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12 Great Glamping Destinations

12 Great Glamping Destinations

Find luxurious comforts in nature at these beautiful California locations

Get the starry nights, the campfire stories, the cozy sleeping bag, and all the best parts of camping in some of California’s most beautiful settings—but without the hassle of hauling loads of gear into the backcountry. These glamping (short for “glamour camping”) destinations give you the best of both worlds—a back-to-nature break from everyday life, but enough comfort that you won’t wake up with a sore back and covered in mosquito bites. And the settings? The hardest part will be choosing which one to head out for first.

For most of these 12 locations, listed south to north, everything, including bedding and meals, are included, though some sites require you to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Roar & Snore, Escondido

How about an overnight safari trip to see African animals just a half-hour drive north of downtown San Diego in Escondido? On a Roar & Snore Safari at the remarkable San Diego Zoo Safari Park (the sister property of the San Diego Zoo), have a sleepover adventure in one of 46 comfy, safari-style tents that border an expansive grazing area for giraffes, rhinos, gazelles, antelopes, and other exotic animals. These stays include a ride on the Africa Tram and your choice of walking tours and an after-hours opportunity to look at resident animals. And when you wake up in the early morning? Enjoy an open-air breakfast with views of grazing animals to observe and photograph, long before the park’s doors are open to visitors. (More: San Diego Zoo Safari Park Roar & Snore)

Starry Safari at The Living Desert, Palm Desert

Bearded dragons, cheetahs, bat-eared fox, Arabian oryxes—these are just a few of the remarkable wild animals that will be in your desert dreams—and outside your tent—when you book an overnight stay at The Living Desert in the Palm Springs region. March through May, guests can enjoy a cracking campfire, exchange ghost stories, and roast s’mores. Then it’s time to curl up inside your private tent (cots are provided but you bring your own sleeping bag) and listen for night sounds, like the distant howls of coyotes in the Santa Rosa Mountains. Or just relax outside to gaze at a sky full of stars. Wake up to enjoy an exclusive private tour of The Living Desert, a nature preserve of more than 1,000 acres of Sonoran desert that showcases animals of the world’s deserts. (More: Starry Safari at The Living Desert)

KOA Ventura Ranch, Heritage Valley

With zip lines, climbing walls, teepees, and deluxe cabins, this isn't your typical just-off-the-highway group campground. Tucked into the coastal hills of Santa Paula, a little over an hour north of Los Angeles in Heritage Valley, this sprawling, family-friendly destination is part of the nationwide KOA chain. Stay in a teepee that sleeps up to 8 people, or book a tricked-out tent cabin (queen bed, futon, microwave, and mini-fridge). The grounds are so spread out here that some visitors opt to zip around on motorbikes or golf carts that are available for rent. In addition to the teepees (which can be furnished with Native American appointments such as fur throws and cowhide rugs for an extra charge), there are also deluxe and studio cabins with partial kitchens, A/C, coffee makers, and WiFi. (More: KOA Ventura Ranch)

Autocamp

AutoCamp, multiple locations

Sleep in a shiny silver bullet at the Airstream and luxury-tent hotel AutoCamp in Sonoma County or outside Joshua Tree or Yosemite National Park. Several of the sleek, vintage trailers are fully outfitted, with a little deck and Adirondack chairs outside, a gadget-filled kitchen, cozy quilts for snuggling, and even upscale toiletries that will make Mom smile. In Sonoma, walk down to the Russian River to swim or canoe, play lawn games, or lounge by a fire pit inside or outside the mid-century-modern-style clubhouse. The 3,000-square-foot building also offers a store to stock up on snacks and local beer and wine. (More: Autocamp)

Huttopia, multiple locations

Just 90 minutes from Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Mountains, Huttopia Paradise Springs is the first West Coast location of the French “prêt-a-camper” outdoor resort company. Set on the site of a Prohibition-era retreat that was frequented by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and original Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, wood-frame and canvas tents are equipped with such amenities as ceiling fans, coolers, and queen beds, with optional private bathrooms. The kid-friendly, 135-acre grounds are dotted with outdoor foosball and ping-pong tables, and a giant spring water pool that dates to the 1920s.

In 2023, the company opened its second California location in Lake County, in partnership with Six Sigma Vineyards. Situated on Six Sigma’s 4,300-acre ranch and winery located about two hours f