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The 9 Best Glamping Spots in the Country for a Luxe Nature-Filled Escape

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Taking a getaway focused on being outdoors isn't just a pleasant and scenic way to spend some well-deserved vacation days. Rather, getting outside also offers heaps of health and well-being benefits. Research has found that immersion in nature connects to a reduction in stress and an enhanced well-being. Forests, lakes, meadows, and mountains are also sacred spaces with powerfully grounding, soothing energy. Furthermore, given the pandemic landscape, being outside among trees rather than other travelers just seems a heck of a lot safer right now than many other popular vacation options. With that in mind, the best glamping spots in the U.S. might be worth bookmarking for your next trip.

For those who wouldn't feel as though they're on vacation without soft sheets, running water, or USB power chargers, glamping—rather than camping—is likely a great fit. It combines the relaxing, out-in-nature, soul-nourishing natural aspects of camping with plush-ish perks.

Glamping also doesn’t have to be a budget-busting endeavor. You can find a stylish, eco-friendly two-person tent or yurt with electricity, modern amenities, and access to a private or shared bathroom (hello, warm shower after a brisk hike) for less than $250 per night for two people. A number of these locations also offer healthy-minded activities like alpaca yoga and guitar-strumming sessions, to name just two.

Below, find nine wellness-centric glamping setups across the U.S. that you’re going to want to check out—er check into, ASAP.

The 9 best glamping spots in the country for your healthy fall getaway.

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Under Canvas Smoky Mountains (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) — $250.00

Occupying a prime perch just a few minutes from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Under Canvas Smoky Mountains will transform even the most skeptical first-time glamper into a full-fledged outdoorsperson. Set the tone for a day of navigating wooded trails with some sun salutations. Morning yoga classes are held multiple times each week in the spacious, outdoor studio. Prefer to downward dog solo? Guests can also use complimentary Lululemon mats and blocks anytime. In the evening, grab a seat around the campfire and listen to live music by local musicians before retiring to your stylish digs. Designed in collaboration with West Elm, each modern tent is fitted with low-impact materials, like weathered raw wood and chic metal accents.

Open: Early April through late November

Rates: Start from $250 per night for two people

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Alila Ventana Big Sur (Big Sur, California) — $240.00

Nestled in a 20-acre grove of towering redwoods, the glamping offshoot of Alila Ventana Big Sur redefines rustic sophistication for the modern glamping enthusiast. The majesty of the great outdoors is front and center. Unobtrusive canvas tents have creature comforts like custom-designed mattresses, premium linens, power outlets with USB ports. Communal washroom facilities include teak showers, heated floors, and aromatherapy bath products. There’s also a bespoke Airstream trailer stocked with cocktails, beer, wine, takeaway cocktail kits, and locally sourced snacks. Planning to bring your canine companion? Furry friends are welcome for a $75 fee, which covers a dog bed, water bowl, and treats.

Open: Year-round

Rates: Start from $240 per night for two people

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Hawaii Island Retreat (Kapaau, Hawaii) — $195.00

Year-round sunshine, consistently warm weather, and lush landscapes make the Aloha State the perfect place to beat the winter blues. Hawaii Island Retreat in Kapaau is a fantastical, 50-acre playground for eco-oriented travelers looking to bliss out and reconnect with the natural world. Meander through the vegetable garden, pick native mangoes right off the tree, visit the goat sanctuary, and soak up some vitamin D on the sheltered beach. Need some extra TLC? Head to the spa bungalows for a therapeutic massage, or nurture your sense of well-being with a sauna session. The property also has seven glamping yurts with thoughtful touches like organic toiletries and personalized reusable water bottles.

Open: Year-round

Rates: Start from $195 per night for two people

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Lake Bastrop North Shore Park (Bastrop, Texas) — $200.00

Set just 30 miles east of Austin, Lake Bastrop North Shore Park proves that you don’t have to travel far outside a major city to enjoy nature and loads of outdoor recreation. It’s an ideal spot to try new pursuits that release endorphins and promote longevity such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, kayaking, and sand volleyball. Since those activities are sure to work up an appetite, order a curated picnic bundle from Base Camp Deli right to your glampsite, or cook up some nourishing camp meals. We can’t imagine you’ll have any trouble getting plenty of deep sleep in a safari-style tent with a king-size bed that’s tucked beneath a canopy of fragrant pine trees.

Open: Year-round

Rates: Start from $200 per night for two people (two-night minimum)

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Huttopia Adirondacks (Lake Luzerne, New York) — $120.00

Replace the car horns and cell-phone dings that soundtrack your life with the melody of crickets, rustling leaves, and gurgling water at Huttopia Adirondacks. Here, nature walks, wildlife peeping, and free outdoor yoga in the fresh mountain air are just some of the serene ways to fill your days. An afternoon nap with the tent flaps open is another wonderfully restorative form of self-care. And private en-suite bathrooms mean there’s no need to stress over standing in line for the shower.

Open: May through October

Rates: Start from $120 per night for two people

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Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo (River Ranch, Florida) — $279.00

The Sunshine State has more going for it than beautiful beaches and the Everglades. One hour south of Orlando sits the largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi River: Perched on 1,700 acres, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo provides the opportunity to go horseback riding, hop on a hayride, practice archery, and snooze in a tent with a king-size bed, private en-suite bathroom, and air conditioning that falls more into the category of rustic-luxe than roughing it.

Open: Year-round

Rates: Start from $279 per night for four people

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Rustic Rook Resort (Mosca, Colorado) — $145.00

Rustic Rook Resort is located 19 miles from Great Sand Dunes National Park. Tents outfitted with USB power chargers and tea tree bath products offer perspective-shifting views of the sky-kissing Sangre de Cristo Mountains and sand dunes. Any minor spats with your partner will seem insignificant while staring at the vastness of the Milky Way, sledding down dunes, and soaking in the nearby hot springs.

Open: Late May through early October

Rates: Start from $145 per night for two people

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Shash Dine EcoRetreat (Page, Arizona) — $210.00

A home base for exploring nearby Arizona landmarks including Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon, the Navajo-owned and operated Shash Dine’ EcoRetreat is a worthy destination in its own right. Best described as off-the-grid camping meets a B&B with palpably positive energy, the glampsite features minimal canvas bell tents, covered wagons, and traditional Navajo Hogans. Guests can also participate in Navajo cultural offerings, such as a traditional dinner accompanied by storytelling. Oh, and stargazing is out of this world.

Open: Year-round

Rates: Start from $210 per night for two people

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Cedar Ridge Ranch (Carbondale, Colorado) — $225.00

A weekend of communing with nature and interacting with cute critters at Cedar Ridge Ranch might just be the ticket to improve your mood and lower your stress. Your a.m. alarm clock? Rise to the cock-a-doodle-do of a real rooster. Tour the farm, feed cows and pigs, collect fresh eggs, saddle up for horseback riding, broaden your horizons with an alpaca yoga class, and hit the trails. Restful zzz’s are a given, thanks to glamping tents with electricity, four-poster, king-size beds, and soft linens, as well as a private yurt that’s great for groups.

Open: May through October

Rates: Start from$225 per night for two people (two-night minimum)

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