night, they’re worth staying up for. Gather by the campfire and indulge in complementary s’mores.

Then retreat to your cozy tent that has a wood-burning stove to keep warm at night and a comfortable king-size bed (available in most tents).

Under Canvas is perfect for a romantic getaway for the couples who look for unique experiences but also ideal for families, located just a 10-minute drive from the park’s West Entrance.

It’s super convenient to begin your national park excursion and start seeing what Yellowstone has to offer. Don’t miss the park favorites such as Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic.

And enjoy a scenic drive while seeing wildlife from your car. You can also do a Wyoming National Parks road trip and easily visit Grand Teton National Park as well. The parks are only 31 miles away from each other.


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El Cosmico Marfa Glamping USA
El Cosmico

Glamping in Texas at El Cosmico in Marfa

Contributed by Paige Wunder from For the Love of Wanderlust

El Cosmico is undoubtedly a glamping, bohemian dream. While Marfa, Texas is a bit out there, in a hippie sense and geographically, it’s a place that any lover of art and nature should visit.

El Cosmico is the epitome of glamping with their array of teepees, yurts and renovated vintage campers all grouped together in one spot.

Marfa is one of those small towns in Texas that runs on its own time: shops and restaurants may be spontaneously closed, especially in off-peak seasons. This just adds to the spontaneity and adventure though.

Even though it may be harder to plan ahead during those times, the shoulder seasons are the best time to visit (late winter to early spring and fall to winter) because the weather is much cooler and nicer for exploring the glories of West Texas.

Aside from being a beautiful, funky town in its own right, with interesting art installations like Marfa Prada, it’s also a wonderful detour if you’re looking to explore the natural beauty of Big Bend National Park or Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

While in Marfa, don’t miss the mysterious Marfa lights, Marfa Prada and eat at Marfa Burrito. Although a stay at El Cosmico would be suitable for any type of trip, I would highly recommend it for a romantic getaway or a super cool girls trip.

No matter why you’re going, or who you’re going with, you’re sure to fall in love with El Cosmico.


Beachcomber Resort Cape May
Beachcomber Camping Resort

Glamping in New Jersey at the Beachcomber Camping Resort in Cape May

Contributed by Taylor Deer from Brown Eyed Flower Child

One of the best places for glamping in New Jersey is at the Beachcomber Camping Resort in the charming seashore town of Cape May. There are rustic wooden cabin located near a lake.

What is awesome about staying at Beachcomber Camping Resort is that it is situated in the heart of the Cape May peninsula. It’s only a 15-minute drive to both the downtown beach area as well as the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

The campground, inland from the beach, has plenty of nature-walking trails. There are also wineries, breweries and places to shop nearby. 

Our log cabin included a full bed, along with two bunk beds. There was a half bathroom, ceiling fan, A/C, heat, refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, and television with DVD. The screened-in porch prevents bugs from coming in.

Outside is a charcoal grill, fire ring, picnic table and two chairs. The shower facility is located nearby. In addition to cabins, there are Sioux Indian Teepees and tiny houses.

There are also traditional camping sites at Beachcomber that accommodate RVs, trailers and regular camping tents. Shower and bathroom facilities are located all around the resort. 

Beachcomber Camping Resort is located lakeside where you can go swimming, fishing, paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking and more. There are a few swimming pools, a small beach with a jungle gym and an ice cream stand with a snack bar.

You can also catch some great fall foliage for the perfect weekend escape in Cape May.


Final Thoughts About USA Glamping

Glamping provides the perfect way to have a unique, out of town experience, where you can enjoy nature and luxury accommodations at the same time.

Every season is a perfect time to book a Glamping in California trip or a summer or fall weekend away to other spots for glamping in the USA. Combine it with a National Park visit or a fall foliage tour for even more fun.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Juliet
    September 8, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Now we’re talking! I’ve never been glamping, but that Yosemite set up is really tempting! xo

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      September 11, 2020 at 8:19 pm

      The whole Airstream set up is really cool!

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    christin menth
    September 4, 2020 at 3:29 am

    Love this! Definitely pinning this for more glamping ideas in the future!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      September 11, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks for contributing your experience!

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    Vidhi
    September 3, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    I love the idea of glamping. It’s on my list of things to do!
    -Vidhi
    http://www.coffeevschai.com

    • Reply
      Guy
      September 4, 2020 at 12:11 am

      It’s so much fun!

  • Reply
    Len
    August 27, 2020 at 3:04 am

    That’s my kind of camping- I mean glamping! Thanks for sharing the info!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      August 27, 2020 at 3:44 am

      Glamping is so much fun!

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    August 26, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    I really want to go glamping!!

    Jennifer

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