Glamping in North America runs the gamut from economical, Mongolian-style yurts to spacious tents with Persian carpets. You can even support big cat conservation while vacationing in a luxury safari tent!
From North Carolina to British Columbia, there are unique, luxury camping experiences in North America.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is one of the first, and still one of the best, glamping destinations in the world.
This is true luxury, with large tents, comfy beds, fine dining, and gorgeous scenery.
There are hiking, biking and horseback riding activities (and bear watching!), along with a spa tent for relaxation.
All this luxury comes at a price - the cost is about $5000 per person for a long weekend.
For a more moderate version of glamping in North America, try Falling Waters Adventure Resort, in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina.
This resort offers a Yurt village inspired by the Mongolian huts of northern China. These round, fabric-covered huts have ceiling fans, small refrigerators, queen sized beds, and a deck.
There are many outdoor activities in the area (not provided by the resort), including hiking, biking, horseback riding and whitewater rafting. The resort doesn't have the on-site ammenities of Clayquot, but it doesn't have the price tag, either! From under $100 per night.
El Capitan Canyon, in Santa Barbara, California, has large safari-style tents with queen or two double beds, electric lamps and a heater for chilly nights. You can cook your meals on-site (bring your own utensils!) or pick up BBQ meals at the resort's deli. Yoga and massage are available on-site, and there are many outdoor activities available nearby (you're only a hour from California's wine country!). Prices start around $225 per night for a tent that accommodates 4.
Safari West, in Santa Rosa (in the Sonoma Wine region) is more than just an African animal park. You can stay in the park and wake up to the roar of lions and the call of wild birds! Accommodations include authentic safari tents with polished wood floors and copper basins in the private bath. Massages in your room are available, and there is an on-site restaurant. Rates average about $250 per night for a 4-person tent.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge,
in Eureka Springs, allows you to sleep with tigers outside your window,
and help to preserve these beautiful creatures at the same time!
As a cat lover, I've supported the Turpentine Creek Refuge for a long time; what better way to support their conservation efforts than to spend a few days enjoying the animals? They have tree-top cabins, a B&B, and safari-style tents to choose from. Let the cats wake you with their roar! Rates start at $150 per night for a 2-person luxury tent.