Glamping is a great way to experience the great outdoors without having to sacrifice certain creature comforts. And the best part is, there are so many options to choose from that you can practically customize your entire experience.
California is definitely one of the best states for glamping as it has an abundance of national parks that offer everything from forested retreats to beachy vibes. There’s also plenty to see and do while your glamping, so outdoor enthusiasts can hit the trails while those that prefer a more comfortable environment can sit and relax while soaking up the good vibes and the California sunshine.
Plan Ahead Before You Go
While many parks and glamping sites are reopening this summer, it’s always best to call ahead or check business’ websites to get the latest information on safety protocols. Some of these properties are also located in areas where the weather can change fast, so checking on local weather and current conditions can help you plan a stay that is both safe and enjoyable.
6 Dome In The Desert, Joshua Tree CA
This gorgeous glamp-site is isolated enough to give you maximum privacy while still being a stone’s throw from Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. Soak up the views (stargazing is highly recommended) or take a hike at one of the nearby trails that range from short, easy loops to more challenging treks.
- Price: $140-$185/night
5 Wylder Hotel Hope Valley
South of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Wylder Hotel Hope Valley is a great option for those who want to have their choice of accommodations. For those who want a taste of nature, the yurts are the perfect choice as they are rustic, yet elegant. Modern bright decor, an indoor tub, and an open top for stargazing take glamping to the next level. Prefer a roof over your head? Then choose one of the cabins, some of which have been upgraded to include all the comforts of home including electric thermostats and gas stoves. An added bonus is the on-site restaurant and relaxing sauna that’s ideal for unwinding after a day of hiking or kayaking. Check out Hope Valley in the winter, too for some great skiing.
- Price: Cabins starting at $375.00/night, Yurts starting at $265.00/night
4 Ventana Big Sur
Looking for a woodland retreat? Then Big Sur is the place to go. Nestled among a 20 acre redwood canyon, Ventana has 15 safari tents for those who want a little more camp than glamp. But this doesn’t mean you’ll be totally roughing it—the tents are fully equipped with plumbing, super comfy beds, and a propane fire pit ideal for snuggling up after a day of exploring the forest. There is also a main resort on-site that has a super hot tub with an amazing view of the redwoods (extra fees may apply).
- Price: Contact the resort for the latest room rates.
3 El Capitan Canyon, Santa Barbara CA
There are plenty of options to choose from at the lovely El Capitan Canyon. Located approximately 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, this site is the perfect mix of rustic and chic. A coastal retreat with the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop, combined with a camp-like environment close to a variety of outdoor adventures make for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Choose from cedar cabins, yurts, and safari tents to customize your level of comfort.
- Price: Cabins starting at $205/night, yurts starting at $185/night, safari tents starting at $155/night. Prices vary by season, so be sure to check the website for details.
2 Sequoia High Sierra Camp Tent Cabins
These perfect wilderness retreats are canvas, tented cabins that are both spacious and outdoorsy. Measuring approximately 330 square feet, the space is large enough to include a seating area and comfy bedroom area (equipped with the only best mattresses and pillows, of course!). Cozy, rustic, and close to the gorgeous Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon State Park, you can hike, bird watch, or just bask in the beauty of the surroundings.
- Price: Starting at $550/night
1 Nick’s Cove, Marshall CA
Glamping + the beach = the perfect vacation! True, these are more cottages than tents, but they still count as glamping because the cottages are their own little hideaway equipped with the comforts of home yet designed with homey touches that resemble a woodland cabin. The best part of Nick’s Cove is the view of Tomales Bay. Unwind and watch the sunset after a day of exploring Point Reyes or check out Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar for deliciously seasonal cuisine that is oh-so California.
- Price: Starting at $365/night
Camping isn’t for everyone—and that’s why glamping has become so popular in recent years as vacationers seek out locations that are just the right mix of roughing it and relaxation. From waterfront views to woodland retreats and everything in between, California is the perfect state for next-level glamping experiences.