Sleep in a shiny silver bullet at the Airstream and luxury-tent hotel AutoCamp. The sleek trailers at these California resorts may have lots of throwback charm, but they’re also fully outfitted with kitchens, nice linens, and typically a fire pit and a few Adirondack chairs outside.
Each AutoCamp in California has its own distinctive ambience, and site-specific amenities. At the Russian River location in Sonoma County, for instance, the lodging options include 10 luxury safari tents as well as 20 Airstreams. Here, you can 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.
Opened in 2019, AutoCamp Yosemite is the largest and most remote site, near the historic mountain town of Mariposa. Guests can enjoy many of the same amenities, plus a heated pool, mid-century modern clubhouse, and a pond with a paddleboat and canoe. Yosemite National Park is about 40 miles away and accessible via a daily shuttle.
Slated to open in December 2021 (and now taking reservations) is AutoCamp Joshua Tree, located about 10 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park. With 55 units that radiate out from its Quonset hut–inspired clubhouse, this AutoCamp is every bit as luxurious as the others but also features several desert-friendly features. Have a drink at the open-air bar outfitted with misting fans while you take in the ancient beauty of the landscape. Everything here has been designed to have minimal environmental impact, from low-water-use technology to a heavy reliance on solar power. And it’s all close to top-notch mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, guided ATV tours, falconry experiences, and cool attractions such as Pioneertown.