The Most Spectacular Glamping Destinations in the U.S.

From seriously chic to casually rustic, here's a look at some of America's best places for glamping

No one is really sure where the term “glamping” first originated, but what’s mostly incontestable is that this luxurious and lavish style of camping is growing in popularity at a seemingly exponential rate.

According to Bare Bones Living blogger Mindy Burton, if you really want to get specific, glamping could actually date all the way back to the Turkish Ottomans who “would set up extravagant tent cities as a mobile palace for the sultan.”

These days, the trend is essentially rooted in the same idea, only we’re not setting out to conquer new lands, we just want to enjoy an outdoorsy getaway without having to forego comforting amenities like mattresses, bathrooms and, in some cases, even kitchens and gourmet meals.

Yes, depending on which destination you choose to visit, glamping can get that glamorous. On the other end of the spectrum, though, there are experiences that provide a little less luxury and a lot more wildernesses; glamping has a pretty broad spectrum.

From seriously chic to casually rustic, here’s a look at some of the most spectacular glamping destinations in America.

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon — San Diego, Calif. 

Courtesy of The Ranch at Brandy Canyon

Some glampers might like to stay connected while they’re away, but for those who want a luxurious getaway that also allows for some time to “unplug,” The Ranch at Bandy Canyon is essentially a dream destination. A truly rustic retreat, Bandy offers visitors the chance to reconnect with nature while still indulging in modern-day amenities. Cozy cabins with full bathrooms and kitchenettes house anywhere from two to six people and the 144-acre resort boasts a pool, spa and of course, a nearly endless list of exciting outdoor activities.

The Ranch at Emerald Valley —  Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Courtesy of Visit Colorado Springs

Home to one, two and three bedroom cabins each styled with their own unique Rocky Mountain vibe, The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley is the perfect upscale camping destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. From an intimate escape to an action-packed family vacation, this picturesque glamping destination is ideal for any sort of getaway you might have in mind, and with more than 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest wilderness bordering the grounds you can be sure there will be no shortage of explorative activities to choose from.

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