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 forgo 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 Shawnee Inn — Shawnee on Delaware, Pa.
The Island Glamping experience at The Shawnee Inn transports glampers to a remote campsite by canoe, providing the opportunity to bond with nature without having to give up the luxurious amenities of the resort's main campus. Bell tents are pitched and furnished before your arrival and among other features include a queen size bed, a sofa, and a deck with two chairs, a table and a lantern. The site also includes shared bathroom facilities and guests are served a hearty breakfast in the morning before departing on a hike along the Appalachian Trail. shawneeinn.comPhoto Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See America's Most Spectacular Glamping Destinations
The Ranch at Emerald Valley — Colorado Springs, Colo.
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 than100,000 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. broadmoor.com/visitCOS.comPhoto Credit: Shutterstock
The Ranch at Rock Creek — Philipsburg, Montana
The Ranch at Rock Creek combines Big Sky scenery with its cozy yet luxurious accommodations to provide visitors with a truly memorable glamping experience. Home to authentic log cabins, historic barn accommodations and deluxe canvas cabins, this all-inclusive resort was the only U.S. lodge to be featured among National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World” and is the only property in Montana to have earned the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award. theranchatrockcreek.comPhoto Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See America's Most Spectacular Glamping Destinations
Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn — Zillah, Wash.
No glamping trip is complete without a little bit of wine, right? So why not situate yourself in the heart of Yakima Valley’s wine country? This picturesque Washington-based resort lodges visitors in fully furnished 22-foot teepees complete with comfy beds, barbeque grills, compact refrigerators, open-air showers and even private bathroom facilities separate from the tents. What’s more, when the sun rises each morning, guests are greeted with a gourmet breakfast featuring fresh local produce. cherrywoodbbandb.comPhoto Credit: Shutterstock
Yurt Galmping — Ga
Available in High Falls, Tugaloo, Red Top Mountain, Fort Yargo and Cloudland Canyon State Parks in Georgia, these luxurious yet rustic yurts are the perfect place to bunk after a day of hiking, biking and swimming in the wilderness of Georgia. Made of wood and canvas, the yurts sleep up to six people and are furnished with beds, futons, screened windows and outside decks with picnic tables and grills or fire rings. Oh yeah, and cozy abodes are also equipped with electrical outlets, so you can plug-in while you unwind. Of course, Wi-Fi is a different story. gastateparks.orgClick Here to See America's Most Spectacular Glamping DestinationsPhoto Credit: Shutterstock
- Katie Rosenbrock, The Active Times