There’s no better way to detach from the stress and anxiety of modern life than by spending a night in the wilderness, with nothing but the crackle of a flickering fire and the gentle swaying of the trees to keep you company. But not all of us were built to rough it, and thanks to the rise of “glamping,” we no longer have to.
What literally translates to “glamorous camping,” glamping is a perfect alternative for those of us who want to be one with nature, without all the bug bites—both literally and figuratively—that go along with it. According to a new piece from The New York Times, glamping has risen in popularity over the last 10 years thanks to a handful of companies that offer premium services—state-of-the-art tents, curated entertainment programs, and gourmet meals included—in America’s bountiful national parks.
For the closest thing to real camping, REI Adventures offers impressive tents with bug-repelling panels, woven rugs, ceiling lights, and inflatable sleeping pads. Those who opt for one of the company’s 13 itineraries in parks like Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, Zion, and Bryce Canyon will also receive coffee, tea, or hot chocolate delivered to their tents and rejuvenating Epsom salt foot baths to cap off their days spent hiking, kayaking, rafting, and even zip-lining.
For the glampers who like culinary adventures as much as they do physical ones, Backroads offers carefully prepared meals in breathtaking locales. “Think of smoked trout, tabbouleh salad and angel food cake whipped out of a kayak on the glimmering shores of Yellowstone Lake,” writes Amy Tara Koch of the Times. Prices for one of Backroads’ trips vary from $1998 to $2298 per person.
If you’re looking for an ultra-luxe experience under the stars, Under Canvas does its best impression of a boutique hotel, with king-size beds, rustic furniture, and yes, even maid service. And for those parents looking for privacy, kids get their very own teepees. However, glamping this refined should come with a disclaimer explaining that your days of traditional camping are over.
Visit The New York Times for more glamping options.
Do you see yourself glamping in the near future?