“Let’s go camping!” you hear your friends and family gleefully yell when you ask everyone for summer vacation ideas. But you’re not so keen, after all, you need a relaxing vacation too and camping is fraught with packing, organizing, building tents, chairs, fires – and you just know someone will forget the pegs...
But it doesn’t have to be that way… ever heard of ‘glamping’? It’s the answer to your prayers if you’re looking for a unique summer vacation, a stress-free summer getaway where you get to rest, too.
A glamping vacation (or ‘glamorous camping’ in case you didn’t know) is luxury-style camping, where you get to experience all the thrills of regular camping, but without the hard work and hassles. Best of all, depending on your budget and needs, the best glamping accommodations can be uber-luxurious, with four-poster beds, log-burning stoves and even a tub to soak in after a long day outdoors. Just pick your place, turn up and everything is set up and ready for you to enjoy, no need to remember to pack pegs and mallets!
If you’re looking for even more unique summer vacations, why not combine your glamping vacation in the US with a US ranch vacation? Many ranches in the US offer incredible summer glamping vacations as well as their usual accommodations, so why not try it out? Here are our top picks of the best glamping vacations in the US:
6 Instagrammable Glamping Destinations You’ll Love – our top picks
Brush Creek Ranch Glamping Experience, Montana
As part of your all-inclusive ranch vacation, glamping trips at Brush Creek Ranch are more than an overnight expedition. Join them for a truly elite transformational experience and you’ll become familiar with a deeply rooted nomadic tradition as you venture to the ranch’s most remote corners. Why not saddle up for a horseback ride to Jim’s Draw Yurt, a huge four-season tent providing endless, luxury comforts that are exclusively yours for a single, special night. Additionally, the more comfy glamping experience at Platte Canyon offers cozy Tee Pee accommodations and separate bathhouse with warm showers. A fire pit and a game of horseshoes completes the rustic riverside setting.
- Yurt and Tee Pee each sleep up to six
- Dates available: June-September
- All-inclusive ranch vacations start at $900per person, with the overnight Yurt or Tee Pee at an additional fee starting at $800 for up to four guests.
Bull Hill Guest Ranch Tent Cabins, Washington
This two-tent ‘campsite’ at Bull Hill Guest Ranch harkens back to the days of luxury lodging in the Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks. Fully-furnished with electricity, these cabins, named ‘Lakota’ and ‘Laredo’ provide a connection with the great outdoors that regular lodging just can’t replicate. Expansive, covered front porches with lodge pole railing provide sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, river, mountains and valley below. The cabins are sited near a shower house featuring two private baths, and the cozy tents themselves boast two queen beds adorned with cushy comforters and fluffy pillows. Ideal for young couples, families, or those seeking privacy with a romantic twist.
- Two queen tent cabins (with one twin per cabin), each sleeps up to four
- Dates available: July 7-11, 21-30; Aug 24-28; Sept 2-7, 13-30
- $225 per person, per night.
The Bar W Guest Ranch Glamping, Montana
Glamping at the Bar W blends the best of the indoors with the beauty and nature of the outdoors. Each tent features a queen-sized log bed, full-sized log futon, kitchenette and a private porch. A private full bathroom is located just a few steps away. And there’s no need to worry when the stars come out and the temperature goes down, each sumptuous tent has heating and air conditioning, and guests are provided with a plush robe and slippers to snuggle up in.
- Four tents, each sleeps up to four
- Dates available: May 1-October 31
- $399 per person, per night, night based on double occupancy.
The Ranch at Rock Creek Canvas Cabins and Homesteader Wagon Experience, Montana
Located in wildflower meadows on the banks of Rock Creek, for your Montana glamping trip to The Ranch at Rock Creek you can choose between Sweet Grass – the largest tent with two bedrooms, a large living room and cedar soaking tub; or the family cabins that have two bedrooms, a private bathroom, screened-in porch and access to an extra bath house. Or why not try out the quirky but cozy conestoga canvas-covered wagons; the perfect campout for kids or snug romantic hideaway. Whichever you choose, you’ll love the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star amenities, taking camping comfort to the next level.
- Ten glamping tents, each sleeps one to three people
- Dates available: Trapper and Sweet Grass are available year-round; the eight cabins are available from around April to October; Homesteader Wagons available June to August
- Prices range from $1,000 per night for a Homesteader Wagon to $6,700 per night for Sweet Grass Canvas Cabin.
The Resort at Paws Up Montana Glamping, Montana
After exploring the vast, untamed wilderness, come home to unwind in your perfectly appointed luxury tent at glamping pioneer The Resort at Paws Up. You can experience The American Safari and be surrounded by nature while revelling in every kind of comfort. Each tent is carefully appointed with hardwood floors, fine linens, air conditioning and heat, plus a private en suite bath with heated slate floors, stylish vanities and Montana-size showers. Exquisite cuisine is just steps away in an elegant Dining Pavilion and you’ll spend your evening enjoying s’mores around the campfire, telling stories of your adventures and taking in the view of countless stars above. For anything more you could require, a camping butler is there to help.
- Choose from six luxury ‘glampsites’ that sleep two, four or six guests
- Dates available: Mid-May through mid-October
- Prices vary, contact the ranch for more details.
C Lazy U Ranch Glamping – Conestoga Wagon Overnight Excursion, Colorado
C Lazy U Ranch now offers a fantastic glamping experience; a new Conestoga Wagon glamping tent! This cozy tent has a king bed and two twins, a table for two, luxury linens and bedding, plus electric lighting. It’s the perfect way to really immerse yourself in nature and experience the old west!
- One wagon, sleeps a family of four or a couple
- Dates tents available: Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends
- $250 per night for the excursion (on top of nightly inclusive rates).
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