When you think of spending the night outdoors, your mind may quickly wander to flimsy tents, hard damp surfaces, crappy food and creepy crawling things that bite. None of the above sounds appealing, which is why camping is hardly ever a top contender on folk’s must-experience list.
Thankfully, the universe heard our cries and created a travel moment that allows those curious about that camp life to enjoy nature without sacrificing comfort. Glamping — luxury camping — was created for travelers who want the best of both worlds: nature and amenities. The experience has become so popular that the word glampingwas added to the dictionary in 2018.
If you’ve been married to archaic ideas about camping and want to try something new, these three glamping adventures are just what you need to change your mind.
Ventana Big Sur
If you're considering glamping in the U.S., Ventana Big Sur in California is our top pick. Nestled in a serene canyon surrounded by massive Redwood trees, guests at Big Sur have the option to connect with nature in a custom safari-style tent fashioned with all the amenities of a chic suite. You'll enjoy heated floors, enclosed showers, USB ports for charging, and even a basket stocked with a s’mores kit, bottle opener, and wine glasses. Any takers?
Photo Credit: Ventana Big Sur
The Resort at Paws Up
Ever wonder what it would be like to roam the great outdoors in Montana? Probably not, but trust us when we tell you that an opportunity to glamp at the Resort at Paws Up will change your mind. From ATV and hot air balloon rides,
to white water rafting, archery lessons, spa treatments, and gourmet dining, there's so much to experience during your stay. Don't forget to schedule time to relax in your room, which comes fully equipped with hardwood floors, air conditioning, a private en suite bath and a camp butler.
Photo Credit: The Resort at Paws Up
Under Canvas Grand Canyon
Since the Grand Canyon is probably already on your travel list, staying at Under Canvas for a night or two is the perfect addition to your trip. After a day of helicopter tours, white water rafting and hiking, head back to your tent and cozy up in your king size bed or step out on the private deck and take in the stars.