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5 New Places to Go Glamping This Summer
It’s time to rethink the traditional camping experience.
Enjoy fishing, hiking and quality time communing with nature on an unconventional outdoor adventure. (Getty Images).
Roughing it is what camping is all about, but for those looking to embrace the great outdoors without bug spraying, tent pitching or food prep, a more luxurious experience in nature might just be the perfect way to unplug in the wild. After all, you can climbing mountains, fish and all the other things you’d usually do on a camp trip without having to worry about set up of a tent and other things that often go wrong. "Glamping," or upscale camping, enables you to commune with nature without sacrificing comfort or convenience. With luxurious washrooms, gourmet meals and furnished lodgings apppointed with extras such as wood-burning stoves and king-size beds, glampsites are redefining and elevating the camping experience. Check out these five new glamping destinations for a high-style summer getaway in nature.
Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona
For hardcore campers craving plenty of physical activity, outfitter Epic Private Journeys might just offer the perfect balance of adventure, relaxation and traditional camping elements. Take a quick boat ride from Wahweap Marina's base in Arizona to Lake Powell, a beautiful canyon destination. At Lake Powell, you can hike, fish and sail, visit slot canyons, private islands and coves. Canvas tents are prepared in advance for guests, and gourmet meals are included. Aside from your campsite, the rest of the rugged and beautiful terrain is yours to explore like a true camper, minus the pain of pitching a tent or making meals.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Known as the "Crown of the Continent," Glacier National Park covers 1,583 square miles of wilderness, where streams abound with glaciers carved into the mountain peaks, stretching up to the Canadian border. With over 700 miles of trails to hike, you're likely going to need some quality rest. Just 7 miles from Glacier National Park, outfitter Glacier Under Canvas offers a luxurious experience for guests, with canvas tents that are fully furnished and feature high ceilings. Community campfires and activities are also available. Plus, you can get as rough as you like in nature while hiking, fishing, horseback riding or white-water rafting.
Are you a lover of all things vintage and nature? A glamping getaway to Silver Bullet Retreats, in central Florida, might just be perfect for you. Here, you can stay in a vintage airstream. After picking a campsite, an Airstream equipped with central air, TV, Internet and furnishings, among other amenities, is delivered to guests. Glamp in your own mini-home and barbecue, boat, kayak swim, fish and trek without the stress of setting up your home base.
Gotland Island, Sweden
While it's easy to pay a hefty price to experience Sweden, you don't have to spend a fortune to commune with the area's natural surroundings. Gotland Glamping sites, which features stylish, huge and uniquely decorated bell tents near top attractions starting at $45. Relax in nearby hammocks or play the guitar around the fire after a long day of exploration. What's more, aside from discovering the great outdoors, you can soak in the best of Sweden without busting your budget.
Taveuni Island, Fiji
Fiji has long been a dream vacation destination, and for good reason. But the area's dramatic natural scenery escapes most visitors who stay in luxury hotels. For an experience in the wild, consider glamping at Oceanfront Tent Retreat, which positions guests between a coral reef and a rainforest on Taveuni Island. Set beneath vesi trees, the tents have a deck featuring ocean views. Plus, a separate toilet, twin hand basins, a sunken bath and an outdoor private shower are just a few creature comforts you can count on. Sleep on a king-size bed, wake up to freshly brewed coffee and enjoy housekeeping service twice daily.
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